Full-Throttle Fall Reds: Bea Sagrantino, 2004 Brunello Riserva, and Tignanello Chianti Classico

October 17, 2017
A Note from Sergio

Wine lovers are like any other fan or collector; getting caught up in the stuff that's supposed to be new or better, we sometimes forget about the usual suspects. The thing is, though, when I think back to the wines that the industry said were "new and better" ten, five, even a couple of years ago, not many of them have stuck--most of them have been weeded out by the market. Going to events and tastings, I'm reminded that as much as I like discovering something I've never tasted before, I really love rediscovering the wines I've known and loved for a long time. Even better, I love recollecting wines that the industry dismissed when they hit the market but I knew would be great.

Today, I'm very pleased to bring back three wines that clients have enjoyed so much that they asked for more! Paolo Bea's way with Sagrantino is legendary (not everyone can tame the savage, thick-skinned grape) and the estate's 2009 Rosso de Véo is a knockout bottling. My clients love Brunello di Montalcino, but many have a hard time waiting until their new releases are fully mature; below, you'll find a 2004 Brunello Riserva from San Polo that you can drink right now. Finally, Tignanello is a Super-Tuscan giant, but few people realize that Antinori used to make Chianti Classico at the Tig estate--a few years ago, Antinori began making the classic Tuscan wine again, and today's 2014 Tignanello Chianti Classico Riserva is outstanding.

Enjoy these full-throttle red wines--they're perfect for fall!

Today's Featured Sections Include:

1. Spotlight on Excellence:
Paolo Bea's Superb 2009 Rosso de Véo Returns
2. Only At IWM:
Under $85 Vintage Brunello di Montalcino Riserva
3. Time Sensitive Offer: Antinori's Historic Cru Chianti Classico Riserva
4. Wine Events: Upcoming October / November Wine Tasting Events

My Best,

Sergio Esposito

Umbria's Sagrantino has the distinction of being one of the world's most tannic grapes. Most likely brought to Umbria during the twelfth century, Sagrantino was until fairly recently solely vinified in the passito method to make a desert wine. In the past few decades, however, winemakers like Paolo Bea, an IWM signature producer and a standard bearer for the natural wine movement, have realized that they can also use the grape to make superlatively balanced, ruby-colored, long-aging wines. Today, we're delighted to bring back Paolo Bea's outstanding 2009 Rosso de Véo, a delicious, multi-layered, and textured Sagrantino wine that's just beginning to hit its stride.

Cold and snowy in the winter, hot and dry in the summer, the 2009 growing season in Umbria looked a lot like its neighbor, Toscana. It's the perfect environment for the thick-skinned Sagrantino grape, and it's the ideal weather for Paolo Bea, a producer who shines in warm vintages--and this '09 Rosso de Véo embodies the convergence of climate, grape and producer. Succulent red and black fruits dance with lilac petals, pencil lead, warm baking spices, saddle leather, forest floor, crushed herbs and a touch of sauvage in this wonderfully complex and intriguing Rosso de Véo bottling. This wine exults in its tension between its sweet and savory elements, between its silky texture and chewy tannins, and between its earthiness and ethereal feel. If you've never enjoyed Sagrantino, this is a fine place to start, and if you already love the grape, this wine will delight!

Made from the Bea estate's youngest Sagrantino vines, Rosso de Véo derives mostly from the Cerrete vineyard, the highest point of Bea's estate, sitting about 1,300-1,500 feet above sea level. Bea vinifies the de Véo in the same fashion as its Montefalco Sagrantino, a painstaking multi-step process that allows the wine to mature for years before reaching market. Both enjoyable now and very age-worthy, the '09 Rosso de Véo, Paolo Bea's entry-level Sagrantino, presents tremendous value as well as a terrific introduction to the estate. Bea crafted around 750 cases of the Rosso de Véo in 2009, and we feel fortunate to have secured multiple allocations; contact your portfolio manager to secure yours at very competitive pricing!

Paolo Bea 2009 Rosso de Véo Umbria IGT*
(Italy, Umbria - Sagrantino)
$59.99 Regular Price
$55.19 Case Price/btl

*Pre-Arrival, Winter

Located near the legendary Biondi-Santi estate in the Montalcino region of La Croce, San Polo illustrates how much who makes the wine--and how they choose to make it--affects the wine itself. Leonardo LoCascio and Marilisa Allegrini bought the property in the past decade, and with their purchase came changes in protocol that upped the quality of this estate's wines. For example, San Polo now farms its grapes sustainably without chemical intervention and its new winemaker Nicola Biasi and new consulting enologist Riccardo Cotarella, the man behind Campania cult classic Terra di Lavoro, work in tandem to craft those grapes into wines evocative of the estate's high altitude vineyards. Today, we're delighted to present the BEST PRICE in the country on San Polo 2004 Brunello Riserva; priced at just $83 a bottle, this wine embodies the magic made of place, time and people in its supple texture and complex palate.

Why Buy This Wine:

- Intense and full-bodied, San Polo's Brunello Riserva strides the line between the concentration and sappiness that you see in "modern" Brunelli and the terroir-driven verve and structure that typify traditional bottles.

- This Brunello Riserva truly reflects its pedigree given the meticulous treatment of grapes in the vineyard and wine in the cellar.

- Intense ruby red in color, this '04 Brunello Riserva is full-bodied and warm on the palate, bursting with notes of red berries, violet petals, spices, and warm loam, followed by subtle notes of coffee, leather and peppery herbs.

- The finish is long, with round and refined tannins complementing the wine's juicy texture; now with more than a decade of age, this Brunello Riserva is firing on all cylinders!

- Perfect with roasted meats, wild fowl, grilled filet mignon and steaks, San Polo's '04 Brunello Riserva is ideal for fall's cool weather meals; contact your portfolio manager to secure yours at the BEST PRICE in the States!

San Polo 2004 Brunello di Montalcino Riserva*
(Italy, Toscana - Sangiovese Grosso)
$83.00 Regular Price
$76.36 Case Price/btl

*Pre-Arrival, Winter

The name "Tignanello" probably conjures the eponymous iconic Super Tuscan, but this Antinori estate sits in the heart of Chianti Classico. Today, we're delighted to celebrate this storied estate with a wine that sees a return to its roots, Antinori 2014 Chianti Classico Riserva Tignanello. The Tignanello estate came into the hands of the Antinori family in the mid-nineteenth century, and Antinori originally made Chianti on the 320-acre estate. Unsatisfied with the consortium's regulations, standards and lack of clarity, Piero Antinori left the Consorzio Vino Chianti Classico, the governing body of the eponymous wine, in 1975; a few years ago, Antinori rejoined the Consorzio after a 37-year absence. Spurred by Chianti Classico's renaissance, Antinori saw changes in the Consorzio that bettered the profile of Tuscany's most famous wine, and the Tignanello Chianti Classico Riserva offered today is a fitting testament to Chianti's history--as well as a rosy sign of its bright future.

Why Buy This Wine:

- An odd growing year in Toscana, 2014's mild winter, dry spring, cool summer, late hailstorms, and sunny fall ended with a surprisingly good, if low production, harvest.

- IWM's portfolio managers and our clients have been enjoying the'14 Chianti Classico Riserva since it first hit our shelves; this wine is both racy and seductive, offering bewitching aromatics and a deceptively powerful palate.

- Bright red fruits dance with brambly berries, warm baking spices, sweet basil, fresh loam, new saddle leather and a kiss of blood orange in this elegant, supple '14 Chianti Classico Riserva.

- Nimble and vibrant, this wine almost skips across the palate with energetic acidity, peppering the cheeks with fine-grained tannins as it builds to a lingering, nervy finish.

- A blend of 90% Sangiovese and 10% Cabernet Sauvignon, this Chianti Classico Riserva embodies the care that Antinori's team takes with the family's wines, and as delicious as it is right now, it'll grow yet more nuanced with time.

- Presented with special, time-sensitive pricing, the '14 Tignanello Chianti Classico Riserva is a knockout, and we expect to sell through this new allocation very, very quickly!

Antinori 2014 Chianti Classico Riserva Tignanello*
(Italy, Toscana - Sangiovese, Cabernet Sauvignon)
$44.99 Regular Price
$41.39 Case Price/btl

*Pre-Arrival, November

This offer will expire in 48 hours on October 19th at 11:59pm EST.

Monday, October 23 | 7:00-10:00 pm | New York, NY
A Sit-Down Tasting Dinner

Ticket Price: $219.00
Early Bird Price: $199.00/ticket (Expires: Tuesday, October 17)

Hosted by: Alessia Antinori
, Alberico Winemaker
IWM Host: Will Di Nunzio, President

It's a wine event that is decades in the making, featuring wines so rare they're simply unavailable anywhere else! 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 Alberico. Once called Fiorano, Alberico is an estate with a long, storied past and a history of making some of Italy's most important, most collectable wines. In 1995, Prince Alberico Boncampagni Ludovisi, Alessia's grandfather, made his last vintage at Fiorano, pulling up all the vines except for a few rows of Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, and some white grape vines left on a caretaker's property. After inheriting a portion of the Prince's land following his death in 2005, Alessia took on the project of nursing these vines back to health, intent on making wine as her grandfather did--organically and with minimal intervention. This unique evening will present old vintages of Fiorano, both its fabled whites and its excruciatingly rare Rosso, as well as offer a taste of Alessia's new Alberico bottlings from the estate's restored vineyards. 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 Wines:

Welcome | Antipasti
Antinori Montenisa Brut
Alberico Bianco 2014

Striped Bass, Grilled Pancetta & White Pea
Fiorano No. 45 Bianco 1995
Fiorano No. 26 Bianco 1992

Fresh Pappardelle, Cockerel & Porcini Ragu
Alberico Rosso 2012
Alberico Rosso 2011
Alberico Rosso 2010

Grill Lamb Shoulder, Caper & Roasted Potato
Fiorano Rosso 1988
Fiorano Rosso 1993
Fiorano Rosso 1995

Dolci | Formaggio
Fiorano No. 22 Sémillon 1993

*Wines may be subject to change.

IWM's Annual White Truffle Dinner

Friday, November 3 | 7:00-10:00 pm | New York, NY
A Sit-Down Tasting Dinner

Ticket Price: $499.00
Early Bird Price: $479.00/ticket (Expires: Friday, October 27)

IWM Host: Will Di Nunzio, President

Piemonte's white diamonds meet Barolo, Brunello, Franciacorta and carefully selected wines at IWM's highly anticipated annual white truffle dinner. If you love Alba's most sustainable delicacy, the tartufo bianco, you won't want to miss this dinner that pairs truffles with wines from some of the great masters of Italy. Truffles flown from Piemonte will be at the centerpiece of this special event as IWM's own Chef Michael Marcelli and his in-house kitchen staff design a dazzling multi-course menu, carefully paired with fantastic wines from cult-inspiring estates, all rounded out with antipasti before and dolci after. Knowledgeable IWM sommeliers will pour Barolos and Brunellos, along with other beloved Italian wines. It's the most wonderful time of the year--truffle season--and we invite you to celebrate it in style with IWM.

*Wines and menu to be announced.

Big & Bold Italian Reds

Saturday, October 21 | 1:00-3:00 pm | New York, NY
A Sit-Down Tasting

Ticket Price: $119.00

IWM Host: Will Di Nunzio, President

The temperature's dropping and we're reaching for heartier fare. As roasts, game, stews, and casseroles begin to appear on our tables, it's time to find big, bold reds that will make these rich, dark dishes sing. It's time, in short, for some of IWM's favorite brooding, complex wines. Join us as we celebrate the red wines of Italy. From Brunellos to Barolos and Super Tuscans, from Super Piemontese to Aglianico and Valpolicella, this tasting shows why Italian reds are world famous. Guided by knowledgeable IWM sommeliers, this glorious tasting, complemented by meats and cheeses, is devoted to exploring the lushness, the power, and the unexpected finesse of red wines from some of our favorite producers. It's big, it's beautiful, and it's only available at IWM, the world's leading authority in Italian wine.

*Wines to be announced.

Halloween Special: Orange, Biodynamic & Funky Wines

Saturday, October 28 | 1:00-3:00 pm | New York, NY
A Sit-Down Tasting

Ticket Price: $89.00

IWM Host: Michael Adler

In the US, they're called "orange wines," in Europe "skin-contact wines." Whichever terminology you use, they are all the fashion, which is a little ironic considering that this style of caramel colored wine made from white grapes date back thousands of years, originating in Armenia and Georgia. In many ways, the tale of orange wines goes hand-in-hand with the tale of natural wines; it's rare to find an orange wine made by a producer who doesn't abide by non-interventionist protocol, and indeed, the important producers of these wines in Italy hold a firm belief in non-interventionist agriculture and non-interventionist winemaking. Join IWM as we explore the wild, unique, unusual world of orange wines at this special tasting, accompanied by regional meats and cheeses. It's the perfect way to celebrate fall, welcome Halloween, and expand your palate with those white wines that "drink like a red."

*Wines to be announced.

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

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