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WINTER 2014

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MORRELL FINE WINE AND SPIRITS cALL 800.96.WINES (800.969.4637) • vISIT uS AT MORRELLWINE.cOM • cOMPLIMENTARy DELIvERy ON ALL ORDERS OvER $100 IN Ny AND cT 33 Region Name Here ITAly: BAROlO A s exciting as 2010 Barolo is, we can't help but feel even more excitement about 2011. We've seen a number of warm vintages in Piedmont over the last decade, but never have we heard such positive chatter over one. 2011 was a very strange growing season for the region with a warm spring followed by dry and hot conditions throughout the summer. Many vines suffered from heat stress and dehydration. What followed was one of the earliest harvests on record. Yet after a string of warm vintages over the last decade, growers are much better prepared to deal with these challenges. In the end, 2011 is a vintage to pick and choose what goes into your cellar, yet from all reports we've heard, the best wines are simply drop- dead gorgeous. These won't be the over-the-top, practically chewy '09s or the racy, yet too ripe '07s—instead 2011 is being called radiant, balanced and a pleasure to drink. We look forward to tasting what's to come. ✦ lOOking ahead TO 2011 baROlO la fesTa del baROlO What has become an attraction for Barolo enthusiasts around the world, the third annual La Festa del Barolo, hosted by Antonio Galloni of Vinous media, took place between February 6th and 7th at The Four Seasons Hotel in New York. Each participant attended with a bottle, or three, of the finest Barolo in hand to share with fellow collectors and winemakers from Piedmont. The Gala dinner kicked off the event with Barolo dating back almost 90 years, all poured by New York's top sommeliers. The event also included a charity auction which raised $228,000 to be donated to The Kravis Children's Hospital at Mount Sinai. It was an epic selection to sample and bid on from a region which is sure to become the next big craze in collectible wine. What followed was a focused tasting of 15 iconic Barolo from the highly revered 2010 vintage, all while seated with the producers themselves providing commentary on their Barolo, as well as stories and precious details about their families and history. The buzz on the street from all involved is that 2010 Barolo is truly the epic vintage that Antonio Galloni has been raving about. Eric Guido ✦

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