Quintarelli Valpolicella Debut and Return of a Client Favorite! Ponsot Grand Cru Assortment!

June 23, 2016
A Note from Sergio

Giuseppe Quintarelli became world famous for his wines made with the appassimento techniqque, a purely Italian method. Appassimento refers to the process of drying grapes before you make wine from them. It's a risky business because you're working, essentially, with rotten grapes that exude sugar and thus alcohol. Done badly, an appassimento wine is completely disjointed. Done well, it's concentrated and balanced. Done by Quintarelli, it's a magical elixir--and that's true whether you're talking about Quintarelli's legendary Amarone, the estate's insanely good Cabernet Alzero, or its humble Valpolicella Classico Superiore.

Bepi Quintarelli passed away about four years ago, but he left his estate in the hands of his children, who make wines as he taught them (and as Bepi himself learned from his father). The only innovations that Bepi brought to his winemaking were, ironically, to craft his wines more traditionally, more methodically, more idiosyncratically, in smaller amounts, and with more care. This is how he came to revolutionize Valpolicella--by bringing the appassimento method to bear, a protocol usually reserved for Amarone. If you are an enthusiast new to Quintarelli, there is no better way to get to know the estate than by its Valpolicella, and today, I'm delighted to bring you two bottlings of Quintarelli Valpolicella: the debut of the intense, finessed 2008 and the return of the classic 2007.

Along with these two great Quintarelli Valpolicella vintages, I'm very pleased to offer committed Burgundy lovers something very, very special: a two-case sampler pack of Ponsot's entire grand cru line from the low production, high quality 2011 vintage. Laurent Ponsot is one of Burgundy's most exacting producers, and his way with his vines and his wines is nearly unrivaled. This grand cru assortment embodies Ponsot's skill with a difficult, fussy vintage that made many Burgundy makers despair. This twelve-bottle lineup is outrageously good--and very, very hard to find. It will make some Burghead extremely happy for years to come.


Today's Featured Sections Include:

1. Spotlight on Excellence:
Debuting the 2008 Quintarelli Valpolicella Classico Superiore
2. Only At IWM:
2011 Domaine Ponsot Grand Cru Assortment
3. Time Sensitive Offer: Magnums of Classic 2007 Quintarelli Valpolicella
4. Wine Events: Upcoming June / July Wine Tasting Events

My Best,

Sergio Esposito


You can't overestimate Giuseppe Quintarelli's impact on Valpolicella, the red wine zone located in the northeast corridor of the Veneto--almost singlehandedly, Quintarelli forever changed the game. Before Quintarelli, Valpolicella was a light and quaffable wine, but a trip to Burgundy in the 1980s convinced Quintarelli that Valpolicella could be a wine of serious interest. Burgundy's soils reminded Quintarelli of the soils of his almost 30-acre estate situated in the Po Valley, and he was convinced that he could create long-aging, masterful, complex Valpolicella wines--so he did, using protocol that mimicked that of his age-worthy, intense Amarone. Quintarelli tinkered with Valpolicella protocol, and he forever changed the way the world understood both this ancient wine and the Veneto itself.

Today, we're delighted to debut the 2008 Quintarelli Valpolicella Superiore, an intense, aromatic and vibrant evocation of its cool, long growing season. 2008 saw a return to classic, if occasionally challenging, weather with high diurnal temperature differences (the fluctuation between warm days and chilly nights that makes for balanced, acidic grapes), and nowhere in Italy was this more true than the Veneto. While some winemakers were concerned about the effects of humidity on their grapes as they sat raisining, the Quintarelli estate handled the challenge with aplomb, turning out a Valpolicella that is evocative, concentrated and layered.

Juicy, expressive dark fruits dance with potpourri, warm baking spices, fresh earth, crushed herbs and licorice in the transparent, energetic '08 Valpolicella from Quintarelli. Almost kinetic with energy, this is a racy, delineated Valpolicella that unfurls its myriad layers as it shimmers across the palate, building to a resonant finish. Wine lovers who appreciate classic wines that privilege finesse over power will love this appassimento-technique '08 Quintarelli Valpolicella that spent seven years in Slavonian oak botti before bottling, a protocol unheard of in the region but one the estate maintains to create nuanced and structured, complex Valpolicella with some appropriate maturity.

While Guiseppe passed away in 2012, his estate is now run by his children, who carry on the esoteric, painstaking techniques they learned from their father, ensuring Bepi's lasting legacy. Indeed, this '08 Valpolicella is an illustration of the greatness of the Quintarelli estate, and it's an embodiment of the ways that legendary winemakers leave the world a little better than how they found it. Moreover, this Valpolicella isn't merely an extraordinary wine; it's also an opportunity to experience Quintarelli magic at a fraction of the price of the estate's Amarone. Don't hesitate to contact your portfolio manager to secure your classic, age-worthy and intense Quintarelli '08 Valpolicella at very competitive pricing.

Giuseppe Quintarelli 2008 Valpolicella*
(Italy, Veneto - Corvina, Molinara, Rondinella)
$84.99 Regular Price
$78.19 Case Price/btl

(Italy, Veneto - Corvina, Molinara, Rondinella)
$259.99 Regular Price
$239.19 Case Price/btl

*Pre-Arrival, Winter


Over the past fifteen years, Laurent Ponsot has crafted some of the most memorable wines in the history of his domaine. In 2011 Laurent outdid himself; he took unusual efforts to make the best of the vintage, harvesting nearly two weeks later than almost every other producer, and often Laurent and his team were alone in the vineyards. The result of his labor speaks for itself: Domaine Ponsot's 2011 wines are delicious. The vintage's amazing phenolic ripeness is highlighted in these silky wines whose succulent fruits are matched by outstanding structure. At once seductive and terroir-driven, Domaine Ponsot's 2011 lineup is breathtaking. Today, we would like to present serious Burgundy collectors with an IWM exclusive, the 2011 Grand Cru Assortment from Domaine Ponsot. Ten red grand cru and two white grand cru wines, these twelve Burgundy bottlings represent the best of the best, and they would be jewels in any Burgundy collection.

Why Buy This Wine:

- 2011 was a difficult Burgundy vintage, offering uneven weather and problematic growing conditions; Laurent Ponsot deftly handled the year's challenges, crafting a lineup of superlative wines.

- It's difficult for serious collectors to assemble the full grand cru lineup of any estate and any vintage; it's yet more difficult to find Ponsot's from the estate's low production, critically acclaimed 2011 vintage.

- The Domain Ponsot Grand Cru Assortment comprises the entire estate's grand cru line; while IWM doesn't put much stock in critics' scores for Italian wines, it is noteworthy that these Burgundies all received remarkably high ratings.

- Included in this assortment are the estate's renowned Clos de la Roche, which derives from a vineyard planted in 1947, as well as Ponsot's Clos St. Denis Grand Cru Très Vieilles Vignes, planted in 1905.

- While the majority of Ponsot's grand cru wines are red--for example, the estate's renowned Chambertin, its legendary Charmes-Chambertin Cuvée des Merles, and its striking Clos de Vougeot VV--this assortment also holds white grand crus, the breathtaking Le Montrachet and the textured Corton-Charlemagne.

- Only IWM can offer this extraordinary lineup of grand cru wines from iconic Domaine Ponsot; contact your portfolio manager to secure yours at the BEST PRICE in the country.

(France, Burgundy)
$11,995.00 Regular Price
$10,999.00 Special Price/btl

*Pre-Arrival, July 2016


Known as "the Master of the Veneto," Giuseppe Quintarelli made some of the world's most sought-after wines, and Quintarelli's limited production Amarones, Reciotos, and Valpolicellas are the benchmark for excellence. Guided by its own standards and requirement for excellence, Quintarelli puts its wines on the market when the estate deems them ready, sometimes cellaring them for decades until the right moment arrives--thus Quintarelli's wines are unlike any other in the world. Bepi, Guiseppe's nickname, passed away in 2012, and his children now run the estate, but the estate's string of great recent releases suggest the Quintarelli magic abides. Today, we're delighted to present special time-sensitive pricing on magnums of the most delicious study in contrasts we've had the pleasure of enjoying, Giuseppe Quintarelli 2007 Valpolicella. Layered, nuanced and silky, this Valpolicella is, like the new release featured above, a masterful wine that will drink for decades, rewarding committed wine enthusiasts as only Quintarelli's wines can.

Why Buy This Wine:

- A child of its tempestuous growing season, this '07 Valpolicella is a study in contrasts; it's a velvety yet thrilling wine that beguiles anew with every sip.

- Savory-sweet, redolent of dark cherries and berries, touched by menthol and spice, it's a rich, complex, otherworldly wine--and as it ages, the wine becomes more ethereal and kissed with classic tertiary notes of saddle leather, cigar wrapper and other nuanced notes.

- Crafted from a mélange of indigenous Veneto grape varietals chosen with Quintarelli's legendarily strict grape selection, this appassimento-technique Valpolicella spent seven years in Slavonian oak botti before bottling, a protocol unheard of in the region but one the estate maintains to create nuanced and structured, complex Valpolicella with some appropriate maturity.

- While it's always exciting to enjoy Quintarelli wine, this Valpolicella is also an opportunity to experience Quintarelli magic at a fraction of the price of the estate's Amarone.

- Presented at special time-sensitive pricing, these magnums of '07 Quintarelli Valpolicella can be enjoyed now with decanting or cellared for decades; contact your portfolio manager to secure yours.

Giuseppe Quintarelli 2007 Valpolicella (1.5L)*
(Italy, Veneto - Corvina, Molinara, Rondinella)
$275.00 Regular Price
$249.00 Special Price/btl
$209.00 3-Pack Price/btl

This offer will expire in 48 hours on June 24th at 5:00 pm EST.

*Pre-Arrival, Winter


Saturday, June 25 | 1:00-3:00 pm | New York, NY
A Walk-Around Tasting

Ticket Price: $69.00

IWM Host: Stephane Menard

Like linen in summer, crisp, cool, refreshing whites will never go out of style. But how do you decide on the perfect white wine? IWM wants you to keep your cool this summer, both literally and figuratively; join us as we show you the ins, the outs, and the whens of summertime whites. Our knowledgeable sommeliers will pour some of our most favorite whites--from mineral-laden Chablis to flowery Fiano, creamy white Burgundies to steely Pinot Grigio, and bright Riviera whites to sturdy Meursaults, this tasting will give you a panoramic view of summertime's coolest white wines. Accompanied by regional meats and cheeses, this walk-around tasting will let you explore the wonderful world of summertime whites in IWM's rustic, elegant Studio del Gusto. It's the ideal way to toast midsummer with sophistication and class!

*Wine list to be announced.

Saturday, July 9 | 1:00-3:00 pm | New York, NY
A Sit-Down Tasting

Ticket Price: $69.00

IWM Host: John Camacho Vidal

Summer is here, and it's time to stock your cellar with the wines you'll want to enjoy all summer long. From energetic sparklers to crisp whites to grill-worthy reds, the wines of summer are special, easy-going affairs. They complement difficult foods like lobster rolls and Tuna Nicoise, and they make steaks, hamburgers and BBQ sing. Most of all, they're wines that please the palate while being easy on the wallet. Join us to get to know your wines of summer 2016; our knowledgeable IWM sommelier will guide you through some of our very favorite warm weather wines, help you learn what pairs with summertime's trickier dishes, and show you how off-the-beaten path wines make your summertime even more delicious. Pouring from a selection of red, white and sparkling wines, this tasting event, complemented with regional meats and cheeses, will set you up in style to enjoy summer's heat--while keeping your cool.

*Wine list to be announced.

Tuesday, July 12 | 7:00-10:00 pm | New York, NY
A Sit-Down Tasting Dinner

Ticket Price: $199.00
Early Bird Price: $189.00
Expires: Tue, July 5 at 5pm EST

IWM Hosts: Will Di Nunzio & Garrett Kowalsky

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, both Italian and French. IWM's own Chef Michael Marcelli and his in-house kitchen staff will craft five beautiful pasta dishes that invoke individual Italian regions, while our knowledgeable sommeliers pour wines that perfectly complement the meals. From the earthy creations of Abruzzo, to the fresh and vibrant pastas of Sardinia, to the savory delicacies of Basilicata, to the airy gnocchi of Piedmont, this dinner brings together exceptional food, extraordinary wines, and impassioned people--like you! This Wine Lovers' 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 and Wines:

Roger Coulon Brut Reserve de l'Homme 1er Cru NV

Ravioli di Potenza (Basilicata)
Fresh Pasta filled with Sheep Milk Ricotta, Black Label Prosciutto di Parma & Parsley
Christian Moreau Chablis Vaillon 1er Cru 2014

Crespelle Abruzzesi (Abruzzo)
Warm Crêpes filled with Pecorino di Parco, in a Capon & Nutmeg Brodo
Antinori Cervaro della Sala (3L) 2011

Cabiette Piemontesi (Piedmont)
Fresh Whole Wheat & Nettle Gnocchi with Toma & Pane Molica
Domaine René Leclerc Griotte-Chambertin Grand Cru 2013
Domaine Gallois Charmes-Chambertin Grand Cru 2013

Pasta alla Mubnaia (Abruzzo)
Fresh Single-strand Pasta with a Lamb & Pork Ragu, Served family-style
Pian delle Vigne Brunello di Montalcino 2010
Il Poggione Brunello di Montalcino 2010

Pasta Frattau (Sardinia)
Carta da Musica soaked in Fresh Tomato & Lamb Ragu, finished with a Soft Egg
Tenuta San Guido Sassicaia 2013
Tenuta dell'Ornellaia Ornellaia 2013

Dal Forno Romano Veneto Passito Vigna Sere 2004

*Wine list may be subject to change.

Saturday, July 16 | 1:00-3:00 pm | New York, NY
A Sit-Down Tasting

Ticket Price: $79.00

IWM Host: Stephane Menard

July 14th is Bastille Day, or La fête nationale, as it's called in France. This holiday commemorates the storming of the Bastille, the start of the French Revolution, and the creation of the French constitutional monarchy. What better way to honor this historic day than with a tasting dedicated to the tradition of French wines? Join IWM as our knowledgeable sommelier takes you through a journey of wines from France--as well as wines inspired by French winemakers. We'll be pouring a range of French whites and reds hailing from Burgundy and Bordeaux, as well as Italian wines that show the long hand of French wine history in their grape composition, vinification protocol and flavor profiles. This tasting, accompanied by regional meats and cheeses, is perfect way to toast to all that France has given us. Liberté, égalité, fraternité--et vins, at IWM!

*Wine list to be announced.

Tuesday, July 19 | 7:00-10:00 pm | New York, NY
A Sit-Down Tasting Dinner

Ticket Price: $219.00
Early Bird Price: $199.00
Expires: Tue, July 12 at 5pm EST

IWM Hosts: Will Di Nunzio & Crystal Edgar

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' Seafood Dinner, 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 special five-course dinner, and our knowledgeable sommeliers 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!

Featured Menu and Wines:

Welcome Reception
Alfred Gratien Rosé Brut NV

Bisat nel stec (Friuli)
Grilled live Eel with Olio Fresco & Bay Leaf
Sardele in soar (Venice)
Fresh Sardines marinated in Champagne Vinegar, Currant, & Pinoli
Impepata di cozze (Campania)
Prince Edward Island Mussels steamed with Lemon, Parsley & Black Pepper Crudo di Pesce
Movia Ribolla 2012
Movia Veliko Bianco 2009

Spigola alla Carlina (Veneto)
Roasted Black Sea Bass with Sungold Tomato & Caper
William Fèvre Chablis Grand Cru Les Preuses 2009
Christian Moreau Chablis Vaillon Cuvée Guy Moreau 1er 2014

Rospo alla Cacciatora (Abruzzo)
Monkfish with Garlic, Rosemary & Chili
Fiorano No. 47 Sémillon 1994
Fiorano No. 46 Bianco 1992

Ciuppin (Liguria)
Stew of Octopus, Skate Wing, Mussel, Scallop, Tomato, White Wine & Grilled Filone
Domaine Henri Boillot Corton-Charlemagne Grand Cru 2012
François Gay Corton-Renardes 2013

Gravner Ribolla Gialla Anfora 2005

*Wine list may be subject to change.

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

Ticket Price: $129.00

IWM Hosts: Crystal Edgar & 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 lunch 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 dishes specially prepared by IWM's Chef Michael Marcelli and his in-house kitchen, this seated tasting, led by knowledgeable IWM wine experts, will give you the opportunity to enjoy natural, organic and biodynamic wines. Prepare to become a convert to their lively, intense, celestial styles; these wines are more than exciting--they're naturally alive!

*Wine list to be announced.

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