Today's Featured Offer:
Velvety, Juicy Under $30 Montessu, Stunning Petit Vougeots, and Great $11 Pinot Grigio!

July 24, 2014 
A Note from Sergio

Last week, we released the 2010 Barrua from Agricola Punica, the Sardinian estate run by the makers of Sassicaia in concert with a cooperative of local winemakers; today, we're very happy to present the estate's "second" wine, Montessu. Just as Guidalberto makes a worthy sibling to Sassicaia, so too does Montessu complement Barrua. It's a dark, brooding, juicy, lively wine that you'll want to drink every day--and because it's priced under $30, you'll be able to.


I love bringing delicious, affordable wines to my clients, and like the Montessu, the Pinot Grigio I'm offering today is an absolute delight. I rarely find wines at the $11 price point that I feel good about, but last year I unearthed the Adam Pinot Grigio. It's bright, sunny, acidic, aromatic, refreshing, and exactly what your palate craves during the dog days of summer. Don't let the price point fool you--this wine is nicely made, crafted from very ripe Pinot Grigio grapes to wrest every last bit of flavor. 


Finally, I'm very happy to offer under-the-radar Burgundies, especially those from lesser-known appellations. Today's bottling of Hudelot-Noëllat Vougeot Petit Vougeots is precisely that. It's a really good red Burgundy with an excellent story and an even better bang for its buck.





Today's Featured Sections Include: 


1. Spotlight on Excellence: Montessu, the Super Second from the "Sassicaia of Sardinia"
2. Time Sensitive Offer: Unsung Beauty, Hudelot-Noëllat Vougeot Petit Vougeots 2010
3. Our Experts Suggest: A Pair of Piemonte Wines Worth Waiting For
4. Only At IWM: Your New Go-To Pinot Grigio!
5. Wine Events: The Aristocratic Wines of Piemonte

My Best, 



Sergio Esposito



Last week, we were delighted to announce the release of Agricola Punica 2010 Barrua, the "Sassicaia of Sardinia." Today, we're happy to partner that release with the estate's 2011 Montessu, a velvety, spicy and fresh wine that gives you an everyday wine that's almost too good to believe. Best of all, we're presenting this exceptional, ripe, juicy vintage at the BEST PRICE in the country, so you can stock up and enjoy it now with your summer barbecue or this winter with pasta, roasts or stews.


The wild coast of Sardinia is home Agricola Punica, a joint venture between the Cantina Sociale di Santadi, a cooperative of Sardinian winemakers, and Tenuta San Guido, the makers of Sassicaia, all guided by the hand of master enologist Giacomo Tachis. Tachis, the legendary enologist behind Super Tuscans like Sassicaia, Tignanello, Solaia, and Solengo, may have visited Sardinia on vacation, but he found inspiration on that rocky, sunlit island. Tachis convinced his partners, Sassicaia's Marchese Nicolò Incisa della Rocchetta and Sebastiano Rosa, of his vision to craft artisanal Carignano-based wines in Sardegna. While aristocratic and elegant as befits their pedigree, the wines of Agricola Punica still show their land's wild island spirit, imbued as they are with the island's buffeting winds, rocky lands and almost arid dryness. 


Sardinia drew Tachis and his famed compatriots because of its unusual land and climate, because he rightly viewed the island as one that was both rich with viticultural history and one that was being underutilized, and because it's the place where the indigenous varietal Carignano grows best. In 2002, Tachis officially established Agricola Punica, and Sardegna was gently nudged back on the wine map. Agricola Punica is committed to crafting Carignano-based wines, the first of which was Barrua, a blend of Carignano, Cabernet Sauvignon, and Merlot (2002 vintage debut). Montessu, a blend of Carignano, Cabs Sauvignon and Franc, Merlot, and Syrah, premiered in the 2005 vintage. 


Agricola Punica makes wines that blend the best of their aristocratic pedigree and wild terroir, crafting wines that are only as wild as they are elegant. Deriving from Sulcis Iglesiente, a region within southwest Sardinia sandy soil imbued with clay and limestone, Montessu is velvety, dark and delicious. Dark fruit and licorice aromas, an elegant palate, ripe tannins, and a long, satisfying mineral-laden finish make the Montessu a stunner of an everyday drinking wine, and the perfect weather of the 2011 growing season offers a wine of incredible texture, richness, and weight. This bottling of Montessu presents an ideal way to experience a "Super-Sardinia" bottling from the hands of one of Italy's all-star winemaking teams at a wallet-friendly price. There's nothing but win in this Giacomo Tachis guided wine.
(Italy, Sardegna - Carignano, Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, Syrah)
$29.99 Regular Price
$24.99 Special Price/btl
$22.99 Case Price/btl  
*Pre-Arrival, Summer 2014


As an IWM Portfolio Manager, Garrett Kowalsky has married his love of wine with his background in finance and economics. A lover of many of the world's wine-growing regions, Garrett acknowledges that Burgundy and Barolo hold a special place in his heart.

(Italy, Piemonte - Dolcetto)
$27.95 Regular Price 
$25.71 Case Price/btl


(Italy, Piemonte - Nebbiolo)


For complete descriptions of the wines and an explanation of why Garrett selected these wines, please visit our expert's post at Inside IWM.


Located in the village of Vosne-Romanee, Domaine Hudelot-Noëllat has spawned more great winemakers and domaines than just about any other Burgundy house. The historic Domaine Hudelot-Noëllats holdings lie almost exclusively in the top appellations of the region, including Richebourg, Romanée St Vivant, Vosne Romanée les Malconsorts, Les Beaumonts and Les Suchots and Chambolle-Musigny Les Charmes. For thirty years, Alain Hudelot-Noëllat ran the estate; in 2008, he turned the day-to-day operations over to his grandson, Charles van Canneyt. As Alain was, Charles is aided by consultant Vincent Meunier in the continued creation of deeply aromatic, rich Burgundies of finesse. Protocol includes vigilance in the vineyards but no green harvest, the reliance on natural yeasts, fermentation with some whole bunches, and a limited use of new oak. The results are wines that convey terroir with both delicacy and force. Today, we're delighted to present the surprising Hudelot-Noëllat 2010 Vougeot Petit Vougeots 1er Cru at very competitive pricing.


Why Buy This Wine:

- Most people don't realize that an appellation for the village of Vougeot exists--it's not all Clos Vougeot, and today's offering is a prime example of the intense, seductive Petit Vougeot, the overlooked appellation and a contender for the finest of the Vougeot Premier Crus.


- Just to the north of the Clos Vougeot and west of the village of Vougeot, lie four premier Cru vineyards; le Petits Vougeot is squished between the great Grand Crus of Clos Vougeot and Le Musigny, a nice place to be located.


- Location is everything, and from its Clos Vougeot neighbor, Petit Vougeot gains its power; from its legendary Le Musigny border, it gains a perfect sense of harmony and a seductive early approachability; and from nearby limestone quarries, it gains its minerality.


- Hudelot's Petits Vougeot offers tremendous richness and harmony, traits that have always made it so appealing; this 2010 bottling is packed with lovely rich red fruits, and it shows terrific minerality, complexity, and a lengthy finish.


- With an extremely limited production, the wines of Hudelot-Noëllat are not easy find; don't miss this wonderful opportunity to secure bottles from this legendary domaine.


- Priced competitively, Hudelot-Noëllat 2010 Vougeot Petit Vougeots 1er Cru offers you a terrific way to experience this unsung beauty of Petit Vougeots; contact your portfolio manager to secure yours.


(France, Burgundy - Pinot Noir) 
$79.99 Regular Price 
$63.99 Case Price/btl   


This offer is available 48 hrs and will expire on July 26th at 5:00 pm EST.


Possibly the most famous genetic mutation of Pinot Nero (known in France as Pinot Noir), Pinot Grigio, or Pinot Gris in French, got its name either for the grey cast of its ripening grapes, for the fog that engulfs the hills where it grows, or for its pinecone-like grape clusters. Like Chianti and Soave before it, Italian Pinot Grigio has become so ubiquitous in American wine stores that it's easy for serious wine-lovers to overlook it--it's the problem of not seeing the trees for the forest. There's a lot of bland Pinot Grigio out there: How do you spot the bottles that merit attention? One way is to trust the world's leading authority in Italian wine, IWM. Today, we're delighted to present the BEST PRICE in the country on the zesty, zippy Adam Pinot Grigio 2013, a fun, intensely aromatic summer wine you'll want to buy by the case and enjoy by the bottle!
Why Buy This Wine:


- Sergio takes the same painstaking approach to his selections of a simple bottle of Pinot Grigio, and in more than two decades only a handful Pinot Grigio bottlings has made it to the shelves of IWM.
- Your eye may be struck by its kinetic surfer label, your wallet may appreciate its price, but IWM is willing to bet that your palate will love this fresh, zippy, seriously fun Pinot Grigio from Adam. 
- This is no watered-down Pinot; it's crisp, mineral laden, and kissed with ripe fruit; a lovely golden yellow flecked with cinnamon highlights give illustration to the uniqueness of this pure, fresh, stainless-steel-aged Pinot Grigio.
- Quaffable, mellow, and intensely perfumed, this true Friulian Pinot Grigio goes down delightfully, offering a lovely complement to a wide variety of summer foods--or as a simple sipper by itself.
- At less than $12 a bottle, the BEST PRICE in the country, Adam Pinot Grigio is an artisanal value that offers la dolce vita any day of the week--and it's only available at IWM.

(Italy, Friuli-Venezia Giulia - Pinot Grigio)

$11.20 Regular Price
$10.30 Case Price/btl


Piemonte wines were created for kings, queens, princes, princesses; this Saturday Seated Tasting features the noble wines of Piemonte, including Barolo, Barbaresco and more. 


Saturday, July 26th, 1:00-3:00pm 
Price $95.00 

Piemonte is home to Barolo, the "King of Wines and the Wine of Kings"; Barbareso, the queen to Barolo's King; Barbera, the "People's Wine"; and more. This very special Saturday tasting celebrates all wines Piemontese, from Arneis, an indigenous white brought back from the edge of extinction, to Brachetto d'Acqui, the sparkling wine that's chocolate's new best friend--and all the glorious Nebbiolo in between. IWM's Robin Kelley O'Connor, Certified Wine Educator and resident expert, will take you on a delicious tour of this emblematic wine region, as you experience wines from legendary producers like Aldo Conterno, Massolino, and Luciano Sandrone, and gain an in-depth understanding of what makes Piemonte wines so very special. Accompanied by cured Italian regional meats and a selection of our house chef's handpicked artisanal cheeses, this celebration of the aristocratic wines of Piemonte offers an informative insider's perspective, and it's only available at IWM.

Featured Wine List:

Cornarea 2012 Roero Arneis 
Massolino 2012 Dolcetto d'Alba 
Poderi Aldo Conterno 2010 Conca Tre Pile Barbera d'Alba 
Aldo Conterno 2009 Langhe Rosso 
Massolino 2011 Langhe Nebbiolo
Cascina Ebreo 2004 Segreto
San Giuliano 2009 Barbaresco
Sandrone 2009 Barolo Le Vigne 
Ca dei Mandorli 2012 Brachetto d'Acqu

*Wine list subject to minor changes

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