Le Boncie's Seamless Rosso, Vintage Vega-Sicilia Único, and Classic Corton-Charlemagne

May 28, 2015 
A Note from Sergio

Sangiovese is Italy's most cultivated grape. Like a spy, it goes by many names: Prugnolo Gentile, Sangioveto, and Morellino, to name a few. These various clones can be generally, if somewhat inaccurately, split into two camps, Sangiovese Grosso and the Sangiovese Piccolo. The Sangiovese Grosso has thicker skins, lower yields, and smaller berries, and because of these characteristics makes a darker, more ageable wine; however, some wine experts argue that many clones of Sangiovese Piccolo do as well, so this split is too simplistic to be helpful. Due to its many clones, Sangiovese is a phenomenally amenable grape, and it grows everywhere in Italy but Sicilia, though its finest expression is in Toscana.

The name Sangiovese has traditionally been interpreted as "blood of Jove" (sangue de Giove), but no one really knows the origin of the name. Similarly, while we know the grape is indigenous to Italy, recent ampelographers have suggested it's the clone of the ancient Tuscan grape Ciliegiolo and a little-known southern Italian grape called Calabrese Montenuovo, which probably came from Campania. Whatever it's called and whatever its origins, Sangiovese is the basis for wines from Brunello di Montalcino to Chianti to many of the so-called Super Tuscans.

Grapes have strange, long, secret histories, and knowing something about these histories makes us appreciate their wines a little more. Today, I'm very pleased to bring you a new allocation of a new IWM favorite, Podere Le Boncie Rosso di Toscana 2011. It's hard to get more authentically Italian than this wine; it's Sangiovese blended with three other ancient Tuscan grapes, and it's organic, traditionally made, and very delicious. Coming from Giovanna Morganti's family farm in the heart of Chianti, this wine beats with the lifeblood of Toscana, and it makes food sing.

Along with this delicious umano Tuscan wine, I'm delighted to offer a range of very special bottles of Vega-Sicilia Único, a collector staple from Spain, and a singular Corton-Charlemagne from Henri Boillot. Great wine makes the world go 'round, and whether it's from Toscana, Ribera del Duero or Burgundy, it makes life a little bit better.



Today's Featured Sections Include:


1. Spotlight on Excellence: IWM Favorite, Le Boncie 2011 Rosso Le Trame
2. Only At IWM: 
Classic Must-Have H. Boillot Corton-Charlemagne
3. Time Sensitive Offer: Vega-Sicilia Único, 1941-2002
4. Our Experts Suggest:
Bruno Giacosa, in Two Inspiring Bottles
5. Wine Events: May/June Wine Tastings

My Best, 


Sergio Esposito


Summertime calls for fresh, mouth-watering reds--those wines that call out for sirloin burgers hot from the BBQ or steaks sizzling from the grill, those food-friendly reds that pull you back to the glass with every bite of food. There's no place like Toscana for this kind of red, and today, we're delighted to offer you one of our favorite Tuscan reds, the '11 Le Trame, a delicious, energetic rosso from Poderie Le Boncie.

Medium-bodied, aromatic, and elegant, this '11 Le Trame seamlessly melds its nose of juicy fruit, fresh-cut herbs, earth, roses and mocha with its vibrant palate that frames its succulent fruit with spices and pepper. This wine balances its bright acidity with velvety tannins to make a food-friendly, unique red. This blend of Sangiovese, Colorino, Mammolo, and Foglia Tonda combines four indigenous Tuscan grapes, and while Sangiovese and Colorino have long stood as components of Chianti, both Mammolo and Foglia Tonda have had rather precarious pasts--this last grape has almost died out twice!

While Podere Le Boncie had been in Giovanna Morganti's family for decades, only when her grandfather gave her the small farm of olive groves in the 1980s did this trained oenologist turn the land into a vineyard. Giovanna chose to densely plant traditional Tuscan grapes that she had worked with in her studies, and she decided to use biodynamic methods both in the vineyards and in the cellar to craft pure, unmediated expressions of her unique terroir. And to honor tradition, Morganti ferments her wine in open-topped vats, aging in mid-size barrels and then in bottles, resulting in wine that's released about 30 months after harvest.

We've offered the fresh, traditional Le Boncie Chianti Classico in the past, but Morganti has since opted out of the Chianti Consortium, choosing instead to craft an IGT wine. Enter the vivacious, juicy and thoroughly Tuscan Rosso di Toscana Le Trame. We're pretty certain you'll enjoy this wine as much as we do. It's a tremendous value for its price point, and it's a wine that as lovely as it is now, it'll be even better a few years down the road.


Podere Le Boncie 2011 Rosso di Toscana IGT Le Trame

(Italy, Toscana - Sangiovese, Colorino, Mammolo, Foglia Tonda)

$44.99 Regular Price

$41.39 Case Price/btl



Spain's Vega-Sicilia Único is in a class almost by itself--though its sibling Único Reserva Especial is a contender. Long before there was ever a Super Tuscan, Vega-Sicilia was using a similar concept to craft wines in the Ribera del Duero countryside. Beginning in 1864, the estate placed Spain's indigenous Tempranillo in a Bordeaux-style blend, and in 1915, it released its iconic Único Reserva, making history. These wines have since become Spain's most collected, most prized wines--going back generations when the wine was reserved exclusively for royalty. Today's collection from IWM presents 15 vintages of Único, spanning the years of 1941-2002. Without question one of the benchmark wines of the world, the beauty of Vega-Sicilia Único is its elegance and age-ability; it stands as one of those rare wines that manages to deliver finesse with concentration. These wines arrive with exceptional provenance, directly from Ribera del Duero, and you simply cannot find these vintage Vega-Sicilia gems anywhere else. 

Why Buy This Wine:

- A blend of 80-90% Tempranillo with 10-20% Cabernet Sauvignon and a small amount of Merlot, these wines' composition varies with each release, but it consistently derives from vines that are over 40 years old, with some of the vines being 80 years old or more.

- This collection of Vega-Sicilia Único includes vintages dating as far back as 1941; aged for ten years in a dizzyingly complex regimen of huge barrels to new and old oak, this wine has longevity in mind, and even decades old Único tastes remarkably fresh.

- On several occasions, we have heard clients describe aged Vega-Sicilia Único as the "youngest drinking old wine I have tasted"; elegant and age-worthy, Único is consistently one of those rare wines that delivers finesse with concentration.

- Customarily a deep, sensual red, this flagship wine of the Vega-Sicilia estate lays its fruit on an aromatic framework of wildflowers, incense, spice cake, minerals and cigar wrapper.

- Offering an intense, kaleidoscopic palate, this is a big red that holds its succulent fruit in tension with its tannic structure, and it usually finishes with an explosive, lingering end.

- Vega-Sicilia produces approximately 7,000 cases of its Único, and very little comes to the US--only a handful of merchants are able to offer it, and no one else can offer these vintage wines.

- IWM's allocation of these vintage Vega-Sicilia Único wines is extremely limited; please contact your portfolio manager to secure yours.


WineVintageSizePriceHalf-Case Price/btl (Mixed)
Vega-Sicilia Ribera del Duero Unico19410.75$1,750.00$1,610.00
Vega-Sicilia Ribera del Duero Unico19520.75$1,599.00$1,471.08
Vega-Sicilia Ribera del Duero Unico19600.75$1,250.00$1,150.00
Vega-Sicilia Ribera del Duero Unico19660.75$1,199.00$1,103.08
Vega-Sicilia Ribera del Duero Unico19690.75$1,099.00$1,011.08
Vega-Sicilia Ribera del Duero Unico19720.75$1,099.00$1,011.08
Vega-Sicilia Ribera del Duero Unico19760.75$949.00$873.08
Vega-Sicilia Ribera del Duero Unico19790.75$774.00$712.08
Vega-Sicilia Ribera del Duero Unico19810.75$775.00$713.00
Vega-Sicilia Ribera del Duero Unico19830.75$799.00$735.08
Vega-Sicilia Ribera del Duero Unico19860.75$699.00$643.08
Vega-Sicilia Ribera del Duero Unico19870.75$699.00$643.08
Vega-Sicilia Ribera del Duero Unico19890.75$699.00$643.08
Vega-Sicilia Ribera del Duero Unico19910.75$699.00$643.08
Vega-Sicilia Ribera del Duero Unico20020.75$400.00$368.00



Founded in 1855, Domaine Henri Boillot has been in the family for five generations, and current vigneron Henri Boillot has made the estate one of the foremost producers of the Côte d'Or. This 35-acre domaine grows its grapes sustainably, and the négociant arm founded in 1984, Maison Henri Boillot, only buys grapes from farmers who do likewise. Both estates produce wines that are world-renowned, sought-after, and deeply satisfying. In fact, Boillot's entry-level wines sell as rapidly as his Corton Charlemagne or his monopole Puligny-Montrachet Mouchère, a 1er Cru that often surpasses or at least rivals Grand Crus in quality. Fanatical in the vineyards, Boillot is equally meticulous in the cellar, using precise protocol in order to ensure consistently intense, beautiful, terroir-driving Burgundies. Today, we're very proud to present a new allocation of the intense yet laser-precise H. Boillot 2012 Corton-Charlemagne Grand Cru at the BEST PRICE in the States; it's a must-have bottling for true Chardonnay enthusiasts.

Why Buy This Wine:

- The growing season of 2012 beset Burgundy makers with a series of challenges, lowering the yield and thus the output of wine from the vintage, but what it lacks in quantity, this vintage more than makes up for in quality, and the '12 H. Boillot Corton-Charlemagne Grand Cru is exceptional.

- The only H. Boillot parcel of Chardonnay untouched by hail in 2012, this Corton-Charlemagne bottling feels blessed by the gods, and while it's still very young, it's nonetheless welcoming, sophisticated and polished.

- Deriving from a vineyard located on the most prestigious part of the esteemed Corton-Charlemagne hill, the grapes for this wine are vinified in separate parcels, and then aged in barriques for a year before bottling.

- This intense yet nervy Corton-Charlemagne bottling lays its luscious citrus fruit on bed of white wildflowers, honeycomb, and river rocks; these notes echo on the mouth-filling palate, where they build to a mineral-laden finish that lingers, satisfyingly.

- IWM is pleased to present this exceptional white Burgundy from Henri Boillot at the BEST PRICE in the country; please contact your portfolio manager to secure yours.


(France, Burgundy - Chardonnay)

$219.00 Regular Price 

$197.10 Half-Case Price/btl

This offer will expire in 48 hours on May 30th at 5:00 pm EST.


Francesco Vigorito fell in love with a 1998 Ornellaia at his high school graduation. After living in Florence, Italy, and getting his Sommelier Certification with the Court of Master Sommeliers in the UK, Francesco came to IWM as a Portfolio Manager.


(Italy, Piemonte - Nebbiolo)
$349.00 Regular Price

For the Cellar: Bruno Giacosa 1989 Barolo Collina Riserva
(Italy, Piemonte - Nebbiolo)
$2250.00 Regular Price

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


Saturday, May 30, 1:00-3:00 pm

A Sit-Down Tasting


Regular Ticket Price $135.00


Founded in 1497, Raventós i Blanc didn't just make Cava; in 1872, the estate invented it. Thus it shocked the wine world when Raventós i Blanc, the standard bearer of Cava, Spain's most important sparkling wine, chose to leave the designation in 2012, designating its wines Conca Del Riu Anoia instead. IWM is delighted to announce another in our series of our historic, educational and delicious winemaker events with Pepe Raventós, the owner-winemaker at the legendary 200-acre Raventós i Blanc estate in the heart of Penedès. Learn about the history of this forward-minded organic estate, leaders in the region, drink special vintage bottlings available nowhere else in the States, dine on stellar courses created by our in-house chef, Mike Marcelli, and share the company of Pepe Raventós, who will guide us through the afternoon's selections of wines. Pepe will be pouring the estate's cru sparkling wines, as well as the special vintage bottlings named after and selected by his father, Manuel Raventós, and other special surprises. Join us for a lunch more than 500 hundred years in the making, and experience the future of fine Spanish winemaking.

Featured Lunch Menu:

Yeasted Potato Fritter with Anchovy
Rice Croquette with Nettle Pesto
Rabbit Confit with Grilled Market Vegetables & Mosto Cotto
Crispy Pork Belly with Grilled Ramps
White Anchovies with Mint Capers & Oregano
House-made morcilla
Carabinero shrimp
Lardo de Bellota Iberico 

Andre Clouet Champagne Cuvée 1911

Raventós i Blanc Conca del Riu Anoia Brut 'De la Finca' 2011

Risotto with octopus carpaccio and chanquetes

Maison Billecart-Salmon Vintage Champagne 2004

Louis Roederer Cristal Champagne 2005
Krug Vintage Brut Champagne 2003

Roasted soft shell crab with brioche and pata negra

Enoteca Personal Manuel Raventós 2000 Conca del Riu Anoia

Enoteca Personal Manuel Raventós 1999 Conca del Riu Anoia
Enoteca Personal Manuel Raventós 1998 Conca del Riu Anoia

Dolci e Formaggi
Selezione di Dolci dello Chef
Chef's Selection of Italian Dolci & Formaggi

Raventós i Blanc Conca del Riu Anoia Brut Rosé 'de Nit' 2012

Maison Billecart-Salmon Brut Champagne Rosé


*Wines may be subject to change. 


Saturday, June 6, 1:00-3:00 pm

A Sit-Down Tasting


Regular Ticket Price $65.00


IWM Host: Robin Kelley O'Connor

France does it. Italy loves it. Spain has a passion for it. Rosé and sparkling wines are a universal joy, and there's no time like the springtime to pop open bottles of Champagne, Prosecco, Cava, rosé and rosatos. Join us for this specialtasting and sample some of our very favorite Bandol rosés, Italian Rosato, and many others, all presented with complementary regional meats and cheeses. It's an event tailor made for those who love the finer things in life--and want to celebrate them with gusto.

*Wine list to be announced.


Saturday, June 13, 1:00-3:00 pm

A Sit-Down Tasting


Regular Ticket Price $75.00


IWM Host: Garrett Kowalsky

Chardonnay is one of the world's most-cultivated white grapes, and while it may have France to thank for its history and California for its celebrity, Chardonnay has a firm root in Italy. Chardonnay happily reflects the terroir in which it's grown, and Chardonnay also gleefully responds to a variety of vinification techniques. These two points make it perfect for this event, a Chardonnay shoot-out where we pair French and Italian evocations of this emblematic grape. There are no losers at this O-K Corral--just great wine, winners and you!

*Wine list to be announced. 


Saturday, June 20 1:00-3:00 pm

A Sit-Down Tasting


Regular Ticket Price $65.00


IWM Host: John Camacho Vidal

Join us as we celebrate solstice with this mini-grand tasting that features wines from around the world. 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 under the sun. 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.

*Wine list to be announced.


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