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25th Anniversary Ornellaia, Striking Merlot from Galatrona, and Rare Gravner Retrospective

May 21, 2013
A Note from Sergio


Tenuta dell'Ornellaia is a fascinating place. It's a big estate. Though founded by Ludovico Antinori, it's now owned by Frescobaldi, and it sprawls across almost 475 acres, and every bit of it looks as if it was tended to just minutes ago. The vineyards grow in neat, orderly rows, and flowers dot the ends of the rows. Depending on the season, you'll see tulips, roses, irises and other flowers in bloom. It's the very picture of calm, orderly growth.


It's very clear that attention to detail is paramount at Ornellaia. But a beating heart and a soaring spirit are just as important. At the heart of Ornellaia is the estate's dedication to art. Five-foot-high letters spell out "Ornellaia" in trellised flowers at the entryway to the cantina, and the moment you step inside its gleaming doors, you see evidence of the estate's art project, Vendemmia d'Artista. In 2009, Tenuta dell'Ornellaia chose to find an artist to create a special label for the large-format bottlings of its flagship wine. This year, that artist is Michelangelo Pistoletto, and it's special because this year, the estate releases its 25th anniversary bottling of Ornellaia.


Today, I'm delighted to debut the 2010 Tentua dell'Ornellaia Ornellaia. You have to cross your fingers in momentous years and hope that the weather won't thwart your attempt to make something great. 2010 didn't, and this Ornellaia is a fitting tribute to the skill, the precision, the heart and the art of the estate. This is a bottle worth celebrating itself.


I'm also proud to offer a retrospective of Josko Gravner. He's an iconoclast who has never settled with the conventional. This two-decade list of wines spans his evolution in style, from using to barriques to fermenting in open vats to his current use of anfora. It's a rare, thrilling list of wines that are as soulful as the man who made them. Finally, I'm also happy to shine a lite on Petrolo Galatrona. It's a lesser-known Merlot from the heart of Chianti, and it's made by a man with vision, a person without a winemaking background who came to an estate without a name and caused a sensation. You want to drink this wine.


Here's to monuments in all our lives, and to celebrating every moment, great and small.


Today's Featured Sections Include:  


1. Spotlight on Excellence: Debuting the Commemorative 25th Anniversary Ornellaia 2010

2. Time Sensitive Offer: Petrolo Galatrona's Benchmark Tuscan Merlot

3. Our Experts Suggest: Willamette Rosé and Tuscan Merlot: Great Wines, Unexpected Places

4. Only At IWM:  Josko Gravner Retrospective 1993-2005

5. Wine Events: A Taste of Antinori: From Super Tuscans to Brunello, and Tignanello to Cervaro

My Best, 



Sergio Esposito