The Inside Story from Italian Wine Merchants

Go-To-Wine Tuesday

Posted on | December 27, 2011 | Written by Jordan Birch | No Comments

Christmas at Italian Wine Merchants is a spectacle to behold. The shipping department, the showroom storefront, and the event spaces bustle with activity; everything converges in a seeming chaotic but actually exquisitely coordinated dance with Portfolio Managers waltzing across a figurative stage like some corps of well-informed dancers.

We were of course open for business on Christmas Eve this year, catering to the flurry of last-minute shoppers in need of a quick gift or the right taste to present at their holiday table.  Quite a few of our Christmas Eve shoppers were simply on their way to a party and wanted something to open immediately, ready to drink, and easy on the wallet.  Brimming with Tuscan charm and just $25, the 2007 Maialina Chianti Classico Riserva was a perfect selection.  Laden with dark fruit and the characteristic “touch of leather” so often associated with Sangiovese, the Maialina is soft, supple and gorgeously balanced.  The ’07 vintage in Toscana is already the stuff of legend, and the elegance of this reserva shows itself with a creamy and long-lasting finish.  The anticipated maturity of this offering began last year and stretches out for the next five years, so there is plenty of life left in this bottle – enough for the next few Christmas seasons at the very least.

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