New Aldo Conterno Barolo Releases! Franciacorta Splits! Collector Comte Georges de Vogüé!

October 20, 2016
A Note from Sergio

Some of the world's greatest wines come from Barolo, and many of the world's greatest winemakers have gravitated there, pulled by the force of its terroir. It's easy to talk about a vineyard's terroir, what the soil is made of and how the tectonic plates shifted to offer up younger earth in one vineyard and older earth in another. It's easy to talk about how those fresh soils grow grapes that make graceful wines, while those older soils grow grapes that make austere wines. It's easy to measure a ten-degree temperature difference from the bottom of a slope to the top, and to show a correlation between the opulence of the wines at the bottom and the finesse of the wines at the top. But you don't really get Barolo's magic of nature and of human ingenuity until you visit, and the more you visit, the more it floors you. Barolo is beautiful beyond words.

Today, I'm proud to present the new 2012 releases of Aldo Contero's trio of cru Barolos. Aldo passed away the year these wines were made. He spent his whole life in Barolo and knew it intimately. Aldo was one of those winemakers who defied easy categorization--he was neither strictly traditional, nor was he modernist--and whose wines have been so good that easy definitions cease to matter. As much as today's trio of wines ensure Aldo's legacy, these Barolos show how, just as Aldo's dad trained him, he trained his sons. They're true to the estate and to the integrity of this great producer, and they evoke all the warmth of the vintage while maintaining the muscular structure of a heavyweight boxer.

Along with this trio of new releases, I'm delighted to bring back a pair of wines that my clients have loved. These two wines are very, very different, yet each is a terrific representation of its specific type, the people who made them and the land that grew their grapes. The first is an Italian sparkler, Barone Pizzini 2009 Brut Franciacorta. Lombardia makes Italy's premier méthode champenoise sparkler, and these half-bottles from Barone Pizzini are outrageously good--share one with a friend over lunch or brunch and you'll be smitten. What can I say about Comte Georges de Vogüé that Burgundy lovers don't already know? It's an estate that lives up to its hype, maybe even surpasses it. The magnums of Georges de Vogüé 2012 Musigny VV offered below are outstanding.


Today's Featured Sections Include:

1. Spotlight on Excellence:
New Aldo Conterno 2012 Barolo Release
2. Only At IWM:
Why Not Share This Half Bottle of Franciacorta with a Friend?
3. Time Sensitive Offer: Collector Must-Have from Comte Georges de Vogüé
4. Wine Events: Upcoming October / November Wine Tasting Events

My Best,

Sergio Esposito

Aldo Conterno was known as the "King of Barolo" in Italy, and upon his passing in May 2012, the wine world lost not only a pioneer and a visionary but also a man of great dignity and grace. Fortunately, Aldo trained his three sons in his footsteps so that his eponymous estate will not merely perpetuate but flourish, as befits Aldo's legacy. Today, IWM is proud to present a trio of Poderi Aldo Conterno's new Barolo releases: the 2012 Barolo Cicala, Barolo Colonnello, and Barolo Romirasco, all at very enticing pricing.

2012 was a warm, even tempestuous growing season for Piemonte, but while the fussy Nebbiolo grape often suffers in heat, the snowy winter and a cool early spring provided groundwater to keep the vines from growing parched. Even more important, as harvest time neared, the weather grew more temperate, offering cooling nights to complement the sunny, warm days. Producers who carefully manage the leaf canopies of their vines, allowing for sufficient greenery to protect their grapes from the heat, did especially well--as did those whose vineyards were situated in Serralunga and the higher portions of Montforte d'Alba. The resulting Poderi Aldo Conterno wines offer early approachability combined with terrific aromatics and structure that's studded with polished tannins.

Situated in Monforte d'Alba in the prized Bussia Soprano vineyard in the heart of the Barolo region of Serralunga, the Conterno family has been producing and aging the great Piemontese wines for more than five generations. The late Aldo left his brother at his father's cellar (the legendary Giacomo Conterno estate) in 1969 to pursue his own winemaking interests and to create the wines of Poderi Aldo Conterno in the "Favot" cellar, and over the past decade, Aldo Conterno's wines have grown more traditional in style. Today's offer spotlights the darkly beautiful and gracious '12 Barolo Colonnello, the muscular and aromatic Barolo Cicala, and the opulent, textured Barolo Romirasco.

IWM offers special pre-arrival pricing on this trio of Aldo Conterno cru 2012 Barolos. Each in its own way is a must-have wine--only your palate, lifestyle and cellar dictate which of these three Barolos you should buy (although we suggest you get all three). A vintage for wine enthusiasts who are impatient, these '12 Aldo Conterno Barolos will please pretty much right out of the gate, but if we were to tell you which to drink first, we'd say start with the Colonnello, enjoy the Romirasco down the road, and let the Cicala sit for some time. Don't miss these must-have Barolos from the legendary Aldo Conterno estate; they're seductive, delicious and presented at very thrilling pricing.

Poderi Aldo Conterno 2012 Barolo Cicala*
(Italy, Piemonte - Nebbiolo)
$149.99 Regular Price
$139.99 Half-Case Price/btl

Poderi Aldo Conterno 2012 Barolo Cicala (1.5L)*
(Italy, Piemonte - Nebbiolo)
$329.00 Regular Price
$299.00 3-Pack Price/btl

Poderi Aldo Conterno 2012 Barolo Colonnello*
(Italy, Piemonte - Nebbiolo)
$149.99 Regular Price
$139.99 Half-Case Price/btl

(Italy, Piemonte - Nebbiolo)
$199.00 Regular Price
$179.00 Half-Case Price/btl

*Pre-Arrival, November 2016


In Lombardia south of Lake Iseo sits the 3,500-acre DOCG region Franciacorta, home to Italy's only méthode champenoise sparklers. Rather than mimicking Champagne, Lombardia's Franciacorta is a way of conveying Italian terroir through international grapes and French protocol, making it not unlike Super-Tuscan wines that invoke France through their grape selection and use of barrique. The resulting wines are very much on par with Champagne, though as the producers themselves would be quick to tell you, these bottles are not a copy of Champagne. Founded in 1870, Barone Pizzini was the first grower in Franciacorta to go completely organic, all the better to transmit its terroir and make high quality wines. While there's no doubt that Champagne produces the greatest sparkling wine in the world, at under $24 a 375ml bottle, this Franciacorta offers tremendous quality-to-price ratio in its elegant bubbles, characterful palate, and superb drinking experience.

Why Buy This Wine:

- Champagne is the perfect complement to celebrations of all kinds, but it can be very expensive; enter this beautiful Franciacorta from Barone Pizzini, a méthode champenoise sparkler that's priced at under $24 a 375ml bottle, the BEST PRICE in the States.

- This organically grown Chardonnay sparkler gets extensive aging on its lees, giving it delicious toasty notes, and its Lombardia terroir imbues it with fresh herbaceousness.

- While you'll find a lively palate of tropical fruits, orange marmalade and candied ginger, the wine itself isn't an effusive bubbly.

- This vibrant pale golden Franciacorta offers a smooth and persistent sparkle that combines with the classic character that you would expect of a wine fermented in the bottle.

- Ideal for lunch, brunch, the holiday season and beyond, this Barone Pizzini '09 Brut Franciacorta celebrates all your life's festivities; contact your portfolio manager to secure yours.

(Italy, Lombardia - Chardonnay)
$23.30 Regular Price
$21.34 Case Price/btl


Few Burgundy producers can trace their lineage back over five hundred years, but Claire de Causans and Marie de Ladoucette, the granddaughters of the late Comte Georges de Vogüé can. This is an old, great, and inventive estate, one that reckons among its holdings nearly three-quarters of the Musigny grand cru. In addition to this renowned vineyard plot, the estate's winemaker François Millet and viticulturist Eric Bourgogne work in tandem to make expressive, elegant and age-worthy Burgundies. Comte Georges de Vogüé very much takes nature as its cue, coaxing the best out of their meticulously grown grapes. This means that cellar regimen is always under flux, and it also means that the estate works tirelessly to garner the respect and the devotion of wine-lovers around the globe. Today, we're pleased to present special time-sensitive pricing on magnums of Comte Georges de Vogüé 2012 Musigny VV, a collector staple that is especially stellar in this vintage and from these large format bottles.

Why Buy This Wine:

- Quite possibly the pinnacle of Pinot Noir, Comte Georges de Vogüé Musigny Vieilles Vignes is a collector staple, and this vintage receives demand commensurate with its beauty and rarity.

- While Comte Georges de Vogüé isn't certified organic, viticulturist Eric Bourgogne grows the estate's grapes without chemical intervention, allowing for nature and terroir to direct the wine, wisdom evidenced by this 2012 Musigny VV bottling.

- Dark, sappy red and purple fruits hug brooding underbrush, lilting wildflowers, eucalyptus, and gravel in this intense, concentrated and textured '12 Musigny bottling.

- Sweet fruit and saline minerals oppose in delicious tension as this wine builds to a long, lingering, textured finish, creating an ideal Burgundy drinking experience for dedicated connoisseurs.

- This wine floods the palate with copious dry extract, but as concentrated as it is, it's nonetheless precise and nuanced.

- IWM is pleased to present this collector Comte Georges de Vogüé favorite at special time-sensitive pricing; contact a portfolio manager to secure your magnums before we sell through our very limited allocation.

Comte Georges de Vogüé 2012 Musigny Vieilles Vignes (1.5L)
(France, Burgundy - Pinot Noir)
$2,949.00 Regular Price
$2,199.00 Special Price/btl

This offer will expire in 24 hours on October 21st at 5:00 pm EST.


Saturday, October 22 | 1:00-3:00 pm | New York, NY
A Sit-Down Tasting

Ticket Price: $115.00

Italy and France may be rivals on the soccer pitch, but they're perfect complements at your table and in your wine glass. Join us as we explore some of the wines you should be drinking this fall and winter! Led by a knowledgeable IWM sommelier, this wine tasting event, complemented by regional meats and cheeses, will guide you through some of France's best loved white Burgundies, exploring their differences, nuances, and terroir; then we'll double down on your palate education by selecting Italian reds that work in concert with these French whites. Selecting from some of our favorite Italian producers, grapes, regions and styles, these red Italian and French white wines will give you pairing ideas for years to come!

Featured Wines:

William Fèvre Chablis Grand Cru Vaudésir 2014
Chavy-Chouet Meursault Narvaux 2014
Domaine Latour-Giraud Meursault Cuvée Charles Maxime 2014
Château de la Maltroye Chassagne-Montrachet 1er Cru La Romanée 2014
Tenuta dell'Ornellaia Le Serre Nuove 2013
Gianni Brunelli Brunello di Montalcino Riserva 2006
Prunotto Barolo Bussia Vigna Colonnello Riserva 2009
Nicolis Amarone della Valpolicella Ambrosan 2007

*Wine list may be subject to change.

Monday, October 24 | 7:00-10:00 pm | New York, NY
A Sit-Down Tasting Dinner

Ticket Price: $199.00
Early Bird Price: $179.00 (Expires Monday, October 17)

Guest Host: Dr. Gian Annibale Rossi di Medelana, Terriccio Winemaker

IWM invites you to discover the best producer of Super-Tuscan wines that you've never heard about, Castello del Terriccio. Join us as we host a very special five-course dinner featuring the wines of Terriccio and their maker, Dr. Gian Annibale Rossi di Medelana. "Terriccio" means soil in Italian, and Castello del Terriccio is devoted to creating wines that speak eloquently of the estate's roots and its vineyards' unique terroir. During this evening of delicious food, crafted by our in-house Chef Michael Marcelli and his staff, and incredible Terriccio wines, Dr. Rossi will tell you about his choice to source his vines from top Bordeaux estates and employ traditional Bordeaux protocol to craft the estate's complex, age-worthy Super-Tuscan expressions. An IWM first, this dinner will spotlight an array of Terriccio wines, creating an intimate evening of discovery and joy shared by passionate wine-lovers like you. It will be an unforgettable dinner, possible only with IWM, the world's leading authority of Italian wine.

Featured Menu and Wines:

Billecart-Salmon Brut Rosé
Frecciarossa I Moschettieri

Pasta I
Braised Duck Leg Risotto, Aged Gouda & Savory
Terriccio Capannino 2014

Pasta II
Handmade Chestnut Flour Lasagnette, Fresh Pork Sausage & Spaccatella Tomato
Terriccio Tassinaia 2010

Grilled Wagyu Bavette Steak, Mangalitsa Lardo & Soft Polenta
Terriccio Castello del Terriccio 2006
Terriccio Lupicaia 2010

Castello della Sala Muffato della Sala 2008

*Wine list may be subject to change.

Saturday, October 29 | 1:00-3:00 pm | New York, NY
A Sit-Down Tasting

Ticket Price: $75.00

In the US, they're called "orange wines," in Europe "skin-contact wines." Whichever terminology you use, they are all the fashion, which is a little ironic considering that this style of caramel colored wine made from white grapes date back thousands of years, originating in Armenia and Georgia. In many ways, the tale of orange wines goes hand-in-hand with the tale of natural wines; it's rare to find an orange wine made by a producer who doesn't abide by non-interventionist protocol, and indeed, the important producers of these wines in Italy hold a firm belief in non-interventionist agriculture and non-interventionist winemaking. Join IWM as we explore the wild, unique, unusual world of orange wines at this special tasting, accompanied by regional meats and cheeses. It's the perfect way to celebrate fall, welcome Halloween, and expand your palate with those white wines that "taste like a red."

*Wine list to be announced.

Monday, November 7 | 7:00-10:00 pm | New York, NY
A Sit-Down Tasting Dinner

Ticket Price: $499.00
Early Bird Price: $479.00 (Expires Monday, October 31)

IWM Hosts:
Will Di Nunzio, President
Francesco Vigorito, Vice President of Sales

Piemonte's white diamonds meet Barolo, Brunello, Franciacorta and carefully selected wines at IWM's highly anticipated annual white truffle dinner. If you love Alba's most sustainable delicacy, the tartufo bianco, you won't want to miss this dinner that pairs truffles with wines from some of the great masters of Italy. Truffles flown from Piemonte will be at the centerpiece of this special event as IWM's own Chef Mike Marcelli and his in-house kitchen staff design a dazzling multi-course menu, carefully paired with fantastic wines from the cult-inspiring estates of Gravner, Valentini, Fiorano and more, all rounded out with antipasti before and dolce after. Knowledgeable IWM sommeliers will pour Barolos from Aldo Conterno and Sandrone, as well as Brunello bottles from Soldera and Poggio di Sotto, along with other beloved wines from Movia, Palari, and Antinori's Castello della Sala. It's the most wonderful time of the year--truffle season--and we invite you to celebrate it in style with IWM.

Featured Menu and Wines:

Ca' del Bosco Cuvée Annamaria Clementi 2001
Movia Pinot Grigio 2013
Palari Faro 2007

Pasta I
Wild Snow Crab Risotto, Pine Nut & Chive
Castello della Sala Cervaro della Sala 2005
Gravner Breg Anfora 2003

Pasta II
Fresh Sheep's Milk Gnudi with Braised Lamb Shoulder & Abalone Mushroom
Case Basse Soldera Rosso IGT 2008
Poggio di sotto brunello 2009
Valentini Montepulciano d'Abruzzo 2001

Roasted Wild Squab with Capicola & Sarladaise Potato
Sandrone Barolo Cannubi Boschis 1990
Poderi Aldo Conterno Barolo Colonnello 1988

Dolci e Formaggi
Fiorano No. 48 Sémillon 1995

*Wine list may be subject to change.

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