September 12, 2016

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Return of IWM Favorite Giacosa Barbaresco, Great Fiorano White, and William Fèvre Sale!
September 12, 2016
A Note from Sergio

Barbaresco is often referred to as a junior Barolo: where Barolo is king, Barbaresco is queen. But that old saying makes Barbaresco seem like an also-ran to Barolo's pageant winner. Certainly, there's no way I can knock Barolo--it's Italy's most esteemed wine for many good reasons--but I can't help but wonder if Barbaresco doesn't pale by close comparison. Barbaresco sits right next door to Barolo. You drive seamlessly from one region to the other, the elevation rising a little to Barbaresco, the sea air a bit more noticeable and a bit cooler. But the same grapes grow in these two regions, and, indeed, both Barbaresco and Barolo are made from Nebbiolo. Many of the same producers make both the wines, and both are beloved by Italians.

Barolo producers have always traditionally made Barbaresco, and winemakers who can craft beautiful Barolos can pretty much make glorious wines, regardless of the wine they're making. Today, I'm very pleased to bring you a new allocation of Bruno Giacosa 2012 Barbaresco Asili, a wine that IWM clients, staff and I have been falling in love with every time we open a new bottle. Bruno Giacosa sits among the best winemakers--he's a serious traditionalist, and his wines show his love of Piemonte winemaking history. He also excels in warm weather vintages, and this 2012 Barbaresco is pure, liquid magic.

Along with this great Italian red, I'm pleased to present a selection of amazing whites--both Italian and French. First, you've got a beautiful mature Malvasia from Fiorano, the fairytale estate of the late, great Alberico Boncompagni Ludovisi. It has been my honor to be able to bring these hard-to-find wines to you, and this Fiorano 1988 No. 26 Bianco is outstanding. Finally, I'm pleased to present special sale pricing on a baker's dozen of William Fèvre Chablis. Summertime may officially be over, but these Chablis will drink beautifully into fall and down the road.


Today's Featured Sections Include:

1. Spotlight on Excellence:
Pure, Liquid Magic, Bruno Giacosa 2012 Barbaresco Asili
2. Only At IWM:
The Prince's Singular Malvasia
3. Time Sensitive Offer: A Baker's Dozen of William Fèvre Chablis in Magnum!
4. Wine Events: Upcoming September / October Wine Tasting Events

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Fiorano No. 26 Bianco 1988 750ml
Fiorano No. 26 Bianco 1988 750ml
Price: $149.00

Lush yet racy, weighty yet energetic, this ’88 Bianco fills the mouth with a textured feel, but its acidity keeps it nimble and supple. Candied fruits mingle with succulent fresh stone fruits in this juicy and tart white; citrus zest, potpourri, and spice complete the flavor profile in this unique golden wine. 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