Today's Featured Offer:
Authentic Chianti Classico, Joseph Voillot's Visceral Volnay, and Mature Gaja Crus!

August 27, 2014 
A Note from Sergio

Nebbiolo wines are intellectual; they make you meditate on their existence--and yours. Sangiovese, however, makes wines that hit you somewhat lower down. Nothing goes for the gut reaction like Sangiovese, the primary grape of Chianti, but then few grapes reward with the kind of intense, explosive pleasure that Sangiovese does. Despite being one of Italy's best-known native varietals (the other is the Nebbiolo), Sangiovese has accumulated a long-standing bad reputation. In the mid-twentieth century Chianti came in straw bottles, sat on checkered tablecloths in restaurants and became a cliché; Sangiovese suffered the consequences.  

In the last thirty years, Chianti--and Sangiovese--have been recovered, reinvented and rediscovered by vintners and wine lovers alike. And for good reason: Chianti, when made well, is a wine that complements food like nobody's business, tastes deeply of Toscana, and makes you feel warm on the inside. Today, I'm very pleased to give evidence of this shift in the 2011 La Sala Chianti Classico. You'll have a hard time finding this wine anywhere else--IWM is its main US retailer--but you'll be very glad we have it. It's no wine of meditation; this Chianti goes for your gut and pulls you by your ears. It's a delicious wine, and priced at under $30, you can enjoy it early and often. 

I'm delighted to pair this quintessential Chianti with a very visceral, sexy Volnay from Joseph Voillot, the domaine's 2010 1er Cru Les Champans. It's one of those wines that make you blush when you drink it, it's that sensual. Finally, there's a tasting case of Angelo Gaja's 2005 cru Barbarescos. These extraordinary wines are just starting to drink beautifully. You'll be glad of multiple bottles so you can enjoy some now, some soon, and others years from now.



Today's Featured Sections Include: 


1. Spotlight on Excellence: Pure, Authentic, Under $30 La Sala 2011 Chianti Classico
2. Time Sensitive Offer: Seductive Joseph Voillot Volnay 1er Cru Les Champans 2010
3. Our Experts Suggest: Big Sparkling Wines for Big Labor Day Celebrations!
4. Only At IWM: 2005 Gaja Barbaresco Cru Sampler Case
5. Wine Events: Sangiovese Grosso, the Star of Brunello di Montalcino 

My Best, 



Sergio Esposito



You can't go wrong with a good Chianti Classico; no cellar is complete without a few bottles to open whenever you have food that calls for a cheery, tangy, bright and joyful wine. Today, we're delighted to offer the BEST PRICE in the country on La Sala 2011 Chianti Classico. This under $30 mono-varietal Sangiovese is the real deal; it's pure Chianti Classico at its very best. Bright, supple, well balanced, the La Sala '11 Chianti Classico is as powerful as it is elegant, offering juicy red fruits, exotic spices and a dusting of black pepper. 

Deriving from grapes grown in in the San Casciano Val di Pesa located in the western section of the Chianti Classico zone, this Chianti from La Sala is a mono-varietal Sangiovese wine--and a piece of Tuscan history. La Sala, which dates to the thirteenth century, sits in the hills where Machiavelli penned "The Prince" in his exile. This historic estate is currently owned and operated by Laura Baronti, who pursues a non-interventionist approach in the vineyards and on the cellar to craft wines that speak eloquently about their unique Tuscan terroir. Aged for six months in barriques and then six more in stainless steel, La Sala brings unusual protocol to its crafting of this pure, transparent, authentic Chianti Classico, but all we can say is this: it works. In 2011, La Sala produced just 400 cases of this beautiful Sangiovese wine that's as ready to drink now as it is cellar worthy for the future.

A beautiful ruby red color, a seductive smokiness, a nose of dusty rose, mouth-watering acidity and gorgeous fistfuls of ripe fruit make this Chianti Classico a winsome charmer. Fresher than fresh and twice as food-friendly, this is a wine you want to have for dinner at home on a Friday night. Great for steaks off the grill now, Tuesday night pizza during the fall, or wintertime pasta dishes, the La Sala Chianti Classico is must-have go-to wine. No matter the time of the year, it's always Chianti season.

(Italy, Toscana - Sangiovese)
$29.99 Regular Price
$27.59 Case Price/btl



Among all the producers in the Côte de Beaune, Joseph Voillot has perhaps the most comprehensive holdings in the region. Voillot's holdings span 22 acres, consist of nearly forty vineyards, and produce eighteen wines.  While this may seem like a lot of land and many wines--and it is--Voillot's production of each wine averages between 200-300 cases. The allocations are tiny, in short. It's this comprehensiveness, along with seriously old vines, that gives Voillot the ability to craft wines whose quality and age-worthiness rival those of Marquis d'Angerville and Michel Lafarge. Voillot has been crafting wines for over five generations; however, since 1995 when son-in-law Jean Pierre Charlot took over the estate's leadership, Voillot has seriously upped the ante, consistently making wines that will make Burgundy lovers swoon. Today, we're proud to highlight the Joseph Voillot 2010 Volnay 1er Cru Les Champans, an unabashedly sexy wine presented at the BEST PRICE in the States. 


Why Buy This Wine:
- Joseph Voillot is committed to pure, transparent, and authentic Burgundy, and the estate, under the guidance of Voillot's son-in-law Jean Pierre Charlot, uses non-interventionist practices both in the vineyards and in the cellar to maintain a strong sense of terroir.


- Deriving from an old-vine 4-acre plot lower on the Volnay slope, Joseph Voillot's Les Champans privileges fruit, power, and a decided sensuality.


- Silky in texture, bursting with red and black fruit, oozing class and sophistication, this '10 Les Champans presents a very visceral Volnay profile.


- While this Volnay's aromatics and palate will tempt you into early enjoyment, this '10 Les Champans will reward time in the cellar, beginning to show best in five to ten years, though it will age much longer.


- IWM is delighted to present this limited production Joseph Voillot Volnay at the BEST PRICE in the country; contact your portfolio manager to secure yours.


Joseph Voillot 2010 Volnay 1er Cru Les Champans

(France, Burgundy - Pinot Noir) 
$104.99 Regular Price 
$73.49 6-Pack Price/btl   


This offer is available 48 hrs and will expire on August 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.  
(Italy, Veneto - Prosecco)
$49.99 Regular Price 
$45.99 Case Price/btl


(France, Champagne - Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, Pinot Meunier)


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


Arguably the most famous name in Italian winemaking, Angelo Gaja put Barbaresco on the international map with his cru wines, Costa Russi, Sori San Lorenzo and Sorì Tildìn. Legendary cru Barbaresco, these single-vineyard expressions represent the pinnacle expressions of this pioneering Italian winemaker and his estate. Today's offering of a tasting case of all three Gaja crus from the outstanding 2005 vintage is a rare opportunity to secure this trinity of wines with almost a decade of maturity and the BEST PRICE in the country. Since 1996, when maverick winemaker Angelo Gaja added a small amount of Barbera to his Barbarescos, these three iconic crus have been classified as Langhe Rosso; however, despite the name change, these wines sit among the most sought-after, collectable and prestigious of all Italian wines. Only IWM can offer you this Gaja tasting case with perfect provenance and impeccable maturity; contact your portfolio manager to secure yours.

Why Buy This Wine: 

- In 2005, the Gaja estate produced a strong argument for the wines of the vintage; 2005 turned out to be a superior vintage for Barbaresco (over Barolo), as most producers picked ten days earlier and avoided some of the October rains that arrived in Piedmont.

- The coveted Sorì San Lorenzo is among the first wines in the Langhe region to be vinified as a single-vineyard cru, and it's arguably the most important Barbaresco produced.

- At a production number of just 800 cases, the single-vineyard Sorì Tildìn performs like a grand cru Burgundy and is distinguished in its accessibility, roundness, and grace, and it derives from Roncagliette, the Barbaresco vineyard site owned by the Gaja family since 1967. 

- Situated right alongside Sorì Tildìn in Roncagliette, Costa Russi, the third cru Barbaresco to take its place in GAJA's portfolio in 1978, is accessible and generous, though also complex and age-worthy, offering more opulence and seductive qualities than the other two crus.

- This case includes the classic, polished and rich Costa Russi; the textured, sophisticated and sensual Sorì San Lorenzo; and the elegant, nuanced and finessed Sorì Tildìn--it's an ideal opportunity for true Barbaresco enthusiasts to add benchmark Gaja to their cellars.

- Now with almost a decade of maturity, these '05 Gaja Barbarescos are just entering their drinking windows; IWM presents this tasting case today with unparalleled provenance and the BEST PRICE in the States.

Gaja 2005 Mixed Case of Cru 6-Pack
2 x Gaja Costa Russi 2005
2 x Gaja Sori Tildin 2005
2 x Gaja Sori San Lorenzo 2005
(Italy, Piemonte - Nebbiolo, Barbera)

$2,214.00 Regular Price
$1,948.32 6-Pack Price


Saturday, September 6th, 1:00-3:00pm

Price: $115.00

Hosted by: Robin Kelley O'Connor

Brunello has earned its reputation for being one of the two great varietal wines from Italy (Barolo being the other). Carefully crafted from a clone of Sangiovese called Sangiovese Grosso and made only in Montalcino, Brunello inspires passion, devotion--even frenzy. Led by Robin Kelley O'Connor, an IWM expert and Certified Wine Educator, this tasting is devoted to the magic of Sangiovese Grosso and its two wines: Rosso di Montalcino and Brunello di Montalcino. Sure to make fans out of neophytes and to turn Brunello devotees into experts, this event gives insight into producer style, vintage variation, and terroir. Complemented by artisanal cheeses and meats, this event will feature the smaller, cult producers of Brunello; we'll be pouring Cupano's mellifluous organic expression, Valdicava's opulent take, Canalicchio di Sopra's elegant interpretation, Col d'Orcia's finessed Riserva--and more. It's an insider's perspective into Montalcino that could only come from the world's leading authority of Italian wines, IWM. 

Featured Wine List:

Canalicchio di Sopra Rosso di Montalcino 2012

Valdicava Rosso di Montalcino 2012 

Cupano Rosso di Montalcino 2010

Canalicchio di Sopra Brunello di Montalcino 2009

Col d'Orcia Brunello di Montalcino Riserva 2000

Canalicchio di Sopra Brunello di Montalcino 1996

Il Palazzone Brunello di Montalcino Riserva 2006

Gaja Pieve Santa Restituta Brunello Rennina 2008


Wine list subject to change

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