Talenti's $25 "Baby Brunello"! Ferrari's Fairytale Solaria Jonica! And Jaboulet Cornas!

May 21, 2015 
A Note from Sergio

Born in 1983 to help Montalcino's producers, Rosso di Montalcino comes from the same land, the same grapes and the same producers as its more collectable, age-worthy and expensive forebear. This Rosso must be aged a minimum of one year as opposed to Brunello's almost three years. Aged less and often coming from grapes grown on younger vines, Rosso di Montalcino usually is a fresher, lighter, and more approachable wine. In the grand pantheon of Italian wine, a Rosso di Montalcino serves a stepping stone to drinking the often more formidable Brunello, gives a good indication of what a producer's style might be, and offers an early taste of the Brunello vintage.

Rosso di Montalcino often gets called a "baby Brunello." Some people take exception to this name, arguing that Rosso di Montalcino is its own wine, and Brunello is its own wine, and never confuse the two. But the facts of the situation argue for an inextricable relationship. And when a producer makes a well-wrought Rosso di Montalcino, as Talenti does, it's hard not to see that wine as the younger, sassier sibling. Today, I'm pleased to announce a new allocation of the '13 Talenti Rosso di Montalcino. No matter what you call it, you'll want this under $25 wine in your cellar, on your table and, most of all, in your glass. It's simply delicious.

As we head into Memorial Day and the first long weekend of the summer, I'm pleased to re-offer two more extraordinary wines. First, you cannot overestimate the "wow" factor of Antonio Ferrari's Solaria Jonica from 1959. I'll never forget the first time I drank it--and the way it made me want more. Taste this indescribable wine, and I know you'll feel the same. Second, as I said yesterday, sometimes you want a really excellent full-throttle Syrah. You can enjoy yesterday's offer from Château Maris, or you might try today's Jaboulet Cornas "Domaine St Pierre." Both wines are 2009, and both will scratch that Syrah itch perfectly.

I wish you and yours a wonderful Memorial Day!

Today's Featured Sections Include:


1. Spotlight on Excellence: Must-Have $25 Rosso di Montalcino from Talenti
2. Only At IWM:
Ferrari's Fairytale '59 Solaria Jonica
3. Time Sensitive Offer: Big, Brooding and Delicious Jaboulet '09 Cornas "Domaine St Pierre"
4. Wine Events: May/June Wine Tastings 

My Best, 


Sergio Esposito


Classic, balanced and laser precise, the Talenti '13 Rosso di Montalcino presents its plethora of pure Sangiovese Grosso fruit on a bed of spice, wildflowers, cypress needles, chestnuts and fresh-cut herbs. Delicate yet powerful, this wine augers well for the estate's 2013 Brunello. In stock and ready to ship, this "baby Brunello" comes from one of our favorite small family-owned-and-operated producers, Talenti. Delicate yet powerful, this wine augers well for the estate's 2013 Brunello, and true to Talenti's trademark clean, delicious style, this wine is sure to please a wide range of palates.

Talenti's Rosso di Montalcino acts like a little brother to the estate's classic Brunello; it has all of the Brunello's characteristics shown on a slightly smaller scale. Made from grapes harvested from younger Brunello vines, Talenti's Rosso di Montalcino matures for eight months in a combination of oak tonneau and barriques and in bottle for four months. The resulting wine possesses an enchanting balance between ripe red fruit, spunky acidity, nice minerality, spicy Montalcino terroir, and velvety tannins.

2013 saw a wet spring but a long, slow ripening throughout summer in Montalcino, and by the time harvest came, the grapes were perfect. While harvest was down by about 30%, this reduction means the vintage is as intense as it is precise, and that's a good combination of traits. Made from grapes harvested from younger Brunello vines, Talenti's Rosso di Montalcino matures for eight months in a combination of oak tonneau and barriques and in bottle for four months. The resulting wine possesses an enchanting harmony among its ripe red fruit, spunky acidity, minerality, spicy Montalcino terroir, and velvety tannins.

This delicious, affordable Rosso di Montalcino is your first opportunity to explore the 2013 vintage from Montalcino. Coming from Talenti, one of the founding fathers of Brunello di Montalcino, it is a treat. In stock and ready to ship, this wine is perfect for all your summertime fun--and it'll drink beautifully into fall and winter too. Stock your cellar and never run out of this emblematic "baby Brunello."



Talenti 2013 Rosso di Montalcino

(Italy, Toscana - Sangiovese Grosso)

$24.99 Regular Price

$22.99 Case Price/btl

Antonio Ferrari didn't intend to be a winemaker, but when this Piemonte native visited Puglia, he fell in love with the land and its grapes. Beginning in 1938, Ferrari was making wine, choosing not to grow but rather to buy the very best Primitivo, Negroamaro and Malvasia grapes from local farmers. Ferrari became entirely devoted to winemaking. He trucked the grapes up to his Novara hills, set them in Slovenian casks for a decade, moved the juice to cement tanks, and let it sit. And there the various bottlings rested for decades, sold years after their maker and namesake had died. Ferrari didn't just want to make passable wine; he wanted to make amazing wine. He succeeded, even if he didn't know it. His wine sat in those cement tanks, only bottled in 2004. Today, IWM is proud to offer the 1959 Solaria Jonica, a showstopper of a dessert wine, at the BEST PRICE in the country.

Why Buy This Wine:

- Undiscovered, nearly untasted, entirely unsung, virtually unknown, Antonio Ferrari's wines are heady, complex, insanely delicious wines that defy description or definition.

- More than a dessert wine, the rare, hedonistic gems of Antonio Ferrari are ageless, fresh, bewitching, thoroughly indescribable and able to complement a wide range of dishes from cheese to dessert.

- Ferrari lived a life that made him essentially eat, sleep and drink wine--for example, in 1959, the hottest summer on record in Puglia, he kept watch in the vineyards, swaddling his overheated vines in wet towels to protect the grapes that would become his legendary Solaria Jonica.

- The skills of Piemonte master winemaker Antonio Ferrari combine with sheer luck to make this stunningly lavish, ruby-red wine has more than fifty years of age on it, yet it remains vibrant, boasting aromas of blackberries and espresso.

- Somewhere between a Recioto and a Port, Solaria Jonica's palate bursts with flavors of raisins, chocolate and licorice.

- Rich, luscious, concentrated and warm, this wine needs to be tasted to be believed and sipped slowly to be appreciated.

- Remarkably food-friendly and absolutely delicious, this IWM exclusive comes with impeccable provenance and perfect maturity--and the BEST PRICE in the nation.



Antonio Ferrari 1959 Solaria Jonica

(Italy, Puglia - Primitivo)
$149.00 Regular Price
$134.10 Half-Case Price/btl



Producing wine from 26 different appellations in the Rhône, Jaboulet has a long history of setting the standard in the region's wines. Founded in 1834 by Antoine Jaboulet, this estate rose to prominence in the mid-twentieth century under the stewardship of Paul Jaboulet Aîné, who passed in 1997, leaving the estate in the hands of Philippe and Jacques Jaboulet. In early 2006, the Frey family bought Jaboulet and began to overhaul the estate to bring it back to prominence; these changes include sustainable growing methods with a turn toward biodynamic farming, strict grape yields, longer fermentation and aging in newer barrels. One of the largest Rhône estates, Jaboulet has impressive holdings in renowned appellations, including Condrieu, Cornas, Côte-Rôtie, St. Joseph, Crozes-Hermitage and Hermitage. Today, we're delighted to present a limited allocation of 2009 Jaboulet Cornas "Domaine St Pierre," a deeply brooding, dense, and elegant wine that illustrates how Jaboulet once again sits at the peak of winemaking.

Why Buy This Wine:

- The 2009 vintage clearly makes evident that the Jaboulet estate is back on track with some dramatic changes; selections are stringent, and yields have been significantly reduced to create a denser, finer, more complex expression. 

- The small production Cornas St. Pierre (just 500 cases) stands right besides Clape and Voge as the top wines to obtain from the small Cornas appellation and this wine is a stellar cellar staple for the Rhône enthusiast.

- The full-bodied, dark and smoky '09 St. Pierre is a deeply structured, breathtakingly tannic wine whose profile of cured meat, meadow flowers, warm saddle leather and cigar wrapper makes it a perfect accompaniment to game.

- Deriving from old-vine Syrah grown Jaboulet's southern-facing nine acres of chalky, silt-laden soil, this Domaine St Pierre ferments for about a month before aging a year in oak, making a long-aging, silky, intense wine.

- IWM is pleased to present a very limited allocation of this collector Syrah bottling; please contact your portfolio manager to secure yours.

Jaboulet 2009 Cornas "Domaine St Pierre"
(France, Rhone Valley - Syrah)
$125.00 Regular Price

$87.50 3-Pack Price/btl 

This offer will expire in 48 hours on May 23rd at 5:00 pm EST.


Saturday, May 30, 1:00-3:00 pm

A Sit-Down Tasting


Regular Ticket Price $135.00

Early Bird Special $115.00 (Special Expires May 26, 2015, 5pm EST)


Founded in 1497, Raventós i Blanc didn't just make Cava; in 1872, the estate invented it. Thus it shocked the wine world when Raventós i Blanc, the standard bearer of Cava, Spain's most important sparkling wine, chose to leave the designation in 2012, designating its wines Conca Del Riu Anoia instead. IWM is delighted to announce another in our series of our historic, educational and delicious winemaker events with Pepe Raventós, the owner-winemaker at the legendary 200-acre Raventós i Blanc estate in the heart of Penedès. Learn about the history of this forward-minded organic estate, leaders in the region, drink special vintage bottlings available nowhere else in the States, dine on stellar courses created by our in-house chef, Mike Marcelli, and share the company of Pepe Raventós, who will guide us through the afternoon's selections of wines. Pepe will be pouring the estate's cru sparkling wines, as well as the special vintage bottlings named after and selected by his father, Manuel Raventós, and other special surprises. Join us for a lunch more than 500 hundred years in the making, and experience the future of fine Spanish winemaking.


*Wine list to be announced. 


Saturday, June 6, 1:00-3:00 pm

A Sit-Down Tasting


Regular Ticket Price $65.00


IWM Host: Robin Kelley O'Connor

France does it. Italy loves it. Spain has a passion for it. Rosé and sparkling wines are a universal joy, and there's no time like the springtime to pop open bottles of Champagne, Prosecco, Cava, rosé and rosatos. Join us for this specialtasting and sample some of our very favorite Bandol rosés, Italian Rosato, and many others, all presented with complementary regional meats and cheeses. It's an event tailor made for those who love the finer things in life--and want to celebrate them with gusto.

*Wine list to be announced.


Saturday, June 13, 1:00-3:00 pm

A Sit-Down Tasting


Regular Ticket Price $75.00


IWM Host: Garrett Kowalsky

Chardonnay is one of the world's most-cultivated white grapes, and while it may have France to thank for its history and California for its celebrity, Chardonnay has a firm root in Italy. Chardonnay happily reflects the terroir in which it's grown, and Chardonnay also gleefully responds to a variety of vinification techniques. These two points make it perfect for this event, a Chardonnay shoot-out where we pair French and Italian evocations of this emblematic grape. There are no losers at this O-K Corral--just great wine, winners and you!

*Wine list to be announced. 


Saturday, June 20 1:00-3:00 pm

A Sit-Down Tasting


Regular Ticket Price $65.00


IWM Host: John Camacho Vidal

Join us as we celebrate solstice with this mini-grand tasting that features wines from around the world. Join us and let IWM's team of sommeliers will fill your glass with wine and your mind with knowledge as you walk around sampling wines from some of the finest producers under the sun. Complemented by meats and cheeses, and sweetened by preferential pricing on the featured wines, this tasting is a rare treat. Join us and travel the world of wine, without ever leaving glamorous New York City.

*Wine list to be announced.


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