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A Note from Sergio

 

 

To drink wine is to form a relationship. That's how I understand it, and to help my clients grasp that idea is part of my life's passion. Many people drink wine and talk about cherries, berries, and tannins. They sip the wine, utter a few buzzwords, give the bottle a score and go on. This is nonsense. These people are missing the goal, for the goal is the experience itself. It's not an empirical, categorical result; it's the living, breathing, evanescent moment.

 

Drinking a wine is not unlike spending time with a person. With both people and wine, you understand that for better or worse, for a short duration or a long evening, you are stuck together. The time is finite, and you try to make the best of it and have a few nice moments. You decide how much of yourself you want to give to this wine, and the wine also offers itself up to you--or not. It's a relationship, and like all relationships, some are better, stronger, more interesting, or more passionate than others.

 

Just as when you find a person who is extraordinary, when you discover a really extraordinary wine, you start engaging differently. An encounter with a special wine becomes less about the wine than it is about you. When you drink a really exceptional wine, you surrender yourself. It becomes a chase; it's about how you treat the wine, even how you treat the glass. How you swirl, when you taste, whether you decide to prolong the bottle and see the wine evolve, or drink it quickly in an exuberant burst--all these choices come into play. You do more than build a relationship with that bottle; you court it. Yet a truly outstanding bottle of wine will do even more. It'll seduce you. And that's exactly what the wines of Bruno Giacosa do. They start the engagement, they give the chase, and they demand your interest.

 

This week, I'm delighted to offer you a stunning array of Bruno Giacosa's wines, including the newly released 2008 Barbarescos and the 2007 Barolos--as well as an array of back vintages and highly prized Red Label wines. Every one of these bottles is a testament to the man who made it--and to the bond between the people drinking it. Open a bottle when you have the time, the company, and the luxury to be pleasurably bewitched.

 

 

 

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Bruno Giacosa Barolo Croera di La Morra 2004 750ml
Bruno Giacosa Barolo Croera di La Morra 2004 750ml
Price: $225.00

It is the new single-vineyard Barolo from the legendary traditionalist, Bruno Giacosa, paired with Piemonte’s benchmark vintage of 2004.  With eight years of maturity, the wine is just beginning to show its elegant brilliance.  IWM is now presenting the wine with more than 25% in savings and is arguably the highlight of Barolo day at IWM. This effort combines the team of Bruno and his star enologist Dante Scaglione; when they are together, it is fair to say Nebbiolo’s finest expression is captured.  Made from the Croera plot, in the high altitudes of the La Morra commune, this Barolo is an example of the more feminine expression of Barolo, emphasizing more rose, cherry and underbrush notes than the darker more firm hints found in other bottlings.  Just 600 cases were produced.  After working the Piemonte vineyards for more than 60 years, it’s not everyday you see a new wine from Bruno Giacosa - it this one is getting ready to drink and is perfect for the Holidays. more info
Bruno Giacosa Barbaresco Santo Stefano di Neive 2007 750ml
Bruno Giacosa Barbaresco Santo Stefano di Neive 2007 750ml
Price: $175.00
Currently Unavailable.

Richness, ripeness, structure and age-worthiness: the '07 Santo Stefano di Nieve holds all these cards at once, a full house of a Barbaresco. Sweet strawberries, bright cherries, and ripe blueberries appear on the nose, echo on the palate and reappear on the finish. Add a touch of tar, a nice handful of spice and some lovely chewy tannins, and you get the full picture of this gorgeous '07 that's drinking for the next couple of decades. more info
Bruno Giacosa Barolo Le Rocche Falletto 2005 750ml
Bruno Giacosa Barolo Le Rocche Falletto 2005 750ml
Price: $199.00
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Upon release, Giacosa’s ’05 Barolo Le Rocche Falletto was a meaty, powerful wine that layered its brooding red and blue fruits with smoke, fresh loam, camphor, licorice and pressed flower petals, all conveyed on a muscular framework. Time has mellowed this wine, and now it shows its telltale Giacosa purity, showcasing transparent Nebbiolo fruit, rose petals and tarry earth. This wine uncurls on the palate with a silky grace, showing a seductive elegance and understated feral power. Giacosa Le Rocche del Falletto derives from a small plot of Giacosa's Falletto cru that's situated at the vineyard's apex and contains its oldest vines. Typically needing years before it is ready to be approached, the ’05 Barolo Le Rocche del Falletto has just entering its drinking window, yet this wine will drink for the next decade or more. more info
Bruno Giacosa Barbaresco Santo Stefano di Neive 2008 750ml
Bruno Giacosa Barbaresco Santo Stefano di Neive 2008 750ml
Price: $139.00
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The ’08 Santo Stefano di Neive shows the taut lines and deceptive fragility of a prima ballerina. Under its delicate façade rests a lovely core of velvety tannins, piquant tar and rich spice, all the better to hang its tender blueberry and cherry fruit. Winsome and drinking to the end of the decade, likely longer. more info
Bruno Giacosa Roero Arneis 2009 750ml
Bruno Giacosa Roero Arneis 2009 750ml
Price: $35.20
Currently Unavailable.

Giacosa Roero Arneis is a dark, straw-yellow color. Intense, fine and elegantly fruity bouquet. Fresh and fragrant flavor with soft plentifulness. more info