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Seductive Under $60 Il Poggione Brunello, Antinori’s Gran Selezione, and Ripe Giacosa Barolo!
November 22, 2016
A Note from Sergio

Il Poggione is one of Montalcino's oldest, most respected estates. It got its start in 1890 when Lavinio Franceschi took a trip from his home in the hills around Florence, and he was smitten by the hills in Sant'Angelo in Colle. He bought land. He planted a vineyard, as Italians have long been wont to do. In 1958, his sons, Leopoldo and Stefano, divided their father's estate, and thus Il Poggione and Col d'Orcia were born. Renowned winemaker Pierluigi Talenti headed the Il Poggione estate for four decades, and after Pierluigi passed away in 1999, Fabrizio Bindocci, who studied under him, took control. Today, Fabrizio and his son Alessandro make Il Poggione's wines--in fact, Fabrizio isn't merely a man who makes Brunello; he's president of the Consorzio del Vino Brunello di Montalcino, the governing body that keeps Brunello authentic, exceptional, and age-worthy.

Il Poggione's Brunellos are structured, nuanced wines with an astonishing balance of acidity and firmness. I like to think that Il Poggione's Brunellos have the taut, muscled body of a lean welterweight, and if these wines were a boxer, it'd be the pound-for-pound champion of Montalcino in my book. No other moderately priced wine offers the authentic flavors, complexity and sensational experience than this contender of the "other sweet science." Today, I'm pleased to present a new release from Il Poggione, the outstanding 2012 Brunello. It thrums with Il Poggione's unique high altitude terroir, its long history of crafting traditional wines, and the year's ripe fruit. It's delicious, remarkable accessible, and it packs a punch at under $60.

Along with this delicious Brunello, I'm delighted to offer two other wines that will warm the hearts of Italian wine lovers: Badia a Passignano 2010 Chianti Classico Gran Selezione, a Sangiovese fan's dream from the Antinori family, and Bruno Giacosa 2012 Barolo Falletto di Serralunga, a wine that impatient Nebbiolo aficionados will want to buy by the case. This trio of wines--Brunello, Chianti Classico Gran Selezione, and Barolo--more or less embodies why I started Italian Wine Merchants more than fifteen years ago. These wines could come from nowhere else but Italy. They're made by people who passionately love their land, their grapes, and their history. And they are indisputably delicious wines. I'm proud to bring them to you.


Today's Featured Sections Include:

1. Spotlight on Excellence:
New 2012 Il Poggione Brunello Release!
2. Only At IWM:
For Sangiovese Fans, Antinori's '10 Chianti Classico Gran Selezione
3. Time Sensitive Offer: Bruno Giacosa's Ripe, Alluring Barolo Falletto di Serralunga
4. Wine Events: Upcoming November / December Wine Tasting Events

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Sergio Esposito
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Bruno Giacosa Barolo Falletto di Serralunga 2012 750ml
Bruno Giacosa Barolo Falletto di Serralunga 2012 750ml
Price: $264.99

2012 was an atypical growing year for Piemonte--a snowy winter led to a warm summer, but harvest saw cool temperatures--but this radiant Barolo from Bruno Giacosa embodies the grace of the vintage in its open-knit, aromatic profile. Grape yields were also down about a third in 2012, so this Barolo is extra intense and dense; however, it nonetheless conveys Giacosa’s extraordinary hand in its purity, structure and telltale Serralunga palate of bright red fruits, rose petals, scorched earth, and smoke. Balanced and sinuous, this ’12 Barolo belies its warm vintage with its fresh acidity and beautiful structure. One of the most iconic wines from one of the greatest masters of Barolo, Giacosa's Barolo Falletto di Serralunga derives from vineyards that reach 420 meters above sea level, making it an ideal site for warm vintage wines. Grapes for this Barolo ferment for 15 days in stainless steel, and the wine ages for 32 months in barrel, followed by eight months in bottle. more info