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