Today's Featured Offer:
Debuting Giuseppe Rinaldi 2010 Barolo, Collectable Artadi Rioja, and a Campanian Sparkler!

September 2, 2014 
A Note from Sergio

Giuseppi Rinaldi makes only two bottlings of one wine--Barolo. He makes his wine much in the style of his distant forbears, and he makes it gloriously. Rinaldi is related to the late, great Bartolo Mascarello, and like Mascarello, he shows a passionate devotion to tradition, and he has earned an equally passionate following because of it. Rinaldi's name will bring a knowing smile to the faces of the few people lucky enough to drink his wines, for he produces extraordinarily low numbers every vintage. Despite the winds of change and the noise of criticism, Rinaldi has steadfastly chosen to make wines in his own, highly individualistic ways. You have to respect that. I'd also say that if you don't love his wines, then you need to try them again and again, until you do.

Today, I'm doing more than merely announcing the release of the 2010 vintage of Rinaldi's exquisite Barolos; I'm introducing you to the estate's Barolo Brunate and Barolo Tre Tine. 2010 is the first year a new Barolo labeling law went into effect. This law, meant to make Italian wines easier to comprehend, forbids Barolo makers from naming a wine after more than one vineyard, something Rinaldi always did with his Brunate-Le Coste and Barolo Cannubi S. Lorenzo-Ravera. Rinaldi, ever the maverick, grumbled a lot about this change, and then he rose to the bureaucratic challenge by making two new brilliant wines. You're going to love these bottlings; they're Barolos that could only come from this great winemaker, a man who's constrained only by his fierce adherence to his own principles and his passion for great wine.

Along with these two new bottlings, I'm very pleased to present a pair of great vintage Rioja from the masterful Artadi estate. You'd be hard pressed to find these collectable wines elsewhere, and these '01 Riojas are simply extraordinary. Finally, I'm very happy to offer De Conciliis Selim Spumante, a delightful, affordable sparkler from my home region of Campania and from the jazz-loving Bruno De Conciliis. It's an unusual, tasty bubbly, and it makes any occasion a reason to celebrate.




Today's Featured Sections Include: 


1. Spotlight on Excellence: Introducing Giuseppe Rinaldi 2010 Barolo Brunate and Barolo Tre Tine
2. Time Sensitive Offer: Artadi 2001 Rioja El Pison and Grandes Añadas!
3. Our Experts Suggest: Two Sangiovese Grosso Wines to Love Right Now!
4. Only At IWM: De Conciliis Selim Spumante and All That Jazz!
5. Wine Events: Sangiovese Grosso, the Star of Brunello di Montalcino 

My Best, 



Sergio Esposito




Let's begin with the simple, joyous news. Today, we're very proud to announce the release of the 2010 Barolo from the great traditional Barolo maker, Giuseppe Rinaldi. This vintage heralds the release of two newly named, slightly reconfigured Rinaldi Barolo, the 2010 Barolo Brunate and the 2010 Barolo Tre Tine. This is all some connoisseurs need to know to understand the importance of this offer. But for others, we provide a little context.

Italian wine is often confusing, whether it's the names, the history, the protocol or the styles. A recent law handed down from Rome increases this confusion, even as it was meant to clarify Italian wine. A response to European-wide wine standards, this law allows the name of only one vineyard, which has to comprise at least 85% of the wine in the bottle, to be on the label--just one, or none at all. This labeling issue presented a problem for producers like Giuseppe Rinaldi, one of the great standard bearers of traditional Barolo.

Rinaldi has long released two wines, Barolo Brunate-Le Coste and Barolo Cannubi S. Lorenzo-Ravera, both blends labeled with the names of the cru vineyards. Because this new ruling states that Rinaldi can name only one of these cru vineyards on the label, 2009 was the final bottling of both of these wines, and Rinaldi was faced with a choice. Ultimately, Rinaldi adapted by bottling two new wines: a Rinaldi Brunate, blended with 15% Le Coste, and Barolo Tre Tine, a blend of three crus; though mysteriously unnamed, these three crus are likely San Lorenzo, Ravera and a bit of Le Coste. 2010 is the first bottling for both wines, and, as you'd likely expect from this extraordinary producer and this astounding vintage, these wines are stellar.

The 2010 vintage of the Giuseppe Rinaldi Barolo Brunate, previously called "Brunate Le Coste," is a collector must-have. The '10 Barolo Brunate is stunning, presenting a palate of juicy red and blue fruit kissed by spice and smoke, and underlain with dusty tannins and saddle leather. Powerful, structured, aromatic and thrilling, this '10 is a true testament that just as a rose is a rose is a rose, a Rinaldi Barolo is a Rinaldi Barolo--no matter what you call it. Elegant, powerful and a little bit wild, the '10 Barolo Tre Tine presents the perfect complement to the brooding '10 Brunate. Rich, sweet fruit, fine fresh-cut herbs, tobacco, leather and piquant minerality form the basis of this classic, structured Barolo that thrills the palate with its fine tannins, breathtaking balance and long finish.

Called "
Citrico," or the acid one, by his peers, Beppe Rinaldi has always marched to the tune of his own drummer. We wouldn't have it any other way. One of the founders of the Italian natural wine consortium ViniVeri, or True Wine Group, Beppe doesn't even certify his low production wines as organic. "I am an anarchist," he says, refusing any easy definitions. He makes his wines as his grandfather did--fermenting them in tini, tall oak vats, without temperature control and with only natural yeasts, aging them in giant botti for upwards of two years. The results speak for themselves, and in an exceptional vintage like 2010, these long-aging, traditional, umano Barolo will speak volumes for decades. Contact your portfolio manager to secure your Giuseppe Rinaldi '10 Barolo Brunate and '10 Barolo Tre Tine; presented at the BEST PRICE in the States, these wines will fly out of our cellars.

Giuseppe Rinaldi 2010 Barolo Brunate Le Coste*
$199.99 Reg $179.99 Case Price/btl

Giuseppe Rinaldi 2010 Barolo Tre Tine*

$179.99 Reg $164.99 Case Price/btl

$189.00 Reg $174.99 Case Price/btl

Giuseppe Rinaldi 2005 Barolo Cannubi San Lorenzo-Ravera*
$189.00 Reg $174.99 Case Price/btl

Giuseppe Rinaldi 2003 Barolo Brunate Le Coste*
$179.00 Reg $169.99 Case Price/btl

Giuseppe Rinaldi 1994 Barolo Brunate Le Coste*
$249.00 Reg $224.99 Case Price/btl
(Italy, Piemonte - Nebbiolo)

*Pre-Arrival, Autumn 2014



One of the great names in Spanish wine, Juan Carlos López de Lacalle founded his estate in 1985, but his love for winemaking and for Tempranillo has long roots. This dynamic winemaker spent his childhood at his grandfather's side, learning to care for vines and to make wines. In the '80s, López de Lacalle bought a former cooperative of vine-growers located around the town of Laguardia in Rioja's Alavesa, dedicating himself to the cultivation of high-altitude, low-yielding, old-vine Tempranillo and the crafting of wines of terroir. López de Lacalle has been wildly successful, and his Rioja are frequently likened to Burgundy in their finesse, evocation of place, and longevity. Today, we're proud to present Artadi Rioja El Pison and Artadi Grandes Añadas, both from the thrilling 2001 vintage. Presented with perfect maturity, at very competitive pricing and in a limited allocation, these vintage Artadi wines are just entering their drinking windows, with years ahead of them.


Why Buy This Wine:

- IWM has long said the Spanish wines today are much like Italian wines fifteen or twenty years ago: a place for connoisseurs to find extraordinary bottles that will stand the test of time.


- Today's offer presents two of Spain's iconic Rioja with more than a decade of age, absolutely pristine provenance, and pricing that's not merely competitive, but for the '01 Pison, the BEST PRICE in the country.


- Both of these old-vine Tempranillo wines evoke Artadi's commitment to terroir: both the El Pison and the Grandes Añadas derive from organically grown fruit, ferment without added yeasts, and age for upwards of two years in barriques before release.


- The impressively structured '01 El Pison is a celestial vintage, presenting its notes of brambly black fruits, rich spices, fresh-cut herbs, cigar wrapper and piquant minerals in a silky, balanced palate with a finish that lingers for minutes.


- Some people call the '01 Artadi Grandes Añadas "Spain's version of Comte de Vogüé's Musigny," but we beg to differ; while this inky, brooding, very old-vine wine offers the cherry and berry profile of Pinot Noir, as well as its elegance, its unmistakable energy could only be Spanish Tempranillo.


- Our allocations of these iconic Spanish wines from the benchmark vintage of 2001 are very small; contact your portfolio manager to secure yours.



Artadi 2001 Rioja El Pison 

(Spain, Rioja - Tempranillo) 

Artadi 2001 Grandes Anadas
(Spain, Rioja - Tempranillo) 

$325 Regular Price 
$275 Special Price


This offer is available 24 hrs and will expire on September 3rd 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:
 Canalicchio di Sopra 2012 Rosso di Montalcino 
(Italy, Toscana - Sangiovese Grosso)
$32.50 Regular Price 
$29.90 Case Price/btl


(Italy, Toscana - Sangiovese Grosso)
For complete descriptions of the wines and an explanation of why Garrett selected these wines, please visit our expert's post at Inside IWM.



The wines of Bruno De Conciliis reflect the fun, iconoclastic and freeform spirit of its founder--these wines are unquestionably imbued with all that jazz. De Conciliis capitalizes on southern exposure and ancient soils in the ripe climate of the Cilento zone of Campania to produce full-bodied, fruit-driven wines that are more approachable, collectible, or affordable--or all three. De Conciliis' signature wine is the majestic mono-varietal Aglianico Naima, which Bruno named to honor the John Coltrane song and his love of jazz. Bruno also makes a range of Aglianicos in varying styles, and this producer's outstanding Fiano, Campania's most significant white, is an IWM favor for its distinctive minerality, honey, and herbs. Today, we're delighted to present the De Conciliis NV Selim Spumante Brut, a beautiful sparkling wine that gets its name from Miles Davis. You can't get this value sparkler anywhere else!


Why Buy This Wine:

- The Selim, when read backwards, reads out "Miles" for Miles Davis because its maker, Bruno De Conciliis, is infatuated with jazz music, so much so that he actually plays jazz to his wines as they rest in barrel.


- Elegant, fresh, and mineral-laden, the De Conciliis NV Selim Spumante Brut is a rare Campanian sparkler made yet more unusual for its blend of Fiano and Aglianico.


- While indigenous white Fiano feels like a sparkling wine natural for its floral and stone fruit flavor profile, the addition of Aglianico, one of the most tannic grapes in the world, is less usual, but it adds minerality and complexity to this sparkler.


- Crafted using the tank method to preserve its terroir, this Spumante has a refreshing nose of tropical and citrus fruits, peach and apple.


- Intense, unusual and beautifully balanced, Selim is a fitting tribute to its namesake, Miles Davis, and it's the perfect wine to open whenever you want to inject a little celebration into your meal or event.


- Only IWM can offer the De Conciliis NV Selim Spumante Brut, and priced as it is at under $22, it's a wine you'll want to add to your roster of go-to wines!

(Italy, Campania - Fiano, Aglianico)

$21.45 Regular Price
$19.73 Case Price/btl


Saturday, September 6th, 1:00-3:00pm

Price: $115.00

Hosted by: Robin Kelley O'Connor

Brunello has earned its reputation for being one of the two great varietal wines from Italy (Barolo being the other). Carefully crafted from a clone of Sangiovese called Sangiovese Grosso and made only in Montalcino, Brunello inspires passion, devotion--even frenzy. Led by Robin Kelley O'Connor, an IWM expert and Certified Wine Educator, this tasting is devoted to the magic of Sangiovese Grosso and its two wines: Rosso di Montalcino and Brunello di Montalcino. Sure to make fans out of neophytes and to turn Brunello devotees into experts, this event gives insight into producer style, vintage variation, and terroir. Complemented by artisanal cheeses and meats, this event will feature the smaller, cult producers of Brunello; we'll be pouring Cupano's mellifluous organic expression, Valdicava's opulent take, Canalicchio di Sopra's elegant interpretation, Col d'Orcia's finessed Riserva--and more. It's an insider's perspective into Montalcino that could only come from the world's leading authority of Italian wines, IWM. 

Featured Wine List:

Canalicchio di Sopra Rosso di Montalcino 2012

Valdicava Rosso di Montalcino 2012 

Cupano Rosso di Montalcino 2010

Canalicchio di Sopra Brunello di Montalcino 2009

Col d'Orcia Brunello di Montalcino Riserva 2000

Canalicchio di Sopra Brunello di Montalcino 1996

Il Palazzone Brunello di Montalcino Riserva 2006

Gaja Pieve Santa Restituta Brunello Rennina 2008


Wine list subject to change

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