Cerbaiona 2010 Brunello! Under $75 Flash Sale! And Vintage López de Heredia Rioja
January 29, 2015 
A Note from Sergio

The beauty of Brunello is in its astounding diversity. Montalcino may be small, only about 30,000 square acres under vine, but it holds 24 distinct microclimates, and each vineyard has its own individual set of soil, weather, sun, biodiversity and history. This range of differentials means that this small region produces a stunning array of wines, with no one producer's Brunello being like another's. Today, I'm pleased to continue to announce the release of the 2010 Brunello with one of my favorites, Cerbaiona.

Since 1981, Cerbaiona's Diego Molinari--the "Commander," as this former pilot is commonly called--has been making pure, elegant Brunellos that pack a gorgeous punch. Located in the La Croce zone in the eastern-central portion of Montalcino not too far from the legendary Biondi-Santi estate, the vineyards of Cerbaiona sit at a slightly lower altitude than that great estate. This location means that Cerbaiona's grapes tend to ripen a little earlier, and sometimes a little more fully, than grapes up the hill, and this ripening provides for a denser, more plush Brunello. The 2010 Brunello is a symphony that rises with Montalcino notes, and it's a wine that real aficionados do not want to miss.

Yesterday we offered a flash sale of our large format wines, and today I'm happy to follow that offer up with a list of more than 400 wines, all originally priced under $75, and all on sale. These are everyday beauties that turn ordinary nights into special moments, and I'm thrilled to offer them at special pricing. Finally, I'm delighted to offer half-cases of thirty-year-old Rioja Gran Reserva from López de Heredia. I love vintage Rioja, and this one drinks like spicy velvet. It will seduce you from the first whiff, and you'll be hopelessly in love well before the last sip.


Today's Featured Sections Include:


1. Spotlight on Excellence: Release of the Benchmark 2010 Cerbaiona Brunello
2. Only At IWM: 
Thirty-Year-Old López de Heredia Rioja Gran Reserva
3. Time Sensitive Offer: More than 400 Bottles of Wine On Sale!
Wine Events: Exclusive Ornellaia Winemaker Dinner 

My Best, 


Sergio Esposito



In the past few weeks, we've announced the release of the 2010 Brunello di Montalcino from some of our favorite producers: Biondi-Santi, Angelo Gaja, Valdicava, and Canalicchio di Sopra. Today, we're very happy to present this benchmark vintage from IWM cult star, Cerbaiona. This estate's 2010 Rosso di Montalcino was a knockout--and it was one of our fastest-selling bottlings of this wine. It was the rare Rosso di Montalcino that offered a kaleidoscopic drinking experience, and beautiful as it is, this wine gives only a hint of how gorgeous the '10 Brunello is.


Year in and year out, Cerbaiona's wines impress with their perfumed red fruit nose, tobacco, spice and floral lift, and its pure, ripe palate, but in 2010 this wine is even more spectacular, offering tremendous complexity on a stylish, elegant framework. The succulent fruit in Cerbaiona's '10 Brunello wraps around a core of telltale Montalcino notes--fresh herbs, rain-spattered wildflowers, cypress needles, cigar wrapper, and earth--and this mélange is dusted with spice and minerals. Fine-grained tannins and a spectacular mouth-feel finish the experience of this age-worthy, sophisticated Brunello from Cerbaiona.


Former Alitalia pilot Diego Molinari chose Franco Biondi-Santi as his role model when he founded his seven-acre estate in the '70s, using vine clippings from Biondi-Santi's vineyards and adopting the master's traditional methods to craft a concentrated, mineral-laden wine. Diego believes in honest wines of terrior and letting the grapes speak for themselves; the grapes are picked, selected, and aged in large botti, as opposed to the more fashionable barrique, in order to create structured, deeply nuanced traditional Brunello and Rosso.


One of Brunello di Montalcino's most sought-after and consistent producers, Cerbaiona has--like Soldera, Poggio di Sotto, and Salvioni--been a staple at IWM for more than ten years. We consistently sell through this cult estate's wines very quickly, and given the tight allocation and the high demand for the 2010 Brunello, we expect these bottles to sell swiftly. Don't miss this benchmark bottling from Cerbaiona, one of the standard-bearers of great traditionally made Brunello di Montalcino.



Cerbaiona 2010 Brunello di Montalcino*

(Italy, Toscana - Sangiovese Grosso)

$225.00 Regular Price

$199.00 Half-Case Price/btl


*Pre-Arrival, Late 2015


Practicing traditional winemaking at its finest, López de Heredia and its winemaking has changed very little since its 1877 founding in Haro, Spain; the same family that founded the estate still owns it, and they adhere to a doctrine blueprinted in the 1880s, still making wine only from their own vineyards, using natural yeasts, long aging in wood, and doing no filtration at bottling. Today, this iconic estate spans about 420 acres, with four major vineyards: Tondonia, the largest and most famous; Bosconia; Cubillo; and Gravano. Whether making white, red or rosé Rioja, the estate ferments in large oak vats, ages the wines for extended periods of time in smaller old oak barriques, and takes pains to transmit terroir and typicity. Today, we're delighted to present half-cases of the historic 1985 López de Heredia Rioja Gran Reserva Viña Tondonia, a wine whose freshness belies its age and whose impeccable provenance and care will help it drink for years to come.

 Why Buy This Wine:

- If you are a fan of traditional Barolo, then your journey into traditional Rioja begins with López de Heredia; this benchmark wine can best be described as the "Bartolo Mascarello of Rioja."

- In fact, tasting an old wine from López feels not unlike drinking a cross between a Mascarello and a Giacosa; it's a Rioja that delivers Tempranillo's delicate tannins and deeply nuanced characteristics.


- Upon release, this 1985 Rioja offered subtle fruit nuances of sour cherry and strawberry, mushrooms, truffles and cigar box, all conveyed on a rich palate replete with chewy tannins.


- Now with thirty years of maturity, this Rioja retains its ethereal nature and its weightlessness, but tertiary notes have joined even as its freshness suggests agelessness.


- Only IWM can offer half-cases of this historic, ageless wine; contact your portfolio manager to secure this collector Rioja from López de Heredia.



López de Heredia 1985 Rioja Gran Reserva Vina Tondonia

(Spain, Rioja - Tempranillo)
$199.00 Regular Price
$189.00 Half-Case Price/btl


Yesterday's flash sale of large format bottles went so well, we're doing it again. And we're making it even bigger! You'll find more than 400 wines from Italy, France, and beyond! Even better, these wines originally cost under $75, but you can purchase them for as much as 30% off. We're featuring Chianti Classico from La Maialina and Badia a Passignano, cult Merlot from Simcic Marjan, Massolino Barolo, and Antinori's stellar dessert wine Muffato della Sala. You'll find wines from Burgundy's Pavelot, Louis Jadot, Simon Bize, Domaine Leflaive, Joseph Drouhin--and more. Quantities are strictly limited, so do act quickly. Winter has never been hotter than it is right now, and there's no better time to stock your cellar with fine wines from iconic producers, all presented with IWM's assurance of care and provenance. But don't wait, this sale lasts only until midnight EST on Sunday, February 1--and then, like winter, it's over.


Why Buy This Wine:


- IWM prides itself at selecting great wine at a range of price points, and this flash sale offers more than 400 wines priced between $10.99 and $75.00, each bottle presented with perfect provenance and care.


- The more you buy, the more you save: receive 12% off a case, 20% off two cases, and 30% off three cases or more.


- A perfect time to taste wines from unfamiliar producers or restock your cellar with old favorites, this list includes bottlings from Capanna, Le Pupille, Montevertine, Nicolas Rossignol, Paolo Bea, Gianni Brunelli, François Gaunoux and so many more.


- While you'll find some of our favorite value wines from Quattro Mani, Domaine Barat, Louis Jadot and the Donnas, you'll also find some beautiful vintage bottles, like a 1994 Schioppettino from Ronchi di Cialla, 2001 La Rioja Alta Rioja, and 1995 Querciabella Camartina.


- We haven't forgotten sparkling wines; choose from Movia Puro Rosé, Col Vetoraz Prosecco, Alfred Gratien Brut Champagne, Barbolini Lambrusco--and more!


- Lovers of American wines can choose bottles from Rancho Sisquoc, Soter, Palmina, or Dashe C. Todd Brothers, while German and Austrian wine lovers can enjoy Selbach-Oster and Prager.


- Quantities are limited for this flash sale, and selections are first-come, first-served; contact your portfolio manager soon to secure your first choices.



This offer will expire on February 2nd at 12:00 am EST.


A leading wine educator, writer, sommelier, international judge and lecturer, Robin Kelley O'Connor brings thirty years of experience with many professional certifications to IWM. Notably, RKO has visited the world's important wine regions and studied winemaking in Bordeaux and Champagne.


Drinking Today: La Rioja Alta 2001 Rioja Gran Reserva '890'
(Spain, Rioja - Tempranillo, Mazuelo, Graciano)
$185.00 Regular Price
(France, Burgundy - Chardonnay)
$315.00 Regular Price


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


Saturday, January 31, 1-3 pm

A Sit-Down Tasting


Regular Price $125.00

Price Including Tax $136.09


Host: Robin Kelley O'Connor, Certified Wine Educator

They may grow all over the globe, but Pinot Noir and Chardonnay's true home is in Burgundy. Join IWM as we explore the great makers of Burgundy's reds and its whites. Many wine enthusiasts find that the most difficult part of understanding Burgundy is getting to know the 33 Grand Crus and 560 Premier Crus. With names like Volnay Clos des Chenes and Savigny les Beaune Aux Vergelesses, these appellations can send even the aspiring Master of Wine back to the Russian River or the Willamette Valley for safety. However, there are ways to make navigating to make it a bit easier. For example, narrowing on the right producers and knowing their stereotypical profiles can help you select the right Pinot Noir and Chardonnay for your palate. Certified Wine Educator Robin Kelley O'Connor will guide you in your exploration of key Premier Cru and Grand Cru wines. You'll taste Premier Crus Puligny-Montrachet and Meursault for Chardonnay, and Gevrey Chambertin and Volnay for Pinot Noir, and you'll experience the Grand Crus of Corton Charlemagne, Chablis Bougros and Latricières-Chambertin. This special sit-down tasting, accompanied by regional meats and artisanal cheeses, offers a delightful way to get a hold of this complex but rewarding area. Join IWM, drink delicious Burgundy, and grow to love this region's wines even more.  


Feature Wine List:

Bourgogne Rouge

Domaine Chandon de Briailles 1er Cru Pernand -Vergelesses 2010

Marquis d'Angerville Volnay 1er Cru Caillerets 2011

Domaine Gallois Gevrey Chambertin 1er Cru La Combe aux Moines 2012

Domaine Drouhin-Laroze Grand Cru  Latricières-Chambertin 2010


Bourgogne Blanc

Domaine William Fèvre Chablis Grand Cru Bougros Côte Bouguerots 2011

Domaine Leflaive Puligny-Montrachet 2011

Domaine Matrot Meursault 1er Cru Perrières 2010

Domaine des Héritiers Louis Jadot Grand Cru Corton Charlemagne 2011  

*Wines may be subject to change


Saturday, February 7, 1-3 pm

A Sit-Down Tasting


Regular Price $125.00

Price Including Tax $136.09


Special Guest Host: Will Di Nunzio, IWM President of Sales


"Big Red" is a term we like to use a lot at Italian Wine Merchants. Whether we employ it to organize a tasting, create an offering, or simply to describe the contents of a bottle, we have a fondness for the ideal of the Big Red. It's a term that brings to mind a host of connotations--the boldness, the power, the unabashed lushness of the color red gets a gloss of intensification with the addition of the word "big." Put these words together, and you get a style of wine that you can't help but love. This Saturday we invite you to discover the range of wines this beloved category offers. Guided by IWM President Will Di Nunzio, this glorious tasting, complemented by meats and cheeses, is devoted to exploring the lushness, the power, and the unexpected finesse of the Big Red in wines from some of our favorite producers like Angelo Gaja, Luciano Sandrone, Cupano and Grattamacco--and more. It's big, it's beautiful, and it's only available at IWM, the world's leading authority in Italian wine.
Featured Wine List:
Nicolis Amarone della Valpolicella Classico 2008
Tenuta San Leonardo San Leonardo 2006
Grattamacco Bolgheri Rosso Superiore 2008
Sandrone Barolo Le Vigne 2009
Renzo Seghesio Barolo Pajana Riserva 2006
Gaja Pieve Santa Restituta Brunello Rennina 2008
Cupano Brunello di Montalcino 2005
Begali Amarone Monte Ca Bianca 2009

*Wines may be subject to change 


Saturday, February 14, 1-3 pm

A Sit-Down Lunch/Tasting


Regular Price $175.00

Price Including Tax $190.53


It's the one holiday devoted to couples, and this Valentine's Day, IWM wants to show you and yours our favorite pairings. We'll be coupling some of our favorite Champagnes, global sparkling wines and rich reds to create delicious pairings that show how easy it is for even difficult individuals to find the perfect match. Join us at this special sit-down lunch to experience for yourself how every thing has its match. From antipasti to sweets, from sparklers to decadent wines, IWM wants to celebrate perfect pairings, an event made even more complete with you!


Featured Wine List:

Movia Puro Rosé 2002

Raffaele Palma Puntacroce 2011

Antinori Cervaro della Sala Chardonnay 2011

Cupano Brunello di Montalcino 2003

Montevertine Le Pergole Torte 2008

Nicolis Amarone della Valpolicella Classico 2008

Fiorano Rosso 2010

Renzo Seghesio Barolo 2007

Ca dei Mandorli Brachetto d'Acqui 2012  

*Wines may be subject to change


Saturday, February 21, 1-3 pm

A Sit-Down Tasting


Regular Price $115.00

Price Including Tax $125.21


Memorialized in paintings, poems, novels and films, Toscana is arguably the heart of Italy. Let us transport you Italy's most beloved winemaking region at this tasting featuring all Tuscan wines. Complemented by regional cheeses and meats, this tasting will give you an opportunity to understand what makes Super-Tuscan wines so great, to learn more about the Super-Tuscan revolution, and to enjoy some of Toscana's most emblematic, delicious wines. Our sommelier will be pouring wine form some of our favorite producers, celebrating the Super-Tuscan revolution in all its delicious glory. When people fall in love with Italy, they almost always fall in love with Toscana first. Join us and see why, as we bring Toscana to you, joyously.


Saturday, February 28, 1-3 pm

A Walk-Around Tasting


Regular Price $75.00

Price Including Tax $81.66


It's a return of one of IWM's favorite tastings, the Mini Grand, featuring wines from around the world. This mini grand tasting of global wines features wines from our best-loved countries, including Italy, France and Spain. Join us and let IWM's team of sommeliers will fill your glass with wine and your mind with knowledge as you walk around sampling wines from some of the finest producers on the face of the planet. Complemented by meats and cheeses, and sweetened by preferential pricing on the featured wines, this tasting is a rare treat. Join us and travel the world of wine, without ever leaving glamorous New York City.


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