November 7, 2019
A Note from Sergio
Anyone who goes to wine country--just about any wine country anywhere in the world--will notice the roses blooming at the ends of the rows of vines. Traditionally, winemakers would plant roses because they flourish under similar weather conditions as grapevines, and they're susceptible to the same diseases as grapevines, most specifically different kinds of mildew and rot. Before modern viticulture, vine growers would look to their roses as a kind of canary in the coal mine of their grape vines. When the roses got sick, they knew they had to treat the vines, but when the roses were healthy, all was good in their world.Today's Featured Sections Include:
These days, winemakers don't need roses to prognosticate, but roses still look pretty when they punctuate the vines with their explosions of color. That said, roses do make a handy metaphor for wine. Just as roses would tell winemakers how well their vines were doing, so too does Rosso di Montalcino let us Brunello lovers know how a vintage will be. We don't get to drink the 2018 Brunello for a couple of years, but we get to start drinking the 2018 Rosso di Montalcino very soon. And when it grows at the Valdicava estate, that Rosso is very beautiful.
Today, I'm delighted to debut the Valdicava 2018 Rosso di Montalcino, a true "baby Brunello" that is a favorite of wine-lovers in the know. 2018 saw a hot, wet, challenging vintage, but Vincenzo Abbruzzese's organic Valdicava estate sits in some of the coolest areas of the region, and this juicy, plush, balanced Rosso speaks volumes about Vincenzo's skill, his vineyards' terroir, and his commitment to his vines. And as if debuting this new Valdicava release was not enough, I'm excited to say that I managed to score Valdicava's outrageous, excellent 2015 Brunello in large formats. This is a wine for the ages, and it will be glorious poured from these big, beautiful bottles.
1. Spotlight on Excellence: Valdicava 2015 Brunello Large Formats and 2018 Rosso Debut!
2. Wine Events: Upcoming November Wine Tasting Events