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Expert Picks: San Giovanni della Sala and Bachey-Legros

Posted on | March 1, 2016 | Written by Garrett Kowalsky | No Comments

Garrett_8.6.14_72dpiSpring is near! Yes, the calendar just flipped to March, but despite the chilly temperatures we’re really not far from warmer temperatures and the vitality that spring brings. At least, that’s how I keep myself going every time I get blasted in the face by wind. With that in mind, I wanted to suggest two vivacious bottles that are sure to liven the spirit and quench your thirst for the months ahead.

San Giovanni della Sala 2014 Orvieto Classico Superiore $24.99

Chances are you’ve never had a blend quite like this below. This spry bottle is composed of 50% Grechetto, 25% Procanico, 25% Pinot Blanc and Viognier. This ’14 Orvieto is another offering from Antinori’s impressive portfolio, and I have clients who seek me out for this wine every single year—even priced at $25 people still clamor for it! Brilliant in color and chock full of citrus fruit that drenches the palate, this is a winner to have on hand at all times. Drink until 2018.

Bachey-Legros 2013 Chassagne-Montrachet 1er Cru Morgeot $59.99

Chistiane Bachey has guided this estate that her great-grandparents founded since 1993, but her two sons Lenaic and Samuel recently have assumed control. Bachey-Legros might be the best Chassagne estate you’ve never heard of, and this bottling in particular is a star here at IWM and for five years running. In addition to the love and care lavished on the vines, what makes the difference is their age of at least 50 years old. This is a wine of concentration, complexity and purity. Drink 2017 to 2024.


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