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New 2010 Brunello Riserva Release, Vintage Tignanello, and Fall for Blush Wines
September 20, 2016
A Note from Sergio

I've said it before, but it bears repeating: the true beauty of Brunello rests in its astounding array of microclimates. Brunello begins around the hilltop town of Montalcino. This central subzone (also known as Montalcino), along with La Croce just below it and Tavernelle to the west, forms the traditional heartland of the Brunello di Montalcino DOCG. These vineyards sit at the highest elevations, where the altitudes help to make wines that are perfumed and elegant, structured and long aging. Producers use protocol that works to enhance these characteristics, balancing ample tannins with bright acidity. The central subzone includes the historic estates of Biondi-Santi, Fuligni, Cerbaiona and the estate I'm spotlighting today, San Polo.

While the elevation of San Polo--it sits at about 1,300 feet above sea level--would be likely to make wines that are austere, its southern-facing vineyards allow the sun to shine bright, ripening the grapes fully, while still retaining that telltale Sangiovese Grosso acidity. Of course, microclimate is only part of the picture. Winemaking protocol fills in the rest, and San Polo's combination of traditional and modern methods coaxes velvety, full-bodied and juicy wines from its grapes. Today, I'm very pleased to present the new release of the estate's 2010 San Polo Brunello Riserva. It's a beautiful bottle that will make new Brunello enthusiasts very happy--but it's also a bottle that will warm the hearts of you wine-lovers who already know and love this wine.

Along with this new release, I'm very happy to present a very large bottle of a great vintage Tignanello, the 1979. People who appreciate serious mature wines are a breed apart, and this almost 40-year-old wine, offered in five-liter bottles, will knock you out. It's a Tignanello that showcases its Sangiovese fruit, and it shows you how this Tuscan grape can age with the best of them. Finally, don't miss our sale on rosé wines. Most people overlook this, but fall is for blush wines--the weather, the food, the mood, especially those last few warm days, make rosé wines ideal. It's the last hurrah for rosé; add your glass to the celebration.

Enjoy!

Today's Featured Sections Include:

1. Spotlight on Excellence:
Brooding, Sappy San Polo 2010 Brunello Riserva
2. Only At IWM:
Big, Beautiful Bottles of 1979 Tignanello
3. Time Sensitive Offer: Last Hurrah for Rosé Wines!
4. Wine Events: Upcoming September / October Wine Tasting Events

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Domaine Laurens Marcillac Rose 2015 750ml
Domaine Laurens Marcillac Rose 2015 750ml
Price: $18.99

Bright pink in the glass, this ’15 bottling offers electric elegance, bursting with red berries and citrus fruits, spice and wildflowers. Dry and fleshy, this Marcillac rosé offers bitter cherry and raspberry flavors, making it perfect for wine-lovers looking for a fruit-driven wine reminiscent of a Pinot Noir rosé. This mono-varietal Fer Servadou, called “Mansois” locally, grows on steep terraces with red clay soils just west of Rodez in Languedoc, on a hillside terrace at 1,000-1,600 feet above sea level. Domaine Laurens, organic and family owned and operated, harvests its Fer Servadou by hand in early October, destemming, pressing, and using the saignée method to craft its deep cherry rosé. more info
Mas de Gourgonnier Rose 2014 750ml
Mas de Gourgonnier Rose 2014 750ml
Price: $18.99

If you enjoy a full-bodied, muscular rosé, then Mas de Gourgonnier 2014 Rosé is the wine for you; a blend of 60% Grenache, 18% Cabernet Sauvignon, 11% Cinsault and the remainder Mourvedre and Syrah, this sexy rosé embodies the terroir of Provence. Fragrant red berry and floral scents are lifted by chalky mineral and white pepper notes and pick up a deeper cherry pit quality with air. Juicy and smooth in texture, this wine offers tangy acidity adding bite to ripe raspberry and cherry flavors, and the wine’s peppery notes give cut to the finish, which clings with good persistence and gentle sweetness. more info
Domaine Laurens Marcillac Rose 2014 750ml
Domaine Laurens Marcillac Rose 2014 750ml
Price: $18.99
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Ripe red berries and blood orange appear on the spice-accented nose, and these notes echo on the palate. Dry and fleshy, with superb depth, this Marcillac rosé offers bitter cherry and raspberry flavors, making it perfect for wine-lovers looking for a fruit-driven rosé reminiscent of a Pinot Noir rosé. This mono-varietal Fer Servadou, called “Mansois” locally, grows on steep terraces with red clay slopes just west of Rodez in Languedoc, on a hillside terrace at 1,000-1,600 feet above sea level. Domaine Laurens, organic and family owned and operated, harvests its Fer Servadou by hand in early-October, destemming, pressing, and using the saignée method to craft its deep cherry rosé. more info
Il Conventino Rosato 2014 750ml
Il Conventino Rosato 2014 750ml
Price: $19.99
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Offering the cherry and wildflower aromatics you usually get from Sangiovese, this rosato shows the lighter, prettier side of the emblematic Tuscan grape. Juicy with red fruit and offering a light dust of earth and spices, this ’14 Rosato is delicious, bright, juicy and food-friendly. Located at approximately 1,150 feet above sea level between Val di Chiana and Val d'Orcia in Toscana, the Il Conventino winery was one of the first in the region to adopt the practice of organic farming. This rosato is 100% Sangiovese, which sits on its skins for just two days before the juice is removed to ferment in stainless steel for about six months before bottling. Il Conventino makes just 300 cases of its mono-varietal Sangiovese Rosato a year. more info
Fischer Cabernet Franc Rose 2014 750ml
Fischer Cabernet Franc Rose 2014 750ml
Price: $19.99

Bursting with juicy red berries, crushed wildflowers, sun-warmed earth, fresh herbs and  citrus zest, this bright pink mono-varietal Cabernet Franc Rosé looks like spring incarnate. This is an elegant, fresh wine that’s surprisingly complex, and there’s no question that it over-delivers on its under $20 price point. Deriving from almost forty-year-old Cabernet Franc vines, the grapes for this wine ferment and age in stainless steel in order to maintain a purity of terroir and transparency of grape varietal. more info
Nigl Zweigelt Rose 2011 750ml
Nigl Zweigelt Rose 2011 750ml
Price: $19.99

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Chateau Riotor Rose 2014 750ml
Chateau Riotor Rose 2014 750ml
Price: $21.99

The color of lightly tinted rose petals, this wine’s nose bursts red currants, ripe raspberries and strawberries, hints of melon and pear. Fresh, flavorful, fine and pure, this ’14 Provençal Rosé offers tangy fruit flavors coupled hints of citrus coupled with a certain delicacy and an exhilarating finish. A blend of 45% Grenache, 40% Cinsault, 10% Syrah, and 5% Rolle (more commonly known as Vermentino), this wine is incredibly versatile in terms of pairing, allowing you to match it to dishes from seafood salads to grilled chicken and pork. more info
Fischer Zweigelt Rose 2011 750ml
Fischer Zweigelt Rose 2011 750ml
Price: $23.45

Austrian rosé has appealing purity, transparency and aromatics that stem from its Alpine terroir, and this ’11 rosé from Zweigelt embodies this ideal. This dry Danube Rosé shows its altitude in its structure, and its stainless-steel vinification in its clear, pure palate. Salmon pink in the glass, this mono-varietal Zweigelt, an indigenous varietal that is Austria’s most popular grape, is fresh and juicy, laden with strawberries and herbs, touched with minerality and a zippy acidity. more info
Soter North Valley Highland Rose 2014 750ml
Soter North Valley Highland Rose 2014 750ml
Price: $26.99

No shrinking violet, this Rosé from Oregon’s Willamette Valley this beautiful Pinot Rose that bursts with tart berries, hints of brioche and vanilla. Crafted from 80% Pinot Noir, and the remainder Chardonnay and Gewürztraminer, this wine offers complexity, fantastic aromatics and the kind of minerality that winemaker Tony Soter and Oregon have grown famous for. And outstanding match with anything from antipasti to pasta and lean red meats, this wine is also a tremendous value at its price point. more info
San Polo Brunello di Montalcino Riserva 2010 750ml
San Polo Brunello di Montalcino Riserva 2010 750ml
Price: $129.00
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This intense, ruby-hued ’10 Brunello Riserva frames its succulent red and blue fruits with crushed violets, underbrush, licorice, warm cigar wrapper, and baking spices. Intense and full-bodied, the wine strides the line between the concentration and sappiness that you see in “modern” Brunellos and the terroir-driven verve and structure that typify traditional bottles. While powerful, this Brunello delivers beautiful nuance as it unfolds on the palate and builds to a lingering, satisfying finish. Deriving from the vines grown in a south-southwest-facing plot rich in calcium and clay, the grapes for this wine ferment in temperature-controlled concrete tanks for about 22 days; the wine ages first for about 24 months in tonneaux, some new, followed by bottle aging, to be released six years after harvest. more info