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Back by Client Demand: $27 Ornellaia Super Tuscan, Vintage Soldera, and Grower Champagne!

July 26, 2017
A Note from Sergio

Tenuta dell'Ornellaia is a press darling and an international superstar. Owned by the Frescobaldi family and run by the talented Axel Heinz, Ornellaia makes a flagship wine that is one of the most well-known Super Tuscans, while its cult collector Merlot, Masseto, is the kind of wine that has fanatics counting the days until a new vintage comes on the market. Ornellaia's two collector wines are internationally recognized and beloved--both because they have all the characteristics of worldwide wines (things like density, richness, and soft tannins) and because they essentially perform like a blue chip stock in the cellar.

But great as Ornellaia's first-tier wines are, they're not the only wines the estate makes, which means that most serious Italian wine enthusiasts might be cheating their palates by only enjoying Ornellaia on those special occasions that call for the estate's flagship or its Masseto. Italians understand that delicious wine is not a luxury--it's a necessity. It makes food taste better. It makes friends out of strangers. It has the power to elevate a simple meal to something sublime. Ornellaia is, first and foremost, a maker of Italian wines, and thus Ornellaia makes its Le Volte, the entry-level red, so that people can make any night of the week even more special.

Today, I'm very happy to say that the latest vintage of Le Volte is in stock and ready to ship. 2015 is a stellar vintage of this delightful wine--it almost dances in your mouth! This terrific Italian red is priced at just under $27 a bottle, and it's definitely a wine to get by the case. Along with this delicious Italian red, I'm proud to present a collector vintage Brunello from Gianfranco Soldera, whom I believe is very probably the finest winemaker in the world. I managed to score some magnums of Soldera's outrageous 1988 Brunello. This wine is going to drink for decades--in fact, it might outlive us all!

Finally, there is one very special, remarkably affordable Grower Champagne from Roger Coulon, because Champagne is always a good idea!

Today's Featured Sections Include:

1. Spotlight on Excellence:
2015 Le Volte, Your Must-Have, Must-Drink $27 Red!
2. Only At IWM:
Perfect, Pristine Vintage Soldera Brunello Magnums
3. Time Sensitive Offer: Affordable, Delicious Champagne from Roger Coulon
4. Wine Events: Upcoming July / August Wine Tasting Events

My Best,
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Sergio Esposito
Owner/Founder

SPOTLIGHT ON EXCELLENCE
There are many reasons to love Le Volte. The third wine of Tenuta dell'Ornellaia, Le Volte is the estate's answer to immediate gratification, and this delicious Super Tuscan blends approachability with affordability, allowing you to drink it now, and to drink it every day. We've often said that if this wine came from any estate other than Super-Tuscan great Tenuta dell'Ornellaia, makers of Merlot wonder Masseto and its flagship Bordeaux-style blend, Ornellaia, you'd think Le Volte was first tier. Drinkable and delicious, Le Volte allows you to enjoy Ornellaia's beauty at a fraction of the price.

In any given vintage, this under $30 bottle is one of our go-to wines, but when it's the 2015 Le Volte, it's a must-have bottling. A reflection of its "textbook" growing season, the '15 Le Volte is radiant, balanced, and utterly delicious. Juicy red and blue fruits dance on a bed of licorice, smoky minerals, sweet spice, and a touch of game in this spectacular Ornellaia effort. At once silky and electric, the '15 Le Volte fills the mouth with a satisfying weightiness. It's hard to choose our favorite vintage of Ornellaia's entry-level wine, but this 2015 might take the honor!

Tenuta dell'Ornellaia, located in Bolgheri, the hotbed for fine Super Tuscans, is an estate known for its eponymous flagship wine and its Merlot sensation Masseto. While it uses estate-grown international grape varietals, Ornellaia goes offsite for Le Volte, sourcing its Sangiovese from several producers, with the objective of capturing Toscana's range of terroir expression in Bolgheri. Le Volte is the younger sibling in the Ornellaia hierarchy, and it delivers the flavor and the enjoyment of Tenuta dell'Ornellaia's iconic wines any night of the week.

In 2015, Le Volte is a blend of 67% Merlot, 20% Cabernet Sauvignon, and 13% Sangiovese; Axel Heinz and his team vinified the different grape varietals separately in steel tanks; then the team assembled the blend and aged the wine for ten months, part in barriques previously used to age the estate's flagship wine. In every vintage, Le Volte sells quickly, but we expect this 2015 bottling to fly out the door of our temperature-controlled cellar. Try a bottle (or six). In stock and ready to ship, Le Volte might be your very favorite go-to wine, but it's one that you can enjoy right now or a decade down the line.


(Italy, Toscana - Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, Sangiovese)
$29.99 Regular Price
$27.59 Case Price/btl


ONLY AT IWM
BEST PRICE IN THE US!
Gianfranco Soldera has long been IWM's most talked about producer. His perfection in the vineyard and cellar makes him arguably Italy's greatest producer, and his iconoclasm makes him one of the most controversial. Soldera Brunelli sit in their own category. Collectors of Soldera tend to be fanatical in their pursuit of his limited-production Brunelli, and Soldera's fans see finding the wines as a labor of love. A Soldera Brunello smells, tastes, and feels like only a Soldera Brunello: in taste it's intense, almost Burgundian, yet in body it's finessed and almost weightless; smelling of fresh-cut roses, towering cypress trees and earth; filled with fruit, rich with tannins, bewilderingly beautiful and always elegant. Today, we're delighted to present magnums of the 1988 Soldera Brunello di Montalcino. Perfectly mature and offering pristine provenance, these bottles come at the BEST PRICE in the country.

Why Buy This Wine:

- Because Soldera lost almost his entire production for the six vintages from 2007-2012 in an act of vandalism, his back-vintage Brunelli are rare, prized, and collectable--especially wines like his stunning '88 Brunello, which we offer today.

- Upon release, this '88 Brunello from Gianfranco Soldera was a big, brooding, and powerful wine that married its sweet red and black fruits with meaty notes of game, iron, spice and smoke.

- Three decades later, this Brunello shows no signs of letting up--it's still remarkably primal, layering the subtlest patina of tertiary notes over its vibrant fruits and intense palate.

- Time has, however, showed its hand in mellowing the wine's tannins, integrating its various elements, and highlighting its dark beauty; it's a big wine that is especially gorgeous from magnum.

- You can drink this '88 Brunello now, but all signs suggest that it'll drink for years--even decades--to come; this outstanding wine could only be made by Gianfranco Soldera, Montalcino's master craftsman!

- Our allocations of this knockout Brunello are very limited; contact your portfolio manager to secure magnums of '88 Case Basse di Soldera Brunello at the BEST PRICE in the country.


(Italy, Toscana - Sangiovese Grosso)
$2,995.00 Regular Price
$2,795.00 Special Price/btl


TIME SENSITIVE OFFER
Founded in 1806, Roger Coulon is a small family-owned-and-operated producer of Grower Champagne located in Vrigny. With about 25 acres of vines spread across Vrigny, Coulommes and Pargny in the northwest corner of Reims, Roger Coulon has made its reputation on crafting pure, traditional Champagnes. Current owner-winemakers Eric and Isabelle Coulon, eighth-generation winemakers, prize their vines and treat them organically and harvest manually. Coulon produces six cuvée Champagnes, as well as one still white wine, and all are highly characterful, sophisticated expressions of their maker's history and their unique terroir, and today, we're very happy to present special time-sensitive pricing on Roger Coulon NV Brut Réserve de l'Hommée 1er Cru, a serious Grower Champagne, crafted by a family who is devoted to their estate. This competitively priced bottle will make even seasoned wine lovers recalibrate their sense of what it means to drink Champagne--and help you celebrate your life's special moments with style and sophistication.

Why Buy This Wine:

- A blend of Pinot Meunier, Pinot Noir, and Chardonnay that derives from the estate's old-vine vineyards in Vrigny and Pargny, Brut Reserve de l'Hommée gets its name from the traditional term for the vineyard work a person could do in a single day.

- Perfect, fine perlage transmits a balanced, complex palate with a beautifully textured mouth-feel in this cuvée from Roger Coulon.

- Bright cherries and berries, buttered brioche, baking spices and vanilla cavort in the nose of this Champagne, and the precise palate echoes these notes, adding citrus and orchard fruits as it builds to a polished finish.

- This textured, thrilling Grower Champagne complements a wide variety of foods beautifully, reminding you that a fine Champagne might very well be the ultimate food wine.

- IWM is pleased to present special time-sensitive pricing on this beautiful Roger Coulon Champagne; contact your portfolio manager to secure yours and get ready to celebrate!


(France, Champagne - Pinot Meunier, Pinot Noir, Chardonnay)
$52.99 Regular Price
$48.75 Case Price/btl

This offer will expire in 48 hours on July 28th at 11:59pm EST.


WINE EVENTS

Saturday, July 29 | 1:00-3:00 pm | New York, NY
A Sit-Down Tasting

Ticket Price: $89.00
Summer Special: $79.00 (Exp. Thursday, July 27)

IWM Host: Michael Adler

Celebrate summertime with the very best crisp, elegant and refreshing wines from across Europe. Selecting wines from Italy, France, Spain and Germany, our own Michael Adler will pour a range of wines, from simple sparklers to classic, crisp whites to energetic reds. If you've ever wondered what to pour with your summertime fare, this sit-down tasting, accompanied by regional meats and cheeses, will make the most of your summer wine enjoyment. This tasting will give you a tour of European wines, all while helping you make the most of your summer pool parties, beach gatherings, and road trips. Join us and experience the best of Europe's refreshing wines--it's like a vacation across the Atlantic, without leaving glamorous Union Square.

Featured Wines:

Graci Etna Rosato 2016
Didier Dagueneau Pouilly-Fume Silex 2011
Chavy-Chouet Meursault Narvaux 2015
Domaine Latour-Giraud Meursault-Genevrières 1er Cru 2015
Geantet-Pansiot Chambolle-Musigny Vieilles Vignes 2014
Fontodi Filetta di Lamole Chianti Classico 2014
Cerbaiona Rosso di Montalcino 2014
La Rioja Alta Rioja Gran Reserva '904' 2007
Sandrone Barolo Le Vigne 2012

*Wine list may be subject to change.




Tuesday, August 1 | 7:00-10:00 pm | New York, NY
A Sit-Down Tasting Dinner

Ticket Price: $159.00

IWM Host: Will Di Nunzio

IWM's Wine-Lover Dinner Series celebrates delicious dishes with wines that make them sing. This special Wine-Lover Dinner focuses on the beginning of the meal, which is often overlooked by Americans but upon which Italians linger. Chef Michael Marcelli and his in-house team will prepare five special antipasti courses, and our own Will Di Nunzio will pair spectacular wines to showcase the dishes' many flavors. This family-style sit-down event presents a unique opportunity to revel in Italy's many ways to kick off a meal, from regional meats and cheeses to succulent vegetables to piquant tidbits from the sea. It's a beginning that you'll wish would never end--and it's only available at IWM!

Featured Wines & Antipasti:

Welcome - Antipasti
Smoked Ricotta, sheep, Abruzzo, IT
Rupert, cow, Vermont, USA
Caprino Stagionato, goat, Abruzzo, IT
Duda Gouda, sheep, Wisconsin, USA
Noble Road, cow, Pennsylvania, USA
Bocconcini di Bufala
De Conciliis Donnaluna Fiano 2014
COS Cerasuolo Delle Fontane 2010
Cerbaiona Rosso di Montalcino 2014

Course I
Wild Fluke Crudo with Green Tomato & Verjus
Bigeye Crudo, Cured Olive & Olio Fresco
Wild Seppia with Smoked Red Onion & Breadcrumbs
Louis Roederer Cristal 2006
William Fèvre Chablis Grand Cru Valmur 2013

Course II
Fresh Corn Croquettes with Senise Pepper & Gouda
Romanesco Sotto Olio, Grilled Rustic Bread & Anchovy
Prosciutto di Parma, 18-month
Sweet Soppressata
Paolo Bea Sagrantino di Montefalco Secco Pagliaro 2008
Bruno Giacosa Barbaresco Santo Stefano di Neive 2007

Course III
Pizza Bianca, Bresaola & Rucola
Bone Marrow, Breadcrumb & Caper
Livio Sassetti Pertimali Brunello di Montalcino Riserva 1997
Livio Sassetti Pertimali Brunello di Montalcino Riserva 2010

Dolci
Fontodi Vin Santo (375ml) 2001

*Wines may be subject to change.



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