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Dear Friends and Wine Lovers,

Italy is the land of the vine, with 900,000 registered vineyards spread out over twenty regions. The depth and variety of grapes is astounding with rows of vines around every turn in the road. We all love Brunello, Barolo and Chianti but Italy isn't only about Piedmont and Tuscany anymore. Under the radar there are small, passionate producers creating wines that are deserving of your attention.

We've chosen three producers for this offering that we feel are worthy of your attention...

Emidio Pepe - Montepulciano d'Abruzzo 2001 - Abruzzo
Emidio Pepe Emidio Pepe is a singular producer creating amazingly complex, long-lived wines in a region of mass produced, overly engineered versions of Montepulciano d'Abruzzo. His wines are delicate, structured and full of life and energy. They bear little relation to any Montepulciano d'Abruzzo you have ever tasted before. The Pepe family has not changed their winemaking practices since the 19th century. The grapes are grown organically, hand-harvested, hand destemmed, naturally fermented and aged 18-24 months in glass-lined tanks before they are bottled unfined and unfiltered. These wines which will age for decades are a taste from the past...! 93 points - Antonio Galloni - Piedmont report.

Bea - Montefalco Rosso 2003 - Umbria
Bea The Bea family are legendary for their rustic, handcrafted, intense and idiosyncratic wines. This tiny estate has raised the bar for Umbrian winemaking with its strict attention to detail and simple philosophy that "nature should be observed, heard, understood, not dominated". These words resonate deeper than just the world of wine. The 74 year old Paolo Bea is the guiding force for this family operation and his passion for the land is expressed in the complex, exquisite aromas and pure, vibrant fruit flavors he captures in every bottle. That’s why every label of Bea wine reads "che il vino è vivo!" which translates to "this wine is alive!"

Ceuso 2001 - IGT - Sicily
Ceuso The Melia brothers have not been making wine as long as the Pepe or Bea families but as the premier "terroiriste's" of Sicily they are equally as dedicated to producing profound, distinctive wines using classic techniques. Their Ceuso 2001 is sumptuously rich with a solid core of dark fruit, a hint of cedar, soft tannins and a long sweet finish. It was awarded the prestigious "tres bichierri" from Gambero Rosso magazine which also described it as a "masterpiece". In Italy it is acknowledged as one the top wines coming out of Sicily today. A blend of the native Nero d'Avola with Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot, it is aged in French Oak for 12 months and another 12 months in bottle before it is released.

The Shelf price for these three wines is - $164.97
Our internet special is 10% off bringing the price down to - $148.47

Please order on-line or by e-mailing us at sales. Alternatively, if you would prefer to speak with a human, call us on 212-924-6999


Piedmont Winemaker Tasting - Piero Busso
Friday, March 9th from 6-8pm

This Friday we welcome Piero Busso, creator of classic Nebbiolos with fabulous structure and intense aromatics. Piero owns 8 hectares in the heart of the biggest cru in the Langhe, producing only single vineyard Barbarescos. His vineyards are between 250 and 300 meters elevation facing due south, the perfect location and aspect to ripen Nebbiolo. He uses no new oak producing wines in a classic style. This is old school Barbaresco at its best! Here’s what we’ll be pouring...

Barbaresco "Borgese" 2003
Barbaresco "Bricco Mondino" 2001
Nebbiolo Langhe 2004

Spanish Tasting
Saturday, March 10th from 3-6pm

The wine world is spinning from the "over the top" scores Spanish wines received in the new issue of Robert Parker's Wine Advocate. With five wines earning 100 points Spain's reputation as a backwater country is gone forever.

We will be featuring the portfolio of Jorge Ordonez. Jorge has been named "Wine Personality of the Year" two times by Robert Parker for his pioneering work with Spanish wine. This will be an unbelievable tasting of highly rated wines, free from your friends at Le Dû's. Here's what we'll be pouring...

Txomin Etxaniz 2005 - Txacoli - Basque - 88 points
Muga "Prado Enea" Gran Reserva 1998 - Rioja - 91 points
Vinas del Cenit "Cenit" 2004 - Vinas de la Tierra - 92 points
Numanthia "Termes" 2004 - Toro - 94 points
Bodegas Alto Moncayo 2004 - Campo De Borja - 94 points

We hope to see you here...

Jean-Luc Le Dû.

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