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April 27, 2017
Baricci's Authentic, Incredible Brunello and Brunello Riserva! And Classic Bandol Rosé!
April 26, 2017
Discover Castello del Terriccio’s Super Tuscans!
Baricci is under the radar, but it's a mighty estate. One of the original members of the Consorzio del Vino Brunello di Montalcino, the governing body that sets the quality maintaining standards and practices for Brunello, estate founder Nello Baricci passed the 29-acre estate to his son-in-law, Pietro Buffo, who now runs Baricci with his two sons, Federico and Francesco. Together, this family makes wines that are true to type, honest and real. IWM loves the wines of Baricci, and our clients do too.
Today, IWM is pleased to present time-sensitive, special pricing on fourteen Castello del Terriccio wines, from entry-level Merlot Capannino, to the estate's affordable Bordeaux-style blend Tassinaia, to its collector Lupicaia, to the flagship Castello del Terriccio. IWM's clients love Super-Tuscan wines, and we love introducing new wines to Super-Tuscan enthusiasts. Castello del Terriccio's four reds are hard to find but easy to love, especially for wine lovers who already adore Bolgheri's superstar bottlings--and this special pricing means there's no time like the present to discover Castello del Terriccio's terrific Super Tuscans!
April 25, 2017
New 2015 Releases of Guidalberto and Latour-Giraud! And Antinori’s Aristocratic Barbera!
April 24, 2017
1978-2010, Biondi-Santi Brunello 27-Vintage Vertical
Guidalberto is the second wine of Sassicaia's maker Tenuta San Guido, and as you'd expect from the estate that ignited the Super-Tuscan revolution with its superstar Sassicaia, it's an IWM client favorite, vintage after vintage. Originally a blend of equal parts Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot with a kiss of Sangiovese, Guidalberto began its evolution with the 2005 vintage, and by the following year, it achieved the proportions it has kept to this day: a 60/40 Cabernet Sauvignon-Merlot blend. Today, we're delighted to present the most recent release of this stellar "second" wine, the crisply acidic yet nicely round 2015 Guidalberto.
In 2013, the wine world lost one of its icons when Franco Biondi-Santi passed away at the age of 91, but the legacy of the "Gentleman of Montalcino" lives on in his wines. Brunello di Montalcino began at Il Greppo, the Biondi-Santi estate, in the nineteenth century. Through the hard work and dedication of Tancredi Biondi-Santi, the wine became the international icon it is today, and in doing so, it lifted Montalcino out of poverty and obscurity and into prosperity and fame. The birthplace of Brunello di Montalcino, Il Greppo is not only a historical site in Italian winemaking; it also holds the greatest Brunello produced, and Italy's most accomplished wines. Today, we're delighted to present a rare Biondi-Santi vintage vertical, 27 different bottlings dating from 1978 to 2010.
April 20, 2017
Debuting the 2014 Solaia Release!
April 19, 2017
2015 Beauties from Le Mortelle and François Gay! And 2005 Giacosa Barbaresco Rabajà Returns!
The Antinori family has been making wine for more than six centuries, but they're best known for their Super-Tuscan twins, Tignanello and Solaia. Almost mirror images of one another, Tignanello and Solaia are like siblings, both beloved, both equal in the eyes of their makers, and both unique in their own rights. Today, we're proud to present the BEST PRICE in the country the new 2014 release of Antinori Solaia. 2014 was an odd growing year in Toscana; a mild winter morphed into a warm, dry spring that saw an early bud break. Summer turned cool and occasionally violent with hailstorms, but a dry and sunny fall turned what could have been a disastrous vintage into a surprisingly good, if low production, harvest.
The Antinori family has centuries of winemaking history behind it, and it has holdings throughout Toscana, across Italy, and around the world! While the family's iconic, collector Super Tuscans like Tignanello, Solaia, and Guado al Tasso may garner all the attention from Italian wine enthusiasts and the press, Antinori also makes wines that you can enjoy any night of the week. Today, we're delighted to spotlight one of these wallet-friendly, palate-pleasing wines, Le Mortelle 2015 Vivia Maremma Toscana, a vibrant, mineral-laden white.
April 18, 2017
Antinori’s Tignanello Chianti Classico Riserva and Franciacorta! And Rare Soldera “Brunello”!
April 17, 2017
Giacomo Conterno Flash Sale!
Antinori's Tenuta Tignanello sits in the heart of Chianti Classico, and while the estate has likely been making wine for hundreds of years, it came into the hands of the Antinori family in the mid-nineteenth century, and there the various members of this aristocratic winemaking family have practiced crafting the wine that it began making more than 600 years ago: Chianti. The 320-acre Tignanello estate is home to the vineyards that give their names and their grapes to Tignanello and Solaia, both legendary Super-Tuscan wines, but it's also the home of Marchese Antinori Chianti Classico Riserva, a contemporary standard bearer of Toscana's most emblematic wine.
These days, Giacomo Conterno is owned and operated by Giacomo's son, Roberto. Two major plots comprise the Giacomo Conterno estate: Cascina Francia, the 35-acre vineyard owned by the estate since 1974, is synonymous with Giacomo Conterno--in fact, its legendary Monfortino, its Barolo Francia, its Barbera Cascina Francia derive from it. In 2008, Roberto purchased the 7.4-acre Cerretta vineyard in Serralunga, and 2010 saw its first Barolo bottling, and the plot also produces Barbera. Today, we're delighted to offer more than two-dozen Giacomo Conterno wines, from Barberas to Barolos, all with special, time-sensitive pricing!
April 13, 2017
Trio of Heroes: ’09 Château Pontet-Canet, ’12 Le Macchiole Scrio, and Bryant Family ’13 Bettina
April 12, 2017
Two Artisanal, Affordable Amarone, One New and One Vintage! And Soaring '05 Gaja Sorì San Lorenzo!
Ask Bordeaux connoisseurs about their favorite Pauillac wines, and they will likely name Mouton, Latour, and Lafite. These three Bordeaux premier cru châteaux have earned their status, but today we'd like to shine a spotlight on a strong contender, Château Pontet-Canet. Makers of some of the most beloved, most sought-after Pauillac Bordeaux, Château Pontet-Canet has earned a reputation for crafting powerful, balanced and charming wines. Today, we're delighted to revisit the energetic yet delineated 2009, which we present at special time-sensitive pricing.
We rightfully think of Amarone as a cold weather wine, but as much as this "big red" makes a delicious complement to roast pork or wintertime stews, it's also a terrific wine to enjoy with springtime rack of lamb or summertime steaks. While Amarone is a powerhouse of a wine, its alcohol content--typically somewhere between 14 and 16 percent--makes it food-friendly, and its concentrated, opulent palate bursting with fruit, earth, spice and pepper makes it a perfect partner for meat. Today, we're delighted to debut the darkly delicious 2012 Begali Amarone Monte Ca' Bianca, a new release of an IWM client favorite.
April 11, 2017
Back By Client Demand: 2010 Messorio and Clerico Barolo! And Two Cerbaiona Debuts!
April 10, 2017
Mastroberardino’s “Barolo of the South,” Majestic CVNE Rioja Gran Reserva, and Giacosa Barolo Falletto
People who know Merlot know a few Italian wines are consistently great. Masseto, Italy's most famous Merlot, is on those collectors' lists, so too is Messorio, the flagship mono-varietal Merlot from Le Macchiole, an estate that defines itself by focusing on its mono-varietal bottlings. While the estate's Syrah Scrio and its Cabernet Franc Paleo Rosso are beloved by enthusiasts and lauded by critics, the estate's Messorio stands as a towering testament to its Bolgheri terroir and the skill of its makers. Today, we're delighted to present a new allocation of the Le Macchiole 2010 Messorio, a wine we've brought back more than once because our clients just can't get enough.
After the one-two hits of phylloxera outbreak in the late nineteenth century and the destruction of WW II, Campania's vineyards were decimated, and many grape varietals sat on the precipice of extinction. Mastroberardino not only salvaged Fiano, Greco di Tufa, and Aglianico, but the estate also conducted extensive research to determine the best terroir and technique for each grape. When Antonio Mastroberardino, the estate's patriarch, passed away at the age of 86 in 2014, he left behind a legacy that includes the family estate, now in the hands of his sons Piero and Carlo, and its family of wines, as well as a long and illustrious winemaking history.
April 6, 2017
$38 Giacosa "Baby Barolo," Collector Cantina Terlano Whites, and 2011 Burgundy Flash Sale!
April 5, 2017
Vintage Prunotto Barbera Trio, New Tignanello Release in Magnum, and Gaja’s Spellbinding Barbaresco
Nebbiolo, a beautiful, black-skinned grape, is indigenous to Piemonte's sandy hills, where the region's long summer allows the grapes to ripen fully and express the full character of the land and the microclimate. While Barolo and Barbaresco are the most collectable and famous Nebbiolo expressions, these two wines require patience and they can be expensive. But fortunately for Nebbiolo lovers, there are early-drinking, affordable wines that let fans of the grape indulge their passions any night of the week. Today, we're delighted to present a value Nebbiolo from one of IWM's favorite staunch traditionalists, Bruno Giacosa, the estate's Casa Vinicola Bruno Giacosa 2014 Nebbiolo d'Alba Valmaggiore.
Prunotto got its start in 1904, when Alfred Prunotto helped to found a wine collective in Serralunga; in 1922, this collective disbanded, and Alfred founded his own winery in its place. When Alfred looked to retire, he turned his winery over to enologist Beppe Colla, who ran it with his brother Tino until their retirement in the 1990s. Antinori joined forces with Prunotto in 1989, and a year later, Albiera Antinori took control of the project, aiming to fine-tune the wines of Prunotto.
April 4, 2017
New 2014 Guado al Tasso Release! Vintage Cru Amarone! And Must-Have Vigna d’Alceo!
April 3, 2017
International Gems: 2015 Pernot-Belicard, 1964 Dom Pérignon, and Collector Spanish Whites!
Antinori might have come late to the Bolgheri party--the family founded Guado al Tasso in 1990--but Piero and his daughters have made up for lost time. Capitalizing on the precedence for growing Bordeaux grapes in Bolgheri, along with the region's maritime climate that Cabernet favors, Antinori also called upon the help of famed enologist Giacomo Tachis in creating its flagship Guado al Tasso Bolgheri Superiore, and it has relied on renowned enologist Renzo Cotarella in perfecting it. Guado al Tasso consistently stands as one of IWM's fastest selling wines, and today, we're delighted to announce the release of the 2014 Guado al Tasso Bolgheri Superiore at very competitive pricing.
We've been saying for a few years that Pernot-Belicard's white Burgundies are poised to be the next big thing, and these wines knock it out of the park. Pernot-Belicard's Puligny-Montrachet and Meursault are very likely the best white Burgundies you've never heard of, but ranging in prices from $49.99 to $84.99, these Chardonnays clamor to be enjoyed. Today, we're very proud to showcase the release of four of Pernot-Belicard's extraordinary white Burgundies, all from the intense, low production 2015 vintage, and all at extremely competitive pricing.
March 30, 2017
Value Wines: 2015 Chavy-Chouet Trio, Singular Cru Amarone, and Barbaresco Riserva!
March 29, 2017
Debuting the “Essential” 2014 Ornellaia!
A favorite of Burgheads in the know, Domaine Chavy-Chouet sits on almost thirty acres comprising 70 parcels and spanning 15 appellations in Meursault, Puligny-Montrachet, Saint-Aubin, Volnay and Pommard. Rugged and jaunty, sixth-generation winemaker Hubert Chavy-Chouet has deep roots in Meursault. After selling his grapes for decades, Hubert decided he could do better, and since the '90s he has devoted himself to making exceptionally pure, unadulterated wines from his 27-acre estate.
Tenuta dell'Ornellaia came to Bolgheri in 1981, making it a relative upstart in Toscana, but it swiftly made up for lost time. Although founded by Lodovico Antinori, nephew of Sassicaia's maker and brother to Piero Antinori, Tenuta dell'Ornellaia has been owned by the Frescobaldi family for almost two decades, and under winemaker Axel Heinz, the estate continues its long-standing record of crafting world-class wines, including its flagship Ornellaia, which gets its name from a grove of flowering ash trees, as well as its Le Serre Nuove and Le Volte.
March 28, 2017
Salvioni Cerbaiola Brunello Release! Vintage Cru Scavino Barolo! And Giacomo Conterno Barbera Duo!
March 27, 2017
A Case of Springtime Rosés! Benchmark Collemattoni Brunello! And Standout Solaia!
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).
Last week brought the vernal equinox, the official beginning of spring, and there is no wine that embodies the evanescent pleasure of springtime better than rosé. Like springtime flowers, rosé wines bloom in a dizzying array of pale pinks, fleshy salmons, bright cherries, and cheery melons. Like springtime's flowers, rosés aren't meant to sit in the dark cellar--they demand to be enjoyed now. And like springtime's blossoms, rosés appear everywhere, in a wide variety of styles, from soft and sweet to steely and bright.
March 23, 2017
Debuting the Finessed 2012 Cerbaiona Brunello!
March 22, 2017
Knockout Silvio Nardi Brunello Duo! Undiscovered Super-Tuscan Gem! And La Rioja Alta Stars!
Cerbaiona's Diego Molinari chose neighbor Franco Biondi-Santi as his role model when he founded his seven-acre estate in the '70s, using vine clippings from Biondi-Santi's vineyards and adopting the master's traditional methods to craft concentrated, mineral-laden wines. Diego believed in honest wines of terroir and letting the grapes speak for themselves; the grapes are picked, selected, and aged for four or more years in large botti in order to create structured, deeply nuanced, traditional Brunello and Rosso di Montalcino.
Brunello's diversity lies in the astounding range of microclimates found in Montalcino, and Tenute Silvio Nardi embodies this range. Two major parcels comprise Silvio Nardi's holdings--Casale del Bosco, whose five vineyards offer western exposure and soils of schist, shale, clay and jasper, and Manachiara, whose east-facing three parcels sport marly, sandy soils laced with limestone. Crafting wines that evoke these various terroirs is Silvio Nardi's specialty, and today, we're delighted to present a pair of recent Tenute Silvio Nardi releases: 2012 Brunello di Montalcino, a cuvée of the estate's holdings, and 2010 Brunello di Montalcino Riserva Manachiara, a cru bottling from the flagship vineyard of the Manachiara holdings.
March 21, 2017
Announcing the 2014 Release of Tignanello!
March 20, 2017
Superb 2015 Gevrey-Chambertin from Gallois and Leclerc
Rare is the IWM client who doesn't know Tignanello. While Tenuta San Guido's Sassicaia may have ignited the Super-Tuscan revolution, Piero Antinori's Tignanello spread the Super-Tuscan passion. Influenced by his uncle, the great Marchese Mario Incisa della Rocchetta, and guided by Giacomo Tachis, Antinori didn't want to recreate a Bordeaux-style Claret; he wanted to show Sangiovese's versatility and finesse. The result of Piero's vision was the second important Super-Tuscan, Tignanello, a blend of Sangiovese, Cabernet Sauvignon and Cabernet Franc, and since its inaugural vintage in 1970, Tignanello has been beloved by Italian wine aficionados.
Located at the northern end of the Côte d'Or, Gevrey-Chambertin's steep limestone slopes give Pinot Noir ideal conditions--in fact Gevrey-Chambertin holds more premier cru and grand cru vineyards than any other area in the Côte d'Or. Indeed, the region has so many old vines at the village level that many producers forego the Gevrey-Chambertin title and bottle the wine as Bourgogne Rouge, something that occurs almost solely in Gevrey-Chambertin. Today, we're delighted to follow up last week's roll out of 2015's superb Burgundies with eight Gevrey-Chambertin wines from two cult producers, Domaine Gallois and Domaine René Leclerc.
March 16, 2017
Benchmark 2015 Burgundies of Château de la Maltroye, Must-Have Wines!
March 15, 2017
Affordable Aldo Conterno Duo! IWM Exclusive Barbaresco! And Paolo Bea Dessert Wine!
Today, we're delighted to present our first full offer of 2015 Burgundies, ten glorious wines from Château de la Maltroye. Three red and seven white, these wines span price points from just under $30 a bottle for its compelling Bourgogne Rouge to just under $300 for its exquisite Bâtard-Montrachet (the estate crafted just 1.5 barrels in 2015!). Regardless of whether you're a longtime Burghead or a wine-lover just beginning to explore France's most rewarding wine region, Château de la Maltroye has wines that will fit your palate, cellar and lifestyle, and these 2015 wines are not to be missed.
The late, great Aldo Conterno was a visionary winemaker, and although his Barolo bottlings steal the limelight, Poderi Aldo Conterno has always been committed to crafting a full range of wines--including the two delicious wines we're spotlighting today. Presented at the BEST PRICE in the country, Aldo Conterno's 2013 Conca Tre Pile Barbera d'Alba and Langhe Nebbiolo Il Favot are the best reason to experience the beauty of Aldo Conterno any night of the week. Completely approachable and thoroughly enjoyable, this Aldo Conterno duo puts the magical winemaking of the "King of Barolo" on your table at very affordable pricing.
March 14, 2017
Go-To Aglianico from De Conciliis, Affordable "Baby Barolo," and Rare Century-Old Sherry!
March 13, 2017
It’s a New Sassicaia Release! Introducing the Aromatic, Approachable 2014!
Today, we're delighted to introduce you to a wine that might be your new go-to red, De Conciliis 2014 Aglianico Donnaluna, a delicious value red that over-performs its modest $25 price point. While the estate also crafts a piquant Fiano and a sprightly Spumante, Selim, De Conciliis' best known wines are its Aglianico bottlings. In growing its Aglianico, De Conciliis capitalizes on its vineyards' southern exposure and their ancient soils to produce full-bodied, fruit-driven expressions of the grape that are approachable yet evocative of the region.
Sassicaia is single-handedly responsible for launching the Super-Tuscan movement and it's one of the most sought-after wines in the world. Marchese Nicolò Incisa della Rocchetta continues the tradition at the Tenuta San Guido estate with the spirit and dedication that drove his late father, Mario, to create Sassicaia, a wine inspired by the similarity of the soil in Bordeaux's Graves to that of Bolgheri. Committed to the evolution of Tuscan wines, Mario had planted a small vineyard of Cabernet Sauvignon in the Bolgheri hills in 1944. This parcel would become his estate, Tenuta San Guido, and the 1968 release of Sassicaia would forever change history.
March 9, 2017
Wines That Scream "Italy": $60 Barbaresco Riserva, Cerbaiona Super Tuscan and Terriccio Lupicaia
March 8, 2017
Sleek, Sophisticated Chianti Classico Duo, Under $45 Cru Barbaresco, and Classic André Clouet
2007 was a warm, weird growing year in Piemonte. Winter was mild; hail hit in spring; summer saw a heat wave; and rain fell hard just before harvest. The upshot was that careful winegrowers ushered in reduced bounty of very healthy grapes that balanced their ripeness with freshness. Today, we're delighted to present one of our favorite 2007 Barbaresco wines, Produttori del Barbaresco Barbaresco Rio Sordo Riserva. This cru bottling is usually graceful and stylish; 2007 adds a bit of fleshiness to that winsome profile, resulting in a riserva wine that marries approachability with longevity.
Chianti is likely the first Italian wine that most people come to know by name, but Chianti is also mightily misunderstood. Part of this misunderstanding comes from the way that Chianti became synonymous with cheap, bad wine in fiasco, or straw-covered bottles. However, thoughtful producers have worked hard to revamp not only the wine's reputation but also the wine itself, crafting mindful, authentic evocations of Sangiovese that speak to the rolling Tuscan hills where it grew. Today, we're delighted to present a pair of La Sala Chianti Classicos.
March 7, 2017
Rare Matarocchio Duo! Under $50 Cru Barbaresco! And Gravner’s Historic Rosso!
March 6, 2017
Refined 2014 Tua Rita Flagship, Must-Have Serious Rosato, and Classic Guigal Ex-Voto Blanc
Cabernet Franc is the less famous progenitor of Cabernet Sauvignon (the other parent grape is Sauvignon Blanc), and while this red grape varietal hails from France, it has flourished in Italy for more than two hundred years. Indeed, some of Italy's most collected, most beloved wines--Quintarelli Alzero and Le Macchiole's Paleo Rosso--owe their following to Cabernet Franc. Today, IWM is delighted to present two vintages of Matarocchio, Antinori's addition to the pantheon of collector Italian Cabernet Franc. It's difficult to secure even one vintage of the low production cult Matarocchio, and this is the first time that IWM has been able to offer two.
The Maremma region along the Tuscan coast was still quite sparse when Rita Tua and Virgilio Bisti purchased their Suvereto vacation home in 1984, wanting to spend their retirement tending some vines to make wine for themselves and their friends. In 1988, the couple planted the international varietals Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon, which do well in Maremma soils rich in clay and silt--so well, in fact, that the couple soon caved to the demand and began selling their wines to the public.
March 2, 2017
Knockout 1997 Cult Barbera, Poggio di Sotto Trio, and Under $90 Brunello Riserva!
March 1, 2017
Superb 2014 Redigaffi Returns! Sassicaia's Patagonian Partner! And Lush Gianni Brunelli Brunello!
Everyone who loved Poggio di Sotto worried--but they didn't need to. Poggio di Sotto, now in the hands of ColleMassari is still making those wonderful Brunelli, and there's a mixed case of three recent vintages spanning the Palmucci past and the ColleMassari present. Finally, I found a $90 bottle of Brunello Riserva that will knock your socks off. Don't miss the La Poderina bottle below!
Along with this special anniversary edition Redigaffi, I'm delighted to offer two more wines you might have missed when we've had them previously: Bodega Chacra 2010 Pinot Noir Rio Negro Cincuenta y Cinco, a gorgeous Patagonian Pinot Noir made by Sassicaia's own Piero Incisa della Rocchetta, and Gianni Brunelli 2011 Brunello di Montalcino, a really nice embodiment of its ripe vintage. Spring is almost here--find a friend, and celebrate with a bottle of one of these wines!
February 28, 2017
Perfect Vintage Valdicava Brunello! Benchmark Cult Cupano! And Must-Have Aldo Conterno!
February 27, 2017
New Release 2009 Quintarelli Valpolicella, a True "Baby Amarone"
"When I speak of Valdicava, I speak about enjoyment," said Vincenzo Abbruzzese during a visit to Italian Wine Merchants. "I produce wine for the place, the land." Clearly, he's doing something right. Valdicava Brunello di Montalcino stands as one of the great IWM client favorites--we can't keep them in stock. Today, we're delighted to spotlight the vintage 2005 bottling of Valdicava Brunello di Montalcino. Offered with the "IWM Difference," our promise of straight-line provenance and perfect care, this competitively priced bottle is perfect for Brunello fans with more love than patience.
You can't overestimate Giuseppe Quintarelli's impact on Valpolicella, the red wine zone located in the northeast corridor of the Veneto--almost singlehandedly, Quintarelli forever changed the game. Before Quintarelli, Valpolicella was a light and quaffable wine, but a trip to Burgundy in the 1980s convinced Quintarelli that Valpolicella could be a wine of serious interest. Burgundy's soils reminded Quintarelli of the soils of his almost 30-acre estate situated in the Po Valley, and he was convinced that he could create long-aging, masterful, complex Valpolicella wines--so he did, using protocol that mimicked that of his age-worthy, intense Amarone.
February 23, 2017
Rare Soldera '09 Rosso, Benchmark Querciabella Batàr, and d'Yquem Sauternes Quartet
February 22, 2017
2012 Must-Have Trio: Epic Fontodi Flaccianello, Towering Mastroberardino, and Crisp William Fèvre
Gianfranco Soldera has the reputation of being Brunello's most accomplished craftsman--a fanatical, uncompromising perfectionist--and these points made the December 2012 loss of almost his entire production of wine from 2007-2012 all the more poignant. The victim of a vandal, Soldera walked into his cantina on December 3, 2012, to find the contents of his cellar's many botti, about 650 hectoliters in all, spilled on the cantina's tile floor.
Today, we're very proud to present one of our favorite mono-varietal Sangiovese Super Tuscans from one of our favorite organic winemakers, Fontodi, the estate's outrageous 2013 Flaccianello. Fontodi's winemakers have called 2013 "truly epic," and this Flaccianello embodies the beauty that this great estate can make from an indisputably great vintage. Balancing its succulent fruit with brooding, savory notes, the '13 Flaccianello is a study in delicious contrasts. Ripe red and blue fruits dance on a bed of graphite, smoke, worn leather, cedar and cigar wrapper in this beautifully delineated wine.
February 21, 2017
2012 Brunello Roundup Continues! Talenti, Livio Sassetti, La Magia, Il Marroneto and San Filippo!
February 20, 2017
Back by Client Demand: Cru Paolo Bea Sagrantino, $22 Valpolicella, and Luscious Vigna d'Alceo
Last week, we presented our first 2012 Brunello roundup with wines from Angelo Gaja's Pieve di Santa Restituta, Poggio di Sotto, Valdicava, Canalicchio di Sopra and Gianni Brunelli. Today, we're delighted to follow that offer with six new 2012 Brunelli from Talenti, Livio Sassetti, La Magia, Il Marroneto and San Filippo! 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. Indeed, 2012 is a year when terroir and technique shine, and while this year had the lowest grape production since 1947, it's extraordinary.
Today, we're proud to announce the release of the 2008 Paolo Bea Montefalco Sagrantino Secco Pagliaro! The wines of Paolo Bea are united by their excellence, but this dense, dark and delicious beauty sets the bar yet higher. Hand crafted from organically grown Sagrantino grapes, Bea's cru Montefalco Sagrantino Secco Pagliaro unites wildness with elegance, marries serious structure with sophistication, and joins terroir and style in one unique bottling.
February 16, 2017
Great 50 & 50 Super Tuscan! Pristine Vintage Valdicava! And Classic Fontodi Chianti Classico!
February 15, 2017
New C. Moreau ’15 Chablis! Quintarelli Valpolicella Quartet! And Must-Have Gallois Charmes-Chambertin!
A cooperation between two Tuscan winemakers, Avignonesi & Capannelle 50 & 50 is a unique Super Tuscan. It blends Merlot from Avignonesi in Montepulciano, located in the southeast of Toscana, with Sangiovese from Capannelle in Chianti, located smack in Toscana's middle. Together these two winemakers craft an outstanding, unusual Super Tuscan that deserves a place in your cellar, on your table and in your glass. Today, we're delighted to offer the 2012 vintage of Avignonesi & Capannelle 50 & 50 at very competitive pricing.
Hot and dry, the summer of 2015 gave Burgundy growers plenty of challenges, and when hail hit in August, many feared for the worst. However, Domaine Christian Moreau's winemakers, namesake Christian and his son Fabien, showed their prowess in the vineyards and in the cellar by crafting wines that package the ripeness of the year with unexpected acidity, making for fleshy wines with plenty of energy. Today, we're delighted to feature Christian Moreau 2015 Chablis, a zesty yet expressive village wine that over-performs its modest $33 price point.
February 14, 2017
Four “Big Reds” from Paolo Bea! Two New Único Releases! And One Great Champagne!
February 13, 2017
New 2012 Release Brunelli from Gaja, Poggio di Sotto, Valdicava and More!
Sagrantino, Umbria's emblematic grape, has the distinction of being Italy's most tannic grape, and among the most tannic in the world. Interestingly, it's also the grape with the highest quantity of phenolic compounds, the several hundred chemical compounds that occur in wine that give wine its taste, color and even its mouth-feel. What this combination of qualities means is that a mono-varietal Sagrantino wine potentially could age forever--and this combination also means that a Sagrantino wine sometimes can come over like a great, burly brute--unless, of course, that wine comes from the hands of Paolo Bea, IWM's favorite Umbrian producer.
Indeed, 2012 is a year when terroir and technique shine, and while this year had the lowest grape production since 1947, it's extraordinary. Many people are likening 2012 to the great vintages of 2004 and 2010, saying that this Brunello vintage blends power with finesse in its extraordinary wines. Today, IWM is proud to present five of these new 2012 Brunello releases from five of our favorite producers: Angelo Gaja's Pieve di Santa Restituta, Poggio di Sotto, Valdicava, Canalicchio di Sopra and Gianni Brunelli! 2012 Brunelli show a rare blend of approachability, finesse and longevity--these are ideal wines to buy by the case to enjoy now and years down the road!
February 9, 2017
Silvio Nardi’s Dazzling 2012 Brunello Duo! And Aglianico Two Ways!
February 8, 2017
Quintet of Recent Gravner Releases! And a Remarkable Antinori Duo!
In many ways, Montalcino's Tenute Silvio Nardi is the story of an Italian immigrant who first succeeded in America. In 1893, Francesco Nardi left his family's farm to seek his fortune here in the States. Within a couple of years, Francesco had developed an innovative design for a plow, achieved great success, and returned to Toscana to start his own farm design business. In 1950, son Silvio purchased Casale del Bosco in Montalcino, then a charming yet obscure town in Toscana. Eight years later, after crafting his first Brunello, Silvio was among the first members of the newborn Consorzio del Vino Brunello, the ruling body of Brunello production to this day.
Humans have been enjoying wine for millennia, long before there was stainless steel, electricity to control temperature, wine critics to give scores, or even a science of winemaking. Anthropologists and historians believe that the ancient method of using anfora, giant clay pots that were lined with beeswax and buried in the ground, date back at least 4,000 years; documents from Georgia (formerly part of the USSR) appear to verify that these big pots were the first tanks humans used to vinify wine. It makes sense. The naturally insulated ground regulated the temperature and the clay provided a neutral environment for the wine to develop.
February 7, 2017
New $70 Fuligni Brunello! Antinori’s Italian”Meursault,” and Benchmark Talenti Brunello Riserva!
February 6, 2017
New Le Macchiole Paleo Rosso Release! Under $70 Benchmark Brunello! Collector Napa Cabernet!
Today, we're very pleased to present the BEST PRICE in the country on the 2012 Fuligni Brunello, a wine that shows the graceful side of the Fuligni estate. Aromatic and elegant, the '12 Brunello from Fuligni is a pure, lithe and enchanting evocation of its interesting growing year, and given that this beautifully made Brunello clocks in at just under $70 a bottle, there's little reason for you not to enjoy it now--and later!
Its origins might be in Bordeaux, but Cabernet Franc has been growing in Italy for almost two hundred years. Like its more famous child Cabernet Sauvignon (the other parent grape to Cabernet Sauvignon is Sauvignon Blanc), Cabernet Franc provides wines with great structure and balance; however, it's lower in tannins and acidity and tends to be more aromatic and herbal. While Cabernet Franc grows all over Italy, primarily in Friuli, you could make a strong argument that it grows nowhere better than Bolgheri, where the warm climate enables it to sufficiently ripen, keeping it from the greenness it can exhibit in cooler areas and helping it to achieve complexity.
February 2, 2017
Nine Beautiful 1990s Brunelli to Drink Now!
February 1, 2017
New Sandrone Barolo Duo! Acclaimed CVNE Rioja! And Delicious Canalicchio "Baby Brunello"!
Americans love Brunello. In fact, we drink more than a quarter of all Brunelli made! But while Americans love Brunello, most of us lack the cellar space and the patience to drink it as it's meant to be enjoyed: with maturity. Here's a list of nine beautiful 1990s Brunello wines that are mature, and still kicking! Coming from under-the-radar estates like Livio Sassetti Pertimali, Fuligni, and Poggio Antico, these Brunelli arrive with pristine provenance and perfect care throughout their lifespan--they're bottles that could only come from IWM, the world's leading authority in Italian wine. Ranging in prices from under $90 to just over $160, these beautiful Brunelli let fans experience some of the wine's benchmark vintages of the 1990s. It's an extravaganza of Brunello that's ready to drink, and all it needs is you!
Spending all his savings to buy his land, Sandrone made his wines in his parents' garage, quietly working and revising his techniques until he caught the wine world's attention with his 1989 and 1990 vintages. Since then, nothing has slowed down for Sandrone, and it would seem that neither he nor his fans would want it to. Sandrone is a master winemaker with holdings in some of the most legendary plots in Barolo, and his highly sought-after Barolos sit among the elite wines of Piemonte, if not the world.
January 31, 2017
New Releases of Antinori Brunello and Cru Barbera! And IWM’s Biggest Sale!
January 30, 2017
New 2013 Le Pergole Torte! Two Vintage Canalicchio Brunelli! And Miani’s Must-Have Rosso!
It's hard to find a beautifully made, thoroughly authentic, and entirely delicious Brunello for less than $65, but we've done it--and this wine comes from Antinori, the aristocratic family that boasts more than 600 years of winemaking, the creation of Super-Tuscan greats Tignanello and Solaia, and more than twenty wineries located in six countries. Today, we're delighted to present the BEST PRICE in the country on the 2012 Brunello from Pian delle Vigne. Antinori's Pian Delle Vigne Brunello always punches far above its price point, and this creamy, vibrant, and aromatic bottling is simply stellar.
IWM's clients and our portfolio managers have been united in excitement over the new 2013 Tuscan releases, and rightly so. Temperate, sunny and lingering, 2013 saw a return to classic Tuscan weather, and it gave Tuscan winemakers ideal conditions with which to craft superstar wines. No broad-shouldered fruit bombs, these '13 Tuscan wines reward wine-lovers who appreciate grace, structure, age-worthiness, and complexity. Today, we're very proud to present Montevertine's astounding 2013 Le Pergole Torte, a collector staple for mono-varietal Sangiovese Super Tuscans.
January 26, 2017
Canalicchio “Baby Brunello,” “Bucket List” Bodegas Toro Albala, and 1959 Château Canon!
January 25, 2017
"Legendary" Giacosa 2011 Barbaresco Asili, Perfect Mature Prunotto Barolo, and $22 Gavi!
Canalicchio di Sopra's winemaker, Francesco Rippacioli says, "The Rosso di Montalcino is like our business card; we offer this to you as an introduction to our style, an introduction to us, before you enjoy our Brunello." Rippacioli's view doesn't stray far from IWM's own. Just as "second-tier" wines offer less expensive, easier and earlier drinking options to most estates' flagship wines, so too does Rosso di Montalcino give enthusiasts an opportunity to experience an estate's take on its Brunello di Montalcino--and do it earlier, more easily and less expensively.
2011 was a warm vintage in Piemonte, as it was throughout most of Italy, but while the heat caused issues for many makers of Barolo and Barbaresco, Bruno Giacosa has a reputation for crafting outstanding wines from ripe vintages. The 2011 wines from this master winemaker show that this reputation is well earned. Critics, connoisseurs and industry people lauded Giacosa's 2011 Barolo and Barbaresco releases, and today, we're delighted to present the best of Giacosa's best: the towering Bruno Giacosa 2011 Barbaresco Asili Riserva, a wine that is already gaining legendary status.
January 24, 2017
Two Sides of Pinot Nero, Sassicaia’s South American Cousin, and Cupano’s World-Changing Brunello
January 23, 2017
Antinori’s Towering 2013 Solaia, Vintage Vietti Barolo, and Fontodi’s Classic 2013 Chianti Classico!
Today we're delighted to present two of our favorite Pinot Nero bottlings--and neither is exactly what you'd expect. Pinot Nero is cultivated across Italy, and more and more winemakers are showing a concerted effort in vinifying the grape to create ageable and important expressions. Today's offer combines a classic 2014 Pinot Nero from Castello della Sala, Antinori's Umbrian estate, and a rare white 2015 Pinot Nero from Frecciarossa, one of our favorite estates in Oltrepò Pavese; together this red Pinot Nero and this white Pinot Nero offer a delicious contrast in expressions.
The Antinori family of estates has been making wine for more than six centuries, but they're perhaps best known for their Super-Tuscan twins, Tignanello and Solaia. 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, "the sunny one," from the vineyard where its grapes derive. Almost like mirror images of one another, Tignanello and Solaia are like siblings, both beloved, both equal in the eyes of their makers, and both unique in their own rights. Today, we're very proud to present a new allocation of the 2013 release of Antinori Solaia.
January 19, 2017
Big, Beautiful 2009 Cerbaiona Brunello! Vintage Quintarelli Amarone! And 2006 Vigna d’Alceo!
January 18, 2017
Quintarelli’s Sweet Labor of Love! Antinori’s “Meursault in Italy” and Benchmark Tig!
Year in and year out, Cerbaiona's wines impress us, but we think you'll love the 2009 Brunello, which is drinking gorgeously now. This sleek, elegant '09 Brunello embodies its ripe vintage in its expressiveness, welcoming you with an explosive nose and a caressing palate, yet this wine retains a seductive balance that pulls you back to the glass. Dark and brooding, the '09 tumbles juicy red and black fruits with tar, earth, and exotic spices in a silky wine that finishes with bitter almond, minerals and wildflowers.
Quintarelli's Recioto has earned its place next to Chateau d'Yquem and Quinta do Noval Vintage Port as an unparalleled end to a memorable evening. In fact, when IWM held an Italy vs. France tasting with IWM founder Sergio Esposito and esteemed wine critic Jancis Robinson, Quintarelli's Recioto was arguably the wine of the night; even when lined up next to the great Sauternes, this Recioto made Jancis awe-struck. Today, we're proud to present Quintarelli 2004 Recioto, the most recent bottling of this iconic wine.
January 17, 2017
Ornellaia’s Masterpieces, Rare Vintage Valentini Gem, and Must-Have $16 Verdicchio!
January 16, 2017
Alfred Gratien's Affordable Luxury, Rosé Brut Champagne
From its driveway to its interior to its bottle labels, Tenuta dell'Ornellaia shows an uncommon devotion to the arts. Since the 2006 vintage, this estate has commemorated the vintage by commissioning artwork to adorn large-format bottles of its flagship wine, Ornellaia, in its Vendemmia dell'Artista project. In the hands of winemaker Axel Heinz and the Frescobaldi Group, Ornellaia continues its stellar record of world-class wines. The estate's 244 acres of vineyards lie on elevated parcels composed of clay, gravel, and loam, and like the winery, the estate's flagship wine Ornellaia gets its name from its grove of flowering ash trees.
Founded in 1864, Alfred Gratien is one of IWM's favorite Champagne houses. Fourth-generation winemaker Nicolas Jaeger uses techniques that his forebears would recognize: careful selection in the vineyards, vinifying in small oak casks without malolactic fermentation to retain terroir, careful blending of Chardonnay, Pinot Meunier, and Pinot Noir from the crus to create the house's signature cuvées, and aging at least three years in bottle before release. Today, we're delighted to present Alfred Gratien Brut Rosé at time-sensitive special pricing.
January 12, 2017
Two Beautiful Wines from Affordable, Artisanal Begali! And Singular Pouilly-Fumé!
January 11, 2017
Caressing 2011 Aldo Conterno Barolo, Gaja’s Must-Have White, and 18-Year-Old Amarone
Everyone loves Amarone, and for good reasons. Amarone is a powerhouse of a wine, but its alcohol content--typically somewhere between 14 and 16 percent--makes it food-friendly, and its concentrated, opulent palate bursting with fruit, earth, spice and pepper makes it a perfect partner for meat dishes. Today, we're delighted to present a new allocation of the darkly delicious 2012 Begali Amarone Classico. Priced at under $70, this Begali Amarone offers a terrific value.
Yesterday, we were delighted to present the opulent Domenico Clerico 2011 Barolo Ciabot Mentin Ginestra, a wine that marries power with finesse. Today, we're proud to follow up that offer with the transparent yet intense 2011 Aldo Conterno Barolo Vigna Romirasco, a wine that while approachable almost upon release still has the structure to age for years. It's a beautiful Barolo bottling that shows that while "the King of Barolo," Aldo Conterno, may have passed away, the estate that bears his name continues to do him proud.
January 10, 2017
Silky 2011 Domenico Clerico Barolo Ginestra! Under $50 Artisanal Barolo! And Prosecco Everyday!
January 9, 2017
Two Beautiful Sassicaias! Antinori’s Affordable Dessert Wine, and Silky Ornellaia!
Domenico Clerico began producing wine in 1979, when he gleefully joined the band of progressive winemakers known as the "Barolo Boys," those experimental winemakers like Luciano Sandrone, Paolo Scavino, and Roberto Voerzio who broke from traditional Barolo protocol. But as this winemaker has matured, his wines have slowly edged toward the traditional end of the spectrum. Today, we're pleased to present the 2011 release of Clerico's Barolo Ciabot Mentin Ginestra.
Today, we're proud to revisit Sassicaia's history with a set of complementary vintages, the benchmark, opulent 2004 and the restrained, elegant 2005. IWM Founder Sergio Esposito worked with our European sources to secure these wines that offer impeccable provenance and unparalleled care, and together, these two vintages of Sassicaia give Super-Tuscan enthusiasts a detailed view into the legendary wine.
January 5, 2017
Under $60 Antinori Brunello! 20-Year-Old Barolo Monfortino! And Louis Jadot Sale!
January 4, 2017
Restock Your Cellar with Piemonte Wines! Montalcino Super-Tuscan! And Affordable Burgundy!
It's hard to find a beautifully made, thoroughly authentic and entirely delicious Brunello for less than $60, but we've done it--and this wine comes from Antinori, the aristocratic family that boasts more than 600 years of winemaking, the creation of Super-Tuscan greats Tignanello and Solaia, and more than twenty wineries located in six countries. Today, we're delighted to present the BEST PRICE in the country on the 2011 Brunello from Pian delle Vigne. Antinori's Pian Delle Vigne Brunello always punches far above its price point.
Yesterday, we offered a roster of benchmark 2010 Brunello di Montalcino. Today, we want to spotlight the 2012 vintage from Piemonte, a ripe year that privileges an open-knit personality, succulent fruits, and silky texture--while still retaining enough tannic and acidic structure for wine-lovers who are in it for the long haul. You'll find fifteen beautiful wines, both Barbaresco and Barolo (with some Langhe Nebbiolo, Barbera, and even Gaja's Super-Piemonte blend, Darmagi, for good measure), and ranging in price points between under $40 to more than $400.
January 3, 2017
Stock Your Cellar with 2010 Brunelli! Antinori’s Cult Cabernet! And Approachable Biondi-Santi!
January 2, 2017
IWM Wine Club Sale! And Begali’s Affordable, Delicious Amarone and Valpolicella!
Beyond being a benchmark vintage, 2010 reset the entire scale for the producers and the fans of Montalcino's best-loved wine. Indeed, this vintage made Montalcino's winemakers reconsider their understanding of how good a growing year can be. After a snowy winter, 2010's rainy spring delayed bud-break; however, the cool yet lovely summer helped the grapes achieve ripening, perfect maturity, and balance. The resulting 2010 Brunelli gift their many fans with an ideal combination of richness, intensity and acidity.
IWM's wine clubs are the perfect last-minute gift that keeps on giving, and this online sale gives you 15% off a six-month or 20% off a twelve-month subscription to the wine club of your choice. While other merchants' wine clubs rely on overstock or less desirable wines, IWM mindfully chooses each month's three bottle selections with the same level of care, provenance and diligence that we take in our selections for our shop and website. These handpicked wines show your excellent taste, month after month.
December 29, 2016
Value-Packed Giacosa Barolo Le Rocche Falletto, Valdicava’s “Best” Rosso, and Emmanual Rouget
December 28, 2016
Italian Icons: Gaja’s 2013 Barbaresco Quartet, Unknown Antinori, and Gravner’s Liquid Gold
Bruno Giacosa is one of the most respected producers of traditional style Barolo, but surprisingly, Giacosa himself is not a trained enologist; he learned by working with his father and grandfather, who taught him traditional winemaking. In 1982, he bought the Falletto vineyard in Serralunga, and Giacosa's first estate-bottled Barolo came from this very vineyard. Honoring the importance of this vineyard, Giacosa's Le Rocche del Falletto di Serralunga d'Alba derives from a small plot of Falletto vines that's situated at the vineyard's apex.
Today, we're delighted to present a new allocation of Angelo Gaja's 2013 Barbaresco quartet. The Gaja estate made history in 2013 when it made a significant change: it dropped the Barbera component in its famed trio of Sorì San Lorenzo, Sorì Tildìn, and Costa Russi, allowing for these wines to be labeled as Barbarescos. In 1996, Angelo Gaja had added the 5% Barbera to his cru Barbarescos to recapture the wines of his youth, before DOCG rules required them to be mono-varietal Nebbiolo, but as he's poised to turn the estate over to his children, Gaia, Rossana and Giovanni, this maverick winemaker and his team opted to make these cru wines pure Barbaresco.
December 27, 2016
Under $20 Artisanal Valpolicella, Poggio di Sotto "Baby Brunello," and Super Singles Flash Sale!
December 26, 2016
Sicilian Gems from COS, Antinori’s Glorious Aglianico, and Sparkling Wine Flash Sale!
The iconic wines of the Veneto--Valpolicella and Amarone--might be the perfect complement to cold weather. But while Amarone is a definite luxury item, Valpolicella can be a terrific everyday wine. Today, we're delighted to present the pure, classic, structured, food-friendly 2014 Valpolicella from Nicolis; best of all, this wine is under $20 a bottle! While most of our clients connect these wines to the icons of the Veneto, Romano Dal Forno and his mentor the great Giuseppe Quintarelli, family-owned-and-operated Nicolis makes authentic and affordable wines, and this '14 Valpolicella is delicious.
Sicilian wines offer a rare combination of exciting terroir, enticing indigenous grapes, and exceptional value--and perhaps no estate embodies the nexus of these traits quite as completely as COS. Today, we're delighted to offer some of our favorite wines from COS, one of IWM's signature producers, and consistent standouts at our tastings. These nine COS bottlings span a range of complex, zesty reds and stellar, evocative whites, and, while offering tremendous value, these wines each reflect the ascendance of Sicilia's modern era in winemaking.
December 22, 2016
Silky Tua Rita Super Tuscan, Cupano Brunello Trio, and Faiveley Chambertin Clos de Bèze
December 21, 2016
Festive André Clouet Cuvée 1911, Historic Fiorano White, and Alain Burguet Beauty
When Rita Tua and Virgilio Bisti bought their Suvereto, Toscana land in 1984, they just wanted a retirement spot, but they soon realized that their land held soils that were very hospitable for Bordeaux varieties like Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot. They began making wines, first for their friends, and then for release. By 1992, Rita and Virgilio had their first wine, the Giusto di Notri, under the name Tua Rita, and the estate's Redigaffi soon followed on its heels--along with unqualified critical success. Today, the estate, whose vineyards sit atop an ancient ocean, encompasses more than 100 acres and produces 110,000 bottles each year.
The Clouet family has a long history in the region--in fact, current owner-operator Jean-François Clouet still lives in the house built by his ancestors, and he ages the estate's wines in the seventeenth-century cellar under the house. Clouet's spellbinding 1911 Cuvée adheres to the Champagne tradition of blending multiple vintages to create a balanced, powerful wine--it's a favorite at IWM, and today, we're delighted to present very competitive pricing on the mesmerizing André Clouet Cuvée 1911, just in time for your New Year's celebration.
December 20, 2016
Stellar 2013 Wines from Ornellaia, Anne & Sébastien Bidault, and Domaine Lamarche
December 19, 2016
Buone Feste! The Perfect Holiday Case, Artisanal Olive Oil, and Under $60 Brunello!
Today, we're proud to shine a spotlight on Tenuta dell'Ornellaia 2013 Ornellaia, one of the best iterations of Ornellaia's flagship wine that we've ever seen. If you're a fan of wines that transmit their terroir with transparency, wines that privilege structure and finesse over extraction and power, or wines that balance their elegance with fleshiness, today's Ornellaia bottling hits all your sweet spots--indeed, winemaker Axel Heinz gave the 2013 Ornellaia the name "L'Eleganza," or "elegance," because of its classic, balanced and sophisticated palate. Tenuta dell'Ornellaia 2013 Ornellaia is an exquisite bottle that will remind you Super-Tuscan fans what made you fall in love with Ornellaia, and it'll pull you back to the glass with every sip.
The holidays are upon us, and IWM wants to make them easy for you with the perfect holiday mixed case. We've chosen twelve wines to take you from the piquant beginning of your meal--apperitivi--to its sweet end, the dolce. Specially priced and absolutely decadent, these are bottles that IWM's own portfolio managers are proud to pour at their holiday tables, and together, this beautiful dozen will turn your holiday meals into Italian feasts.
December 15, 2016
Under $50 Artisanal Barolo! Pristine, Historical Barolo Monfortino! And Krug Champagne!
December 14, 2016
Barolo Bounty: Bruno Giacosa Barolo Falletto and Five Under $100 Baroli! And Billecart-Salmon Champagne!
Today, we want to spotlight the under $50 Brovia 2012 Barolo. Caressing yet vibrant, Brovia's Barolo will entice new enthusiasts and satisfy experienced palates. Stylistically, Brovia straddles traditional and modern winemaking, striving to make wines that speak of Piemonte's history while allowing for accessibility. Brovia crafts terrific interpretations of some of Piemonte's most renowned sites, and the estate's '12 Barolo blends together the fruits of these vineyards to make a remarkably balanced and seductive wine.
A quiet, modest, and brilliant winemaker, Bruno Giacosa nurtures the passion for Piemontese wine that his father and grandfather instilled in him, and his winemaking philosophy guides him towards a noninterventionist approach, traditional protocol, and the creation of authentic Piemontese wines. The first estate-bottled Barolo from the iconic Bruno Giacosa winery came from the Falleto vineyard; years later, Bruno would craft Barolo Rocche del Falletto, the historic cru wine from this same vineyard.
December 13, 2016
Must-Have 2013 Solaia Mags, Vendemmia dell'Artista Collection, and Canalicchio “Baby Brunello”
December 12, 2016
Big, Beautiful Mags of Classic 2013 Tignanello! Gift Card Gives Back! And Vintage Brunello!
Today, we're proud to follow up that offer with magnums of the estate's outrageously good 2013 Solaia. 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, Solaia or "the sunny one," from the vineyard where its grapes derive. Aristocratic, elegant and finessed yet carrying that trademark Antinori approachability, this '13 Solaia bottling is stunning, and we're offering it at very competitive pricing.
Our clients know Tignanello as the trailblazing Super Tuscan from Antinori. Influenced by his uncle, Marchese Mario Incisa della Rocchetta, and guided by Giacomo Tachis, Piero Antinori didn't want to recreate a Bordeaux-style Claret; he wanted to show Sangiovese's versatility and finesse. Certainly the first Sangiovese bottling to be aged in small oak barrels, Tignanello is also likely the first modern red wine to feature Sangiovese in a blend that included international grapes. The result is a Super-Tuscan wine that announces its heritage while looking to the international wine world for inspiration. Today, IWM is proud to present magnum bottles of the 2013 vintage of Tignanello.
December 8, 2016
Four Affordable Nebbiolo Wines! Two Great Whites! And the 2016 Holiday Gift Guide!
December 7, 2016
Classic 2013 Barbaresco from Gaja! Red Burgundy Flash Sale! And Louis Jadot’s Mazis-Chambertin!
Piemonte's best-known grape and the basis for its best-known wines, Barolo and Barbaresco, Nebbiolo is a beautiful, black-skinned grape. It's indigenous to the hills surrounding Alba situated southeast of Turin, and its name is likely derivative of the Italian word for fog, nebbia, although whether that fog refers to the white tinge that covers the varietal's black grapes as they ripen or to the mist surrounding the Langhe hills in October or November during harvest, no one is entirely sure. One thing is certain: not only is Nebbiolo a very old grape, but it is also one that has been recognized for centuries for its greatness.
We've already seen that 2013 gave Tuscan winemakers a gift, but we're only now beginning to get a glimpse of the greatness of 2013 in Piemonte. As was the case in Toscana, 2013 blessed vine-growers with a classic, even-tempered season culminating in a September marked by great diurnal swings between warm days and cool nights. The weather was perfect for an ideal harvest, in short, and growers of the very fussy Nebbiolo grape have been rejoicing ever since--as have wine lovers who feel passionately about Barolo and Barbaresco.
December 6, 2016
Wonderful Antinori Winter White, Collector Toro Albala, and Slinky, Graceful Drouhin-Laroze
December 5, 2016
Antinori’s Benchmark Brunello Riserva, Aldo Conterno Barolo Mags, and $18 Old-Vine Beaujolais Villages!
Antinori's Umbrian beauty Castello della Sala Cervaro is not merely one of Italy's great white wines; it's an exceptional wine that owes its existence to accident. Piero Antinori had a vision of an Italian version of white Burgundy, but he and his team couldn't quite capture it. Ready to give up on the project, they shut the door to the cellar where the wine was fermenting, allowing the temperature to rise slightly; this induced malolactic fermentation and created the wine's creamy mouth-feel.
Pian delle Vigne, purchased by the Antinori family in 1995, illustrates how the Antinori excellence in Tuscany extends beyond the borders of Chianti Classico and Bolgheri and into the center of Montalcino. 470 acres in total, Pian delle Vigne sits south of Montalcino near the Orcia River Valley and has more than 160 acres planted to vine, about half of which date back to the estate's founding. A mix of clay and limestone, Pian delle Vigne's stony vineyards receive southwest exposure, ideal for ripening the estate's Sangiovese grapes.
December 1, 2016
Antinori's Cult Cabernet Franc, Classic Guado al Tasso, and Ripe Cerbaiona Brunello
November 30, 2016
Quintarelli’s “Baby Amarone,” Antinori’s Stellar Pinot Nero, and Le Macchiole’s Must-Have Cabernet Franc
Since the inaugural vintage of Sassicaia in 1968, many Super Tuscans have entered the global wine consciousness, but few have garnered cult status. Tenuta San Guido's Sassicaia, Antinori's Tignanello and Solaia, Montevertine's Le Pergole Torte and Ornellaia's Masseto have become legendary, but they are exceptions. Today, we're delighted to present a new release of a wine that we believe is perched on the cusp of legendary status, Antinori's 2012 Matarocchio.
You can't overestimate Giuseppe Quintarelli's impact on Valpolicella, the red wine zone located in the northeast corridor of the Veneto--almost singlehandedly, Quintarelli forever changed the game. Before Quintarelli, Valpolicella was a light and quaffable wine, but a trip to Burgundy in the 1980s convinced Quintarelli that Valpolicella could be a wine of serious interest. Burgundy's soils reminded Quintarelli of the soils of his almost 30-acre estate situated in the Po Valley, and he was convinced that he could create long-aging, masterful, complex Valpolicella wines--so he did, using protocol that mimicked that of his age-worthy, intense Amarone.
November 29, 2016
Classic 2013 Solaia Returns! Sassicaia in Patagonia! And Glorious ’08 Guado al Tasso!
November 25-28, 2016
IWM Black Friday & Cyber Monday - Save from 20% to 45%
The Antinori family of estates has been making wine for more than six centuries, but they're perhaps best known for their Super-Tuscan twins, Tignanello and Solaia. 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, "the sunny one," from the vineyard where its grapes derive. Almost like mirror images of one another, Tignanello and Solaia are like siblings, both beloved, both equal in the eyes of their makers, and both unique in their own rights.
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November 23, 2016
Everyday Bruno Giacosa! Flash Sale on Palari's Sicilian Gems! And Silver Lining Humbert Fréres!
November 22, 2016
Seductive Under $60 Il Poggione Brunello, Antinori’s Gran Selezione, and Ripe Giacosa Barolo!
When we think of Bruno Giacosa, we tend to think of highly collectable Barolos and Barbarescos--intense, age-worthy expressions that rank among the most prized wines in the world. Giacosa's cru Barbarescos Asili or Santa Stefano or the estate's Barolo Le Rocche Falletto Riserva justifiably command high price tags. However, Giacosa makes more than these age-worthy serious Nebbiolo wines. The estate also crafts approachable evocations of Piemonte's indigenous Dolcetto, Barbera, and Arneis, and it makes a terrific spumante that adds festivity to any occasion.
Talenti was a winemaker of nearly unparalleled excellence, and it didn't take long for his wines to come to the attention of the wine world. Il Poggione emerged as one of the foremost producers of classic and elegant Brunello with the release of its 1965 vintage, and the estate has never looked back. Today, we're delighted to present a new release from this historic estate, the concentrated, brooding and altogether excellent 2012 Brunello di Montalcino.
November 21, 2016
Under $25 Food-Friendly De Conciliis! Aleatico from Antinori! And Latour-Giraud Meursault!
November 17, 2016
Historic Vintage Barolos from Giacomo Conterno and Giuseppe Mascarello! And Jaboulet Hermitage!
Founded in 1996 by three siblings, Bruno De Conciliis capitalizes on southern exposure and ancient soils in the ripe climate of the Cilento zone of Campania to produce full-bodied, fruit-driven wines that are approachable, age-worthy, or affordable--or all three. De Conciliis' best known wines are its Aglianico bottlings, but the estate also produces outstanding wines from Fiano, Campania's most significant white grape. And IWM portfolio managers and our clients love the estate's spumante, Selim, a delightful and complex sparkler.
Some wines invoke the earth the vines grew in, the rain that fell, the sun that shone, and all of nature, great and small. Other wines are made of memories, the hands of the men and women who made them, those long, lingering shadows of the humans who touched them and shaped them into being. Still others seem to exist in another realm altogether--these are the wines that change lives with a sip. Giacomo Conterno Barolo Monfortino Riserva is one of the few wines that does all of that--and more. Today, we're very proud to present Giacomo Conterno 1943 Barolo Monfortino Riserva, a historic wine that is an indisputable jewel in any collector's cellar.
November 16, 2016
Veneto Values from Begali, Italy’s Answer to Vintage Champagne, and Fèvre Chablis Sale!
November 15, 2016
Our “Biggest” Gaja Sale! Vintage Piancornello Brunello! And Louis Jadot Grands Échézeaux!
Begali is the story of a small family pursuing their passion--and creating a cult sensation. The estate was born at the end of WWII when Giordano Begali began pursuing his passion for grapes, though the estate didn't start marketing its wines until 1986. Begali remains in the family, currently helmed by Giordano's son Lorenzo and his wife, Adriana, and their children, Giordano and Tiliana. Producing wines from its 19-acre vineyard in Ca'Bianca near Verona and Lake Garda, Begali crafts a scant 6,000 bottles annually because this committed winemaking family bottles only its best grapes, selling the rest to merchants.
There is no one quite like Angelo Gaja. A trendsetter, Gaja's early innovations began with the 1961 vintage when he chose to bottle only estate-grown wines, reduce his crop size, shorten pruning of Nebbiolo vines, and decrease fermentation periods; 1967 saw Gaja's bottling of single-vineyard Barbarescos with his debut of Sorì San Lorenzo (Sorì Tildìn followed in 1970 and Costa Russi in 1978); and the 1975 vintage marked his inaugural use of small French oak barrels. Even Gaja's restless work to market his wines to the world's elite was groundbreaking and, ultimately, very successful.
November 14, 2016
Chionetti’s Stellar Cru Dolcettos, Magnums of Lush Gravner “White,” and Collector Jean Grivot!
November 10, 2016
Must-Have Wines: Stellar 2012 Messorio, Feral 2014 François Gay, and Cult Sylvain Cathiard!
Its name translates to the "little sweet one," but Dolcetto is a deceptive little grape. Those who expect a sweet red wine from Dolcetto will likely be disappointed. Although its name suggests sweetness, it's the grape--not the wine--that is sweet. In fact, a common characteristic of Dolcetto is its satisfying slight bitterness, a result of fermentation of the fruit's high level of sugar, and its low acidity that emphasizes the sweetness in this dry wine. However tricky the name, there's no denying that Dolcetto is a Piemontese treasure, and IWM loves well-made versions of this everyday wine.
Le Macchiole defines its self by focusing on terroir in its mono-varietal bottlings. While the estate's Syrah Scrio and its Cabernet Franc Paleo Rosso are beloved by enthusiasts and lauded by critics, Messorio, the estate's mono-varietal Merlot, stands as a towering testament to its Bolgheri terroir and the skill of its makers. Today, we're delighted to offer a new allocation of Le Macchiole 2012 Messorio. 2012 saw a return to classic weather in the Tuscan region of Bolgheri, and this vintage of Le Macchiole's cult Merlot is pure class. It's a stunning wine that will only get better with time.
November 9, 2016
Sassicaia’s Standout Sibling, Guidalberto! Affordable Barbaresco! And Collector Ponsot!
November 8, 2016
$27 Guado al Tasso Red, Benchmark La Fornace Brunello and Vintage Benchmark Barbaresco!
The connection between Tenuta San Guido's flagship wine, Sassicaia, and its second wine, Guidalberto, is a palpable one. While not as aristocratic as its big-ticket sibling, Guidalberto hews close to Sassicaia, and even as Guidalberto holds to one of its defining ideals--namely, accessibility upon release--it has grown more refined, polished and elegant. Today, we're delighted to present the most recent release of this stellar "second" wine, the intense and caressing 2014 Guidalberto. While Sassicaia may have been inspired by Bordeaux blends, Guidalberto is often the preferred wine for many Bordeaux lovers, and this recent bottling will definitely inflame that passion.
It's one of IWM's fastest selling Italian wines, and it's often the first choice in Antinori wine for those in the know. While people love Guado al Tasso's silkiness, its succulent palate and sophisticated style, these fans don't know that the flagship wine isn't the beginning and the end of Antinori's famed Maremma estate. Antinori's Guado al Tasso crafts a perfect complement to its flagship in its stellar entry-level wine Il Bruciato. Absolutely delicious and under $30 a bottle, Il Bruciato acts as a calling card for the Guado al Tasso estate; it's the Bolgheri Super Tuscan you'll want to enjoy every night of the week.
November 7, 2016
Affordable Barolo Duo! Under $60 Benchmark Brunello! And Collector Georges Roumier!
November 3, 2016
Cerbaiona’s Super-Tuscan Surprise! Vintage Bodegas Muga Rioja! And Vintage Giacosa!
It's rare to find a Barolo that you can drink in its youth, that has the stuffing to sit in the cellar for years, and that's priced at under $80 a bottle. This combination is, in many ways, the unicorn of Italian winemaking--something so improbable as to be mythic. Today, IWM is proud to present a pair of 2009 Barolos that fit this improbable paradigm: Renzo Seghesio 2009 Barolo and Scarzello 2009 Barolo. Both traditional cuvée wines, these two Barolos come from very small family-owned-and-operated estates. Together, they are exactly what your palate is calling for on these chilly autumn nights.
A former Alitalia pilot, Cerbaiona's Diego Molinari chose neighbor Franco Biondi-Santi as his role model when he founded his seven-acre estate in the '70s, using vine clippings from Biondi-Santi's vineyards and adopting the master's traditional methods to craft a concentrated, mineral-laden wine. Diego believes in honest wines of terroir and letting the grapes speak for themselves; the grapes are picked, selected, and aged for years in large botti in order to create structured, deeply nuanced, terroir-driven wines.
November 2, 2016
Antinori’s Must-Have Chardonnay Release, Vintage Mastroberardino, and Faiveley Chambolle-Musigny!
November 1, 2016
“Truly Epic” 2013 Fontodi Flaccianello, Vintage Tignanello, and Paolo Bea Dessert Wine
Umbria is not usually at the top of the list when you're talking Italian wines. For that matter, Italian Chardonnay generally doesn't make the wine world sit up and take notice--unless you're talking about Angelo Gaja's Gaia & Rey and a few other cult wines. It would be natural to feel suspicious that an Umbrian Chardonnay is one of Italy's great wines, but when we reveal that it's Antinori's wine, carefully crafted by Umbrian native son Renzo Cotarella, and that the wine is Castello della Sala Cervaro della Sala, it all begins to make sense.
Much has been made about the new 2013 Tuscan releases, and for excellent reasons. Cool, temperate, sunny and lingering, 2013 saw a return to classic Tuscan weather, and it therefore gave Tuscan winemakers ideal conditions to craft superstar wines. No broad-shouldered fruit bombs, these '13 Tuscan wines reward wine-lovers who appreciate grace, structure, transparency and complexity. Today, we're very proud to present one of our favorite mono-varietal Sangiovese Super Tuscans from one of our favorite organic winemakers, Fontodi, the estate's outrageous 2013 Flaccianello.
October 31, 2016
Under $70 Barbaresco Magnums! Antinori’s Stellar Pinot Nero, and Vega-Sicilia Flash Sale!
October 27, 2016
Brovia’s Under $50 Barolo! Cupano’s Big Red! And Tua Rita’s Cult Merlot!
It's one of those times when we have to be straightforward: it's hard to find a better value than $70 for magnum bottles of traditionally crafted, beautiful Barbaresco. In fact, it's hard to find a wine better than this at two or three times the price! Today, we're very pleased to announce the release of the 2012 Barbaresco from Produttori del Barbaresco, and it is extraordinary. This wine will fly out of our cellars before it arrives--make no mistake: this traditional cuvée Barbaresco is a wine to secure by the half-case or more.
Today, we're delighted to present Brovia 2012 Barolo, a caressing but vibrant Barolo that will entice new enthusiasts and satisfy experienced palates. Stylistically, Brovia straddles traditional and modern winemaking, striving to make wines that speak of Piemonte's history while allowing for accessibility. Known for its terroir-expressive work, Brovia crafts terrific interpretations of some of Piemonte's most renowned sites, and the estate's '12 Barolo blends together the fruits of these vineyards to make a remarkably balanced and seductive wine.
October 26, 2016
Five Vintage Biondi-Santi Brunelli, Rich 2009 Grattamacco, and Must-Have Arnoux-Lachaux!
October 25, 2016
Five-Vintage Cupano Brunello Retrospective! And Sassicaia in Patagonia!
Aromatic, elegant and remarkable, Biondi-Santi's Brunelli Riserva are best known for their incredible ability to age--even a 100-year-old Brunello Riserva from Biondi-Santi shows remarkably well. You can attribute Biondi-Santi Brunello's trademark aromatics, longevity and acidity to the vineyard's altitude that ranges between 1,300-1,600 feet above sea level, the estate's exacting vinification regimen, or its perfectly maintained bottles, but that would be shortsighted. Biondi-Santi's Il Greppo estate is the birthplace of Brunello, and its wines hold an undisputed magic that defies any easy explanation.
Sometimes it's hard to believe the hype, but Cupano's wines do more than make you believe the hype; they make you come up with new superlatives. Montalcino, home of Brunello, is a beautiful place, but it's hard to find an estate that's more romantic than Cupano, one Montalcino's rare certified organic estates. Housed in an ancient stone villa, Cupano sits alone on a rolling plain at the far edges of Montalcino. Off in the distance is the Banfi castle; to the left, the medieval hilltop town of Camigliano--and that's it.
October 24, 2016
New 2008 Barolo Granbussia Release, Classic Poggio di Sotto, and Bryant Family Duo!
October 20, 2016
New Aldo Conterno Barolo Releases! Franciacorta Splits! Collector Comte Georges de Vogüé!
Poderi Aldo Conterno crafts many collector wines, but the most important is its Barolo Granbussia Riserva. The estate crafts this legendary Barolo Riserva only in worthy vintages, and the years that Aldo Conterno chooses to make its Barolo Granbussia are special ones. Aficionados of the wine love it for its boldness, its age-worthiness, and the way its heady aromas of roses, earth, and herbs are buoyed by its palate of sour cherries, tar, minerals, and smoke. Most of all, this wine's fans appreciate it for transmitting that elusive Piemonte magic that is intrinsic to serious Barolos.
Aldo Conterno was known as the "King of Barolo" in Italy, and upon his passing in May 2012, the wine world lost not only a pioneer and a visionary but also a man of great dignity and grace. Fortunately, Aldo trained his three sons in his footsteps so that his eponymous estate will not merely perpetuate but flourish, as befits Aldo's legacy. Today, IWM is proud to present a trio of Poderi Aldo Conterno's new Barolo releases: the 2012 Barolo Cicala, Barolo Colonnello, and Barolo Romirasco, all at very enticing pricing.
October 19, 2016
Biondi-Santi Brunello Trio, Aldo Conterno Chardonnay, and Under $50 Barbaresco
October 18, 2016
Cerbaiona 2011 Brunello Returns! Vintage Quintarelli Amarone, and Classic Chablis from Christian Moreau
Established in 1880, Biondi-Santi Il Greppo created Brunello. Founder Clemente Santi launched his family's name in the wine business, and in the late nineteenth century, his son Ferruccio took a clone of the Sangiovese grape known as Sangiovese Grosso and produced the first Brunello. Ferruccio's grandson Tancredi Biondi-Santi made the wine famous, officially classifying it as Brunello, forever changing Italy's place in the wine industry. Tancredi's son Franco Biondi-Santi, who passed away in April 2015, brought the estate to greater heights, producing nearly 70,000 bottles a year and leaving a legacy that few winemakers can rival.
Yesterday, we offered the velvety 2011 Brunello from Biondi-Santi; today, we're following up that offer with the brooding, opulent 2011 bottling from Cerbaiona, Biondi-Santi's neighbor. For decades, Cerbaiona has been among the standard-bearers of great traditionally made Brunello di Montalcino. Like Soldera, Poggio di Sotto, and Salvioni, Cerbaiona makes traditionally styled Brunellos that reward enthusiasts with consistent excellence and longevity.
October 17, 2016
Terrific Artisanal Valle d’Aosta White! Biondi-Santi Brunello! And Our Signature Prosecco!
October 13, 2016
Six Paolo Bea Recent Releases! Vintage Viberti Barolo! And Must-Have Jadot Corton-Charlemagne!
Perched in the Italian Alps in Valle d'Aosta, the vineyards of Ermes Pavese are among the highest in all of Europe. Located just minutes away from the summit of Mont Blanc in Morgex near Italy's border, Pavese founded his estate with only five acres of vineyards in 1999 (it has since grown to almost 7.5 acres), and he devotes himself to a single grape varietal: Privé Blanc. Today, we're delighted to present Ermes Pavese 2014 Blanc de Morgex et de La Salle, the most recent release of Pavese's extraordinary entry-level wine.
Today, we're very proud to present six recent releases from Umbria's Paolo Bea, a standard bearer in Italy's natural wine movement and a signature producer here at IWM. You'll find two of Bea's Sagrantino wines, 2009 Sagrantino di Montefalco Secco Pagliaro and 2009 Sagrantino di Montefalco Passito; two "orange" or skin-contact white wines, 2010 Arboreus Umbria Bianco and the newly released 2014 Santa Chiara; and two red wine blends, 2009 Montefalco Riserva Pipparello and 2010 Umbria Rosso Vigna San Valentino, all presented at very competitive pricing.
October 12, 2016
New 2013 Masseto Release! Artisanal $27 White! And Louis Jadot Grands Echézeaux!
October 11, 2016
André Clouet Celebrates with Style! Radikon’s Game-Changing 2000 Merlot, and Collector Lamarche!
Over the last couple of decades, 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. Crafted by the team at Tenuta dell'Ornellaia, Masseto is a wine so great that it compelled its makers to give it its own home, website, and cellar, a testament to the Italian Merlot that challenges the best of Pomerol. Today, IWM is proud to announce the release of the 2013 vintage of Masseto, a wine that is already garnering tremendous response, months before its arrival to the States.
IWM loves Andre Clouet Cuvée 1911 Champagne, a traditional wine that honors the history of its great region. While most Champagne houses have let this tradition slip, André Clouet has resurrected the protocol of Laurent-Perrier whose famed Cuvée Grand Siecle was, until 1990, a solera blend of vintages. Jean-François Clouet revived Laurent-Perrier's idea with his André Clouet Cuvée 1911, and he has done so with stunning success. André Clouet 1911 is a spellbinding blend of multiple vintages of grand cru Pinot Noir from Bouzy, making for a wine that is at once ethereally elegant and exotically rich. Today, we're proud to present André Clouet Cuvée 1911, one of IWM's signature Champagnes, at very competitive pricing.
October 6, 2016
New Quintarelli 2008 Release! Guidalberto Splits! And Benchmark Collemattoni Brunello!
October 5, 2016
Ornellaia’s Flagship Wine Triumphs in 2013, Delicious $22 Dessert Wine, and Majestic Meursault
The late, great Giuseppe Quintarelli stands as the Veneto's most significant producer, renowned for his legendary, cellar-worthy Amarone, Recioto, and Alzero. Now four years after his passing, wines that were touched Quintarelli's hands are increasingly hard to find, making this offering all the more special. Today, we're delighted to present the estate's 2008 Rosso Ca' del Merlo, an IGT wine that embodies the meticulous, patient approach that made Giuseppe the "Master of the Veneto." Only being released now, a full eight years after the vintage, this '08 Ca' del Merlo is a fitting testament to the iconoclastic patriarch of the Quintarelli estate.
If you're a fan of wines that transmit their terroir with transparency, wines that privilege structure and finesse over extraction and power, or wines that balance their elegance with fleshiness, today's Spotlight wine hits all your sweet spots. Tenuta dell'Ornellaia 2013 Ornellaia is an exquisite bottle that will remind you Super-Tuscan fans what made you fall in love with Ornellaia, and it'll pull you back to the glass with every sip. Winemaker Axl Heinz gave the 2013 Ornellaia the name "L'Eleganza," or the elegance, because of its classic, balanced and sophisticated palate.
October 4, 2016
The Prince’s Singular White, Cult Collector Barbera, and Sappy Nuits-Saint-Georges!
October 3, 2016
Under $70 Artisanal Scarzello Barolo, Poggio di Sotto “Baby Brunello,” and Domaine Lamarche
To have sampled the wines of the fabled Fiorano estate would put you in the elite few, for these nearly impossible-to-get wines are the product of a dedicated and passionate prince whose avant-garde approach was way ahead of its time. After tearing up his vineyards to ensure his unadulterated legacy, Alberico Boncompagni Ludovisi, the Prince of Venosa, passed his private cellar to the iconoclastic Italian wine critic Luigi Veronelli, who left a portion to IWM's Sergio Esposito--a true honor. Today, we're delighted to spotlight Fiorano 1992 No. 26 Bianco, a remarkable mature mono-varietal Malvasia bottling.
It's rare that IWM finds a Barolo in the $70 range that we can stand behind, but when we do, we like to ensure that our clients know about it. Scarzello makes Baroli that our portfolio managers love to pour at tastings, especially the classic 2008 Barolo, a product of a long, cool growing season; our clients love the surprise of this wine, and we love this energetic wine's authentic Barolo experience, its lovely balance, its Piemonte terroir--and its unquestionable value. Today, we're delighted to present the estate's 2008 Barolo, an artful blending of Scarzello's prime vineyards; even better, we're offering it at very competitive pricing.
September 29, 2016
Soldera Retrospective, 1978-1996, Gravner’s “Holy Grail,” and Stellar Faiveley Corton-Charlemagne
September 28, 2016
New Vega-Sicilia Único Release! Vintage Noëllat Vosne-Romanée, and We Love the 2011 Brunello
Even before the 2012 act of vandalism that decimated more than six years of winemaking, Gianfranco Soldera held the distinction of being IWM's most talked about producer. His perfection in the vineyard and cellar makes him one of Italy's greatest producers, and his iconoclasm makes him one of the most controversial. Whether because of his iconoclasm or in spite of it, Soldera's wines sit among Italy's most revered wines as well as some of IWM's fastest-selling collector wines. A Soldera Brunello is a work of art; it's a wine that offers unparalleled purity, finesse and elegance.
There are great wines, and then there are wines of great mystique, great tradition and great myth. The wines of Vega-Sicilia--arguably the most collectable and most historical estate in Spain's Ribera del Duero--hold all of these elusive traits and they do it with élan. Today, we're delighted to present a new release of Vega-Sicilia Único, the 2008. A wine of terrific energy and exquisite finesse, this '08 Único illustrates how great winemakers can wrest astounding beauty from challenging years. Ravaged by a severe frost just before harvest, Vega-Sicilia rescued its grapes with anti-frost burners. The result is a very low production, atypical, and altogether remarkable Único bottling.
September 27, 2016
New 2013 Grattamacco Release! Rare Pérez Barquero! And All of Chambolle-Musigny!
September 26, 2016
Le Macchiole ’11 Messorio Returns, Baricci “Baby Brunello” Arrives, and Delicious Latour-Giraud
Grattamacco, founded by Piermario Meletti Cavallari, who has since sold the estate to ColleMassari, sits at the end of a long, winding drive. It's a land with a very unusual microclimate, a windy plain 100m above sea level, where the estate gets 300 sunny days a year and a steady breeze. Under the guidance of enologist Maurizio Castelli and winemaker Luca Maronna, the estate makes these deeply finessed, profoundly enjoyable wines, and they do it by working hard, playing with their wines' formulas, inventing technologies, and making the best Super Tuscans you've not heard enough about.
Merlot is unquestionably one of the world's most grown and most beloved grapes--and for good reason. Its velvety mouth-feel and concentration of fruit that's tempered with elegance and balance makes Merlot instantly recognizable. However, Merlot is also a grape that very much expresses terroir, and Bolgheri's terroir is responsible for some of the world's most beloved Merlot expressions. Today, we're delighted to bring back a recent IWM client favorite Merlot from one of our signature Bolgheri producers, Le Macchiole 2011 Messorio.
September 22, 2016
Vintage Power: 1997 Brunello Riserva, 2001 Franciacorta, and Glorious 1980s Wines
September 21, 2016
Big Bottles for Big Wines: Gaja Cru Brunello, Vintage Dal Forno Amarone and Ponsot Monopole!
Put into historical perspective, 1997 shone as something very special. It had an unusual, magical growing season, one that began with naturally reduced yields and ended with a hot harvest that delivered super-concentrated, almost dehydrated berries. The result was that critic after critic gave one Italian wine after another impossibly high scores in the press, and, quite rightfully, people enjoyed drinking them. What's not to love about a well-made, rich wine?
Angelo Gaja has always been a restless soul. While most wine-lovers come to know Gaja in the context of his game-changing Barbaresco, Barolo and other Piemonte bottlings, in 1994 Gaja entered into a partnership with vineyard owner Roberto Bellini to rebuild Toscana's Pieve di Santa Restituta (the original estate neighbors the famed Case Basse di Gianfranco Soldera). Bellini stayed through the '95 vintage; afterward, Gaja assumed full creative control of the estate, and it has been on an upward trajectory ever since.
September 20, 2016
New 2010 Brunello Riserva Release, Vintage Tignanello, and Fall for Blush Wines
September 19, 2016
The Delicious ’08 Guado al Tasso Returns! 2006 Guidalberto Mags! And Lignier-Michelot Sale!
Today, we're delighted to present the San Polo 2010 Brunello Riserva. Intense and full-bodied, this wine strides the line between the concentration and sappiness that you see in "modern" Brunellos and the terroir-driven verve and structure that typify traditional bottles, making it perfect for both Brunello newbies and those who already know and love the wine. Brooding and complex, this Brunello Riserva explodes with the Montalcino aromatics of a classic Brunello, and, best of all, we're presenting it at the BEST PRICE in the States.
You asked, and we brought it back: 2008 Guado Al Tasso Bolgheri Superiore. This flagship bottling from the Antinori family's Bolgheri estate is consistently excellent, but it reached greater heights in 2008. Antinori's Guado al Tasso never stands still, never rests, and never stops changing--and with each new vintage, it somehow manages to surpass itself. Rare is the wine that makes critics and connoisseurs stop to say, "This is the best vintage yet," but Guado al Tasso manages to do that almost every new release. This '08 bottling, now with almost a decade of maturity, is simply breathtaking.
September 15, 2016
Giacosa Retrospective, Le Mortelle Value White, and Antinori Brunello Trio!
September 14, 2016
New Poggio di Sotto Brunello Riserva! Your New Go-To White! And Vintage Mastroberardino!
This past Monday, we were delighted to present Bruno Giacosa's extraordinary 2012 Barbaresco Asili, a favorite of both IWM and our clients. Today, we're proud to end the week with a retrospective of this iconic producer. We've curated a list of 25 of Giacosa's wines, selecting not only Giacosa's iconic "red label" riserva Barolo and Barbaresco, but also his "white label" bottlings, and even his affordable Dolcetto. This big, beautiful roster of Giacosa wines spans vintages from 1967 to 2012, and it offers wines in standard bottles, magnums, and double magnums.
Next to Gianfranco Soldera, Poggio di Sotto makes the fastest selling collector Brunello at IWM; both estates capture a Burgundian side to Montalcino and both showcase the elegance of Sangiovese Grosso, along with its underlying power. Today, we're delighted to present a new release from the iconic Poggio di Sotto estate, the benchmark 2010 Brunello di Montalcino Riserva. IWM has long claimed that Poggio di Sotto's Brunellos are a league apart, and that claim is rarely more true than in this '10 Brunello Riserva.
September 13, 2016
Delicious Salvioni Recent Release Duo! Feral François Gay! And Syrah Sale!
September 12, 2016
Return of IWM Favorite Giacosa Barbaresco, Great Fiorano White, and William Fèvre Sale!
It's time to get very, very excited. Fall isn't just about New York Fashion Week, back to school and NBA announcements. It's also about the arrival of new wine releases, and today, we're delighted to announce the imminent arrival of a pair of Salvioni Cerbaiola wines, Salvioni Cerbaiola 2011 Brunello di Montalcino and 2014 Rosso di Montalcino. Both of these wines show how an excellent winemaker can make terrific wines from challenging vintages. Indeed, each of these wines reflects its vintage with exceptional grace and transparency, and together, this duo gives Sangiovese Grosso enthusiasts a lot to celebrate.
While Bruno Giacosa's much-lauded Santo Stefano is his signature Barbaresco, his Asili is his personal favorite, and the 2012 embodies why. It's intense, dense and concentrated, and it shows the beauty that comes from putting the love that Giacosa has for his Barbaresco Asili with his magical ability with warm vintages. The '12 Giacosa Barbaresco Asili was an immediate hit when we first announced its release last year, and client demand has been so great that we just had to acquire more.
September 8, 2016
Guidalberto, Sassicaia's Stellar Sibling! Vintage Brunellos from Piancornello and Soldera!
September 7, 2016
Lush, Under $60 Brunello! Historic Montevertine! And Must-Have Champagne!
Guidalberto is the second wine of Sassicaia's maker Tenuta San Guido, and as you'd expect from the estate that ignited the Super-Tuscan revolution with its superstar Sassicaia, it's an IWM client favorite, vintage after vintage. Originally a blend of equal parts Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot with a kiss of Sangiovese, Guidalberto began its evolution with the 2005 vintage, and by the following year, it achieved the proportions it has kept to this day: a 60/40 Cabernet Sauvignon-Merlot blend.
The 2011 vintage of Brunello offers remarkable lushness, approachability and texture. It's a compelling contrast to the structured, stellar 2010 releases, and unlike that benchmark vintage, the ripe 2011 vintage allows for very early drinking. Today, we're delighted to present a new allocation of 2011 Gianni Brunelli Brunello di Montalcino. It's always exciting to find a stellar Brunello, but Gianni Brunelli's is biodynamically grown, traditionally made, and under $60, making it a sheer delight.
September 6, 2016
Three Great Wines to Fall For! Le Serre Nuove, Biondi-Santi Brunello and Salicerchi!
August 31, 2016
Under $65 Aldo Conterno New Releases! Old-Vine Bidault Burgundy and "Perfect" Châteauneuf-du-Pape
It's fairly customary for a flagship wine to be remarkable. We expect the first wines of estates to be great--flagships are, after all, the wines that build producers' reputations. It's more unusual when an estate's second-tier wine is something to get excited about, but when that wine comes from Tenuta dell'Ornellaia, any excitement makes sense. Today, we're delighted to a new allocation of 2013 Le Serre Nuove, Ornellaia's second wine and a bottle that would be a flagship were it to come from any other estate.
Today, I'm very proud to present a trio of new Aldo Conterno releases, 2013 Langhe Rosso, Conca Tre Pile Barbera d'Alba, and Langhe Nebbiolo Il Favot. Each of these wines embodies the attention to detail that distinguish the wines of Poderi Aldo Conterno, and each of these wines is affordable--prices range between $30 and $65!
August 30, 2016
Is Fiano Your New Go-To White? Antinori's Cru Barbara, and Vintage Soldera!
August 29, 2016
Stellar $65 Brunello from Antinori! The Prince's Singular Sémillon! And Outrageous Corton-Charlemagne!
Along with this great southern transitional white, I'm very proud to feature two more wines that are made from grapes indigenous to Italy: Antinori's Prunotto 2013 Pian Romualdo Barbera d'Alba and Soldera's 1992 Intistieti. The first is obviously Barbera, the "People's Grape," which Barolo producers have grown alongside their Nebbiolo and poured at their tables for generations; the second is Sangiovese Grosso, and it's a declassified Brunello and a wine that could only come from Gianfranco Soldera.
Today, I've chosen three beautiful wines that will help you make the most out of the last of summertime-and usher you wonderfully into fall: Antinori's benchmark 2010 Brunello from the family's Pian delle Vigne estate in Montalcino, one very special vintage Sémillon from Fiorano, and magnums of outrageously good Bonneau du Martray 2009 Corton-Charlemagne.
August 25, 2016
New 2014 Latour-Giraud Meursault! Historic Cru Barbera! Benchmark Valdicava Magnums!
August 24, 2016
Poggio Scalette’s Way with Sangiovese, the Prince’s Sémillon, and Vintage Sassicaia
Today, we're delighted to announce the release of five Domaine Latour-Giraud Meursaults from the intensely concentrated, very low production year of 2014--and to sweeten the offer, we're also presenting the domaine's Bourgogne Blanc, a stellar entry-level white Burgundy made of declassified Meursault fruit. Best of all, we're presenting these wines--the '14 Bourgogne Blanc, Meursault Cuvée Charles Maxime, Meursault Les Narvaux, Meursault Genevrières, Meursault Charmes, and Meursault Perrières--at very competitive pricing.
Sangiovese is Italy's most cultivated grape. Like a spy, this grape goes by many names: Sangiovese Grosso, Montepulciano, Prugnolo Gentile, Sangioveto, Scansano, and Morellino, to name a few. Just as Sangiovese has many names, it also has many clones--Sangiovese Grosso, the grape you love for its Brunello, is one, but the most widespread is Sangiovese Piccolo, the grape responsible for most Chianti Classicos. Growing in tight bunches, Sangiovese requires a very long season to ripen with warm, sunny days that extend into mid-to-late October, so hills with southern exposure do it well; it also prefers soil with generous limestone.
August 23, 2016
Back By IWM Client Demand: Benchmark Antinori Brunello and Pinot Nero, and Jean Grivot Échézeaux
August 22, 2016
Two Great Everyday Wines from Antinori and One Stellar Dal Forno Amarone!
IWM loves Antinori. This aristocratic family boasts more than 600 years of winemaking, the creation of Super-Tuscan greats Tignanello and Solaia, and more than twenty wineries located in six countries--and it shows no sign of slowing down. Pian delle Vigne, purchased by Antinori in 1995, shows how the Antinori excellence in Tuscany extends beyond the borders of Chianti Classico and Bolgheri and into the center of Montalcino. Today, we're delighted to spotlight the benchmark 2010 Brunello from Pian delle Vigne.
Guado al Tasso, Piero Antinori's flagship wine from his eponymous Maremma estate, consistently stands as one of IWM's fastest selling Super Tuscans. It's often the first choice in Antinori wine for those in the know, and its fans eagerly await each new release. IWM clients love Guado al Tasso for its silky tannins, succulent fruits, subtle earth and sophisticated style, and this profile sets the template for the estate's stellar entry-level wine Il Bruciato. Absolutely delicious and under $30 a bottle.
August 18, 2016
Racy Quintarelli Valpolicella Returns! Vintage Lafite-Rothschild! And Comte Georges de Vogüé!
August 17, 2016
New Under $60 Montevertine Releases! Vintage Cult Barbera and Bartolo Mascarello Barolo!
Giuseppe Quintarelli was the Veneto's most significant producer, renowned for his myth-making and cellar-worthy Amarone, Recioto, and Alzero. Since Quintarelli's passing in 2012, the estate that bears his name has been ably run by his children, whom Quintarelli trained at his knee, as his father had trained him. Today, we're delighted to present a new allocation of the '08 Quintarelli Valpolicella Superiore, a wine that would rightly be called a "baby Amarone." Quintarelli's Valpolicella isn't merely an extraordinary, game-changing wine; it's also an opportunity to experience the world-famous Quintarelli magic at a fraction of the price of the estate's Amarone.
An age-worthy wine of dizzying complexity and astonishing grace, Le Pergole Torte has, since its inaugural vintage in 1977, redefined wine-lovers' expectations of Tuscany's most emblematic grape. You'd expect Le Pergole Torte to command a high price, and you'd be right. But Montevertine's winemaking prowess doesn't begin and end with its most famous, most expensive wine. The family-owned-and-operated estate crafts two more reds, the flagship Montevertine Rosso and the entry-level Pian del Ciampolo, both stellar Sangiovese wines.
August 16, 2016
"Classic" 2012 Solaia Returns! Vintage Cult Cru Barbera! And Last of the Giacosa Santa Stefano?
August 15, 2016
Cult Valdicava “Baby Brunello,” Antinori’s Dessert Sensation, and Ferragosto Whites Sale!
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. Within a couple of years of tinkering with the blend to reflect vintage shifts, the pair had arrived at its current incarnation. Today's Solaia is a blend of 75% Cabernet Sauvignon with 20% Sangiovese, and the remainder Cabernet Franc, making it essentially the mirror image of Tignanello.
Montalcino producers needed a "bridge" wine, a bottle that would serve as an affordable, approachable, early release to sell while their Brunello bottles aged; and enthusiasts wanted an approachable, immediate bottle to enjoy. In 1983, the Consorzio di Vino Brunello di Montalcino solved the problem by creating Rosso di Montalcino, a wine that producers could release just two years after harvest. Even more than giving Brunello lovers instant gratification, Rosso di Montalcino gives us insight into the Brunello vintage to come.
August 11, 2016
Return of Classic 2012 Messorio, Vintage Aldo Conterno Barolo, and Your New Go-To Red!
August 10, 2016
Two Sassicaia Siblings to Enjoy Everyday! Vintage Mastroberardino! And $40 Benchmark Brunello!
Le Macchiole defines itself by focusing on terroir in its mono-varietal bottlings. While the estate's Syrah Scrio and its Cabernet Franc Paleo Rosso are beloved by enthusiasts and lauded by critics, Messorio, the estate's mono-varietal Merlot, stands as a towering testament to its Bolgheri terroir and the skill of its makers. Today, we're delighted to offer a new allocation of Le Macchiole 2012 Messorio. 2012 saw a return to classic weather in the Tuscan region of Bolgheri, and this vintage of Le Macchiole's cult Merlot is pure class.
Tenuta San Guido changed the face of Italian wine--and arguable the landscape of international wine--with its creation of Super-Tuscan giant Sassicaia in 1968. However, the estate didn't rest on its game-changing flagship wine. It created two more wines along Sassicaia's aristocratic lines: Guidalberto, the estate's "second" wine, and Le Difese, the exceptional entry-level wine. Today, we're delighted to spotlight the 2014 vintage of these Sassicaia siblings. 2014 was a challenging year in Toscana, but these Tenuta San Guido wines illustrate how great winemakers can find the silver linings in the clouds.
August 9, 2016
Return of Triumphant Sandrone Barolo! And Stellar Vintage Soldera and Sassicaia!
August 8, 2016
International Wines: Spain, Italy and France for the Win!
For the past twenty years, the highly sought-after Barolos of Luciano Sandrone have sat among the elite wines of Piemonte. A master winemaker with holdings in some of the most legendary plots in Barolo, including Cannubi Boschis, Sandrone's wines are client favorites at IWM, and that is as it should be. While this winemaker has a reputation for being a modernist, Sandrone is more of an iconoclast, crafting wines that stride the line between traditional and modern. Today, we're delighted to present new allocations of Sandrone's 2011 Barolo Le Vigne, a cuvée bottling that in this vintage wraps the palate with a velvety, satisfying feel.
Spain's Vega-Sicilia Único is in a class almost by itself--though its sibling Único Reserva Especial is a contender. Long before there was ever a Super Tuscan, Vega-Sicilia was using a similar concept to craft wines in the Ribera del Duero countryside. Beginning in 1864, the estate placed Spain's indigenous Tempranillo in a Bordeaux-influenced blend, and in 1915, it released its iconic Único Reserva, making history. These wines have since become Spain's most collected, most prized wines--going back generations when the wine was reserved exclusively for royalty. IWM is pleased to present a new allocation of the Vega-Sicilia Único.
August 4, 2016
New Release of Gaja’s Barbaresco Trio! 2006 Gaja Barbaresco Mags! And Rosé Wine Sale!
August 3, 2016
IWM Client Favorite Brunello Riserva, Vintage Biondi-Santi, and Old-Vine Pousse d'Or!
There is no one quite like Angelo Gaja. A trendsetter, Gaja's early innovations began with the 1961 vintage and included the choice to bottle only estate-grown wines, the reduction of crop size, shortened pruning of Nebbiolo vines, and decreased fermentation periods; 1967 saw Gaja's bottling of single-vineyard Barbarescos with his debut of Sorì San Lorenzo; and the 1975 vintage marked his inaugural use of small French oak barrels. Gaja's restless work to market his wines to the world's elite was groundbreaking and very successful.
Last week, we were delighted to bring you a new allocation of Livio Sassetti Pertimali's extraordinary 2011 Brunello, and today, we're following up that offer with the estate's Brunello Riserva from the benchmark 2010 vintage. With more complexity, more intensity, more structure, and more of those brooding notes that make Livio Sassetti's wines so special, this '10 Brunello Riserva ups the ante. It's a towering wine in an exceptional vintage made by an artisanal producer, and Brunello enthusiasts are going to love it.
August 2, 2016
New 2014 Redigaffi Release! And Large Format Guidalberto and Domaine Ponsot!
August 1, 2016
Must-Have 2013 Ornellaia, the Prince’s Fairytale Sémillon, and Great Fèvre 2009 Chablis
When Rita Tua and Virgilio Bisti bought their Suvereto, Toscana, land in 1984, they just wanted a retirement spot, but they soon realized that their plots boasted soil that was very hospitable for Bordeaux varieties like Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot. The couple began making wines, first for their friends, and then for release. By 1992, Rita and Virgilio had their first wine, the Giusto di Notri, under the name Tua Rita, and the estate's Redigaffi soon followed on its heels--along with unqualified critical success. These days, Tua Rita's wines are cult favorites, and fans eagerly await each new vintage of the estate's Merlot Redigaffi.
Today, we're proud to shine a spotlight on Tenuta dell'Ornellaia 2013 Ornellaia, one of the best iterations of Ornellaia's flagship wine that we've ever seen. 2013 was an atypical growing season for Bolgheri's Tenuta dell'Ornellaia. A rainy, mild winter brought a delayed yet extended bud break during the cold, rainy spring, but summer was dry, sunny and, according to the estate, "perfect." Harvest was slightly later than average, but its warm, temperate weather gave the grapes a long hang time, allowing them to ripen fully yet retain acidity. This 2013 Ornellaia is a terrific bottling, and it's enjoyable right upon release.
July 28, 2016
Almost “Perfect” Sugarille Brunello Returns! And Vintage Gaja & Rey and Barolo Monfortino!
July 27, 2016
Under $50 Brunello! Vintage Barolo Riserva Monfortino! And Great White from Jadot!
Today, we're delighted to bring back a wine that stuns us every time we open a bottle, Gaja Pieve Santa Restituta 2010 Brunello di Montalcino Sugarille. Angelo Gaja's Brunello Sugarille has earned a reputation of a being powerful, structured and aromatic wine with appealing notes of violets, frutti di bosco, spices and tobacco. In 2010, however, this wine is so much more than approachable: it's a benchmark bottling! IWM doesn't put a lot of stock in critics' reviews of Italian wines, but they definitely got it right with their high marks on this '10 Brunello Sugarille from the iconoclastic Angelo Gaja.
IWM knows how hard it is to find a high quality Brunello di Montalcino for less than $50, so when we do, we want to make sure you know about it. Today, we're delighted to announce a new allocation of Livio Sassetti Pertimali 2011 Brunello di Montalcino. This genial, open-knit wine matches its dark opulence with complexity, making for a truly thrilling, completely captivating ride. Best of all, we've priced this wine at under $50 a bottle, the BEST PRICE in the country.
July 26, 2016
New Quintarelli Release! Vintage Cerbaiona Brunello! And Value Wine Sale!
July 25, 2016
Porta del Vento’s Muscular Value Red, Vintage Mascarello Gem, and Singular Maltroye White!
The "Master of the Veneto," Giuseppe Quintarelli was one of Italy's iconic winemakers, but of his amazing lineup of wines, Quintarelli saw only one as a labor of love: his Recioto della Valpolicella Classico. One of greatest dessert wines of Italy, Quintarelli's Recioto has earned its place next to Chateau d'Yquem and Quinta do Noval Vintage Port as an unparalleled end to a memorable evening. In fact, when IWM held an Italy vs. France tasting with IWM founder Sergio Esposito and esteemed wine critic Jancis Robinson, Quintarelli Recioto was arguably the wine of the night; even when lined up next to the great Sauternes, this Recioto made Jancis awe-struck.
Sicilia's Porta del Vento translates to "Gates of the Wind." Breezes blow constantly across the hills where Porta del Vento's 25 acres sit near Palermo in the Valdibella Valley. Resting at about 1,970 feet above sea level, the estate's sandy soil is thick with minerals and stones, and Porta del Vento's biodynamically grown vines face north to shade them from the Sicilian sun--which is important when you consider that the islands of Sicilia average more than 220 days of sun a year. In many ways, Sicilia is an ideal place for growing vines to make high quality, intense, and mineral-driven wines, and Porta del Vento makes the most of its unique Sicilian terroir.
July 21, 2016
Classic, Elegant Sassicaia Magnums! Singles Flash Sale! And Gaja Cru Barbaresco Trio!
July 20, 2016
Classic Benchmark Biondi-Santi Brunello Returns! Great 2014 from Latour-Giraud and Chavy-Chouet!
The 2013 growing year provided the perfect environment for Tenuta San Guido to craft an idealized version of the iconic Super Tuscan, and critics as well as connoisseurs couldn't wait for it to hit the shelves. IWM rarely puts much stock in critics' scores for Italian wines, but sometimes critics get it right--and this '13 Sassicaia bottling deserves every word of praise heaped upon it. Sassicaia is consistently very, very good, but when it's great, it's indescribable. Today, IWM is proud to present magnum bottles of the classic, aristocratic and sophisticated 2013 Sassicaia.
2010 is not merely a benchmark vintage for Brunello di Montalcino; it's a vintage that recalibrates the entire scale for excellence, and perhaps no wine captures the remarkable age-worthiness, elegance and beauty of this vintage like those from Biondi-Santi's Il Greppo estate, the birthplace of Brunello di Montalcino. Today, we're delighted to present a new allocation of the 2010 Biondi-Santi Brunello di Montalcino Annata. Simply put, it's not a vintage for Brunello enthusiasts to miss, and given that it's one of the last vintages to come from the hands of the late, great Franco Biondi-Santi, it's one whose collectability will likely rival its sheer beauty.
July 19, 2016
Antinori's Seamless Chianti Classico! 2014 Releases from Chavy-Chouet and René Leclerc!
July 18, 2016
Antinori’s Under $27 Triumphs! And Domaine Lamarche’s Marvelous Monopole!
Today, the Chianti Classico production zone still lies between the provinces of Florence and Siena, but in 2010 the DOCG created a new designation (it could be applied to not-yet-released vintages), Chianti Classico Gran Selezione, which is yet more discriminating than Chianti Classico Riserva, the previous pinnacle of Chianti Classico expressions.
The Antinori family has centuries of winemaking history behind it, and it has holdings throughout Toscana, across Italy, and around the world! While the family's iconic, collector Super Tuscans like Tignanello, Solaia, and Guado al Tasso may garner all the attention from Italian wine enthusiasts and the press, Antinori also makes wines that you can enjoy any night of the week. Today, we're delighted to spotlight one of these wallet-friendly, palate-pleasing wines, Le Mortelle 2013 Botrosecco Maremma Toscana.
July 14, 2016
Soldera 2008 Rosso Returns, Gravner’s 2006 Triumph, and Sassicaia in Patagonia!
July 13, 2016
Giacosa Barolo Riserva Returns! The Prince’s Singular Malvasia! Fichet’s Old Vine Beauty!
Since his first harvest in 1975, Gianfranco Soldera had always vinified the same way--aging his wine traditionally in large Slavonian oak for five years and then an additional six to 12 months in bottle before release--but in 2008, Soldera shifted his protocol, aging partly in botti and finishing the wine's aging in stainless steel before bottling. Part of this shift stemmed from the vision of this maverick producer; part of it came from a freedom Soldera found in leaving the Brunello Consorzio; and part of it is mere Soldera magic.
Whether normale or riserva, Giacosa Barolo 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. Produced only in the finest vintages, Barolo le Rocche del Falletto Riserva has appeared a total of only twelve times in the past half century; it's rare and it is exceptional. It's a wine that no true Barolo aficionado should miss, especially in 2008, a vintage that offers a bewitching lesson in opposites.
July 12, 2016
New Ornellaia Release! Old Vine Chassagne-Montrachet! And Antinori’s Sweet Surprise!
July 11, 2016
Giacosa ’09 Barolo Le Rocche del Falletto Mags, Maltroye’s Zen Beauty, and Organic Fiano!
Today, we're proud to shine a spotlight on Tenuta dell'Ornellaia Le Serre Nuove 2013, one of the best iterations of Ornellaia's second wine we've ever seen. 2013 was an atypical growing season for Bolgheri's Tenuta dell'Ornellaia. A rainy, mild winter brought a delayed yet extended bud break in the cold, rainy spring, but summer was dry, sunny and, according to the estate, "perfect." Harvest was slightly later than average, but its warm, temperate weather gave the grapes a long hang time, allowing them to ripen fully yet retain acidity.
Bruno Giacosa is one of the most respected producers of traditional style Barolo, but surprisingly, Giacosa himself is not a trained enologist; he learned by working with his father and grandfather, who taught him traditional winemaking. In 1982, he bought the Falletto vineyard in Serralunga, and the first Barolo grown, bottled and sold by Giacosa was Barolo from this vineyard.
July 7, 2016
Great $53 Roger Coulon Champagne, Your New Go-To White, and Penfolds Grange!
July 6, 2016
IWM Salutes Bolgheri with Le Macchiole '12 Scrio, Sassicaia Gift Set and '10 Masseto!
The rise of grower Champagnes--the work of producers who cultivate the grapes, vinify the wine, and estate bottle their own Champagnes--has only added luster to Champagne's already significant hold over wine-lovers. One such grower Champagne house that consistently impresses us is Roger Coulon, and today, we're delighted to spotlight Roger Coulon NV Brut Reserve de l'Hommee, a knockout wine that over-delivers on its relatively modest price point.
Though somewhat in the shadows of its famous neighbors, Tenuta dell'Ornellaia and Tenuta San Guido, Le Macchiole is a mighty estate. Le Macchiole's founder, Eugenio Campolmi, wanted to make terroir-specific wines; driven purely by his passion, Eugenio sought to craft wines that speak of their origin and his Bolgheri home--in fact, of all the Super-Tuscan winemakers in Bolgheri, only Eugenio came from the town.
July 5, 2016
Giacosa’s “Legendary” 2011 Barbaresco Asili, the Prince’s Singular White, and Vintage Soldera!
June 30, 2016
Stellar 2012 Grattamacco Returns! And IWM’s Global Flash Sale!
Bruno Giacosa nurtures a profound passion for Piemontese wine that his father and grandfather gave him, and his winemaking philosophy embodies his respect for a noninterventionist approach, traditional viticulture and vinification, and a belief in the genuine expression of Piemonte's wines. While often typecast as an unwavering traditionalist and while Giacosa's wines certainly exemplify the classic style of Barbaresco in their leanness and restraint, he is not absolute in his approach. While Giacosa's much-lauded Santo Stefano is his signature Barbaresco, his Asili is his personal favorite, and the bottling we feature today illustrates why.
2012 sees the thirtieth-anniversary bottling of Grattamacco's Bolgheri Rosso Superiore, and what a vintage it is! Last month, IWM threw a dinner featuring the wines of ColleMassari, the group that owns Bolgheri's Grattamacco, Montalcino's Poggio di Sotto and other estates, and this '12 Grattamacco Bolgheri Rosso Superiore was a hit with our guests! Holding its sweet, rich red and blue fruits in tension with savory minerality, balsamic and herbs, this focused '12 bottling offers a treat for the senses, and today, we're delighted to present a new allocation of Grattamacco '12 Bolgheri Rosso Superiore.
June 29, 2016
New “Baby Amarone” from Dal Forno! And IWM’s Biggest Flash Sale!
June 28, 2016
Christian Moreau’s Stellar 2014 Chablis! And IWM’s Burgundy Flash Sale!
Working alongside Quintarelli, Dal Forno learned to privilege quality over quantity, to use a philosophy of honoring the land as a foundation, and to work tirelessly to create excellence. This dedication has driven Romano to designing and constructing the mobile, computer-controlled ventilation system in his cellar, just one change among many that have kept the estate at the pinnacle of Amarone production since its founding in 1983. Today, we're delighted to present a new allocation of Dal Forno Romano 2009 Valpolicella Superiore, a delicious brooding wine that drinks like a baby Amarone.
Chablis is as much a part of summer as white linen, picnics and the Fourth of July. Today, we're very delighted to bring you a quintet of recent 2014 Chablis releases from Christian Moreau, one of IWM's favorite makers of white Burgundy. Sporting a winemaking tradition going back nearly two centuries in their family, Christian Moreau sits among Chablis' elite growers, and these '14 Chablis wines are beautiful introductions to the estate for wine enthusiasts who don't know Moreau. For wine lovers who have enjoyed Moreau's wines previously, these new '14 releases will only deepen the love for the estate's mineral-laden, vibrant wines that exude their Chablis terroir.
June 27, 2016
New Baricci Brunello Releases! And Italian Wine Flash Sale!
June 23, 2016
Quintarelli Valpolicella Debut and Return of a Client Favorite! Ponsot Grand Cru Assortment!
If you've never heard of Baricci, we understand. It's one of Montalcino's best-kept secrets. Baricci's very low production numbers of only 1,000 cases of Brunello and 1,500 of Rosso di Montalcino help to keep this family-owned-and-operated estate under the radar. Moreover, when IWM is lucky to secure Baricci's wines, we sell out--quickly. Today, we're delighted to present two new releases from Baricci, the estate's robust, silky 2011 Brunello and its polished, charming 2013 Rosso di Montalcino!
You can't overestimate Giuseppe Quintarelli's impact on Valpolicella, the red wine zone located in the northeast corridor of the Veneto--almost singlehandedly, Quintarelli forever changed the game. Before Quintarelli, Valpolicella was a light and quaffable wine, but a trip to Burgundy in the 1980s convinced Quintarelli that Valpolicella could be a wine of serious interest. Burgundy's soils reminded Quintarelli of the soils of his almost 30-acre estate situated in the Po Valley, and he was convinced that he could create long-aging, masterful, complex Valpolicella wines--so he did.
June 22, 2016
Stellar Gaja 2011 Brunello Trio, Classic Sugarille Mags, and Seghesio’s “Baby Barolo”
June 21, 2016
New Release Brunello and Pinot Nero from Antinori! And a Big, Beautiful Collector Burgundy!
Today, we keep rolling out the 2011 Brunello with three wines from Angelo Gaja's Montalcino estate, Pieve Santa Restituta. In this offer, Gaja's traditional cuvée Brunello, Gaja Pieve Santa Restituta Brunello di Montalcino, is partnered by Brunello Rennina and the single-vineyard Brunello Sugarille, giving a panoramic view of the 2011 vintage. 2011 was marked by warm weather and heat spikes in July and August, but Angelo, aided by his daughter Gaia, turned the warm vintage into wines that marry early approachability with vibrant energy, and power with finesse.
Today, we're delighted to present the BEST PRICE in the country on the 2011 Brunello from Pian delle Vigne, Antinori's home in Montalcino. Pian delle Vigne, purchased by Antinori in 1995, shows how the Antinori excellence in Tuscany extends beyond the borders of Chianti Classico and Bolgheri and into the center of Montalcino. This Brunello always punches far above its price point, and this ripe yet savory '11 bottling is simply stellar.
June 20, 2016
Stellar 2011 Vigna d’Alceo Returns, Historic Aldo Conterno, and Comte Georges de Vogüé
June 15, 2016
Dynamic Salvioni Duo, Mastroberardino’s “Barolo of the South,” and William Fèvre Sale!
Biodynamic cult winemaker Castello dei Rampolla has been on a roll in the last few releases. The recent vintages of its two Super-Tuscan wines, Sammarco and Vigna d'Alceo, have received rapturous receptions by both critics and connoisseurs, and as each new bottling comes to us, we find ourselves scrabbling for new superlatives, and our clients love this wine as much as we do. Today, we're delighted to present a new allocation of the estate's stellar 2011 Vigna d'Alceo.
This week, we're following up that offer with a pair of Salvioni Cerbaiola wines, Salvioni Cerbaiola 2011 Brunello di Montalcino and 2014 Rosso di Montalcino, that are neither sleeper vintages nor are they benchmark. Rather, these two wines show what an excellent winemaker can make from challenging vintages. Indeed, each of these wines reflects its vintage with exceptional grace and transparency, and together, this duo gives Montalcino enthusiasts a panoramic view of the cult Salvioni estate.
June 14, 2016
Special Edition Scavino Barolo, Serious Raffaele Palma Rosato, and Collector Domaine Ponsot
June 13, 2016
Terriccio’s Must-Have Super Tuscans, the Prince’s Singular Bianco, and Under $60 Brunello
Almost forty years ago, Paolo Scavino's flagship wine, Barolo Bric dël Fiasc, was born. Following the death of their father, Alfonso and Paolo Scavino divided their father's vineyard holdings in the commune of Castiglione Falletto. Paolo's portion included a five-acre plot in Falletto's Fiasc cru known as Bric dël Fiasc. Sitting about 850 feet above sea level and boasting tufa-based soils of silt-sand and marl, Fiasc was special.
"Terriccio" means soil in Italian, and Castello del Terriccio, owned by Dr. Gian Annibale Rossi di Medelana, is devoted to creating wines that speak eloquently of the estate's roots and its vineyards' unique terroir. Although only founded in the 1980s, Castello del Terriccio has agricultural history that stretches back to the Middle Ages; today, this estate crafts beautiful Super-Tuscan wines from its 148 acres in Maremma that range along the Tyrrhenian Sea. Today, IWM is pleased to present a quartet of recent releases from Castello del Terriccio.
June 9, 2016
Brunello Spectacular: Salvioni’s Sleeper Vintage, Cupano’s “Baby Brunello,” and Poggio di Sotto Duo!
June 8, 2016
Ready-to-Enjoy Sassicaia, René Leclerc 2013 Triumph, and Historic Aldo Conterno Mags!
On the heels of the benchmark classic 2006 vintage and the benchmark opulent 2007 vintage, Brunello's 2008 vintage got a little lost. The year itself gifted winemakers with a cooler-than-average growing season that nonetheless showed a great oscillation between warm, sunny days and chilly evenings, making for a harvest of acidic, balanced, tannin-rich berries and aromatic wines of great structure. Today we're delighted to revisit the 2008 Brunello di Montalcino from Salvioni Cerbaiola.
Before the 1960s, only Marchese Mario Incisa della Rocchetta considered making a Bordeaux-style wine on Italian soil, much less in Bolgheri, a region not yet established viticulturally. Mario's drive and foresight, combined with guidance from consulting enologist Giacomo Tachis, made enological history when they created Sassicaia and ignited the Super-Tuscan movement. Mario had planted a small vineyard of Cabernet Sauvignon in the Bolgheri hills in 1944; this parcel would become his estate, Tenuta San Guido. Sassicaia remains one of the most sought-after wines in the world.
June 7, 2016
Celebrating Big Reds with Domaine du Pegau, San Giuliano, and Angelo Gaja!
June 6, 2016
New Gaja Releases! Antinori’s Italian “Meursault” and Christian Moreau Chablis!
Sitting among top-shelf Châteauneuf estates like Château de Beaucastel and Clos des Papes, Domaine de Pegau crafts consistently great wines, and its 2011 Châteauneuf-du-Pape Cuvée Reservée is a surprising knockout. The estate's second wine, Châteauneuf-du-Pape Cuvée Reservée a great value for its price point, just over $50 a bottle, and, even more exciting, it's enjoyable now. IWM is delighted to present a new allocation of the approachable Domaine du Pegau 2011 Châteauneuf-du-Pape Cuvée Reservée at the BEST PRICE in the country.
Today, we're delighted to present a trio of new Gaja releases that typify both his Piemonte roots and Gaja's history of tinkering with tradition. Representing Gaja's long Piemonte history is the 2013 bottling of the estate's traditional cuvée Barbaresco, and illustrating Gaja's refusal to let the past dictate the future are the 2015 Rossj-Bass and 2014 Gaia & Rey, the estate's trailblazing whites. Exclusive to IWM, this trio of Gaja new releases comes at the BEST PRICE in the States.
June 2, 2016
Your Hot Weather Duo from COS, Rare Pérez Barquero, and Collector Alain Burguet
June 1, 2016
Two Oustanding 2014 Chavy-Chouet Releases! And IWM’s Blush Wine Sale!
Sicilia has become the beach resort destination for much of Italy, and while its pristine beaches and blue water accounts for part of the reason why, the consistent sunshine and warm temperatures of this ancient volcanic island is another. While Sicilia used to be known for its Marsala, in the past few decades, boutique winemakers have taken advantage of the island's unique terroir to craft delicious, artisanal wines. Today, we're delighted to present a pair of perfect summertime wines, COS 2014 Nero di Lupo and Pithos Bianco, both at very competitive pricing.
Chavy-Chouet is exactly the kind of estate that I love. It’s family-owned-and-operated by people who have been winemakers for many generations. It’s devoted to the terroir and the traditions of its land, and its wines are consistently very, very good, even in challenging years. Today, I’m very proud to present two Chavy-Chouet wines from 2014, a year that was a nail-biter for Burgundy’s winemakers--it was hot, it was cold and rainy, it had hail, but it finished cool and sunny, helping vignerons like Romaric Chavy-Chouet make wines that fill your mouth with lusciousness.
May 31, 2016
Three Epic Wines from Quintarelli, Mastroberardino and Toro Albala
May 26, 2016
Benchmark ’10 Antinori Brunello Returns, 69-Year-Old López de Heredia, and Giacosa Barolo!
Today, I'm very proud to present these epic bottlings: Quintarelli 2003 Amarone Riserva, Mastroberardino 1973 Taurasi Radici, and Toro Albala 1946 Don PX Convento Seleccion. The last two of these bottles, the Mastroberardino and the Toro Albana, have already lived decades--and they can live for many more years. People have lived and died as these wines have quietly been aging, growing more mature, becoming ever more beautiful. The first of these wines, the Quintarelli Amarone Riserva, can live for decades; it's an ageless, timeless wine that will likely outlive us all.
In the hullabaloo over the release of the 2010 Brunello di Montalcino, a vintage so sublime that it's recalibrating our understanding of benchmark Brunello, it's easy to have overlooked some bottles. Americans love Brunello, and IWM clients love this Sangiovese Grosso wine more than most aficionados of Italian wine. Today, we're delighted to focus your attention on a Brunello made by the iconic Antinori family and offer it at just over $60 a bottle, very competitive pricing.
May 25, 2016
New 2014 Release of Antinori’s Chardonnay! Vintage Brunello Trio! And Crisp, Classic Chablis Splits!
May 24, 2016
New 2014 Guidalberto Release! Terricio’s Super Super-Tuscan! And Jacques Selosse Sale!
Piero Antinori wanted to create an Italian version of white Burgundy, but he and his team couldn't quite capture his vision. Ready to give up on the project, they shut the door to the cellar where the wine was fermenting, allowing the temperature to rise slightly, which induced malolactic fermentation and created this wine's creamy mouth-feel. The result was the kind of happy accident that wine-lovers can celebrate for decades to come, and one that remains one of Italy's best-kept secrets.
When Nicolò Incisa della Rocchetta set about making Guidalberto in 2000, he was driven by experimentation. He wanted to see what he and his legendary estate, Tenuta San Guido, could do with Merlot, a grape that's absent from the estate's iconic Sassicaia, and he wanted to create a wine that offered earlier approachability. Guidalberto was an immediate hit, especially with serious Bordeaux lovers. Today, we're delighted to present a new release of Guidalberto, the elegant, finessed and surprisingly complex 2014 bottling.
May 23, 2016
Stellar Fontodi New Release Trio, Vintage Valentini Wine, and Benchmark ’04 Sassicaia
May 19, 2016
Ripe, Gorgeous ’97 Conti Costanti Brunello! Antinori’s Go-To White! And Faiveley Sale!
From Robert Parker to the New York Times, wine critics lauded 1997 as a contender for Italy's vintage of the century. Upon release, the wines were rich, opulent, approachable, but that was only half of the story. Put into historical perspective, 1997 shone as something very special. It had an unusual, magical growing season, one that began with naturally reduced yields and ended with a hot harvest that delivered super-concentrated, almost dehydrated berries.
From Robert Parker to the New York Times, wine critics lauded 1997 as a contender for Italy's vintage of the century. Upon release, the wines were rich, opulent, approachable, but that was only half of the story. Put into historical perspective, 1997 shone as something very special. It had an unusual, magical growing season, one that began with naturally reduced yields and ended with a hot harvest that delivered super-concentrated, almost dehydrated berries.
May 18, 2016
New Release 2009 Soldera Rosso and More 2008 Rosso! And Spain’s Aristocratic Wine!
May 17, 2016
Giacosa’s Stellar 2011 Trio on Sale! Value Rosato! And Great Chandon de Briailles!
Today, we're proud to present one of Soldera's rare releases from these years, the balanced and sensual Case Basse di Soldera 2009 Rosso IGT. Rose petals, licorice, underbrush, saddle leather and spice frame this wine's expressive, racy Sangiovese Grosso fruit. Since his first harvest in 1975, Soldera always vinified the same way--aging his wine traditionally in large Slavonian oak botti for five years and then an additional six to twelve months in bottle before release--but in 2008, Soldera shifted his protocol, aging the wine in botti and finishing the wine's aging in stainless steel before bottling.
The 2011 wines from this master winemaker show that this reputation is well earned. These wines have more of everything--more purity, more concentration, more elegance, more silkiness, and more nuances; they're outstanding. Critics, connoisseurs and industry people lauded Giacosa's 2011 Barolo and Barbaresco releases. Today, we're delighted to present very special pricing on the 2011 Giacosa Barbaresco Santo Stefano di Neive, Barolo Falletto di Serralunga and Barbaresco Asili Riserva!
May 16, 2016
Under $35 Bruno Giacosa! Delectable Cru $50 Barbaresco, and Alain Burguet Vosne-Romanee!
May 12, 2016
Dynamic Solaia Duo, 2013 Tignanello Magnums, and the “Pétrus of Provence”
A grape of astounding flexibility and breadth, Barbera is one of the two most planted red wine varietals in Italy (the other is Sangiovese). Historically known as "the people's wine," and currently recognized as the "fun" alternative to Piemonte's more austere Nebbiolo-based wines, the wines of Piemonte's Barbera DOCs offer an easy-going, cheerfully acidic, and very tasty way to experience the renowned region. Today, we're proud to present a new allocation of Casa Vinicola Bruno Giacosa 2013 Barbera d'Alba, a delicious value red beloved by both the IWM staff and our clients.
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. Within a couple of years of tinkering with the blend to reflect vintage shifts, the pair had arrived at its current incarnation. Today's Solaia is a blend of 75% Cabernet Sauvignon with 20% Sangiovese, and the remainder Cabernet Franc, making it essentially the mirror image of Tignanello.
May 11, 2016
New 2011 Fuligni Brunello Release! Vintage George Noëllat! And Bonneau du Martray!
May 10, 2016
Meet Your Go-To White! Dynamic Querciabella New Release Duo! Vintage Soldera!
IWM has long championed the family-owned-and-operated Fuligni, an estate whose style straddles "traditional" and "modern" and whose wine shows a rare combination of approachability and longevity. Today, we're very pleased to present the BEST PRICE in the country on the 2011 Fuligni Brunello, a wine that is sexy, racy and delicious. Open-knit and genial, the '11 Brunello from Fuligni almost pulls you back to the glass, and given that this beautifully made Brunello clocks in at just under $60 a bottle, there's little reason for you not to enjoy it now--and later!
Today, we're happy to shine a spotlight on one perfect southern Italian white, De Conciliis Donnaluna Fiano 2013, a gorgeous weighty white from Campania. This mineral-laden, slightly viscous, full-bodied white has the piquant acidity to accompany a range of meals, from summertime's light food to the intense, complex palate demanded by heartier winter fare. It's the quintessential all-weather wine, and IWM's portfolio managers have been known to pour it at our tastings all year around.
May 9, 2016
Finessed, Opulent ’11 Sammarco, New Biondi-Santi “Baby Brunello,” and Arnoux-Lachaux!
May 5, 2016
New 2014 Releases from Château de la Maltroye! Cupano’s “Baby Brunello” and Collector Jadot!
Today, we're delighted to present ten beautiful Burgundies from Château de la Maltroye's recent 2014 releases. Three red and seven white, these wines span price points from just under $30 a bottle for its compelling Bourgogne Rouge to just under $300 for its exquisite Bâtard-Montrachet. Regardless of whether you're a longtime Burghead or a wine-lover just beginning to explore France's most rewarding wine region, Château de la Maltroye has wines that will fit your palate, cellar and lifestyle.
Today, we're delighted to present ten beautiful Burgundies from Château de la Maltroye's recent 2014 releases. Three red and seven white, these wines span price points from just under $30 a bottle for its compelling Bourgogne Rouge to just under $300 for its exquisite Bâtard-Montrachet. Regardless of whether you're a longtime Burghead or a wine-lover just beginning to explore France's most rewarding wine region, Château de la Maltroye has wines that will fit your palate, cellar and lifestyle.
May 4, 2016
New 2011 Bartolo Mascarello Barolo Release! Vintage Costanti Brunello! And William Fèvre Chablis!
May 3, 2016
Graceful, Restrained Dal Forno ’10 Amarone, Cult François Gay, and Approachable Montevetrano
Bartolo Mascarello, who passed away about a decade ago, was a Barolo legend, and his wines have long attracted a cult following. However, since his daughter Maria Teresa assumed control of the winery, these Barolos have only become purer, finer and more nuanced. While Maria Teresa's deft touch is palpable in classic vintages like the benchmark 2010, her ability to coax nuance from a warm vintage is breathtaking, and it's what makes her Barolo stand apart in years like 2011, an atypically ripe growing season in Piemonte.
Romano Dal Forno holds the nickname of the "Grape King of the Veneto," but that name is a little misleading. True, this world-class winemaker takes remarkable pains in his vineyards, keeping his yield to an astounding 11 oz. of grapes per vine. Certainly, Romano's choice to grow his vines densely, creating competition between the vines for essential nutrients, challenges the plants to grow more concentrated berries and thus creates a dense, opulent wine from its beginning.
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