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Big, Beautiful Bottles of Querciabella Camartina and Charles Heidsieck Brut Reserve!
November 19, 2019
A Note from Sergio

In time for the holidays, I scored some magnum bottles of Querciabella's dazzling 2010 Camartina, and this triumph makes me think of a small epiphany I had a few years ago when tasted three vintages of Camartina--one from 1982, one from 1986, and one from 1991. I had tried these wines in my youth when they were new on the market, and I remember I had felt unimpressed. They were nice wines, pleasant wines, but they weren't wines I wanted to build a lasting friendship with. But then I tasted the Camartina again, and I realized how callow I'd been. Now that these wines and I were in adulthood, I saw their beauty. No longer young and immature, these wines now had character.

Way back when I first tried those Camartina bottles, I hadn't anticipated their maturity, but then I too was young, brash, and untested. And as much as the wines themselves had matured, it was more the change in me, in my palate, and my embracing of the world of wine. I bring up this story to remind you that nothing ever stands still--not your palate, not those wines, not the relationship between these things. For these reasons, you need to revisit the wines you've tasted before and see how you--and they--have changed. You'll probably be surprised, and you may even be delighted.

Made to age for years--even decades--the '10 Camartina offered below is only just beginning to slide into its drinking window, and this wholly organic wine is a natural beauty that explodes with fruit, crackles with acidity, and purrs with tannins. I think you and your guests will love it, and today's magnum bottles mean no one's glasses will run dry. Speaking of magnums, I also scored some large formats of Charles Heidsieck's crowd-pleasing Brut Reserve Champagne. This sparkler is a winner, and it's ideal to have on hand throughout the holiday season!


Today's Featured Sections Include:

1. Only at IWM: Dazzling, Delicious 2010 Querciabella Camartina
2. Time Sensitive Offer: Holiday Champagne from Charles Heidsieck!
3. Wine Events: Upcoming November / December Wine Tasting Events

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Sergio Esposito
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Charles Heidsieck Brut Reserve NV 1.5L
Charles Heidsieck Brut Reserve NV 1.5L
Price: $129.00

Sunny stone fruits, sappy orchard fruits, and vibrant lemon zest dance against a backdrop of smoky minerals, crushed flower petals, buttered brioche, almond paste and exotic spices in this caressing, energetic Champagne Brut Réserve. Fine, elegant perlage tickles the cheeks as this wine gathers power, moving from succulent richness to chalky energy. This balanced Champagne marries its open-knit generosity with almost kinetic energy, offering a drinking experience that’s food-friendly and expansive. A blend of mostly Chardonnay and Pinot Noir with 20% Pinot Meunier, this Champagne derives from 60 different crus with a focus on Oger (for opulence), Ambonnay (for structure), and Verneuil, for texture. Individual crus ferment in stainless steel, and the wines are racked to separate the lees and to undergo malolactic fermentation; each non-vintage cuvée contains at least 40% reserve wine that averages ten years of age, and after assembling the blend, the Champagne ages for about five years in the estate’s 2,000-year-old chalk cellars before disgorgement. more info
Querciabella Camartina 2010 1.5L
Querciabella Camartina 2010 1.5L
Price: $249.99

Precise and layered, the 2010 Camartina personifies elegance, and with about a decade of age, it’s just entering its drinking window. Super-ripe red and black fruits leap from the glass, joined by balsamic herbs, rain-spattered wildflowers, worn leather, warm pipe tobacco and spices. Juicy and succulent, this wine wraps its fruits around a serious mineral spine, while fine-grained tannins meld seamlessly with electric acidity--this wine has the balance and the structure for the long haul! A blend of 70% Cabernet Sauvignon and 30% Sangiovese grown in clayey, mineral-rich vineyards, grape varietals ferment separately with indigenous yeasts in temperature-controlled stainless steel; after blending, the wine ages for about 18 months in barrique before bottling without fining or filtration. Camartina is a completely biodynamic, vegan, natural wine that glows with the warmth of its Greve terroir. more info