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The Greatest Wine In The World?, Soldera Brunello, Sangiovese Super Tuscan, and Mor
October 24, 2012

The Greatest Wine In The World?, Soldera Brunello, Sangiovese Super Tuscan, and More

A Note from Sergio

I'm going to make a bold statement. Gianfranco Soldera is, to my thinking, the best winemaker in all of Italy, if not in all of the world. One simple reason prompts me to make this claim and that is this: unlike any other winemaker that I know, Soldera has never made a poor wine in his life. In the worst of vintages, Soldera manages to make better wines than other producers make in the best of vintages. Soldera's abilities seem almost alchemical--while in bad vintages other Brunello winemakers struggle to make a drinkable product, Soldera effortlessly turns lead into gold. Brunello is not usually my favorite wine, but drinking Soldera's wines, I am consistently, and constantly, amazed.


Today, I'm proud to offer an extremely limited selection of Soldera Brunello Riserva from 2002, 2003, 2005 and 2006, as well as the embodiment of this winemaker's otherworldly knowledge of his wine and his vines, the 2005 Pegasos.  To balance the offering, I have included some rare back vintage selections you just can't find.  I visit Soldera's cellar more than I ever visit anyone else's. It may be just the two of us standing next to his botti, but Soldera always provides the greatest tastings.


These are serious wines for serious collectors, and my relationship with Gianfranco allows IWM to secure more of Soldera's wines than any other US retailer--something I'm simultaneously humbled by and proud of. And because I understand that Soldera is not for every wine-drinker--or for every wine-drinker's budget--I'm also delighted to offer the Pian delle Vigne from 2006, a benchmark vintage and a fantastic introduction to Brunello di Montalcino, and we're also including two of IWM's favorite Sangiovese wines from Fontodi, winemakers from the heart of Chianti who put heart into every wine they make.

My Best,  


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