Today's Featured Offer:
Giacomo Conterno New Releases, Powerful Jadot White, and Cupano Brunello Magnums

October 29, 2014 
A Note from Sergio

The primary activity in the cellar is barrel tasting. Not every producer offers you a taste of his or her wines out of the barrel--some realize that their wines' extreme youth does the juice little favors--but most do. Barrel tasting takes a certain art. It is, of course, how the winemaker determines further protocol for the wine, how long to age it, how to blend it, or even which designation the wine will have. But it's hard to parse the flavors of a wine still aging in the barrel. It's like feeling sand in your fingers and imagining what a great pearl it will make.  


It can take a lot of experience and vision to swirl a very young wine around your mouth and imagine the shape it's going to take as an adult. Sometimes the wine is funky and weird with a mismatched plaids-and-paisley quality. Sometimes the wine tastes sharp and pointy, like cypress trees in your mouth. Other times it tastes like a teen party that's raided the liquor cabinet when the parents were out. Still others, however, it's a pleasure, a pure experience that makes you give an internal "Ah!" as the wine crosses your palate. Very rarely, you taste out of a barrel and your vision is one of glory.         


Such is the experience at Giacomo Conterno. Roberto Conterno, Giacomo's grandson and head of the estate, continues his grandfathers and his father's traditional practices The cellar is big, filled with hulking botti, some of the biggest you'll find anywhere. My experiences in Conterno's cellars are always good--that's one sign of a genius winemaker, consistently good barrel tasting--but tasting the estate's wines always reminds me why I love my job. It's like getting a preview of heaven.    


Today I'm very pleased to present two new releases from Giacomo Conterno, the estate's 2012 Barbera Francia and its 2010 Barolo Francia. I don't know what to tell you other than you want to buy these wines--and lots of them. The '10 Barolo Francia will be the stuff that legends are made of, and the '12 Barbera is sheer joy to drink. You do not want to miss either of these bottlings. Along with these two new releases, I'm very happy to bring back two client favorites, the striking Jadot Corton Charlemagne 2011 and the rich, intense Cupano 2007 Brunello--today in magnum. It's a very good day for very good wines.





Today's Featured Sections Include:


1. Spotlight on Excellence: Giacomo Conterno 2012 Barbera Francia and 2010 Barolo Francia!
2. Time Sensitive Offer: IWM Favorite, Jadot Corton Charlemagne 2011
3. Our Experts Suggest: Never Let Your Wine Fridge Go Bare
4. Only At IWM: Benchmark Vintage Cupano Brunello, in Magnum!
5. Wine Events: 
Winemaker Dinner: Alessia Antinori Presents Fiorano
Bordeaux Grand Cru Classé

My Best, 



Sergio Esposito




Today, we're delighted to present two new releases from iconic producer Giacomo Conterno, the 2012 Barbera Francia and the 2010 Barolo Francia. As much as these two wines evince the winemaking prowess of Roberto Conterno and his team, as much as they illustrate the two vintages, and as well as they express the characters of their grapes, these two wines also embody the beauty of Cascina Francia, the forty-acre vineyard owned by the estate since 1974. A fabulous plot of land with ideal southwest exposure, calcareous soil and dense vine plantings, this vineyard is synonymous with Giacomo Conterno--in fact, its legendary Monfortino and its Barolo Francia, as well as the Barbera we offer today, derive from this fortuitous plot of land. You can't help but celebrate it.


In any vintage, Cascina Francia is the quintessence of Barolo. It's not just a classic expression; it is the definition of Barolo, a wine that presents "good body, alcohol, and tannins, plus that certain something that gives longevity," elements that represent the pillars of a serious wine in the philosophy of Giacomo Conterno. The sibling of Barolo Riserva Monfortino, Cascina Francia is one of IWM's fastest selling collectable Barolos. In most vintages, the only difference between Monfortino and Barolo Francia is their maceration and aging times; Cascina Francia therefore offers the opportunity to experience Monfortino at a quarter of the price. And you'll want to experience the 2010 Barolo Francia--it's exquisite, powerful yet nuanced, offering a harmonious balance of its myriad layers.


Crafted from Barbera grown cheek-by-jowl with the Nebbiolo that makes some of the world's most renowned Barolos, this Barbera from Giacomo Conterno is destined to be special. This Barbera from Cascina Francia's Serralunga d'Alba vineyard shows how much terroir plays a part in taking Barbera, the "People's Wine," and elevating it to sublimity. Vibrant, powerful, intense and delicious, this Barbara will keep you happy as your Giacomo Conterno Barolos mature. A tempting mélange of rose petal, juicy red fruit, spice, earth and sweet herbs make this '12 Barbera Francia a sheer delight. Plushness balances with acidity in this wonderful evocation of winemaking skill, iconic grape and ideal terroir.


In any given year, these two Giacomo Conterno bottlings are among our fastest selling wines. We expect that this will be true for these vintages, especially for the '10 Barolo Francia, whose release has been highly anticipated by cognoscenti. Our allocations of these new releases are strictly limited, and offered at the BEST PRICE in the nation, we expect these two bottlings to fly out of our cellars almost before they arrive. Wine-lovers in the know understand that the must-have '10 Barolo Francia is a wine to cellar, but don't worry! You can enjoy your '12 Barbera Francia in the meantime, and you'll be very happy as you do.



(Italy, Piemonte - Nebbiolo)
$275.00 Regular Price

(Italy, Piemonte - Nebbiolo)
$675.00 Regular Price

(Italy, Piemonte - Barbera)
$64.99 Regular Price

(Italy, Piemonte - Barbera)
$139.99 Regular Price

*Pre-Arrival, November 2014


With holdings of 380 acres in Burgundy, Louis Jadot is a large estate, yet the estate shows the kind of commitment to terroir, to quality, and to tradition that IWM looks for in its artisanal producers. Founded by its namesake in 1859, Louis Jadot remained largely within the family until the 1980s, when the Gagey family assumed managerial control. For three decades Jacques Lardière led Jadot's tremendous success, and today Frédéric Barnier continues to make magnificent wines of unparalleled consistency. Jadot crafts a range of Burgundy cuvées, from regional wines to Grand Crus, and the estate's ability to pull from a wide range of vineyard parcels allows it to make the optimal mix, year in and year out. Today, we're delighted to feature Jadot Domaine des Heritiers Corton Charlemagne 2011, which derives from the original Côte de Beaune parcels that Louis Jadot bought. Intense, powerful and collectable, this '11 Corton Charlemagne is breathtaking.



Why Buy This Wine:


- With its southern exposure, Louis Jadot's Corton Charlemagne lieux-dits reigns supreme in the appellation; this bottling represents one of the revered estate's oldest parcels--in fact, it was one of the first two the estate purchased in 1856.


- The Jadot Domaine des Heritiers Corton Charlemagne Grand Cru comes from one of the most prized appellation in all of Burgundy; this Corton Charlemagne is divided between the two villages Aloxe-Corton and Pernand-Vergelesses in the northern part of the Côte de Beaune, both with a south-southwest exposure.


- Loaded with intense flavors of honeysuckle, crisp apples, pear and quince, this white Burgundy abounds with telltale Corton Charlemagne smokiness and s flinty character, all wrapped in a core of vibrant acidity that makes the mouth water.


- Showing spice, minerality and intense fruit, this wine's silky approach, powerful mid-palate, and mouth watering-acidity conspire to make this wine almost electric, and the finish lasts for almost a minute.


- Historic, extraordinary, and vibrant, this '11 beauty will age for years and years to come; we urge you to resist temptation--if you can!



Louis Jadot 2011 Domaine des Heritiers Corton Charlemagne
(France, Burgundy - Chardonnay) 

$159.00 Regular Price 
$135.15 3-Pack Price/btl


This offer is available 48 hrs and will expire on October 31st at 5:00 pm EST.


Born in the US, but raised in Italy, IWM President of Sales Will Di Nunzio fell in love with wine when his father opened a twenty-year-old Biondi-Santi Brunello for Will's twentieth birthday. Will has since turned his love into a career.

Drinking Today:
 Le Macchiole 2011 Bolgheri Rosso
(Italy, Toscana - Merlot, Cabernet Franc, Syrah)
$34.99 Regular Price 
$32.19 Case Price/btl


(Italy, Campania - Piedirosso, Aglianco, Tintore)
$74.99 Regular Price 
$68.99 Case Price/btl


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



"Cupano" was the buzzword that Sergio Esposito heard most often on the lips of young sommeliers in Italy, so it's only fitting to offer the rising star of Montalcino in large format bottles. Not only is there more fine wine to pour at your dinner parties or gatherings, but the lower air-to-wine ratio in magnums means that the wine ages more slowly, growing ever more mellow, integrated and flawless. Cupano, a rare certified organic Montalcino estate, sits on a rolling plain at the far edges of Montalcino, where it crafts an outstanding, beautifully structured Brunello di Montalcino, among other wines. Today, we're proud to present an IWM exclusive: magnum bottlings of the sinuous, ripe Cupano Brunello di Montalcino from the benchmark vintage of 2007. It's a wine that has hit more than one world-famous sommelier's list! You simply can't find this large format bottling anywhere else; share this meticulously crafted Brunello with wine-lovers you love.


Why Buy This Wine:


- The rising star of Montalcino did not happen overnight; Ornella and Lionello realized their vision with the guidance and support from industry's leading experts: French vintner Henri Jayer, leading Sangiovese consultant Guilio Gambelli (Soldera, Poggio di Sotto, Montevertine), biodynamic expert François Bouche (Leflaive, Leroy, DRC), and respected enologist Carlo Ferrini (Fonterutoli, Sette Ponte, Polizano).


- Lionel Cousin is so fanatical about his vineyards that during the growing season he walks through them with a pair of silver nail scissors in his pocket, pruning leaves, bunches, and tendrils, and maintaining a relationship with his vines that's deeply personal.


- The child of a ripe vintage, this 2007 embodies the approachability of this benchmark vintage, but because of Cupano's exacting winemaking protocol, it nonetheless offers tremendous balance, freshness and harmony.


- Crafted from meticulously grown organic Sangiovese grapes kept to extraordinarily low yields, this Brunello spends fifty months in oak barrels and in the bottle before release; the result is a spicy, aromatic, intense and velvety wine that offers deceptive power, great longevity and terrific balance.


- Large format bottles are ideal for maturing special wines--the lower air-to-wine ratio helps to slow maturation and aid the wine becoming yet mellower and more integrated over time, but magnums are also excellent for sharing with large gatherings, and that makes this bottling perfect for your upcoming parties and dinners.


- Montalcino's fastest rising star, Cupano is exclusive to IWM; please contact your portfolio manager to secure this '07 Brunello di Montalcino in magnum bottles at the BEST PRICE in the States.



(Italy, Toscana - Sangiovese Grosso)

$269.99 Regular Price


Wednesday, November 5, 2014, 7-10pm

Regular Price: $225
Price Including Tax $244.97  

It's a wine event that is decades in the making, featuring wines so rare they're simply unavailable anywhere else! 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 Tenuta di Fiorano, an estate with a long, storied past and a history of making some of Italy's most important, most collectable wines. In 1995, Prince Alberico Boncompagni Ludovisi, Alessia's grandfather, made his last vintage at Fiorano, pulling up all the vines except for a few rows of Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, and some white grape vines left on a caretaker's property. After inheriting a portion of the Prince's land following his death in 2005, Alessia took on the project of nursing these vines back to health, intent on making wine as her grandfather did--organically and with minimal intervention. This unique evening will present old vintages of Fiorano, both its fabled whites and its excruciatingly rare Rosso, as well as offer a taste of Alessia's new bottlings from the restored vineyards of Fiorano. 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.

Featuring a rare selection of reds and whites from this magnificent estate.

Featured Menu & Wine List:
Assorted Salumi & Artisanal Cheeses
Antinori Mantenisa Albiera Allegra Alessia Franciacorta Rosé NV
Fioranello 2013

Antipasti Misti: Root Vegetables with Lobster Roe Bagna Cauda, Arancini, Panelle di Ceci
Fiorano Bianco 1992
Fiorano Bianco 1993

Fish: Branzino with Smoked Razor Clams & Fennel
Fiorano Sémillon 1994
Fiorano Sémillon 1995

Pasta: Veal Agnolotti (Chestnut flour)
Fiorano Rosso 2010

Meat: Rack of Lamb (milk-fed)
Fiorano Rosso 1993

Dolci: Petit Fours, Young goats-milk cheese
Fiorano Sémillon 1988
For more information, please visit our website at Wine Events.

Saturday, November 1, 2014, 1-3 pm 
Regular Price $125.00 
Price Including Tax $136.09 
It's a first in IWM's history, a tasting event featuring Bordeaux wines from the Grand Cru Classé Château Lagrange and its celebrated winemaker Mattieu Bordes. This special presentation will feature a vertical of the iconic Third Growth spanning more than three decades of perfectly aged wines brought in directly from the cellars of Saint-Julien. Mattieu will take guests on an exciting journey of the region and of the Château. His intimate presentation will uncover the estate's humble beginnings in the Middle Ages; a climb into prominence in the eighteenth century, when the estate's claret grabbed the attention of both America's wine ambassador Thomas Jefferson and nobles alike; the triumph over the difficult years of phylloxera and war; and its present-day status as the largest Grand Cru Classé in the Medoc. Hosted by Certified Wine Educator and IWM's Bordeaux authority Robin Kelley O'Connor, this sit-down tasting, accompanied by regional meats and cheeses, gives a grand salute to one of Bordeaux's legendary châteaux and one of the region's most dedicated winemakers. Join us to meet the man behind Château Lagrange, Mattieu Bordes, enjoy these extraordinary wines, and deepen your appreciation of Bordeaux!
Featured Wine List:
Les Arums de Lagrange Bordeaux Blanc Sec 2012 
Les Fiefs De Lagrange 2010 Saint-Julien Second Vin Du Château Lagrange
Les Fiefs De Lagrange 2002 Saint-Julien Second Vin Du Château Lagrange
Les Fiefs De Lagrange 1999 Saint-Julien Second Vin Du Château Lagrange
Château Lagrange 2010 Saint-Julien Grand Cru Classé En 1855
Château Lagrange 2006 Saint-Julien Grand Cru Classé En 1855
Château Lagrange 2003 Saint-Julien Grand Cru Classé En 1855
Château Lagrange 1999 Saint-Julien Grand Cru Classé En 1855
Château Lagrange 1995 Saint-Julien Grand Cru Classé En 1855



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