Trio of Giacosa New Releases! The Prince's Sémillon! And Our Favorite Warm Weather Red!

June 22, 2017
A Note from Sergio

Just as when you find a person who is extraordinary, when you discover a really extraordinary wine, you start engaging differently. An encounter with a special wine becomes less about the wine than it is about you. When you drink a really exceptional wine, you surrender yourself. It becomes a chase; it's about how you treat the wine, even how you treat the glass. How you swirl, when you taste, whether you decide to prolong the bottle and see the wine evolve, or drink it quickly in an exuberant burst--all these choices come into play. You do more than build a relationship with that bottle; you court it. Yet a truly outstanding bottle of wine will do even more. It'll seduce you. And that's exactly what the wines of Bruno Giacosa do. They start the engagement, they give the chase, and they demand your interest.

Today, I'm very proud to announce the debut of three Bruno Giacosa wines: 2014 Barbaresco, 2013 Barolo Rocche del Falletto, and 2011 Barolo Le Rocche del Falletto Riserva. Bruno, one of the great traditional Piemonte winemakers, doesn't make all of his bottles in any given year. He chooses to craft the best wines for that particular vintage, sacrificing some wines to make others better. He makes these choices by looking to the grapes to form the foundation of his wines, doing as little as possible as he can to get in the way of those grapes attaining their full potential as Giacosa wines. This new release trio is very exciting, particularly the 2011 Barolo Riserva, which only comes around a few times every decade. Every one of these Giacosa wines deserves your time, commands your attention, and rewards your engagement.

Since 2004, when the fabled wines of Fiorano first came to the shelves of IWM, they've been provocative. I was trusted by the late, great Italian wine critic Luigi Veronelli to find proper homes for these golden gems from Lazio's cult-making winemaker, Alberico Boncompagni Ludovisi, the Prince of Venosa. Today, I'm very proud to offer a lineup of ten Sémillon wines from Fiorano; these long-maturing whites defy explanation, description, or even easy understanding. People who "get" them, really get them. I take unutterable pleasure in drinking Fiorano's fine wines. They're more than a glass of wine--they're a glimpse into Italy's almost forgotten past, a trip to an almost mythic kingdom. They're romance in a bottle, and it's my honor to be able to bring them to you.

Finally, don't miss Valle d'Acate's delicious, nimble Frappato--it's just $22 and it might be your favorite warm weather red!

Today's Featured Sections Include:

1. Spotlight on Excellence:
New Barbaresco, Barolo and Barolo Riserva from Traditionalist Giacosa
2. Only At IWM:
Fiorano's Fairytale Sémillon
3. Time Sensitive Offer: Why This Sicilian Red is Your New Summertime Sipper
4. Wine Events: Upcoming June Wine Tasting Events

My Best,

Sergio Esposito

As our longtime clients know, Bruno Giacosa stands as one of the most respected producers of traditionally styled Barolo and Barbaresco, long-aging wines that are beloved by aficionados and coveted by collectors. Giacosa learned by working with his father and grandfather and became fascinated by what he could create from the Nebbiolo grape, especially when treated with viticultural techniques that are time-honored and true. Giacosa believes that in the past, winemakers worked more simply and with more care, and in doing so, they created wines that transcended their time while embodying their place and their tradition. Now in his mid-80s, Bruno Giacosa continues to craft great, traditional wines at his estate, where he is aided by his longtime consulting enologist, Dante Scaglione.

Today, we're very proud to debut three Bruno Giacosa releases: his classic, muscular 2014 Barbaresco; his radiant, balanced 2013 Barolo Rocche del Falletto; and his 2011 Barolo Le Rocche del Falletto Riserva, a wine that is very likely to be a legend. This iconoclastic producer makes two lines of wines from his own vineyards under the label Azienda Agricola Falletto (the wines made at Casa Vinicola Bruno Giacosa, however, derive from growers with whom Giacosa has longstanding relationships). The first is for the estate's standard, normal bottlings, and these are known as Giacosa's "white label" wines; the second, known as Giacosa's "red label" wines, are his Riserva bottles. Today's offer includes two white label bottles and one red, and together this trio of wines is extraordinary.

While 2014 plagued Barolo with hail, the turbulent yet warm vintage fared much better in Barbaresco, and Giacosa's '14 Barbaresco is silky yet taut. This wine frames its pure red fruits with pressed rose petals, warm chocolate, fresh earth, licorice, tobacco and tar, and while its firm, chewy tannins need some time to integrate, in time this wine will reveal its sweet fruit, conveyed on a vibrant, rich palate. 2013 is shaping up to be a benchmark year for Barolo, and Giacosa's Barolo Rocche del Falletto embraces its excellent year in a wine that is complex, harmonious, and ethereal. A sweet inner perfume finds its complement in subdued brooding, meaty notes, while polished tannins meet their match in animated acidity. Upon release, this '13 wine is taking its time to reveal its many layers, which suggests it has the stuffing for the long haul.

What can we say about Giacosa's red label Barolo Le Rocche del Falletto Riserva? For one thing, it's exceedingly rare. Before 2011, Giacosa hadn't made it since 2008, and he has chosen to craft it in only eight vintages since 2000. 2011 was a warm year, and Giacosa excels in hot vintages. Therefore, it makes sense that the '11 Barolo Le Rocche del Falletto Riserva is a knockout. Layers of notes burst from the glass--succulent red fruits, tarry earth, truffle, rose petals, sun-warmed loam, spices, and crushed minerals mingle in a heady profusion of scents. A powerhouse of a Barolo, this silky wine unspools on the palate to reveal intense minerality, chewy tannins, sweet fruit, and a brocade-like texture that lingers on the resonant, almost endless finish. It may be early to call this wine a masterpiece, but we're okay with that term.

Our allocations of these new Giacosa releases are very limited; contact your portfolio manager to secure yours.




Special Price/btl 3pk Price/btl 6pk Price/btl Case Price/btl
2014 0.75 $149.00 - - $139.00 $129.00
2013 0.75 $229.00 - - $199.00 -
2011 0.75 $479.00 - - $449.00 $399.00
2011 1.5 $949.00 $899.00 $849.00 - -
2011 3 $1,949.00 $1,799.00 - - -

*Pre-Arrival, July

Located in Lazio, Fiorano was a fabled estate and to have sampled Fiorano's wines puts you in the elite few, for these nearly impossible-to-get bottles are the product of a dedicated and passionate maker whose avant-garde, organic approach was way ahead of its time--and who ripped up his vines shortly before his death. In 2004, the fabled wines of Fiorano came to IWM when Italy's iconic wine critic, the late Luigi Veronelli, kept his promise to the late, great Alberico Boncompagni Ludovisi, the Prince of Venosa, to place these complex wines in the rightful hands of passionate wine enthusiasts and collectors. When these wines arrived at IWM, they caused a sensation in the wine world. The Fiorano vineyards are now in the hands of Alessia Antinori, whose team is painstakingly restoring them. Today, we're delighted to present ten different Fiorano Sémillon bottlings, from 1985 to 1995. This long-aging, organic wine is as unique as its fairytale story would suggest--and these bottles would be gems in serious collectors' cellars.

Why Buy This Wine:

- Fiorano Sémillons combine the characteristics and layers of a mature white Burgundy, the dried tropical fruit of a Sauternes, the texture and body of an Alsatian white, and the oxidative but mineral side of an aged Sherry, all together in one bottle.

- Each one of these Sémillon bottlings is marked with its individual vat number, and each one shows a unique facet of Fiorano's terroir and story; more than just being rare wines, these bottles are living testaments to Italian winemaking history.

- The product of dedication and passion from Principe Alberico Boncompagni Ludovisi and his Fiorano estate, whose avant-garde approach of organic agriculture and the use of a magical mold was way ahead of its time, these wines show a rare ability to age.

- These Fiorano wines represent one of the great stories in wine, making each and every sip more intriguing; for more on Prince Boncompagni Ludovisi and the Fiorano wine story, please click here.

- Only IWM can offer you these magical, rare and perfectly stored Fiorano whites with impeccable provenance; contact your portfolio manager to secure yours at the BEST PRICE in the country.

Vintage Size Price/btl 3pk price/btl 6pk Price/btl Qty
1985 0.75 $149.00 $137.08 $131.12 7
1986 0.75 $149.00 $137.08 $131.12 1
1987 0.75 $149.00 $137.08 $131.12 1
1988 0.75 $149.00 $137.08 $131.12 12+
Fiorano No. 42 Sémillon
1989 0.75 $165.00 $151.80 $145.20 3
Fiorano No. 48 Sémillon
1989 0.75 $165.00 $151.80 $145.20 6
1992 0.75 $149.00 $137.08 $131.12 12+
1993 0.75 $149.00 $137.08 $131.12 12+
1994 0.75 $124.00 $114.08 $109.12 12+
1995 0.75 $124.00 $114.08 $109.12 12+

Windy, rocky, and sunny, the island of Sicilia stands apart from Italy in winemaking tradition, history, and varietals, and it produces some of Italy's most unique, unclassifiable and flavorful wines. Founded at the end of the nineteenth century by Giuseppe Jacono, Valle dell'Acate has a long, proud tradition of producing some of Sicily's best-loved wines. Today, the estate, about 250 acres in southeastern Sicily, is in the very capable hands of the sixth-generation winemaker, Gaetana Jacono, and committed to non-interventionist techniques, Valle dell'Acate crafts traditional wines that speak evocatively of the estate's terroir. Valle dell'Acate calls it "Seven Soils for Seven Wines," a thoughtful enterprise that marries the best soil to the best grape, and, in doing so, expresses the unique qualities of both soil and grape. Today, we're delighted to present Valle Dell'Acate 2015 Il Frappato Vittoria, the latest release of this beloved Sicilian wine.

Why Buy This Wine:

- This charming warm-weather red marries its sweet red and brambly black fruits with savory minerals, peppery spices, underbrush, umami and rose petals.

- Sprightly yet silky, this '15 Frappato dances across the palate, energized by bright acidity that lingers on the finish, refreshingly.

- Deriving from soils locally known as "Milaro," a combination of calcareous limestone and clay, this wine is crafted from organic grapes using only indigenous yeast; it's a terroir-driven, delicious red that can be served slightly chilled.

- Soft yet lively, this medium-bodied Frappato is perfect to serve with hors d'oeuvres, lighter foods and soft cheeses--from lunch to appetizers to a light dinner, this Sicilian red is a perfect partner.

- Contact your portfolio manager to secure special, time-sensitive pricing on Valle dell'Acate's terrific '15 Frappato Vittoria; it's the ultimate warm weather red!

(Italy, Sicilia - Frappato)
$21.99 Regular Price
$20.23 Case Price/btl

This offer will expire in 48 hours on June 24th at 5:00pm EST.
Tuesday, June 27 | 7:00-10:00 pm | New York, NY
A Sit-Down Dinner Tasting

Ticket Price: $199.00
Special Two-Ticket Price: $174.50/ticket

IWM Host: Will Di Nunzio

IWM's Wine-Lover Dinner Series celebrates delicious dishes with wines that make them sing. It's hard to find a better, more long-lasting, and finer marriage than pasta and wine. Join IWM as we put our passions together in one perfect dinner celebrating Italian pasta and wine. IWM's own Chef Michael Marcelli and his in-house kitchen staff will craft five beautiful pasta dishes that invoke individual Italian regions, while IWM's own Will Di Nunzio and Francesco Vigorito pour wines that perfectly complement the meals. From the earthy creations of central Italy, to the fresh and vibrant pastas of Italy's East, to the savory delicacies of Italy's North, this dinner brings together exceptional food, extraordinary wines, and impassioned people--like you! IWM's pasta dinner is certain to be a memorable evening and it could only come from the world's leading authority in Italian wine, IWM.

Featured Menu:

Assorted Antipasti

Cavatelli sardi
Fresh Hand-rolled Pasta with Nordic Shrimp, Saffron & Cured Tuna Heart

Agnolotti foie gras e tartufo
Handmade Agnolotti, Foie Gras, Truffle, Dates, Walnut & Orange

Sagna riccia all'anatra
Wide-ribbon Pasta with Duck Ragu, Morels & Sungold Tomato

Aged Parmigiano with Raw Sunflower Honey

Assorted House-made Petit Fours

*Wine list to be announced.

Saturday, June 24 | 1:00-3:00 pm | New York, NY
A Sit-Down Tasting

Ticket Price: $89.00
Special Two-Ticket Price: $75.00/ticket

IWM Host: Michael Adler

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 tasting and learn the ins and outs of 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's own Michael Adler, 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:

Château Pradeaux Bandol Rosé 2016
Fontodi Meriggio 2015
Movia Ribolla 2014
Gravner Ribolla Gialla 2008
Fontodi Chianti Classico 2013
Castello dei Rampolla Sammarco 2009
De Conciliis Naima 2009
Valdicava Brunello di Montalcino 2010
Cupano Brunello di Montalcino 2005

*Wine list may be subject to change.

Tuesday, July 11 | 7:00-10:00 pm | New York, NY
A Sit-Down Dinner Tasting

Ticket Price: $229.00
Special Two-Ticket Price: $199.50/ticket

IWM Host: Will Di Nunzio

IWM's Wine-Lover Dinner Series celebrates delicious dishes with wines that make them sing. Seafood, fish, and all that the oceans, rivers and lakes give us are perfect summertime fare. IWM invites you to join us for a special Wine-Lovers Dinner featuring seafood and fish dishes-all complemented by perfectly selected wines. Celebrating the special union of seafood and wine with courses invoking Italy's coastal regions, from its North (Friuli, Liguria and the Veneto) to its South (Campania and Abruzzo), IWM's own Chef Michael Marcelli and his in-house kitchen staff will craft a five-course dinner, while our own Will Di Nunzio and Francesco Vigorito will show you that there's more to finding the perfect pairing than merely pouring white wines. Explore your passion for aquatic food and wine while learning how to make mindful wine pairings at your own table. It's a win-win-wine dinner at IWM, and the only thing that can make it better is you!

*Wine list and menu to be announced.

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

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