Talenti's $25 "Baby Brunello," Le Macchiole Trio of New Releases, and Faiveley Chambolle-Musigny
February 10, 2016
A Note from Sergio

Rosso di Montalcino often gets called a "baby Brunello." Some people take exception to this name, arguing that Rosso di Montalcino is its own wine, and Brunello is its own wine, and never confuse the two. But the facts of the situation argue for an inextricable relationship. Rosso di Montalcino comes from the same land, the same grapes and the same producers as its more collectable, age-worthy and expensive forebear, aging for a minimum of one year in barrel, as opposed to Brunello's almost three years. Aged less and often coming from grapes grown on younger vines, Rosso di Montalcino usually is a fresher, lighter, and more approachable wine. Rosso di Montalcino serves a stepping stone to drinking the often more formidable Brunello, gives a good indication of what a producer's style might be, and offers an early taste of the Brunello vintage.

But a good Rosso di Montalcino is also just a very tasty bottle of wine. In this respect, you don't need to think of it as a "baby Brunello"; you just need to enjoy it. Today, I'm very happy to bring back a Rosso di Montalcino that has been a huge hit with IWM clients, Talenti's 2013 bottling. When a producer makes a well-wrought Rosso di Montalcino, as Talenti does, it's easy just to enjoy, early and often. No matter what you call it, you'll want this under $25 wine in your cellar, on your table and, most of all, in your glass. It's simply delicious.

I'm also proud to bring you three new releases from Bolgheri's Le Macchiole: the estate's 2012 Messorio, Scrio and Paleo. This trio of Super-Tuscan mono-varietal wines slays me anew every vintage, and Cinzia Merli has outdone herself with these 2012 bottles. They're elegance in a bottle, pure expressions that exude their terroir with a flawless style. Finally, I'm delighted to offer one outrageously good bottle of Chambolle-Musigny from Faiveley. Burgundy lovers will want to get on this wine.

Today's Featured Sections Include:
1. Spotlight on Excellence: Drink This $25 "Baby Brunello" Now!
2. Only At IWM: 
Presenting the Nearly Perfect 2012 Le Macchiole Messorio!
3. Time Sensitive Offer: Outstanding Faiveley 2012 Chambolle-Musigny
4. Our Experts Suggest: 
Domaine Lamarche, Burgundy Winemaking "Royalty"
5. Wine Events: Upcoming February Wine Tasting Events

My Best, 

Sergio Esposito


Brunello collectors are on very familiar terms with the name Talenti; in fact, estate founder Pierluigi Talenti was one of the original creators of the Brunello di Montalcino DOCG. While our clients first associate Talenti with its traditional, precise and pure Brunello, the estate's talent is also apparent in its humbler, juicier Rosso di Montalcino. Today, we're delighted to present the 2013 Talenti Rosso di Montalcino, at very competitive pricing--under $25 a bottle! Best of all, this Rosso--dripping with fruit, laden with wildflowers, and enriched by a streak of minerality--is in stock and ready to ship.

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. Classic, balanced and laser precise, the '13 Rosso di Montalcino presents its pure Sangiovese Grosso fruit on a bed of spice, wildflowers, cypress needles, chestnuts and fresh-cut herbs. Delicate yet powerful, this wine suggests that the estate's 2013 Brunello will be riveting, but you'll have to wait for that wine! Ready to pop right now, this '13 Rosso has an easy-drinking structure that invites you to enjoy it both early and often. 

The Pian di Conte estate has a wonderful 90-acre site (half under vine) about 400 meters above sea level opposite the village of Sant'Angelo in Colle. Estate founder Pierluigi Talenti defied market trends, crafting wines that hew pretty close to traditional Brunello, while allowing for earlier approachability. Now in the hands of Riccardo Talenti, the estate has taken on some modernization that has improved the wines without upsetting the family style, using both Slovenian botti and French tonneaux for aging to create a wine that is refined, nuanced and, above all, delicious.
Made from grapes harvested from younger Brunello vines, Talenti's Rosso di Montalcino possesses an enchanting harmony among its ripe red fruit, spunky acidity, minerality, spicy Montalcino terroir, and velvety tannins. Enjoyable right now, this approachable Sangiovese Grosso bottling is a great opportunity to explore the 2013 vintage from Montalcino, and coming from Talenti, one of the founding fathers of Brunello di Montalcino, it's a treat. Contact your portfolio manager, stock your cellar, and never run out of Talenti's emblematic "baby Brunello."

(Italy, Toscana - Sangiovese Grosso)
$24.99 Regular Price
$22.99 Case Price/btl


Only one of the major players in the Super-Tuscan movement was born in Bolgheri: Eugenio Campolmi of Le Macchiole. Eugenio started the winery in 1983, using the experience he'd gained from working with the vines his father had grown to make the wine for his own restaurant. It was a leap of faith because there weren't that many people making a success of wine in Bolgheri--just Sassicaia, Antinori, Ornellaia and Grattamacco. Few people were making wines on this flat, breezy Maremma plain just five kilometers from the sea--and certainly not growing international grapes like Merlot, Cabernet Franc and Syrah. Everything was to be discovered. History was to be written. And Le Macchiole made it with its single-varietal expressions. Today, we're delighted to present a trio of Le Macchiole offerings, all from the banner 2012 vintage--the estate's Merlot Messorio, Syrah Scrio and Cabernet Franc Paleo Rosso-each presented at special time-sensitive pricing.
Why Buy This Wine:

- Le Macchiole has won the wine world with its mono-varietal wines, and the 2012 Messorio, Scrio and Paleo will do only increase the estate's fanbase; these are aromatic wines that transmit their terroir flawlessly. 

- In the estate's gorgeously textured '12 Messorio, nuanced Merlot fruit dances with brooding, dark notes of tapenade, sun-warmed earth, incense, crushed flower petals, and spice in a wine that matches its concentration with precision.

- An atypical bottling of Le Macchiole Scrio, this 2012 unfurls with delicate grace that belies its power; rose petals, balsam, herbs and spice frame its transparent red fruits in this deeply aromatic wine.

- The harmonious, velvety, and transparent '12 Paleo manages to convey purity in its density, precision in its concentration, and balance in its lushness; it crosses the palate with energy and builds to a delineated, thrilling finish.

- All of these '12 Le Macchiole offerings are unusually structured, and they will reward wine-lovers with patience; give these bottles a couple of years in the cellar before enjoying them.
- IWM is pleased to present this new Messorio release at time-sensitive special pricing; contact your portfolio manager to secure yours from our limited allocation.

Le Macchiole 2012 Paleo Rosso*
(Italy, Toscana - Cabernet Franc)
$99.00 Regular Price
$89.00 6-Pack Price/btl

Le Macchiole 2012 Scrio*
(Italy, Toscana - Syrah)
$139.00 Regular Price
$129.00 6-Pack Price/btl
(Italy, Toscana - Merlot)
$189.99 Regular Price
$179.99 6-Pack Price/btl
$169.99 Case Price/btl

*Pre-Arrival, Summer 2016


Founded in 1825, Faiveley is family owned and operated, and over the years, the estate moved from being a négociant house to bottling its own wines. At its current size of 120 acres, Faiveley is one of the largest estates in Burgundy with properties in thirteen grand cru vineyards, many premier cru vineyards and several monopoles. Under the care of Erwan Faiveley, a seventh-generation winemaker, the estate has changed dramatically, and Faiveley has devoted itself to increasing the firm's holdings of great vineyards so that there can be complete control from vine to bottle across the entire range of wines. Faiveley has earned a reputation for crafting ripe wines that boast very refined tannins and balanced acidity, and though these wines are approachable in their youth, they retain their terroir. Today, IWM is pleased to present special time-sensitive pricing on Domaine Faiveley 2012 Chambolle-Musigny Les Fuées, a premier cru wine that drinks like a grand cru.

Why Buy This Wine:
- Domaine Faiveley's east-facing half-acre Les Fuées parcel abuts Bonnes-Mares, a grand cru appellation, and it shares this famed appellation's soil that sports iron-rich clay and limestone.

- This location means that you essentially get to enjoy a grand cru wine at a premier cru price--as if Les Fuées' savory palate, intense perfume, and brocade-like texture weren't enough to recommend it.

- Terrifically textured and deeply aromatic, this '12 Les Fuées balances its sweet, pure red and blue fruits with smoke, sea spray, sun-warmed earth, iron and spice. 

- This wine is very energetic, and it practically shimmers across the palate as it builds to a nicely fleshy, mineral-laden crescendo.

- Presented at special time-sensitive pricing, IWM's allocation of this '12 Chambolle-Musigny is very limited; contact your portfolio manager to secure yours.

Domaine Faiveley 2012 Chambolle-Musigny 1er Cru Les Fuées
(France, Burgundy - Pinot Noir)
$230.00 Regular Price
$210.00 Half-Case Price/btl 

This offer will expire in 48 hours on February 12th at 5:00 pm EST.


As an IWM Portfolio Manager, Garrett Kowalsky has married his love of wine with his background in finance and economics. A lover of many of the world's wine-growing regions, Garrett acknowledges that Burgundy and Barolo hold a special place in his heart.
Drinking Today: Domaine Lamarche 2011 Bourgogne Hautes-Côtes de Nuits
(France, Burgundy - Pinot Noir)
$37.99 Regular Price
$34.95 Case Price/btl
For the Cellar: Domaine Lamarche 2012 La Grande Rue Grand Cru
(France, Burgundy - Pinot Noir)
$459.99 Regular Price

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


Saturday, February 13 | 1:00-3:00 pm | New York, NY
A Sit-Down Tasting Brunch

IWM Host: Crystal Edgar

Ticket Price: $174.99 
It's the one holiday devoted to couples, and this Valentine's Day, IWM wants to show you and yours our favorite pairings at a very special brunch. Chef Mike Marcelli and his IWM kitchen will create decadent dishes to delight your senses, which we'll pair with some of our favorite Champagnes, global sparkling wines and rich reds. Join us to celebrate your love for wine, for food, and for great company, and see first-hand how easy it is for even difficult dishes to find the perfect match. From antipasti to sweets, and from sparklers to decadent wines, IWM wants to celebrate perfect pairings, an event made even more complete with you!

Featured Wine List:

Louis Jadot Puligny-Montrachet 1er Cru Les Combettes 2011
Château de la Maltroye Chassagne 1er Cru Clos du Château Blanc 2013
Paolo Bea Arboreus Umbria Bianco 2010
Raffaele Palma Salicerchi 2011
Lignier Michelot Chambolle Musigny Vieilles Vignes 2013
Poggio di Sotto Brunello di Montalcino 2009
Renzo Seghesio Barolo Ginestra 2010
Paolo Bea Sagrantino di Montefalco Secco Pagliaro 2007
*Wine list may be subject to change.

Saturday, February 20 | 1:00-3:00 pm | New York, NY
A Sit-Down Tasting

Ticket Price: $94.99 
"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 a knowledgeable IWM sommelier, 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. It's big, it's beautiful, and it's a lot of delicious fun packed in some very great reds.
*Wine list to be announced.

Saturday, February 27 | 1:00-3:00 pm | New York, NY
A Walk-Around Tasting

Ticket Price: $74.99 
Some wines are singular sensations--they're called "mono-varietals," and they are pure expressions of one specific grape. Barolo, Barbaresco, Brunello are all Italian mono-varietals, and so too are some Super-Tuscan wines, bottlings like the Merlot Redigaffi or the Syrah Scrio. This tasting, led by a knowledgeable IWM sommelier and accompanied by regional meats and cheeses, takes a look at Italy's great mono-varietal wines with a comprehensive view that sweeps from Italy's North to its South. In the company of some great blends for comparison, these mono-varietal wines will offer an laser-like view of some of your grapes; get to know Nebbiolo, Aglianico, or Sangiovese Grosso better as you join us for One Grape Sensation, a unique view of Italian wines that could only happen at IWM, the world's leading authority in Italian wine.
*Wine list to be announced.

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