Soldera: the end?

Gianfranco Soldera's winery Case Basse in Montalcino was sabotaged
today, about 60000 litres of wine were dumped from his barrels and
tanks, effectively destroying the 5 last vintages. Described as
vandalism, but to me it sounds like a premeditated act rather than a
random act of madness.
Mike
Reply to
Mike Tommasi
Thank you for this. Of course my first thought was . . .extortion/protection so imagine my "surprise" that the only online article to pop up so far says:
According to a report first published today by WineNews.it and then reposted by Franco Ziliani, “vandals” destroyed more than 600 hectoliters of Gianfanco Soldera’s wines last night.
After entering the cellar, they simply opened the valves of the large-format oak casks and let the wine pour out on to the cellar floor.
The report, which was based on Soldera’s own account, states that his entire production from 2007-2012 was lost.
No other damage or theft was reported.
Observers of the Italian wine industry have already begun to speculate that this act of vandalism fits the classic model for extortion by organized crime.
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Reply to
jcoulter
Beyond the extortion possibilities, there is also speculation that this is retaliation for rumors than Soldera was responsible for reports to authorities that let to "Brunellogate."
I'd find this story sad even if a modernista, but to me Soldera/Case basse is THE greatest BdM producer, so this is truly awful/
Reply to
DaleW
Thank &yourdeity; that the wine was insured, at least. Not that that's much comport to the rest of us.
Paul Magnussen
Reply to
Paul Magnussen
The vultures are circling. I have recieved a number of online offers to purchase older vintages of Soldera at inflated prices...and it's already a very pricy bottle of wine!
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