October 4, 2016

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The Prince’s Singular White, Cult Collector Barbera, and Sappy Nuits-Saint-Georges!
October 4, 2016
A Note from Sergio

In my decades of working with wine, I can honestly say I have never had a more humbling experience or a more intriguing glass of white wine than the first time I got to drink the fabled Fiorano whites. How this came to be entails the dying wish a reclusive and eccentric prince and Italy's most celebrated wine and food critic--you can read the backstory here. The prince in question was the late, great Alberico Boncompagni Ludovisi, and from the 1970s through the 1990s, his Fiorano estate made whites that showed a phenomenal ability to age. Hard to get during his lifetime, the wines became even more rare after the prince, a member of the extended Antinori family, passed away.

As he neared the end of his life, Ludovisi tore up his vineyards to assure that his vines would not end up in the wrong hands. The prince then entrusted his private cellar to the iconoclastic wine and food writer Luigi Veronelli so that he could place the bottles with people who could keep his story alive. The prince's wish continues at IWM, as these rare Fiorano wines came to me from Veronelli, who has since passed away. When Veronelli presented me with the challenge of fulfilling his promise to the prince, I felt honored, and I have taken that promise seriously. Today, I'm proud to single out one of Fiorano's gems, 1992 No. 26 Bianco, a wine that is as mysterious as it is vibrant, as textured as it is layered, and as special as it is rewarding.

This jewel of an Italian white deserves the proper setting, so along with this great Fiorano white, I'm proud to present a pair of reds. The first is a collector Barbera from Giacomo Bologna, the Piemonte pioneer in making a world-class wine out of the "People's Grape." You think you know Barbera, but Braida di Giacomo Bologna 2000 Bricco dell'Uccellone will make you reconsider what you know. This is a textured, full-bodied, complex wine that unfolds its notes to seduce you again and again. Finally, I've chosen a premier cru Bouchard Père et Fils Nuits St-Georges from the challenging 2011 vintage; this bottle shows you how great domaines handle questionable weather to create wines of lasting beauty.


Today's Featured Sections Include:

1. Spotlight on Excellence:
A Gem in Your Cellar, Fiorano 1992 No. 26 Bianco
2. Only At IWM:
Return of Vintage Braida di Giacomo Bologna
3. Time Sensitive Offer: Brooding, Beautiful Bouchard Père et Fils
4. Wine Events: Upcoming October Wine Tasting Events

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Fiorano No. 26 Bianco 1992 750ml
Fiorano No. 26 Bianco 1992 750ml
Price: $124.00

A gorgeous amber in the glass, this ’92 Fiorano Bianco layers its rich stone and tropical fruits with citrus zest, crushed river rocks, butterscotch, fresh-cut herbs and honey, all conveyed in a luscious, viscous body that’s nonetheless vibrant. While this complex wine displays slight oxidation, it thrums with acidity, giving it a rare balance of maturity and freshness. This mature white wine defies what we think we know about Italian whites, offering a tremendous drinking experience for wine connoisseurs; despite three decades of maturity, this powerful, stable white opens with hours of aeration to show a kaleidoscopic palate. Fiorano Bianco, crafted from organically grown Malvasia di Candia, is an unusual, rare white that stands the test of time and offers a picture of meticulous, organic winemaking as it was practiced decades ago. more info