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Beautiful Bottles of Fall’s Ideal Wine, Barolo! And One Must-Have Puligny-Montrachet!
November 7, 2017
A Note from Sergio

The weather is finally getting crisp, the mornings cold, and the air fresh. I'm starting to reach for my sweaters and my jackets. Weather like this, when the frost is imminent if not apparent, and my mind automatically goes to fall foods. Delicate shaved trifola d'Alba Madonna, or white truffles, topping a fragrant and steaming risotto, ochre ravioli bursting with the comforting scents of squash and sage, tender mouthfuls of roasted quail or duck, the rich and voluptuous experience of a perfectly prepared brasato al Barolo--these are the foods I think of as the weather turns cold, and they are, you might have noticed, all dishes that are best paired with Barolo, Piemonte's most famous, most collectable wine.

While I can fully appreciate pouring a Barolo in summer with a steak off the grill (I do it at home), autumn always feels like true Barolo weather. There's something about the ethereal weight of a Barolo, the way it floats in your mouth even as it fills your mouth with earthy, spicy, sometimes gamy flavors that makes me think of fall weather. Maybe it's that, like Barolo, autumn feels both ephemeral and weighty--or maybe it's merely the way that Barolo goes so beautifully with foods best served in autumn. Today's eLetter has a pair of beautiful Barolo wines--Bruno Giacosa 2012 Barolo Falletto di Serralunga, a very traditional bottle, and Prunotto 2010 Barolo Bussia Vigna Colonnello Riserva, a slightly less traditional wine from the Antinori family's estate. You can't go wrong with either one of these wines, and you would do very well to drink them both!

The third wine today is very different--and it's a break from conventional autumn food-and-wine pairings. Along with the two Baroli, I'm delighted to present Etienne Sauzet 2015 Puligny-Montrachet 1er Cru La Garenne. Puligny-Montrachet may make you think of summer, but this bottle has the heft for your fall table. It's a sexy wine that just about jumps out of the glass to hug you. I think you'll really enjoy it with some roasted chicken, pasta with chanterelle or even that pumpkin ravioli you love. No matter what you drink, celebrate the changing season--fall is a cozy season for spending time with people you love.

Enjoy!

Today's Featured Sections Include:

1. Spotlight on Excellence:
Giacosa's Extraordinary 2012 Barolo Falletto Returns!
2. Only At IWM:
Benchmark Bottling of Historic Prunotto 2010 Barolo Riserva
3. Time Sensitive Offer: Etienne Sauzet's Powerhouse 2015 Puligny-Montrachet La Garenne
4. Wine Events: Upcoming November Wine Tasting Events

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Sergio Esposito
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