Today's Featured Offer:
The Next Big Thing in Italian Wine! Vintage Ceretto! And Vega Sicilia Sale!

July 23, 2014 
A Note from Sergio  
I moved my family to Italy almost four years ago, and as amazing as it has been for each of my children, for my wife, and for me, I think my clients have benefitted most of all. You see, living here gives me access to treasure-troves of old wines that no one knows about, and it helps me learn about up-and-coming producers before anyone else. And because of this, you get to drink great European wines that you simply can't find anywhere else in the States.

Last year, I was really excited to introduce you to Cupano, the rising star of Montalcino. No one here in the US had even heard of Cupano, and IWM's clients have come to love the estate's exotic, sensual Brunello, Rosso di Montalcino and Super-Tuscan wines. Today, I'm introducing the next big thing in Italian wine, Raffaele Palma. We've been slowly rolling out the wines from this organic estate perched on the cliffs of the Amalfi Coast, and we're capping the release of the estate's rosé and its white with the Montecorvo, Raffaele's juicy, mineral-laden red. I admit it: growing up in Campania makes me partial to Raffaele's wines; they taste like home. That said, this red is outrageous--it's like drinking the sun, the earth, the fruit, and the warmth of Campania. Don't miss it.

I'm also very proud to present 22 different bottlings of Ceretto Barolo and Barbaresco from the years 1982-1990. This estate is big in acreage, but it makes minute amounts of each of its wine each year. To be able to score so many different bottlings of Ceretto, especially from landmark years like 1982, 1985, and 1990 feels like a coup. Finally, I'm very happy to present the 2003 Vega Sicilia Unico; it's tough to find this wine in Spain--and I know because I'm there often! Some call Unica a collector gem; I just call it one of my very favorite wines.





Today's Featured Sections Include: 


1. Spotlight on Excellence: Italy's Rising Star, Raffaele Palma Montecorvo 2011
2. Time Sensitive Offer: Approachable, Age-Worthy, Intense Vega-Sicilia 2003 Unico
3. Our Experts Suggest: Finding Style, Panache and Value in La Rioja Alta
4. Only At IWM: Pristine, Perfect, Vintage Ceretto Barolo and Barbaresco
5. Wine Events: The Aristocratic Wines of Piemonte

My Best, 



Sergio Esposito



Last year, IWM broke the Montalcino sensation of Cupano, the up-and-coming Brunello maker that's on the lips of all the in-the-know Italian sommeliers. This month, we've been rolling out the wines from our new favorite discovery, Raffaele Palma. After releasing the estate's lean, spicy rosé Salicerchi and its complex, weighty white Puntacroce, we're very proud to announce the American debut of Raffaele Palma 2011 Montecorvo, an inky red that explodes on the palate with a shower of red and blue fruits, burly notes of leather and spice, and a sweeping minerality that announces its Amalfi Coast terroir.
Campania is the locale for some of Italy's most compelling cult wines--Galardi and Montevetrano helped to push this ancient winemaking region into the consciousness of wine enthusiasts with a penchant for wines off the beaten path. Raffaele Palma is poised to take advantage of the path that these two great estates have beaten to Campanian wines. The breathtaking Amalfi Coast is a difficult place for agriculture--the cliffs drop precipitously to the turquoise sea below. While he recognized the difficulty of cultivating these cliffs, Raffaele saw the beauty, the challenge, and the singularity of the landscape, and he chose to rise to the challenge, founding his Campania estate in 2005. 
On 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, Raffaele saw promise, and he purchased an abandoned plot of land that once grew olives, lemon trees and grapes. In 2007, replanted the vines, choosing to organically grow the indigenous grapes Biancolella, Piedirosso, Falanghina, Tintore, and Aglianico, among others. Rather than traditional rows, Raffaele and his team cultivate their winding maze of terraces with grapes trained to grow around a pole, in the Greek method of viticulture. Nurturing the biosphere, Raffaele and his team tend the land organically, and they make wine with as little intervention as possible in an effort to communicate the land's unique terroir.
Today's wine, Montecorvo, is a blend of Piedrosso, Aglianico and Tintore, and it captures the Amalfi Coast's wild beauty in its fruit-laden heady palate. 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. More than an illustration of why we think Raffaele Palma is poised to be the next big thing in Italian winemaking, the Montecorvo is a serious bottle of wine that deserves a place on your table and in your cellar--contact your portfolio manager to secure your IWM exclusive Raffaele Palma bottlings today.
(Italy, Campania - Piedirosso, Aglianco, Tintore)
$74.99 Regular Price
$67.49 Case Price/btl


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.

(Spain, Rioja - Tempranillo, Mazuelo, Graciano)
(Spain, Rioja - Tempranillo, Mazuelo, Graciano)


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


Long before there was a Super Tuscan, Vega Sicilia was using a similar concept to craft wines in the Ribera del Duero countryside. The estate used country's noble indigenous Tempranillo in a Bordeaux-style blend, and in 1915, the estate commercially released its two iconic labels Unico Reserva and Valbuena. Both made history. The product of very low yields and old vines, some more than 100 years old, Vega Sicilia is Spain's most sought-after and collected wine, and one of the benchmark wines of the world. Although the wine goes back generations to when it was reserved exclusively for royalty, since commercial release, these wines have since become Spain's most collected, most prized wines. Today, IWM is pleased to present a new allocation of the 2003 release. In stock and ready to ship, this approachable yet age-worthy 2003 Vega-Sicilia Ribera del Duero Unico is in stock, ready to ship, and offered at very competitive time-sensitive pricing.

Why Buy This Wine:
- Released with ten years of maturation in the cellars of Vega Sicilia. The wine typically spends seven years aging in large, new and old oak casks, with three years in bottle before release.  
- The beauty of Unico is the elegance and age-ability; it is consistently one of those rare wines that manages to deliver finesse with concentration. 
- The 2003 showcases myriad flavors--sweet spice, roses, ripe red and black fruit, tobacco, smoke, coffee, and more--but Unico is a wine to cellar for another fifteen years.


- On several occasions, we have heard clients describe aged Vega Sicilia Unico as the "youngest drinking old wine I have tasted"; in stock and ready to ship, this approachable '03 Vega Sicilia comes to you today at time-sensitive special pricing.

Vega-Sicilia 2003 Ribera del Duero Unico  
(Spain, Castilla y Leon - Tempranillo, Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot) 
$399.00 Regular Price 
$359.10 Case Price/btl   


This offer is available 48 hrs and will expire on July 25th at 5:00 pm EST.


Barolo and Barbaresco are wines that reward with longevity, and today, IWM is proud to offer you a carefully curated list of vintage wines from the Langhe's Ceretto, a family of several estates, all dating from one of the greatest decades of Piemonte wine production, 1982-1990, all with impeccable provenance. Family-owned-and operated since its founding in the late 1930s, Ceretto has grown to be one of the most capacious estates in the Langhe, ranging across seven different estates and 300 acres of vineyards, using a blend of traditional and modern winemaking protocol. We've not highlighted Ceretto for a while, but that's not because the estate's wines aren't worthy of attention. It's because Ceretto's cru Barolo and Barbaresco, wines whose production numbers hover around 450 cases a year, are difficult to secure. Offering some of most renowned vintages in Piemonte, including 1982, 1985, and 1990, as well as the sleeper year of 1989, this list is not to be missed. 

Why Buy This Wine:

- Ceretto, along with Beppe Colla of Prunotto, launched the idea of single-vineyard bottlings of Barolo and Barbaresco, using Burgundy's model to create what many wine-lovers see as the Grand Crus of these wines.

- Ceretto's Bricco Rocche Barolo line offers four single-vineyard bottlings--the eponymous Bricco Rocche from a vineyard near Castiglione Falletto; Prapò, within Serralugna d'Alba; Brunate, located in La Morra; and the yet-to-be released Cannubi, just north of the town of Barolo.

- Bricco Asili Barbaresco's vineyard sits at the top of the hill of the esteemed Asili vineyard, and the estate stopped producing its Barbaresco Faset in 2001, making these bottles particularly collectable.

- While Bricco Rocche Barolo is synonymous with the estate, many connoisseurs prefer the estate's benchmark Bricco Asili Barbaraseco because of its restraint, grace and elegance. 

- Only IWM can offer you these fine, aged Ceretto Barolo and Barbaresco, presented here at the BEST PRICE in the States; please speak to one of our portfolio managers to help you select which of these Ceretto wines best complement your palate.

Perfectly Stored Ceretto: 1982-1990
Due to limited quantity, wines are subject to confirmation and are being offered on a first-come, 
first-served basis. Please speak to your Portfolio Manager at(212) 473-2323 or


Piemonte wines were created for kings, queens, princes, princesses; this Saturday Seated Tasting features the noble wines of Piemonte, including Barolo, Barbaresco and more. 


Saturday, July 26th, 1:00-3:00pm 
Price $95.00 

Piemonte is home to Barolo, the "King of Wines and the Wine of Kings"; Barbareso, the queen to Barolo's King; Barbera, the "People's Wine"; and more. This very special Saturday tasting celebrates all wines Piemontese, from Arneis, an indigenous white brought back from the edge of extinction, to Brachetto d'Acqui, the sparkling wine that's chocolate's new best friend--and all the glorious Nebbiolo in between. IWM's Robin Kelley O'Connor, Certified Wine Educator and resident expert, will take you on a delicious tour of this emblematic wine region, as you experience wines from legendary producers like Aldo Conterno, Massolino, and Luciano Sandrone, and gain an in-depth understanding of what makes Piemonte wines so very special. Accompanied by cured Italian regional meats and a selection of our house chef's handpicked artisanal cheeses, this celebration of the aristocratic wines of Piemonte offers an informative insider's perspective, and it's only available at IWM.

Featured Wine List:

Cornarea 2012 Roero Arneis 
Massolino 2012 Dolcetto d'Alba 
Poderi Aldo Conterno 2010 Conca Tre Pile Barbera d'Alba 
Aldo Conterno 2009 Langhe Rosso 
Massolino 2011 Langhe Nebbiolo
Cascina Ebreo 2004 Segreto
San Giuliano 2009 Barbaresco
Sandrone 2009 Barolo Le Vigne 
Ca dei Mandorli 2012 Brachetto d'Acqu

*Wine list subject to minor changes

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Wine Events.