Talenti's 2013 Baby Brunello! Amalfi Coast Red! And Burgundy Spring Cleaning!

March 5, 2015 
A Note from Sergio

Drive a few kilometers away from Montalcino, and you'll find Sant'Angelo in Colle, one of those improbable tiny towns that sits perched at the top of hill in Toscana. A wide open flagstone square of gray-beige stone buildings, the town features a horseshoe-shaped piazza of a giant church, a string of houses, and a final leg of restaurants, whose outdoor cafes face the church and the wide flagstone piazza. The third, open part of the "U," looks out on the rolling plains of Toscana; it's a dizzying drop below. I've stood pressed against the stone wall at Sant'Angelo in Colle and seen birds flying below me. It's very beautiful.

The Talenti estate sits at a wonderful site about 400 meters above sea level opposite the village of Sant'Angelo in Colle--you can't see it from the open side of the piazza because it's on the other side, but it's there, as it has been for decades. Founded by Pierluigi Talenti, one of the first guiding members of the Consorzio del Vino Brunello di Montalcino, Pierluigi was a guiding force in making Brunello what it is. These days, Riccardo Talenti carries on the tradition of making elegant, pure wines from that unusual site.

Today, I'm pleased to present the 2013 Rosso di Montalcino from Talenti. It's the first look at this vintage, and I think you're going to be in for a treat. Along with this delicious value wine, I'm very happy to offer one of my favorite new finds in the last year, Raffaele Palma's Amalfi Coast red, Montecorvo. I grew up in Napoli, and this wine tastes like home. Finally, spring is on its way, and we're getting ready by cleaning our temperature-controlled cellars, starting with back vintage Burgundies. This list is extraordinary, and if you're a Burgundy lover and don't find wines you want, you're not looking hard enough! Everything is 40% off, and there are so many amazing wines.


Today's Featured Sections Include:


1. Spotlight on Excellence: Under $25 Talenti Baby Brunello
2. Only At IWM:
Raffaele Palma's Windswept Organic Red, Montecorvo
3. Time Sensitive Offer: Spring Cleaning Back Vintage Burgundies!
4. Our Experts Suggest: 
Two Vintage Sassicaia Bottles for Now--and Later!
5. Wine Events: March Wine Tastings

My Best, 


Sergio Esposito



There are so many reasons to love a good Rosso di Montalcino. They're an affordable, easy-drinking way to experiment with Brunello producers' styles; a good Rosso di Montalcino acts like a calling card for the pricier Brunello di Montalcino. They let you drink Sangiovese Grosso in an approachable, early style. And they give terrific insight into a Brunello vintage that may be years--even decades--away from enjoyment. When they're made well, a Rosso di Montalcino acts like a "baby Brunello," and priced at a fraction of the cost of a Brunello, they let you experience that Montalcino magic both early and often.

Lately, we've been rolling out the highly touted 2010 vintage of Brunello and the ripe but thrilling 2012 vintage of Rosso di Montalcino. Today, we're going to step even further into the future and offer our very first 2013 Rosso di Montalcino, and it comes from one of our favorite small family-owned-and-operated producers, Talenti. Delicate yet powerful, this wine augers well for the estate's 2013 Brunello, and true to Talenti's trademark clean, delicious style, this wine is sure to please a wide range of palates.

2013 saw a wet spring but a long, slow ripening throughout summer in Montalcino, and by the time harvest came, the grapes were perfect. While harvest was down by about 30%, this reduction means the vintage is as intense as it is precise, and that's a good combination of traits. Classic, balanced and detailed, the '13 Rosso di Montalcino presents its plethora of pure Sangiovese Grosso fruit on a bed of spice, wildflowers, cypress needles, chestnuts and fresh-cut herbs. Talenti's Rosso di Montalcino acts like a little brother to the estate's classic Brunello; it has all of the Brunello's characteristics shown on a slightly smaller scale.

Made from grapes harvested from younger Brunello vines, Talenti's Rosso di Montalcino matures for eight months in a combination of oak tonneau and barriques and in bottle for four months. The resulting wine possesses an enchanting harmony among its ripe red fruit, spunky acidity, minerality, spicy Montalcino terroir, and velvety tannins. It's your first opportunity to explore the 2013 vintage from Montalcino, and coming from Talenti, one of the founding fathers of Brunello di Montalcino, it is delicious.



Talenti 2013 Rosso di Montalcino*

(Italy, Toscana - Sangiovese Grosso)

$24.99 Regular Price

$22.99 Case Price/btl


*Pre-Arrival, March 2015



Just as IWM introduced the cult Montalcino estate Cupano to the American wine public, we have presented Raffaele Palma, the rising star of Campania. Galardi and Montevetrano helped to push the ancient winemaking region of Campania into the consciousness of wine enthusiasts, and Raffaele Palma is poised to take advantage of the path that these two great estates have beaten to Campanian wines. While Palma knew that the breathtaking Amalfi Coast could be a difficult place for agriculture--the cliffs drop precipitously to the turquoise sea below--Raffaele saw the beauty, the challenge, and the singularity of the landscape, and he chose to rise to the dare, founding his Campania estate in 2005. Today, we're proud to feature Raffaele Palma 2011 Montecorvo, an inky red that explodes on the palate with a shower of red and blue fruits, notes of leather and spice, and a sweeping minerality that announces its coastal terroir.

Why Buy This Wine:

- Montecorvo, a blend of Piedrosso, Aglianico and Tintore, captures the Amalfi Coast's wild beauty in its fruit-laden heady palate; it derives from land that shoots up from 50 meters to 450 meters above sea level, land that's so steep that it requires all work be done by hand.

- Showing a majestic purple color in the glass, this wine's elegant nose is loaded with exotic spices, bright dark wild cherry and blueberry, wildflowers and minerals; a hint of caramel candied apple comes out with some air.

- This silky '11 wine flows like silk across the palate with grippy tannins and nicely balanced acidity; bursting with blue and red fruits, the palate offers nuances of leather, menthol and herbs that lead to a nice bittersweet cocoa powder finish.

- As much as we think Raffaele Palma is poised to be the next big thing in Italian winemaking, we also think the Montecorvo is a serious bottle of wine that deserves a place on your table and in your cellar.

- The Raffaele Palma Montecorvo 2011, an IWM exclusive, has consistently been a hit at our tastings; secure your bottles and see what the Amalfi Coast can offer your wine collection.



Raffaele Palma 2011 Montecorvo

(Italy, Campania - Piedirosso, Aglianco, Tintore)
$74.99 Regular Price
$67.49 Case Price/btl


Spring is in the air, and it's time to think about cleaning. IWM is beginning in our cellar, making this spring cleaning not only exciting but also delicious. Today, we're delighted to offer you more than 150 back vintage Burgundies. Presented with impeccable provenance and perfect storage, these wines are all at least seven years old, and each is in stock and ready to ship. You'll find Burgundies from such beloved producers as Louis Jadot, Pavelot, François Gaunoux, Bouchard Père & Fils, and so many more. Ranging in price from under $30 to more than $1,000, this list has bottles for every wine-lover, from enthusiasts to collectors and every Burghead in between. Focusing on vintages from 2001-2008, this list also presents wines as far back as 1981, and it includes both normal and large format bottles. IWM's spring cellar cleaning is the perfect time to stock your cellar with our temperature-controlled wines; act fast to ensure your first picks!

Why Buy This Wine:

- It's hard to guide well in such a big list, but Comte Georges de Vogüé and Dugat-Py are classic; Giraud, Gibryotte and Louis Jadot are superb and stylish; and Hudelot-Noëllat, Simon Bize, and Pierre Guillemot offer exceptional value.

- While this list of almost 200 wines presents challenges even to knowing Burgheads, it's easy to point that these Louis Jadot wines date from the tenure of winemaker Jacques Lardière, who retired in 2012.

- The majority of this list culls from vintages dating 2000-2008, and it includes many bottles from the stellar 2005 vintage, but it also draws from sleeper vintages 2008, 1998, and 2000; you'll find both large format and normal-sized bottlings too!

- Don't miss vintage bottles from Domaine de Montille, Georges Roumier, François Lamarche, Louis Remy, and René LeClerc; offered with pristine provenance, these wines come with as many as 34 years of perfect maturity.

- Allocations are tight, and these fine Burgundies are available on a first-come, first-served basis; contact your portfolio manager to help you choose the wines that best fit your cellar, palate and lifestyle.

- Many of these wines are presented at the BEST PRICE in the States, and all of them are reduced 40% until Sunday, March 8, 2015, at 5:00 p.m. EST--after that, our Burgundy spring cleaning ends, and these special prices go with it!


Click here to download complete Burgundy list.


This offer will expire on March 8th 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: Tenuta San Guido 1999 Sassicaia
(Italy, Toscana - Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc)
$309.00 Regular Price
For the Cellar: Tenuta San Guido 1990 Sassicaia
(Italy, Toscana - Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc)
$629.00 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, March 14, 1-3 pm

A Sit-Down Tasting


Regular Ticket Price $120.00

Early Bird Special $100.00 (Expires Mar 9, 2015, 5pm EST) 


IWM Hosts:
Robin Kelley O'Connor - Certified Wine Educator
John Camacho Vidal - Senior Portfolio Manager

From the top of the Boot to the tip of its heel, Italy has more than 2,000 different indigenous grapes, the most of any country in the world (though Portugal may beg to differ). Join us as our knowledgeable IWM sommelier lead you through a tour of nine of the most emblematic, delicious, and outrageous expressions. We'll be pouring wines from Italy's North to its South, helping you understand the full panorama of Italy's terroir, traditions, and grapes. Accompanied by regional meats and cheeses, this sit-down tasting offers aficionados or Italian wine newbies the most delicious education in authentic wine that you can get outside of Italy. Toe to tip, IWM is where Italian wine lovers come for fine Italian wine.

Featured Wine List:
Raffaele Palma Puntacroce 2011
Gravner Ribolla Gialla Anfora 2005
Peter Dipoli Iugum 2007
Cos Nero di Lupo 2013
Scarzello Barolo 2007
Galardi Terra di Lavoro (1.5L) 2009
Antonio Ferrari La Canestra 1978
Nicolis Amarone della Valpolicella Ambrosan 2006

*Wine list may be subject to change. 


Saturday, March 21, 1-3 pm

A Sit-Down Tasting


Regular Ticket Price $150.00

Early Bird Special $125.00 (Expires Mar 16, 2015, 5pm EST) 


IWM Hosts:
Robin Kelley O'Connor - Certified Wine Educator
John Camacho Vidal - Senior Portfolio Manager  

Two legendary regions meet for a special Saturday tasting when we match Barolos up with Burgundies. This sit-down tasting, complemented by meats and regional cheeses, will feature inimitable red Burgundies from cult producers poured with artisanal Barolos from some of our very favorite producers. Led by a knowledgeable IWM sommelier and accompanied by regional meats and cheeses, this is the must-go event for everyone who is a fine wine aficionado--or who wants to become one. Spend a Saturday with us and see how excellent a very good year can be, especially when it's enjoyed by a group of wine-lovers like you.


*Wine list to be announced.


Saturday, March 28, 1-3 pm

A Sit-Down Tasting


Regular Ticket Price $140.00

Early Bird Special $115.00 (Expires Mar 23, 2015, 5pm EST) 


IWM Hosts:

John Camacho Vidal - Senior Portfolio Manager


American wine-lovers love Brunello--in fact, we drink more than a quarter of the Brunello produced. After World War II, the medieval hamlet of Montalcino was one of the poorest towns in Toscana; today, it is one of the wealthiest, and it's all owing to one grape: Sangiovese. In this region, the grape expresses unparalleled power, concentration, and personality. No matter how much we think we know and love about Sangiovese Grosso, there is always much more to discover in Rosso di Montalcino, Brunello di Montalcino, and Brunello di Montalcino Riserva. Join us for a three-hour immersive tour of Brunello, and let our knowledgeable wine expert guide you through the region, teach you about Brunello styles, offer insights into producers' interpretations, and help you understand the ways that terroir, vintage and aging requirements affect the wine. Accompanied by regional meats and cheeses, this sit-down tasting will pour wines from Montalcino's icons, as well as its under-the-radar producers. Let IWM help you fall even more deeply in love with Brunello, one of our most beloved collectable Tuscan red wines.

*Wine list to be announced.


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