Ladies and Gentlemen,
It was reported in early December 2012 that vandals broke into the cellar of Case Basse, the highly regarded estate of Gianfranco Soldera in southern Tuscany. They turned on the spigots of the ageing 2007 through 2012 Brunello barrels, dumping almost 5 years of wine down the drain.
This is, in short, wine terrorism.
There are rumors that the Mafia are responsible. Whomever is, it is more than an act of bullying, of intimidation. They committed a crime that affects the wine world, not just the winery. For anyone that has tasted these wines, they are an experience that defines greatness. I have had the opportunity to try a few Soldera vintages, but tasting the 2002’s was a true lesson, confirming that the best vineyards and estates produce profound wines in an otherwise inferior growing season. That wine connossieurs will be denied the pleasure of acquaintance is the real travesty, and, the horror knowing those who committed this crime is the power they hold over the artisans of this earth. I hope that justice is served, but the title of this post reflects on the corruption and scandals that have plagued the Italian wine industry in recent years.
In closing, to all the ‘vandals’…