Yesterday, I had the pleasure of introducing one of my new favorite finds, the wines of Cupano, a Montalcino estate that--already iconic in Italy--is poised to take the States by storm. Today and tomorrow, I'm doing something a little different. I'm revisiting wines that I know and love.
A wine is a living thing. Like all living things, it's not static. It's not etched in stone (though even stones change, given enough time, water and wind). The wine you think you know will surprise you. When you lay down bottles of the same vintage, when you let time elapse, when you open them over succeeding events, you do more than just experience a bottle at different points in its maturation. You create this tapestry of memories. There's the first time you opened the bottle, that dinner, those people. There's the next revisiting, and that memory overlays the first, like a palimpsest. And every time you open another bottle, you make another memory. It's a topography of your life, the people you love, and the time you shared together.
Today, I'm revisiting the '08 Antinori Solaia. Like most Super Tuscans, this wine drinks best with some years under its belt. Right now, it's just hitting its stride, and it'll be even more enthralling, velvety, textured and delicious in another few years. I can't wait to drink it in a year, in two years, in five, and to see how it unfolds, transforms and changes.
Along with this Solaia, I'm delighted to feature the 2001 Vigna d'alceo from Castello dei Rampolla, one of Toscana's first--and greatest--biodynamic estates. This is a wine that illustrates why we cellar wines; today, it's an aristocratic, lively beauty. And finally, I'm happy to present a $20 Barbera from San Giuliano. Not every wine needs to be important. Some just need to be outrageously delicious. Seriously, you need to try this wine to believe how great it is.