Sassicaia's Little Brother and South American Cousin! Vintage Aldo Conterno Mags!
July 28, 2015 
A Note from Sergio

Yesterday, I introduced our Spotlight wine, Rocche dei Manzoni's Quatr Nas, by talking about evolving taste and "bridge" wines, those bottles that help to ease wine-lovers into the unfamiliar territory of Italian wines. Today, I'd like to follow up that introduction and that wine with one that epitomizes that bridge, Guidalberto from Tenuta San Guido, the makers of Sassicaia.


Everyone swoons over Sassicaia, but that swooning is expected; Sassicaia is the wine that launched the Super-Tuscan Revolution, and it's a wine of unsurpassed excellence and grace. But Tenuta San Guido didn't stop with Sassicaia; it went on to tinker with their Bordeaux-style blends, creating the Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot blend Guidalberto in 2000 and the Cabernet Sauvignon and Sangiovese blend Le Difese in 2002. As much as Sassicaia, familiar in its Bordeaux-style blend, helped the bring the wine world to the doors of Italy, so too do Guidalberto and Le Difese help make Italian wine converts out of New World devotees.


Today, I'm very pleased to present the new release of Guidalberto, the 2012 vintage. It's a wine that sings as deeply of Toscana as it does of Bordeaux, and this vintage is especially taut, silky and savory. Along with this wine, I'm pleased to bring back the 2011 vintage of Bodega Chacra's old-vine Pinot Noir Cincuenta y Cinco, a wine that does in Patagonia for Burgundy what Sassicaia did in Toscana for Bordeaux: it reinterprets the style through new terroir while creating a new audience for the region's wines. Finally, I'm pleased to present a wine that's indisputably Italian, from its roots to its cork, Aldo Conterno Barolo Bussia Soprana. It's a beautiful line-up of wines.




Today's Featured Sections Include:


1. Spotlight on Excellence: Sassicaia's Stunning Second Label, Guidalberto
2. Only At IWM:
Sassicaia in Patagonia, Bodega Chacra '11 Cincuenta y Cinco
3. Time Sensitive Offer: Benchmark Aldo Conterno '88 Barolo Bussia Soprana
4. Our Experts Suggest:
Jean Grivot's Sensational Vosne-Romanées
5. Wine Events: Upcoming New York Wine Tastings: August 2015 

My Best, 


Sergio Esposito


Sergio Esposito has often said that if Guidalberto came from any estate other than Tenuta San Guido, the legendary makers of Sassicaia, it would be a flagship wine. The 2012 Guidalberto certainly testifies to this claim. The product of weather that the estate calls "rather special," the '12 Guidalberto, a blend of 60% Cabernet Sauvignon and the rest Merlot, offers richness and density that's balanced by vigor, precision and freshness. It's a thrilling bottle that evokes its terroir and its vintage, and today, we're delighted to offer a new allocation at special time-sensitive pricing.


Guidalberto, the second wine of Sassicaia's maker Tenuta San Guido, hews close to its big-ticket sibling, but its composition has changed over the years. Debuting in 2000 as a blend of equal parts Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot with a kiss of Sangiovese, Guidalberto began its evolution with the 2005 vintage, and by the following year, it became the 60/40 Cabernet Sauvignon-Merlot blend we know and love. After fermenting in temperature-controlled tanks and aging in barriques for fifteen months, Guidalberto rests in bottle for another three months before release. While Sassicaia may have been inspired by Bordeaux blends, Guidalberto is often the preferred wine for many Bordeaux lovers; there's no arguing taste, especially when the taste is this outstanding.


If you like Super Tuscans that hold your palate in thrilling tension, the '12 Guidalberto is your wine. Juicy, pure red and blue fruit rest on a foundation of fresh-cut herbs, rain-spattered wildflowers, cypress, cigar wrapper, and saddle leather in this supple, energetic wine. The silky palate echoes these notes and wraps them around a nicely mineral core; chewy tannins, an elegant structure, savory oak, and a satisfying texture make this Guidalberto a sheer delight. Enjoyable now, the '12 Guidalberto will be even lovelier in a few years, making this a wine to secure by the case.


We've already sold through multiple allocations of the '12 Guidalberto, and expect this allotment to go just as quickly. A terrific Bolgheri year as interpreted by Sassicaia's maker that's priced at under $50 a bottle, this Guidalberto vintage has everything to recommend it. Don't hesitate to secure your '12 Guidalberto--the only downside to it is that we'll eventually run out!



Tenuta San Guido 2012 Guidalberto

(Italy, Toscana - Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot)

$49.99 Regular Price

$44.99 Case Price/btl


*Pre-Arrival, August 2015



Put Sassicaia scion Piero Incisa della Rocchetta in Patagonia, Argentina with a few plots of old-vine Pinot Noir, and you can expect magic to happen. Bodega Chacra, Piero's Argentine estate, is the result of his choice to follow his grandfather's trailblazing footsteps. Just as Mario Incisa followed his dream to create a Bordeaux-style blend in the outback of Bolgheri, Piero had a dream of crafting a Burgundy-style wine outside of France. Piero's dream took him on a bumpy ride to an arid, windswept plain in the Rio Negro Valley, where he found an abandoned vineyard planted in 1932. In 2004, Piero founded Bodega Chacra on that spot. Piero uses biodynamic agriculture in the vineyards and noninterventionist practice in the cellar. It's pure Patagonian beauty, as envisioned by someone raised in the home of Sassicaia. Today, IWM is delighted to offer the BEST PRICE in the US on Bodega Chacra Cincuenta y Cinco 2011, a favorite wine of both our clients and us!


Why Buy This Wine:


- This '11 Patagonian wine exudes pure old-vine Pinot Noir fruit, a dusting of spice, a waft of earth, but its sinuous sophistication and elegance mark it as a member of the Sassicaia family--it is to Argentina and Burgundy what Sassicaia is to Bolgheri and Bordeaux.


- Cincuenta y Cinco is a single-vineyard Patagonian Pinot Noir that derives from a biodynamically farmed 14-acre plot of vines planted in 1955--hence its name.


- Great aromatics, piquant minerality, elegant fruit and delicate sous-bois typify the Cinquenta y Cinco, made with minimal intervention, whole cluster fermentation, and no fining or filtration.


- The child of a perfect growing season, this 2011 offers great structure for its ruby red body, lovely concentration, nice acidity, and great balance.


- Bodega Chacra made fewer than 700 cases of its Pinot Noir Rio Negro Cincuenta y Cinco in 2011; contact your portfolio manager to secure yours at the BEST PRICE in the country.



Bodega Chacra 2011 Pinot Noir Rio Negro Cincuenta y Cinco  

(Argentina, Patagonia - Pinot Noir)
$60.00 Regular Price
$49.99 Case Price/btl


One of the benchmark Barolo vintages of the '80s, 1988 represents one of the greatest years in Langhe winemaking; indeed, to drink a perfectly stored bottle of '88 Barolo offers a glimpse into a world we'll never see again. Today, we're delighted to offer Aldo Conterno's iconic Barolo Bussia Soprana from this hallowed vintage. Presented in a magnum bottle, this wine is collectable, pristine, and perfect. Best of all, it comes with the BEST PRICE in the States; in fact, IWM is the only US merchant to carry this vintage Aldo Conterno gem. Known as the "King of Barolo," Aldo Conterno passed away in 2012, making this benchmark wine not a merely a rare drinking pleasure but also a testament to this incomparable winemaker's skill, legacy and contribution to Italian winemaking. The traditional cuvée Barolo of Aldo Conterno, Barolo Bussia Soprana evokes the unique terroir of Aldo Conterno in a wine of tremendous balance and depth.


Why Buy This Wine:


- Aldo Conterno, the "King of Barolo," passed away in 2012, and this offer provides serious Barolo connoisseurs with a mature wine with perfect provenance--and one made by the iconic master himself.


- One of the great Barolo vintages of the '80s, 1988 is a symbol of the greatest years in Langhe winemaking, rating with the historic vintages of 1947, 1958, 1961, 1971 and 1990.


- Blending from three Bussia Soprana vineyards in Monforte d'Alba, the precise, silky Bussia Soprana offers a full-bodied palate of red berries, dried flowers, and sweet spice; with maturity, it wraps these signature Barolo notes in tertiary characteristics--autumn leaves, leather, sour cherry, brown spice, dried roses, and tar.


- Aldo Conterno produced just a few hundred cases of this wine, with only a handful arriving in magnum; this offer presents a rare opportunity for Barolo enthusiasts to enjoy a vintage Conterno Barolo with perfect provenance and maturity.


- Only IWM can offer this almost thirty-year-old Aldo Conterno Barolo with impeccable provenance, perfect maturity and the care that you've come to expect from us; contact your portfolio manager to secure yours.

Conterno Aldo 1988 Barolo Bussia Soprana (1.5L)
(Italy, Piemonte - Nebbiolo)
$699.00 Regular Price
$649.00 Special Price/btl 

This offer will expire in 48 hours on July 29th at 5:00 pm EST.


As an IWM Portfolio Manager, Garrett Kowalsky has married his love of wine with his background in finance and economics. A lover of many of the world's wine-growing regions, Garrett acknowledges that Burgundy and Barolo hold a special place in his heart.


Drinking Today: Jean Grivot 2012 Vosne-Romanée
(France, Burgundy - Pinot Noir)
$89.99 Regular Price
$82.79 Case Price/btl
For the Cellar: Jean Grivot 2012 Vosne-Romanée 1er Cru Les Chaumes
(France, Burgundy - Pinot Noir)
$195.00 Regular Price

For complete descriptions of the wines and an explanation of why Garrett selected these wines, please visit our expert's post at Inside IWM.


The Hunt for Red August

Saturday, August 1 | 1:00-3:00 pm | New York, NY

A Sit-Down Tasting


Ticket Price: $75.00

We love rosés, whites and sparkling wines, but IWM's true passion is for red wines. Whether a Big Red, a collector red, a lithe and nimble red, or a delicious red, we can't get enough red, red wine. Join us as we celebrate the dog days of summer with a tasting dedicated to red wines. From French Pinot Noir to Super Tuscans, this tasting will feature red wines that are ideal for August enjoyment, those hot days and cool nights that lead us to fall's harvest bounty. 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 Wine List:

Le Macchiole Bolgheri Rosso 2013

Rocche dei Manzoni Quatr Nas 2004

Raffaele Palma Montecorvo 2011 

Podere Le Boncie Rosso di Toscana IGT Le Trame 2011

Cupano Brunello di Montalcino 2003

Renzo Seghesio Barolo Pajana Riserva 2008 

San Giuliano Barbaresco 2010

Pavelot Savigny Les Beaune 1er Cru Narbantons 2010

*Wine list may be subject to change.



Ferragosto Wine & Cheese Pairing

Saturday, August 15 | 1:00-3:00 pm | New York, NY

A Sit-Down Tasting


Ticket Price: $89.00

IWM Guest Host: Fromager Bob Marcelli

When Italians celebrate Ferragosto on August 15, just about the whole country shuts down as families enjoy a day at the beach or in the mountains. Join us as we celebrate this quintessential Italian summer holiday with one of the most natural pairings in the wine-and-food world: delicious Italian wines and beautiful Italian cheeses. IWM's wine educators will pour great wines from some of our favorite producers, all while pairing each wine with an exceptional, perfectly complementary cheese. Even more exciting, we'll be joined by Bob Marcelli from Marcelli Formaggi in Abbruzzo, Italy, who will tell the story behind cheeses like Pecorino Gregoriano, Caciocavallo, Pezzata Rossa, and Pecorino Fiorello. Tantalize your taste buds and expand your pairing expertise at this delicious Saturday event. It's like a holiday Italy--but without the jet lag.
*Wine list to be announced.



Back To School: ABC's of Italian Wine

Saturday, August 29 | 1:00-3:00 pm | New York, NY

A Sit-Down Tasting


Ticket Price: $75.00

Every story has a beginning, a middle and an end, and the story of the Super-Tuscan revolution is no different. This special wine event will give wine-lovers like you an opportunity to immerse yourself in the fairytale beauty of Super-Tuscan wines, to experience the wines that help to explain why the revolution had to come, and to envision what this region has in store for the future. We've selected some of our favorite Super-Tuscan producers, like the biodynamic Poderie Le Boncie and Castello dei Rampolla and the Bolgheri beauty Le Macchiole. And we've included wines from Angela Gaja's outpost in Toscana as well as Brunello from Cupano, so that you can understand the influence of Super-Tuscan methodology in Italy. Let IWM's knowledgable wine experts be your narrator for this delicious event, and finish it with a happily-ever-after meeting of great wine-lovers just like yourself. The best thing about this story? It's all true, and it's only available from IWM.
*Wine list to be announced.


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