Debuting the 2014 Solaia Release!

April 20, 2017
A Note from Sergio

This week, I've been happy to feature a bunch of Antinori's wines--the family's Chianti Classico Riserva from its Tignanello estate, its Franciacorta from its Montenisa property in Lombardia, and its Vivia Maremma Toscana, a white from its Le Mortelle estate on Toscana's coast. Piero Antinori has enjoyed incredible success and staying power. His wines rank among the best that Italy has to offer; they are mandatory for any enthusiast's cellar. In many ways, they represent the beauty in the convergence of tradition and innovation, of the past and the future, and of roots-deep provincial Italian winemaking and the international wine scene.

Today, I'm proud to follow up those Antinori wines with a debut of a favorite--the new 2014 release of Antinori's Solaia. The wine known as "the sunny one," Solaia comes from a 50-acre vineyard adjacent to Tignanello. Solaia is a cru Super Tuscan that, since its inaugural 1978 vintage has defined what cru Super Tuscans can be. It's a terroir-driven wine that whispers "Italy" with every sip, and you, me and everyone we know justifiably loves it. Balanced, finessed, and simply beautiful, this '14 Solaia is a splendid rendition of Toscana's magical elements--the air, the sun and the earth--that are eternal, and it's a wine you'll want to drink over and over again.


Today's Featured Sections Include:

1. Time Sensitive Offer:
Finessed, Racy and Approachable 2014 Solaia!
2. Wine Events: Upcoming April Wine Tasting Events

My Best,

Sergio Esposito

The Antinori family has been making wine for more than six centuries, but they're best known for their Super-Tuscan twins, Tignanello and Solaia. Almost mirror images of one another, Tignanello and Solaia are like siblings, both beloved, both equal in the eyes of their makers, and both unique in their own rights. Today, we're proud to present the BEST PRICE in the country the new 2014 release of Antinori Solaia. 2014 was an odd growing year in Toscana; a mild winter morphed into a warm, dry spring that saw an early bud break. Summer turned cool and occasionally violent with hailstorms, but a dry and sunny fall turned what could have been a disastrous vintage into a surprisingly good, if low production, harvest. The Antinori team, led by longtime enologist and CEO Renzo Cotarella, met the myriad challenges with aplomb, and the resulting '14 Solaia feels like a gracious embrace. It's a superb wine with exquisite balance and finesse.

Why Buy This Wine:

- While Tignanello introduced Antinori's Super-Tuscan wines to the world, Solaia has never been in its shadows--somewhat literally, for this cru gets its name, "the sunny one," from the vineyard where its grapes derive.

- It's tough to follow a benchmark vintage like 2013, but where the '13 Solaia is classic, the 2014 is welcoming; the '14 Solaia is an elegant, accessible evocation that complements its predecessor with its racy profile.

- Fresh-cut herbs, licorice, warm loam, espresso and new leather frame the brambly berries and juicy cherries of this freshly acidic yet open-knit Solaia bottling.

- Fine-grained tannins stud the cheeks as this nervy wine crosses the palate and builds to a lingering, mineral-inflected finish.

- A blend of mostly Cabernet Sauvignon, with about 20% Sangiovese and 5% Cabernet Franc, Solaia is beloved by fans of Super-Tuscan wines, and the 2014 bottling allows for earlier-than-usual drinkability (but it has the structure to drink for a decade or longer).

- Only IWM can offer this new release of Antinori's legendary Solaia; contact your portfolio manager to secure yours at the BEST PRICE in the States.

(Italy, Toscana - Cabernet Sauvignon, Sangiovese, Cabernet Franc)
$229.00 Regular Price
$219.00 Half-Case Price/btl

*Pre-Arrival, Autumn

This offer will expire in 48 hours April 22nd at 5:00pm EST.

Monday, April 24 | 7:00-10:00 pm | New York, NY
A Sit-Down Tasting Dinner

Ticket Price: $199.00

Guest Host: Lamberto Frescobaldi, Owner
IWM Host: Will Di Nunzio, President

IWM invites you to join us at an event that is 700 years in the making, a dinner with Marchese Lamberto Frescobaldi, leader of the Frescobaldi winemaking dynasty. This unique IWM event unites several Frescobaldi estates in one celebratory meal. It's a rare event for wine-lovers to experience a range of terroir, history, grapes and flavor profiles--all while dining with the man who knows them best, Lamberto Frescobaldi, a thirtieth-generation Tuscan winemaker. Co-hosted by IWM President Will Di Nunzio, this unique dinner will pair Frescobaldi wines with dishes created by IWM's in-house kitchen staff, helmed by our own Chef Michael Marcelli. It's a delicious opportunity for wine-lovers to get to know and love these emblematic Frescobaldi wines, to learn their history, and to engage in conversation with like-minded people. Join us for a historic, delicious and educational evening that could only come from IWM, the world's leading authority in Italian wine.

Featured Menu & Wines:

Ammiraglia Alie Rose 2016
Gorgona 2015

Merluzzo carbonaro
Black Cod with Spring Pea & Grilled Potato
Castello di Pomino Benefizio Riserva 2014

Mezze maniche al ragú
Mezzi Rigatoni with Short Rib Ragú, Fresh Fava & Smoked Ricotta
Castello di Nipozzano Chianti Rufina Riserva Vecchie Viti 2012
Castello di Nipozzano Montesodi 2013

Controfiletto con cicoria dei prati
Dry Aged Prime Sirloin with Dandelion Greens & Guanciale
CastelGiocondo Brunello di Montalcino 2012
Laimaione 2011

Castello di Pomino Vinsanto 2007

*Wine list may be subject to change.

Saturday, April 22 | 1:00-3:00 pm | New York, NY
A Sit-Down Tasting

Ticket Price: $129.00

IWM Host: Michael Adler

Everyone has their favorites, and this special tasting, hosted by IWM's Michael Adler, takes a trip through some of our favorite vintage wines. This event opens the metaphorical doors of IWM's literal temperature-controlled cellar to explore wines that IWM loves so much that we can't stop pouring them--for our clients or for ourselves! Featuring a special biodynamic sparkler from Movia, a rare aged Fiorano white, an amber wine from Josko Gravner, as well as beautiful reds from Prunotto, Canalicchio di Sopra, Voerzio and Le Macchiole, this tasting offers an explosion of flavor sensations. It's so great, we'll be pouring a beloved Rioja as well! Find out what drives the passions of IWM's portfolio managers at this tasting event, accompanied by regional meats and cheeses, and find some new wine loves to take home to your friends and family!

Featured Wines:

Canalicchio di Sopra Brunello di Montalcino 1995
Fiorano No. 46 Sémillon 1992
Gravner Breg Anfora 2003
Le Macchiole Scrio 2005
López de Heredia Rioja Reserva Viña Tondonia 2004 (1.5L)
Movia Puro Rosé 2002
Prunotto Pian Romualdo Barbera d'Alba 2006
Roberto Voerzio Barolo Cerequio 1999

*Wine list may be subject to change.

Saturday, April 29 | 1:00-3:00 pm | New York, NY
A Sit-Down Tasting

Ticket Price: $89.00

IWM Host: Stéphane Menard

Campania, Abruzzo, Sicilia, and Puglia--the South of Italy doesn't get as much notice as Italy's North, especially when it comes to winemaking. However overshadowed by their showy northern neighbors, Italy's southern regions are where Italian winemaking began, and they're the sites of undiscovered gems. Join us as we explore the history, traditions, producers, grapes and styles of Italy's southern winemaking regions. We'll pour wines from makers like Raffaele Palma, whose estate sits on the cliffs of the Amalfi Coast, and made from grapes like Aglianico, an indigenous varietal rescued from extinction. Whites, reds and rosés all hail from Italy's South, where you can find surprisingly affordable bottles that are as finessed, age-worthy and delicious as those from the North. Accompanied by regional meats and cheeses, this tasting gives you a tour of wines off the beaten path, where things are wild and thrilling.

*Wine list to be announced.

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

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