Gaja’s Standout Brunello, Rare Antinori Barolo Riserva, and Must-Have Pousse d’Or
September 3, 2015 
A Note from Sergio

Today, I'm proud to bring back a wine that is one of the standouts of the 2008 vintage of Brunello, Pieve Santa Restituta Brunello Rennina. It comes from a man who needs no introduction, Angelo Gaja. Angelo has owned his Montalcino property for about two decades, and these Brunellos just get better and better. In fact, this '08 Brunello Rennina could be one of the wines of the vintage; it's got that tension between its elements that surprises you anew with each sip. It's a mesmerizing wine, and you don't want to pass it up.
Along with this return, I'm very pleased to present a new release that, like Piemontese Gaja's triumph in Toscana, feels a little out of place--until you drink it. Antinori's roots in Toscana reach back more than 500 years, and the family has only been in Piemonte a little while, but their Prunotto Barolo Bussia Vigna Colonnello Riserva bottling is extraordinary. The 2009 vintage is just the second release, and it will blow you away. Finally, I'm delighted to offer a fat, juicy Pousse d'Or 2012 Chambolle-Musigny. It's love at first sip for Burgundy connoisseurs.

Today's Featured Sections Include:
1. Spotlight on Excellence: Is Gaja's Brunello Rennina the Best of 2008?
2. Only At IWM: 
The Second Release of Antinori's Prunotto Barolo Bussia Riserva
3. Time Sensitive Offer: Brooding, Powerful Pousse d'Or Chambole-Musigny 1er Charmes
4. Our Experts Suggest: 
Two Delicious Dessert Wines
5. Wine Events: Upcoming September Wine Tasting Events

My Best, 


Sergio Esposito


Today, we're delighted to bring back a wine that stuns us every time we open a bottle, Gaja Pieve Santa Restituta 2008 Brunello di Montalcino Rennina. Angelo Gaja's Brunello Rennina has earned a reputation of being "open knit," a wine that allows enthusiasts to enjoy its appealing flavors of cherry fruit, currant, tar and spice somewhat earlier than most Brunellos, and certainly sooner than the estate's Brunello Sugarille. In 2008, however, this wine is so much more than approachable: it's the star!
One of the standout bottlings of the '08 vintage, this Brunello Rennina is a must-have wine. Succulent, pure red fruit bursts from the glass, accompanied by crushed wildflowers, wet river rocks, cypress, exotic spices and warm cigar wrapper. Balanced and beautiful, this Brunello is at once vibrant and rich, crossing the palate with considerable energy as it builds to a tannin-studded finish. Gaja sources its Rennina from three discrete vineyard sites that date back to the 1500s, and it has the happy coincidence of having rich limestone soils, making for grapes that tame the tannins, acidity and fierceness of the Sangiovese Grosso.
Crafted by Angelo Gaja, Gaja Pieve Santa Restituta Brunello Rennina is a product of this maverick winemaker's skills, drive and passion. In 1994 Gaja entered into a partnership with vineyard owner Roberto Bellini, and the rebuilding of Toscana's Pieve di Santa Restituta began (the original estate neighbors the famed Case Basse di Gianfranco Soldera). Bellini stayed through the '95 vintage; afterward, Gaja assumed full creative control of the estate, crafting the multi-site Rennina that blends from three vineyards closest to the parish church, pieve in Italian, and the single-vineyard Brunello Sugarille. In 2006, Gaja added sixteen acres to his holdings, and these windy northeast vineyards add to the grapes that comprise the estate's eponymous Brunello.
Offered at very competitive pricing and with perfect, straight-line provenance, this '08 Gaja Pieve Santa Restituta Brunello Rennina gives enthusiasts the chance to experience both Gaja's signature style and one of the vintage's great wines. Approachable now with decanting, the '08 Brunello Rennina will drink well into the next decade. It's a beautiful Brunello, and it could only come from the hands of Piemonte's restless iconoclast, Angelo Gaja.

(Italy, Toscana - Sangiovese Grosso)
$149.00 Regular Price
$137.08 Half-Case Price/btl
*Pre-Arrival, Early 2016

The cru Barolo we offer today is a study in contrasts. It's a wine that was a century in the making, but the '09 is only its second release. It comes from the Tuscan Antinori family, but it's steeped in Piemonte history. It's one of the very few Barolos made with whole-cluster fermentation, and it derives from a vineyard that's so special that its maker built a winery just to craft it. It's Prunotto 2009 Barolo Bussia Vigna Colonnello Riserva, and we're very excited about it. Founded in 1904, Prunotto began as a collective; in 1994, Antinori assumed full control of the estate, and fourteen years later, Prunotto Barolo Bussia Vigna Colonnello Riserva was born. Working with winemaker Gianluca Torrengo, Albeira Antinori and her team strived to create a wine worthy of this renowned vineyard, and here is the new release of this special Prunotto Barolo Riserva at the BEST PRICE in the country.
Why Buy This Wine:

- Deriving from the historic four-acre Colonello vineyard (Prunotto, owned by the Antinori family, has a 2.5-acre plot), the grapes for this wine don't move far from their source.
- Antinori built a tiny winery and tasting room in the center of their vineyard, so these traditionally vinified Nebbiolo grapes never see a truck--an extraordinary move for an extraordinary wine.
- The growing season of 2009 was marked by contrasts--a snowy winter, a rainy spring, and a dry summer of  "torrid" heat, according to the team at Prunotto--but harvest saw healthy, balanced, beautiful Nebbiolo grapes.
- Juicy red fruit bursts with aromas of fresh-cut herbs, spice, rose petals, saline minerals and citrus in this classic, powerful Barolo Riserva from the Antinori family.
- Nervy and vibrant, this '09 Barolo Riserva wraps its ripe fruits around a deeply mineral core; velvety tannins and considerable energy suggest this is a beauty for the long haul.
- IWM is proud to present this gorgeous, classic Barolo Riserva at the BEST PRICE in the country; contact your portfolio manager to secure the second bottling of this collector wine.

(Italy, Piemonte - Nebbiolo)
$149.99 Regular Price
$137.99 Half-Case Price/btl

*Pre Arrival, Early 2016


When vines begin to sprout, the French say, "Ça pousse." Pousse d'Or has been blooming, and with every new vintage, we find ourselves floored anew. Former electromagnetic engineer Patrick Landanger has owned Pousse d'Or since 1998, but the estate's roots stretch back to the eleventh century. Pousse d'Or has the kind of fabled history that gives serious perspective; once part of a larger domaine that included Romanee-Conti and Clos de Tart, Pousse d'Or had previously been helmed by Burgundy winemakers Gerard Potel and Jacques Seyesses. Domaine de la Pousse d'Or is an important estate, one whose history, impact, quality and typicity brings to mind Italy's Soldera or Giacomo Conterno. Like these two producers, Pousse d'Or's wines bring the essence of their terroir to the table in wines with the kind of age-worthiness that few neighboring estates can match. Today, we're delighted to present Pousse d'Or 2012 Chambolle Musigny 1er Charmes at very competitive pricing.
Why Buy This Wine:
- Patrick Landanger grows his grapes organically, using natural methods to maintain a sense of place in every vineyard's bottling; while Pousse d'Or makes wines that reward patience, Landanger's style allows for wines with an earlier drinking window than used to be the case; just do decant first.
- Just under a half acre, Pousse d'Or's Charmes plot is small but mighty; it sports limestone rock with thin topsoil, forcing the roots of the thirty-year-old vines to dig deep for nourishment.
- After destemming, the biodynamically grown grapes ferment with natural yeast in temperature-controlled tanks; the wine ages in barrel (one-third new) for fifteen months before bottling without fining or filtration.
- Intense and structured, the '12 Chambolle-Musigny 1er Charmes lays its Pinot Noir fruit on a bed of brooding notes: smoke, underbrush, exotic spices, espresso and truffle provide a balance to the succulent, fat red fruit.
- This is a powerful evocation of Chambolle-Musigny, wrapping its palate in chewy tannins and savory undertones; patience will reward enthusiasts, if they can let this wine sit for a half-decade or more.
- Presented at very competitive pricing, this '12 Chambolle-Musigny 1er Charmes from Pousse d'Or is a must-have bottling for serious Burgundy enthusiasts.

Pousse d'Or 2012 Chambolle-Musigny 1er Cru Les Charmes
(France, Burgundy - Pinot Noir)
$225.00 Regular Price
$199.00 Half-Case Price/btl 

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

Francesco Vigorito fell in love with a 1998 Ornellaia at his high school graduation. After living in Florence, Italy, and getting his Sommelier Certification with the Court of Master Sommeliers in the UK, Francesco came to IWM as a Portfolio Manager.
Drinking Today: Castello della Sala 2008 Muffato Della Sala (.5L)
(Italy, Umbria - Sauvignon Blanc, Grechetto, Traminer, Riesling)
$54.99 Regular Price
$50.59 Case Price/btl
For the Cellar: Dal Forno Romano 2004 Veneto Passito Vigna Sere (.375L)
(Italy, Veneto - Corvina, Rondinella, Croatina, Oseleta)
$249.00 Regular Price

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


Saturday, September 12 | 1:00-3:00 pm | New York, NY
A Sit-Down Tasting

Ticket Price: $95.00

The first few crisp days of fall jolt us out of summer's beauty and remind us of autumn's glories--the return of soups, stews, squash and heavier fare. Fall may beckon and winter may hover on the horizon, but we're also not ready to relinquish summer just yet. Join us at our special tasting to the transitional of fall, a wine season that moves you from summer's whites to winter's reds with style. IWM's knowledgeable wine educator will pour whites from Piemonte and Liguria, a steely rosato from the Amalfi Coast, and reds from Montalcino, Campania, and Piemonte. Accompanied by regional meats and cheeses, this special Saturday tasting will help you celebrate the coming season, even as you wrest the best from the end of summer!
Featured Wine List:
Cornarea Roero Arneis 2014
Sartarelli Verdicchio Tralivio 2013
Raffaele Palma Salicerchi 2011
Cupano Rosso di Montalcino (1.5L) 2005
De Forville Nebbiolo d'Alba San Rocco 2013
Raffaele Palma Montecorvo 2011
Il Poggione Brunello di Montalcino 2009
Renzo Seghesio Barolo Pajana Riserva 2008
*Wine list to be announced.

Tuesday, September 15 | 6:30-9:30 pm | New York, NY
A Sit-Down Tasting

Ticket Price: $235.00
Limited Seating Available.
Please Call 212.473.2323 for booking information. 

Billecart-Salmon Champagne was the very first wine IWM carried that comes from outside Italy. It's a testament to this Champagne house that it was the first, and that all these years later IWM still champions it. To celebrate our longstanding relationship with Billecart-Salmon, IWM is delighted to announce that we'll be hosting a very intimate winemaker dinner with Antoine Roland-Billecart, Billecart-Salmon's own winemaker, in our Vintage Tasting Room, the closest experience to a sitting in a winemaker's cellar that you can find in New York City. IWM's own Chef Mike Marcelli will craft a five-course meal with each course designed to complement one of Billecart-Salmon's fine Champagnes, adding to your understanding and enjoyment of this family-owned-and-operated Champagne house. An IWM first, this memorable evening allows just a few wine enthusiasts to get to know and love Billecart-Salmon better, to ask questions of M. Roland-Billecart, and to experience a memorable evening with wine lovers like themselves. Seating is very limited; don't hesitate to reserve your places soon.
*Wine list to be announced.

Saturday, September 19 | 1:00-3:00 pm | New York, NY
A Sit-Down Tasting

Ticket Price: $95.00

Nebbiolo is Piemonte's best-known grape and the basis for its best-known wines, Barolo and Barbaresco. Indigenous to the hills surrounding Alba, Nebbiolo's name derives from the Italian word for fog, nebbia, though whether that refers to the white tinge that covers the black grapes as they ripen or the mist surrounding the Langhe hills, no one is entirely sure. One thing is certain: not only is Nebbiolo a very old grape, but it is also one that has been recognized for centuries for its greatness. Join us at a special tasting that investigates, explicates and celebrates Nebbiolo with eight great bottlings that feature the emblematic grape. IWM's knowledgeable sommelier will pour Nebbiolo wines from some of our favorite producers at this delicious, educational tasting, all complemented by regional meats and cheeses for a Nebbiolo party you won't want to miss.
Featured Wine List
De Forville Nebbiolo d'Alba San Rocco 2013
Sandro Fay Rosso di Valtellina Tei 2013
Donnas Vallee d'Aosta Rosso 2011
San Giuliano Barbaresco 2010
Rocche dei Manzoni Bricco Manzoni 2009
Poderi Aldo Conterno Langhe Nebbiolo Il Favot 2011
Renzo Seghesio Barolo Pajana Riserva 2008
Rocche dei Manzoni Barolo Vigna Big 'd Big 2010
*Wine list may be subject to change.

Saturday, September 26 | 1:00-3:00 pm | New York, NY
A Sit-Down Tasting

Ticket Price: $110.00

On the heels of last week's Nebbiolo tasting comes this carnival of Sangiovese Grosso. In the nineteenth century, Clemente Santi isolated the Sangiovese clone that has come to be known as BBS11, and his son Ferrucio used it to create the Brunello di Montalcino we know and love. While Sangiovese has spawned multiple clones, Sangiovese Grosso has thicker skins, lower yields, and smaller berries, and because of these characteristics, it makes a darker, more ageable wine. This special tasting commemorates the rare marriage between grape and terroir as knowledgeable IWM sommeliers pour six different Sangiovese Grosso wines, including bottles from Talenti, Cupano and Angelo Gaja. Accompanied by meats and cheeses, this tasting is a rare opportunity for Brunello enthusiasts to get to know their favorite grape--and their favorite region--a little bit better!

Featured Wine List:

Talenti Rosso di Montalcino 2013
Cupano Brunello di Montalcino 2003
Cupano Brunello di Montalcino 2008
Il Poggione Brunello di Montalcino 2009
Argiano Brunello di Montalcino 2010
Gaja Pieve Santa Restituta Brunello di Montalcino 2009
More Wines to be Announced. 
*Wine list may be subject to change.

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