Vintage Col d'Orcia Brunello Riserva, Antinori's Maremma Duo, and Redigaffi Mags!
October 8, 2015 
A Note from Sergio

Producers can make their Riserva Brunellos by the easiest and simplest method: fermenting all the juice from one harvest, putting it in barrels, tasting it as it ages, and setting the best barrels aside to age longer for their Riservas. The producers we champion do something different. They know their vines and their land well enough to reserve a portion of the harvest from the beginning. Sometimes they choose grapes from the oldest vines; other times it's the best vineyard; still others choose according to their own arcane knowledge. These are the best producers, the ones who have such an intimate knowledge of their art and their land that they strive to make a wine that reflects the best aspects of a Riserva--and they take risks to do it.
Today, I'm proud to feature a Riserva from 2001, a great vintage, from Col d'Orcia, a historic producer. Since its very beginning, this cru Brunello Riserva was earmarked by its makers, creating this wine and aging it carefully so that it would reflect the character of the windy vineyard that gives the wine its name, Poggio al Vento. Col d'Orcia makes its Brunello Riserva in the best way producers can make the wine; the estate knows what it wants to achieve from the start. Like all the winemakers I love, this producer makes its wine from the heart, the gut, the head, and the hands. Fan of powerful, supple, spicy Brunellos don't want miss this '01 Riserva.
Along with this stellar Brunello Riserva, I'm delighted to present two new wines from an IWM favorite, Antinori. You may know Antinori's Super-Tuscan greats Tignanello, Solaia, and Guado al Tasso, and today I'd like to introduce you to two more Antinori Super Tuscans, Le Mortelle 2012 Botrosecco and Le Mortelle 2011 Poggio alle Nane. These two wines are differing blends of Cabernet Franc and Cabernet Sauvignon; both come from Antinori's estate on the Maremma coast, Le Mortelle; and they both embody what Antinori does best: make high quality, delicious wines that tell their terroir. I'm very proud that IWM is the exclusive retailer for these Maremma beauties, and I hope you enjoy them as much as I do!
Don't miss the last wine today; it's 2011 Tua Rita Redigaffi in magnum, and it's splendid!

Today's Featured Sections Include:
1. Spotlight on Excellence: Perfect, Pristine, and Gorgeous, 2001 Col d'Orcia Brunello Riserva
2. Only At IWM: 
IWM Exclusive, Le Mortelle from Antinori
3. Time Sensitive Offer: 2011 Redigaffi in Magnum!
4. Our Experts Suggest: 
Italian Icons, Prosecco and Barolo
5. Wine Events: Upcoming October Wine Tasting Events

My Best, 


Sergio Esposito


A wine-lover knows many joys, but one of the finest is revisiting a wine you've known and loved. Today, IWM is proud to bring back an IWM client favorite: Col D'Orcia2001 Brunello di Montalcino Poggio al Vento Riserva. Along with its structured counterpart of 2000, the ripe 2001 vintage was a benchmark for Montalcino, a year that married the opulence of 1997 with the classic lines of 1999 to produce a compelling, heady Brunello that lovers of Sangiovese Grosso went wild over. With fourteen years of maturity, this '01 Brunello Riserva from Col d'Orcia has only gotten better, and we're offering it at the BEST PRICE in the States.
Made only in exceptional years, Col d'Orcia's Poggio al Vento Brunello Riserva derives from its namesake vineyard, the "windy hill," that boasts albarese soil--the limestone and mineral laden soil that helps make Toscana special--but its slopes also hold a high percentage of calcium, which makes the vineyard exceptionally acidic and prime for growing piquant grapes. It's a Brunello Riserva that packs velvety power, and now with more than a decade of maturity, the '01 Poggio al Vento Brunello Riserva is beginning to underlay its signature sour cherry, baked earth, dried flowers, and spice with tertiary notes of mushroom and forest floor.
One of our favorite Brunello producers, Col d'Orcia is one Montalcino's most historic estates, with winemaking dating back to the 1890s; the Cinzano family from Piemonte acquired the estate in the '70s and their Poggio al Vento became one of the iconic Brunello Riservas of the region. Col d'Orcia's southwestern slope makes its grapes rounder, gentler and a little less acidic than those from other parts of Montalcino. The estate debuted its Poggio al Vento Brunello Riserva in 1987, and the 2001 vintage, the product of a long, slow, lush growing season, is a breathtaking wine. If you're a fan of spicy, elegant, brooding Brunellos, this '01 Brunello Riserva will make you very, very happy.
Layers of red and black fruit, delicate spices, thrumming earth, mehtol, and brooding tobacco and leather unfold in a precise yet powerful palate that doesn't quit--this '01 Brunello Riserva is seemingly ageless. Offering breathtaking balance of its ripe fruit, velvety tannins and vibrant acidity, this cru Brunello Riserva marries its elegance with power in a gorgeous wine that holds the palate with a velvety grip. It's a glorious Brunello that will remind you why you fell in love with Sangiovese Grosso and how great the '01 vintage was. Best of all, this wine is ready to drink right now, so you'll be less tempted to dip into your stash of 2010 Brunello bottlings!

(Italy, Toscana - Sangiovese Grosso)
$125.00 Regular Price
$120.00 Half-Case Price/btl
*Pre-Arrival, January 2016


About 675 acres near the Maremma coastline and the town of Castiglion della Pescaia, Le Mortelle once was part of a larger estate called La Badiola, created in the nineteenth century when the Duchy drained the marshy areas around Grosseto. In 1999, the Antinori family bought Le Mortelle, which gets its name from the wild myrrh that blankets the region, and since taking ownership, Antinori has devoted itself to crafting fine wines from both international grape varietals like Viognier and Cabernets Sauvignon and Franc, as well as Sangiovese, Vermentino and Ansonica, all organically grown. Today, IWM is pleased to present two exclusive bottlings, Le Mortelle 2012 Botrosecco Maremma Toscana and Le Mortelle 2011 Poggio alle Nane Maremma Toscana. Both Bordeaux-style blends, the '12 Botrosecco and '11 Poggio alle Nane show two different sides of Antinori's project on the Maremma coast, and these two bottlings show unparalleled typicity, terroir, and taste.
Why Buy This Wine:
- IWM clients know and love the Antinori family's Tignanello, Solaia, and Guado al Tasso; these wines from Le Mortelle let you experience Antinori's Super-Tuscan take on wines from the Maremma coast!
- A spicy, juicy, intense Super-Tuscan, the '12 Botrosecco lays its succulent red fruit on a bed of white pepper, fresh-cut herbs, underbrush and crushed flowers.
- A blend of 60% Cabernet Sauvignon and 40% Cabernet Franc, this Botrosecco holds its sweet fruit in tension with its savory spices; this wine caresses the palate with a velvety feel as it builds to a vibrant finish.
- Mostly Cabernet Franc with 20% Cabernet Sauvignon, the Super-Tuscan Poggio alle Nane is a heady, powerful evocation of the classic Bordeaux-style blend.
- Ripe, succulent black and blue fruits dance with licorice, balsamic, spice and forest floor in this elegant, lush wine that builds to a lingering finish.
- IWM exclusives, these Antinori wines are available from your portfolio manager; contact yours to secure your Le Mortelle bottlings today!

Le Mortelle 2012 Botrosecco Maremma Toscana IGT*
(Italy, Toscana - Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc)
$26.99 Regular Price
$24.83 Case Price/btl

(Italy, Toscana - Cabernet Franc, Cabernet Sauvignon)
$74.99 Regular Price
$68.99 Case Price/btl

*Pre Arrival, Early 2016


Tua Rita's Redigaffi has always occupied a special place in the hearts of wine-lovers around the globe. It's a wine that sits alongside Italian Merlot greats like Masseto and Messorio--and Bordeaux icons such as Château Pétrus and Le Pin. Praised by wine critics and adored by wine-lovers, Redigaffi is the wine that put not only its maker, Tua Rita, but also its region, Suvreto near Bolgheri, on the wine map. The former location of an ancient ocean, the Tua Rita vineyards are approximately 100 meters above sea level, and remnants of the former sea influence the makeup of the vineyard's soil with layers of clay, silt, iron and zinc, which impart full mineral elements in the estate's wines--and makes Redigaffi a singular Merlot. Today, we're delighted to offer a new, very limited allocation of the highly acclaimed '11 Redigaffi, presented in magnum format. Always an IWM favorite, this Redigaffi vintage gives wine enthusiasts a lot to celebrate--especially in magnum!
Why Buy This Wine:
- Just as Tua Rita's terroir is exceptional, the estate's Redigaffi is an extraordinary Merlot. Redigaffi derives from low-yielding, densely planted vines, a lengthy maceration period of approximately 27 days, and a lavish new barrique aging regimen of 12 to 16 months.
- Though Redigaffi has been a cult catch since '97, Tua Rita has remained true to its artisanal ideals, and the '11 vintage is an IWM favorite from this beloved estate.
- The highly touted 2011 vintage is the child of excellent weather; balanced, powerful, expressive and pure, the '11 Redigaffi offers a laser focus on all that wine-lovers have come to adore about this world-class Merlot.
- Offering pure notes of brambly berries, sweet baking and exotic spices, dark notes of leather and incense, and tremendous harmony in its lush, textured full body, the '11 Redigaffi illustrates why this cult bottling is one of the most sought-after collector Italian Merlots.
- It's not a stretch to say that Redigaffi is one wine that unites critics, connoisseurs and Italian wine newbies in unadulterated appreciation, and the ripe yet balanced '11 vintage takes these qualities and raises them to a new, breathtaking level.
- The 2011 Redigaffi is extraordinary; we're proud to present these magnum bottlings at very competitive pricing, but our allocations are very limited.

Tua Rita 2011 Redigaffi (1.5L)
(Italy, Toscana - Merlot)
$575.00 Regular Price
$525.00 3-Pack Price/btl 

This offer will expire in 48 hours on October 10th at 5:00 pm EST.

Born in the US, but raised in Italy, IWM President of Sales Will Di Nunzio fell in love with wine when his father opened a twenty-year-old Biondi-Santi Brunello for Will's twentieth birthday. Will has since turned his love into a career.
Drinking Today: Fantinel NV Prosecco Brut Extra Dry
(Italy, Friuli-Venezia Giulia - Prosecco)
$16.00 Regular Price
$14.72 Case Price/btl
For the Cellar: Rocche dei Manzoni 2005 Barolo Vigna d'la Roul
(Italy, Piemonte - Nebbiolo)
$89.99 Regular Price
$82.79 Case Price/btl

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


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

Ticket Price: $89.00
Fall is here, cold weather holds you in its embrace, and the holidays approach--it's only natural that your tastes turn to the warming glow that red wines provide. Join IWM as we explore the emblematic red wines of Italy, all accompanied by regional meats and cheeses, in a tasting that will help you prepare for your long winter nights. From Valpolicella in the North to Chianti Classico in Italy's middle to indigenous grapes from Italy's South, this tasting will help you come to know and love red wines even more. IWM's knowledgeable sommeliers will help you learn the difference between Barolo and Brunello, and what makes Italy the go-to country for food-friendly reds. Whether you're an Italian wine newbie looking for immersive knowledge or an Italian wine connoisseur seeking to brush up on your tasting skills, this Saturday tasting will help you fall yet more in love with the red wines of Italy.

Featured Wine List:

Villa Sant'Anna Rosso di Montepulciano 2012
Podere Le Boncie Rosso di Toscana IGT Le Trame 2011 
Castello di Selvole Chianti Classico Riserva 2011 
Cupano Rosso di Montalcino (1.5L) 2008
Nicolis Testal Rosso 2008 
La Torre Brunello di Montalcino 2010
Raffaele Palma Montecorvo 2011 
Renzo Seghesio Barolo Ginestra 2010
*Wine list may be subject to change.

Saturday, October 17 | 1:00-3:00 pm | New York, NY
A Sit-Down Tasting

Ticket Price: $99.00
France and Italy have a longstanding rivalry in the world of wine, one that has challenged the other to strive for greatness. Join us for an opportunity to compare the wines of France and Italy side by side, the makings of an entirely delightful Saturday afternoon. At this Studio del Gusto tasting, we'll be matching French and Italian wines by type (Champagne and Prosecco), varietal (Chardonnay) and region (Bordeaux and Brunello di Montalcino, and Burgundy and Barolo), presenting you with an unparalleled opportunity to compare and contrast the wines of the world's two greatest winemaking countries. Spending a Saturday sipping wines from iconic and emblematic producers, nibbling on French and Italian foods, you'll see that the clear winner is you!
*Wine list to be announced.

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

Ticket Price: $175.00
Join IWM as we host Alessia Antinori, winemaker and daughter of Marchese Piero Antinori, for a special winemaker lunch featuring the extraordinary wines of Tenuta di Fiorano, an estate with a long, storied past and a history of making some of Italy's most important, most collectable wines. In 1995, Prince Alberico Boncompagni Ludovisi, Alessia's grandfather, made his last vintage at Fiorano, pulling up all the vines except for a few rows of Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, and some white grape vines left on a caretaker's property. After inheriting a portion of the Prince's land following his death in 2005, Alessia took on the project of nursing these vines back to health, intent on making wine as her grandfather did--organically and with minimal intervention. This unique evening will present old vintages of Fiorano as well as offer a taste of Alessia's new bottlings from Fiorano's restored vineyards. It's a unique opportunity to experience Italian winemaking history with the winemaker herself, and it's only available at IWM, the world's leading authority in Italian wine.
*Wine list to be announced.

Monday, October 26 | 6:30-9:30 pm | New York, NY
A Sit-Down Tasting

Ticket Price: $249.00
Early Bird Price: $229.00
Behind every great wine is a great winemaker, and the late Aldo Conterno was more than a great winemaker: he was a legend. Aldo Conterno Barolos invite you to linger over them and to attend to their every change as they reveal themselves in the glass, an ever-evolving kaleidoscope of flavors; this special dinner will give like-minded wine aficionados a chance to enjoy the highly lauded Granbussia 2006 as they get to know its maker, Franco Conterno, winemaker at Poderi Aldo Conterno and the son of Aldo Conterno, "The King of Barolo." Conterno's Barolos have earned their reputation for complexity, nuance, and finesse; they're mysterious, and this event gives you a chance to learn why--and how. IWM's own Chef Mike Marcelli will create a sumptuous five-course feast designed to complement Conterno's wines, including three vintages of Barolo Colonello, two of Cicala, one of Romirasco and one special Granbussia, along with other wines that show the breadth of this iconic estate. A treat for the senses, for the mind and for the spirit, this event will help you love Aldo Conterno's wines even more as you enjoy an intimate conversation with the man who creates them. Space is limited, so do reserve early.

Featured Menu & Wines:

Podere Aldo Conterno Langhe Chardonnay Bussiador 2012

Borlenghi - Chestnut Flour Crepe with a Garlic, Rosemary & Lardo Pesto
Arancini Piemontese - Rice Croquettes with Fontina & Ground Veal
Panissa  - Ligurian Chickpea Fritters 
Sbira - Honeycomb Tripe Braised in Tomato, Bone Marrow & 24-month Parmigiano Reggiano
Podere Aldo Conterno Langhe Rosso 2012

Bucatini all'amatriciana - Bronze-cut Pasta with Guanciale, Pecorino & Tomato
Podere Aldo Conterno Barolo 2011

Carne 1: 
Bavette con verza sofegae - Wagyu Bavette with Roasted Cabbage, Brodo, Rosemary & Pancetta
Podere Aldo Conterno Colonello 2011 
Podere Aldo Conterno Colonello 2009 (1.5L)

Carne 2: 
Agnello al calderotto - Braised Lamb Shank with Creamy Polenta
Podere Aldo Conterno Cicala 2011 
Podere Aldo Conterno Romirasco 2011

Podere Aldo Conterno Granbussia 2006

*Wines list may be subject to change. 

Saturday, October 31 | 1:00-3:00 pm | New York, NY
A Sit-Down Tasting

Ticket Price: $79.00
In the US, they're called "orange wines," in Europe "skin-contact wines." Whichever terminology you use, they are all the fashion, which is a little ironic considering that this style of caramel colored wine made from white grapes date back thousands of years, originating in Armenia and Georgia. In many ways, the tale of orange wines goes hand-in-hand with the tale of natural wines; it's rare to find an orange wine made by a producer who doesn't abide by non-interventionist protocol, and indeed, the important producers of these wines in Italy hold a firm belief in non-interventionist agriculture and non-interventionist winemaking. Join IWM as we explore the wild, unique, unusual world of orange wines at this special tasting, accompanied by regional meats and cheeses. It's the perfect way to celebrate fall, welcome Halloween, and expand your palate with those white wines that "taste like a red."
*Wine list to be announced.

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