Stellar $65 Brunello from Antinori! The Prince's Singular Sémillon! And Outrageous Corton-Charlemagne!

August 29, 2016
A Note from Sergio

It's the last week of summer! If you have kids, they're heading back to school; if you have a beach house, you're thinking of packing it up; if you've got a lawn, you're imagining the beginning of raking and the end of mowing. My Italian winemaker friends are eyeing their grapes with harvest in mind, and I'm already thinking of fall foods, crisp weather, and the heart-warming bottles I'll open to celebrate the season's change.

That said--there's still time to enjoy summer. Still hours to spend on your deck in your favorite lounge chair, still sun to enjoy and waves to dive into, still grilling that calls your name, and still warm weather that beckons with promises of basking. Today, I've chosen three beautiful wines that will help you make the most out of the last of summertime-and usher you wonderfully into fall: Antinori's benchmark 2010 Brunello from the family's Pian delle Vigne estate in Montalcino, one very special vintage Sémillon from Fiorano, and magnums of outrageously good Bonneau du Martray 2009 Corton-Charlemagne.

Wrest the best from this week and summer's close, but do it with people you love, food that's delicious, and great wine that brings it all together!

Today's Featured Sections Include:

1. Spotlight on Excellence:
Antinori's $65 Benchmark Brunello
2. Only At IWM:
Rare Vintage White from Italy's Iconoclastic Prince
3. Time Sensitive Offer: Must-Have Corton-Charlemagne from Bonneau du Martray
4. Wine Events: Upcoming August / September / October Wine Tasting Events

My Best,

Sergio Esposito


Americans love Brunello--we buy one out of every four bottles of this Montalcino wine, making it one of the biggest sectors of the Italian wine market. While the number of Brunello producers has skyrocketed over the past century, it's still difficult to find high quality, low cost Brunello. Part of this difficulty comes from the general fussiness of Sangiovese Grosso, the clone that makes Brunello; part of it comes from the intense, dramatic climate of this densely hilly region; and part of it is that demand inflates Brunello's price. Today, however, we're delighted to offer a Brunello made by the iconic Antinori family and offer it at the time-sensitive pricing of less than $65 a bottle.

Even better than its price is the fact that this Brunello comes from the benchmark 2010 vintage. Writing about the vintage, Antinori reports that after the cold winter, a rainy spring delayed bud-break; however, the "lovely" summer and "positive" weather helped the grapes achieve peak ripeness, perfect maturity, and ideal balance. The fruit of Antinori's venture in Montalcino, this Brunello has, since its inaugural 1995 bottling, grown a devoted international fan-base for its structure, aromatics and elegance--as well as Antinori's hallmark accessibility.

Antinori's Pian delle Vigne sits south of the medieval soap-colored town, near the Orcia River Valley. 470 acres in total, Pian delle Vigne rests at between 430 and 825 feet above sea level and has more than 160 acres planted to vine. Pian delle Vigne's stony soils are a mix of clay and limestone, and they receive southwest exposure, offering ideal ripening and terroir for the capricious Sangiovese Grosso. After handpicking, the grapes ferment in temperature-controlled stainless steel and age in oak casks of varying sizes for more than two years.

The nose of this '10 Brunello from Antinori bursts with juicy, succulent red and black fruit, saddle leather, cigar wrapper, sun-warmed earth, cypress, and herbs. Velvety and rich, this wine whooshes across the palate with considerable softness and roundness, yet it's also remarkably structured; this '10 Brunello mixes accessibility with longevity in a wine that's replete with chewy tannins and vibrant acidity. Drinkable early with a little decanting, this '10 Antinori Brunello is a must-have Sangiovese Grosso for wine-lovers, but don't miss its time-sensitive special pricing on purchases of a case; contact your portfolio manager to stock up on this stellar benchmark Brunello from Antinori.

(Italy, Toscana - Sangiovese Grosso)
$64.99 Regular Price
$59.79 Case Price/btl

In 2004, the fabled wines of Fiorano came to IWM when Italy's iconic wine critic, the late Luigi Veronelli, kept his promise to the late, great Alberico Boncompagni Ludovisi, the Prince of Venosa, to place these complex wines in the rightful hands of passionate wine enthusiasts and collectors. These wines immediately caused a sensation in the wine world. Located in Lazio, Fiorano was a fabled estate and to have sampled Fiorano's wines puts you in the elite few, for these nearly impossible-to-get bottles are the product of a dedicated and passionate maker whose avant-garde, organic approach was way ahead of its time--and who ripped up his vines shortly before his death. The Fiorano vineyards are now in the hands of Alessia Antinori, whose team is painstakingly restoring them. Today, we're delighted to present Fiorano 1995 No. 48 Sémillon, a long-aging wine that is as delicious as its fairytale story would suggest.

Why Buy This Wine:

- The product of dedication and passion from Prince Alberico Boncompagni Ludovisi and his Fiorano estate, whose avant-garde approach of organic agriculture and the use of a magical mold was way ahead of its time, this wine shows a rare ability to age.

- This 21-year old-white defies what we think we know about wine; this powerful, stable white opens with hours of aeration to a range of nuances that few wines in the world can deliver.

- Luscious honeyed fruit dances with rare herbs, bees wax, menthol and exotic spices in this '95 Sémillon that almost bursts with acidic energy.

- At once racy and mature, this Sémillon unfurls on the palate to show a velvety texture, and its surprisingly youthful acidity propels it to a sustained, complex finish.

- Only IWM can offer you this magical, rare and perfectly stored white with impeccable provenance and more than twenty years of maturity; the prince labeled each wine with its barrel aging number, giving connoisseurs intimate insight into his spectacular wines.

- Offering one of the great stories in wine that makes every sip more intriguing, this wine is exceptional; for more on the Prince and the Fiorano wine story, please click here.

(Italy, Lazio - Semillon)
$124.00 Regular Price
$111.60 6-Pack Price/btl
$99.20 Case Price/btl


Bonneau du Martray has certainly earned its reputation over the past two centuries, especially during the past decade of vintages, which have signaled an incredible revival. The family-owned-and-operated Bonneau makes just two wines, splitting its production between approximately 95% Corton-Charlemagne and the remainder Corton Rouge, both grand crus and both collectable. Bonneau du Martray's Corton vineyards lie in the original section of the hill of Corton, where the very finest vines are located, and in its Corton-Charlemagne, the domaine blends across three separate parcels of Chardonnay on the hill to create a wine that's powerful yet nuanced, aromatic yet flinty, and rich yet elegant. Today, we're delighted to present magnums of the outrageously good Bonneau du Martray 2009 Corton-Charlemagne! Enjoyable now, this wine will become yet more beautiful in the years to come; it's a wine that serious Burgundy enthusiasts will enjoy returning to again and again.

Why Buy This Wine:

- Under the management of Jean-Charles le Bault de la Morinière and his winemaking team, Bonneau du Martray has been on a mission to make the estate the greatest in the appellation; the wine we offer today embodies the team's success.

- Corton-Charlemagne is one of the finest wines in the world, and Bonneau du Martray must be considered one of the top three estates producing this collector white Burgundy.

- In the past century, the appellation of Corton-Charlemagne has grown, but Bonneau's 23 acres of Corton-Charlemagne vineyards, the largest single grand cru holding of any Burgundy producer, sit in the prime pocket of the territory.

- The nose of this '09 Corton-Charlemagne bursts with fresh citrus fruits, juicy orchard fruits, crushed slate, baked apple and kisses of spice and white wildflower.

- While this rich wine suffuses the palate with a silky feel, it nonetheless has terrific energy from its intense minerality and almost electric acidity.

- Simply put, this 2009 is a triumph, and while enjoyable now, this wine has the structure to age for years; contact your portfolio manager to secure your magnums of this stellar effort at special time-sensitive pricing.

(France, Burgundy - Chardonnay)
$359.99 Regular Price
$319.99 Special Price/btl

This offer will expire in 48 hours on August 31st at 5:00 pm EST.


A Sit-Down Dinner Tasting

Ticket Price: $199.00
Early Bird Price $189.00 (Expires Aug. 23 at 5pm EST)

Guest Host: Alessia Antinori

IWM Host: Crystal Edgar
Director & VP of Sales

It's a wine event that is decades in the making, featuring a wine that commemorates a historic collaboration between an aristocratic family and a Renaissance artist. Join IWM as we host Alessia Antinori, winemaker and daughter of Marchese Piero Antinori, for a special five-course dinner featuring the extraordinary wines of Antinori, including select vintages of Tignanello, Cervaro della Sala, Badia a Passignano and more--including the special edition Della Robbia Villa Antinori 2013 Chianti Classico Riserva, a wine created to honor Giovanni della Robbia's ceramic mural the "Resurrection of Christ," a piece now housed at the Brooklyn Museum. IWM's own Chef Michael Marcelli and his in-house kitchen staff will craft five glorious courses, and guests will enjoy Alessia's comments on the wines, their history, and this historic art as they dine. It's a unique, extraordinary 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.

Featured Menu & Wines:

Welcome / Antipasti
Montenisa Brut NV
Montenisa Rosé NV

Trancio di Tonno alle Spezie
Grilled Yellowfin Tuna with Fennel & Sungold Tomato
Cervaro della Sala 2013
Pinot Nero della Sala 2013

Strichetti al Agnello
Rough-cut Fresh Pasta with Braised Lamb Shoulder, Celery Root & Tomato
Della Robbia Villa Antinori Chianti Classico Riserva 2013

Meat I
Cotoletta alla Viennese con Funghi al Funghetto
Veal Chop with Roasted Wild Mushrooms & Rosemary
Badia a Passignano 2009
Marchese Antinori Chianti Classico Tenuta Tignanello 2013

Meat II
Bistecca alla Fiorentina
48-day Dry Aged Porterhouse with Seasonal Contorni
Tignanello 2012
Tignanello 2013

Muffato della Sala 2008

*Wine list may be subject to change.

Friday, September 16 | 7:00-10:00 pm | New York, NY
A Sit-Down Dinner Tasting

Ticket Price: $229.00
Early Bird Price $209.00 (Expires Sept. 9 at 5pm EST)

Guest Host: Jeanne-Marie de Champs
Owner of Domaines et Saveurs Collection in Burgundy

IWM Hosts:
Will Di Nunzio
Crystal Edgar
Director & VP of Sales

Burgundy lovers are a breed apart. They're people who love the challenge of deep immersion in just two grape varietals, Pinot Noir and Chardonnay, and every new vintage deepens their passion. These wine lovers revel in Burgundy's 33 grand cru and 585 premier cru vineyards, and they love discovering village-level wines that defy easy understanding. If you're one of these Burgundy connoisseurs, IWM's Burgundy Lovers' Wine Dinner celebrates all that you love about the region, the wines, and the joy of Burgundy! Led by IWM's Crystal Edgar and Jeanne-Marie de Champs, owner of the Domaines et Saveurs Collection in Burgundy, this dinner will deepen your appreciation of Burgundy as you enjoy five flavorful courses created by IWM's own Chef Michael Marcelli and his in-house kitchen staff. It's a night that's tailor-made for Burgheads--and the people they love who love great wine, terrific food, and lively conversation.

Featured Menu & Wines:

Paul Pernot Bourgogne Aligote 2014

Roasted Langoustine with Hazelnut Butter & Shallot
Country Pâté
Paul Pernot Puligny-Montrachet 2014
François Gay Aloxe-Corton 2014

Smoked Chicken Liver Triangoli with Lobster Mushroom & Black Truffle
Château de la Maltroye Chassagne-Montrachet 1er Cru Clos du Château Blanc 2014
Château de la Maltroye Chassagne-Montrachet Morgeot Vigne Blanche 1er Cru 2014

Fromage Blanc Gnocchi, Lobster Beurre Noisette
Château de la Maltroye Chassagne-Montrachet 1er Cru La Romanée 2014
Château de la Maltroye Chassagne-Montrachet 1er Cru Clos du Château Rouge 2014

Venison Loin Steak with Bouzy Pears, Young Juniper & Black Truffle
Domaine Leclerc Gevrey-Chambertin Combe Aux Moines 1er Cru 2012
Domaine Gallois Gevrey-Chambertin Les Petites Cazetiers 1er Cru 2013
Mommessin Clos de Tart Grand Cru 2011

*Wine list may be subject to change.

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

Ticket Price: $85.00

It's not a soccer match. It's an opportunity for you to compare the wines of France and Italy side by side, the makings of an entirely delightful Saturday afternoon. At this tasting, we'll be matching French and Italian wines that are easy on the palate and gentle on the wallet! Bringing together second-tier wines at iconic estates, little-known artisanal gems, or more obscure grape varietals, this tasting will explore a range of reds and whites from Italy and France--and it'll give you a broad range of wines to enjoy on Tuesday pizza nights, wow your dinner guests, or have on hand for when the wine moment strikes. Led by a knowledgeable IWM sommelier and accompanied by regional meats and cheeses, this tasting is ideal for wine-lovers of all kinds, from newbies to connoisseurs!

*Wine list to be announced.

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

Ticket Price: $95.00

The first few crisp days of fall jolt us out of summer's beauty and remind us of autumn's glories--the return of soups, stews, squash and heavier fare. Fall may beckon and winter may hover on the horizon, but we're also not ready to relinquish summer just yet. Join us at our special tasting to the transitional of fall, a wine season that moves you from summer's whites to winter's reds with style. IWM's knowledgeable wine educator will pour whites, reds--even a surprise rosato! Choosing from Italian and French wines and accompanied by regional meats and cheeses, this special Saturday tasting will help you celebrate the coming season, even as you wrest the best from the end of summer!

*Wine list to be announced.

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

Ticket Price: $125.00

Nebbiolo and Sangiovese are Italy's most emblematic grapes. The first grape is the pride and joy of Piemonte, the essence of Barolo and Barbaresco, and the foundation of tannic age-worthy wines; the second is most often found in Toscana, the focal point of Chianti Classico and many Super Tuscans, and the building block for fresh wines of varying longevity. Join IWM as our knowledgeable wine expert leads you through these two building blocks of Italian wines, and learn about soil composition, terroir, regional traditions, and stylistic differences, all while adding to your appreciation of Italian wines. It's like a wine tour through the heart and the head of Italy, all without leaving glamorous Union Square.

*Wine list to be announced.

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

Ticket Price: $125.00

The temperature's dropping and we're reaching for heartier fare. As roasts, game, stews, and casseroles begin to appear on our tables, it's time to find big, bold reds that will make these rich, dark dishes sing. It's time, in short, for some of IWM's favorite brooding, complex wines. Join IWM at this tasting dedicated to wines that won't be overshadowed by cold weather's robust foods. Our knowledgeable sommelier will pour delicious bottles hailing from Italy's North--think well-known Barolo, Barbaresco and Brunello--as well as its South--think cult favorites like Montevetrano, Terra di Lavoro or Taurasi. Accompanied by regional meats and cheeses, this tasting will rev your palate and broaden your pairing horizons. Winter is coming, but these wines will warm you from the inside out!

*Wine list to be announced.

Saturday, October 8 | 1:00-3:00 pm | New York, NY
A Sit-Down Tasting

Ticket Price: $155.00

The delicious flavors of autumn come together in this special IWM luncheon, featuring new menu items from IWM's Chef Mike Marcelli and our favorite fall weather wines. This special tasting puts dishes made by IWM's in-house kitchen staff front and center and showcases all of fall's finest tastes, from comforting squashes to nourishing meats. Of course, each of the handcrafted courses isn't complete without perfect wine pairings--and a knowledgeable IWM sommelier on hand to explain the wine's history, typicity and traditions. Welcome fall with an open mouth, a warm heart, and a full stomach at IWM's Fall Harvest Lunch. It's the most delicious way to enjoy a Saturday afternoon in autumn!

*Wine list to be announced.

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

Ticket Price: $115.00

Italy and France may be rivals on the soccer pitch, but they're perfect complements at your table and in your wine glass. Join us as we explore some of the wines you should be drinking this spring, this summer and on into fall! Led by a knowledgeable IWM sommelier, this wine tasting event, complemented by regional meats and cheeses, will guide you through some of France's best loved white Burgundies, exploring their differences, nuances, and terroir; then we'll double down on your palate education by selecting Italian reds that work in concert with these French whites. Selecting from some of our favorite Italian producers, grapes, regions and styles, these red wines will give you pairing ideas for years to come!

*Wine list to be announced.

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

Ticket Price: $75.00

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.

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