Under $50 Brunello! Vintage Barolo Riserva Monfortino! And Great White from Jadot!

July 27, 2016
A Note from Sergio

You can break the Montalcino production zone into a range of subzones to help understand it. Within each there are variations in altitude, soil composition, and weather patterns. In fact, the Consorzio lists more than 24 distinct microclimates in the area. It's a lot to keep in your head, so today I'll concentrate on the northern subzone. North of Montalcino itself, where you'll find the subzones of Canalicchio, Pianelli, and Montisoli, the high elevation of the central region begins to taper off and flatten out, forming a kind of plain studded with hills. These subzones have a moderate share in the warm, dry Mediterranean climate and high altitude of their neighbors to the south, but the slight differences in temperature, humidity, and elevation makes wine that own both ripeness and structure.

These traits are embodied in the wines of Livio Sassetti Pertimali, which combine serious aromas and elegance with power and fruit, and these traits are heightened, intensified and powered up in a ripe vintage like 2011. Today, I'm delighted to present a new allocation of Livio Sassetti Pertimali 2011 Brunello di Montalcino, which is a knockout wine for less than $50 a bottle. The combination of subzone and warm weather in this 2011 Brunello means that you can enjoy it pretty much the moment that it hits your table. If you're the kind of Brunello enthusiast who has more passion than patience, you need to get this Livio Sassetti wine (but buy more than one bottle, because it'll be even yummier down the road).

Along with this very affordable Brunello, I'm proud to offer a pair of collector wines. First, I managed to score a very limited allocation of 1952 Barolo Riserva Monfortino from Giacomo Conterno. I don't have to tell serious collectors how special this wine is. It's an epic Barolo, and it makes 64 years look young. Finally, Burgheads won't want to miss these last few bottles of Louis Jadot 2012 Bâtard-Montrachet. The first vintage to come from Frédéric Barnier, the winemaker who took over from Jacques Lardière, this Bâtard-Montrachet is a wine for the ages.


Today's Featured Sections Include:

1. Spotlight on Excellence:
Livio Sassetti Pertimali's Stellar Under $50 Brunello
2. Only At IWM:
Perfect, Pristine, 64-Year-Old Barolo Monfortino
3. Time Sensitive Offer: Louis Jadot's Way with Bâtard-Montrachet
4. Wine Events: Upcoming July / August Wine Tasting Events

My Best,

Sergio Esposito


Americans drink more than one-quarter of all Brunello produced. We can't get enough of this vibrant, velvety, thrilling Sangiovese Grosso wine--even though it frequently commands a high price. Indeed, IWM knows how hard it is to find a high quality Brunello di Montalcino for less than $50, so when we do, we want to make sure you know about it. Today, we're delighted to announce a new allocation of Livio Sassetti Pertimali 2011 Brunello di Montalcino. This genial, open-knit wine matches its dark opulence with complexity, making for a truly thrilling, completely captivating ride. Best of all, we've priced this wine at under $50 a bottle, the BEST PRICE in the country.

2011's heat wave presented a lot of challenges to makers of Brunello; however, while yields were down about 14%, the quality was high. The vintage's ripeness, quality and concentration all show in Livio Sassetti's '11 wine, which is enjoyable pretty much upon release. Ripe, succulent red and blue fruits dance on a bed of crushed violet and rose petals, warm cigar wrapper, dark spices, saline minerals and smoke in this unabashedly sensual, completely beguiling '11 Brunello. There's a strong mineral core to this wine, and it propels you to a lingering, balanced finish; it's the kind of wine that beckons you to open another bottle when you realize the first bottle is gone!

The Sassetti family has been farming for many generations, and winemaking has long been not only a means to their livelihood but a passion. Livio Sassetti inherited this tradition, but he wanted to make his own mark in the wine world, so in the early 1970's he followed his ambition to Montalcino, where he purchased land in Montosoli and founded the Pertimali estate, named for a cottage on the property. Today, the 39-acre estate rests in the hands of Livio and his sons, Lorenzo and Luciano, who join him in the production of elegant, complex, and aromatic wines that hold the structure of Burgundy and the distinctive Montalcino terroir.

Dedicated to the primacy of the northern Montalcino terroir of Montosoli, the Sassetti estate employs biodynamic agriculture and traditional winemaking, including fermenting only with indigenous yeasts and aging in giant botti. The family's dedication shows in this '11 Pertimali Brunello bottling, and the wine definitely over-delivers on its moderate price point. Lush, grippy tannins wrap the palate in this Brunello bottling that's approachable almost right out of the gate; balanced and inviting, this brooding bottling compels you to drink it. It's pure Brunello pleasure, but as enjoyable as it is right now, this Brunello will be even more delicious in a few years. A terroir-driven beauty, this Brunello is sure to fly out of our cellars; contact your portfolio manager to secure yours before it's all gone.

(Italy, Toscana - Sangiovese Grosso)
$49.99 Regular Price
$45.99 Case Price/btl

*Pre-Arrival, August 2016


Giacomo Conterno Barolo Monfortino Riserva is one of the few wines that earns the word "legendary." It's easy to categorize this Barolo as "collectable"; it is a collector staple whose appreciation on the market is unerring, and simultaneously ethereal and massive, it's a wine that requires substantial time in the cellar to coalesce into its full metaphysical beauty. But to simply understand Barolo Monfortino as a collector wine is to do its ineffable beauty an injustice. It is a standard bearer for Barolo, a wine that inspires winemakers--including its own--to raise their standards to do better, and to create a wine that consistently shows its individual personality while reflecting its vintage and its terroir. Today, we're proud to present a singular vintage bottle of Giacomo Conterno Barolo Monfortino Riserva, the remarkable 1952. While 1952 didn't gather the press, attain the hype, or garner the attention of a "benchmark" vintage, this wine is nonetheless iconic, rare and extraordinary.

Why Buy This Wine:

- One of the first Barolos made in what is now known as "the classic style," Monfortino represents the post-WWI shift in Italian winemaking as Barolisti began to make wine to age and drink for decades.

- Barolo Monfortino Riserva is unquestionably a standard-bearer in Barolo, and it consistently shows the deft hand of its maker in its mind-blowing complexity, nuance, power and ineffable beauty.

- Giacomo Conterno crafts its Barolo Monfortino exclusively in vintages of the highest caliber; between the years of 1920 and 2009, the wine made only 47 out of a 89 possible appearances, averaging fewer than 600 cases in each vintage.

- Very reminiscent of a fine aged Burgundy, this '52 Barolo Monfortino wafts with dried rose petals, sweet red fruits, forest floor, game and cherry cordial; this is a graceful wine whose delicacy counters its dizzying notes.

- Fresh acidity keeps this mature Barolo lively while its ethereal mouth-feel suffuses the palate; tertiary notes abound as this wine unfurls to a lingering, complex finish.

- It's almost impossible to secure vintage bottles of Giacomo Conterno Barolo Monfortino Riserva outside of auction, and unlike auction bottles, this '52 bottling comes with perfect, pristine, straight-line provenance.

- Only IWM can offer this piece of Barolo history; contact your portfolio manager to secure your '52 Giacomo Conterno Barolo Monfortino Riserva at the BEST PRICE in the country.

(Italy, Piemonte - Nebbiolo)
$1,450.00 Regular Price
$1,350.00 Special Price/btl


One of the five grand crus in the Montrachet family, Bâtard-Montrachet is definitely the largest and arguably the most prestigious. Bâtard-Montrachet spans just over 27 acres of vines, and it sits at the bottom of the Mont-Rachet slopes, where the Montrachet vineyards cluster. The thin limestone-rich soils are a little more hospitable to the vines of Bâtard-Montrachet, and the low altitude of the appellation combined with the reflective limestone in the soils contributes to growing Chardonnay grapes that make rich, lustrous wines that vibrate with energy. For these reasons, Bâtard-Montrachet is responsible for making world-famous wines that collectors clamor over. Today, we're delighted to present a new allocation of a cult bottling from the concentrated, luscious vintage of 2012: Louis Jadot Bâtard-Montrachet. It's a classic evocation of a collector wine, and in a very low production vintage like 2012, it's hard to find. Don't miss out on this new allocation--our first allotment flew out of IWM's temperature-controlled cellars almost before it arrived.

Why Buy This Wine:

- 2012 offered challenging vintage conditions for Burgundy's vignerons, including a frosty spring, hail in July, both coulure (shatter) and millerandage (shot berries); however, the growing season ended in a fairytale vintage with tantalizingly low yields, and these intense, classic bottlings embody the best of the year.

- Dating from 2012, this wine represents the inaugural vintage of chief winemaker Frédéric Barnier, longtime assistant to Jacques Lardière, who assumed control of Louis Jadot's winemaking after Lardière retired.

- This Jadot Bâtard-Montrachet represents the pinnacle of collectable white Burgundies; extraordinary in ordinary vintages, in 2012 this Bâtard-Montrachet shows remarkable intensity combined with breathtaking precision.

- The nose of Jadot's '12 Bâtard-Montrachet is a captivating mélange of crushed white flowers, baking spices, and salted caramel, all swirling around a mix of orchard, tropical and citrus fruits.

- Broad-shouldered but round, this seriously intense wine offers an enthralling tension between its fleshiness and its nerviness, all leading to a dry and multi-layered finish that lingers for minutes.

- A wine with exceptional longevity, this Jadot Bâtard-Montrachet now has special time-sensitive pricing; contact your portfolio manager to secure yours.

Louis Jadot 2012 Bâtard-Montrachet
(France, Burgundy - Chardonnay)
$349.00 Regular Price
$299.00 Half-Case Price/btl

This offer will expire in 24 hours on July 28th at 5:00 pm EST.


Saturday, July 30 | 1:00-3:00 pm | New York, NY
A Sit-Down Tasting

Ticket Price: $89.00

IWM Host: John Camacho Vidal

That noise you've been hearing is the recent buzz about natural wines. They're the wines that get described as "non-interventionist," "organic," or "biodynamic." But what exactly makes a wine "natural"? Join us for this special wine tasting and learn the natural skinny on wines made from grapes grown without pesticides, made without additives, or made with on the ebbs, the flows and the lunar pull of biodynamic protocol. Accompanied by regional meats and cheeses, this seated tasting, led by knowledgeable IWM wine experts, will give you the opportunity to enjoy natural, organic and biodynamic wines, to get to know them better, and to understand why they're so terrific. Prepare to become a convert to their lively, intense, celestial styles; these wines are more than exciting--they're naturally alive!"

Featured Wines:

Movia Puro Rosé 2003
Gravner Breg 1998
Radikon Oslavje 2008
Movia Veliko Belo 2009
Raffaele Palma Salicerchi 2011
Porta del Vento Maque Perricone 2012
COS Nero di Lupo 2014
Fontodi Chianti Classico 2013
Grattamacco Bolgheri Rosso Superiore 2012

*Wine list may be subject to change.

Saturday, August 13 | 1:00-3:00 pm | New York, NY
A Sit-Down Tasting

Ticket Price: $105.00
Early Bird Price: $95.00 (Expires Aug. 8 at 5pm EST)

IWM Hosts: Crystal Edgar & John Camacho Vidal

Like love and marriage or Lennon and McCartney, some things just go together perfectly. Wine and cheese is one of those ineffable couples Join us as we celebrate one of the most natural pairings in the wine-and-food world with eight wonderful global wines and eight beautiful Italian cheeses. IWM's wine educators will pour great wines from around the globe--all while pairing each wine with an exceptional, perfectly complementary cheese. Even more exciting, we'll be joined by Andrew and Christina Marcelli from Marcelli Formaggi in Abbruzzo, Italy, who will tell the story behind such great cheeses as Pecorino Gregoriano, Caciocavallo, Pezzata Rossa, and Pecorino Fiorello. Tantalize your taste buds and expand your pairing expertise at this delicious Saturday event, available only at the world's leading authority in Italian wines, IWM.

*Wine list to be announced.

Saturday, August 27 | 1:00-3:00 pm | New York, NY
A Sit-Down Tasting

Ticket Price: $85.00

When Americans fall in love with Italian wines, they almost always fall in love with Chianti Classico first. Juicy, bright, thrumming with terroir, and utterly delicious, food-friendly Chianti Classico is a logical point of seduction for Italian wine newbies--but what makes it so very special? Join IWM as we explore Chianti Classico and take you down the many trails that this iconic Tuscan wine can take you. This tasting, complemented by regional meats and cheeses and led by a knowledgeable IWM sommelier, will center on Chianti Classico and the grape that makes it: Sangiovese. But Chianti Classico will only be a launching pad for further adventures as we journey to the far reaches of Sangiovese, enjoying Brunello, Rosso di Montalcino, and other Sangiovese delights. Italian wine is a delicious adventure, and it's waiting for you!

*Wine list to be announced.

Tuesday, August 30 | 7:00-10:00 pm | New York, NY
A Sit-Down Dinner Tasting

Ticket Price: $199.00
Early Bird Price $189.00 (Expires Aug. 23 at 5pm EST)

Hosts: Alessia Antinori & IWM's Crystal Edgar

It's a wine event that is decades in the making, featuring a wine that commemorates a historic collaboration between an aristocratic family and a Renaissance artist. Join IWM as we host Alessia Antinori, winemaker and daughter of Marchese Piero Antinori, for a special five-course dinner featuring the extraordinary wines of Antinori, including select vintages of Tignanello, Cervaro della Sala, Badia a Passignano and more--including the special edition Della Robbia Villa Antinori 2013 Chianti Classico Riserva, a wine created to honor Giovanni della Robbia's ceramic mural the "Resurrection of Christ," a piece now housed at the Brooklyn Museum. IWM's own Chef Michael Marcelli and his in-house kitchen staff will craft five glorious courses, and guests will enjoy Alessia's comments on the wines, their history, and this historic art as they dine. It's a unique, extraordinary opportunity to experience Italian winemaking history with the winemaker herself, and it's only available at IWM, the world's leading authority in Italian wine.

Featured Menu & Wines:

Welcome / Antipasti
Montenisa Brut NV
Montenisa Rosé NV

Trancio di Tonno alle Spezie
Grilled Yellowfin Tuna with Fennel & Sungold Tomato
Cervaro della Sala 2013
Pinot Nero della Sala 2013

Strichetti al Agnello
Rough-cut Fresh Pasta with Braised Lamb Shoulder, Celery Root & Tomato
Della Robbia Villa Antinori Chianti Classico Riserva 2013

Meat I
Cotoletta alla Viennese con Funghi al Funghetto
Veal Chop with Roasted Wild Mushrooms & Rosemary
Badia a Passignano 2009
Marchese Antinori Chianti Classico Tenuta Tignanello 2013

Meat II
Bistecca alla Fiorentina
48-day Dry Aged Porterhouse with Seasonal Contorni
Tignanello 2012
Tignanello 2013

Muffato della Sala 2008

*Wine list may be subject to change.

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