May 8, 2017
A Note from Sergio
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I remember the winter of 2012 in Italy. Rome got hit by snow--the first to fall in almost thirty years. Toscana was layered thick with snow, some places like Montalcino see it hip-deep; other areas like Chianti have it knee-deep. It was pretty to see those butter-cream colored medieval villages blanketed in white, their cobblestone streets looking like so many bricks of vanilla ice cream laid side by side, the cypresses laden with snow like a reverse dipped soft-serve ice cream cones, and the vines poking their knobby heads up above the white carpet like so many inquisitive gophers. 2012's winter was and cold, and I watched it unfurl like a white carpet as I drove from my home near Genova up to Piemonte, down to Toscana, and all over Italy.
I bring up this memory because from time to time we all need reminders that winemakers are also farmers. They deal with the exigencies of weather every day. We may not enjoy the labor of winemakers' farm labor for years (or even decades) but what we're drinking is a reflection of their work in the vineyards and their work in the cellars. Today, I'm very proud to bring you a fine, bursting roster of almost 90 red Burgundies from 2012--all in stock and all at very special pricing. Like much of Italy, most of France's winemakers saw a very cold, very snowy winter and a frosty spring. But while Italy's vinegrowers got a break in summer, Burgundy's vignerons did not. Only terrific skill and great good luck nearing harvest gave Burgundy's producers--and its many fans--a surprisingly good bunch of wines.
I founded IWM with the principle of bringing the best wines to my clients, and this is true regardless of where the producer is. This list of 2012 red Burgundies holds some stellar wines from iconic makers, and if you're a value hunter, you can find some great, great bottles here. But there's also another great value wine from the interesting 2012 vintage--Renzo Seghesio's Ruri Langhe Nebbiolo. People, including IWM's portfolio managers, like to call this wine a "baby Barolo" because it's a Nebbiolo that's affordable and easy to drink yet it's evocative of Barolo; you get Barolo's tar and its roses, but without Barolo's weight or its wait. I don't know that you need to call this wine anything other than what it is: delicious.
Finally, get a sneak peek at the outrageous 2015 Brunello vintage with Canalicchio di Sopra's '15 Rosso di Montalcino--it's stellar!
1. Spotlight on Excellence: IWM's 2012 Red Burgundy Flash Sale!
2. Only At IWM:
Seghesio's Affordable, Delicious "Baby Barolo"
3. Time Sensitive Offer: Sneak Peek at 2015 Brunello with Canalicchio di Sopra
4. Wine Events: Upcoming May Wine Tasting Events