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Spring Forward with Great Wine

Posted on | February 19, 2015 | Written by David Bertot | No Comments

David Bertot_8.6.14_72dpiI am sick and tired of winter. I’m barely paying attention at the weather anymore. In fact, I just grab by heaviest coat, warmest scarf and hat, and go. No need to worry as in a few weeks we are out of these wintry woods. In the meantime, here are some wonderful wines either currently in stock or about to arrive just in time to scare the cold away. These will help us forget about the cold and help bring our focus to spring.

Bruno Giacosa Barolo Le Rocche Falletto 1997

  • As always, Giacosa’s wines are monumental efforts producing stellar results. This gem from the excellent 1997 vintage is not to be missed, a wine that provides proof that there were excellent vintages in Piemonte other than ’96 and ’90. At the 18-year mark, this Barolo is drinking beautifully, but it’ll improve with another 10+ years in the cellar. Expect roses, pleasant tar, fine tannins, and a mind-blowing finish. Only a few bottles are left, so hop on them!

Talenti Brunello di Montalcino 2010 

  • This is a highly anticipated arrival. IWM has stood behind the wonderfully crafted wines of Talenti for years, and the hype of the 2010 vintage is well deserved. One thing I’ve noticed about the vintage is that the wines are not tight and sealed up; rather, if you let the wines breathe for a few hours, you will enjoy freshness, vivacity, and balance. But don’t be fooled by this approachability: I am confident that with the correct aging the Talenti 2010 will be amazing in the next 20+ years. This is a rare opportunity to enjoy a world-class, traditional Brunello from a benchmark vintage for under $50 a bottle that you can drink either young or aged. I recommend it by the case.

Ada Nada Barbaresco 2009

  • Lastly, I bring to you an amazing trio of single vineyard cru Barbaresco from Ada Nada: Elisa, Cichin, and Valeirano. Something to keep in mind is that Barbaresco is about a third the size of Barolo, so to enjoy single vineyard Barbaresco is a treat, yet it’s another thing altogether to enjoy a cru Barbaresco for less than $45. It’s really fun to drink these wine side by side to observe the different nuances from each vineyard; this would make for an incredibly fun dinner party now, or in 5-10 years. These beauties over-deliver with spice, subtle fruit, and precise acidity, yet each bottling retains its unique characteristics. These wines are quite the compelling evidence proving Barbaresco to be the reigning Queen of Piemonte.

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