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October 22, 2014
Galardi Vintage Trio, Benchmark Brunello Riserva Mags, and Vintage Guigal La Landonne
October 21, 2014
Paolo Bea's Stunning Value, Iconic Joseph Phelps, Rare Ornellaia Vendemmia d'Artista
Terra de Lavoro is a special wine, and not merely because it consistently appreciates in value. Crafted from Campania's indigenous Aglianico and Piedirosso, Terra de Lavoro manages to tame that first grape's burliness into a wine with finesse, a wine with the kind of structure, herbaceous notes and warm spice to remind connoisseurs of Barolo, Pauillac of Bordeaux and Hermitage of the Northern Rhône--all rolled into one.
As with all of Paolo Bea's wines, the estate uses non-interventionist techniques to grow the grapes for its San Valentino--a blend of 70 % Sangiovese with the rest split evenly between indigenous Umbrian grapes Sagrantino and Montepulciano. As the name implies, this wine is a cru. All three grapes derive from the same vineyard, a plot of land named San Valentino that sits 1,300 feet above sea level vineyard, and the average vine is about fifty years old.
October 20, 2014
Collectable, Rare Antinori Matarocchio! Jaboulet Hermitage, and $80 Cru Amarone!
October 16, 2014
Classic Antinori Chianti Classico, Leflaive’s Perfect Puligny Montrachet, and Fairytale Ferrari
Much in the way that Solaia derives from the finest selection of Cabernet Sauvignon within the Tignanello vineyard, Matarocchio derives from just five rows of vines within the Guado al Tasso vineyard. Piero Antinori recognized that these vines offered an unparalleled selection of Cabernet Franc, and rather than bottle them with the estate's flagship wine, he chose to create something new and wonderful.
Today, we're delighted to present the Badia a Passignano 2008 Chianti Classico Riserva, a well-made Chianti if ever there was one. This mono-varietal Chianti Classico Riserva comes from the legendary Antinori family, so it's likely no surprise that it's elegance incarnate. This '08 Chianti Classico seamlessly melds pure Sangiovese red and dark fruit with herbal notes, spice, wildflowers and tobacco.
October 15, 2014
Le Macchiole Bolgheri Rosso 2011 Debut, Garagiste Alain Burguet, and Rare Tignanello Vertical
October 14, 2014
Beautiful Bea Riserva, Mâcconais Fave from Rijckaert, and Superstar Amalfi Coast Red!
Few wines consistently evoke the personalities of their makers as those from Le Macchiole, and this entry-level Rosso embodies the cool sophistication and down-to-earth beauty of estate owner Cinzia Merli and consulting enologist Luca D'Attoma. Succulent fruit balances with fresh acidity, supple tannins and cheek-piquing minerals in this polished blend of Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon and Syrah.
As with all of Paolo Bea's wines, the estate uses non-interventionist techniques to grow the grapes for its Montefalco Riserva Pipparello--a blend of about 60 percent Sangiovese with the rest split evenly between indigenous Umbrian grapes Montepulciano and Sagrantino. This natural wine is traditional in spirit, undergoing a long and unusual maceration of six weeks, extended aging in large neutral casks and delivered to market with additional bottle aging for approachability.
October 9, 2014
Gaia & Rey, 1984-2012! $14 Montepulciano! And 2012 Bachey-Legros Value Burgundy!
October 8, 2014
Gracious 2011 Guado al Tasso, Awesome Auxey-Duresses Blanc, and Vintage Gaja Brunello!
In many ways, Angelo Gaja's takes on both white and red Burgundy helped him launch his cru Barbaresco in the US and around the world. During his world campaigns to introduce Barbaresco and Piedmont in the 1960s, Angelo would pour his Chardonnay Gaia & Rey and Cabernet Darmaji to sway wine industry people who were then unfamiliar with Nebbiolo; it worked.
The growing season in 2011 was fairly perfect--a wet winter, a warm spring with perfectly timed rains, a hot and dry summer and a textbook, if early, harvest--and this bottling reflects its raw materials in its silkiness, its intensity, its richness and its overall decadence. Ripe juicy black and blue fruit, exotic spices, mocha and earth swirl in a textured palate that's replete with velvety tannins and lingers on the finish for a pleasant eternity.
October 7, 2014
$70 Brunello Riserva, Bewitching Comtes Lafon Volnay, and Raffaele Palma White!
October 6, 2014
New Release Masseto! New Release Muffato! New Release Paolo Bea Rosso de Véo!
It's rare to find a Riserva Brunello for less than $70--in fact, it's difficult to find a quality normale bottling at that price point, but Talenti, one of the founding fathers of Brunello di Montalcino, has the ability to craft quality wines at outstanding price points. Today, we're delighted to announce the return of IWM client favorite 2006 Talenti Brunello di Montalcino Pian di Conte Riserva.
Over the last decade or so, Toscana has emerged as a bastion of high caliber Merlot. At the top of the list sits Masseto, the cru Merlot coming from the 16-acre plot bearing the same name. Despite having debuted only in the 1986 vintage, Masseto encroaches upon the epic mystique of the storied Château Pétrus.
October 2, 2014
Classic Nebbiolo, Top Class Burgundy and Lots of Cupano Mags!
October 1, 2014
Querciabella the Super Tuscan, Canalicchio Riserva and two Amazing Merlots!
Massolino delivers truly classic Barolo as well as excellence across an extensive collection of traditional Piemonte bottlings--from the finest expression of Moscato d'Asti. The Langhe Nebbiolo delivers more grace and terrior than many Barolos released on the market, to the estate's traditional cuvée Barolo that sets the standard for value Barolo.
Crafted only in the best vintages, Querciabella's Camartina comes from the same rebellious Super-Tuscan tradition as Sassicaia. Like Sassicaia, it's a Super-Tuscan crafted from mostly Cabernet. Unlike Sassicaia, however, Camartina blends its international grape with indigenous Sangiovese. And also unlike Sassicaia, Camartina has waited quietly in the shadows for its time in the sun.
September 30, 2014
Talenti Brunello, Chateau Plince & Left Bank Bordeaux of th 1980s!
September 29, 2014
Flawless Tignanello, Two Veneto Classics and Giuseppe Quintarelli!
One of the progenitors of Brunello di Montalcino and the founding father of the estate that bears his name, Pierluigi Talenti defied market trends, crafting wines that hew pretty close to traditional Brunello, while allowing for earlier approachability. Now under the hands of Riccardo Talenti, the estate has taken on some modernization that has improved the wines without upsetting the family style, using both Slovenian botti and French tonneau for aging to create a wine that is refined, nuanced and, above all, delicious.
There's no question that Tignanello changed the Super-Tuscan game. It was the first Sangiovese bottling to be aged in small oak barrels, and arguably the first modern red wine to include an international grape, Cabernet Sauvignon, in a blend with Sangiovese. Tignanello was also among the first wines in Chianti to be made without any white grapes; in fact, its original composition (80 percent Sangiovese blended with 20 percent Canaiolo and 5 percent each of Trebbiano and Malvasia) relied heavily on white grapes, but in 1975, Tignanello became a pure red wine.
September 25, 2014
Amazing Aldo Conterno, Two Classic Burgundies and an Under $60 Rosé
September 24, 2014
Baricci's Umano '09 Brunello, Louis Jadot Value and Chavy Chouet Meursault
Still known as the "King of Barolo" in Italy, Aldo Conterno passed away in 2012, leaving behind a legacy of wines and winemaking. Today, we're proud to debut one of the last wines that began under his watchful eyes, the 2006 Barolo Granbussia Riserva.
IWM loves the wines of Baricci, and our clients seem to agree. This small, family-owned-and-operated estate makes some of the most umano--authentic and human--expressions of Brunello di Montalcino we've ever come across. Today, we're delighted to announce the release of the 2009 Baricci Brunello di Montalcino.
September 23, 2014
Approachable '09 Valdicava Brunello, Great Rijckaert Macon, and Under $80 Amarone!
September 22, 2014
Large Format Le Rocche Falleto, Maltroye's Stunning Village, and Amalfi's Rising Star
Today, we're delighted to announce the arrival of the 2009 Valdicava Brunello di Montalcino. The growing season of 2009 in Montalcino was picture perfect to create wines of great intensity that nonetheless remain fresh, allowing for that elusive pairing of qualities: earlier accessibility and cellar longevity.
Giacosa Le Rocche del Falletto is a special wine from its roots to its bottle. Not only does this wine come from select vines in Giacosa's legendary Falletto vineyard, but also the estate handpicks a tiny selection of grapes to make it--and that's just the normale Barolo Le Rocche Falletto. In any year, Barolo Le Rocche del Falletto is very good and very collectable, but in a Riserva bottling, or Red Label, it's extraordinary.
September 18, 2014
Stunning 2012 Latour-Giraud, Great Comte Armand Pommard, and New Gaja Rossj Bass!
September 17, 2014
Return of ’07 Poggio di Sotto, Cult Bachelet Gevrey-Chambertin, and Serious Dolcetto
Although Domaine Latour-Giraud has been an estate for many generations, and although its Burgundies garner accolades from both critics and connoisseurs, it's an estate that has flown very much under the radar. Jean-Pierre Latour, owner of Latour-Giraud since the '90s, makes his wines with a fervent, meticulous eye to detail.
The wine we offer today epitomizes the work that Palmucci and Gambelli did together, embodying the style of traditional Brunello combined with the sleekness and stability of a modern one. Sweet, juicy red fruit, a caressing palate, a lingering trip to the spice box, and a generous helping of that ineffable Poggio di Sotto terroir make this 2007 Brunello perfectly accessible and deliciously opulent.
September 16, 2014
Ripe, Taut 2011 Grattamacco, Classic ’08 Grattamacco, and Approachable Gaja Brunello
September 15, 2014
Baricci’s “Baby Brunello,” Large Format Giacosa, and Collector Quintarelli!
Though under the radar, Baricci has a long, important history. Founded in 1955 by former sharecropper Nello Baricci the estate debuted its first commercial bottle with the 1971 vintage. Nello was instrumental in creating the wine that we know and love today; in 1967, he served as one of the 26 founding members of the Consorzio del Vino Brunello di Montalcino, the governing body that sets the quality maintaining standards and practices for Brunello.
Though under the radar, Baricci has a long, important history. Founded in 1955 by former sharecropper Nello Baricci the estate debuted its first commercial bottle with the 1971 vintage. Nello was instrumental in creating the wine that we know and love today; in 1967, he served as one of the 26 founding members of the Consorzio del Vino Brunello di Montalcino, the governing body that sets the quality maintaining standards and practices for Brunello.
September 11, 2014
$22 Artisanal Valpolicella, $23 Barat Chablis, and Collectable ‘09 Messorio Merlot!
September 10, 2014
Return of Bea Pagliaro, Great Drouhin-Laroze Clos de Bèze, and the Lord of the Vines
Much is being made of the 2010 growing season in Piemonte, and for good reason: it was ideal. A cold, snowy winter was followed by a difficult spring; summer was hot and dry, but late August rain quenched parched vines, and September offered optimal ripening conditions of hot days and cool nights.
Much is being made of the 2010 growing season in Piemonte, and for good reason: it was ideal. A cold, snowy winter was followed by a difficult spring; summer was hot and dry, but late August rain quenched parched vines, and September offered optimal ripening conditions of hot days and cool nights.
September 9, 2014
De Conciliis Golden Fiano, Great Fourrier Gevrey Chambertin, and Redigaffi in Magnum!
September 8, 2014
2010 Value Aldo Conterno Rosso! Antinori Pian delle Vigne Sale! And Gaja Super Tuscan!
Much is being made of the 2010 growing season in Piemonte, and for good reason: it was ideal. A cold, snowy winter was followed by a difficult spring; summer was hot and dry, but late August rain quenched parched vines, and September offered optimal ripening conditions of hot days and cool nights.
Much is being made of the 2010 growing season in Piemonte, and for good reason: it was ideal. A cold, snowy winter was followed by a difficult spring; summer was hot and dry, but late August rain quenched parched vines, and September offered optimal ripening conditions of hot days and cool nights.
September 4, 2014
Montevertine's Value Wine, Cupano's '02 Stunner, and Great 2010 Château Palmer
September 3, 2014
Introducing New Paolo Bea, Joseph Drouhin's Thrilling Perrières, and Vintage Quintarelli
Deriving from grapes grown in in the San Casciano Val di Pesa located in the western section of the Chianti Classico zone, this Chianti from La Sala is a mono-varietal Sangiovese wine--and a piece of Tuscan history. La Sala, which dates to the thirteenth century, sits in the hills where Machiavelli penned "The Prince" in his exile.
Deriving from grapes grown in in the San Casciano Val di Pesa located in the western section of the Chianti Classico zone, this Chianti from La Sala is a mono-varietal Sangiovese wine--and a piece of Tuscan history. La Sala, which dates to the thirteenth century, sits in the hills where Machiavelli penned "The Prince" in his exile.
September 2, 2014
Debuting Giuseppe Rinaldi 2010 Barolo, Collectable Artadi Rioja, and a Campanian Sparkler!
August 28, 2014
Return of the '04 Alzero, Rouget Cros Parantoux, and the Best Antinori Brunello Yet?
Deriving from grapes grown in in the San Casciano Val di Pesa located in the western section of the Chianti Classico zone, this Chianti from La Sala is a mono-varietal Sangiovese wine--and a piece of Tuscan history. La Sala, which dates to the thirteenth century, sits in the hills where Machiavelli penned "The Prince" in his exile.
Deriving from grapes grown in in the San Casciano Val di Pesa located in the western section of the Chianti Classico zone, this Chianti from La Sala is a mono-varietal Sangiovese wine--and a piece of Tuscan history. La Sala, which dates to the thirteenth century, sits in the hills where Machiavelli penned "The Prince" in his exile.
August 27, 2014
Authentic Chianti Classico, Joseph Voillot's Visceral Volnay, and Mature Gaja Crus!
August 26, 2014
Acclaimed 2010 Solaia Arrival, the Prince's Fairytale Whites, and Palate-Coating Nicolas Rossignol
Deriving from grapes grown in in the San Casciano Val di Pesa located in the western section of the Chianti Classico zone, this Chianti from La Sala is a mono-varietal Sangiovese wine--and a piece of Tuscan history. La Sala, which dates to the thirteenth century, sits in the hills where Machiavelli penned "The Prince" in his exile.
While Tignanello introduced Antinori's Super-Tuscan wines to the world, Solaia has never been in its shadows--somewhat literally, for this cru gets its name from the very sunny vineyard where its grapes derive. Debuting in 1978, Solaia was initially a blend of Cabernet Sauvignon touched with Cabernet Franc, but in 1982, Piero Antinori and his star enologist, Giacomo Tachis, added Sangiovese.
August 25, 2014
2010 Aldo Conterno Barolo! Vintage Biondi-Santi Brunello, and Delicious Domaine Leflaive!
August 21, 2014
Rare Quintarelli Rosso del Bepi, Great Simon Bize Savigny, and $90 Vintage Brunello Riserva
Much is being made of the 2010 growing season in Barolo, and for one really good reason: it was picture perfect for the fussy Nebbiolo grape. A cold, snowy winter was followed by a difficult spring, with some light hail in June that created an ideal natural green harvest.
Rare and delicious, Quintarelli produced his Rosso del Bepi in only three previous vintages, 1994, '96 and '99. Often referred to as "Quintarelli Amarone at half the price" by insiders, Rosso del Bepi is, in fact, technically an Amarone, declassified only because it failed to satisfy Quintarelli's exacting standards.
August 20, 2014
Debuting Gaja's Stunning 2012 Promis, Thrilling '09 Ornellaia, and Cupano's Baby Brunello!
August 19, 2014
Return of the '09 Redigaffi, Vintage Sassicaia, and Large Format Giacosa '08 Le Rocche Falletto Riserva
Today, we're delighted to offer a new allocation of the highly acclaimed '09 Redigaffi. Now with five years of perfect maturity, this wine is entering its drinking window, and it is stunning. Juicy, brambly red and black fruit, incense, earth, grilled herbs, and exotic spices, the '09 Redigaffi is a feast for the senses, but this wine's structure more than balances its opulent fruit.
Today, we're delighted to offer a new allocation of the highly acclaimed '09 Redigaffi. Now with five years of perfect maturity, this wine is entering its drinking window, and it is stunning. Juicy, brambly red and black fruit, incense, earth, grilled herbs, and exotic spices, the '09 Redigaffi is a feast for the senses, but this wine's structure more than balances its opulent fruit.
August 18, 2014
Return of the '08 Solaia, the "Crown Jewel" of Dal Forno, and Under $18 Big Red!
August 14, 2014
Lively, Food-Friendly Lambrusco! And Benchmark Cru Valdicava Brunello Riserva!
Solaia, a single, very sunny fifty-acre vineyard in the heart of Chianti Classico, grows three grape varieties, Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, and Sangiovese, and these three grapes together become this inimitable wine. The wine that Piero Antinori and celebrated enologist Giacomo Tachis created after Tignanello, Solaia began as Cabernet Sauvignon touched with Cabernet Franc, but in 1982, the team added Sangiovese and tinkered with its formula over the next couple of vintages to make it the blend it is today.
Lambrusco has long suffered a bad reputation owing to its association with the disco-era 1970s when oceans of confection-flavored wine flowed into the US. This sweet, cloying, fizzy style of Lambrusco isn't typical of the wine, and it certainly doesn't represent Lambrusco Grasparossa di Castelvetro.
August 13, 2014
Aldo Conterno '11 Chardonnay, Cos d'Estournel '10 Saint-Estephe, and Great Value Barolo
August 12, 2014
Magical Movia 2008 Pinot Nero, Sassicaia Vintage Case, and Palmer 2010 Alter Ego!
Today, we're delighted to debut the 2011 Aldo Conterno Chardonnay Bussiador--and to introduce this delicious, full-bodied Chardonnay at very special time-sensitive pricing. Although Aldo Conterno is best known for his Barolos, he also produces other interesting, modern wines like this Bussiador Chardonnay.
A clone of Burgundy's famed Pinot Noir, Pinot Nero is Italy's version of the beloved international grape. Grown throughout northern Italy, particularly in Lombardia, the Veneto and Friuli, Pinot Nero produces red, rosé and sparkling wines that say as much about their Italian terroir and vinification as they do about this internationally beloved grape. Certainly, Movia's Pinot Nero, a wine that exhibits a rare tension between its juicy berry notes and its lean herbaciousness, is a unique, robust and vital expression.
August 11, 2014
2010 Gaja Conteisa Release, Rare Cru Vietti Barolo, and 29-Year-Old Quintarelli Amarone!
August 7, 2014
Return of Tua Rita '09 Giusto di Notri, Iconic Château Rieussec, and Meursault Steal!
Today, I'm pleased to bring back the 2009 Tua Rita Giusto di Notri, a wine that grabs you in a big, warm hug and doesn't let you go. It's an enveloping, caressing powerhouse of a bottle, and it is simply beautiful. You can't drink this wine without smiling--and Tua Rita wouldn't have it any other way.
Today, I'm pleased to bring back the 2009 Tua Rita Giusto di Notri, a wine that grabs you in a big, warm hug and doesn't let you go. It's an enveloping, caressing powerhouse of a bottle, and it is simply beautiful. You can't drink this wine without smiling--and Tua Rita wouldn't have it any other way.
August 6, 2014
Intense, Precise William Fèvre 2012 Chablis, Vintage Vega-Sicilia and José Dhondt Splits!
August 5, 2014
19 Vintages of Tignanello! 1980s Left Bank Bordeaux! And 2007 Valdicava Brunello!
Along with these spectacular 2012 releases, I’m very proud to present a list of vintage Vega-Sicilia wines, some dating back to 1922. These collector wines are astounding bottlings, all with pristine provenance, and each one is a master class in vintage wine, in winemaking and in Spanish wine.
Today, I'm very proud to present nineteen vintages of Antinori's groundbreaking Tignanello, ranging from 1975, the first vintage to bear the name "Tignanello," to 2010, the most recent vintage. I think most of us drink our Super Tuscans too early. This list of wines gives you an opportunity to drink these wines as Piero Antinori intended--with age, and with perfect, pristine, straight-line provenance.
August 4, 2014
Fontodi 2011 Vigna del Sorbo Debut, Thrililng Aldo Conterno '09 Bussia, and Vintage Gaja!
July 31, 2014
Massolino's $33 "Baby Barolo," Barat's $32 Chablis, and Benchmark Hommage á Perrin
Today, I'm very happy to debut the 2011 Vigna del Sorbo. It's not a stretch to call this wine the insider's Sangiovese. Sure, there is a small component of Cabernet Sauvignon, adding a velvety luster, but this wine delivers pure Sangiovese elegance at a fraction of the cost of the big name mono-varietal wines. And it'll age just as well. It's a gorgeous wine that flows like silk and grabs you by the ears to pull you back to the glass.
Unlike the Hautes-Côtes de Nuits, both of these featured wines are instantaneously recognizable--the Massolino could only be a Piemontese Nebbiolo and the Barat could be nothing but a Chablis. What's surprising is that each of these wines delivers flavors that are packed to the meniscus, and each bottle does it for less than $35!
July 30, 2014
Voerzio's 2010 Triumph, Vintage Álvaros Palacios L'Ermita, and Great Movia Merlot!
July 29, 2014
Voerzio's 2010 Triumph, Vintage Álvaros Palacios L'Ermita, and Great Movia Merlot!
Today, we're delighted to announce the release of the 2011 Fontodi Flaccianello. This mono-varietal Sangiovese has long been a darling of connoisseurs and critics alike, and the '11 bottling will do nothing to dissuade the wine's ardent fans. Owing to the warm weather, production was down about 14% in Toscana in 2011 to create a concentrated, intense Flaccianello.
Today, IWM is proud to present a pair of Voerzio collections, both composed of the estate's new releases and both presented in original wood casing, adding to the collectability of these already prestigious wines. One is a case of Voerzio's 2010 cru Barolo bottlings: Barolo Cerquio, Barolo Rocche dell'Annunziata, Barolo La Serra and Barolo Brunate.
July 28, 2014
Release of the 2005 Alzero! 6 Iconic Producers, 30 Amazing Verticals! And Joseph Voillot!
July 24, 2014
Velvety, Juicy Under $30 Montessu, Stunning Petit Vougeots, and Great $11 Pinot Grigio!
Today, I'm proud to present the latest release of Quintarelli Alzero, the estate's Cabernet Franc wine. It's a special bottle. More than being a heady, intricate, opulent wine, the '05 Alzero is dedicated to Franca Quintarelli, the wife of the late, great Giuseppe, who passed in 2012.
The wild coast of Sardinia is home Agricola Punica, a joint venture between the Cantina Sociale di Santadi, a cooperative of Sardinian winemakers, and Tenuta San Guido, the makers of Sassicaia, all guided by the hand of master enologist Giacomo Tachis. Tachis, the legendary enologist behind Super Tuscans like Sassicaia, Tignanello, Solaia, and Solengo, may have visited Sardinia on vacation, but he found inspiration on that rocky, sunlit island.
July 23, 2014
The Next Big Thing in Italian Wine! Vintage Ceretto! And Vega Sicilia Sale!
July 22, 2014
Landmark Vintage Sassicaia, Benchmark Valdicava, and Gaja Darmagi Vertical!
Campania is the locale for some of Italy’s most compelling cult wines--Galardi and Montevetrano helped to push this ancient winemaking region into the consciousness of wine enthusiasts with a penchant for wines off the beaten path. Raffaele Palma is poised to take advantage of the path that these two great estates have beaten to Campanian wines.
Today, we're proud to present a limited allocation of 32-year-old Sassicaia bottlings. One of the most legendary vintages of this extraordinary wine, the 1982 Sassicaia is one of the last vintages to come from the hands of Mario Incisa della Rocchetta, the creator of Sassicaia himself.
July 21, 2014
Organic Under $20 Sangiovese Rosé, Under $50 Artisanal Barolo, and IWM Fave St-Émilion!
July 17, 2014
Lazio's Orange Treasure, 17-Year-Old Tignanello, and 15-Year-Old Cervaro!
Today's three wines will help you enjoy summer while getting ready for fall. First, I'm delighted to feature a beautiful salmon-pink rosato from Montepulciano's Il Conventino. It has all of Sangiovese's juicy cherries, dusty earth and rain-spattered wildflowers, but it showers you softly with Sangiovese's bounty. Like all worthy Sangiovese wines, it has the kind of acidity that makes food sing.
If a rosé is made by vinifying a red grape like a white grape, then an orange wine is made by vinifying a white grape like a red. This means that, as in red wine protocol, the grapes macerate on the skins for an extended period of time, something that imbues the white wine with characteristics usually attributable to reds: fuller bodies, deeper colors, more pronounced tannins, and unexpected complexity.
July 16, 2014
Best Le Serre Nuove Yet? The Last of Rinaldi Brunate-Le Coste? And Old Guard Volnay!
July 15, 2014
The Sassicaia of Sardinia, Must-Have Château Maltroye, Serious Amalfi Coast White!
Ornellaia makes two of the finest Super-Tuscans on the market, its eponymous flagship wine and Masseto, its incredible and famous Merlot. Capitalizing on their first two wines, Ornellaia added to the stellar line up with two secondary bottlings, Le Serre Nuove and Le Volte, wines that hew so closely to the originals that were they to come from any other winery, they'd be stars in their own right.
This week, I'm delighted to present a beautiful island wine from Sardegna, an island that has deep winemaking traditions and unusual indigenous varietals. The wines of Agricola Punica, a collaboration of a local collective with legendary enologist Giacomo Tachis and Sassicaia greats Marchese Nicolò Incisa della Rocchetta and Sebastiano Rosa, show their land's wild island spirit, imbued as they are with Sardegna's buffeting winds, rocky lands and almost arid dryness.
July 14, 2014
2011 Gaja Cru Barbaresco Debut! Fontodi '10 Flaccianello Mags and Great Under $20 Rosso!
July 10, 2014
Under $20 Baby Barbaresco, Great $20 Barbera, and Iconic Artadi Rioja El Pison
I'm very happy to introduce De Forville Langhe Nebbiolo. This wine has gotten a lot of attention in the press, both mainstream and industry, but I've never been one to choose wines based on their notice. I picked this Langhe Nebbiolo because it's a simply delicious bottle that bursts with fruit and tastes like it was made with love.
I'm very happy to introduce De Forville Langhe Nebbiolo. This wine has gotten a lot of attention in the press, both mainstream and industry, but I've never been one to choose wines based on their notice. I picked this Langhe Nebbiolo because it's a simply delicious bottle that bursts with fruit and tastes like it was made with love.
July 9, 2014
Pernot Belicard 2012 Release, 1990s Right Bank Bordeaux, and Spain's Royal Wine!
July 8, 2014
'08 and '09 Il Palzzone Brunello, Giacosa's Collectible Riserva, and One Great White!
Today's eLetter is an IWM first: with the exception of our expert suggestions, all of our offerings come from outside of Italy! While Italian wines remain our core and our passion, my team and I have worked hard to build a portfolio of fine wines that spans the globe, and today's selections both show our commitment and our success.
Today, I'm proud to spotlight a pair of Il Palazzone vintages that go together like salt and pepper, like peaches and cream, like wine and bread; they're entirely complementary.
July 7, 2014
Debuting Gaia & Rey 2012, Introducing Raffaele Palma, and Biondi-Santi Sale!
July 2, 2014
Under $50 Artisanal Barbaresco, and IWM's Summer Wine Sale!
Gaja is an amazing winemaker, but he's a marketing genius. When he took over his family's estate in the 1960s, Angelo made it his mission to bring Piemonte wines to the world.
I'm pleased to announce our summer sale--30 great wines, each priced up to 30% off, and all with IWM's care, temperature control and provenance. This is a great list of wines, and I know you're going to find at least a few bottles that you love.
July 1, 2014
Great $55 Scarzello Barolo, Rare Sale on Selosse Rosé, 1980s Left Bank Bordeaux!
June 30, 2014
2010 Gaja Sperss Debut, Classic Mascarello Magnums, and Rare Chateau Maris Syrah
Although Scarzello Barolo has a long, storied history that reaches back three hundred years, this twelve-acre estate located in the heart of Barolo has remained relatively under the radar until recently.
Today, we're delighted to present Tenuta San Guido Sassicaia 1998, a vintage that is currently coming into its own, and one that shows how great a shadow vintage can be. In fact, the "Sassicaia 8's" of 1988, 1998, and 2008 are the preferred vintages of the Incisa della Rocchetta family and some of the most classic and refined Sassicaia produced.
June 26, 2014
Vintage Sassicaia! Vintage Gaja Barbaresco! And Leflaive Puligny-Montrachet Pucelles!
June 25, 2014
Mascarello 2009 Barolo Release! Valdicava Sale, and Maltroye's Extraordinary Monopole!
Today, we're delighted to present Tenuta San Guido Sassicaia 1998, a vintage that is currently coming into its own, and one that shows how great a shadow vintage can be. In fact, the "Sassicaia 8's" of 1988, 1998, and 2008 are the preferred vintages of the Incisa della Rocchetta family and some of the most classic and refined Sassicaia produced.
Bartolo Mascarello, an iconoclastic figure in Piemonte, championed traditional Barolo making, and his wines have always attracted a cult following. Mascarello held a passion for the preservation of Barolo's historic past, which emphasizes the flavors of the local land rather than French barrique or stainless steel.
June 24, 2014
Galardi's 2010 Triumph, Stunning Flaccianello on Sale, and 26-Year-Old Aldo Conterno Barolo!
June 23, 2014
$99 Benchmark Cru Brunello Riserva, Cult '08 Brunello, and Legendary '80s Monfortino
Today, IWM is delighted to announce a new allocation of the astounding Galardi Terra di Lavoro 2010. Rooted in a humble garagiste beginning, Terra di Lavoro has developed a fervid fan base in its near two decades of existence.
Col d'Orcia makes its Poggio Al Vento Brunello Riserva only in exceptional years. This cru Brunello 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.
June 19, 2014
Claude Dugat's Affordable Luxury, Rare Soldera, and "Perfect" Guado al Tasso Mags!
June 18, 2014
Under $50 Cru Barbaresco, Classic Fèvre Chablis, and Under $40 Baby Barolo!
Like the wines that Dugat produces under his own name, the wines of La Gibryotte come only from Gevrey-Chambertin. In fact, the domaine's name is a portmanteau of "Gibriacois," the name for people who live in the region, and "Layotte," the regional word for the women who historically tended vineyards.
It's rare to find a great under $50 artisanal cru Barbaresco, but Ada Nada makes one of our favorites. Barbaresco is a third the size of the neighboring Barolo region, so it's not often you see a cru Barbaresco priced at under $50.
June 17, 2014
14-Year-Old Tignanello, Rare Quintarelli Recioto, and Your Go-To Barbera!
June 16, 2014
Introducing Quinto Chionetti Cru Dolcetto! Plus Sassicaia Mags and Historic Giacosa!
Today, I'm proud to present the Antinori Tignanello from 2000. In the grand scheme of old wines--even the old wines we offer (yesterday, for example, we offered a Giacosa Barolo that soon turns fifty!)--fourteen years isn't that mature, but it seems old for a Super Tuscan.
Dolcetto, a Piemonte native, is one of those grapes that is very common in Italy, but less so here. It makes an unusual, delicious dark purple wine that smells sweet but slides across the palate with a satisfying dryness.
June 12, 2014
Last of the 2011 Redigaffi? Great Leflaive Mâcon-Verzé, and Col d'Orcia Brunello Mags!
June 11, 2014
Valdicava '12 Rosso Debut, Lush Pavelot Savigny-les-Beaune, Great Valdicava Mags
The highly touted 2011 vintage is the child of excellent weather; a very hot summer reduced yields and concentrated the berries, and as harvest time approached, the weather cooled, allowing the estate to carefully time its grape picking.
Today, I'm proud to debut the Validcava 2012 Rosso di Montalcino, and judging from this wine, we've got a lot to look forward to from the estate's '12 Brunello.
June 10, 2014
Outstanding 2012 Barat Chablis, Gravner's "White" Barolo, and Amazing Vigna d'Alceo
June 9, 2014
Paolo Bea's Natural Beauty, Jadot's Intense Gevrey-Chambertin, Cupano Exclusive
Along with a great Chablis, I'm very proud to present Castello dei Rampolla Vigna d'Alceo 2009, a terrific biodynamic Super Tuscan from the heart of Chianti Classico.
I'm very happy to bring you Paolo Bea Rosso de Véo 2007, the estate's winning entry-level Sagrantino, as well as, Louis Jadot Gevrey Chambertin 2010 and Cupano Brunello di Montalcino 2008.
June 5, 2014
Delicious $23 Chianti Classico, French Rosé Sampler, and $70 Gaja Brunello!
June 4, 2014
Bea's Montefalco Beauty, Canalicchio's Under $26 Baby Brunello, and Vega Sicilia!
Today, I'm delighted to present a great under $23 Chianti Classico from the organically maintained Principe Corsini estate. Summer also calls for rosé wines, and I'm very happy to offer a half-case sampler of great rosés.
Today, I'm delighted to present one amazing "you've just got to try this" wine: Paolo Bea Montefalco Riserva Pipparello 2007.
June 3, 2014
2012 Petrolo Galatrona Debut, Classic Giacosa Barolo, and Benchmark Col d'Orcia Brunello!
June 2, 2014
Stunning Méo-Camuzet 2012s, Best Price on Gaja Barbaresco, and Rare Vintage Soldera!
Today, I'm proud to debut the 2012 Petrolo Galatrona. From high in the hills of Colli Aretini, this powerful wine flows like silk, and I'm confident you'll love it.
It's rare that I choose to feature non-Italian wines in the Spotlight section of the eLetter, so when I do, it's worth taking notice. We first offered the wines of Méo-Camuzet about a year and a half ago, and our Burgundy-loving clients couldn't get enough of them.
May 29, 2014
Under $60 Vintage Mastroberardino, Your BBQ Red, and Vintage Ferrari Gem
May 28, 2014
Campania Cult Montevetrano 2010, Andre Clouet 1911, and Maltroye's 2011 Gems!
Yesterday, I was pleased to announce the arrival of cult wine Montevetrano 2010 from Silvia Imperato's Campanian estate. Today, I'm delighted to follow up that wine with a vintage classic from Campanian great Mastroberardino.
Today, I'm proud to announce the arrival of the 2010 Montevetrano. This Campanian wine began as a cult classic, but each vintage it seems to get better.
May 27, 2014
Quintarelli's Everyday White, Vintage Aldo Conterno, and Under $100 Brunello Riserva
May 22, 2014
The Last of 2004 Quintarelli Amarone? Giacosa '07 Asili and Vintage Aldo Conterno Barolo
This eLetter should help you return to your workday groove with three great wines, including a spectacular summer white from Giuseppe Quintarelli.
Today, I'm proud to present three extraordinary wines from these three extraordinary men: the last large allotment of 2004 Quintarelli Amarone, a small group of collectable 2007 Barbaresco Asili Riserva, and a few pristine bottles of 1982 Aldo Conterno Bussia Soprana in magnum.
May 21, 2014
Tua Rita Redigaffi 2012 Debut, the Sassicaia of Patagonia, and Vintage Valentini!
May 20, 2014
Spring’s Essential Bandol Rosé, Vintage Gaja Barbaresco, and Gaia & Rey Splits
Today, I'm delighted to debut the Tua Rita 2012 Redigaffi. The name "Redigaffi" is all it takes to raise excitement in lots of wine lovers, and there's no question why. This Merlot grabs you and hugs you from the inside in a warm, enveloping embrace.
I'm delighted to offer Chateau de Pibarnon Bandol Rosé 2013, a classic Provence rosé that speaks volumes about its terrior in its sun-warmed fruit, bitter almonds and surprising tartness. This is a wine that requires grilled shrimp, sun-streamed sipping, and making plans for the summer ahead.
May 19, 2014
$22 Artisanal Prosecco, Valdicava's Baby Brunello, and More St-Émilion!
May 15, 2014
Under $18 Artisanal Verdicchio, Under $12 Pinot Grigio, and "Must-Have" Puligny-Montrachet
Today, I'm very happy to offer exactly that: Cima da Conegliano Prosecco Extra Dry. This is a fine bottle of $22 Veneto wine, delicate and light, refreshing and dry, it's a celebration waiting to happen--even if all you're celebrating is lunch.
I've always believed that we need different wines to complement different moods and to create different experiences. This under $18 Verdicchio is what I reach for when I want to feel like I'm sitting in the shade on a hot summer day, watching the world's beauty roll past me. Don't let its price fool you: this is a real artisanal wine made with love.
May 14, 2014
Le Macchiole's Outstanding 2010 Messorio, and Historic DRC Large Format Bottlings
May 13, 2014
Your New Go-To Red, Intense Drouhin-Laroze Clos de Beze, and Under $45 Cult Aglianico
Today, I'm delighted to debut the 2010 Le Macchiole Messorio, a mono-varietal Merlot that sits right up there with its neighbor Masseto.
Today, I'm delighted to present a Montepulciano d'Abruzzo that will reward the palate without fatiguing the palate, Quattro Mani Montepulciano d'Abruzzo 2012.
May 12, 2014
Biondi-Santi '09 Brunello Release and '08 Brunello Sale, and Under $35 Montevertine!
May 8, 2014
Under $80 Cru Amarone, First Ever Pomerol Offer, and Historic Mouton Rothschild Vertical!
The Brunellos of Biondi-Santi are perfect representations of their birthplace, and of their late great maker, Franco Biondi-Santi, who passed away a little more than a year ago. These Brunellos, like the "Gentleman of Montalcino," as Franco was called, are timeless, elegant, and quietly powerful.
Along with this groundbreaking list of Pomerol wines, I'm delighted to offer a historic vertical of Château Mouton Rothschild. Robin was instrumental in acquiring this list of wines too, and it is breathtaking. Finally, I'm delighted to spotlight a beautiful Amarone from Nicolis, a small family operation in the Veneto.
May 7, 2014
Palari's Great Sicilian Rosso, Gaia's Spin on Barolo, and Chavy-Chouet's Value Gem
May 6, 2014
16-Year-Old Flaccianello, Movia's Magical Puro, and Paolo Bea's Entry-Level Beauty
Today, I'm proud to offer three very different wines that offer very different drinking experiences, and each of them have the promise to give peak experiences.
Today, I'm very happy to present a 16-year-old bottling of Fontodi Flaccianello. This is a finely made wine that's customarily exuberant and visceral, striking a balance between breathtaking elegance and unabashed gusto.
May 5, 2014
Under $55 Montevertine, Dagueneau's Poully-Fumé Magic, and Big Guidalberto Bottlings
May 1, 2014
Aldo Conterno’s $30 Rosso, and Spring Cellar Cleaning, Italian Whites, Sparkling Wines and Global Wines
Today, I'm happy to present the 2011 vintage of the Montevertine Rosso. From a very warm vintage, this wine nearly pulls you by the ears to enjoy it.
Along with these delicious, different bottles, all on sale and all direct from our temperature-controlled cellar, I'm delighted to present the Aldo Conterno Langhe Rosso 2009. This blend of Freisa, Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon is juicy, fruity, spicy and flecked with minerals.
April 30, 2014
The Ultimate Value White Burgundy? Spring Cellar Cleaning with French Whites!
April 29, 2014
IWM's Most Popular $25 Wine and Spring Cellar Cleaning with French Reds
Our spring cellar cleaning continues from yesterday's offer of French reds with today's list of French whites. It's a stunning array of more than 130 wines--flinty Chablis, juicy Puligny-Montrachet, laser-focused Meursault, spicy Riesling, mouth-watering Sancerre, intriguing Alsatians, and value-conscious Village white Burgundies.
Yesterday, we began our spring cleaning with Italian reds; today we continue with French reds. This progression makes sense--not only because it follows the way IWM itself has expanded from its base of Italian wines into having one of the largest cellars of French wines in the States, but also because when you get down to it, so much winemaking is intertwined.
April 28, 2014
Under $50 Capanna '08 Brunello and IWM's Spring Cellar Cleaning, Italian Reds!
April 24, 2014
Release of 2009 Cerbaiona Brunello, Jadot Cult Bottlings, and Your New Under $30 White
As we let go of treasures in our cellar to make room for new bottles, we'll still be featuring special wines in our Spotlight section. Today, I'm proud to present the Capanna 2008 Brunello di Montalcino.
Today, I'm proud to announce the release of the 2009 Cerbaiona Brunello di Montalcino. This release comes later than that of many other estates because Cerbaiona is so conscientious, but the wait is worth it. This is a sleek, polished, elegant wine that thrums with life; it packs a gorgeous punch.
April 23, 2014
Gaja’s Classic, Spectacular 2010 Crus! Plus, Italy’s Champagne and Alpine Barolo!
April 22, 2014
Earth Day Wines: Compelling Palari Faro, Ripe Joseph Drouhin, and Rare Valentini
Along with these collector wines, I'm delighted to offer a pair of affordable, authentic and unusual Italian gems: Barone Pizzini Rosé Franciacorta and Donnas Vallee d'Aosta Rosso 2009. The first is the closest Italy gets to Champagne; it's a sparkling wine made from Pinot Noir using Champagne methods, and it's delicious. The second is a mountain version of Barolo or Barbaresco, a Nebbiolo wine that's somehow both airy and earthy at once.
The three winemakers we feature today all grow their grapes naturally, without pesticides, with minimal intervention, and with a mindfulness of the planet that sustains us all. It's easy to forget that wine is a living, breathing thing, but producers like Palari, Joseph Drouin and Edoardo Valentini make bottles that remind you with every vibrant sip.
April 21, 2014
Great Under $25 Rosso, Rinaldi Barolo Brunate-Le Coste, and Best Guidalberto Yet?
April 17, 2014
Stunning 2010 Vietti Barolo, Palate-Staining Le Corton, and RKO’s St Emilion Picks
I've long maintained that a good cellar has three major kinds of wines: wines to drink everyday, wines to impress, and wines for special occasions. Today's offer presents one bottle for each type, beginning with the Graci Etna Rosso.
Today I'm proud to debut three 2010 wines from Vietti, a traditional cuvee Barolo and two cru Barolos, all of them outrageous. Not only are these three wines spectacular, but also they range in price points; the cuvee is less than $70!
April 16, 2014
Two COS Wines for Summer! Sassicaia Sale! And Cupano Magnums!
April 15, 2014
Return of Cerbaiona's "Baby Brunello," Under $55 Cru Riserva Barbaresco, and Classic Meursault!
Along with these two Sicilian wines, I'm proud to present special pricing on a legendary wine--the 1999 Sassicaia. Fifteen years of maturity, a straight-line provenance, a benchmark vintage, and the greatest of all the Super Tuscans: this wine will floor you. Finally, I'm very pleased to present large-format bottlings of Cupano Brunello di Montalcino and Rosso di Montalcino.
I'm very excited about our something new, the wines of Prodotturi del Barbaresco. Angelo Gaja and Bruno Giacosa might have made Barbaresco famous, but small-time vineyards, like the 56 members of the Produttori, have been quietly growing grapes and making wines like their forebears.
April 14, 2014
Best Ornellaia Yet? Great Lignier Michelot, and Collecter Gaja Sperss!
April 10, 2014
Two Super-Tuscan Debut, and Mind-Bending Pernot Belicard Meursault!
Last Monday, I was proud to debut the 2011 Sassicaia, the latest vintage of the wine that put Bolgheri on the map. Today, I'm equally delighted to present the 2011 Ornellaia, one of the wines that cemented this region as a winemaking force.
Along with these two debuts, I'm delighted to draw your attention to a 2011 Meursault from Pernot Belicard. This winemaker and its 1er Cru Perrières are very hard to find. This Meursault is an intense ride--aromatic, lush, pure and long finishing, with this dry, hazelnut and citrus palate that's precise, pure and enchanting.
April 9, 2014
Under $55 Baricci '08 Brunello, Joseph Voillot's Classic Pommard, and Il Barone '54!
April 8, 2014
Return of Talenti 2006 Riserva, $30 Artisanal Inzolia, and Tignanello 1982-2010
Today, I'm proud to present a new allocation of the Baricci '08 Brunello. I remember tasting Baricci for the first time about a decade ago. I couldn't wait to stock the wine, but I had to. It was only available in Italy.
Today, I'm happy to present an offer that embodies the good points of VinItaly, without the mayhem. There's an old friend, Talenti 2006 Brunello di Montalcino Pian di Conte Riserva, that you can enjoy right now, and it'll make you feel good and happy.
April 7, 2014
Debuting the 2011 Sassicaia, Legendary Wine, Exceptional Vintage
April 3, 2014
Best Antinori Brunello Yet? Historic Mouton Rothschild, and Shocking Corton Charlemagne
Today, I'm proud to debut the new release of Sassicaia from the 2011 vintage. A debut of Sassicaia's new vintage is always a cause for celebration, but perhaps this vintage calls for even more jubilation.
Today, I'm pleased to present another allocation of the '07 Riserva Ferrovia. This Antinori wine satisfies the senses. It's a wine to pour when you want to make Brunello converts out of people who've never tasted one, but it's also a Brunello for people who love the wine but don't necessarily want to wait years before they enjoy it.
April 2, 2014
Quintarelli '04 Alzero Returns, Classic Meursault, and Under $50 Merlot Super Tuscan
April 1, 2014
Rolling out Spring Rosés! Return of ’08 Valdicava, and Under $45 Cupano “Baby Brunello”!
Today, I'm proud to announce that I secured another allocation of Quintarelli 2004 Alzero, the latest release from the estate of its indescribable Cabernet Franc wine. We sold out of the first allocation in a couple of days, and I'm sure this bunch will go as quickly.
This season of flowers blooming and sun shining, of renewal, cleaning, and waking from winter, calls for a special wine. That wine is Rosé, and I'm delighted to offer two special bottles, both interesting, complex, surprising and under $30.
March 31, 2014
26 Vintages of Historic Biondi-Santi, Anselme Selosse Sale, and Great Domaine Gallois!
March 27, 2014
Brunello Pair from Cult Cerbaiona, Spain's Great Value Rioja, and Your New Go-To Red
Along with these extraordinary bottles, many of which would be the crown jewels in a serious collector's cellar, I'm very pleased to present several bottlings of Anselme Selosse Champagne at really great time-sensitive pricing. Winemaker Jacques Selosse is a renegade, and his Grower Champagnes offer stunning, singular experiences to Champagne lovers.
I'm happy to present these two Brunellos in the company of CVNE Imperial Gran Reserva 2005. I think of Spanish wines today being a lot like Italy's wines ten or fifteen years ago: undiscovered, underpriced, and amazing. This Rioja is precisely that. A bottle of finely wrought Spanish wine that will drink for decades that's under $65--it's a great value for a breathtaking Rioja.
March 26, 2014
Under $80 Cru Amarone, Under $25 Vintage Vacqueyras, and Under $70 Brunello Riserva!
March 25, 2014
Debut of $70 Antinori Brunello, Girardin Quintessence and Vintage Aldo Conterno Barolo Mags
Today, I'm proud to present the arrival of Begali Amarone Monte Ca Bianca 2008, a single-vineyard, limited-production Amarone that's well under $100. In fact, it's under $80. I've championed this estate from the moment I discovered it, buying up just about its whole Amarone production.
Pian delle Vigne 2008 Brunello di Montalcino, lays down the roadwork in its silky approachability for new palates, yet it speaks so eloquently of its Montalcino terroir that it rewards those who know and love the region's wines. Best of all, priced under $70 a bottle, it's a finely made Brunello that you get to drink early and often.
March 24, 2014
Debut Seghesio '06 Barolo Riserva, Montalcino's Great Super Tuscan and Paolo Bea Sale!
March 20, 2014
Domenico Clerico 2010 Barolo Debut, William Fèvre Chablis, and Antinori Chianti Classico!
Today, I'm proud to debut the Renzo Seghesio 2006 Barolo Pajana Riserva, a beautiful wine from that historic vineyard and a Barolo Riserva that's priced at under $80. I'm also delighted to announce new allocations of Cupano's exceptional Super-Tuscan Sant'Antimo Ombrone. I've rarely found Super Tuscans from Montalcino that I really enjoy--Il Palazzone's Lorenzo e Isabelle comes to mind--but Ombrone is one that everyone loves.
Today, I'm proud to continue rolling out the 2010  Barolo with three single-vineyard bottlings from Domenico Clerico: his Barolo Ciabot Mentin Ginestra, Barolo Pajana and Barolo Briccotto. Just  as most men are brash in their youth and mellower in their age, so too  has Clerico moved away from his Barolo Boy days, growing ever closer to tradition.
March 19, 2014
Debuting San Giuliano Barbaresco 2009, Under $18 Antinori, and Bordeaux First Growths!
March 18, 2014
Last of Quintarelli's '02 Rosso? Vintage Flaccianello Mags and Great Joseph Drouhin
Today, I'm proud to debut the latest release from San Giuliano, one of IWM's favorite under-the-radar Piemonte winemakers, San Giuliano Barbaresco 2009. Like Barolo, quality Barbaresco is hard to find at the under $50 price point, but San Giuliano makes it look effortless.
The late, great "Master of the Veneto," Giuseppe Quintarelli, obsessed over his wine. From the vines in the soil to the grapes on the vines, from the pressing of those grapes to the aging in his botti, from the bottling of that wine to the corks that stoppered those bottles, Giuseppe, or "Bepi" to his friends and family, nourished an obsession for crafting the highest quality wine he could make. And for more than sixty years, Bepi made extraordinary wine.
March 17, 2014
Debuting Paolo Scavino 2010 Barolo, the Return of Bachey-Legros 2011, and Under $50 Brunello!
March 13, 2014
Oregon’s Great 2012 Pinot Noirs, Drouhin-Laroze Gevrey-Chambertin, Under $30 Arneis!
Along with the debut of Scavino's new Barolo offerings, I'm pleased to present a new allocation of Bachey-Legros 2011 Burgundies; some of the finest values in the Côte de Beaune, these Burgundies are breathtaking. Finally, I'm delighted to offer one of IWM's favorite affordable Brunellos, the Col d'Orcia 2006 Brunello, priced at under $50. Truly, you cannot go wrong with this wine.
Along with these three bottles, I'm pleased to present a beautiful bottle of Drouhin-Laroze 2010 Gevrey-Chambertin; it might have escaped your notice the first time we offered it, but don't let this muscular, powerful wine go a second time.
March 12, 2014
2006 Granbussia Debut! Christian Mouiex's California Dominus and 30-Year-Old Rioja!
March 11, 2014
Return of '07 Talenti Brunello, Under $30 Tenuta San Guido, and Bordeaux Super Seconds!
Today, I'm proud to debut Aldo Conterno 2006 Barolo Granbussia. In 2005, Aldo Conterno reduced its production of Granbussia by two thirds, making this already highly collectable and fervently sought-after wine even more precious, as well as even more intense, complex, and otherworldly.
Today's offer gets us more acquainted with old friends: Montalcino's Talenti, Bolgheri's Tenuta San Guido and our own Bordeaux expert, Robin Kelley O'Connor. Talenti's authentic, umano Brunellos are no strangers to my clients; these wines have long been best sellers, and the 2007 Brunello I'm presenting today is no exception.
March 10, 2014
Ten-Year-Old Rinaldi Brunello, White Burgundy Tasting Cases and $50 Brunello!
March 6, 2014
Historical Vintage Sammarco, Sandrone New Release Sampler, and Under $150 Bordeaux!
Today, I'm proud to present a wine that comes from Giuseppe Rinaldi, an estate that prides itself on traditional winemaking. Beppe Rinaldi grows his grapes organically and makes his wine in ways that his ancestors would recognize, and he's lucky to have a daughter as talented and smart as Marta to take the reins from him.
Along with this beautiful mature Sammarco, I'm pleased to present cases of Luciano Sandrone new releases; this case includes four bottles each of his cuvee Barolo, his cru Cannubi Boschis Barolo and his Nebbiolo d'Alba Valmaggiore. It's a fantastic collection for aspiring enthusiasts as well as seasoned collectors.
March 5, 2014
Le Pergole Torte's Burgundian Brilliance,Vintage Ornellaia, and Red Burgundy Cases!
March 4, 2014
$33 Sandrone Barbera, $75 Vintage Super-Tuscan Saffredi, and Under $50 Bordeaux!
Along with the Le Pergole Torte, I'm delighted to offer Tenuta dell'Ornellaia with more than a decade of age. We at IWM like to drink our Super Tuscans with some age on them, and this one is drinking perfectly, though it has legs on it yet. Finally, I'm proud to bring you two tasting cases of Burgundy.
Today, I'm delighted to bring you a Barbera from iconic producer Luciano Sandrone. This $30 bottle sits right in the center of the spectrum, which makes it especially appealing. We often think of Barolo or Barbaresco as being the emblematic wines of Piemonte, but a Barbera like Sandrone's, one that comes from three of Luciano's Piemonte vineyards, and speaks just as much about its terroir as Sandrone's Barolos.
March 3, 2014
Fuligni ’06 Brunello Returns! 25-Year-Old Masseto and Delicious Value White Burgundy 
February 27, 2014
$16 Artisanal Verdicchio, Classic Chateauneuf-du-Pape, and Under $55 Vintage Sammarco
Along with this delicious Brunello, I'm very proud to present a limited number of 25-year-old bottles of Masseto, the collector Italian Merlot. You'd have a hard time finding this bottle on the auction market, and it's impossible to find it with the provenance IWM is offering.
Today I'm delighted to present a quality Verdicchio from Sartarelli, the estate's 2012 Verdicchio Castelli di Jesi Classico, a delicious, smoky, juicy wine that's under $17 a bottle.
February 26, 2014
$16 Artisanal Barbera, Vintage Le Macchiole Scrio, and 10-Year-Old Gravner!
February 25, 2014
Final Quintarelli '04 Valpolicella, Superb '09 Flaccianello, and Collector '90 Giacosa!
Today, I'm delighted to spotlight the Quattro Mani Barbera. Meaning "four hands," Quattro Mani is a collective of four celebrity Italian winemakers, including my friend Ales Kristancic and the famed Attilio Pagli.
I'm particularly happy to present these three wines because all three of them represent the close relationships I have with these estates--as well as my commitment to offering wines with impeccable provenance. You can draw a straight line from each of these wines to your cellar, and that makes drinking them, regardless of the occasion, that much more beautiful.
February 24, 2014
$23 Talenti Rosso! The "Perfect" Guigal Ex Voto Blanc? And Vintage Gaja Sperss!
February 20, 2014
Valdicava and Canalicchio "Baby Brunellos," Great Nuits Saint Georges and $34 Aldo Conterno
A $23 Rosso, a collector Hermitage blanc, and a benchmark vintage Gaja Barolo: this trio of wines would seem to sit in separate spheres. What unites these three bottlings is the IWM difference: my commitment to bring my clients the best wines at superlative pricing with impeccable provenance and pristine temperature control.
This weekend is Benvenuto Brunello in Montalcino, the annual wine-tasting event that heralds the release of the latest vintages of Brunello, Brunello Riserva and Rosso di Montalcino--this year, the 2011 Rosso will be on display, and I'll be revisiting that first year after returning to Italy in every sip.
February 19, 2014
2011 Antinori Cervaro Chardonnay Debut! Must-Have Maltroye and Benchmark Il Palazzone
February 18, 2014
The Barolo of the South, the Champagne of Lombardia, and the Royal Wine of Spain
Along with this debut, I'm delighted to present wines from two of IWM's favorite producers, Burgundy's Domaine Maltroye and Montalcino's Il Palazzone. First, the Il Palazzone--this 2006 Riserva Brunello is rare; the estate made only 100 cases, and I feel lucky to get a new allocation.
Along with this great Campanian native, I'm delighted to present a beautifully made Franciacorta wine, Lombardia's answer to Champagne, from Barone Pizzini; it's delicious and it's well under $40. Finally, I'm proud to debut the 2014 Vega Sicilia Reserva Especial, a serious collector wine that will need no introduction to serious collectors.
February 13, 2014
Debuting the ’08 Dal Forno Valpolicella, Hard-to-Find Dubreuil Fontaine, and Cupano ‘07 Brunello
February 12, 2014
2004 Barolo Riserva for Under $75, Last Giacosa Santo Stefano? And Cheery Cerasuolo!
Today, I'm proud to debut the Dal Forno Valpolicella Superiore from 2008.
Today, I’m proud to present a Barolo and a Barbaresco that illustrate the history and the dedication of these Piemonte winemakers.
February 11, 2014
2007 Talenti Brunello Riserva Debut, Great Movia and Rich Grattamacco
February 10, 2014
Sparkling Wines for Valentines! Begali’s Luscious Dessert Wine, and Debuting Paolo Bea Piparello!
Today, I’m proud to debut the 2007 Talenti Pian di Conte Brunello di Montalcino Riserva, one of the standout wines at our recent Talenti winemaker dinner.
Today, I bring you wines that celebrate this  love--and maybe your love too! I begin with the entire inventory of  IWM's sparkling wines-Champagnes, Proseccos, Cavas, and those that defy  easy designation.
February 6, 2014
Debuting the '09 Canalicchio Brunello, Quintarelli's Sweet Treasure, and '03 Soldera Riserva
February 5, 2014
Velvety Bea Sagrantino di Montefalco,12-Year-Old Pomerol, and Vega-Sicilia Debut!
Today, I'm delighted to debut another 2009 Brunello, another exceptional vintage. There has been a lot of buzz circulating around the '09 Brunello, and I've tasted many these past few months.
We're debuting the 2007 Sagrantino di Montefalco Pagliaro from Paolo Bea, one of Italy's premier natural winemakers and the shining light of Umbria. We're also debuting the 2004 Vega-Sicilia Ribera del Duero Unico, a breathtaking wine from one of Spain's most prestigious houses.
February 4, 2014
Under $50 2008 Talenti Brunello, Under $70 Mature Sammarco, and Great 2011 Vincent Girardin
February 3, 2014
Debuting Dal Forno 2008 Amarone, Bodega Chacra Sale, and $50 Barolo!
Last week, IWM played host to two intimate dinners with Ricardo Talenti, the man behind the Brunello estate that bears his last name. Talenti is rare for being one of the few makers of $50 Brunello that I'll carry at IWM. It's hard to find a wine at that price point that I feel confident in, but we've long carried Talenti and our clients have always enjoyed it.
It's a great hedonist treat, a velvet-wrapped experience, and one that makes impassioned converts out of the dubious. It's also a wine whose sheer power and beauty hide all the work that goes into it. Dal Forno hasn't made an Amarone since 2006, and this one will sell out quickly, especially since we're debuting it at the lowest pricing in the States.
January 30, 2014
Triumphant Return of ’06 Biondi-Santi Brunello, Vintage George Noellat and $18 Sparkler!
January 29, 2014
Valdicava's Opulent '09 Brunello Debut, Historic Granbussia and La Gibryotte Mini Vertical
Along with this new allocation of Biondi-Santi, I'm proud to present George Noellat Vosne Romanee Les Beaux Monts 1990; it's a voluptuous Burgundy with years of life. I'm also delighted to offer an under $20 sparkling wine from Frecciarossa; you don't need an occasion to open it--you just need a friend.
Today, I'm proud to debut the 2009 Valdicava Brunello di Montalcino, only the second Brunello from this vintage we've yet debuted. This is, unquestionably, a dark, opulent beauty. We've matched this wine with two other amazing offers, a 1988 Aldo Conterno Granbussia Riserva, and a mini vertical of La Gibryotte Charmes Chambertin.
January 28, 2014
Debut 2009 Vigna d'Alceo, Great Brunello Values from Gaja and Canalicchio de Sopra!
January 27, 2014
2004 Quintarelli Amarone Debut, Collector Greats from Montevertine and Luciano Sandrone
Today, I'm proud to debut one of the best usual suspects I know: Castello dei Rampolla's Vigna d'Alceo, a superb biodynamically made Super Tuscan. The '08 vintage of this wine was all the rage, but the '09 makes a perfect bookend to that vintage--the wines of this ancient estate seem to get better and better.
The '04 Quintarelli Amarone is the epitome of a collector wine--and given its company in today's eLetter, that's not something I say lightly. For along with this Amarone debut, I'm proud to offer a thirty-year-old Montevertine Le Pergole Torte and a mini-vertical of large format Sandrone Barolo Le Vigne from 1999-2001
January 23, 2014
Vintage Giacosa Barolo Falletto, Antinori's Dessert Wine, and the Prince's Fabled White
January 22, 2014
Debuting Paolo Bea Rosso del Veo 2007, Andre Clouet, and Exclusive Chianti!
Today, I'm delighted to offer three wines that together make for a peak winter experience meal: a famed Fiorano white Semillon, a vintage Bruno Giacosa Barolo, and Antinori's exceptional dessert wine.
I'm delighted to debut the latest vintage of Bea's entry-level Sagrantino, Rosso del Veo 2007. If you're the kind of connoisseur who revels in wines that are wild, unusual, audacious and beautiful, you'll appreciate this Bea Sagrantino wine; it's a true wine for true wine-lovers.
January 21, 2014
$27 California Homage to White Burgundy, Quintarelli Debut and Dujac '08 Beauty!
January 16, 2014
Gravner's Barolo-Like Whites, Landmark Guigal Voignier, and Chavy Chouet St. Aubin 2011
Along with this American Chardonnay, I'm very proud to debut the 2005 Quintarelli Valpolicella. Giuseppe passed away before this wine finished aging, yet his son and his estate carry on in Beppe's great footsteps.
Along with this pair of perfectly mature orange wines, I'm pleased to present a great value white Burgundy and a killer Rhône Viognier, Chavy Chouet St Aubin 2011 and Guigal La Doriane 2012. Global wines, great pricing and the unquestionable spice of variety!
January 15, 2014
Debut 2010 Le Pergole Torte, Best Price on Belair Monange 2009, and Rare San Leonardo in Magnum
January 14, 2014
Return of Guado Al Tasso 2010, Sassicaia in Patagonia, and Cru Baby Brunello
Today, I'm proud to debut the 2010 Le Pergole Torte. Put alongside the 2009, the two vintages fit together tongue in groove. Along with this great Italian wine, I'm proud to present one of the great St-Émilions, Chateau Belair Monange 2009, and two vintages of Tenuta San Leonardo San Leonardo, one of the great under-the-radar collector wines--all at extremely competitive pricing.
Today, I'm proud to bring back some of our favorite recent releases: Guado al Tasso 2010, a pair of Bodega Chacra 2010 Patagonian Pinot Noirs, and a cru 2009 Rosso di Montalcino from Fuligni.
January 13, 2014
Best Price on Paolo Bea Santa Chiara, Contino Gran Reserva and Dal Forno Valpolicella!
January 9, 2014
New Go-To White from Sartarelli, Elegant William Fevre, and Organic Mature Chianti!
Today, I'm proud to debut the 2011 Paolo Bea Santa Chiara, one of IWM's favorite orange wines. People gravitate to these skin-contact wines because they are hefty, complex, weighty wines that drink with the freshness of whites but the gravitas of a red.
Today, I'm happy to present Sartarelli Verdicchio Castelli di Jesi Classico 2012 and William Fevre Chablis Grand Cru Les Preuses 2009. The first comes from one of our favorite Le Marche producers, Sartarelli.
January 8, 2014
Arrival of Cupano ’04 Brunello, Great Chateau Plince, and Extraordinary Francois Gay
January 7, 2014
Giacosa 2008 Le Rocche Falletto Riserva 2008 Debut, the "Best" Chianti, and Baby Brunello!
Today, I'm delighted to announce the arrival of our second allocation of Cupano 2004 Brunello di Montalcino. It's an exotic wine, one that feels like it's both of that Tuscan earth and ascending like smoke into the sky. It's ethereal and earthy and altogether crazy good. I fully expect to sell through this allotment, and I can't urge you in strong enough terms to secure yours soon.
Today, I'm excited to debut the Bruno Giacosa Barolo Le Rocche Falletto Riserva 2008. This wine got some sketchy criticism upon release, but those words just go to show that sometimes critics don't understand a traditional Barolo--or they caught the wine in an awkward, adolescent phase and lacked the vision to see the beautiful adult it would, in time, become.
January 6, 2014
The Lighter Side of Quintarelli, Bianco Secco 2012, and Artisanal Baby Brunello!
January 2, 2014
Happy New Year! 15% Off Vintage Sassicaia, Bruno Giacosa Barolo, and Antinori Solaia!
Many of us are returning this week after the holidays. The Monday after the holidays always gives me a strange combination of reluctance and relief; I’m caught between not wanting the good times to end and enjoying the return to normal life. I love the holidays, the food and the drink, the sharing of love and the making of memories, but I love my work too.
If you're anything like me, you're looking at a depleted wine cellar. The holidays always seem to decimate my cellar. I'm forever dipping into it to open another bottle (or five), to grab a bottle to bring with me, to find that perfect wine to give to an old friend I haven't seen since the last holiday season.
December 31, 2013
Happy New Year! And to Make 2014 Great, Valdicava Brunello Sale!
December 30, 2013
Movia Merlot for $20! Movia Puro Rosé and 20-Year-Old Soldera!
Tonight, all over the world, people will gather together, pop bottles of Champagne or open bottles of wine, watch the clock, kiss one another, and toast to 2014, the new year. It has already happened in Hong Kong, in Australia, in the Philippines. By the time you open and read this e-Letter, it will likely have happened in Egypt, in South Africa, possibly even in Italy, where I will have raised my glass with beloved family and friends.
Today's eLetter finds us sitting in what I consider the sweet spot of the holiday season. Wedged between the gift-giving holiday of your choice and the revelry of New Year's Eve, this week rests like the calm center of the storm. It's a time that invariably causes me to pause and reflect, to sit and watch--however briefly--my family and to feel the immense gratitude and love I have for them.
December 26, 2013
Cult Bisson Bianco Marea, Rare Flaccianello Sale, and 1954 Il Barone!
December 23, 2013
Favorite Organic Prosecco, 20% Off Wine Clubs, and Under $40 Grower Champagne!
Its terraced vineyards clinging to precipitous cliffs, pictures of Cinque Terre are breathtaking; the truth is somewhat more perilous. Cinque Terre is not an easy place to grow grapes, which is why so many of the small estates have jumped ship. However difficult it is to navigate its seaside cliffs, Cinque Terre has the natural advantages of sea air, stony soil, lots of sun, and millennia of tradition.
The holiday season means a whirlwind of dinners, parties, giving gifts and celebrating life. It means cooking for hours and then sitting for hours and eating, delightedly. It means seeing people you only see a couple of times a year and remembering how much you love them, and it means seeing people you see every day in a glittering, glowing, wonderful light.
December 19, 2013
Six Vintages of Vigna d'Alceo, and Italy's Answer to Champagne!
December 18, 2013
Celebrity Winemakers and Under $20 Wines! Best Price on Chateau Plince and Scrio!
Super Tuscans came about as an act of rebellion--a story you might know by heart. Starting in the late 1960s, winemakers in and around Toscana chose to flout DOC rules and make the wines they wanted, often with international varietals or using methods that weren't strictly traditionally Italian.
Some occasions call for pulling out all the stops--opening that bottle of '88 Granbussia or '97 Biondi-Santi. Other nights call for nice meditative bottle, a thinking wine, something by Quintarelli, Ferrari or Fiorano. Other dinners want a wine that'll make the food sing, something like Solaia, Ornellaia, or Sammarco. But other nights, you need something that's fun, palate-friendly, and delicious. That's where the wines of Quattro Mani come in.
December 17, 2013
Last Poggio di Sotto Brunello Riservas? Simcic Chardonnay and Under $40 Super Tuscan!
December 16, 2013
A Celebration of Chianti! Great Iconic Champagne! Vintage Biondi-Santi Riserva!
Yesterday's eLetter featured Sangiovese in Chianti, the Italian wine that most wine-lovers taste first. Today, we're featuring the grape in Brunello, the wine that often makes Italian converts out of global wine connoisseurs. Even more specifically, we're featuring two vintages of Poggio di Sotto Brunello di Montalcino Riservas.
When most wine-lovers think of Sangiovese, they think first of Brunello. But while Brunello may be the most luxurious, flashy Sangiovese wine, this flexible grape requires a little more exploration. Sangiovese has been pushing its way through the rocky Italian soil since Etruscan times. It's the key to Chianti Classico, many Super Tuscans, Carmignano, Vino Nobile di Montepulciano, and Morellino di Scansano.
December 12, 2013
Return of 2007 Talenti Brunello, Great Chavy Chouet, and Cult Valentini!
December 11, 2013
Querciabella's Biodynamic Beauties, Fantinel Sparkler Sale, and Gaia & Rey Verticals!
In Italy, the holiday season seems to stretch forever. From the beginning of December through to the first week in January, Italians celebrate pretty much non-stop. As a kid, the month-long series of holidays felt like a whirlwind of panettone, panforte, struffoli, and shiny paper-wrapped gifts, of course.
Today we're featuring several vintages of Querciabella's Super-Tuscan Camartina, along with a few vintages of the estate's sensational white Batàr, and one of its Chianti Classico. This offer that spans a few years made me think of a small epiphany I had a couple of years ago when tasted three different vintages of Camartina--one from '82, one from '86, and one from '91.
December 10, 2013
Amazing Pricing on Il Palazzone and Domaine Faiveley, and Vintage Sassicaia
December 9, 2013
Very Special Pricing on Cult Messorio, Cru Barbera, and Soldera Magnums!
Along with these fine Brunellos, I'm proud to present the biggest list of Domaine Faiveley Burgundy we've yet offered to date. Faiveley might be a big estate, but its wines are terrific. Finally, in time for the holidays, we're presenting a big list of vintage Sassicaia. It's Sassicaia as its makers intended it to be drunk: with age and perfect provenance.
Along with Le Macchiole, today's offer presents two other winemakers whose relationships with their wines is so close they're like family: Piemonte's Braida di Giacomo Bologna and Montalcino's Gianfranco Soldera. The latter is a familiar name to our clients, and the Soldera's 2006 Brunello Riserva in magnum we offer today is a prime example of Soldera's genius.
December 5, 2013
Movia's Magical Chardonnay, Sandrone "Mini-Verticals," and 2010 Tuscan Icons!
December 4, 2013
Best Price on Cult Valentini! $50 Barolo! And Gaja Grand Cru Verticals!
Ales Kristancic, the owner-operator of the biodynamic Movia estate, has been called a magician, a madman, and a mystic. All of these terms are correct. Ales is completely unpredictable, a philosopher-poet with the tinkling bells of a jester, and his wines reflect his spontaneity, his vitality, and his complete disregard for rules other than the ones he's chosen for himself.
The indigenous Montepulciano grape bears no relation to the Tuscan village or wine named after it, Vino Nobile di Montepulciano, which is made of Sangiovese. This name overlap is just one of the many confusing aspects of Italian wine, but it's one that's worth sorting out. Montepulciano, the grape, grows from Abruzzo to neighboring Le Marche and Molise as well as west to Lazio and as far south as Puglia. Its low acidity and ability to take on color with a very short maceration make it work as a blending grape.
December 3, 2013
Great Gravner 1993-2005, Collectable Sassicaia and Ornellaia Verticals
November 27, 2013
Our Black Friday Preview, and Benchmark Antinori Brunello for Under $60!
Winemaker, visionary, and maverick, Josko Gravner has asserted that the two main things he has learned in his lifetime were how to ferment and how to prune--and that he was 45 before he learned either. This is a patient man. "My first taste of the wine is after fermentation. Disturbing a wine before is like disturbing a baby before it is born," he said.
Tomorrow's Thanksgiving, and all across America, people are shopping, cooking, and getting ready for tomorrow's feast. It's one of my favorite holidays, and I wish you and your families a very joyous day filled with delicious food, exceptional wine, and great memories.
November 26, 2013
Under $120 1949 Ferrari, Off-the-Radar Nuits St. George, IWM's Favorite Value Champagne
November 25, 2013
Massolino's Exceptional Cru Barolos, Our Favorite Grower Champagne, and Under $30 José Dhondt
In September 2011, I was sitting in a small wine shop in Milano, tasting wines with my new friend Alberto, when I looked up on the shelf and spotted the wines of Antonio Ferrari. These wines were a sore spot for me, for I often thought back to them. Years before, I'd tried to secure all four bottlings, but I was only able to talk Ferrari's daughter into selling me the Solaria Jonica. I still felt that loss.
Franco Massolino is an exceptionally good-looking man. Late thirties and tall, with short, cropped hair, he's got a model's looks; he's also very reserved, quiet, and exceptionally gracious. The first time I visited the Massolino estate in Serralunga about ten years ago, he led my friend Stefano and me down the stairs, through the door, and into a very unassuming cellar. One squat room it was markedly unexceptional. Then he led us through a courtyard and up a stairway to a similarly stark tasting room--just a table, six chairs, a counter, and a door to the home where the family lives.
November 21, 2013
Soldera's Mythical Pegasos Returns, Special Pricing on Classic Krug, and $25 Aldo Conterno
November 20, 2013
Triumphant Return of 2009 Solaia, Historic Masseto Vertical, and Spain's Best Wine Value
The center of Gianfranco Soldera's Case Basse vineyards is punctuated by a knobby little hillock, a tiny rounding of the earth. You wouldn't even notice it if Soldera had planted it to vine, it's that small. The hillock isn't remarkable. What's remarkable is the spectacular olive tree that grows on it. Silver barked and impossibly gnarled, this tree is a thousand years old. It was there when the Normans conquered southern Italy, sacking Sicilia. It grew as Petrarch wrote his sonnets in the fourteenth century, as Leonardo da Vinci drew, painted, invented, and created in fifteenth-century Florence.
As much as I enjoy debuting new wines and introducing new producers to you, I have a soft spot in my heart for wines I know and love. Today, I'm delighted to bring you three offers that revisit familiar territory: Antinori Solaia 2009, vintage La Rioja Alta, and a highly collectable twenty-year vertical of Masseto.
November 19, 2013
Paolo Bea Tasting Case, Vintage Biondi-Santi, and Under $40 Cru Barolo
November 18, 2013
Debut of Two Begali Amarone, IWM's Thanksgiving Case and $100 Vintage Barolo
Giampiero Bea is a soft-spoken, thoughtful man with a mop of hair and long, almost delicate fingers. He resembles a young Martin Sheen; he definitely has the actor's quiet intensity and wry humor. Giampiero was once an architect. He got drawn into making wine at Paolo Bea, his father's Umbrian estate that has been in the family for a half century, when he was asked to design wine labels.
If red wine is a spectrum, you've got lean reds at one end, monster reds at the other, and big reds somewhere in the middle. A lean red doesn't just have a thinner body; it has a certain delicacy. It tends to be a wine of finesse and, if you're one to talk enological descriptions, one with lower alcohol and lighter tannins.
November 14, 2013
Return of 2010 Redigaffi, Great Super-Piemonte Blend for $20, and Best Price Batàr
November 13, 2013
Debuting 2009 Salvioni Brunello, Jermann's Affordable Whites, and Great Grattamacco!
Listen closely to any wine connoisseur's discussion about the world's great Merlots such as Château Pétrus and Le Pin, and you'll invariably hear comparisons being made to a few Italian wines. This list will undoubtedly include Tenuta dell Ornellaia's Masseto, but it's also likely to include Tua Rita's Redigaffi, the perennial darling of wine critics and wine lovers alike. It's almost impossible to get ahold of Masseto, but Tua Rita's Redigaffi, one of the great Italian mono-varietal Merlots, is only slightly more available.
A balanced cellar has wines to drink now, wines to drink soon, and wines to drink down the road. It also has wines to drink with your Tuesday night take-out, wines to impress, and wines to celebrate--because wine isn't just about timing; it's also about making a good time even better. This time of year, as the holidays approach, it's important to take stock of what you've got in wait.
November 12, 2013
"Barolo Bianco" from Cornarea, Great Scavino Barbera, and Value Alain Gras Burgundy!
November 11, 2013
Debuting the Acclaimed '10 Guado al Tasso, Vintage Mastroberardino, and $42 Brunello!
Nebbiolo is arguably the defining grape of Piemonte. Barolo, the "King of Wines," and Barbaresco, "the Queen of Wines," sit at the top of the heap in Piemonte. Below these two Nebbiolo wines sits Barbera, "the People's Wine," and a few rungs below rests Dolcetto, "the little sweet one." But growing amidst the hills and swirls of Piemonte grow a treasure trove of grapes that you might not ever have heard about. Barbera Bianca. Erbaluce. Somillon. Freisa. Pelaverga. Ruche. No wonder why Italian wines always have the potential to surprise and delight.
Some great winemakers make a wine and it's etched in stone. It's the way they make it, and they're never going to revise their process. Quintarelli, Mascarello and Mastroberardino--whose landmark Radici Taurasi Riserva we offer today in three amazing vintages--are all producers who found a wine and a methodology that worked for them, and they never tinkered with it. What wasn't broken never needed fixing, and their string of extraordinary wines speak for themselves and the wisdom of their makers.
November 7, 2013
'08 Biondi-Santi Brunello Arrives! Historic Giacomo Conterno, and Sammarco 2000-2006
November 6, 2013
Final Bottles of Historic Poggio di Sotto, Benchmark Sandrone and Great Bodega Chacra
IWM began debuting the 2008 Brunello during the last week of January. In the intervening ten months, we've slowly rolled out wines from our clients' favorite well-known producers--Canalicchio di Sopra, Valdicava, Salvioni, Gaja and Antinori--as well as bottlings from more under-the-radar but nonetheless great estates like Cupano, Barrici and Cerbaiona, announcing the wines' arrivals one by one.
Toscana is breathtakingly beautiful, and Poggio di Sotto has an astounding view of it. The estate sits on the top of a hill, its buildings surrounded by fragrant lavender and rosemary bushes. Just beyond the driveway that curls around the house like a comma, the vineyards slope downward, where striated lines of vines run in parallel stripes like elementary school writing paper.
November 5, 2013
Sassicaia's First-Rate Second-Tier Wines, a Pair of Great Burgundies, and $36 Baby Barolo
November 4, 2013
A Return to 2004 and 2006, Benchmark Artisanal Brunello for $65, and Vintage Soldera!
It's pretty easy to make the argument that the biggest wine movement in the last fifty years is the Super-Tuscan. The story goes, briefly, like this: in the first half of the twentieth century, Marchese Mario Incisa della Rocchetta chose to flout tradition and DOC rules and to make Cabernet-based wines in the style of Bordeaux. A revolution was born with the release of the 1968 Sassicaia, and a new crop of highly collectible, hotly desired, and incredibly tasty wine was the serendipitous result.
In just a couple of weeks most Americans will be gathered around a table with loved ones eating what is probably America's most distinctive meal: Thanksgiving dinner. Thanksgiving festivities require a lot of planning. Where to get the turkey, yams, and cranberries? Who's going to bake the pies? And what's the right wine to pour?
October 31, 2013
Return of the Best Guado al Tasso Yet, Great Guigal Ex-Voto and Vintage Movia Gems!
October 30, 2013
A Solaia to Drink Now, Vintage Vigna d'Alceo and Artisanal $20 Cru Barbera
Sometimes the critics get it wrong; sometimes they get it right. Today, I'm delighted to feature a wine that may prove the latter: Antinori 2009 Guado al Tasso, which many critics have hailed as the best vintage yet. This allocation is our second, and I expect it will go as quickly as the first. This Guado al Tasso vintage manages to have it all--richness, elegance, texture, aromatics, tannins that grab your tongue in a velvety grip.
Yesterday, I had the pleasure of introducing one of my new favorite finds, the wines of Cupano, a Montalcino estate that--already iconic in Italy--is poised to take the States by storm. Today and tomorrow, I'm doing something a little different. I'm revisiting wines that I know and love.
October 29, 2013
Introducing Cupano, Montalcino's Next Superstar! Dugat-Py and Col d'Orcia!
October 28, 2013
Presenting Our 2013 Holiday Gift Guide! Great Gaja for Under $45!
Cupano's Ornella Tondini and Lionello Cousin make you feel as if anything is possible. They're people who have lived exciting lives packed full of adventure, risk, art, love, animals, travel--and wine. Ornella, a trained art historian, has worked in museums in Rome, run magazines in London, and raised children in Tuscan sixteenth-century villas without electricity or running water.
The holiday season is coming, and that's something to celebrate. Today, I'm delighted to present the 2013 IWM Holiday Gift Guide. We chose wines that we love, wines that you've come to love, and wines that we're certain that you, your friends, your family and your colleagues will love.
October 24, 2013
Sassicaia's Under-the-Radar Neighbor, $32 Alain Gras Rouge, and Rare Biondi-Santi
October 23, 2013
Sassicaia Offer! Exclusive Antinori Pinot Nero! And Under $40 Super Tuscan!
Yesterday, we offered a historic collection of Sassicaia, from 1978-2009. Today, I'm delighted to complement this icon of Super-Tuscan wine with its under-the-radar, affordable neighbor, Grattamacco. My clients know that Sassicaia became the very first Super Tuscan in 1968. Many, however, don't know--or have forgotten--that Bolgheri's second Super Tuscan came from Grattamacco.
Before the 1960s, no one considered crafting a Bordeaux-style wine from vines grown in Italy, much less from fruit grown along the Mediterranean coastline of Toscana's Maremma. People thought this region was unfit for quality wine production; no one thought Bolgheri's sea winds and salty air could possibly make for great grapes.
October 22, 2013
Barat 2011 Classic Chablis, Fuligni Brunello Magnums, and the Last '04 Valdicava Riserva?
October 17, 2013
Rare Quintarelli Amarone, Under $24 St. Verans, and Two Beautiful Dessert Wines
Yesterday, I was proud to debut a new set of offerings from IWM, our starter cellars. While the majority of these collections featured only Italian wines, one set, our World of Wines cellar, culled bottles from around the globe. As IWM has grown, I've tried to find new way to meet our clients' needs. No one, not even I, drinks just one country's wines. Ask even the most stalwart Italian producers, and they're going to admit finding joy in Burgundy, Bordeaux and beyond.
Renzo Cotarella's motto is "Have passion for everything you do in life." That seems like a tall order. It's hard to think of sustaining the level of energy you'd need to feel passion for everything, from work to family, from hobbies to sports, from shopping for t-shirts to driving your kids to ballet and soccer. But if there's a person who has that drive, it's Renzo Cotarella, the lead enologist at Antinori for the past thirty years.
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