Seven Different Barbarescos, All Under $70! And One Great Pugliny-Montrachet Les Perrières!

May 25, 2017
A Note from Sergio

Barolo may be the king of wines, but Barbaresco is the queen. Anyone who has played chess knows how powerful the queen can be, so you shouldn't think of Barbaresco as lesser than Barolo because it's Barolo's complement. In Barbaresco's cool hills, Nebbiolo's growing season shortens; it turns from a wine of intensity and brooding to a wine of precision and grace. There's a lot less Barbaresco--the region produces about half of what Barolo does--and that makes it even more special, even if it doesn't have the cachet of its more powerful, brooding and famous neighbor.

Today, I'm proud to present seven different recent Barbaresco Riserva releases--and none is more than $69.99! Angelo Gaja and Bruno Giacosa have acted like Barbaresco's generals, putting it on the map, but winemakers like Produttori del Barbaresco, a collective of producers, and the family-owned San Giuliano estate have been Barbaresco's foot soldiers, doing the grunt work to keep this wine alive, affordable and, above all, delicious. This offer has six cru Barbaresco Riserva bottles from Produttori del Barbaresco and one cuvée Barbaresco Riserva from San Giuliano. Each one of these wines is simply terrific. You owe it to yourself to drink these excellent Barbaresco wines. They're each artisanal Piemonte winemaking at its best.

Along with these great Barbaresco bottles is one singular 2015 Pugliny-Montrachet Les Perrières from Pernot-Belicard. 2015 challenged Burgundy's vignerons, but the year is an unqualified triumph for red Burgundies. The year is a little less triumphant for makers of white Burgundies, so trusting your wine merchant to select bottles that show the best of the vintage is a good idea. Pernot-Belicard, a producer that my clients love, has made a gorgeous Pugliny-Montrachet Les Perrières in 2015. It's luscious yet fresh, layered but precise, accessible but structured. If you love white Burgundy, you won't want to miss it!

Today's Featured Sections Include:

1. Spotlight on Excellence:
Six Under $60 Barbaresco Riservas from Produttori del Barbaresco
2. Only At IWM:
San Giuliano's Knockout 2011 Barbaresco Riserva
3. Time Sensitive Offer: Benchmark 2015 Pernot-Belicard Pugliny-Montrachet Les Perrières

4. Wine Events: Upcoming June Wine Tasting Events

My Best,

Sergio Esposito


To find quality Barbaresco for under $60 a bottle is almost unheard of--until you hear of Produttori del Barbaresco. As its name implies, Produttori del Barbaresco is a collective of producers, and it is a true hero of Italian wine. Started at the turn of the nineteenth century, this collective began with just nine producers, but now its numbers have grown to 51 growers, who represent more than 250 acres in the Barbaresco district. A longtime favorite of Sergio Esposito, this collective makes some of the finest expressions of Barbaresco that you've likely yet to drink.

Today, we're delighted to bring you a half-dozen cru Barbaresco Riserva wines made by the Produttori del Barbaresco collective from the 2007 and 2009 vintages, and each is priced at under $60 a bottle! These crus provide very different Barbaresco profiles. Often called the "Barolo of Barbaresco," Montestefano offers a commanding personality, great structure and firm tannins. 2007 was the first production year for the cru Muncagota, a mineral-laden and aromatic wine. Long-aging and layered, Barbaresco Ovello privileges its terroir, while Pajè's low-lying altitude makes for an accessible, caressing wine. Finally, 2009 Barbaresco Rio Sordo brings all of these traits together in a classic, tar-and-roses palate and a structure that allows for aging (although the two vintages we're offering provide relatively early drinkability).

2007 was a warm, weird growing year in Piemonte. Winter was mild; hail hit in spring; summer saw a heat wave; and rain fell hard just before harvest. The upshot was that careful winegrowers ushered in a reduced bounty of very healthy grapes that balanced their ripeness with freshness. Like 2007, 2009 was warm, but it started with a cold, snowy winter that led into a hot, dry summer; while this kind of weather pattern can be challenging for Nebbiolo, Barbaresco's swirling hills and unique microclimates gave succor to the struggling vines. 2009 is a sleeper vintage for Barbaresco, an unsung year that produced wines of power, ripeness and structure.

Artisanal quality, authentic traditional methods, and astonishing attention to detail have landed the Produttori del Barbaresco collective on the global wine radar--and the extraordinary values found in its wines will most certainly keep aficionados returning for more. We're delighted to have secured this group of six wines for you to enjoy--this is a rare opportunity for Barbaresco fans to stock their cellars with authentic, traditional wines, and it's also a chance for Italian wine newbies to explore Barbaresco's astonishing range. The only downside to this offer is that our allocations are extremely limited. Contact your portfolio manager to secure your perfect 2007 and 2009 Barbaresco Riserva wines from Produttori del Barbaresco; we're sure to sell through this exceptional collection.

Vintage Size Price/btl Case Price/btl
2009 0.75 $59.99 $55.19
2007 0.75 $59.99 $55.19
2009 0.75 $59.99 $55.19
2007 0.75 $59.99 $55.19
2009 0.75 $59.99 $55.19
2007 0.75 $59.99 $55.19
*Pre-Arrival, Autumn


Nebbiolo lovers know how difficult it is to find affordable Barbaresco. The region is smaller than Barolo--about a third of Barolo's size, so there are fewer producers. And while the two regions abut, Barbaresco's myriad microclimates pose a dizzying array of challenges to its producers. Today, we're delighted to present the 2011 San Giuliano Barbaresco Riserva, at the BEST PRICE in the country, just under $70 a bottle. While San Giuliano's owner-enologist Giulio Pastura and his wife, Mariella Stupino, tend to keep their wines close to their Piemonte home, selling much of them to local restaurants, IWM has been quietly carrying and promoting the estate. Titans like Angelo Gaja and Bruno Giacosa have made Barbaresco collectable, but smaller estates like San Giuliano have quietly toiled in these giants' shadows, crafting great, approachable, delicious wines. This '11 Barbaresco Riserva is delicious with some decanting now, and it'll grow yet lovelier with time in the cellar.
Why Buy This Wine:
- When IWM Founder Sergio Esposito finds an affordable Barbaresco that he can champion, he's very happy, and so are our clients; this San Giuliano Barbaresco is authentic, layered and lovely!
- San Giuliano consistently makes one of IWM's favorite affordable Barbarescos, and the estate outdid itself with its Barbaresco Riserva from the ripe 2011 vintage.
- At once savory and sweet, this '11 Barbaresco Riserva layers it succulent red and blue fruits with smoky minerals, warm tobacco wrapper, fresh loam, pressed flower petals and balsamic herbs.
- Chewy tannins cling to the cheeks as this wine unspools on the palate, building to a lingering finish that wafts of grilled herbs and potpourri.
- Deriving from the estate's best grapes grown on its oldest vines in Neive, this is a classic, traditionally crafted Barbaresco Riserva that vastly over-delivers on its modest under $70 price point.
- There's a lot to love about this artisanal Barbaresco Riserva from San Giuliano, and we urge you to contact your portfolio manager to get yours at the BEST PRICE in the country.

(Italy, Piemonte - Nebbiolo)
$69.99 Regular Price
$64.39 Case Price/btl


Philippe Pernot trained at the knee of Meursault great Paul Pernot, his grandfather, and Philippe continues to be guided by the practices of this legendary winemaker at his own estate, Pernot-Belicard, which he founded after marrying his wife and assuming control of his father-in-law's vineyards. Philippe gently and meticulously farms his fourteen-acre estate organically; he handpicks his grapes at peak maturity; and he never fines or filters his wines. The resulting wines are some of the purest, richest, freshest Meursault and Puligny-Montrachet that IWM has had the great fortune to taste--and to offer to our clients! We've been saying for a few years that Pernot-Belicard's white Burgundies are poised to be the next big thing, and today we're happy to show you why with special, time-sensitive pricing on the estate's 2015 Puligny-Montrachet 1er Cru Les Perrières.
Why Buy This Wine:

- Pernot-Belicard's quantities are miniscule, and, especially when you're talking about the very low production vintage of 2015, the estate's terroir-driven, artisanal wines are very hard to find.
- Marked by a warm, dry summer, hailstorms, and one of the earliest harvests on record, the 2015 growing season challenged vignerons specializing in white Burgundies, but you'd never know it from the effortless grace of this Puligny-Montrachet Les Perrières.
- Lacy, open and elegant, this '15 Puligny-Montrachet Perrières bursts with ripe orchard fruits, crushed river rocks, pressed wildflowers, lime zest and a kiss of spice.
- Both sumptuous and fresh, this refined wine captivates with its tension between its rich mouth-feel and its bright acidity, all transmitted in a palate that almost drips with copious dry extract.
- Crafted from 65-year-old vines grown in a vineyard located between Clavaillon and Les Referts, this low production wine is one of the best white Burgundies you've likely never drunk.
- Don't hesitate to contact your portfolio manager to secure your '15 Puligny-Montrachet Les Perrières; we expect this intense, gorgeously structured white Burgundy to fly out of our cellar!

(France, Burgundy - Chardonnay)
$74.99 Regular Price
$68.99 Case Price/btl

*Pre-Arrival, Summer

This offer will expire in 48 hours on May 27th at 5:00pm EST.


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

Ticket Price: $79.00
Special Two-Ticket Price: $135.00

IWM Host: Michael Adler

Not even summertime's heat will part some wine-lovers from their red wines--nor should it! Summer is the time of BBQs, grilling, and burgers, and these foods demand a red wine partner, but not all reds work well in summertime heat. How do you keep your hot weather cool while indulging in your favorite red wines? IWM's own Michael Adler will help you answer this question with international style and unquestionable taste. Join us as we guide you through a landscape of summer-worthy reds, from light, bubbly wines to zingy, go-for-the-gusto reds that will make your steak sing. Accompanied by regional meats and cheeses, this sit-down tasting will keep you in the red--red wine, that is!

*Wine list to be announced.

Saturday, June 10 | 1:00-3:00 pm | New York, NY
A Sit-Down

Ticket Price: $79.00
Special Two-Ticket Price: $135.00

IWM Host: Francesco Vigorito

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 Niçoise, 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 2017 with our own Francesco Vigorito. Pouring some of our very favorite warm weather wines, Francesco will 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, June 13 | 7:00-10:00 pm | New York, NY
A Sit-Down Dinner Tasting

Ticket Price: $299.00
Special Two-Ticket Price: $549.00

IWM Host: Will Di Nunzio

This summer, IWM is presenting our "Wine Lover Dinner Series," a joyous celebration of classic wine-and-food pairings, and there's no better start than one of our favorites: black truffles, a signature ingredient in fine Italian dining. Truffles meet Champagne, Barolo, Brunello, Super Tuscans, and other world-class wines at one of IWM's most beloved tasting events, our truffle dinner. If you love the earthy beauty of Italy's black truffles, you won't want to miss this event that pairs truffles with wines from some of the great masters of Italy and France. Truffles flown from Piemonte will serve as the centerpiece of this special dinner crafted by Chef Michael Marcelli and our in-house kitchen staff with world-class dishes featuring truffles. IWM's Will Di Nunzio and Francesco Vigorito will pour Champagne, Barolo from, Brunello, Super Tuscans and more, creating perfect pairings for your enjoyment and edification. It's a memorable evening of delicious food, outrageously good wines, and excellent conversation. All it needs is you!

*Wine list and menu to be announced.

Saturday, June 17 | 1:00-3:00 pm | New York, NY
A Walk-Around Wine and Food Tasting

Ticket Price: $79.00
Special Two-Ticket Price: $135.00

The best way to know wine is to drink it--a lot of it! But as enjoyable as it is, just drinking wine isn't enough to educate your palate. You need to drink it within the context of other wines, to enjoy it in the company of knowledgeable people, and to experience it in a relaxed, vibrant environment. IWM invites you to our Mini-Grand tasting that will broaden your palate with specially chosen wines from Italy, France and more! This mini grand tasting of global wines features wines from our best-loved countries, our favorite producers, and our most important regions. It's a rare opportunity to experience a wide array of wines in one location, surrounded by like-minded wine-lovers. Let IWM's team of sommeliers will fill your glass with wine and your mind with knowledge as you walk around sampling wines from some of the finest producers on the face of the planet. Complemented by an assortment of antipasti and pastas prepared by our in-house culinary team, and sweetened by preferential pricing on the featured wines, this tasting is a treat. Come to IWM's Mini-Grand Tasting and travel the world of wine, without ever leaving glamorous New York City.

*Wine list and menu to be announced.

Tuesday, June 27 | 7:00-10:00 pm | New York, NY
A Sit-Down Dinner Tasting

Ticket Price: $199.00
Special Two-Ticket Price: $349.00

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.

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

Ticket Price: $89.00
Special Two-Ticket Price: $150.00

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!"

*Wine list to be announced.

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

Ticket Price: $229.00
Special Two-Ticket Price: $399.00

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.

*Wine list and menu to be announced.

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