September 13, 2016
A Note from Sergio
Choosing which Brunello and Rosso di Montalcino wines to carry sounds easier than it is. Montalcino has exploded in the past couple of decades, and there are now more than 250 winemakers crowded into the region. Many make wine that's not worth the price tag. Some make wine that is well worth its money (and arguably more). And a few make wine that consistently over-delivers. Salvioni Cerbaiola, a very small family-owned-and-operated estate, is one of these few.
Salvioni is an exacting, painstaking estate that spares nothing to craft intensely artisanal Brunello. It's a cult winemaker, no doubt, in part because it's aided by Attilio Pagli, a star in the wine world who got his start with Gianfranco Soldera. If you like Soldera's Brunellos, chances are you'll like Salvioni's wines--Soldera and Salvioni share a reputation for crafting wines that are both finessed and powerful, nuanced and concentrated. Salvioni Cerbaiola makes just 500-600 cases a year of its evocative, super-concentrated Brunello satisfy its many fans, so when I offer it, you'll want to jump on it!
Today, I'm delighted to present a pair of recent releases from Salvioni, the estate's 2011 Brunello and 2014 Rosso di Montalcino. 2011 was super warm and 2014 was super chaotic, both challenging vintages. But Salvioni's wines show how a great producer turns clouds inside out to reveal their silver linings. These are terrific wines. Along with these new releases, I'm very pleased to bring you a new allocation of François Gay's 2013 Corton-Renardes, a wine that slinks with feral grace. Finally, all you lovers of "big reds" should get excited. I've put a select group of Syrah wines on sale. They're brooding, they're powerful, they're beautifully made, and they're all at special, time-sensitive pricing.
Today's Featured Sections Include:
1. Spotlight on Excellence: Salvioni Cerbaiola Triumphs in 2011 and 2014
2. Only At IWM:
Must-Have Sauvage François Gay Corton-Renardes
3. Time Sensitive Offer: Travel the Globe With 20 Gorgeous Syrah Wines, On Sale!
4. Wine Events: Upcoming September / October Wine Tasting Events