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Expert Picks: Château Pradeaux and Antonio Ferrari

Posted on | June 17, 2015 | Written by Will Di Nunzio | No Comments

will expertSpectacular wines have recently been landing at IWM, so we have had the great fortune of enjoying many blockbuster wines. Some of these are big juicy Amarones from Quintarelli, others are refined, delicate Barolos from Rinaldi and Aldo Conterno, but the fun really happens when you open wines that your guests have never heard of, wines that are undeniably tasty, and wines that have a great story behind them. Today’s picks fill those criteria, and they are a rosé that will blow your mind and a 56-year-old Primitivo you wouldn’t imagine was this good.

Château Pradeaux 2014 Bandol Rosé $29.99

Rhone, Bandol – Cinsault, Mourvedre

Founded in 1752, this Bandol estate has not ceased its chase of making the best wines​ ​in the region. ​Surviving a number of wars, ransacking, and Phylloxera, Château Pradeaux finally caught a break in the early 1940s when its modern debut began. This is a rosé of gorgeous harmony, and although balanced, it has a little zesty kick to it. It’s perfect for your summer days.

Antonio Ferrari 1959 Solaria Jonica $149.00

Puglia – Primitivo

It is a rare thing to find a great Italian wine from the 1950s, rarer still one from a region like Puglia and a grape varietal like Primitivo. Antonio Ferrari, originally from Piemonte, fell in love with the southern landscape and decided he would make age-worthy wines there. This wine aged in cement vats for a few decades, and the recently bottled wines from this estate are big and powerful, intense and beautiful. While Ferrari’s wines defy neat genre categorization, this 1959 in particular is more like a dessert wine, an ideal companion to your biscotti at the end of the meal.

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