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Soldera Retrospective, 1978-1996, Gravner’s “Holy Grail,” and Stellar Faiveley Corton-Charlemagne
September 29, 2016
A Note from Sergio

Gianfranco Soldera has long been misunderstood, and that's the way he likes it. He never wanted to make wine that everyone would love; he's totally fine making wines for the few. Soldera's basic tenet for his winemaking is this: "A great wine is long lived: it must improve, at least in the first twenty years, and give different sensations as time passes." Many people plunge into a Soldera Brunello upon release and find it austere, off-putting, and inscrutable. A Soldera Brunello needs luxurious time, and the people who love his wines--really, really love them--understand that. The best way to say it is this: Soldera makes wine for people with patience.

This week I've offered a series of extraordinary wines, so I needed to finish with an exceptional offer. I've managed to secure a selection of Soldera's mystical Brunelli, spanning vintages from 1978 to 1996. This list gives IWM clients the rare chance to drink a mature Soldera immediately--or to let it cellar. Some of my favorite Soldera wines are on this list--the sensational '93, the mercurial '94, the historic '78, and the controversial and outstanding '96. Ever since Gianfranco lost the contents of six vintages to vandalism, it has become harder and harder to find his vintage wines. This offer lets you drink Gianfranco's Brunelli the way he does: with perfect maturity and terrific patience.

Along with these dozen Soldera Brunelli, I'm very pleased to offer wine from another uncompromising iconoclast, Josko Gravner. As much a philosopher as a winemaker, Josko approaches his craft with a thoughtful reverence, and you can taste care and mysticism in his indescribable amber wines. 2006 was warm year, and Josko's Ribolla Gialla offered in magnum below is extraordinary--textured like velvet and layered with savory minerals, it's outstanding. It's even better from magnum. If you've never had Josko's amber wines before, it can feel like a leap into the unimaginable, but let me tell you that these wines are pure heaven.

Finally, Burgundy lovers don't want to overlook Domaine Faieveley's 2012 Corton-Charlemagne--enjoy!

Today's Featured Sections Include:

1. Spotlight on Excellence:
Gianfranco Soldera Brunello, from 1978 to 1996
2. Only At IWM:
Gravner '06 Ribolla Gialla, a White that Drinks Like a Red
3. Time Sensitive Offer: Faiveley's Intense, Stellar '12 Corton-Charlemagne
4. Wine Events: Upcoming October Wine Tasting Events

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Gravner Ribolla Gialla Anfora 2006 1.5L
Gravner Ribolla Gialla Anfora 2006 1.5L
Price: $225.00
Currently Unavailable.

Intense, tannic, powerful and singular, the Gravner’s Ribolla Gialla Anfora truly is a white that drinks like a red, and in the warm weather vintage of 2006, this wine is nothing short of extraordinary. Broad-shouldered and rich, this ’06 puts its honeyed apricots, smoke, cigar wrapper, warm spices and salinity front and center, conveying the kaleidoscopic palate with a velvety mouth-feel and a lingering finish. This amber wine is best served like a red, decanted and at cellar temperature; enjoy it with hearty fare--its palate of will stand up to it. Like Gravner’s Breg, a blend of white grapes, this mono-varietal Ribolla Gialla ferments on the skins for about a year in amphora and then ages for a year in cask before bottling. It’s an age-worthy experience in natural winemaking that could only come from the hand of Josko Gravner. more info
Case Basse Soldera Rosso Di Montalcino 1980 750ml
Case Basse Soldera Rosso Di Montalcino 1980 750ml
Price: $225.00
Currently Unavailable.

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Case Basse di Soldera Brunello di Montalcino 1994 750ml
Case Basse di Soldera Brunello di Montalcino 1994 750ml
Price: $525.00

Upon release, this product of a cool, dry growing year seemed overly austere, but two decades later, this ’94 is showing the promise of its incredible structure and balance. The nose bursts with red and black berries, truffles, warm cigar wrapper, spice, minerals and fresh-ground espresso, and the palate echoes these notes in this detailed, textured ’94 Brunello. So transparent that its Sangiovese Grosso nearly gleams, this Brunello is pure Soldera--a beguiling, complex, and gratifying experience. Although it’s more than two decades old, this wine is juicy, succulent and fresh, offering a tremendous minerality in the mid-palate and a long, lingering finish. Produced from Soldera's two plots, Case Basse and Intistieti, this wine ages in large Slavonian oak barrels for around five years before being bottled without any fining or filtration. more info
Case Basse di Soldera Brunello di Montalcino Riserva 1996 750ml
Case Basse di Soldera Brunello di Montalcino Riserva 1996 750ml
Price: $1,299.00

Gianfranco Soldera scoured Piemonte, the Veneto, and Toscana before he settled on an abandoned, decrepit Montalcino farmhouse in 1972. He planted Sangiovese Grosso vines in two tiny vineyard plots, Case Basse (approximately 2 hectares) and Intistieti (approximately 4.5), over a two-year period (1972 and '73, respectively). In the 1990 vintage, Case Basse made its debut Brunello showing, while Intistieti was the source of Soldera's Riserva. In some years, though, the normale Brunello is wholly a Case Basse production, while in others, like 1996, it is a blend of the best from both crus. The rich color of amarena, or sour cherry, alert you to the specialness of this Riserva, and its aromas of roses and forest floor only deepen that suspicion. Dizzying, amazing, and singular, a Soldera Riserva remains something that can only be experienced. more info