May 4, 2017
A Note from Sergio
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Wine is no stranger to Italy's South. Some of Italy's best and strongest grapes--Aglianico, Nero d'Avola, and Primitivo--grow in the South's arid climate, making for millennia of powerful wine. But you'd never know it! Until recently, southern Italian producers lacked both the economic structure and the good name necessary to successfully market wine themselves. Instead, they were quietly selling their grapes to winemakers in the North and exporting them to France.
Things are changing. In the last few decades, the lower corner of the Boot has hit the radar of wine-lovers. Bolstered by investment, southern winemakers are restoring old grapes and make quality wines. The rediscovery of thousands of antique breeds--many of them rescued from the brink of extinction--has helped shaped the region's new reputation for being a source of undiscovered gems. The world is coming to know what Italians have known for a long time: Only the South, the Italian territory most under vine, offers such a wide range of gorgeous, exotic wine. Only the South--once maligned and near ruin--has such deep winemaking potential.
Antinori is one of the winemakers who understands the potential of Italy's southern regions, and the family's Tormaresca estate in Puglia proves it. I've been happy to bring you Tormaresca's mono-varietal Aglianico for some time, and today, I'm very pleased to bring you a new Tormaresca wine, the estate's 2012 Castel del Monte Rosso Trentangeli. This $25 Rosso is a tasty blend of mostly Aglianico tempered by international grapes. It's mineral-laden and brambly, and it packs a serious punch for its price point. If you've been on the fence about discovering Puglia's gems, get this wine--but get a few bottles because you'll want to pop it more than once! And for a fuller Antinori experience, pair it with the Guado al Tasso Scalabrone Rosato offered below. This is a hearty blush Super-Tuscan wine that's simply delicious!
Don't miss our first Quintarelli flash sale--we've never offered so many mind-bending wines for so little!
1. Spotlight on Excellence: Meet a $25 Puglian Rosso You'll Want to Invite to Dinner
2. Only At IWM:
Quintarelli Flash Sale, More than 60 Iconic Wines!
3. Time Sensitive Offer: Antinori's Beautiful Blush Wine from Bolgheri
4. Wine Events: Upcoming May Wine Tasting Events