Today's Featured Offer:
Gaja's Classic, Spectacular 2010 Crus! Plus, Italy's Champagne and Alpine Barolo!
April 23, 2014
A Note from Sergio
ago, Angelo Gaja came to realize that while his roots are in the
tradition of the Langhe, Barolo and Barbaresco didn't have to be just
for the Piemontese. He recognized that there are wine-lovers who like
the flavors of new wood and there are also those who enjoy tannic
wines. He thought there was no reason why these two camps couldn't
coexist peacefully, so he made wines that welcomed New World wine-lovers
to the fine traditions of Langhe wines.
With meticulous attention to detail, Angelo brought Barbaresco to
fame by reducing crop size, shortening pruning of Nebbiolo vines,
decreasing fermentation periods, using innovative winemaking
techniques, aging wines in barrique as well as some of the largest and
oldest botti in Piemonte, and even sourcing timber to build his own
barrels. He was among the first to vinify and promote single-vineyard
crus, beginning with Sorì San Lorenzo in 1967. His cru Barbarescos--Sorì
San Lorenzo, Sorì Tildìn, and Costa Russi--are now virtually
unrivaled, even as he added a touch of Barbera and dropped the name
More than fifty years after assuming control
of his family's estate, Angelo hasn't slowed down. Even as his
daughters Gaia and Rossana begin to play bigger roles in the creation
of the wines, Angelo is a force to be reckoned with; you can feel his
hand in every sip of the four cru 2010 wines that we offer today. In
stock and ready to ship, these '10 Gaja crus--the three Barbarescos and
his Super-Piemontese blend Darmagi--are astounding. They hearken back
to a time of classic, austere, powerful wines that require patience but
reward with a pyrotechnic beauty. They are glorious testaments to
Angelo's work, and that is saying a lot.
Along with these collector wines, I'm
delighted to offer a pair of affordable, authentic and unusual Italian
gems: Barone Pizzini Rosé Franciacorta and Donnas Vallee d'Aosta Rosso
2009. The first is the closest Italy gets to Champagne; it's a
sparkling wine made from Pinot Noir using Champagne methods, and it's
delicious. The second is a mountain version of Barolo or Barbaresco, a
Nebbiolo wine that's somehow both airy and earthy at once. You need to
try it to believe it. Best of all, both of these wines come with the
best pricing in the US.
Today's Featured Sections Include:
1. Spotlight on Excellence: The 2010 Crus, Gaja's Return to Piemonte Classics
2. Time Sensitive Offer: The Italian "Champagne," Barone Pizzini Rosé Franciacorta
3. Our Experts Suggest: Welcoming Warm Weather with Whites from Movia
4. Only At IWM: Under $25 Alpine "Barolo," Donnas Vallee d'Aosta Rosso 2009
5. Wine Events: Indigenous Varieties: Italy's Treasure Trove of Undiscovered Grapes
SPOTLIGHT ON EXCELLENCE
Gaja is a producer who can deliver inspiring wines in even the most
difficult years. And when the vintage is great, his work is nothing
short of monumental. Today, we're delighted to bring back his three
revolutionary single-vineyard Barbarescos--Sorì San Lorenzo, Costa
Russi, Sorì Tildin--and his Cabernet Blend, Darmagi, from the
challenging year of 2010. A year after their initial release, these
wines are beginning to show their promise, and that promise is
Sergio Esposito has long said that challenging vintages separate the
great producers from the good. 2010 offered many challenges to Gaja. It
was cold, wet, and tempestuous, hitting Piemonte producers with rain,
fog, and cold fronts. 2010 hearkened back to vintages from twenty or
thirty years ago, raising rare fears and concern that the grapes
wouldn't ripen enough--or possibly at all. In the end, however, Gaja
was pleased with the vintage, saying, "The 2010 harvest will make for
harmonious, balanced and elegant wines, endowed with bright, vibrant
acidity and measured alcohol content."
year after the release, it looks as if Gaja was right. These 2010
wines provide the kind of classic structure, fine nuances, elegance and
restraint that draws lovers of Piemonte wines to them--and especially
fans of Gaja. Make no mistake: these four cru wines need time in the
cellar. Even the customarily approachable Costa Russi atypically will
need some time to integrate, to tame its tannins and to mellow into the
breathtaking beauty that it's destined to be. But the wine lovers who
can let these 2010 bottlings sit in a quiet, dark, cool cellar for a
few years will be rewarded with wines of unprecedented power tempered
by astonishing finesse.
who is familiar with IWM knows about Angelo Gaja. He's a divisive,
revolutionary, revelatory, visionary figure in Italian wine, and for
the last 50 years, he's made wine that's as thrilling as it is
collectable. Bucking tradition, Angelo began single-vineyard bottlings
of Barbaresco, starting with Sorì San Lorenzo in 1967, followed by Sorì
Tilden in 1970. He experimented with shorter pruning for Nebbiolo,
added a nitrogen filling system to defend his wines against oxidation
at bottling in 1974 and began to use barriques for Barbaresco in 1975.
And that was just the start. In a tradition-laden region where time
moves slowly, Angelo roared into the future at a heady speed, and he
never looked back.
you select the powerful and austere Sorì San Lorenzo, the brooding and
bold Sorì Tildin, the aromatic and sensual Costa Russi or the elegant
and vibrant Darmagi, the 2010 wines we offer today reflect Gaja's
history, his preternatural ability to wrest the best from his vines. We
urge you to contact your portfolio manager to help you select which of
these Gaja crus best complement your palate, cellar and lifestyle. No
one can do it quite like Angelo Gaja.
(Italy, Piemonte - Nebbiolo, Barbera)
(Italy, Piemonte - Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Cabernet Franc)
TIME SENSITIVE OFFER
BEST PRICE IN THE US!
It's almost always the right
occasion for a sparkling wine, and this organically grown, artisanally
made Franciacorta is the closest thing you can find to Champagne in
Italy. Franciacorta is the only region in Italy to produce its
sparkling wines in the méthode champenoise, or following Champagne
protocol where the secondary fermentation takes place in the bottle.
Barone Pizzini crafts an Italian invocation of the French favorite
blanc de noirs Champagne in this mono-varietal Pinot Nero that offers
gentle bubbles and a palate of juicy cassis, blackberries, toast crust
and flowers. Today, we're delighted to offer the BEST PRICE in the
country on Rosé Franciacorta from Barone Pizzini, one of Franciacorta's
most diligent, earth-friendly and committed producers.
Why Buy This Wine:
- Founded in 1870, Barone
Pizzini was the first grower in Franciacorta to go completely organic,
all the better to transmit its terroir and make high quality wines.
- Champagne produces the
greatest sparkling wine in the world, but at just under $45, this
Franciacorta offers some relief to the expense a bottle of Champagne
- This organically grown mono-varietal Pinot Nero sparkler gets extensive aging on its lees, giving it delicious toasty notes.
- A beautiful blush in the
glass with a gentle, persistent mouse, this Brut Rosé sparkler offers a
lively palate of cassis and raspberries, brioche, and wildflowers.
- The Barone Pizzini Rosé
Franciacorta is a delicious, artisanal sparkling wine that you'll want
to have on hand to celebrate every festive occasion.
- IWM is proud to present the
current release and disgorgement of this artisanal, organic méthode
Champenoise sparkler at the BEST PRICE in the country.
(Italy, Lombardia - Chardonnay)
This offer is available for 24 hrs and will expire on April 24th at 5:00 pm EST.
OUR EXPERTS SUGGEST
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.
Movia 2007 Veliko Bianco $39.60 Reg $36.43 Case Price/btl
(Slovenia, Brda - Ribolla, Chardonnay, Pinot Grigio, Sauvignon)
For the Cellar:
Movia 2008 Lunar Chardonnay $42.50 Reg $39.10 Case Price/btl
(Slovenia, Brda - Chardonnay)
For complete descriptions of the wines and an explanation of why Garrett selected these wines, please visit our expert's post at Inside IWM.
ONLY AT IWM
BEST PRICE IN THE US!
Perched at about 1,000 feet
above sea level in the Alps, Donnas is the name of a small village in
the lower Valle d'Aosta. Although ancient, viticulture and cultivation
in Donnas is difficult, given the steep slope of the mountains, yet
these steep slopes are full of centuries-old terraces retained by walls
as high as thirteen feet, and since it's too steep to use machines,
and harvest is all done by hand. The Donnas Vallee d'Aosta Rosso 2009
we present today at the BEST PRICE in the States comes from the Caves
Cooperatives de Donnas, a collective of winemakers. Locals consider
their wines to be the mountain version of the wines of Barolo and
Barbaresco, and the wine illustrates this comparison in its earthy,
airy, pretty profile.
Why Buy This Wine:
- Valle d'Aosta's rocky steep
slopes not only provide great drainage for the vines, but they also
force the vines to work hard to produce the berries; the locals proudly
refer to these wines as "mountain Barolo."
- Mostly Nebbiolo that's kissed
with Freisa and Neyret, this Rosso shows its northern Italian roots in
its purity, suppleness and lithe lines.
- Aged for at least two years
in 25 HL oak casks, the wine gives a beautiful nose full of violets and
dried cherries followed with forest smoke; as it opens in the glass
you get some coffee mixed with mineral like tones, letting you know
that the origin is of a wine carved out of the soil from the rocky
- Earthy, airy, alpine and pretty, this Rosso shows lots of cherries, berries and underbrush in its complex, energetic palate.
- IWM is proud to present this
artisanal Alpine evocation of the great Nebbiolo grape at the BEST
PRICE in the country; contact your portfolio manager to secure yours.
(Italy, Valle d'Aosta - Nebbiolo, Freisa, Neyret)
Indigenous Varieties: Italy's Treasure Trove of Undiscovered Grapes
A Saturday Seated Tasting featuring Italy's top indigenous wines
Saturday, April 26th, 1:00-3:00pm
A Sit-Down Tasting
the top of the Boot to the tip of its heel, Italy has more than 2,000
different indigenous grapes, the most of any country in the world
(though Portugal may beg to differ). Join us as our knowledgeable IWM
sommelier lead you through a tour of nine of the most emblematic,
delicious, and outrageous expressions. We'll be pouring wines from
Italy's North--an unusual Nebbiolo-based Rosso from Valle d'Aosta--to
its South--two amazing Rossos from the slopes of Sicily's Mt. Etna--and
many points in between. Enjoy a palate-staining opulent Amarone from the
Veneto, a traditional and artisanal Barolo, a stunning expression of
the world's most tannic grape from master winemaker Paolo Bea, as well
as two extraordinary whites, one limited production Verdicchio and a
biodynamic, volcanic blend from COS. Accompanied by regional meats and
cheeses, it's the most delicious education in authentic wine that you
can get outside of Italy, and it's available only at IWM, the world's
leading authority in Italian wine.
Fantinel NV Prosecco Brut Extra Dry
Featured Wine List
COS 2011 Rami
Sartarelli Verdicchio 2013 Castelli di Jesi Classico
COS 2012 Frappato
Graci 2012 Etna Rosso
Donnas 2009 Vallee d'Aosta Rosso
Palari 2007 Faro
Paolo Bea 2007 Sagrantino di Montefalco Secco Pagliaro
Renzo Seghesio 2006Barolo Pajana Riserva
Begali 2008 Amarone Monte Ca Bianca
*Wine list subject to minor changes