When it comes to importing wines from Italy, we tend not to go for cuvées made from internationally prevalent grapes, because the country boasts so many native varieties: Nebbiolo, Sangiovese, Rossese, Nerello Mascalese, and Nero d’Avola, to name just a few. Every once in a while, however, if the terroir has something really interesting to say and the wine is simply too good to pass up, we make an exception. Peter Dipoli’s Iugum is one of these rare bottles. From his stunning slopes near Bolzano in Alto Adige, Dipoli crafts this blend of Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon, an outstanding Italian cousin of Right-Bank Bordeaux, with fragrant aromas of black cherries, tobacco, and plums. Enjoy now through 2030.
Campriano’s Riserva bottling comes from the commune of Greve in Chianti, and the specific vineyard is surrounded by wild forest, but Tuscany has no authorized regional classification to designate this special site, such as you might find in the Côte d’Or or Barolo. After tasting this incredibly pure Sangiovese, however, you won’t forget the parcel’s proximity to woods: it is perennially Campriano’s bottling with the most irresistible, terroir-reminiscent notes of earth and undergrowth. The phenomenal 2016 vintage provides an ideal entry point to the joyous and classy reds of Podere Campriano.
It’s hard to think of many young talents whose star is rising faster than Giulia Negri in Piedmont. Not only is she charismatic, but she also makes exceptionally graceful renditions of Nebbiolo from her domaine’s many different terroirs. This Barolo comes from Serradenari, the appellation’s highest cru. More specifically, it comes from Giulia’s sandiest parcel, which she says “was one of the first vineyards that showed me the terroir effect in Serradenari.” The result is an elegant, floral, and succulent Barolo that will age beautifully but is exquisite now, especially after half an hour in a decanter.
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