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Expert Picks: Villa Mangiacane and Cupano

Posted on | December 9, 2013 | Written by Perry Porricelli | No Comments

1972We recently debuted a new producer here at IWM. Cupano is another real gem of a find that Sergio has made in Montalcino, and the estate’s wines are here just in time for the holidays. Cupano is exactly the kind of winemaker we love to get behind. This family owned-and-operated estate is small, and while Cupano’s wines are hard to find outside of Italy, they’re making a big noise all over the Boot. Recently I poured Cupano ’04 with an old IWM small producer favorite—Villa Mangiacane. My clients were so happy, and I was too!

Drinking now:

Villa Mangiacane Aleah 2005 $48.99

This wine was simply delicious. Big rich fruit that would rival any good West Coast American Bordeaux-style blend but with one big difference—this baby has balance and structure. The fruit is held firm and pure. There are earthy tones and spice that let you know that this wine is from the hills of Tuscany.

Cellaring:

Cupano Brunello di Montalcino 2004 $149.00

This wine showed a different side to Tuscany’s greatness. Even though this Brunello is 10 years old and can be enjoyed now with a few hours decanting, this ’04 really needs another five or ten years to show its stuff. Powerful flavors—earth, barnyard funk, black pepper spice and, mushrooms—this wine has everything. It just needs a little more time for all these flavors to shine.

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