New Vega-Sicilia Único Release! Vintage Noëllat Vosne-Romanée, and We Love the 2011 Brunello

September 28, 2016
A Note from Sergio

Just as I have always believed in travel as a way of broadening your mind, so too have I always believed in drinking wine from all over the globe. My heart and my home may be in Italy, but I still appreciate a trip to South America, to France, to Australia or to Spain--if only in my glass! Today, I'm very proud to offer you a very special taste of Spain with the new release of Vega-Sicilia's 2013 Único. In many ways, the state of Spanish wines reminds me of that time when I opened the doors to IWM. There are wines that are already well known to collectors--for example, Vega Sicilia's Único Reserva--but there are also wines that wait in the shadows for discovery, like wines from La Rioja Alta, Murrieta, or Bodegas Ontanon. Today's wine sits in the former category.

Great weather makes great winemaking look easy, but tough vintages quickly separates extraordinary producers from adequate ones. Vega-Sicilia is an indisputably great producer. All you need to do is open the '08 Único to prove it. Drinking this wine, you'd never know that hail hit Vega-Sicilia's vineyards days before harvest. For most producers this would be a tragedy with no going back. But this estate looked the situation with a cool head and did everything it could to make the best wine it could--and it succeeded. The difficult weather in 2008 only serves to make this Único vintage even more special; it's like drinking a sports car, the perfect marriage of elegance and power, and you're going to love it.

I'm rounding out today's offer with magnums of George Noëllat 1979 Vosne-Romanée 1er Cru Les Beaux Monts. This wine comes direct from the estate, and it shows my commitment to the "IWM Difference": wines with pristine, straight-line provenance and perfect care. Finally, my staff can't get enough 2011 Brunello di Montalcino. These are ripe, opulent, even showy wines, and they will wow you from the first ecstatic whiff to the last, lingering sip. Below you'll find a list of some of the favorite bottles of IWM's portfolio managers.


Today's Featured Sections Include:

1. Spotlight on Excellence:
Elegant, Ethereal 2008 Vega-Sicilia Único
2. Only At IWM:
Beatiful and Mature, George Noëllat 1979 Vosne-Romanée
3. Time Sensitive Offer: IWM Staff Loves the 2011 Brunello!
4. Wine Events: Upcoming October Wine Tasting Events

My Best,


Sergio Esposito


There are great wines, and then there are wines of great mystique, great tradition and great myth. The wines of Vega-Sicilia--arguably the most collectable and most historical estate in Spain's Ribera del Duero--hold all of these elusive traits and they do it with élan. Today, we're delighted to present a new release of Vega-Sicilia Único, the 2008. A wine of terrific energy and exquisite finesse, this '08 Único illustrates how great winemakers can wrest astounding beauty from challenging years. Ravaged by a severe frost just before harvest, Vega-Sicilia rescued its grapes with anti-frost burners. The result is a very low production, atypical, and altogether remarkable Único bottling.

Without question one of the benchmark wines of the world, the beauty of Vega-Sicilia Único is its elegance and age-ability; it stands as one of those rare wines that manages to deliver finesse with concentration. These qualities stem in part from the wine's exceptional old-vine Tempranillo fruit, and in part from Vega-Sicilia's uniquely patient winemaking. Único's famous protocol customarily includes ten years from its harvest to its release, an aging regimen that includes seven years in barrel and three in bottle. So, you might be asking yourself, what is the 2008 doing being offered today?

Challenging years separate the good producers from the great ones, and winemaker Javier Ausás rose to the challenge of 2008 by relying on technology, subtle shifts in winemaking protocol, and arduous grape sorting. A blend of 95% Tempranillo with 5% Cabernet Sauvignon in 2008, Único typically spends seven years aging in large, new and old oak casks, with three years in bottle before release; however, in 2008 it didn't. In a stunning break from tradition, Vega-Sicilia chose to age it just 77 months with a complex, painstaking regimen of 14 months in oak barrels, 24 in new barriques, 17 months in old barriques, and finishing with 22 months in large wooden vats; this baroque protocol means that the estate is releasing the '08 Único before the 2005 or the 2006.

A gorgeous marriage of succulent fruits and brooding dark notes, the '08 Único rests its pure red and black fruits on a bed of cigar wrapper, crushed stones, melted chocolate, peppery spices, and a touch of tapenade. Light on its feet, this Único seems to dance over the palate, yet its grippy tannins lend weight to the wine, and it builds to a finish of lingering, subtle complexity. This is a wine that oscillates between sophistication and wildness, between sweet fruit and savory notes, between ethereal freshness and tannic weight--it's a compelling and unusual Único bottling. Vega-Sicilia crafted fewer than 6,000 cases of its fine-boned, polished '08 Único; contact your portfolio manager to secure yours.

(Spain, Castilla y León - Tempranillo, Cabernet Sauvignon)
$399.00 Regular Price
$349.00 Half-Case Price/btl

*Pre-Arrival, Winter


The Noëllat family has been one of the most important in the history of modern Burgundy, from their close relationships and contributions to Domaine JJ Confuron, to the historic Hudelot-Noëllat estate, to forming the vast majority of Domaine Leroy. To say that this estate has been a major influence in the history of Burgundy is an understatement. Just under 14 acres, the Noëllat estate now sits in the hands of Maxime Cheurlin, only in his twenties, who is restoring this historic estate to its former glory, and to fund this project, Cheurlin has chosen to sell a number of prized wines reserved in the domaine's cellars. Today, we're delighted to present a Burgundy lover's dream--one perfect 1979 Vosne-Romanée 1er Cru Les Beaux Monts in magnum direct from George Noëllat, at the BEST PRICE in the country! This gem offers the pristine provenance that you can't get with auction wines, making it ideal for true connoisseurs of vintage Burgundy.

Why Buy This Wine:

- From 1990 until 2010, George Noëllat sold most of its production to Louis Jadot and Drouhin; this exceptionally rare Noëllat bottling arrives with perfect provenance and ideal maturity.

- Sappy yet pure red fruit mingles with underbrush, spice, minerals and game in this '79 Les Beaux Monts that has enjoyed ideal maturation in this magnum format.

- While this vintage shows a soft, round profile, its minerality and its fine-grained tannins hold it in check as it builds to a subtle but lingering finish.

- Ideally situated slightly upslope between the grand crus of Richebourg and Grands Echézeaux, Noellat's 1.11-acre holding of Les Beaux Monts represents one of Vosne-Romanée's finest premier crus.

- It's difficult to secure vintage Burgundy outside of auction, but these George Noëllat wines come direct from the Noëllat cellars, ensuring pristine provenance and perfect storage conditions.

- Presented at the BEST PRICE in the US, this remarkable '79 Vosne-Romanée 1er Cru Les Beaux Monts offers a rare treat for lovers of vintage wines; contact your portfolio manager to secure yours.

(France, Burgundy - Pinot Noir)
$299.00 Regular Price
$249.00 3-Pack Price/btl


Americans drink one quarter of all Brunello produced, making the Montalcino wine a certifiable hit and US wine-lovers official fans. The staff at IWM shares this Brunello passion. We love to pour Brunello--for our clients, at our public tastings, and at our own tables. Today, we're delighted to present eleven of our favorite 2011 Brunelli--all at special, time-sensitive pricing. 2011 was a unique growing year in Toscana. The winter was very cold and snowy; the summer was very hot and steamy; in between, spring alternated with hot and cold weather. Ultimately, the harvest was down by almost a third--and all of this made for ripe, opulent Brunelli that are approachable far earlier than usual. If you're Brunello enthusiast with little patience or cellar space and a great love of textured, fuller-bodied wines, you will love 2011's Brunelli, and if you have patience, we've picked age-worthy wines. 2011 offers Brunelli you can drink almost upon release, and these 11 wines are arriving soon!

Why Buy This Wine:

- The Montalcino production zone abounds with subzones with variations in altitude, soil composition, and weather patterns, which means that every estate's wine is different, reflecting its unique microclimate.

- This curated offer of eleven Brunelli from the warm, low production 2011 vintage gives enthusiasts a panoramic view of this beloved wine, as well as wines from a range price points.

- You'll find affordable luxuries from cult Baricci, traditional Livio Sassetti, more modernist Il Poggione, hometown hero Gianni Brunelli, and Antinori's Montalcino estate, Pian Delle Vigne.

- Stepping it up a notch in pricing, Canaliccio di Sopra's high-altitude bottling is remarkably elegant, and bottles from Angelo Gaja's estate, Pieve Santa Restituta, resonate with this showman's flair.

- Biondi-Santi's Il Greppo is the birthplace of Brunello, and the estate's 2011 wine will slay you with its texture and structure; finally, Salvioni Cerbaiola's aromatic Brunello is simply extraordinary.

- Arriving shortly, these eleven 2011 Brunelli represent some of IWM's favorite estates; Sergio Esposito searches long and hard to bring you only the best of the best of Brunello.

- Ask your portfolio manager to help you select the '11 Brunello bottles that best fit your palate, lifestyle and cellar, but don't hesitate--this offer ends in just 48 hours!

Wine Vintage Size Price/btl 6pk Price/btl Case Price/btl
Baricci Brunello di Montalcino*
2011 0.75 $64.99 - $59.79
Biondi-Santi Il Greppo Brunello di Montalcino*
2011 0.75 $149.00 $139.00 $129.00
Canalicchio di Sopra Brunello di Montalcino*
2011 0.75 $89.00 - $79.00
Gaja Pieve Santa Restituta Brunello di Montalcino*
2011 0.75 $74.99 - $68.99
Gaja Pieve Santa Restituta Brunello Rennina*
2011 0.75 $149.99 $137.99 -
Gaja Pieve Santa Restituta Brunello Sugarille*
2011 0.75 $159.99 $147.19 -
Gianni Brunelli Brunello di Montalcino*
2011 0.75 $59.99 - $49.99
Il Poggione Brunello di Montalcino*
2011 0.75 $59.99 - $49.99
Livio Sassetti Pertimali Brunello di Montalcino*
2011 0.75 $49.99 - $45.99
Pian Delle Vigne Brunello di Montalcino*
2011 0.75 $59.99 - $55.19
Salvioni Cerbaiola Brunello di Montalcino*
2011 0.75 $189.00 $169.00 -

This offer will expire in 48 hours on September 30 th at 5:00 pm EST.



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

Ticket Price: $125.00

The temperature's dropping and we're reaching for heartier fare. As roasts, game, stews, and casseroles begin to appear on our tables, it's time to find big, bold reds that will make these rich, dark dishes sing. It's time, in short, for some of IWM's favorite brooding, complex wines. Join IWM at this tasting dedicated to wines that won't be overshadowed by cold weather's robust foods. Our knowledgeable sommelier will pour delicious bottles hailing from Italy's North--think well-known Barolo, Barbaresco and Brunello--as well as its South--think cult favorites like Montevetrano, Terra di Lavoro or Taurasi. Accompanied by regional meats and cheeses, this tasting will rev your palate and broaden your pairing horizons. Winter is coming, but these wines will warm you from the inside out!

Featured Wine List:

Donnas Vallee d'Aosta Rosso 2012
Movia Pinot Nero 2010
Tormaresca Bocca di Lupo Castel del Monte 2011
Mille Una Bacmione 2007
Silvia Imparato Montevetrano 2009
COS Contrada 2008
Domenico Clerico Barolo Pajana 2010

*Wine list may be subject to change.

Saturday, October 8 | 1:00-3:00 pm | New York, NY
A Sit-Down Tasting

Ticket Price: $155.00

The delicious flavors of autumn come together in this special IWM luncheon, featuring new menu items from IWM's Chef Mike Marcelli and our favorite fall weather wines. This special tasting puts dishes made by IWM's in-house kitchen staff front and center and showcases all of fall's finest tastes, from comforting squashes to nourishing meats. Of course, each of the handcrafted courses isn't complete without perfect wine pairings--and a knowledgeable IWM sommelier on hand to explain the wine's history, typicity and traditions. Welcome fall with an open mouth, a warm heart, and a full stomach at IWM's Fall Harvest Lunch. It's the most delicious way to enjoy a Saturday afternoon in autumn!

*Wine list to be announced.

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 spring, this summer and on into fall! 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 wines will give you pairing ideas for years to come!

*Wine list to be announced.

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.

For more information, please visit our website Wine Events Page.