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Dear Friends,

Allow me to first predicate this offering by saying these are not inexpensive wines. They are, however, tremendous offerings and I think their relative “value” will become apparent as you read through the material and understand the pedigree. These are Icon-level wines from top-scoring producers in their respective regions. Time to bust out the big stems…

Our first release, Lot 372 2007 Brunello di Montalcino is from one of Tuscany’s most prestigious producers and is considered a leader amongst the Brunelli. This wine was purchased already bottled as a “shiner” and under the producer’s label scored 94 and 93 from The Wine Spectator, Robert Parker, and The Wine Enthusiast (but not necessarily in that order). Any way you slice it, it’s a highly regarded bottle of wine from a highly regarded producer. With a retail price range from $65-85/bottle, it's also a fantastic deal at 39 bucks. COO Doug, our resident Italophile, said it was an “Oh My God” good wine and its finish was “Tantric”.

Intense, dark garnet color. It explodes from the glass with spicy blackberry and plum notes, blue flower perfume, and pungent cigar smoke.  Long and sumptuous across the palate with blackberry and cherry perfectly pitched against sweet tobacco and leather notes. It’s incredibly persistent with well integrated, but melting tannins. Tremendous structure and 20 year aging capability belie the perfectly "approachable now" nature of the wine (and the vintage). Here is your chance to own world class Brunello for a fraction of its normal price - grab this by the case and drink now and over the next 20 years.

Next up is Lot 374 2007 Maremma Toscana “Super Tuscan” (basically, any red wine that doesn’t conform to the Tuscan region's DOCG blending requirements). The Super Tuscan revolution began with the likes of Tignanello and Sassicaia, when Cabernet Sauvignon was blended with Sangiovese to explosive results. Since then, the Tuscan climate has beckoned continual exploration with the Bordeaux varietals, and one of the fruits of this exploration stands before you today. Lot 374 is a blend of 60% Merlot, 30% Cabernet Franc, and 10% Sangiovese and is the top wine of this producer. If you are philosophically opposed to Merlot, it is vitally important that you buy a bottle of this wine – the full-throttle style will blow your mind. If you love the big, rich style of Napa Cabernet this wine is right up your alley…in fact, I would not hesitate to put this wine up against any of the Napa big boys.

The only score I have been able to find for this wine is the 2006 vintage, scoring 93 points from the Wine Enthusiast with a retail price tag of $95/bottle…the bottling one level down scored 92 points for the 2007 vintage, but since we purchased the entire production (500 cases) of the Icon-level bottling, no one has submitted it for review. I guess you’ll just have to trust me on this one.

Gorgeous, sensuous nose of clove, blueberry, and blackberry lifted with high-toned graphite, mineral, and olive aromas. The wine explodes across your palate with waves of blackberry pie, sweet oak, and hints of mint and mocha that never seem to end. The solid core of fruit is well supported by silky tannins in this lush, hedonistic yet balanced and harmonious effort. An incredible offering at $39. Drink now and over the next decade.

As I said, these are not inexpensive wines, but I think they offer tremendous value nevertheless. As Icon-level wines, they receive intense focus from the vineyard through to bottling, and each of these wines truly reflects the incredible amount of effort that goes into making them.

If you have any questions, please email us or call 800-805-1971.


Cameron Hughes

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