May 21, 2015
A Note from Sergio
Born in 1983 to help Montalcino's producers, Rosso di Montalcino comes from the same land, the same grapes and the same producers as its more collectable, age-worthy and expensive forebear. This Rosso must be aged a minimum of one year as opposed to Brunello's almost three years. Aged less and often coming from grapes grown on younger vines, Rosso di Montalcino usually is a fresher, lighter, and more approachable wine. In the grand pantheon of Italian wine, a Rosso di Montalcino serves a stepping stone to drinking the often more formidable Brunello, gives a good indication of what a producer's style might be, and offers an early taste of the Brunello vintage.
Rosso di Montalcino often gets called a "baby Brunello." Some people take exception to this name, arguing that Rosso di Montalcino is its own wine, and Brunello is its own wine, and never confuse the two. But the facts of the situation argue for an inextricable relationship. And when a producer makes a well-wrought Rosso di Montalcino, as Talenti does, it's hard not to see that wine as the younger, sassier sibling. Today, I'm pleased to announce a new allocation of the '13 Talenti Rosso di Montalcino. No matter what you call it, you'll want this under $25 wine in your cellar, on your table and, most of all, in your glass. It's simply delicious.
As we head into Memorial Day and the first long weekend of the summer, I'm pleased to re-offer two more extraordinary wines. First, you cannot overestimate the "wow" factor of Antonio Ferrari's Solaria Jonica from 1959. I'll never forget the first time I drank it--and the way it made me want more. Taste this indescribable wine, and I know you'll feel the same. Second, as I said yesterday, sometimes you want a really excellent full-throttle Syrah. You can enjoy yesterday's offer from Château Maris, or you might try today's Jaboulet Cornas "Domaine St Pierre." Both wines are 2009, and both will scratch that Syrah itch perfectly.
I wish you and yours a wonderful Memorial Day!
Today's Featured Sections Include:
1. Spotlight on Excellence: Must-Have $25 Rosso di Montalcino from Talenti
2. Only At IWM:
Ferrari's Fairytale '59 Solaria Jonica
3. Time Sensitive Offer: Big, Brooding and Delicious Jaboulet '09 Cornas "Domaine St Pierre"
4. Wine Events: May/June Wine Tastings