September 6, 2018
A Note from Sergio
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Called the "King of Wines and the Wine of Kings," Barolo has this distinctly masculine personality. But there's a major shift in the Barolo making. The wine's old masters are getting even older, and they're ceding control not to their sons, but to their daughters. Barolo is, in short, undergoing a female revolution. When Barolo legend Bartolo Mascarello passed away, he left his legacy to his daughter Maria Teresa. Angelo Gaja's heir is his aptly named daughter Gaia. And, sadly, with this week's passing of Giuseppe Rinaldi, Beppe's daughter Carlotta has assumed the winemaking duties in her father's cantina (his daughter Marta serves as estate manager). Barolo has always been a boys' game, but the playing field is beginning to look very different, for the estates.
The estates that I've named aren't lesser known entities--they're the Barolo old guard, and soon all will be run by women. Barbara Sandrone, who is taking over from her father, the famed Luciano Sandrone, is another of these outstanding women winemakers. Today, I'm very proud to debut a pair of 2014 Barolo wines made by Barbara, with a little guidance from her father, Luciano: the estate's graceful '14 Barolo Le Vigne and its burly '14 Barolo Aleste. These two wines show two sides of the difficult 2014 vintage, and they are both outstanding testaments to Barbara's abilities, Luciano's dedication, and the estate's terroir. If you want to hear the inside scoop on how Barbara came to make them, I invite you to join IWM's winemaker event
on Friday, September 28. We'll be hosting Barbara for dinner, and it'll be magical.
Along with these two Barolo debuts, I'm very pleased to bring you a pair of recent releases from Tenuta San Guido, the estate's entry-level Le Difese from 2015 and 2015. People who love Sassicaia will want to jump on these two Le Difese bottlings. They're not only harbingers of the beauty to come from their respective vintages-these two Le Difese bottlings are delicious and compelling on their own terms. And they're under $30 a bottle! Finally, to complement all these new wines, I'm delighted to present an old one: Giuseppi Quintarelli's peerless 1971 Amarone Riserva. You can't get much better than this!
1. Spotlight on Excellence: New Luciano Sandrone '14 Barolo Duo
2. Only At IWM: Perfect, Pristine 1971 Quintarelli Amarone Riserva
3. Time Sensitive Offer: Tenuta San Guido's Compelling Le Difese Recent Releases!
4. Wine Events: Upcoming September Wine Tasting Events