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Return of Bea Pagliaro, Great Drouhin-Laroze Clos de Bèze, and the Lord of the Vines
September 10, 2014 
A Note from Sergio

Giampiero Bea takes after his father, Paolo. He gets his humble, almost meditative demeanor from him, and like Paolo, Giampiero believes in a hands-off approach in the vineyards and in the cantina. He doesn't say that he makes wines--he says that he "assists them." The Bea estate isn't certified biodynamic, but that's not because is it couldn't be. It's because Giampiero doesn't really see the point of conforming to strict doctrine. And when you make some of the best wines in Italy, why should you conform? You're doing everything right already. 

Today, I'm delighted to bring back the Paolo Bea Sagrantino Pagliaro 2007, a client favorite. A well-made Sagrantino is a beautiful thing. Many wine lovers will reach for the known entity, the Nebbiolo or the Sangiovese--and that's fine. I love these grapes and the wines made from them. But palates need to be shaken up, and the brooding, velvety Pagliaro will keep you warm on a crisp fall night, now or decades down the road. Last week, I debuted a new Sagrantino bottling from Bea, so it felt natural to get more of the Pagliaro to complement it. 

Like Umbria's Bea, Abruzzo's Edoardo Valentini always did things his own way, and he earned the nickname the "Lord of the Vines" for his magical, mystical efforts. I'm proud to present a half-case sampler of three vintages of Valentini's remarkable Trebbiano d'Abruzzo. These long-aging whites will confound, confuse and ultimately delight you. They're like no other wines on earth, and you can't find this offer of 2001-2003 Valentini anywhere else. Finally, I'm very pleased to present a singular Chambertin Clos de Bèze from Drouhin-Laroze; it's a fantastic value and a gorgeous wine.


Today's Featured Sections Include: 


1. Spotlight on Excellence: IWM Favorite Sagrantino, Paolo Bea Sagrantino Pagliaro 2007
2. Time Sensitive Offer: Exquisite Drouhin-Laroze Chambertin Clos de Bèze 2010
3. Our Experts Suggest: Aldo Conterno for Now and Later!
4. Only At IWM: Half-Case Sampler Valentini Trebbiano, a Collector Treat
5. Wine Events: 
A Tour of Burgundy from Chablis to the Côte d'Or

My Best, 



Sergio Esposito