IWM Debuts Benchmark 2013 Releases from Castello dei Rampolla!

July 25, 2017
A Note from Sergio

Timing is, as they say, everything. Tenuta San Guido began cultivating Cabernet Sauvignon vines in the late 1940s, and it debuted Sassicaia, the original Super Tuscan, in 1968. But even before Sassicaia became Sassicaia, the estate made its Bordeaux-style wine, and this as-yet unnamed progenitor served as the inspiration for Castello dei Rampolla owner Alceo di Napoli to plant his own Cabernet Sauvignon and to begin crafting his own Super-Tuscan wine. Di Napoli called on the famous consultant oenologist Giacomo Tachis, the expert behind Sassicaia, to help with his own Cabernet Sauvignon project, and Sammarco was born.

Brother and sister winemaking team Luca and Maurizia di Napoli now own the centuries-old Castello dei Rampolla estate, and, using biodynamic methods, they quietly making some of the most highly regarded wines of Toscana. The estate's Super-Tuscan Sammarco and its Vigna d'Alceo compete with more famous wines from big estates, and they have earned a cult following. Today, I'm very excited to debut Castello dei Rampolla's outstanding 2013 vintage of its Sammarco and its Vigna d'Alceo. 2013 gifted Tuscan winemakers--especially those located in the Chianti Classico zone where Castello dei Rampolla sits--an extraordinary year, and Luca made the most of his raw materials, crafting a pair of wines that gleam with transparency, thrum with life, and unfold with a kaleidoscope of notes.

My team and I work hard to get our clients wines that no other wine merchant else has, and this Castello dei Rampolla pair is currently an IWM exclusive. You who love Castello dei Rampolla's evocative wines, you who consider yourselves Super-Tuscan aficionados, and you who simply appreciate well-made wines from benchmark years do not want to miss this pair. These wines are terrific, and they will sell out even before they hit IWM's cellars. Timing is important, and these debut wines will wait for no man--or woman!


Today's Featured Sections Include:

1. Time Sensitive Offer:
Debuting Castello Dei Rampolla 2013 Sammarco and Vigna d'Alceo
2. Wine Events: Upcoming July / August Wine Tasting Events

My Best,

Sergio Esposito

Tucked into a valley near the Conca d'Oro in the heart of Toscana, Castello dei Rampolla sits in an ideal spot for winemaking, and indeed this estate makes ideal wines. Its biodynamic Super Tuscans Sammarco and Vigna d'Alceo have wowed IWM clients for years, and its textured Chianti Classico is a master class in this traditional Italian wine. Flying somewhat below the radar of other superstar Super Tuscans, Castello dei Rampolla's biodynamically made Super Tuscans offer terrific value--along with outrageously good drinking. Today, we're delighted to present special, time-sensitive pricing on the benchmark 2013 Vigna d'Alceo and 2013 Sammarco. This power-packed Super-Tuscan duo from the biodynamic Castello dei Rampolla estate is ideal for wine-lovers looking for a change from Sassicaia or Ornellaia. We're always excited to debut new vintages of these beloved Super-Tuscan wines, and IWM is excited to be able to present the radiant, stellar and unforgettable 2013 vintage of Sammarco and Vigna d'Alceo to our clients first! The products of love, tenacity, and care, Castello dei Rampolla's wines compete with Super Tuscans from larger estates, but both Sammarco and Vigna d'Alceo are consistent favorites with IWM staff and our clients. Don't miss the debut of the 2013 bottlings--they're certain to sell out!

Why Buy This Wine:

- 2013's return to classic Tuscan weather gave Luca and Maurizia di Napoli, Castello dei Rampolla's brother and sister winemaking team, perfect raw materials with which to craft perfect, long-aging bottles of Sammarco and Vigna d'Alceo.

- Sammarco, a blend of mostly Cabernet Sauvignon that's kissed with Sangiovese and Merlot, is a velvety, terroir-driven Super-Tuscan beauty that could only come from its 103-acre vineyard, a wonderland studded with cypress trees and flowing with indigenous wild grasses, herbs and flowers.

- Sammarco is typically dark purple in color with ruby highlights; on the palate, it displays a taut structure, and the palate's depth and concentration makes this wine as seductive as it is intense.

- A blend of 85% Cabernet Sauvignon with 15% Petit Verdot, Vigna d'Alceo, a biodynamic Super Tuscan, is one of the first wines that IWM carried when we opened our doors in 1999; all these years later, it's still a favorite.

- Powerful yet finessed, Vigna d'Alceo shows a sleek, spicy profile of Cabernet Sauvignon, and it boasts a lush density that belies the wine's intricate, serious structure.

IWM is the only wine retailer in the US who can offer these benchmark Castello dei Rampolla wines; contact your - portfolio manager to secure yours at special, time-sensitive pricing.

Castello dei Rampolla 2013 Sammarco*
(Italy, Toscana - Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Sangiovese)
$79.99 Regular Price
$73.59 Case Price/btl

(Italy, Toscana - Cabernet Sauvignon, Petit Verdot)
$169.00 Regular Price
$159.00 Half-Case Price/btl
$149.00 Case Price/btl

*Pre-Arrival, Late Autumn

This offer will expire in 48 hours on July 27th at 11:59pm EST.


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

Ticket Price: $89.00
Summer Special: $79.00 (Exp. Tuesday, July 25)

IWM Host: Michael Adler

Celebrate summertime with the very best crisp, elegant and refreshing wines from across Europe. Selecting wines from Italy, France, Spain and Germany, our own Michael Adler will pour a range of wines, from simple sparklers to classic, crisp whites to energetic reds. If you've ever wondered what to pour with your summertime fare, this sit-down tasting, accompanied by regional meats and cheeses, will make the most of your summer wine enjoyment. This tasting will give you a tour of European wines, all while helping you make the most of your summer pool parties, beach gatherings, and road trips. Join us and experience the best of Europe's refreshing wines--it's like a vacation across the Atlantic, without leaving glamorous Union Square.

Featured Wines:

Graci Etna Rosato 2016
Didier Dagueneau Pouilly-Fume Silex 2011
Chavy-Chouet Meursault Narvaux 2015
Domaine Latour-Giraud Meursault-Genevrières 1er Cru 2015
Geantet-Pansiot Chambolle-Musigny Vieilles Vignes 2014
Fontodi Filetta di Lamole Chianti Classico 2014
Cerbaiona Rosso di Montalcino 2014
La Rioja Alta Rioja Gran Reserva '904' 2007
Sandrone Barolo Le Vigne 2012

*Wine list may be subject to change.

Tuesday, August 1 | 7:00-10:00 pm | New York, NY
A Sit-Down Tasting Dinner

Ticket Price: $159.00

IWM Host: Will Di Nunzio

IWM's Wine-Lover Dinner Series celebrates delicious dishes with wines that make them sing. This special Wine-Lover Dinner focuses on the beginning of the meal, which is often overlooked by Americans but upon which Italians linger. Chef Michael Marcelli and his in-house team will prepare five special antipasti courses, and our own Will Di Nunzio will pair spectacular wines to showcase the dishes' many flavors. This family-style sit-down event presents a unique opportunity to revel in Italy's many ways to kick off a meal, from regional meats and cheeses to succulent vegetables to piquant tidbits from the sea. It's a beginning that you'll wish would never end--and it's only available at IWM!

Featured Antipasti:

Bocconcini di Bufala
Pizza Bianca, Bresaola & Rucola
Bone Marrow, Breadcrumb & Caper
Bigeye Crudo, Cured Olive & Olio Fresco
Selection of Imported Italian Cured Meats
Wild Fluke Crudo with Green Tomato & Verjus
Fresh Corn Croquettes with Senise Pepper & Gouda
Wild Seppia with Smoked Red Onion & Breadcrumbs
Selection of Imported and Domestic Atisanal Cheeses
Romanesco Sotto Olio, Grilled Rustic Bread & Anchovy

*Wine list to be announced.

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

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