Today's Featured Offer:
Paolo Bea's Stunning Value, Iconic Joseph Phelps, Rare Ornellaia Vendemmia d'Artista

October 21, 2014 
A Note from Sergio

I've long maintained that a good cellar has three major kinds of wines: wines to drink everyday, wines to impress, and wines for special occasions. Today's offer presents one bottle for each type, beginning with the debut of Paolo Bea San Valentino 2009. This entry-level blend from Umbrian producer Paolo Bea is everything an everyday wine should be: it's delicious right now, it'll appeal to a variety of palates, and it'll go with a bunch of different foods, from pastas with tomato sauce, to roasted meats, to hard cheeses. It's a bottle that bursts from the glass with cheery red and black fruit, unmistakable Umbrian terroir and that ineffable Bea touch--the San Valentino is a favorite at IWM and the '09 is a knockout.

Maybe you need to turn it up a notch, though. Maybe you have someone coming to dinner and you need to make a good impression. Then you want to gravitate toward the '09 Joseph Phelps Insignia, a beautiful Bordeaux-style blend from Napa Valley. We like to refer to this wine as the American Ornellaia because it has that same elegance, power and approachability. It's a wine that anyone who likes red wine will enjoy--how can they not? It's finely made wine that comes from some of the best parcels of land in California. Open this one, and you're sure to make a very positive impression.

Finally, there are wines for very special occasions, and the two bottles of Ornellaia Vendemmia d'Artista we offer today are exactly that. These double magnums are made yet more special by their being part of the estate's yearly work with artists. Each one of these two vintages sports a specially designed label by a world-class artist, so these wines don't merely taste beautiful, they look beautiful. Both the 2009 and the 2010 are incredibly special vintages (the 2010 celebrates Tenuta dell'Ornellaia's 25th anniversary), and these double magnums mean that no one's glass will go empty. If you're a serious collector and are hosting a special occasion, you can't do better than these bottlings.

No matter what you're drinking or for which reason, here's hoping you enjoy the wine only as much as the people you share it with!



Today's Featured Sections Include:


1. Spotlight on Excellence: Debuting Paolo Bea San Valentino 2009
2. Time Sensitive Offer: Beautiful American Bordeaux-Style Blend, Joseph Phelps Insignia 2009
3. Our Experts Suggest: The Beauty of Latour Giraud Meursault
4. Only At IWM: Celebrating Artistry with Collectable Ornellaia Vendemmia d'Artista
5. Wine Events: 
White Truffle Lunch / Winemaker Dinner: Alessia Antinori Presents Fiorano

My Best, 



Sergio Esposito


Paolo Bea has long held a place as one of IWM's favorite producers. It's not just that this iconoclastic Umbrian estate is devoted to natural winemaking practices; it's also not just that each wine in the estate's line tells a compelling story; it's that these wines are just so delicious. Today, we're delighted to debut the Paolo Bea 2009 Umbria Rosso Vigna San Valentino, the estate's thrilling entry-level wine. Offered at the BEST PRICE in the country, this wine is one to have on hand for fall dining and easy entertaining, and priced at under $35 a bottle, this '09 Rosso makes great drinking naturally affordable.

As with all of Paolo Bea's wines, the estate uses non-interventionist techniques to grow the grapes for its San Valentino--a blend of 70 % Sangiovese with the rest split evenly between indigenous Umbrian grapes Sagrantino and Montepulciano. As the name implies, this wine is a cru. All three grapes derive from the same vineyard, a plot of land named San Valentino that sits 1,300 feet above sea level vineyard, and the average vine is about fifty years old--even before being bottled, San Valentino has a pretty fantastic foundation for being an entry-level wine.

Bea is as hands-off in the cantina as it is in the vineyard. The estate relies on nature and a lot of manual labor to make its wines. Bea handpicks the grapes for its San Valentino. There is a post-fermentation maceration for about a month before being racked for malolactic fermentation, and then the wine ages for around three years in stainless steel before being bottled, where it rests for a period of between four and twelve months before being released. Bea relies on natural yeasts, and the estate never fines or filters its wines. It's wine as the gods and nature intended, and it's delicious.

Complex, unusual, silky with tannins and possessing an earthy, palate of red and black fruits, spices, and fresh acidity, Bea's Montefalco Rosso is a wine that unabashedly sings of Umbria in all of its earthy, powerful glory. This juicy '09 offers loads of juicy red and black fruits, a thrum of Umbrian meadow and earth, and fine, silky tannins--it's an extraordinary value with great longevity. Paolo Bea San Valentino is Bea's wine that's easiest to understand, and in a riper vintage like 2009, it's even more delicious. Fall will soon turn to winter, and you'll find yourself reaching for Bea San Valentino, a perfect wine for cold-weather dishes, and one sure to please the palate.


(Italy, Umbria - Sangiovese, Sagrantino, Montepulciano) 

$34.99 Regular Price
$32.19 Case Price/btl

*Pre-Arrival, Oct/Nov 2014



Joseph Phelps is an American icon. Once an avid collector, in 1973, Phelps bought an old cattle ranch in Spring Valley, California and began planting vines; in 1974, he released his first bottle of Insignia. In an interesting twist of winemaking fate, at the same time that Sassicaia and Solaia were changing Tuscany with their takes on the Bordeaux blend, Phelps was making his Cabernet Sauvignon-based proprietary blend in Napa. Phelps' wine, like those of Tenuta San Guido and Tenuta dell'Ornellaia, changed history--and in many ways, the Insignia performs like the Ornellaia of Napa Valley. Currently, the biodynamically farmed Joseph Phelps estate ranges across almost 375 acres of vineyards on eight estates. Joseph Phelps Insignia continues to be an icon of American wine. Today, we're delighted to present a must-have wine for California wine cognoscenti, at a serious discount for cases. Do act soon; IWM's allocation of Insignia always flies out of our cellar.


Why Buy This Wine:

- IWM considers Insignia to be the Californian version of Ornellaia: a deeply delicious, terroir-specific, artful evocation of a transplanted Bordeaux-style blend.


- Insignia, a Cabernet Sauvignon-based wine, derives from six of the Joseph Phelps estate vineyards, some of the best vineyard locations in Napa Valley: Spring Valley Ranch Vineyard in St. Helena, Banca Dorada Vineyard on the Rutherford Bench, Las Rocas and Barboza Vineyards in the Stags Leap District, Yountville Vineyard in the Oak Knoll District and Suscol Vineyard in South Napa Valley.


- The grapes for the '09 Insignia--83% Cabernet Sauvignon, 13% Petit Verdot, 4% Merlot--were harvested in October before much of the rains came into Napa, thus offering a very generous and massive expression.


- Voluptuous, opulent and stunning, the '09 Insignia bursts from the glass with a profusion of jammy black and blue fruit, exotic spices, fresh-cut herbs, and a lovely core of graphite and river rocks. 


- Unabashedly sensual, the '09 Insignia coats the palate with fine-grained tannins and a silky mouth-feel.


- Absolutely approachable in it's youth, the '09 Insignia would benefit from time for the fruit and oak to integrate; however, it's a deeply age-worthy wine that offers an expansive drinking window.


- Available in limited quantity, this cellar staple for collectors represents more than $360 in savings on a case of twelve; it will sell out quickly.


(United States, California - Cabernet Sauvignon, Petit Verdot, Merlot) 

$199.00 Regular Price 
$149.25 3-Pack Price/btl


This offer is available 48 hrs and will expire on October 23th at 5:00 pm EST.


Growing up in a family in the wine business, David Gwo had experience with the wine industry in both retail and hospitality before becoming an IWM portfolio manager. After gaining his sommelier certification through the Sommelier Society of America and the Court of Master Sommeliers, David decided to pursue wine as a career.

(France, Burgundy - Chardonnay)
$59.99 Regular Price 
$55.19 Case Price/btl


(France, Burgundy - Chardonnay)
$99.99 Regular Price 
$91.99 Case Price/btl


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



From its driveway to its interior to its bottle labels, Tenuta dell'Ornellaia shows an uncommon devotion to the arts. This Bolgheri estate's halls are decorated with world-class art, and since the 2006 vintage, the estate commemorates the year by commissioning artwork to adorn large-format bottles of its flagship wine, Ornellaia, in its Vendemmia d'Artista project. In the capable hands of winemaker Axel Heinz, the estate, now owned by the Frescobaldi Group, continues its long-standing, stellar record of world-class wines. The estate's 244 acres of vineyards lie on elevated parcels composed of clay, gravel, and loam. Like the winery, the estate's flagship wine Ornellaia gets its name form grove of flowering ash trees, suggesting that aesthetics are a fundamental principle to this iconic Bolgheri estate. Today, we're pleased to present two vintages of the Ornellaia Vendemmia d'Artista in double magnum: the opulent, extroverted 2009 and the remarkably balanced 2010, a bottle celebrating the estate's 25th anniversary. 

Why Buy This Wine:

- The Vendemmia d'Artista project celebrates a marriage between the world of contemporary art and winemaking; since the 2006 vintage, Ornellaia has commissioned world-class artists to create a label for this limited edition bottling.
- The 2009 bottling, called "L'Equilibrio," features art by Chinese artist Zhang Huan, and the 2010 bottling, called "La Celebrazione" in honor of the estate's 25th anniversary, features art by Michelangelo Pistoletto.
- Crafted in very limited quantities, these unique double magnum Ornellaia bottles are ideal for serious collectors, and the large format bottlings offer a lower air-to-wine ratio, slowing maturation and allow for a supreme drinking experience.
- Celebrating the 25th anniversary of the estate, the nuanced, sophisticated 2010 Ornellaia seamlessly marries its aromatics and palates; its bouquet of ripe dark fruit, earth and wildflowers echo on the palate that clings to your mouth and takes forever to dissipate.
- Textured and silky, the Ornellaia '09 embraces both massive power and elegance, offers complex aromatics, and exceptional balance between its ripe, defined fruit, its warming alcohol, refreshing acidity, and its velvety tannins.
- Only IWM can offer these Ornellaia Vendemmia d'Artista bottlings; our allocations are strictly limited and we urge you to contact your portfolio manager to secure these collector jewels for your cellar.


(Italy, Tuscana - Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Cabernet Franc, Petit Verdot) 

$5,499 Regular Price 

 Tenuta dell'Ornellaia 2010 Ornellaia Vendemmia d'Artista (3L)*
(Italy, Tuscana - Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Cabernet Franc, Petit Verdot) 

$5,499 Regular Price


Saturday, October 25, 2014, 1-3 pm

Regular Price $195.00

Price Including Tax $212.31

The white diamonds of the earth meet Champagne, Barolo, and other world-class wines at IWM's most highly anticipated tasting event, our yearly white truffle luncheon. If you love Alba's most sustainable delicacy, the tartufo bianco, you won't want to miss this event that pairs truffles with wines from some of the great masters of Italy and France. Truffles flown from Piemonte will serve as the centerpiece of this sit-down luncheon as our in-house kitchen staff crafts world-class dishes featuring white truffles, porcini, quail and other classic fall Italian fare. IWM's Robin Kelley O'Connor and John Camacho Vidal will be host sommeliers pouring Champagne from Alfred Gratien, Barolo from Bruno Giacosa, Barbaresco from San Giuliano, and wines from Latour Giraud and Paolo Bea. It's the most wonderful time of the year--truffle season. Celebrate it in style with IWM.



Menu and Featured Wines:


Assortment of Italian Cured Meats and Artisanal Cheeses, plus some white truffle-friendly items. Grilled pizza bianca with culatello and pear, Scottish Langoustines with celery root.

Alfred Gratien Rose Classique NV

Domaine Latour Giraud Meursault Cuvee Charles Maxime 2012



Wild porcini risotto with soft egg and aged parmigiano reggiano

Paolo Bea Bianco Santa Chiara 2011

Paolo Bea Sagrantino di Montefalco Secco Pagliaro 2007



Roast quail with sunchoke ciambotta and hazelnut oil

San Giuliano Barbaresco 2009

Bruno Giacosa Barolo Falletto di Serralunga 2009



White truffle panna cotta and assorted petits fours

Paolo Bea Sagrantino di Montefalco Passito 2003

Winemaker Dinner: Alessia Antinori Presents Fiorano

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.

More details to follow.


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