30 Aldo Conterno Wines, All On Sale! And Two Delicious Under $30 Antinori Super Tuscans!

October 19, 2017
A Note from Sergio

Almost twenty years ago, I took my winemaker friend Steve Clifton on his first trip to Barolo. I remember he was amazed how uniform the vines were. It's usually easy to distinguish a good producer from a bad one because a bad producer lets his vines grow tall and wild, so he doesn't have to bend while picking them or tend to them often, while a good producer has neat, orderly rows of uniform vines that are tended to perfection. But not in Barolo. Here, the vast differences in the taste of the fruit comes not from how the vines are grown but from the dramatically diverse microclimates. Each rolling hill possesses its own microclimate-in some spots, you can walk 20 yards down a hill and feel the temperature drop 10 degrees; the soil composition changes with each foot. All winemakers in Barolo understand their land intricately, and each yields great fruit from it. Some choose to destroy this beauty because they feel the world could never understand it. Others, like Aldo Conterno, choose to illuminate it.

At Poderi Aldo Conterno, Steve and I toured the vineyards and greedily tasted from all the barrels they would allow us access to. Then we graduated to bottles--Dolcetto, Barbera, Aldo's different Baroli bottlings, and, at last, the spectacular Barolo Granbussia. We were glassy-eyed with satisfaction (and also probably with fatigue) and our mouths were stained purple. I could see it in his face: Steve was smitten. It was a glorious day. "I'm not sure that I ever understood the concept of terroir until now," Steve said. "Certainly, I've never seen such an example of it. I feel like I've just been to my own Mecca." I understood exactly what he was talking about, and I was glad to introduce my friend to one of the great holy grounds of wine.

I can't bring each and every one of you to visit Poderi Aldo Conterno, but I can do the next-best thing: I can bring the fruits of the estate to you. Below you'll find 30 wines from Aldo Conterno. These bottlings span vintages from 1987 to 2014; they range from Poderi Aldo Conterno's affordable, delicious Langhe Rosso to its Barolo Granbussia, a rightful collector giant; and they're all presented at special pricing. You'll find bottle made by Aldo himself before he passed in 2012, and you'll find wines made by his sons, showing that Aldo's special touch lives on. These special wines--from Baroli, to Barbera, to the estate's outstanding Chardonnay Bussiador--are studies in terrior, in time, and in family tradition. It's my honor to be able to bring them to you.

Don't miss Antinori's under $30 Super Tuscan--there are two vintages below, and they are fantastic!

Today's Featured Sections Include:

1. Spotlight on Excellence:
Aldo Conterno Sale, 30 Wines from Barolo to Barbera (and More)!
2. Only At IWM:
Antinori's Structured, Thrilling 2014 Le Mortelle Botrosecco Maremma
3. Time Sensitive Offer: Must-Have Under $27 Benchmark Super Tuscan from Antinori!
4. Wine Events: Upcoming October / November Wine Tasting Events

My Best,

Sergio Esposito

Barolo, they say, is the "King of Wines," and Aldo Conterno was called the "King of Barolo." While Aldo himself passed away five years ago, his legacy continues in the wines he made during his lifetime, in the estate that bears his name, and in the traditions he left behind. Today, we're delighted to present thirty Aldo Conterno wines, all at special, time-sensitive pricing. You'll find multiple vintages of Aldo Conterno's iconic Baroli Bussia, Cicala, Colonello, and Vigna Romirasco; and you'll find benchmark vintages of the estate's legendary Barolo Granbussia Riserva. But the beauty of Aldo Conterno extends into everyday wines, and this offer also has Conterno's Barbera, Langhe Nebbiolo Il Favot, Chardonnay Bussiador and Langhe Rosso.

Poderi Aldo Conterno sits in Monforte d'Alba on the prized Bussia Soprano vineyard, in the heart of the Barolo region, where the Conterno family has been making wines for more than five generations. Founder Aldo Conterno was a traditionalist who wasn't afraid of innovation, and he taught his children his meticulous winemaking skills so that they could maintain the unmistakable identity of Aldo's wines, vintage after superb vintage. Descended from a line of Langhe winemakers who have always taken great pride in their craft and in growing the highest quality Nebbiolo within Piemonte, Aldo was one of those few producers who could deliver approachability with longevity. Few wines stride the line between modern and fruit-forward wines and those of nuance and finesse, but Aldo Conterno Barolos can. They speak a universal language.

Poderi Aldo Conterno's Barolo Bussia will charm you with its immediate drinkability; sappy and silky, the Barolo Cicala surprises with its firm tannic structure; the Barolo Colonnello drinks with kaleidoscopic complexity; and the brooding Barolo Vigna Romirasco marries intensity with purity. These traits find their apogee in Conterno's Barolo Granbussia Riserva, a wine that has few rivals. Aldo Conterno makes its Granbussia in only select vintages when the very best climatic conditions are present, and the wine derives from the ripest grapes grown on vines in the estate's best plot of sand, shale, and limestone soil. This increased selectivity in bottlings means a built-in value, rarity and constant demand.

As outstanding as Poderi Aldo Conterno's collectable wines are, its affordable bottlings are no less terrific. Freisa, Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon--the blend of Conterno's Langhe Rosso--may seem strange for the likes of Aldo Conterno, but it's an incredible everyday red. If the Langhe Rosso seems a departure from Piemonte tradition, Aldo Conterno's Barbera is a return to it. Grown alongside Aldo's Nebbiolo in the historic Conca Tre Pile vineyard, this Barbera is deeply tasty, very complex and thoroughly enjoyable. Another departure, Aldo Conterno's Chardonnay Bussiador is a standard-bearer of Piemonte whites. Finally, you could rightly call Aldo Conterno Nebbiolo Il Favot a "baby Barolo." Made from fruit grown on the estate's younger Nebbiolo vines, this entry-level wine drinks with the complexity of an Aldo Barolo, but at a fraction of the price. These are outstanding choices for Italian wine newbies, as well as connoisseurs looking to enjoy Conterno magic more often.

Contact your portfolio manager to secure your Aldo Conterno wines at special, time-sensitive pricing; some wines are in stock, while others are pre-arrival, and all of our allocations are strictly limited.




Special Price/btl 3pk Price/btl 6pk Price/btl Case Price/btl
Poderi Aldo Conterno Barolo Bussia
1987 3 $749.00 $709.00 - - -
Poderi Aldo Conterno Barolo Bussia
2011 0.75 $82.99 - - - $76.35
Poderi Aldo Conterno Barolo Bussia*
2013 0.75 $82.99 - - - $76.35
Poderi Aldo Conterno Barolo Cicala*
1993 0.75 $149.00 - - $139.00 -
Poderi Aldo Conterno Barolo Cicala*
2011 0.75 $149.99 - - $139.00 -
Poderi Aldo Conterno Barolo Cicala
2011 1.5 $329.00 - $299.00 - -
Poderi Aldo Conterno Barolo Cicala*
2012 0.75 $149.99 - - $139.00 -
Poderi Aldo Conterno Barolo Cicala
2012 1.5 $329.00 - $299.00 - -
Poderi Aldo Conterno Barolo Cicala*
2013 0.75 $159.00 - - $149.00 -
Poderi Aldo Conterno Barolo Cicala*
2013 1.5 $369.00 - $349.00 - -
Poderi Aldo Conterno Barolo Colonnello*
1993 0.75 $149.00 - - $139.00 -
Poderi Aldo Conterno Barolo Colonnello*
2010 0.75 $169.00 - - $159.00 -
Poderi Aldo Conterno Barolo Colonnello
2011 0.75 $149.99 - - $139.00 -
Poderi Aldo Conterno Barolo Colonnello*
2012 0.75 $149.99 - - $139.00 -
Poderi Aldo Conterno Barolo Colonnello*
2013 0.75 $159.00 - - $149.00 -
Poderi Aldo Conterno Barolo Granbussia Riserva*
1990 0.75 $799.00 - - $749.00 -
Poderi Aldo Conterno Barolo Granbussia Riserva*
1995 0.75 $349.00 - - $329.00 -
Poderi Aldo Conterno Barolo Granbussia Riserva*
1996 0.75 $449.00 - - $419.00 -
Poderi Aldo Conterno Barolo Granbussia Riserva*
1998 0.75 $399.00 - - $359.00 -
Poderi Aldo Conterno Barolo Granbussia Riserva*
2000 0.75 $299.00 - - $279.00 -
Poderi Aldo Conterno Barolo Granbussia Riserva*
2001 0.75 $399.00 - - $379.00 -
Poderi Aldo Conterno Barolo Riserva Granbussia
2006 0.75 $399.00 - - $375.00 -
Poderi Aldo Conterno Barolo Vigna Romirasco
2004 1.5 $425.00 - $409.00 - -
Poderi Aldo Conterno Barolo Vigna Romirasco*
2008 0.75 $189.00 - - $179.00 -
Poderi Aldo Conterno Barolo Vigna Romirasco*
2011 0.75 $229.00 - - $209.00 -
Poderi Aldo Conterno Barolo Vigna Romirasco*
2012 0.75 $199.00 - - $179.00 -
Poderi Aldo Conterno Conca Tre Pile Barbera d'Alba*
2013 0.75 $36.99 - - - $34.03
Poderi Aldo Conterno Langhe Chardonnay Bussiador*
2014 0.75 $69.99 - - - $64.39
Poderi Aldo Conterno Langhe Nebbiolo Il Favot*
2013 0.75 $64.99 - - - $59.79
Poderi Aldo Conterno Langhe Rosso*
2013 0.75 $29.99 - - - $27.59


It's hard to find affordable, tasty, high quality Super Tuscans, but here's one of our favorites, Le Mortelle 2014 Botrosecco Maremma Toscana, a delicious, under $27 wine from the Antinori family. Le Mortelle, located on the Maremma Coast not far from the family's Bolgheri estate Guado al Tasso, was once part of a larger estate called La Badiola, created in the nineteenth century when the Duchy drained the marshy areas around Grosseto. Purchased by the Antinori family in 1999, Le Mortelle gets its name from the wild myrrh that blankets the region, and since taking ownership, Antinori has devoted itself to crafting fine wines from both international grape varietals like Viognier and Cabernets Sauvignon and Franc, as well as Sangiovese, Vermentino and Ansonica, all organically grown. Today's Le Mortelle '14 Botrosecco epitomizes the care, quality and typicity that have made Antinori's wines favorites around the world; it's a wine that pulls you back to the glass with every sip.

Why Buy This Wine:

- This under $27 Super Tuscan from Antinori's Le Mortelle estate packs a punch at its modest price point--it's a delicious, food-friendly wine that is easy to love, joyous to drink, and super affordable.

- A mild, cool 2014 growing season gave the grapes for this Bordeaux-style blend a long hang time, allowing them to ripen fully while retaining freshness.

- This 2014 is an exceptionally elegant Botrosecco bottling, layering its succulent red and black fruits with forest floor, peppery spices, saline minerals, cigar wrapper and fresh loam.

- Caressing yet vibrant, this wine unfurls to reveal savory notes on the palate, complemented by sweet tannins and a velvety mouth-feel.

- A blend of 60% Cabernet Sauvignon and 40% Cabernet Franc, Botrosecco Maremma Toscana embodies the Antinori family's aim to craft authentic wines that appeal to a wide range of palates.

- IWM is proud to present the radiant '14 Botrosecco Maremma Toscana at the BEST PRICE in the country; contact your portfolio manager to fill your cellar with this easy-drinking gem.

Le Mortelle 2014 Botrosecco Maremma Toscana IGT
(Italy, Toscana - Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc)
$26.99 Regular Price
$24.83 Case Price/btl

Above you'll find the cool-weather 2014 Botrosecco Maremma Toscana; here you'll find the benchmark 2013 Botrosecco Maremma Toscana! In 2011, the Maremma Toscana DOC, or Denominazione di Origine Controllata, was born. This flexible designation reflects the wide array of grapes that the seaside Maremma region grows, allowing for both indigenous and international grapes, as well as both red and white wines, while acknowledging the unique terroir of the region. Antinori's Le Mortelle estate jumped on the new designation with a pair of Maremma Toscana wines, one white and one red, and we're particularly enamored of Le Mortelle's textured, savory Botrosecco Maremma Toscana, a terrific red that over-delivers on its modest $27 price point. Just as Antinori's white Vivia does, the estate's red Botrosecco is an elegant, affordable Antinori bottle that will let you and your guests drinking beautifully for under $30!

Why Buy This Wine:

- 2013 saw classic weather in Toscana with a delayed budbreak, a temperate spring, and a textbook gorgeous summer and harvest season; this '13 Botrosecco reflects its benchmark year in its tension, texture and structure.

- A spicy, juicy, intense Super Tuscan, the '13 Botrosecco layers its succulent red fruit on a bed of white pepper, fresh-cut herbs, underbrush and crushed flowers.

- Holding its sweet fruit in tension with its savory spices, this wine caresses the palate with a velvety feel as it builds to a vibrant finish.

- This blend of 60% Cabernet Sauvignon and 40% Cabernet Franc is delicious right now, but it has the structure to provide terrific medium-term drinking.

- Presented with special, time-sensitive pricing, this '13 Botrosecco gives Super-Tuscan enthusiasts an opportunity to experience a standout vintage crafted by the world-class Antinori team at a very attractive price!

Le Mortelle 2013 Botrosecco Maremma Toscana IGT
(Italy, Toscana - Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc)
$26.99 Regular Price
$24.83 Case Price/btl

This offer will expire in 48 hours on October 21st 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: Friday, October 20 at 5pm EST)

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 & Menu:

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.
Featured Menu:

Pasta I
Spaghettini al Caviale
Fresh Thin Spaghetti, Wild White Sturgeon Caviar & White Truffle
Pasta II
Angiulottos de Casu
Fresh Pasta filled with Potato, Sheep's' Milk Ricotta, Chive & White Truffle
Roasted Veal Chop, Glazed Sunchoke, Pinoli & White Truffle
Parmigiano, Asian Pear, Honey Truffle & Petite Fors

*Wines 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.

Featured Wines:

Tenuta dell'Ornellaia Le Volte 2015
Prunotto Barbera d'Asti Costamiòle 2009
Cerbaiona Rosso di Montalcino 2014
Paolo Bea Sagrantino di Montefalco Secco Pagliaro 2008
Livio Sassetti Pertimali Brunello di Montalcino Riserva 2010
Poderi Aldo Conterno Barolo Colonnello 2011
Gravner Breg Rosso 2004
Brigaldara Case Vecie Amarone 2011

*Wines may be subject to change.

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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