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Giuseppe Quintarelli Valpolicella 2009 750ml
The product of an excellent yet ripe harvest, this ’09 Valpolicella bursts with brambly berries and juicy cherries, crushed river rocks, smoke, black licorice and freshly cut herbs. At once vibrant and silky, this wine studs the cheeks with polished tannins as it builds to an energetic finish that dwells in tension between its sweet fruits and savory elements. Crafted from a mélange of indigenous Veneto grape varietals chosen with Quintarelli’s legendarily strict grape selection, this appassimento-technique Valpolicella spent seven years in Slavonian oak botti before bottling, a protocol unheard of in the region but one the estate uses to create nuanced and structured, complex wine. An opportunity to experience Quintarelli magic at a fraction of the price of the estate's Amarone, this Valpolicella is a true "baby Amarone."
Giuseppe Quintarelli Valpolicella 2011 750ml
Quintarelli’s 2011 Valpolicella is one of the greatest we’ve seen, which is saying a lot. Spicy red and blue berries mingle with warm earth, cigar wrapper, cedar wood, dried rose petals, and underbrush in a seductive, seamless whole. While this wine has a pleasing tannic heft, its bright skein of acidity surprises with a counterweight, and the wine’s lush, sweet fruit is offset by savory minerality--just gorgeous! Crafted from a mélange of indigenous Veneto grape varietals, grapes dry for two months in the appassimento technique before pressing and fermentation. This wine ages for seven years in Slavonian oak botti before bottling, a protocol unheard of in the region but one the estate maintains to create nuanced and structured, complex Valpolicella with some appropriate maturity. An opportunity to experience Quintarelli magic at an affordable price point, this Valpolicella is a true “baby Amarone.”
Quintarelli Ca del Merlo 1987 750ml
This wine is a single vineyard Valpolicella named after a plot of land where a large Merlo (bird) sat perched on a tree overlooking the hillside. It differs from the Valpolicella only in that the grapes come from one specific site, so it’s deeply influenced by the terroir of that one plot. Quintarelli’s other Valpolicella, the Ca del Merlo is, as are all of the wines from the Master of the Veneto, calls for a deeply meditative experience; you can’t drink it without closing your eyes, the better to savor the experience. It’s a voluptuous wine with so many slowly unfolding layers that you’ll get dizzy trying to put your finger on all of them. Chewy rich plum, warm spices, the smoke of a roaring fire, the velvety grasp of tannins, the lingering and kaleidoscopic finish—Ca del Merlo is a Valpolicella that will amaze, please and seduce even the most discerning wine-lover. The 1980 vintages should be drunk within the next three years, while the 1990s can continue to cellar for another decade and the 2000 even longer.
Pousse d'Or Chambolle Musigny 1er Les Groseilles 2013 750ml
Vibrant yet lush, this ’13 les Grosielles dusts its juicy red and black fruit with peppery spices, umami, and saline minerals. This wine is a study in delicious contrasts, counterbalancing its delineated fruit with savory notes, its velvety tannins with bright acidity, and silky mouth-feel with its delineated structure. Pousse d’Or’s southeast-facing Les Groseilles plot sports soil that mixes limestone with rock, marl, sand, and silt; deriving from vines planted in 1937, 1990 and ’91, the biodynamically grown grapes ferment with natural yeast in temperature-controlled tanks; the wine ages in barrel (one-third new) for fifteen months before bottling without fining or filtration.
Poderina Brunello di Montalcino 1990 750ml
La Poderina, a 20-hectare estate in the Castelnuovo dell’Abate subzone of Montalcino, was bought in 1988 by Saiagricola, a subsidiary of Italian insurance giant SAI. This corporate empire may control numerous companies, but it is known for strict insistence on quality and offers very reasonable prices for the excellent bottlings they produce at La Poderina. In fact, over more than a decade of meticulous research on the terroir of Castelnuovo dell’Abate, this winery has tweaked its techniques to extract the best possible wine from this outstanding land. Under Lorenzo Landi the estate enhances tradition with the best of modern innovation, creating elegant, accessible wines with flawless balance.
Piancornello Brunello di Montalcino 1990 750ml
1990 offered Montalcino’s winemakers a ripe year with lowered yields; this ’90 Brunello from Piancornello embodies those traits in its luscious, dense and powerful palate. Succulent cherries and berries waft with smoky minerals, tarry earth, fresh-cut herbs, melted chocolate, and licorice in this ’90 Brunello; tertiary notes join the dance, offering hints of umami, truffle and black tea. Caressing yet vibrant, this beautifully balanced wine unfolds on the palate to reveal a sweet inner perfume, plenty of sophisticated, polished tannins, and a smooth, persistent finish. Deriving from the estate’s vines grown in the southern zone of Brunello di Montalcino, the grapes for this wine ferment in temperature-controlled vats, and the wine ages in oak vats in a combination of sizes. The inaugural Brunello vintage from Piancornello, this ’90 wine shows why this small family-owned-and-operated estate has become a favorite of wine-lovers in the know.
Fiorano No. 47 Semillon 1990 750ml
George Noellat Vosne Romanee Les Beaux Monts 1990 750ml
Perfectly aged, the 1990 Noellat Vosne-Romanee Beaux Monts 1er Cru shows bricking around the rim; it offers a core of ripe, palate-coating red fruits, hints of leather and sauvage, well resolved tannins, the perfect amount of structure, and its floral notes and telltale Vosne Romanee Asian spices simply jump from the glass. Ideally situated slightly upslope but between the Grand Crus of Richebourg and Échézeaux, les Beaux Monts is one of Vosne-Romanée’s finest premier crus. Direct from the domaine, this beautifully preserved effort had never left George Noëllat’s cellar nor seen the light of day, and the bottle was cleaned and labeled specifically for IWM.
Gravner Bianco Breg 1990 750ml
Breg, a white field blend comprising Sauvignon Blanc, Riesling Italico, Chardonnay, and Pinot Grigio, was conceived in 1982 under the designation Vinograd Breg and, for years, it was the most distinctive and best known of Gravner’s wines. From 1990 to 1991, the wine was known as Bianco Gravner, though it was ultimately christened Breg. Breg’s grapes that sit macerating on their skins from fall until spring. This technique that gives Breg its big, elusive mouth-feel, its mesmerizing saffron hue, and its palate that shifts seamlessly between fruit, spice, minerals and earth.
Giacomo Conterno Barolo Cascina Francia 2006 750ml
If 2007 offers a warm, welcoming embrace, 2006 Cascina Francia turns a classic profile; the two vintages perform perfectly complementary halves: two great back-to-back vintages that will remind collectors of the legendary 1989 and 1990. Roberto Conterno proudly told us that his 2006 may be one of the best Barolos he has ever produced, and the enticing ‘06 Cascina Francia shows gorgeous ripe dark fruit, a waft of incense and saddle leather, and chewy tannins that need some time to integrate. Cascina Francia 2006 gives a complex kaleidoscope nose--it’s like a deep breath of a year’s worth of fresh Piemonte air. While this wine is definitely austere in its youth, some time in the cellar will bring its roses, violets, tar and star anise into stunning harmony. Cellar for a couple of years and drink for the next three or four decades.