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Delicious Salvioni Recent Release Duo! Feral François Gay! And Syrah Sale!
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.

Enjoy!

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

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Jaboulet Hermitage La Chapelle 2009 750ml
Jaboulet Hermitage La Chapelle 2009 750ml
Price: $349.00

Deriving primarily from Le Meal and Les Bessards vineyards, with a touch of Les Roucoules fruit, this dark, inky, almost opaque ‘09 Hermitage oozes across the palate with notes of brambly dark fruit, au jus, exotic spices, smoke, umami and pencil lead. Silky, viscous, rich and opulent in the mouth, this La Chapelle nonetheless has outstanding structure, freshness and balance--simply put, it’s an exquisite Hermitage and it shows that winemaker-owner Caroline Frey is at the top of her game. The 2009 vintage clearly makes evident that Jaboulet is back on track with some dramatic changes; selections are stringent and yields have been significantly reduced from their typical 8,000-10,000 case production to a mere 2,000 in 2009. The results are more concentration, purer fruit and more structure--in fact, this may be the greatest La Chapelle since 1978. more info
Jaboulet Hermitage La Chapelle 2009 1.5L
Jaboulet Hermitage La Chapelle 2009 1.5L
Price: $725.00

This dark, inky, almost opaque ‘09 Hermitage La Chapelle oozes across the palate with notes of brambly dark fruit, au jus, exotic spices, smoke, umami and pencil lead. Silky, viscous, rich and opulent in the mouth, this La Chapelle nonetheless has outstanding structure, freshness and balance--simply put, it’s an exquisite Hermitage and it shows that winemaker-owner Caroline Frey is at the top of her game. Deriving primarily from Le Meal and Les Bessards vineyards, with a touch of Les Roucoules fruit, the 2009 vintage clearly makes evident that Jaboulet is back on track with some dramatic changes; selections are stringent and yields have been significantly reduced from their typical 8,000-10,000 case production to a mere 2,000 in 2009. The results are more concentration, purer fruit and more structure--in fact, this may be the greatest La Chapelle since 1978. more info