La Spinetta 2013 Barbaresco Quartet Debuts, $22 Dessert Wine, and Superb Fontodi Chianti Classico

September 18, 2017
A Note from Sergio

One glimpse at La Spinetta tells you that this winery is very different from all the others in Piemonte. There are huge tanks of gleaming stainless steel, perfectly coiled hoses, a spotless laboratory, a storybook-like cellar with perfectly stained burgundy-bellied barriques. The interior looks like the best of the New World wineries, a far cry from the cobweb-and-dust-laced cellars that are the rule for traditional Barolo and Barbaresco makers. And yet, while the cellar might look contemporary, La Spinetta's wines speak of their soil. La Spinetta's wines--revolutionary, inspired, and cult-inspiring--are pure, explosive expressions of their terroir.

Just like the Barbaresco wines of Angelo Gaja and Bruno Giacosa, La Spinetta's belong to an elite, collectable class. But while Giacosa is a traditionalist and Gaja a maverick, La Spinetta used modern methodology like intensive pruning, rotofermenters, and refinement in new barrique and crafted a Barbaresco that could be approachable upon release. More than that, La Spinetta made wines that performed like immediately drinkable, intense, perfectly ripe Barbaresco that nonetheless could evolve for decades. Over time, La Spinetta has grown slightly more traditional, and its wines reflect this shift. They've grown even purer, even more age-worthy, even more complex, and somehow even more transparent.

Today, I'm very proud to debut the 2013 Barbaresco quartet from La Spinetta. Wine insiders have been doing cartwheels over Piemonte's 2013 releases, and these four wines attest to the greatness of the vintage. Each one is singular, glowing with the year's perfect growing season--a nearly perfect encapsulation of time, terroir and winemaking. If you love Barbaresco, you want to jump on these four bottles. I've chosen two more Italian wines to flesh out this offer, a delicious $22 dessert wine from Piemonte's Ca' dei Mandorli that brings out the best in chocolatey or creamy sweets, and Fontodi's luminous 2014 Chianti Classico, a wine whose $35 price point will let you drink it often.


Today's Featured Sections Include:

1. Spotlight on Excellence:
Four Barbaresco Legends-in-the-Making from La Spinetta
2. Only At IWM:
Surprising, Delicious $22 Dessert Wine
3. Time Sensitive Offer: Fontodi's Luminous 2014 Chianti Classico
4. Wine Events: Upcoming September Wine Tasting Events

My Best,

Sergio Esposito

Even before many wines have hit the shelves, 2013 is gaining a reputation for stellar Piemonte wines. We've offered a select few of the '13 Baroli, and today we're debuting the first of the 2013 Barbaresco, selecting four cru wines from cult winemaker La Spinetta: the estate's refined yet welcoming Barbaresco Bordini, its radiant and muscular Barbaresco Gallina, its classic and structured Barbaresco Starderi, and its burly and power-packed Barbaresco Valeirano, all offered at very competitive pricing. Just as happened in Barolo, the extended, late harvest 2013 growing year in Barbaresco oscillated between warm, sunny days and cool, temperate nights, leading to a benchmark Barbaresco vintage that is likely to be legendary.

Bruno, Carlo, and Giorgio Rivetti are the three brothers behind the prominent La Spinetta estate, founded by their parents in 1977. A modern Italian superstar winery, La Spinetta produces some of Piemonte's most delicious Barbaresco wines at its main estate in Castagnole Lanze, as well as outstanding Baroli at its Campè estate in Grinzane Cavour and Sangiovese bottlings at its outpost in Toscana. La Spinetta uses modern equipment, including rotary fermenters and barrique aging, to craft their wines; however, the estate also employs biodynamic agriculture and bottles its wines without fining or filtration. The resulting wines are meticulous, beautifully made, and beloved by the wine world for their typicity, texture, and transmission of terroir.

Today's quartet of 2013 Barbaresco bottlings from La Spinetta give the wine's fans a panoramic view not only of this estate but of the vintage. The deceptively powerful '13 Barbaresco Bordini unleashes a sweet inner perfume complicated by minerals on its resonant finish. Classy and profound, the '13 Barbaresco Gallina shows laser focus and exquisite balance. Classic and structured, the '13 Barbaresco Starderi is a thoroughbred that is ethereal yet powerful--it's superb! Powerful, brooding and full-bodied, the '13 Barbaresco Valierano is one to cellar for a few years, but given time, this wine will be an absolute stunner. Together, these wines provide decades of outstanding enjoyment.

Ranging from the Barbaresco Bordini, which you can drink almost immediately upon release, to the Barbaresco Valeirano, which needs some serious cellar time, this foursome provides a lovely spectrum of Barbaresco's many nuances. While Barbaresco plays the "queen of wines" to Barolo's king, the majestic 2013 Barbaresco vintage shows that this smaller region is no second fiddle--these La Spinetta wines are collector-worthy bottles that reveal astounding detail, complexity, and age-worthy structure. We're certain to sell through this first allocation of 2013 La Spinetta cru Barbaresco even before the wines hit our temperature-controlled shelves; contact your portfolio manager to secure yours!

Vintage Size Price/btl 6pk Price/btl Case Price/btl
2013 0.75 $59.99 - $55.19
2013 0.75 $139.00 $129.00 -
2013 0.75 $139.00 $129.00 -
2013 0.75 $139.00 $129.00 -

*Pre-Arrival, Late October

This offer will expire in 24 hours on September 19th at 11:59pm EST.

Founded in 1888, Piemonte's Ca' dei Mandorli is a family-owned-and-operated estate whose combination of geographic luck and careful protocol make for velvety, balanced, and rich Piemontese wines. Currently owned and operated by father and son Paul and Stefano Ricagno, Ca' dei Mandorli strives to balance tradition with innovation in the careful crafting of its Alto Monferrato wines that reflect the estate's unique terroir and the region's long winemaking heritage. The estate's philosophy reflects its respect for nature, for Piemonte's winemaking traditions, and for the labor that goes into making wines with care and mindfulness. Today, IWM is pleased to present a wine we love to serve with dolci at our tasting events, Ca' dei Mandorli 2015 Brachetto d'Acqui Donne dei Boschi. This frizzante red is a delight with a range of desserts, from cheesecake to brownies; moreover, at $22 a bottle, the BEST PRICE in the US, it's a wine you can enjoy whenever you want!

Why Buy This Wine:

- Piemonte's Ca' dei Mandorli is a family-owned-and-operated estate whose combination of geographic luck and careful protocol make for a light, fizzy, flavorful and authentic Brachetto d'Acqui.

- Brachetto d'Aqui, a slightly fizzy but not overly sweet red, is similar in aroma and taste profile to Recioto from the Veneto, though it's a different texture altogether--strawberry and floral notes appear on the nose, but Brachetto edges more towards the medium-bodied palate.

- With its notes of bitter almond, roses and berries, Brachetto is also perfect with cheesecake or a cream-based dessert, and this version from family-owned-and-operated Ca' dei Mandorli is both authentic and wallet-friendly.

- This cru Brachetto d'Acqui bottling derives from the estate's mineral-rich Le Donne dei Boschi plot, and the wine reflects its terroir in its lively mineral verve.

- Delicious and delightful, this Brachetto d'Acqui, presented at the BEST PRICE in the States, is consistently a hit at IWM's tasting events; it's perfect to have on hand to celebrate life's sweet moments.

Ca' dei Mandorli 2015 Brachetto d'Acqui Donne Boschi
(Italy, Piemonte - Brachetto)
$22.00 Regular Price
$20.24 Case Price/btl

Giovanni Manetti's team at Fontodi crafts their wines both thoughtfully and passionately. Today, we're delighted to present special, time-sensitive pricing on the estate's 2014 Chianti Classico, a luminous bottling that sings with its history and articulates its terroir. Resting near Panzano in the epicenter of Toscana's viticulture, Fontodi's vines sit in the Conca d'Oro, the natural amphitheater that is the beating heart of Chianti Classico. This ideal location of Fontodi's vineyards makes for perfection in winemaking. Fontodi practices organic agriculture and non-interventionist protocol, relying on the estate's exceptional southern position in a natural amphitheater composed of marl soil, which allows the grapes to ripen perfectly and the estate to create wines of great character and structure. Indeed, 2014's one-third decrease in grape yield means that this Fontodi Chianti Classico is more aromatic, intense and detailed than usual!

Why Buy This Wine:

- Giovanni Manetti, owner-winemaker of Fontodi, calls 2014 a "vintage of opportunity," and this mono-varietal Sangiovese Chianti Classico shows a terrific balance between power and elegance.

- Fontodi's organic winemaking puts the terroir of Panzano's Conca d'Oro front and center, especially in a low-production year like 2014; however, what the wine loses in quantity, it gains in quality, and this '14 Chianti Classico is fantastic.

- Wildflowers, fresh herbs, loam and a touch of espresso layer with tart red cherries and frutti di bosco in this beautifully structured, brightly energetic Chianti Classico.

- 2014 saw a cool growing year, and this wine reflects its long, temperate growing season in its exquisite balance, deceptive power, and undeniable elegance--Fontodi's 2014 Chianti Classico might be your new go-to red!

- IWM is pleased to present this stellar recent Fontodi release at special, time-sensitive pricing; contact your portfolio manager to secure yours for enjoyment this fall, this winter, next summer and beyond!

Fontodi 2014 Chianti Classico
(Italy, Piemonte - Sangiovese)
$35.99 Regular Price
$33.11 Case Price/btl
$31.67 2-Cases Price/btl

This offer will expire in 48 hours on September 20th at 11:59pm EST.


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Book one of these dates in September and Save 20% on your event.

Dates Available

Studio del Gusto: 9/20, 9/21, 9/22, 9/23, 9/25, 9/28, 9/29
Vintage Tasting Room: 9/19, 9/21, 9/23, 9/26, 9/28, 9/29
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The end of the summer brings a bittersweet feel, but IWM can help make the swing into fall spectacular by hosting your end-of-the-summer event. Whether you want to throw a last-minute party for friends, enjoy a special family dinner, or host a business celebration that will be memorable and delicious, IWM will make your dream a reality-and we're offering special menu pricing for a limited time! Our handcrafted seasonal and regional dishes, our inviting atmosphere, our carefully selected wines, and our professional staff are sure to make your event special and your guests very happy.

IWM's event spaces have some select dates open between September 11 and September 25, 2017, and we'd like to offer you 20% off all menu packages, giving you special pricing on your chosen date. Events must be booked in advance and a deposit is required.

Together with IWM, your memorable, joyous event will celebrate both your guests and your excellent taste!
We look forward to celebrating your passion for wine, for food and for the people who are important to you.

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Prunotto - A Winemaker Dinner

Tuesday, September 19 | 7:00-10:00 pm | New York, NY
A Sit-Down Tasting Dinner

Ticket Price: $299.00

Hosted by: Emanuele Baldi,
IWM Host: Will Di Nunzio,

Beginning as a wine collective in 1904, the Prunotto estate entered the modern era under the guidance of Beppe Colle, who spearheaded the creation of cru Barolo wines. Fast-forward to 1989 when the Antinori family purchased the estate and, with Albiera Antinori at the helm, set an agenda to push the storied Prunotto estate into the highest echelons of contemporary wine world. Join IWM in celebrating the achievements of this storied estate with an intimate and exclusive tasting dinner hosted by Prunotto's esteemed winemaker, Emanuele Baldi. This special five-course dinner event will look forward to Prunotto's future as it honors the estate's past. Our knowledgeable team of sommeliers will pour a range of vintage Prunotto wines, all paired with spectacular dishes created by IWM's Chef Michael Marcelli and his staff. It's a unique evening of incredible Italian wine, delicious food, and terrific conversation, and it could only come from the world's leading authority in Italian wine, IWM.

Featured Wines & Menu:

Antinori Montenisa Brut Extra
Prunotto Roero Arneis 2014
Prunotto Pian Romualdo Barbera d'Alba 2013

Gnocchetti Sardi
Small Shell Pasta, Roasted Broccoletti, Fresh Pork & Fennel Sausage
Prunotto Barbera d'Asti Costamiòle 2009
Prunotto Pian Romualdo Barbera d'Alba 2005

Carne 1
Lombo di Coniglio
Rabbit Loin with Finocchiona & Le Puy Lentils
Prunotto Barbaresco DOCG 2013
Prunotto Barbaresco Bric Turot DOCG 2009

Carne 2
Controfiletto di Manzo
Dry-aged Prime Sirloin, Gigante Bean & Roasted Tomato
Prunotto Barolo DOCG 2011
Prunotto Barolo Bussia DOCG 2009
Prunotto Barolo Bussia DOCG 2005

Parmigiano & Dolci
Prunotto Barolo Bussia Vigna Colonnello Riserva 2008

*Wines may be subject to change.

Rossi Toscani

Saturday, September 23 | 1:00-3:00 pm | New York, NY
A Sit-Down Tasting

Ticket Price: $129.00
Early Bird Price: $109.00/ticket (Expires: Tuesday, September 19)

Most Americans fall in love with Toscana first--it's the site of Chianti Classico, Brunello di Montalcino, and Super-Tuscan wines, after all! Let a knowledgeable IWM sommelier take you on a tour of Toscana, and get an insider's point of view as you explore Tuscan's many splendored reds. Learn your Sangiovese Grosso from your Sangiovese, come to understand why Toscana is so hospitable to "international" grapes, and learn what makes Super Tuscans so special, all while tasting a range of Rossi Toscani. From lithe light reds to burly big reds, this tasting, accompanied by regional meats and cheeses, will add to your wine education, deepen your passion for Italian wines, and let you experience Toscana without the plane fare. It's the next best thing to seeing Michelangelo's David in person!

*Wines to be announced.

Rossi Piemontesi

Saturday, September 30 | 1:00-3:00 pm | New York, NY
A Sit-Down Tasting

Ticket Price: $129.00
Early Bird Price: $109.00/ticket (Expires: Tuesday, September 26)

IWM Host: Michael Adler

Nebbiolo makes two of Italy's most collectable, longest-aging wines, Barolo and Barbaresco, and Nebbiolo's home is the rolling hills of Piemonte. But while American wine fans love their Nebbiolo, often their appreciation for Rossi Piemontesi stops there--yet there's so much more to love! Join IWM's own Michael Adler as he pours a range of reds from Piemonte, the beloved northern Italian winemaking region. Taste through Barbera, Dolcetto, Super-Piemontese blends and, of course, some Nebbiolo gems at this special sit-down event that's accompanied by regional meats and cheeses. Get to know the terroir, the traditions and the many tastes of Piemonte a little better, all while enjoying a spectrum of red wines. It's an ideal tasting event to prepare for autumnal fare and winter's cold-weather hearty meals!

*Wines to be announced.

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