Today's Featured Offer:
Baricci's "Baby Brunello," Large Format Giacosa, and Collector Quintarelli!

September 15, 2014 
A Note from Sergio

It feels strange to call Baricci an estate. It's more a fattoria--a farm, a homestead. Its hardscrabble acres sit to the north of Montalcino pretty far up in the hills. The very humble mid-century house is neat as a pin, decorated with carefully tended flower boxes, and you can see the chicken coop and hunting dog kennel from the home's porch. Baricci's cantina is literally the cellar of the family home. It too is neat and humble. The earnestness of the people who live there and work the land, Pietro Buffi and his son Francesco, tugs at your heart. I visit there and feel the pull of Italy's recent history, the hard life of the post WW II years, the boom of Brunello, and the slow progress from "fame di fama"--hunger to fame.

Today, I'm very proud to announce the release of the 2012 Rosso di Montalcino from Baricci. We look forward to this estate's wines in any vintage, but 2012 gives those of us who really love authentic, 
umano Montalcino wines a reason to celebrate. 2012 is a stellar year for Montalcino, and this Rosso is supple, juicy, bursting with telltale Montalcino terroir, and it's ready to drink right now. Priced at under $30, this Baricci Rosso is a must-have wine. You're going to love it, especially if you pair it with spicy, meaty, fall-weather dishes.

With this value bottling, I'm very pleased to present two offers for collectors. One is a group of pristine 1990s wines from Giuseppe Quintarelli; it includes this master's Amarone and his Alzero, but it also includes three very rare bottlings: his Recioto, his Rosso del Bepi and his white passito dessert wine, Amabile del Cere Bandito. You can't find these bottles anywhere else. I'm also offering a magnum of Bruno Giacosa's Barolo Falletto di Serralunga from 2007. What can I tell you about this Barolo? It's insanely beautiful, and this large format bottle will let you share it with everyone you love.


Today's Featured Sections Include: 


1. Spotlight on Excellence: Announcing the Baricci 2012 Rosso di Montalcino Release!
2. Time Sensitive Offer: Benchmark Vintage Giacosa Barolo in Magnum!
3. Our Experts Suggest: Two Great Wines from the Classically Styled 2008 Vintage
4. Only At IWM: 1990s Quintarelli--Rare, Rarer and Rarest!
5. Wine Events: 
Amazing Wines of Amalfi & Campania: An Exclusive Wine Lunch

My Best, 



Sergio Esposito


You very likely have never heard of Baricci, one of Montalcino's best-kept secrets. Part of the reason is Baricci's very low production numbers; the family owned-and-operated estate high in the Montosoli hill makes only 1,000 cases of its Brunello and just 1,500 of its Rosso di Montalcino--and very little of that comes to the States. The other part of the reason is that when IWM is lucky to secure Baricci's wines, we sell out--quickly. Today, we're proud to announce the release of the estate's surprisingly complex, fresh, and textured Rosso di Montalcino from the benchmark 2012 vintage. Ever since IWM Founder Sergio Esposito first found Baricci on a buying trip almost a decade ago, it has been our fastest-selling Rosso di Montalcino!

Though under the radar, Baricci has a long, important history. Founded in 1955 by former sharecropper Nello Baricci the estate debuted its first commercial bottle with the 1971 vintage. Nello was instrumental in creating the wine that we know and love today; in 1967, he served as one of the 26 founding members of the Consorzio del Vino Brunello di Montalcino, the governing body that sets the quality maintaining standards and practices for Brunello. Nello passed the 29-acre estate to his son-in-law, Pietro Buffo, who runs the estate with his two sons, Federico and Francesco, and who together make wines that are true to type, authentic and umano--"human."

As the family transitioned from sharecroppers to winemakers with post-WWII low-interest loans, they also moved, as Pietro expresses it, from "fame di fama," or in English from hunger to fame. Given the estate's history, it's not surprising that Baricci chooses to make its wine using very traditional methods. It uses non-interventionist practices in farming its Galestro Schist-based vineyards that sit at about 850 feet above sea level, and it uses very traditional methods in the cantina too: fermenting in temperature-controlled stainless steel tanks, and aging in medium-sized oak botti.

Dripping with juicy red and blue fruit, dusted with earth, oozing with Montalcino terroir, this lush, balanced '12 Rosso di Montalcino announces this banner vintage with Baricci's trademark rustic elegance. The estate's cult-like Rosso di Montalcino drinks like a baby Brunello, showing abundant earth, cherry, warm saddle leather, and the kind of elegance, structure and class that redefines value wine. Priced at under $30 a bottle, this Rosso lets you enjoy the beauty of the 2012 vintage years before its Brunello will be ready, and it serves as the perfect calling card to Baricci, one of our very favorite under-the-radar estates.
(Italy, Toscana - Sangiovese Grosso)

$28.99 Regular Price
$26.67 Case Price/btl



Bruno Giacosa, a man of few words but eloquent talent, practices an extremely simple philosophy based on the respect of traditions both in the vineyard and in the cellar to craft his wines of meditation. Until recently, Giacosa owned no vineyards; he bought all the grapes he required, selecting, as he still does, from some of the area's best sites to craft single-vineyard expressions. In 1982, he bought the Falletto vineyard in Serralunga, and this bottling went on to set the standard for elegant, graceful, balanced and finessed Barolo. Giacosa's winemaking philosophy guides him towards a noninterventionist approach, traditional viticulture and vinification, all used for the creation of authentic Piemontese wines. Today, we're delighted to offer the Giacosa Barolo Falletto di Serralunga 2007 in rare magnum format. While this cru Barolo is always classic, in this vintage the Falletto di Serralunga gives Giacosa's coveted Red Labels a run for their money.


Why Buy This Wine:


- The '07 Falletto captures the opulent side from the warm and generous vintage, and it is one of the few Giacosa Barolos that allows for early approachability


- Giacosa thrives in warm vintages, and in 2007, the white label Barolo Falletto offers substantial fruit and lively acidity, and at a fraction of the price, it challenges his iconic Riserva Red Labels (Le Rocche del Falletto Riserva) that can command $400. 


- The 2007 is the child of a near-perfect and ripe growing season, as well as the combined efforts of Bruno Giacosa and his long time consulting enologist Dante Scaglione; its powerful presence and magnificent layering makes it an essential, collectable wine.


- Only IWM can offer you this single-vineyard Barolo in rare magnum formats, presented at the BEST PRICE in the country; contact your portfolio manager to secure yours.

Bruno Giacosa 2007 Barolo Falletto di Serralunga (1.5L)

(Italy, Piemonte - Nebbiolo) 

$396.00 Regular Price 
$336.60 3-Pack Price/btl


This offer is available 48 hrs and will expire on September 17th at 5:00 pm EST.


Born in the US, but raised in Italy, IWM President of Sales Will Di Nunzio fell in love with wine when his father opened a twenty-year-old Biondi-Santi Brunello for Will's twentieth birthday. Will has since turned his love into a career.

Drinking Today:
 Pian Delle Vigne 2008 Brunello di Montalcino
(Italy, Toscana - Sangiovese Grosso)
$69.99 Regular Price 
$64.39 Case Price/btl


(Italy, Toscana - Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Cabernet Franc, Petit Verdot)
$199.99 Regular Price


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


Giuseppe Quintarelli was not just the most significant winemaker in the Veneto; he was also one of the most revolutionary winemakers in the world--a claim that runs counter-intuitive to his fanatical adherence to tradition. Quintarelli made his wine the way his forebears did, not deviating from their protocol and choosing to accept new technology only when it didn't impinge on traditional practice. The proof of Quintarelli's wisdom rested in his limited-production wines, his Amarone, Valpolicella, Rosso del Bepi, Recioto and the cult sensation, Alzero--one of the greatest expressions of Cabernet Franc. Combine the natural talent of the Master of the Veneto, the inherent quality of the estate's terroir, and the ineffable magic peculiar to the world's great winemakers, and you'll begin to appreciate the extraordinary nature of Quintarelli's wines. Today, we're proud to present eleven bottlings from the extraordinary 1990s, Quintarelli Amarone, Recioto, Rosso del Bepi, Alzero and Bandito Amabile.

Why Buy This Wine: 

- Quintarelli arguably set the standard for Amarone, Recioto, and Valpolicella, and this list offers many of this great winemaker's benchmark expressions.


- The late, great Quintarelli produced his Amarone only in exceptional vintages, something the estate will continue to do in the hands of his children; replete with so many layers and flavors, Quintarelli's Amarone demands to be contemplated rather than merely consumed.


- This offer includes the rare declassified Amarone of Quintarelli, Rosso del Bepi; produced in only four vintages, this wine gives an opportunity to taste Quintarelli Amarone at a fraction of the price.


- Alzero is a massive--and massively delicious--wine; as in the estate's Amarone, Quintarelli treats Alzero's grapes with the appassimento technique, drying the grapes in single layers upon straw or plastic mats for 60 to 100 days, to create a wine that's rich, lustrous and textured. 


- While Quintarelli has become iconic for his Amarone and cult Alzero, Quintarelli's sweet Recioto may just be his most age-worthy and rarest find; the estate typically produces fewer than 300 cases in the years it makes the wine.


- The only wine to rival Quintarelli's Recioto for rarity is Amabile del Cere Bandito, a white passito blend of late-harvest botrytized grapes; made only a handful of times, this extraordinary white dessert wine is a singular experience.


- Since Giuseppe's passing in January 2012, the demand for bottles made by Bepi has grown exponentially; contact your portfolio manager to secure these impeccable bottlings made by the Master of the Veneto.


Saturday, September 20, 2014, 1-3 pm

Hosted by: Robin Kelley O'Connor
European Wine Specialist & Director of Education

Almost everyone comes to love Italian wines through the wines of Italy's North--Nebbiolos from Piemonte, Sangiovese from Toscana, Pinot Grigio from Liguria, or Amarone from the Veneto. This special wine-tasting lunch takes a dip into Italy's South, Campania and the Amalfi Coast, to be exact, to explore the wild, powerful and elegant terrain of a winemaking region that's near and dear to our hearts. Led by IWM Wine Specialist and Director of Wine Education Robin Kelley O'Connor, this special four-course lunch will take you on a journey across Campania. You'll enjoy wines from cult favorites like Galardi and De Concilliis, and we'll introduce you to the wines of Raffaele Palma, the rising star of the Amalfi Coast. Along the way, you'll dine on delicious dishes prepared by our own in-house kitchen, make new friends, and discover new appreciation for the overlooked region of Campania. From Fiano to Piedirosso, and all that lies in between, Campanian wines will amaze you; join us and learn why we love the wines of Italy's South!

Featured Menu & Wine List:*

1st Course-Antipasti:
Salumi & Formaggi (Prociutto di Parma and Chef's Selection of Artisanal Cheeses)
Crostini Alla Provatura (Provatura & Anchovy Crostino)
Heirloom Tomatoes and Mozzarella Di Bufala Campania
Insalata Dei Nervetti (Veal Tendon Salad) 
Pasta Cresciuta (Mixed Fried...Ex: Tomatoes, Whole Herbs, Sardines)
Scagliuozzoli (Cornmeal Fritters)

De Conciliis Selim Spumante Brut NV 

De Conciliis Donnaluna Fiano 2012 

2nd Course:
Risotto ai Gamberetti con Fiori di Zucca, Fave e Mais
Rock Shrimp Risotto with Roasted Corn, Fava Beans and Squash Blossoms

Raffaele Palma Puntacroce 2011

Raffaele Palma Salicerchi 2011

3rd Course:
Galletto al Mattone con farro e funghi chanterelle affumicati
Grilled Rooster "Under the Brick" with Farro and Smoked Chanterelle

Raffaele Palma Montecorvo 2011
Galardi Terra di Lavoro 2010 
De Conciliis Naima 2006 

4th Course:

*Wine list subject to change.

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