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Gravner Shocks Us Again, Poggio di Sotto Brunello, Off the Beaten Path with Sergio, and More
October 3, 2012
Gravner Shocks Us Again, Poggio di Sotto Brunello, Off the Beaten Path with Sergio, and More

A Note from Sergio


I don't know if the perception is the reality, but it seems as if Italy has an unfair number of producers who are iconoclastic, unusual, and so-brilliant-they're-a-bit-mad. They might be visionaries, like Marchese Mario Incisa della Rocchetta, who saw the potential to make Bordeaux-style blends in swampy Bolgheri. They might be disciplinarians, men like Gianfranco Soldera, whose Case Basse estate in Montalcino is a carefully planned idyllic garden. They might be biodynamic dancing masters, like Movia's Ales Kristancic, whose every wine seems to twirl with an explosive vitality.

 

Or they might be like the two producers we're featuring today, Josko Gravner and Peter Vinding-Diers. Both of these men have decades of winemaking experience. Gravner has tinkered ceaselessly in his drive to make a pure expression of his Friuli terroir. Vinding-Diers has traveled the world, settling in Sicilia to grow Syrah, of all grapes, and to make wines that are at once familiar and new.

 

Today, I'm delighted to offer a selection of wines that you can't find anywhere else, including Gravner Ribolla Riserva 1998, a true Riserva that sat unbottled until just two years ago; the first two releases from Montecarrubo, Vinding-Diers' estate; and an special time-sensitive offer on Poggio di Sotto Brunello di Montalcino 2007 that's too exceptional to pass up. These are great wines, world-class wines, wines I love, and wines that could, if you let them, change the way you see things.

 

  

  

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Gravner Ribolla Gialla Anfora 2005 750ml
Gravner Ribolla Gialla Anfora 2005 750ml
Price: $89.99
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Opulent, intense, and textured, the '05 Ribolla Gialla is a powerful wine--it’s a white that drinks like a red. This structured, fantastically layered wine shows ineffable notes of caramel, orchard fruit, crushed seashells, and minerals, all carried by velvety tannins. After growing his grapes with strict biodynamic protocol, Gravner lets his white grapes sit on the skins in his amphorae for around twelve months; then he ages the wine in casks for about six years before bottling, without fining or filtration. Unlike some other natural winemakers, Gravner does add small amounts of sulfur, believing that a tiny amount will keep his living, breathing wines from oxidizing, or dying a premature death. This amber wine is best served like a red and enjoyed with hearty fare. Trust us: its palate of honeyed apricots and peaches, warm spices, and savory caramel will stand up to it. more info