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A Note from Sergio

"Big Red" is a term we like to use a lot at Italian Wine Merchants. If red wine is a spectrum, you've got lean reds at one end, monster reds at the other, and big reds somewhere in the middle. A lean red doesn't just have a thinner body; it has a certain delicacy. It tends to be a wine of finesse and, if you're one to talk enological descriptions, one with lower alcohol and lighter tannins. A lean wine makes me think of a dancer; it has a lithe, graceful body that holds deceptive strength. A monster red, on the other hand, has the high-alcohol, fruit-in-your-face density of modern, international wines; they make me think of body-builders, something over-the-top and a little too brawny to be entirely, believably natural.

We carry many lean reds, but very few monster reds. What really captures our new clients from head to soul, however, are the big reds. A big red isn't subtle. It's a wine that quickly warms your heart and suffuses your belly. Big reds tend to the middle in terms of alcohol, though they range in tannins from relatively low (like Dolcetto) to those that are quite high (like Barolo or Taurasi). They all, however, have a nice, hefty body. The opulence and power of a big red can be attributed to its vintage, or its producer; big reds can come from a late harvest of the grapes or from the varietal; they can be the product of any number of variables.

Today, I'm pleased to bring you a pair of big reds--Begali 2010 Amarone Classico and Cupano 2006 Sant'Antimo Ombrone--and one singular great white, Antinori 2011 Cervaro della Sala Chardonnay. The first two wines, Begali's value Amarone and Cupano's extraordinary Montalcino Super Tuscan, embody the big red category. They're nicely filling, sensual, go-for-the-gusto reds that pull you back to the glass. The last is Antinori's take on Meursault, and it's like a Hitchcock blonde; it's cool, seductive and unmistakably classy.


Today's Featured Sections Include:


1. Spotlight on Excellence: Summertime's Big Red, Begali 2010 Amarone Classico
2. Only At IWM: 
Cupano 2006 Sant'Antimo Ombrone, a Great Montalcino Super Tuscan
3. Time Sensitive Offer: Jeroboams of Antinori 2011 Cervaro della Sala Chardonnay
4. Our Experts Suggest: 
Stylish 2011 Burgundies from Simon Bize and Michel Lafarge
5. Wine Events: May Wine Tastings

My Best, 



Sergio Esposito