Salvioni Cerbaiola Brunello Release! Vintage Cru Scavino Barolo! And Giacomo Conterno Barbera Duo!

March 28, 2017
A Note from Sergio

After World War II, the town of Montalcino was one of the poorest towns in Toscana; today, it is one of the wealthiest. In 1961, a lone winemaker, Franco Biondi-Santi, crafted only 2,500 cases of Brunello. By 2004, more than 220 winemakers produced about six and a half million bottles, and these days those figures are yet higher. That's a lot of wine. It's a lot to taste, and all Brunello is not created equal. My approach to choosing IWM's Brunelli hasn't changed since I first opened our doors more than fifteen years ago; I choose the wines I like, irrespective of vintage hype, point ratings or critical buzz. I think of what I do as being like what great Port merchants do--I buy according to producer, not vintage. Yet sometimes there will be convergence between the opinions of critics and of iconoclasts, like me.

Critics and connoisseurs seem to universally love the Brunelli of Salvioni Cerbaiola. I get it. When Giulio Salvioni founded his Cerbaiola estate in 1985, he chose Attilio Pagli as his consulting winemaker; Pagli's career, of course, began at Gianfranco Soldera's estate, where he was mentored by the late, great Giulio Gambelli. Some Brunello lovers see a likeness between the styles of Soldera and Salvioni Cerbaiola, particularly in the ways that both Salvioni and Soldera's wines marry concentration with finesse. Salvioni Cerbaiola uses highly personal winemaking practices to create wines that haunt you, and its legions of fans scramble to get them. Today, I'm very proud to present the new 2012 Salvioni Cerbaiola Brunello. This wine is pure coiled power, like a boxer prepping to throw a punch. It needs a little time in the cellar, but it's going to be outrageous.

Along with this great Brunello, I'm very pleased to present three wines from two great Piemonte producers: Paulo Scavino's 2004 Barolo Bricco Ambrogio, and a pair of cru Barbera bottles from Giacomo Conterno. If you can't wait to drink something right now, reach for that Scavino Barolo. 2004 was warm, and this Barolo thrums with energy and fills your mouth with texture and flavors. I'd let the two Giacomo Conterno Barberas sit if you can, but if you can't, no one would blame you. The '14 Barbera d'Alba Cascina Francia comes from grapes grown in the same vineyards as Conterno's legendary Barolo Monfortino, and the '12 Barbera d'Alba Cerretta comes from Conterno's recently purchased Cerretta vineyard, and both are so, so good.


Today's Featured Sections Include:

1. Spotlight on Excellence:
Structured, Powerful 2012 Brunello from Cult Salvioni Cerbaiola
2. Only At IWM:
Luscious, Spicy Scavino 2004 Barolo Bricco Ambrogio
3. Time Sensitive Offer: Giacomo Conterno's Stylish Cru Barbera Duo
4. Wine Events: Upcoming April Wine Tasting Events

My Best,

Sergio Esposito

It's the most wonderful time of the year--the time we roll out the new vintage of Brunello di Montalcino. We started with Fuligni, Antinori's Pian delle Vigne, Cerbiona, Talenti, Gianni Brunelli, and more--today, we're delighted to follow up those offers with a new release from Giulio Salvioni's La Cerbaiola estate, the refined, powerful 2012 Cerbaiola Brunello di Montalcino. Presented at competitive pricing, Cerbaiola's '12 Brunello offers a reserved profile to the vintage, and it's ideal for wine-lovers with some cellar space (and some patience).

Salvioni Cerbaiola is an exacting, painstaking estate that spares nothing to craft intensely artisanal Brunello. The cult status of this producer burns brighter because its consulting enologist is Attilio Pagli, a star in the wine world who got his start with Brunello iconoclast Gianfranco Soldera. Salvioni Cerbaiolo follows its own muse, its own highly individualized protocol, and its own inspiration--and it makes wines that devoted fans can't get enough of. These are true cult Brunelli; Salvioni Cerbaiola makes just 500 to 600 cases a year of its evocative, super-concentrated Brunello to satisfy its many fans.

2012 began with a wet spring, peaked with a hot and dry summer, and culminated in a harvest with terrific diurnal temperature difference, which is ideal for wine grapes. While the year was taxing on Toscana's winemakers, the upshot is a low production year of high quality wines that are structured, aromatic, and classy. This Cerbaiola wine reflects its year in its high-toned, expressive fruit that's framed with a profusion of rain-spattered wildflowers and rose petals, subtle baking spices, freshly tilled loam, and crushed river rocks. Sangiovese Grosso's trademark sprightly acidity animates this complex wine, and chewy tannins give this Brunello the structure for the long haul.

Between the size of Cerbaiola's vineyards and its low yields, the estate makes precious little of its gorgeous wines, but this estate is a case of quality over quantity. Cognoscenti clamor over Salvioni Cerbaiola Brunello for good reason; it's always delicious, age-worthy, and terroir-driven. Polished, breathtakingly balanced and beautiful, Salvioni makes must-have wines for wine-lovers who love Brunello. A consistent IWM client favorite, Salvioni's wines sell out during preorder; contact your portfolio manager to secure this new 2012 release at special time-sensitive pricing.

(Italy, Toscana - Sangiovese Grosso)
$169.00 Regular Price
$159.00 Half-Case Price/btl

*Pre-Arrival, Late Summer

Paolo Scavino has roots stretching back to the nineteenth century, but its modernity owes much to Enrico Scavino. Like many winemakers who inherited estates in the '70s, Enrico wanted to break with tradition. He'd begun moving the estate away from tradition when he'd convinced his father to bottle cru Barolo in 1978, and he followed that gentle shift with more aggressive changes, using temperature-controlled, rotary fermentation and barriques for aging. But Enrico couldn't quite stop tinkering. In the late '90s, he brought the botti back, using them to complement the barriques. Then he turned his attention to the vineyards, instituting a practice of extreme yield restriction and other agricultural changes. Today, we're delighted to present the BEST PRICE in the country on Scavino 2004 Barolo Bricco Ambrogio. Now with more than a decade of perfect maturity, this wine is classic, lush, and just entering its drinking window--but with many years to come!

Why Buy This Wine:

- Temperate 2004 resulted in nicely balanced wines of longevity that marry accessibility with structure, and today's '04 Barolo Bricco Ambrogio exemplifies these traits with panache.

- Juicy red and blue fruits dance with umami, cedar, peppery spices, rose petals, tar and tartufo bianco in this expressive, caressing '04 Barolo Bricco Ambrogio.

- Fruit-driven and powerful upon release, more than a decade of age has mellowed this wine, deepening its mineral elements; gamy, savory notes complement this Barolo's sweet inner perfume, while vibrant acidity keeps it nimble on the palate.

- Supple, fine-grained tannins cling to the cheeks as the Barolo builds to a lingering, complex crescendo that reveals the wine's maturity while showing its verve.

- Deriving from a limestone-rich, south-southeast-facing parcel located in Roddi, Scavino's Barolo Bricco Ambrogio is an IWM client favorite; contact your portfolio manager to secure this pristine mature Barolo at special, time-sensitive pricing!

(Italy, Piemonte - Nebbiolo)
$109.00 Regular Price
$99.00 Case Price/btl

*Pre-Arrival, Late Summer

Barbera is one of the two most planted red wine varietals in Italy (the other is Sangiovese). Historically known as the "people's grape," Barbera has long presented an earlier drinking alternative to Piemonte's more austere Nebbiolo-based wines. However, easy-drinking Barbera isn't the only way to enjoy this grape, and serious producers craft serious expressions. Today, we're proud to present a pair of serious Barberas, two recent Giacomo Conterno Barbera bottlings--the 2014 Barbera d'Alba Cascina Francia, which derives from the same vineyards as the estate's legendary Barolo Monfortino, and Giacomo Conterno 2012 Barbera d'Alba Cerretta, which comes from the estate's 7.4-acre Cerretta vineyard in Serralunga. Both of these wines come with the BEST PRICE in the country, and each is an ideal representation of Giacomo Conterno's traditional, meditative style and Barbera's beauty. Crafted from Barbera grown cheek-by-jowl with the Nebbiolo that makes some of the world's most renowned Barolos, these Barbera wines are very special.

Why Buy This Wine:

- While Piemonte's Barbera has long provided an earlier drinking alternative to Barolo, it has only recently attained serious recognition; this pair of Barbera wines from legendary Giacomo Conterno offers terroir-driven interpretations of the "people's grape."

- The '14 Barbera d'Alba Cascina Francia layers its succulent red cherries and brambly berries with savory minerals, crushed herbs, smoke and baking spices.

- Refined yet powerful, this '14 wine unspools on the palate with mineral verve to reveal tantalizing opposition between its sweet fruit and savory bass line.

- Rich, textured and detailed, the '12 Barbera d'Alba Cerretta uncoils with juicy red and blue fruits, graphite minerals, crushed wildflowers, incense and earth.

- 2012 was a warm vintage, and the wine reflects its year in its open-knit power, but for all its intensity, this cru Barbera feels nimble with electric acidity and a sturdy mineral core.

- IWM is delighted to present these two outstanding Barberas at the BEST PRICE in the country; it's an outstanding opportunity to experience the beauty of Giacomo Conterno for under $55 a bottle.

Giacomo Conterno 2014 Barbera d'Alba Cascina Francia*
(Italy, Piemonte Barbera)
$54.99 Regular Price
$49.99 Case Price/btl

Giacomo Conterno 2014 Barbera d'Alba Cascina Francia (1.5L)*
(Italy, Piemonte Barbera)
$119.99 Regular Price

(Italy, Piemonte Barbera)
$54.99 Regular Price
$49.99 Case Price/btl

*Pre-Arrival, Late Summer

This offer will expire in 48 hours March 30th at 5:00pm EST.

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

Ticket Price: $99.00

IWM Host: Francesco Vigorito

Great grapes make great wines, and this tasting features two of the very best: Nebbiolo and Pinot Noir. While these two grape varietals grow other places, Nebbiolo is best known for its Piemonte roots, and Pinot Noir for Burgundy. To highlight the history and typicity of these noble grapes, we'll be pouring wines from both historic regions--and we may slip in some surprises as well. This special event, led by Francesco Vigorito and accompanied by regional meats and cheeses, will explore the magic that happens when a specific grape meets its ideal soil, microclimate, regional traditions and producers. Learn more about Nebbiolo and Pinot Noir as you come to appreciate the wines these two grapes have given us wine-lovers. Wine is a life-long love affair, and there's always room for more in your glass!

*Wine list to be announced.

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

Ticket Price: $89.00

IWM Host: Stéphane Menard

The vernal equinox is March 20, and to celebrate the coming of spring, IWM is pleased to present a tasting devoted to this evanescent season. From ramps to lamb, spring abounds with tastes, scents and palates that are special; IWM's Stéphane Menard will lead you through an assortment of wines that are sure to complement this rosy season. Exploring a range from blush wines to crisp whites to full-throttle reds, this tasting is devoted to the coming warm months, the bounty of fresh produce, and the bright, fresh beauty that springtime brings. Complemented by regional meats and cheeses, this tasting is certain to bring a smile and a glimpse at the coming of summer!

*Wine list to be announced.

Saturday, April 15 | 1:00-3:00 pm | New York, NY
A Sit-Down Tasting

Ticket Price: $109.00

IWM Host: Will Di Nunzio, President

This tasting brings wine to its simplest--and most iconic--parts. Just Barolo, Brunello, Barbaresco and Burgundy will be poured at this casual event; taste an array of beautiful bottles and learn why these regions make some of the most sought-after, popular and representative wines in the world. All mono-varietal wines, Barolo, Brunello, Barbaresco and Burgundy embody their respective terroirs, reflect their regions' traditions, and reflect producers' styles, and each of these wines rank high on wine-lovers' lists. Join us at this special sit-down tasting, accompanied by regional meats and cheeses and led by IWM's president, Will Di Nunzio, and get to know, to appreciate and to love these iconic wines just a little bit better.

*Wine list to be announced.

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.

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