Baricci's Authentic, Incredible Brunello and Brunello Riserva! And Classic Bandol Rosé!

April 27, 2017
A Note from Sergio

I got my first taste of a Baricci wine about two decades ago. I was in Montalcino on a wine-buying trip and staying at Albergo al Brunello di Montalcino, a comfortable three-star hotel just south of the town. The hotel owner was trying to impress me and my friends with great back-vintage Brunellos--we had bottle after bottle of Biondi-Santi, Soldera and Il Poggione, stuff you couldn't get in the States in those days. Finally, the owner jumped up, disappeared, and brought out a decanter that glinted with ruby wine.

"What do you think?" our host asked eagerly. "It's only ten years old, you know."

The wine was impressively rustic with a strong presence, obviously well crafted and pure. In a quick attempt to avert the self-inflicted embarrassment that often accompanies blind tastings, I asked for the name of the wine.

"It's a Rosso di Montalcino from Baricci," he said.

We all looked at each other, simultaneously baffled and impressed.

"A Rosso?" I marveled. "And who is Baricci?"

"Nello Baricci."

After tasting a few more vintages of Baricci, I was desperate to meet the man and get some of his products.

"Where's this winery located?" I asked.

"He'll never sell you any wine," our new friend said dismissively. "He makes barely enough for his clients in Italy, and then he sells a few bottles to Germany. That's all."

Beginning that night, I've been on a constant quest to buy more Baricci, and today, I'm very proud to present a pair of beautiful Baricci wines, the 2011 Brunello and the 2010 Brunello Riserva. Until very recently, Baricci's wines--classic, old school wines made in tiny quantities by quiet, earnest, humble men--mystified contemporary critics and even some connoisseurs. Times, however, have changed, and more people now "get" the beauty of Baricci; over the past decades, it has become slightly easier to get my hands on Barrici bottlings, but there's still not enough to go around. These are thrilling, sincere, authentic wines that could come from nowhere else but that Montesoli hillside, and I'm overjoyed to be able to share them with you.

Finally, spring is here and rosé season is upon us! Celebrate it with Bandol Rosé from Château de Pibarnon!

Today's Featured Sections Include:

1. Spotlight on Excellence:
Ripe, Rich 2011 Baricci Brunello
2. Only At IWM:
Benchmark 2010 Baricci Brunello Riserva
3. Time Sensitive Offer: The "Pétrus of Bandol," Château de Pibarnon
4. Wine Events: Upcoming April / May Wine Tasting Events

My Best,

Sergio Esposito

Baricci is under the radar, but it's a mighty estate. One of the original members of the Consorzio del Vino Brunello di Montalcino, the governing body that sets the quality maintaining standards and practices for Brunello, estate founder Nello Baricci passed the 29-acre estate to his son-in-law, Pietro Buffo, who now runs Baricci with his two sons, Federico and Francesco. Together, this family makes wines that are true to type, honest and real. IWM loves the wines of Baricci, and our clients do too. This small, family-owned-and-operated estate makes some of the most umano--authentic and human--expressions of Brunello di Montalcino we've ever had the joy to drink.

Today, we're delighted to present Baricci's robust, silky 2011 Brunello di Montalcino. 2011's heat wave presented many challenges to makers of Brunello, but while yields were down about 14%, the quality was high, and Baricci turned the ripe vintage into a caressing, open-knit Brunello that's enjoyable just about upon release. Ripe, rich and brooding, Baricci's '11 Brunello shows its warm vintage in its dark notes--juicy cherries and brambly berries cavort on a foundation of incense, umami, dried herbs, sun-warmed earth, and toasted nuts. While this wine is broad-shouldered and welcoming, a sturdy core of smoky minerals and vibrant acidity keep it nimble all the way to its powerful, lingering finish.

Baricci uses non-interventionist practices in farming its Galestro Schist-based vineyards that sit at about 850 feet above sea level, and it uses traditional methods in the cantina too: fermenting in temperature-controlled stainless steel tanks, and aging in medium-sized oak botti. Traditional and family-owned-and-operated, Baricci's output every vintage is tantalizingly small--in fact, the estate's entire Brunello production for any given vintage fits in just a couple of botti! As small as its production is, Baricci's quality is yet higher, and we quickly sold through our original allocations of the estate's seductive 2011 Brunello. Don't hesitate to contact your portfolio manager to secure your Baricci '11 Brunello--it's sure to sell out almost as soon as it hits our cellar doors!

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

Beyond being a benchmark vintage, 2010 reset the entire scale for Brunello producers and for the fans of Montalcino's best-loved wine, making Brunello lovers reconsider their understanding of how good a growing year can be. After a snowy winter, 2010's rainy spring delayed bud-break; however, the cool yet lovely summer ripened the grapes with perfect maturity, acidity and balance. The resulting 2010 Brunelli gift their many fans with an ideal combination of richness, intensity and freshness. 2010's Brunelli are outstanding, and today, we're delighted to present the BEST PRICE in the country on one of our very favorites, Baricci 2010 Brunello di Montalcino Riserva. Just as Baricci uses traditional methods to craft its normale Brunello, the estate crafts its Brunello Riserva in the same way, spotlighting terroir and typicity in a wine of terrific age-worthiness, structure and nuance. It's a sophisticated evocation that Baricci fans will love for years and years to come.

Why Buy This Wine:

- IWM Founder Sergio Esposito works with only a handful of the 250 producers of Brunello di Montalcino; IWM has long championed family-owned-and-operated estates, and Baricci's wines are some of our favorites.

- Sitting north of the Montalcino subzone on the celebrated Montosoli hillside, Baricci's rustic, delicious wines display impressive ripeness and structure, and this benchmark '10 Brunello Riserva is a knockout!

- Roasted game, warmed leather, fresh earth, crushed truffles and kisses of spice frame the succulent, brooding fruit in this powerful, velvety '10 Brunello di Montalcino Riserva.

- At once broad-shouldered and finessed, this wine swaggers across the palate with a textured mouth-feel and gorgeous balance between its spicy fruit and savory underpinnings.

- This is a beautifully delineated effort from Baricci that embodies its benchmark vintage and will drink for decades; contact your portfolio manager to secure yours at the BEST PRICE in the States.

(Italy, Toscana - Sangiovese Grosso)
$179.00 Regular Price
$159.00 Half-Case Price/btl

It's time to start popping the corks on rosé, and today, we're helping with special, time-sensitive pricing on Château de Pibarnon 2016 Bandol Rosé, a new release of the quintessential spring and summer wine. Château de Pibarnon's wine is among the most serious rosés you will find, and it's always one of our favorite blush bottlings. Catherine and Henri de Saint-Victor and their son Eric de Saint-Victor are the latest in the family line that has been producing wine on the Mediterranean since before the French Revolution, surviving numerous wars and phylloxera. This bottle embodies that history and the estate's unique terroir, a result of an ancient geologic change that gave Pibaron's terraced vineyards soils of blue marl, limestone, and fossils. Stony and mineral laden, the vineyards make the old vines struggle to survive--and make the complex, intense, and thrilling wine we offer today. Château de Pibarnon is often called "Pétrus of Bandol," and this wine is why!

Why Buy This Wine:

- 2016 gave Bandol a warm, very dry vintage, and Château de Pibarnon's Rosé is concentrated, muscular, and very alluring; indeed, this rosé embodies the best of summer in its balance between bright acidity and ripe fruits.

- Fistfuls of succulent red berries, slices of melon, bunches of rain-spattered white flowers, kisses of citrus and spice, and lots of crushed rocks burst from the glass of this '16 Rosé that is voluptuous yet energetic.

- A blend of 60% Mourvèdre with the remainder Cinsault, the grapes for this wine derive from a terraced seaside vineyard with clay, limestone and chalk soils--it's the model Bandol Rosé that refreshes, piques and allures.

- Springtime has officially started; contact your portfolio manager to celebrate it with special pricing on Château de Pibarnon Bandol Rosé, an IWM favorite blush wine.

(France, Provence - Mourvèdre, Cinsault)
$33.99 Regular Price
$31.27 Case Price/btl

This offer will expire in 48 hours April 29th at 5:00pm EST.

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

Ticket Price: $89.00

IWM Host: Will Di Nunzio, President

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.

Featured Wines:

Mastroberardino Irpinia Rosato Lacrimarosa 2016
Graci Etna Rosato 2016

Mille Una Majara Primitivo 2013
Tormaresca Bocca di Lupo Castel del Monte 2011

COS Cerasuolo di Vittoria Classico 2014
Palari Faro 2009

Galardi Terra di Lavoro 2011
Silvia Imparato Montevetrano 2009

Per Linda Montepulciano d'Abruzzo 2014
Valentini Montepulciano d'Abruzzo 1994

*Wine list may be subject to change.

Saturday, May 6 | 1:00-3:00 pm | New York, NY
A Sit-Down Tasting

Ticket Price: $119.00

IWM Host: Francesco Vigorito

Wine is a living thing, and like all living things, it changes with age. While everyone knows that wines mature, not everyone knows exactly what "maturity" means. This special tasting, led by IWM's own Francesco Vigorito and accompanied by regional meats and cheeses, focuses on the same wine--but years apart! Francesco will pour you vintage red wine pairs so that you can experience the ways that differing growing years, bottle age, and other factors affect the wines in your glass. Appreciating mature wines requires palate education, but it offers a rich payoff in terms of your understanding, knowledge and enjoyment. This tasting will help wine newbies come to recognize the nuances of maturity, and it will help deepen wine connoisseurs' knowledge. Wine is time in a bottle, and this tasting will let you see the many ways that maturity is magic!

Featured Wines:

Valdicava Brunello di Montalcino 2004
Valdicava Brunello di Montalcino 2012
Terriccio Lupicaia 2000
Terriccio Lupicaia 2010
Giuseppe Rinaldi Barolo Brunate Le Coste 1994
Giuseppe Rinaldi Barolo Brunate 2012
Brigaldara Case Vecie Amarone (1.5L) 2004
Brigaldara Case Vecie Amarone 2011

*Wine list may be subject to change.

Saturday, May 13 | 1:00-3:00 pm | New York, NY
A Sit-Down Tasting

Ticket Price: $119.00

IWM Host: Will Di Nunzio, President

When wine-lovers think "Piemonte," Barolo is the first thing that comes to mind, quickly followed by Barbaresco. But those two wines, as great as they are, are only the visible tip of Piemonte's treasures. IWM President Will Di Nunzio will lead this sit-down tasting, accompanied by meats and cheeses, and give you insights into the traditions, terroir and tastes of Italy's most collectable wine region. Of course, we'll be pouring Barolos and Barbarescos, but we'll also explore Piemonte's lesser-known gems like Barbera, the region's whites and even other surprises from IWM's cellars. An ideal event both for people new to Piemonte's exceptional wines and for those who already love its wines, this tasting of Piemonte's gems will enrich any wine-lover's body of knowledge. Let IWM take you deep into the heart of Piemonte, and let yourself fall in love all over again.

*Wine list to be announced.

Friday, May 19 | 7:00-10:00 pm | New York, NY
A Sit-Down Tasting Dinner

Ticket Price: $249.00
Early Bird Price: $229.00 (Expires: Tues, May 19)

Guest Host: Albiera Antinori
, President - Antinori Wine Estates
IWM Host: Francesco Vigorito, Vice President of Sales

IWM has called Antinori one of our signature producers since we opened the doors more than fifteen years ago, and our clients have loved Antinori's wines just as long (if not longer). Join us as we host Albiera Antinori, winemaker and brand ambassador from the Antinori family of wines, for a special winemaker dinner celebrating Guado al Tasso, Antinori's famed Bolgheri estate. Albiera will be on hand to give the esteemed estate's history and provide insight into a special selection of Guado al Tasso wines that will be paired with five courses handmade by IWM's own Chef Michael Marcelli and his in-house kitchen. Cohosted by IWM President Will Di Nunzio, this evening with Albiera will give you an insider's view into the family behind Guado al Tasso, one of IWM's favorite estates. A unique, extraordinary opportunity to experience Italian winemaking history with the winemaker herself, this intimate Antinori event is available only at IWM, the world's leading authority in Italian wine.

*Wine list to be announced.

Saturday, May 20 | 1:00-3:00 pm | New York, NY
A Sit-Down Tasting

Ticket Price: $79.00

IWM Host: Michael Adler

There is no wine that embodies the pleasure of summertime better than rosé. Like summertime's flowers and ripe produce, rosé wines bloom in a dizzying array of pale pinks, fleshy salmons, bright cherries, and cheery melons. Summertime rosés aren't meant to sit in the dark cellar--they demand to be enjoyed now. Rosés come from all corners of the wine world, and they appear in a wide variety of styles, from soft and sweet to steely and bright. Join IWM as we celebrate the optimistic, sunny side of summertime wines with this tasting dedicated to rosé. Taste beloved rosé wines from Italy and France, along with some surprise wines, all accompanied by regional meats and cheeses. Come to know this genre even better with the help of knowledgeable IWM sommeliers and make your summer blush with joy!

*Wine list to be announced.

Saturday, May 27 | 1:00-3:00 pm | New York, NY
A Walk-Around Tasting

Ticket Price: $79.00
Special Two-Ticket Price: $150.00

The best way to know wine is to drink it--a lot of it! But as enjoyable as it is, just drinking wine isn't enough to educate your palate. You need to drink it within the context of other wines, to enjoy it in the company of knowledgeable people, and to experience it in a relaxed, vibrant environment. IWM invites you to our Mini-Grand tasting that will broaden your palate with specially chosen wines from Italy, France and more! This mini grand tasting of global wines features wines from our best-loved countries, our favorite producers, and our most important regions. It's a rare opportunity to experience a wide array of wines in one location, surrounded by like-minded wine-lovers. Let IWM's team of sommeliers will fill your glass with wine and your mind with knowledge as you walk around sampling wines from some of the finest producers on the face of the planet. Complemented by an assortment of antipasti and pastas prepared by our in-house culinary team, and sweetened by preferential pricing on the featured wines, this tasting is a treat. Come to IWM's Mini-Grand Tasting and travel the world of wine, without ever leaving glamorous New York City.

*Wine list to be announced.

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