New Quintarelli Release! Vintage Cerbaiona Brunello! And Value Wine Sale!

July 26, 2016
A Note from Sergio

Giuseppe Quintarelli's wines have always left me speechless. His rocket-ship Amarones and perception-altering Valpolicellas were among the wines we carried when we first opened IWM in 1999, and they are wines that continue to blow me away every time I drink one. When Giuseppe passed on in 2012, I felt sad--the wine world had lost one of its legends. But I also felt heartened. Giuseppe had been blessed with a large, healthy, tight-knit family, and many members had learned his magic at his knee. The Master of the Veneto was gone, but his legacy would live on.

Today, I'm proud to offer you a new release of a rare wine from Quintarelli, and it's among the last wines that was touched Beppe's hands. The Quintarelli estate has always marched to its own drummer, releasing wines according to its own divine schedule, and today I'm not bringing you a new Quintarelli Amarone; rather, I'm presenting the 2004 Recioto della Valpolicella Classico, the estate's dessert wine. Many people don't love dessert wines. "It's too sweet," they say, "it feels cloying." If you're a dessert wine naysayer, this Quintarelli Recioto will change your mind. It's as much a rocket ship as the estate's Amarone, and the 2004 vintage is out of this world.

Along with this new release, I'm delighted to bring you something old--a pair of Cerbaiona Brunellos from the 1980s! Cerbaiona makes Brunellos in the traditional manner, aging the wines in big, hulking botti to create wine that'll age beautifully. These 1986 and 1988 Brunellos are like beautiful time machines, transporting you to Montalcino as it was thirty years ago, and because the bottles I scored are magnums, they're even more delicious, more harmonious, and more special.

Finally, don't miss our sale on a cool dozen of our value wines! You'll love this list!

Today's Featured Sections Include:

1. Spotlight on Excellence:
Quintarelli's Benchmark Vintage 2004 Recioto
2. Only At IWM:
A Pair of Vintage Cerbaiona Brunello Gems!
3. Time Sensitive Offer: Mind-Blowing Value Wines!
4. Wine Events: Upcoming July / August Wine Tasting Events

My Best,

Sergio Esposito


The "Master of the Veneto," Giuseppe Quintarelli was one of Italy's iconic winemakers, but of his amazing lineup of wines, Quintarelli saw only one as a labor of love: his Recioto della Valpolicella Classico. One of greatest dessert wines of Italy, Quintarelli's Recioto has earned its place next to Chateau d'Yquem and Quinta do Noval Vintage Port as an unparalleled end to a memorable evening. In fact, when IWM held an Italy vs. France tasting with IWM founder Sergio Esposito and esteemed wine critic Jancis Robinson, Quintarelli Recioto was arguably the wine of the night; even when lined up next to the great Sauternes, this Recioto made Jancis awe-struck. Today, we're proud to present Quintarelli 2004 Recioto, the most recent bottling of this iconic wine.

Recioto is a dessert wine and thus heralds the end of the meal, but to understand Recioto, you need to know Amarone. For one thing, sweet Recioto predated and very likely gave accidental birthed the dry Amarone. Dating back to the Venetian Empire, Recioto is made with the appassimento method--grapes that raisin before vinification--that you know from Amarone, but Recioto differs from Amarone in that fermentation is arrested earlier, leaving a higher amount of residual sugar and thus a sweeter wine. It's likely that Amarone developed when a Recioto fermented fully, thereby creating a dry wine. Think of Recioto as the sweet sister to Amarone, and a wine whose complexity, delirious density and indubitable deliciousness lets it complement desserts from chocolate to fruitcake to cookies.

Powerful, bold and utterly singular, this '04 Recioto from the late, great Giuseppe Quintarelli reflects its ideal growing season in its kaleidoscopic layers, velvety texture, and mind-blowing complexity. An intense, hedonistic red offering port-like richness that showcases roasted black cherry, cocoa, raisins, leather, coffee, spice and more, this Recioto is a dessert wine as only Quintarelli could make it. Rarely produced, this bottling appears only three to four times a decade because it requires thirty pounds of grapes and at least ten years of production to create one standard bottle. It's a hedonistic drink that will recalibrate everything you thought you knew about dessert wine.

Quintarelli's hands-on selection and relentless patience in aging his Recioto separates it from others; while most Veneto producers are releasing their 2014 wines, the 2016 release of this '04 Recioto shows how Quintarelli holds the wines back, often aging them ten or more years. Arguably Italy's greatest red sweet wine, Quintarelli Recioto is one of IWM's fastest-selling dessert wines; it's just that outrageously good. 2004 was a benchmark vintage for the Veneto, and it's responsible for Amarones of nearly unparalleled quality. Don't hesitate to secure your Quintarelli '04 Recioto della Valpolicella Classico--it's outrageously good and incredibly rare.

Quintarelli 2004 Recioto della Valpolicella Classico (375ml)*
(Italy, Veneto - Corvina, Molinara, Rondinella)
$199.00 Regular Price
$149.00 3-Pack Price/btl

(Italy, Veneto - Corvina, Molinara, Rondinella)
$400.00 Regular Price
$329.00 3-Pack Price/btl

*Pre-Arrival, Late Autumn


Established with the 1981 vintage by former pilot Diego Molinari, Cerbaiona consistently crafts outstanding Brunellos. The "Commander," as this pilot is commonly called, creates Brunellos that have a pure elegant style that is backed with power. Located in the La Croce zone, in the eastern-central portion of Montalcino, not too far from the legendary estates of Biondi Santi and Fattoria dei Barbi, Cerbaiona's grapes tend to ripen a little more fully than those of Biondi Santi and Barbi because Cerbaiona sits at a lower altitude (300m), and this ripening provides for a denser Brunello. Cerbaiona's wines are aged in the "old style" with Slavonian tonneaux instead of the fashionable French barriques. The Brunellos of Cerbaiona possess longevity but they also have richness. These impeccably made Brunellos have attracted a cult following and are an IWM favorite, and today, we're delighted to present the BEST PRICE in the country on two perfect, pristine 1980s Cerbaiona Brunello di Montalcino in magnum!

Why Buy This Wine:

- The cult producer Cerbaiona is the consummate traditionalist, aging its wines in botti for four years to craft concentrated, mineral-laden Brunellos; these mature Brunello bottles show the estate's commitment to age-worthy, serious wines.

- Juicy dark red fruits layer with warm saddle leather, smoky minerals, dried flower petals, sun-warmed earth and baking spices in this caressing '86 Brunello that shows all the hallmarks of a perfectly aged wine.

- Succulent, pure red and blue fruits dance with balsamic herbs, warm cigar wrapper, licorice, fresh loam, potpourri and umami in this brooding, powerful '88 Brunello that is full-bodied yet structured, mature yet vibrant.

- Most Americans drink their Brunellos too early; this pair of perfectly mature Cerbaiona Brunello magnums allow enthusiasts of the wine to enjoy Sangiovese Grosso as it was meant to be: with age.

- The lower air-to-wine ratio of large format bottles makes them ideal for aging wine, allowing the wine to mature at a slower pace to create a seamless drinking experience; these Cerbaiona magnums show why large formats are simply better.

- Only IWM can present this pair of Cerbaiona Brunello magnums from the 1980s; contact your portfolio manager to secure yours at the BEST PRICE in the States!

Cerbaiona 1986 Brunello di Montalcino (1.5L)*
(Italy, Toscana - Sangiovese Grosso)
$999.00 Regular Price
$875.00 Special Price/btl

(Italy, Toscana - Sangiovese Grosso)
$999.00 Regular Price
$875.00 Special Price/btl

*Pre-Arrival, Winter


IWM thinks about value wines a little bit differently. IWM's Value wines don't just drink above their dollar signs--they go beyond their region or genre to become wine that is anything but ordinary, and oftentimes, kind of extraordinary. We've always believed in stocking our shelves with wines at all price points because not every night calls for a rare collector bottle, because wine can be great at a small price, and because every wine enthusiast should be able to indulge their palate with terrific bottles of wine. Today, we're delighted to present special time-sensitive pricing on a curated collection of a dozen mind-blowing value wines; none is more than $30 and all are 10% off with a case purchase for the next 48 hours. Mix a case of wines you've been itching to enjoy or buy a case of your favorite bottle, but do it soon--this special pricing ends at midnight EST on Thursday, July 28, 2016!

Why Buy This Wine:

- This collection of mind-blowing value wines brings together under $30 bottles that are sparkling, red, and white, as well as wines from Italy and France!

- You'll find some of IWM's favorite winemakers represented on this list: Super-Tuscan icon Tenuta dell'Ornellaia, cult Burgundy maker Chavy-Chouet, and Piemonte great Prunotto all make appearances.

- With original pricing that ranges from less than $20 to less than $30 a bottle, the bottles in this curated offer are true value wines, punching far above their weight class and showing complexity, style and enjoyment.

- Whether you enjoy a Prosecco from Col Vetoraz, mineral-laden Fiano from De Conciliis, full-throttle Montepulciano d'Abruzzo from Quattro Mani, or delightful Super Tuscans from Antinori's Le Mortelle, this list will gratify your palate.

- Pair wines from Sicilia's Porta del Vento with Piemonte's Ca' dei Mandorli, Burgundy's Château de la Maltroye with Montalcino artisan Baricci--or mix a case with one wine from each producer offered!

- IWM is pleased to present time-sensitive pricing on these value wines, but don't hesitate to choose yours; the sale ends at 11:59 EST on Thursday, July 28, 2016!

Wine Vintage Size Price/btl Case Price/btl
Col Vetoraz Prosecco di Valdobbiadene
2013 0.75 $21.99 $19.79
Ca' dei Mandorli Gavi di Gavi
2014 0.75 $21.99 $19.79
Le Mortelle Vivia Maremma Toscana DOC
2015 0.75 $24.99 $22.49
De Conciliis Donnaluna Fiano
2014 0.75 $24.99 $22.49
Chavy-Chouet Bourgogne Femelottes
2014 0.75 $29.99 $26.99
Château de la Maltroye Bourgogne Rouge
2014 0.75 $29.99 $26.99
Tenuta dell'Ornellaia Le Volte
2013 0.75 $29.99 $26.99
Prunotto Pian Romualdo Barbera d'Alba
2013 0.75 $29.99 $26.99
Quattro Mani Montepulciano d'Abruzzo
2014 0.75 $13.99 $12.59
Baricci Rosso di Montalcino
2013 0.75 $29.99 $26.99
Le Mortelle Botrosecco Maremma Toscana IGT
2013 0.75 $26.99 $24.29
Porta del Vento Maque Perricone
2012 0.75 $29.99 $26.99

This offer will expire in 48 hours on July 28th at 11:59 pm EST.


Saturday, July 30 | 1:00-3:00 pm | New York, NY
A Sit-Down Tasting

Ticket Price: $89.00

IWM Host: John Camacho Vidal

That noise you've been hearing is the recent buzz about natural wines. They're the wines that get described as "non-interventionist," "organic," or "biodynamic." But what exactly makes a wine "natural"? Join us for this special wine tasting and learn the natural skinny on wines made from grapes grown without pesticides, made without additives, or made with on the ebbs, the flows and the lunar pull of biodynamic protocol. Accompanied by regional meats and cheeses, this seated tasting, led by knowledgeable IWM wine experts, will give you the opportunity to enjoy natural, organic and biodynamic wines, to get to know them better, and to understand why they're so terrific. Prepare to become a convert to their lively, intense, celestial styles; these wines are more than exciting--they're naturally alive!"

Featured Wines:

Movia Veliko Belo 2009
Gravner Breg 1998
Raffaele Palma Salicerchi 2011
Porta del Vento Maque Perricone 2012
COS Nero di Lupo 2014
Grattamacco Bolgheri Rosso Superiore 2012

*Wine list may be subject to change.

Saturday, August 13 | 1:00-3:00 pm | New York, NY
A Sit-Down Tasting

Ticket Price: $105.00
Early Bird Price: $95.00 (Expires Aug. 8 at 5pm EST)

IWM Hosts: Crystal Edgar & John Camacho Vidal

Like love and marriage or Lennon and McCartney, some things just go together perfectly. Wine and cheese is one of those ineffable couples Join us as we celebrate one of the most natural pairings in the wine-and-food world with eight wonderful global wines and eight beautiful Italian cheeses. IWM's wine educators will pour great wines from around the globe--all while pairing each wine with an exceptional, perfectly complementary cheese. Even more exciting, we'll be joined by Andrew and Christina Marcelli from Marcelli Formaggi in Abbruzzo, Italy, who will tell the story behind such great cheeses as Pecorino Gregoriano, Caciocavallo, Pezzata Rossa, and Pecorino Fiorello. Tantalize your taste buds and expand your pairing expertise at this delicious Saturday event, available only at the world's leading authority in Italian wines, IWM.

*Wine list to be announced.

Saturday, August 27 | 1:00-3:00 pm | New York, NY
A Sit-Down Tasting

Ticket Price: $85.00

When Americans fall in love with Italian wines, they almost always fall in love with Chianti Classico first. Juicy, bright, thrumming with terroir, and utterly delicious, food-friendly Chianti Classico is a logical point of seduction for Italian wine newbies--but what makes it so very special? Join IWM as we explore Chianti Classico and take you down the many trails that this iconic Tuscan wine can take you. This tasting, complemented by regional meats and cheeses and led by a knowledgeable IWM sommelier, will center on Chianti Classico and the grape that makes it: Sangiovese. But Chianti Classico will only be a launching pad for further adventures as we journey to the far reaches of Sangiovese, enjoying Brunello, Rosso di Montalcino, and other Sangiovese delights. Italian wine is a delicious adventure, and it's waiting for you!

*Wine list to be announced.

Tuesday, August 30 | 7:00-10:00 pm | New York, NY
A Sit-Down Dinner Tasting

Ticket Price: $199.00
Early Bird Price $189.00 (Expires Aug. 23 at 5pm EST)

Hosts: Alessia Antinori & IWM's Crystal Edgar

It's a wine event that is decades in the making, featuring a wine that commemorates a historic collaboration between an aristocratic family and a Renaissance artist. Join IWM as we host Alessia Antinori, winemaker and daughter of Marchese Piero Antinori, for a special five-course dinner featuring the extraordinary wines of Antinori, including select vintages of Tignanello, Cervaro della Sala, Badia a Passignano and more--including the special edition Della Robbia Villa Antinori 2013 Chianti Classico Riserva, a wine created to honor Giovanni della Robbia's ceramic mural the "Resurrection of Christ," a piece now housed at the Brooklyn Museum. IWM's own Chef Michael Marcelli and his in-house kitchen staff will craft five glorious courses, and guests will enjoy Alessia's comments on the wines, their history, and this historic art as they dine. It's a unique, extraordinary opportunity to experience Italian winemaking history with the winemaker herself, and it's only available at IWM, the world's leading authority in Italian wine.

Featured Menu & Wines:

Welcome / Antipasti
Montenisa Brut NV
Montenisa Rosé NV

Trancio di Tonno alle Spezie
Grilled Yellowfin Tuna with Fennel & Sungold Tomato
Cervaro della Sala 2013
Pinot Nero della Sala 2013

Strichetti al Agnello
Rough-cut Fresh Pasta with Braised Lamb Shoulder, Celery Root & Tomato
Della Robbia Villa Antinori Chianti Classico Riserva 2013

Meat I
Cotoletta alla Viennese con Funghi al Funghetto
Veal Chop with Roasted Wild Mushrooms & Rosemary
Badia a Passignano 2009
Marchese Antinori Chianti Classico Tenuta Tignanello 2013

Meat II
Bistecca alla Fiorentina
48-day Dry Aged Porterhouse with Seasonal Contorni
Tignanello 2012
Tignanello 2013

Muffato della Sala 2008

*Wine list may be subject to change.

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