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2013 Matarocchio Debuts! The Prince’s White Diamond! And Must-Have Rioja!
November 28, 2017
A Note from Sergio

The Antinori family gleams with aristocratic polish, boasts more than six hundred years of winemaking history, and commands global respect. The various members of the Antinori family could easily take their fame for granted; instead, they continue to earn their renown by crafting some of the finest wines in the world. While they lived and breathed Chianti Classico for generations, Antinori made its modern reputation with their Super-Tuscan gems Tignanello, Solaia, and Guado al Tasso. In 2007, the Antinori family chose to add another wine to their already luminous body of work when Piero Antinori saw the potential in a few rows of Cabernet Franc. He worked hard to develop a wine that would bring his vision to reality--and he succeeded!

Today, I'm very proud to debut the 2013 Matarocchio, a rare mono-varietal bottling of Cabernet Franc, and a Super-Tuscan wine entirely deserving of the Antinori glow. Intense, powerful, and detailed, Matarocchio may be the very finest expression of Cabernet Franc since Quintarelli's cult hit, Alzero, and as the embodiment of its Bolgheri terroir and Antinori's painstaking winemaking, Matarocchio is a very special wine. My clients who are Super-Tuscan fans know that the 2013 vintage looks to be legendary, a year that gifted producers with weather that makes for luminous wines with the power, grace and balance of an Olympic gymnast. The '13 Matarocchio is spellbinding-- you can't stop smelling it, tasting it, rolling it around in your mouth. Don't miss this debut!

The holiday season is officially underway, and the other two wines in this eLetter will make your holidays shiny and bright. First, there's Fiorano No. 26 Bianco 1988. Alessia Antinori recently visited IWM and we poured the 1992 vintage of this history-making wine from Fiorano, the legendary Lazio estate once owned by Prince Alberico Boncompagni Ludovisi. People were blown away, and the 1988 is equally as special. And finally, there are big, beautiful bottles of La Rioja Alta 2004 Rioja Gran Reserva '890.' If you love Rioja, full-throttle reds, or fine Spanish wines, these magnums will make you very, very happy.


Today's Featured Sections Include:

1. Spotlight on Excellence:
Debuting the Majestic 2013 Matarocchio, Antinori's Cult Cabernet
2. Only At IWM: Fiorano's Rare, Magical 1988 No. 26 Bianco
3. Time Sensitive Offer: Big, Beautiful Bottles of La Rioja Alta Rioja '04 Gran Reserva '890'
4. Wine Events: Upcoming November Wine Tasting Events

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Sergio Esposito
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Fiorano No. 26 Bianco 1988 750ml
Fiorano No. 26 Bianco 1988 750ml
Price: $149.00

Lush yet racy, weighty yet energetic, this ’88 Bianco fills the mouth with a textured feel, but its acidity keeps it nimble and supple. Candied fruits mingle with succulent fresh stone fruits in this juicy and tart white; citrus zest, potpourri, and spice complete the flavor profile in this unique golden wine. This mature white wine defies what we think we know about Italian whites, offering a tremendous drinking experience for wine connoisseurs; despite three decades of maturity, this powerful, stable white opens with hours of aeration to show a kaleidoscopic palate. Fiorano Bianco, crafted from organically grown Malvasia di Candia, is an unusual, rare white that stands the test of time and offers a picture of meticulous, organic winemaking as it was practiced decades ago. more info