Today's Featured Offer:
Historical Vintage Sammarco, Sandrone New Release Sampler, and Under $150 Bordeaux!
March 6, 2014
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The cellars of Castello dei Rampolla, near Panzano in the heart of Chianti Classico, date back to the thirteenth century. Since 1739 the Di Napoli family has owned and managed this legendary estate, and when you visit it, you find not just one farmhouse, but a tiny aristocratic village--a couple of villas, a small chapel, and other buildings that once were stables or the like. Grouped together in the shade of towering old trees, these buildings appear timeless, untouched by modernity and altogether serene.
Alceo di Napoli, a relative of Sassicaia creator Mario Incisa della Rocchetta, brought the estate into the modern age, creating his Tuscan inflected Bordeaux-style blend Sammarco with the help of famed enologist Giacomo Tachis in 1980. Currently, current owners Luca and Maurizia, Alceo's children, carry on their father's legacy of handcrafted wines, taking the estate wholly biodynamic a little more than a decade ago. Today, I'm very proud to present one of the last wines Alceo made before his passing in 1991--Castello dei Rampolla Sammarco 1988. You might be dubious about a 26-year-old Super Tuscan. Don't be. This is an extraordinary wine; fresh and vibrant, this '88 has the energy of a wine half its age and the mellowness of one that has aged beautifully.
Along with this beautiful mature Sammarco, I'm pleased to present cases of Luciano Sandrone new releases; this case includes four bottles each of his cuvee Barolo, his cru Cannubi Boschis Barolo and his Nebbiolo d'Alba Valmaggiore. It's a fantastic collection for aspiring enthusiasts as well as seasoned collectors. Finally, I'm excited to present the second group of IWM's Bordeaux expert Robin Kelley O'Connor's findings, a handpicked selection of Bordeaux priced under $150. Many of our clients have taken advantage of Robin's first group of under $50 wines, and this exceptional list builds on the previous one; it's a fantastic find for Bordeaux lovers.
1. Spotlight on Excellence: 26-Year-Old Castello dei Rampolla Sammarco
2. Time Sensitive Offer: Luciano Sandrone New Release Sample Cases
3. Our Experts Suggest: A Tale of Two Super Tuscans
4. Only At IWM: Handpicked Under $150 Bordeaux
5. Wine Events: Barbaresco and Burgundy
SPOTLIGHT ON EXCELLENCE
BEST PRICE IN THE US!
While the new releases of Castello dei Rampolla Sammarco--and the estate's Vigna d'Alceo--are garnering all the praise from the media, IWM believes that this wine, one of the benchmark Super-Tuscan Cabernets, needs time to begin to show its full personality and tertiary development. In fact, the IWM team recently opened a bottle of this 1988, and the wine still displayed youth and Tuscan vibrancy. We've always believed that Super Tuscans drink best with maturity, and this 26-year-old Cabernet, Sangiovese and Merlot blend illustrates our belief that these wines--whether Bordeaux blends like Sassicaia and Ornellaia, mono-varietal Sangiovese wines like Le Pergole Torte and Flaccianello, or hybrids like Sammarco--are best with age.
There's a strong relationship between the original Super Tuscan, Sassicaia, and Sammarco. Before Sassicaia became Sassicaia in 1968, the estate made its Bordeaux-style wine, and this as-yet unnamed progenitor served as the inspiration for Castello dei Rampolla owner Alceo di Napoli to plant his own Cabernet Sauvignon and craft his own Bordeaux-style wine, Sammarco, which debuted in 1980. Like Sassicaia, Sammarco shows the deft hand of the great consulting enologist Giacomo Tachis, the force behind Tignanello, Solaia, Camartina, and other Super Tuscans. The wine we offer today was crafted by its creator, Alceo di Napoli, who passed away in 1991.
Alceo passed the estate on to his children, Luca and Maurizia, who took the estate biodynamic in the '90s. Today, this centuries old, family-run estate crafts some of the most highly regarded wines of Toscana--its recent releases have garnered wild praise from critics and cognoscenti alike. The product of love, tenacity, and care, Sammarco competes with wines from larger estates, but its small production lends itself to the "super" status. A blend of mostly Cabernet Sauvignon that's kissed with Sangiovese and Merlot, Sammarco offers an age-worthy, velvety, terroir-driven Super-Tuscan beauty that could only come from this 103-acre vineyard, a wonderland studded with cypress trees and flowing with indigenous wild grasses, herbs and flowers.
A classic Tuscan Cabernet and Sangiovese blend, this historic '88 is remarkably fresh, offering loads of sweet fruit on the nose and palate, where the brambly berries and juicy cherries are joined by baked earth, cedar, tobacco, leather, and spice on both the nose and palate. This is an exceptional opportunity to get the pioneering, biodynamic Super Tuscan with perfect maturity and impeccable provenance. This classic, historic Super Tuscan is perfect for enthusiasts of mature wine--and IWM is offering it with our unparalleled care and provenance at the BEST PRICE in the States.
(Italy, Toscana - Sangiovese, Cabernet Sauvignon)
TIME SENSITIVE OFFER
Alongside the highly sought-after Barolos of Giacomo Conterno sit the prized vintage Barolo of Luciano Sandrone. Luciano is a master winemaker with holdings in some of the most legendary plots in Barolo, including Cannubi Boschis. Today, we're delighted to offer our clients the 2009 releases of Luciano Sandrone Le Vigne, his traditional cuvee Barolo, and Luciano Sandrone Cannubi Boschis, his single-vineyard cru--and we're complementing Sandrone's long-aging collectable Barolos with new releases of his Roero-based Nebbiolo d'Alba Valmaggiore, all packaged together in a sample tasting case that lets you enjoy these fine Sandrone wines now--and later!
Why Buy This Wine:
- Sandrone took full advantage of 2009, whose warm growing season came on the heels of a cold winter and whose dry summer was tempered by perfectly timed spring rains; the 2009 harvest, which came a bit earlier than 2008, offered lower than normal yields of healthy, ripe fruit, and Barolo makers say the year surpassed acclaimed 2008.
- Like Paolo Scavino, Luciano Sandrone straddles the line between traditional and modernist Barolo maker, employing extreme green harvests to produce restricted yields, using only wild yeasts in fermentation, and sometimes utilizing extended maceration; on the other hand, he also employs some new oak, ages his wines less time than tradition dictates, and he uses 500-liter French barrels, bigger than barriques but smaller than botti.
- The 2009 Barolo offers the best attributes of the two recent vintages, a seamless blending of 2008's classic elegant lines and 2007's rich approachability, offering much to Luciano Sandrone to create some of the most winsome Barolos of late.
- This sampler pack includes the cru Cannubi Boschis that derives from a five-acre plot at the top of the Cannubi hill, an elegant, rich and polished Barolo; the Barolo Le Vigne, a traditional cuvee Barolo that offers succulent fruit, herbs and roses; and Sandrone's mono-varietal Nebbiolo from Valmaggiore, a wine that's silky, aromatic and approachable.
- Next to select releases from producers like Giacosa, Soldera and Giacomo Conterno, few wines reliably appreciate with the dizzying ascent of those of Sandrone, and few new releases sell out as quickly--this case packaging gives clients an opportunity to secure these wines at special pricing.
Sandrone Sampler Case $1379.88 Reg $1199 Special Price
4 x Sandrone 2009 Barolo Cannubi Boschis
4 x Sandrone 2009 Barolo Le Vigne
4 x Sandrone 2011 Nebbiolo d'Alba Valmaggiore
This offer is available for 48 hrs and will expire on March 8th at 5:00 pm EST.
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Growing up in a family in the wine business, David Gwo had experience with the wine industry in both retail and hospitality before becoming an IWM portfolio manager. After gaining his sommelier certification through the Sommelier Society of America and the Court of Master Sommeliers, David decided to pursue wine as a career.
ONLY AT IWM
On Monday, we made IWM history in offering a list of under $50 Bordeaux; today we complement that offer with a list of under $150 Bordeaux. This list of stellar Grand Cru Classé makes for some of the most sought-after and collectable wines in the world. There are more than 7,000 Bordeaux producers, but the classified châteaux represent less than 2% of the estates and less than 3% of the production. A Grand Cru Classé offers superior terroir and the foundation for superior wines-particularly when the fruit of that soil lands in the hands of the right winemakers who follow tradition with just the right amount of innovation. Aside from the terroir, the Bordeaux magic is the blend: Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot integrated with Cabernet Franc, and sometimes Petit Verdot or Malbec. More than anything, the allure for the Bordeaux wine lover is the age-ability, the longevity and the eternal freshness of the wines. Today, IWM makes history again with our first ever selection of under $150 Grand Cru Classé Bordeaux wines, all handpicked by our Bordeaux expert, Robin Kelley O'Connor.
Why Buy These Wines:
- Only IWM can offer you this selection of $150 Bordeaux, all available for immediate delivery coming from IWM's impeccable temperature-controlled storage.
- The majority of the wines have come direct from château, assuring the kind of straight-line provenance that you've come to expect from IWM.
- Representing several important vintages, this list of top Grand Cru Classé wines includes the legendary 1989 (earliest harvest since 1893), the excellent 2000, the classic 2001 vintage, the back-to-back great years of 1995-96, the very smooth and drinkable 1999s, and the wonderful 1998's.
- Today's offering represents a lovely selection of Grand Cru Classé from the famous 1855 Classification of the Médoc including wines from the communes of Margaux, Saint-Julien, Pauillac, Saint-Estèphe and a Cru Classé de Graves.
- This list of wines encompasses appellations from Right Bank areas of Pomerol, Canon-Fronsac and Grand Cru Classé Saint-Emilions (one note: Pomerol and its neighbor Canon-Fronsac never created a classification system).
- While highlights include Château d'Armailhac Grand Cru Classé Pauillac 1996, Château d'Issan Grand Cru Classé Margaux 1989, Château La Dominique Grand Cru Classé Saint-Emilion 2001, Château La Grave a Pomerol 1998, Château Lagrange Grand Cru Classé Saint-Julien 1996 and Château Pontet-Canet Grand Cru Classé Pauillac 1995, this is an extensive list; please ask your portfolio manager for help with choosing the wines that best fit your palate, cellar and lifestyle.
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Sample of Wines Included:
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Due to limited quantity, wines are subject to confirmation and are being offered on a first-come, first-served basis. Please speak to your Portfolio Manager at (212) 473-2323 or at