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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
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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.
May 2, 2016
Historic ’78 Soldera Brunello, Biondi-Santi ’11 Brunello Debut, and Gravner’s Gorgeous Ribolla Gialla
April 28, 2016
Benchmark Breakthrough Sandrone Barolo! Artisanal Barbera! And Seghesio’s “Baby Barolo”
A Soldera Brunello smells, tastes, and feels like only a Soldera Brunello: dense in taste yet surprisingly light in body; smelling of fresh-cut roses, towering cypress trees and earth; filled with fruit, rich with tannins, bewilderingly beautiful and yet always elegant. Highly sought-after, Soldera 1978 Brunello is wine that stands as a testament to this winemaker's skills: intense, concentrated and complex, the fruit is nonetheless pure, transparent and fresh--it's a Brunello for serious collectors.
Today, we're very proud to present the 1990 Barolo Cannubi Boschis, the wine that solidified Sandrone's position on the wine world's map and the first bottle he released after leaving the Marchesi di Barolo estate. This is a historic bottle of wine; it signals the arrival of Sandrone, a shift to more modernist wine styling, and the memorialization of a truly great Barolo vintage. But even with all its historical significance, this Barolo Cannubi Boschis will impress for its sheer massive beauty.
April 27, 2016
New Classic, Stellar 2013 Solaia Release! Great $22 Gavi di Gavi! And Latour-Giraud Meursault!
April 26, 2016
Is this Arneis Your Go-To White? New 2014 “Baby Brunello” and Collector Emmanuel Rouget
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. 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 the new 2013 release of Antinori Solaia.
You might never have heard of Arneis, but now you can make up for lost time and start enjoying this grape. Arneis' name translates from Piemontese dialect to mean, variably, "little rascal," "difficult and demanding person," or "child who doesn't listen to his parents." Maybe this grape's truculence was the reason that it took the DOC until 2005 to award it the Roero Arneis DOCG status. It's more likely that all the other great wines in Piemonte overshadowed those made from Arneis that's also sometimes called Nebbiolo Blanco.
April 25, 2016
Release of the Classic 2013 Ornellaia, and Quintarelli Wines, Collector and Everyday!
April 21, 2016
Under $25 Guado al Tasso! The Prince’s Fairytale Sémillon! And Bryant Family’s Cult Bettina!
At the beginning of the month, we were delighted to offer you the 2013 Le Volte from Tenuta dell'Ornellaia; today, we're very proud to follow up that offer with the flagship wine from the estate, Tenuta dell'Ornellaia 2013 Ornellaia. 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, you don't want to miss this new Ornellaia release.
IWM clients are familiar with the Guado al Tasso, the flagship wine of Antinori's Bolgheri estate of the same name. But while you have come to know and love Guado al Tasso for its silky tannins, succulent fruits, subtle earth and sophisticated style, you might not know that Antinori also makes a stellar introductory wine at this iconic estate. Today, we're delighted to present Guado al Tasso 2014 Il Bruciato, the latest release of this entry-level wine. Absolutely delicious and around $20 a bottle.
April 20, 2016
Great Maltroye Chassagne-Montrachet! Vintage Soldera and Ripe Paolo Bea in Large Formats!
April 19, 2016
Benchmark Fuligni Brunello Riserva, Beautiful Anne & Sébastien Bidault, and Dagueneau Foursome
Château de la Maltroye is one of IWM's favorite Burgundy makers, and we are not alone in our love. Since the late 1990s when Jean-Pierre Cournut took Maltroye's helm, this domaine has been on a distinct upward trajectory. Jean-Pierre cherishes an almost messianic fervor for his estate--for example, he personally chooses each stave of wood for his aging barrels. His devotion shows; Maltroye crafts wines that show a Zen-like harmony in their elements, seamlessly integrating disparate notes into a singular whole.
2007 was a gift to Montalcino's winemakers. If the weather in 2006 gave the region's producers the materials to craft a long-aging, classic and structured wine, then 2007 offered the perfect complement: a perfect warm year that began with precocious budding and ended with a fine, cool harvest, allowing grapes to ripen perfectly while maintaining freshness. It's easy to forget the greatness of 2007 Brunello in the rightful hullaballoo surrounding the benchmark 2010 vintage, but we'd like to remind you with this delectable '07 Brunello Riserva.
April 18, 2016
Vintage Radikon Merlot, Antinori’s Umbrian “Meursault,” and Benchmark Capanna Brunello Riserva
April 14, 2016
Great Roger Coulon Grower Champagne, Bruno Giacosa and Vintage Tignanello Large Formats
Radikon's approach, however, is best known by what it rejects: chemical pesticides, the addition of sulfites or yeasts, and temperature-controlled fermentation. His fierce adherence to traditional ways coupled with his determined experimentation flips the script on modern winemaking, and in doing so, he makes wines that shimmer across the palate and defy expectations.
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.
April 13, 2016
Antinori Barolo Bussia New Release, Vintage Soldera Intistieti, and Latour-Giraud!
April 12, 2016
Iconic ’10 Biondi-Santi Brunello Riserva, Great Cult Galardi, and Thrilling Tenuta di Trinoro
Piemonte's 2009 growing season was marked by contrasts--a snowy winter, a rainy spring, and a dry summer of "torrid" heat, and while these challenges could thwart lesser producers, Prunotto made this challenging vintage look easy. Of course, Prunotto is aided by being owned by the Antinori family and overseen by Albieri Antinori, and the fact that the winery is based in the historic Colonnello vineyard helps too. Today, we're delighted to present a new allocation of Prunotto's traditional, terroir-driven 2009 Barolo Bussia.
This offer lets you drink this standard-bearing Super Tuscan the way it was intended: with perfect maturity. Today, we're proud to present a limited allocation of 34-year-old Sassicaia. One of the most legendary vintages of this extraordinary wine, the 1982 Sassicaia is one of the last vintages to come from the hands of Mario Incisa della Rocchetta, the creator of Sassicaia himself, and these bottles come with perfect provenance and the BEST PRICE in the States.
April 11, 2016
Historic Vintage Sassicaia and Granbussia! And 2011 Gaja Barbaresco Trio!
April 7, 2016
Must-Have Under $50 Sassetti Brunello, Vintage Le Pergole Torte, and Must-Have Puilly-Fumé
This offer lets you drink this standard-bearing Super Tuscan the way it was intended: with perfect maturity. Today, we're proud to present a limited allocation of 34-year-old Sassicaia. One of the most legendary vintages of this extraordinary wine, the 1982 Sassicaia is one of the last vintages to come from the hands of Mario Incisa della Rocchetta, the creator of Sassicaia himself, and these bottles come with perfect provenance and the BEST PRICE in the States.
This is a genial, open-knit wine that matches its dark opulence with complexity, making for a truly thrilling, completely captivating ride. 2011's heat wave presented a lot of challenges to makers of Brunello; however, while yields were down about 14%, the quality was high. The vintage's ripeness, quality and concentration all show in Livio Sassetti's '11 bottling, presented today at the BEST PRICE in the country.
April 6, 2016
Your New Go-To Reds from Quattro Mani! CVNE Rioja Reserva Mags! And Joseph Drouhin!
April 5, 2016
Two Outrageous Tenuta Ornellaia Wines! And Perfect, Pristine Vintage George Noëllat!
Today, we're delighted to present two of our favorite go-to reds, Quattro Manni 2014 Barbera and Quattro Mani 2014 Montepulciano d'Abruzzo. Both well under $20 a bottle, these wines are Italian through and through, and they allow you to enjoy Italian winemaking any night of the week. Pleasing to the palate and easy on the wallet, this Quattro Mani duo packs a mighty punch at their price points.
Revisiting wines is one of our favorite pleasures. A living, breathing thing, wine changes with time, and the fresh-faced, exuberant youngster can mellow into a bottle that's complex, powerful and nuanced. Today, we're delighted to revisit the stunning 2009 Tenuta dell'Ornellaia flagship bottling. Now with more than a half-decade of maturity, the '09 Ornellaia is blossoming into a gorgeous wine, and while drinkable now, it has years of enjoyment ahead of it.
April 4, 2016
Under $70 Collemattoni 2010 Brunello! Fine Vintage Franciacorta, and Must-Have Gevrey-Chambertin!
March 31, 2016
The “Perfect” 2011 Vigna d’Alceo Returns, the Prince’s Fairytale White, and Bodega Chacra’s Pure Pinot Noir
Not only is this wine in stock and ready to ship, this darkly beautiful Collemattoni Brunello is less than $70 a bottle, and it over-delivers on its modest price point, making it a must-have Brunello for enthusiasts. Beyond being a benchmark vintage, 2010 reset the entire scale for the producers of Montalcino's best-loved wine, and this '10 bottling from family-owned-and-operated Collemattoni puts an opulent spin on the landmark year.
A tangle of confusing signs sits at the top of a one-lane dirt road; each sign points to a different estate, and none of them say "Castello dei Rampolla." At the bottom of this narrow dirt road, though, sits this tiny Renaissance idyll, a cluster of stone buildings on a small stone piazza canopied by tall trees and surrounded by some of the most spectacular Tuscan vines you'll ever see. It's an ideal spot for winemaking, and Castello dei Rampolla makes some ideal wines. Today, we're delighted to present a new allocation of the estate's stellar 2011 Vigna d'Alceo.
March 30, 2016
Must-Have Giacomo Conterno Barolo, Our Biggest Gaja Sale, and Ferrari’s 1978 Beauty!
March 29, 2016
Classic 2008 Poggio di Sotto Brunello Riserva Returns, Serious Rosato, and Burgundy Flash Sale!
Lacy, graceful and altogether wonderful, Giacomo Conterno's 2011 Barolo Francia frames its pure Nebbiolo fruit with chalky minerals, crushed rose and violet petals, fresh-cut herbs, sun-warmed earth and truffles. Energetic yet caressing, this is an extraordinary Barolo that will reward the palates of wine-lovers who love traditional, terroir-driven wines. Today, we're delighted to present a new allocation of the genial, accessible 2011 Barolo Francia at very competitive pricing.
A Poggio di Sotto Brunello is, quite simply, a league apart. While the past few years have seen two major changes at Poggio di Sotto--first, Piero Palmucci's choice to sell the estate to ColleMassari, and second, the loss of Giulio Gambelli, the late, great consulting enologist--recent releases suggest that Poggio di Sotto continues its tradition of crafting intense, pristine, and altogether lovely wines.
March 28, 2016
New Benchmark Brunello Riserva from Antinori! Movia’s Magic! And Great Château de la Maltroye!
March 24, 2016
Release of the Landmark 2013 Sassicaia! One Fairytale White! And Must-Have Fèvre!
Today, IWM is proud to announce the release of the benchmark 2010 vintage of Antinori's cru Pian Delle Vigne Brunello di Montalcino Riserva Ferrovia. 2010 is the just the fifth vintage of this fine Brunello whose name, "Ferrovia," refers to the nineteenth-century railway station on the estate's property. Characterful yet approachable, this wine could only come from the hands of Antinori, and it evokes all the structure of its landmark vintage while embodying the caressing approachability that makes wines from the Antinori family so very beloved.
Few estates embody effortless elegance like Tenuta San Guido, and few wines evoke timeless beauty like Sassicaia. Sassicaia is more than merely the very first Super-Tuscan wine, more than a wine whose pedigree, elegance and synchronicity of site and grape varietal changed history, and more than one of the world's best-known, most-revered wines; it's a wine that year in and year out lives up to its intense reputation. And in very, very special vintages, Sassicaia does the unthinkable and raises the Super-Tuscan bar yet higher.
March 23, 2016
Historic Antinori Chianti Classico Returns, 45-Year-Old Giacomo Borgogno Barolo, and Gaja’s White!
March 22, 2016
Valdicava’s “Baby Brunello” Arrives! New Baricci Brunello Release! And Great Latour-Giraud!
The Antinori family makes just a single wine at the historic Badia a Passignano estate, its Chianti Classico Gran Selezione. The DOCG and Chianti Consortium created the Chianti Classico Gran Selezione designation in 2014, and this wine embodies all the best that this DOCG could possibly be: it's a pure, complex, historic and traditional evocation of a long-aging and altogether superlative Chianti Classico. Presented at the very BEST PRICE in the country, this Chianti Classico Gran Selezione lets you experience the beauty of Toscana in one exceptional bottle.
Brunello is years in the making, an issue both for the people who make it and the people who love to drink it. 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.
March 21, 2016
New La Poderina Brunello Riserva! Two Great Poggio di Sotto Brunellos! And Antinori’s Aglianico!
March 17, 2016
Triumphant Return of ’08 Giacosa Barolo Riserva and ’10 Valdicava Brunello! New Prunotto Barbera!
Today, we're delighted to continue rolling out the 2010 Brunello Riserva releases with a bottle from La Poderina, the estate's 2010 Brunello di Montalcino Riserva Poggio Abate. La Poderina makes balanced Brunellos even in off vintages, and a benchmark vintage like 2010 allows for exquisite nuance and complexity in the estate's Brunello Riserva. Priced at under $90 a bottle, the BEST PRICE in the US, this wine offers a tremendous quality-to-price ratio.
Without argument, Bruno Giacosa is one of the most respected producers of traditionally styled Barolo and Barbaresco, and his Barolo Le Rocche del Falletto Riserva stands as one of the most legendary wines in the world. Deriving from just four rows of the oldest vines situated at the vineyard's apex, this old-vine Barolo Riserva ages for an additional time, thereby intensifying, refining and elevating the drinking experience. Today, we're delighted to announce the triumphant return of Giacosa 2008 Barolo Le Rocche Falletto Riserva.
March 16, 2016
Seven Rosés to Welcome Spring! Vintage Mastroberardino! And Classic Christian Moreau Chablis!
March 15, 2016
Antinori’s Historic Cru Barolo Riserva, Three Decades of Biondi-Santi, and Pousse d’Or
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.
The cru Barolo we offer today is a study in contrasts. It's a wine that was a century in the making, but the '09 is only its second release. It comes from the Tuscan Antinori family, but it's steeped in Piemonte history. It's one of the very few Barolos made with mostly whole-cluster fermentation, and it derives from a vineyard that's so special that its maker built a winery just to craft it. It's Prunotto 2009 Barolo Bussia Vigna Colonnello Riserva, and it's a gorgeous, classic Barolo
March 14, 2016
New Guado al Tasso Release! Antinori’s Way with Chardonnay! And Jacques Selosse Sale!
March 10, 2016
Giacomo Conterno 2010 Barolo Cascina Francia Returns! New François Gay Releases! And Vega-Sicilia!
Today, we're very proud to present the 2013 bottling of the flagship wine from Antinori's Guado al Tasso estate. Finessed, polished and breathtakingly structured, the '13 Guado al Tasso Bolgheri Superiore harkens back to the Super Tuscans of thirty years ago, and presented at the BEST PRICE in the States, it's a must-have bottle for enthusiasts who appreciate nuanced wines.
In any vintage, Giacomo Conterno's Cascina Francia is the quintessence of Barolo. It's not just a classic expression; it is the definition of Barolo, a wine that presents "good body, alcohol, and tannins, plus that certain something that gives longevity," elements that represent the pillars of a serious wine in the philosophy of Giacomo Conterno's maker, Roberto Conterno. Today, we're very pleased to present a new allocation of the must-have 2010 Giacomo Conterno Barolo Cascina Francia, and we're even more delighted to present this stellar bottle at very competitive pricing.
March 9, 2016
Trio of Paul Pernot New Releases! Antinori Brunello Riserva! And Giuseppe Mascarello!
March 8, 2016
Tignanello Chianti Classico Riserva, Terriccio’s Super-Tuscan Gems, and Comte Georges de Vogüé Sale!
Though the common wisdom is that it's nearly impossible to find values in Burgundy these days, IWM proves that thinking wrong with today's offer of Paul Pernot new releases. Lase-precise, detailed, refreshing, layered, and lingering, the Puligny-Montrachet wines of Paul Pernot have long been a staple of Burgundy lovers who are in the know. Today, we're delighted to present a trio of Paul Pernot 2014 new releases, each offered at very competitive pricing. Delicious, ripe, approachable and balanced, these are impeccable white Burgundies.
Tenuta Tignanello is an estate that sits in the heart of Chianti Classico; while the estate has been making wine since the late nineteenth century, the Antinori family has owned it since the early twentieth century. More than the site of the vineyards that give their names and their grapes to Tignanello and Solaia, both legendary Super-Tuscan wines, this 320-acre estate is also the home of Marchese Antinori Chianti Classico Riserva, a standard bearer of Toscana's most emblematic wine.
March 7, 2016
New Releases from Montalcino’s Salvioni and Burgundy’s Fichet! And Delicious $13 Rosato!
March 3, 2016
Drink This ’09 Brunello Now! Rare Angelo Gaja Sale! And New Pernot-Bélicard Releases!
It's the most wonderful time of the year--the time we roll out of new vintages of Brunello di Montalcino. We started with Canalicchio di Sopra, Cerbiona and Gianni Brunelli, and today, we're delighted to follow up those offers with two new releases from Giulio Salvioni's La Cerbaiola estate, Salvioni 2011 Cerbaiola Brunello di Montalcino and 2014 Rosso di Montalcino. Even more exciting, both of these wines are approachable upon release, and both are offered at the BEST PRICE in the country!
Big, intense, brooding and juicy, the '09 Il Poggione Brunello is a gorgeous wine. Loads of red and black fruit rest on a floor of earth, cigar wrapper, exotic spices, new saddle leather and savory umami notes, all supported by a big framework of mouthwatering acidity and muscular tannins. Il Poggione makes one of IWM founder Sergio Esposito's favorite Brunellos, and there are many reasons why; it's a well-built, rich wine that balances structure with approachability.
March 2, 2016
Quartet of Paolo Bea New Releases! Singular Pianpolvere Barolo Soprano! And Collector Georges Roumier!
March 1, 2016
The Stellar 2012 Fontodi Flaccianello Returns! Maltroye Monopole! And Vintage Mascarello Barolo!
Umbria's Paolo Bea stands as the quintessential artisanal producer. His tiny estate is the classic Italian fattoria, and it's steeped in Montefalco's winemaking traditions that date to the early part of the twelfth century. Driven by a sheer labor of love, Paolo and his team still handcraft their wines, and in them, Bea's roots to Umbria are evident--for example, Bea still notes the production number of individual wines on their labels, an indication of their limited availability and their specialness.
Rich without heaviness, round without flabbiness, sappy without jamminess, the 2012 Flaccianello bursts with pure Sangiovese fruit that rests on a bed of cigar wrapper, chocolate, spice, warm saddle leather, and minerals. This wine caresses the palate with a silky mouth-feel, yet its vibrancy and focus keep its opulence in check, making it a fine--and very approachable--Flaccianello bottling. It's all about undisputed elegance, and this approachable yet structured bottling is making a triumphant return to IWM's cellars.
February 29, 2016
New Releases of Talenti Brunello Riserva and Antinori Tignanello! And Client Fave Bachey-Legros!
February 25, 2016
Antinori’s $23 White! Under-the-Radar Wines from Antinori! And Alain Burguet Sale!
We've slowly been unveiling the new 2010 Brunello Riserva releases, and today, we're delighted to present the latest, Talenti 2010 Brunello di Montalcino Pian de Conte Riserva. If the '10 normale Brunello from Talenti focused on sweet fruit and an elegant mouth-feel, the '10 Brunello Riserva adds a thrumming bassline of brooding notes to that enchanting profile. It's a taut, muscular bottling that has tremendous focus and structure, and it's going to drink for decades.
Vermentino grows best by the sea, and it especially grows well in Bolgheri where it thrives under the hot Tuscan sun. While other white wine grape varieties can grow flabby and blowsy in the heat, Vermentino retains its acidic kick, floral aromatics and elegant structure, making for the quintessential warm weather sipper. Today, we're delighted to present a gorgeous Vermentino from Antinori's outpost in Bolgheri, the estate's Guado al Tasso 2014 Bolgheri Vermentino.
February 24, 2016
Antinori’s “Meursault” in Italy, Sauvage Corton-Renardes, and Jadot Sale!
February 23, 2016
New Bruno Giacosa Releases! 2003 Giacosa Barolo Le Rocche del Falletto! And Cupano’s Baby Brunello!
Italian Chardonnay often slips below the wine world's radar, with the exception of Angelo Gaja's Gaia & Rey and a few others. For these reasons, you might doubt that an Umbrian Chardonnay is one of Italy's great wines, but when we say it's Antinori's wine, carefully crafted by Umbrian native son Renzo Cotarella, and that the wine is Castello della Sala Cervaro della Sala, you might be convinced. Today, we're proud to present a new allocation of the 2013 Antinori Castello della Sala Cervaro della Sala at very competitive pricing.
Bruno Giacosa stands as one of the most respected producers of traditionally styled Barolo and Barbaresco, crafting long-aging wines that are beloved by aficionados and coveted by collectors. Surprisingly, Bruno Giacosa himself is not an enologist. He learned by working with his father and grandfather and became fascinated by what could be created from the grape. Bruno feels that wines were better in the past, when there was less sophistication and treatment made to both grapes and wine, and less handling.
February 22, 2016
Dal Forno’s Sweet Sensation, One Standout Fiorano White, Antinori’s One-Time Wine
February 18, 2016
New Under $60 Gianni Brunelli Release! Iconic Vintage Gaja! And Collector Vosne-Romanée!
Romano Dal Forno, the "Grape King" of the Veneto, apprenticed under Giuseppe Quintarelli, and he is one of the rare winemakers who has mastered an unparalleled level of quality in crafting the difficult apassimento wines Amarone, Valpolicella and Recioto. But unlike the late, great Quintarelli who crafted rustic, traditional wines, Dal Forno creates modern, hedonistic wines that have single-handedly elevated the stature of quality Amarone. Dal Forno's Amarone is a unique product.
We've just begun to roll out the 2011 Brunello bottles, and this ripe vintage is looking pretty delicious to all of us at IWM. We've brought you new releases from Cerbaiona, Livio Sassetti, Il Poggione and Canalicchio di Sopra, and today, we're delighted to follow up those wines with the 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.
February 17, 2016
New Quintarelli Alzero Release! Great $22 Dessert Wine! And Must-Have Nuits-St-Georges!
February 16, 2016
Must-Have Trio of Antinori Wines: Guado al Tasso, Solaia, and Le Mortelle Vivia Maremma
Quintarelli Alzero has the kind of collectability that rivals the estate's Amarone. It's a massive--and massively delicious--wine that Quintarelli makes only in the very best years, solely from fruit derived from old vines. Vintage after vintage, Alzero impresses with its kaleidoscopic palate and indescribably textured mouth-feel. Today, we're very proud to present a new release of this extraordinary, age-worthy red, the outstanding 2006 Alzero. A collector staple, Alzero is always a hotly sought-after bottling, and this newest release will surely fly out of our cellar even before it arrives.
Guado al Tasso, Piero Antinori's flagship wine from his eponymous Maremma estate, consistently stands as IWM's fastest selling wine. It's often the first choice in Antinori for those in the know, but it's also one of the great values in the Super-Tuscan category. Today, we're delighted to announce a new allocation of the 2012 Guado al Tasso Bolgheri Superiore, a wine that wowed IWM clients upon release.
February 15, 2016
Giacosa ’12 Barabaresco Asili Returns, Vintage Mascarello, and Affordable Châteauneuf-du-Pape
February 11, 2016
Dynamic Duo of Valdicava New Releases, Collector Bartolo Mascarello, and Antinori’s Dessert Wine!
Intense, dense and concentrated, Bruno Giacosa's Barbaresco Asili revels in its warm 2012 vintage. It's a wine that was an immediate hit when we announced its release last year, and today we're delighted to present a new allocation of this caressing, precise Barbaresco. In our initial offer of Giacosa's '12 Barbaresco Asili, we suggested that it might be the wine of the vintage, and we're sticking by that claim; it's just that extraordinary.
Today, we're very proud to bring you a pair of Valdicava new releases, the estate's winsome and aromatic 2013 Rosso di Montalcino and its age-worthy, intense 2010 Brunello di Montalcino Riserva Madonna del Piano, the latest bottling of one of the great cru wines from the region. These are each astounding wines, and together they demonstrate Vincenzo's skill in the vineyards and in the cellar.
February 10, 2016
Talenti’s $25 “Baby Brunello,” Le Macchiole Trio of New Releases, and Faiveley Chambolle-Musigny
February 9, 2016
Palari Faro Duo! Historic Aldo Conterno Retrospective! And Vintage Le Musigny!
Brunello collectors are on very familiar terms with the name Talenti; in fact, estate founder Pierluigi Talenti was one of the original creators of the Brunello di Montalcino DOCG. While our clients first associate Talenti with its traditional, precise and pure Brunello, the estate's talent is also apparent in its humbler, juicier Rosso di Montalcino. Today, we're delighted to present the 2013 Talenti Rosso di Montalcino, at very competitive pricing--under $25 a bottle!
Located in the heart of Sicilia, Palari makes wines that are unexpected, unique, and thrilling. It might be the estate's unusual terroir; it could be the estate's winemaking care; it might equally be the blend of indigenous grapes that could come from nowhere else on earth. Most likely, it's the combination of all these factors, but whatever the reason may be, Palari's wines are perched on the cusp of cult status. Today, we're very proud to present two recent vintages of Palari's Faro, an ancient wine that serves as the estate's flagship bottling.
February 8, 2016
Stellar $20 Organic Rosato, New 2010 Dal Forno Releases, and Collector Henri Boillot!
February 4, 2016
Giacomo Conterno’s Thrilling ’13 Barbera, Vintage George Noëllat, and Soldera Special Pricing!
Like rosé, rosato comes in many shades of light red and pink, and while it can be perfumed, flowery, and somewhat fruity, rosato is usually a more structured wine designed for food, just as Italian wine tends to be. Today, we're delighted to bring back one of our very favorite blush Italian wines, Il Conventino 2014 Rosato, an absolutely delightful rosé from the heart of Montepulciano in Toscana. Priced at under $20 a bottle, this mono-varietal Sangiovese wine will feel like a breath of fresh spring air, but it's sturdy enough to enjoy even in cold weather!
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 Giacomo Conterno 2013 Barbera Cascina Francia, a Barbera that derives from the same vineyards as the world's most famous Barolo, Monfortino.
February 3, 2016
Return of the Beloved ’10 Messorio, Rare Vintage Cantina Terlano White, and Palari’s Stellar Rosso
February 2, 2016
Superstar Super-Tuscan Camartina, 71-Year-Old Barolo Monfortino, and the Prince’s Whites
Le Macchiole's Messorio has grown to be a cult favorite among collectors and a darling of the critics--in fact, estate owner Cinzia Merli calls this her favorite vintage of the new century. 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 announce a new allocation of the beloved 2010 Messorio at exceptionally good pricing.
Like Sassicaia, it's a Super-Tuscan crafted from mostly Cabernet. Unlike Sassicaia, however, Camartina blends its international grape with indigenous Sangiovese. And also unlike Sassicaia, Camartina has waited quietly in the shadows for its time in the sun. Today, we're delighted to bring back the elegant, polished, and altogether delicious 2010 Camartina--best of all, we're offering this Super-Tuscan icon at the BEST PRICE in the country.
February 1, 2016
New Brunello Releases from Cerbaiona and Gianni Brunelli! And Antinori’s Stellar Aglianico!
January 28, 2016
Commemorative Paolo Scavino Barolo Riserva, Your Go-To Burgundy, and Vintage Giuseppe Mascarello
Today, we're delighted to follow up that offer with the '11 Brunello from a perennial IWM client favorite, Cerbaiona. For decades, Cerbaiona has been among the standard-bearers of great traditionally made Brunello di Montalcino. Cerbaiona consistently crafts wines that are aromatic, textured, and pure, and coming from a warm vintage, this '11 Brunello offers earlier approachability along with all the hallmarks you've come to expect from this beloved cult winemaker.
Today, we're delighted to present the estate's commemorative bottling for this legendary cru wine, Paolo Scavino 2008 Barolo Riserva Bric dël Fiasc. A subplot of the Fiasc cru, Bric dël Fiasc characteristically carries the most formidable structure of Scavino's Barolo bottlings, and it typically carries an austere sensibility coupled with imposing power; however, this '08 Riserva is remarkably supple, aromatic, and almost welcoming.
January 27, 2016
Trio of Canalicchio di Sopra New Releases! Antinori’s Brunello Riserva, and Outstanding Louis Jadot!
January 26, 2016
New Release Mastroberardino Taurasi Radici! Rioja Mags, and Sicilian Warmth from Palari!
Today, IWM is pleased to present a trio of recent Canalicchio di Sopra releases: the outstanding, brooding and textured 2010 Brunello Riserva; the ripe yet structured 2011 Brunello; and the sprightly, balanced, easy-to-love 2014 Rosso di Montalcino. Presented together, these three wines offer a panoramic view of this family-owned-and-operated estate, while offering three wines that you can enjoy now (the '14 Rosso), soon (the '11 Brunello) and for decades down the road (the benchmark '10 Brunello Riserva, a powerhouse of a wine).
Intense, long-aging, and complex, Mastroberardino Taurasi Radici has been the defining Aglicanico expression since its first release in 1928; this brooding bottling consistently boasts tremendous structure, terrific complexity, and captivating tension between its sweet fruit and its savory minerals, black pepper, and leather. Today, we're delighted to present the latest release of Mastroberardino's game-changing Taurasi Radici, the suave, energetic and altogether delicious 2010.
January 25, 2016
Ideal Winter Weather Wines: Renzo Seghesio Barolo Ginestra and Il Poggione Brunello Riserva!
January 21, 2016
Antinori’s Pinot Nero Over-Delivers! Old-Vine Château de la Maltroye, and Dagueneau Pouilly-Fumé!
This combination is, in many ways, the unicorn of Italian winemaking--something so improbable as to be mythic--yet Renzo Seghesio makes exactly this wine. Today, IWM is very happy to present a second allocation of Renzo Seghesio Barolo Ginestra 2010, a wine that's as close to this fabled combination as we've seen. Most excitingly, we're delighted to present this wine at the BEST PRICE in the States.
A Pinot Noir from Umbria may sound outlandish until you find out that this Pinot Noir comes from the same Umbrian estate that makes Cervaro della Sala, a contender for the finest Italian Chardonnay and a wine that drinks like Meursault meets Italy. Today, IWM is proud to shine a spotlight on Antinori's Cervaro della Sala Pinot Nero from 2013. It's a wine that definitely over-delivers at its price point, and it's a wine that will gratify the palates of both Super-Tuscan enthusiasts and Burgundy lovers.
January 20, 2016
Dal Forno Quintet, Your Winter Rosato, and Emmanuel Rouget’s Collector Must-Have
January 19, 2016
Seductive 2012 Le Pergole Torte! Collector Voerzio Trio! And Nicolas Rossignol Pommard!
Today, we're very proud to present a new release from Dal Forno Romano, the estate's 2009 Amarone, along with four other wines for context: Dal Forno's 2008 Amarone, 2008 and 2009 Valpolicella, and 2004 Veneto Passito Vigna Sere, a beautiful bottling of the estate's dessert wine. It's hard to go wrong with any of Dal Forno's hedonistic delights, but the 2009 Amarone is a breathtaking, giant wine. While it's shockingly accessible upon release and nearly explodes with a bevy of sweet and savory notes, it has the structure to age for decades.
Le Pergole Torte doesn't merely sit in the top echelon of Italian wines; it sits among the world's best wines--period. Montevertine's vineyards in Radda are among the very highest in Chianti Classico, offering a unique microclimate that's unusually cool for the region. The altitude and the temperature help the estate's Sangiovese grapes to retain unusual elegance, making Le Pergole Torte a rare mono-varietal Sangiovese wine and a collector staple. Today, IWM is proud to offer the BEST PRICE in the country on the latest release of Le Pergole Torte.
January 14, 2016
A Beautiful Line-Up of Big Bottles: CVNE Rioja Reserva, Giacosa Barolo, and Domaine Lamarche
January 13, 2016
Benchmark Col d’Orcia $40 Brunello Returns! Gaja Sorí San Lorenzo Mags and Latour-Giraud Pommard!
IWM has long said that wine-lovers looking to find serious value in finely made wines should look to Spain. Just as the wine world overlooked the premier wines of Italy until the 1990s, so too have wine connoisseurs been slow to adopt the emblematic high caliber wines of Spain. For this reason--and because Spain's long-aging Tempranillo needs time in the cellar before true enjoyment--Spain offers outstanding values. Today, we're very pleased to present one of our recent finds, CVNE 2005 Contino Rioja Reserva.
Today, we're proud to present a new allocation of the benchmark '10 Col d'Orcia Brunello di Montalcino at the BEST PRICE in the States--under $40 a bottle! Concentrated yet elegant, this wine is sure to please Brunello enthusiasts, and it allows wine-lovers to experience the greatness of the 2010 vintage without straining their wallets. It's hard to find Brunello that's an affordable luxury, but Col d'Orcia definitely fits the bill!
January 12, 2016
Are Castello dei Rampolla’s 2011 Releases the Wines of the Vintage? Antinori’s Sweet Sensation, and Méo-Camuzet!
January 11, 2016
Mature Cru Sandrone Barolo, Cupano “Baby Brunello,” Cult Jacques Selosse Champagne
Castello dei Rampolla has been on a roll in the last few releases. The recent vintages of its two cult 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. Today, we're proud to present the estate's Super-Tuscan Sammarco and Vigna d'Alceo from the ripe 2011 growing year.
Today, we're proud to follow up that Super-Tuscan offer with a 2005 bottling of Luciano Sandrone's cru Barolo Cannubi Boschis. Like the '05 Sammarco, this '05 Sandrone Barolo was misunderstood upon release, but maturity has made it compelling and time has shown its detractors to be short sighted. A mature bottle of Barolo is always a beautiful thing, but this '05 Barolo Cannubi Boschis is breathtaking.
January 7, 2016
Revisiting 2005 Castello dei Rampolla Sammarco, Vintage Biondi-Santi, and a Giant Gaja Sale!
January 6, 2016
Quintarelli’s Game-Changing Valpolicella, Vintage Gaja Barbaresco, and Pousse d’Or Beauty
While the new releases of Castello dei Rampolla Sammarco--and the estate's Vigna d'Alceo--are garnering all the praise from the media, IWM believes that Sammarco needs time to begin to show its full personality and tertiary development. Some wines don't show their promise at first blush. They need time to develop, mature, and grow into themselves. The wine we offer today, Castello dei Rampolla 2005 Sammarco, has certainly shown its promise.
There's no question that the late, great Giuseppe Quintarelli was the Veneto's most significant producer, renowned for his mythical and cellar-worthy Amarone, Recioto, and Alzero. Any offer of Quintarelli's wines is a reason to celebrate, but today we're delighted to present the '07 Quintarelli Valpolicella Superiore. This isn't merely an extraordinary wine; it's also an opportunity to experience Quintarelli magic at a fraction of the price of the estate's Amarone.
January 5, 2016
Return of Classic Fontodi Chianti, Cult Anne & Sébastien Bidault, and Vintage Barolo Monfortino
January 4, 2016
Restock Your Cellar with Paolo Bea, Bodega Chacra, and Louis Jadot!
Winemaking in Chianti Classico dates back to the eighth century, and wine called "Chianti" dates back to 1398; Tenuta Fontodi is one of the region's estates that can trace its lineage back to these historic times. A winemaker that uses organic growing methods, Fontodi is an all-time favorite of IWM clients and staff; the estate makes beautiful, evocative wines that populate the cellars of true Tuscan wine enthusiasts. Today, we're delighted to bring back a wine that was delicious upon release, but it's even more compelling now, Fontodi 2012 Chianti Classico.
In the US, they're called "orange wines," in Europe "skin-contact wines." Whichever terminology you use, they are all the fashion, which is a little ironic considering that this style of deeply colored wine made from white wine grapes date back thousands of years, originating in Armenia and Georgia. Today, we're delighted to debut one of our very favorite orange wines from one of our very favorite producers, Umbria's Paolo Bea. While Bea makes two orange wines, we're shining a spotlight on the estate's luscious, fresh and complex Arboreus Umbria Bianco 2010.
December 31, 2015
Happy New Year from IWM! Enjoy Scarzello Barolo, Poggio di Sotto “Baby Brunello” and Gift Card Gifts!
December 30, 2015
Antinori’s Cult Cabernet Franc, Almost 40-Year-Old Sassicaia, and Excellent Alain Burguet
This small, unsung estate dedicates itself to crafting great tasting traditional wines, at pricing that defies belie. While Scarzello uses a very traditional protocol mixed with some modern methods, the estate ages its Barolos a year longer in the bottle than is dictated by DOCG law. The result is a traditional, long-aging, elegant yet playful Barolo that, delicious as it is now, will be even better in a decade.
Today, we're very proud to present a new allocation of Antinori's Cabernet Franc sensation Matarocchio from the opulent 2011 vintage. Much in the way that Solaia came to be from the finest selection of Cabernet Sauvignon within the Tignanello vineyard, Matarocchio derives from just five rows of vines within Bolgheri's Guado al Tasso vineyard. In fact, Piero Antinori personally selected this lot as the finest selection of Cabernet Franc, and he then created this cru bottling to celebrate it.
December 29, 2015
Spectacular ’11 Sandrone Barolo, Antinori’s Maremma Magic, and Outrageous Fontaine Gagnard
December 28, 2015
Fuligni 2010 Brunello Riserva, Biondi-Santi “Baby Brunello,” and Sparkling Wine Sale!
Sandrone is a master winemaker with holdings in some of the most legendary plots in Barolo, including Cannubi Boschis, and his wines are client favorites at IWM. Sandrone took full advantage of the warm 2011 vintage, and the two Barolos we highlight today illustrate the beauty a great winemaker can make from a ripe growing year. Today, we're delighted to present new allocations of Sandrone's 2011 Barolos: his Barolo Le Vigne, a traditional cuvée, and his cru Barolo Cannubi Boschis.
Today, IWM is very pleased to announce the release of Fuligni 2010 Brunello di Montalcino Riserva. A benchmark vintage that recalibrated Montalcino's winemakers' understanding of how good a growing year can be, 2010 offered producers an ideal combination of richness, intensity and acidity. This '10 Brunello Riserva from family-owned-and-operated Fuligni is one of the first releases this benchmark year, and we're proud to present it at the BEST PRICE in the country.
December 24, 2015
Buone Feste from IWM to You!
December 23, 2015
Ripe, Opulent 2011 Solaia, Pertimali Brunello Duo, and Classic Jadot Bâtard-Montrachet
IWM rarely offers Super Tuscans from Montalcino--we find the region's Brunello and Rosso so excellent that we don't need to! Therefore, when we find one we champion, it's special. Lionello Cousin and Ornella Tondini make a Montalcino Super-Tuscan worth embracing in their Sant'Antimo Ombrone. It's a bold, textured wine that marries international grapes and Tuscan terroir in a palate that's sure to please enthusiasts who love a big red, and this mini-vertical trio offers a three-dimensional view of this wine sensation from Cupano, a registered organic Montalcino estate.
Today, we're delighted to turn our attention to Antinori's famed Solaia from the rich 2011 vintage. Hailing from the heart of Chianti Classico, Solaia is one of the great defining wines of the Super-Tuscan revolution, and the '11 bottling is textured, compelling and utterly delicious.
December 22, 2015
The Classic ’08 Guado al Tasso Returns! Vintage Gravner Rujno! And Gaja’s Elegant Costa Russi!
December 21, 2015
Poggio di Sotto Duo, Classic Cult Gevrey-Chambertin, and Franciacorta Splits!
You asked, and we brought it back: 2008 Guado Al Tasso Bolgheri Superiore. This flagship bottling from the Antinori family's Bolgheri estate consistently excellent, but it reached even 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." Guado al Tasso manages to do that almost every new release. This '08 bottling, now with almost a decade of maturity, is breathtaking.
Next to Gianfranco Soldera, Poggio di Sotto makes the fastest selling Brunello at IWM; both estates capture a Burgundian side to Montalcino and showcase the elegance and finesse of Sangiovese Grosso, along with its underlying power. Today, we're delighted to present a pair of Poggio di Sotto recent releases, the benchmark 2007 Brunello di Montalcino and the classic, racy 2009, both presented at very competitive pricing.
December 17, 2015
Stellar, Approachable 2011 Flaccianello Returns! Puglia’s Fairytale Wine, and Bachey-Legros Value!
December 16, 2015
Everyday Giacosa Wines! Benchmark Cupano Rosso, and Landmark Domaine du Pegau
Today, we're delighted to announce a new allocation of the remarkably approachable, seamless and altogether breathtaking 2011 Fontodi Flaccianello. This mono-varietal Sangiovese has long been a darling of connoisseurs and critics alike, and the '11 bottling will do nothing to dissuade the wine's ardent fans. Owing to the warm weather, production was down about 14% in Toscana in 2011 to create a concentrated, intense Flaccianello.
Today, we're delighted to present eight different bottlings of Giacosa to drink right now--and all are very competitively priced. Three of these wines are estate-bottled and derive from Giacosa's own Serralunga vineyards; two vintages of Barbera d'Alba and one Dolcetto carry the Bruno Giacosa label. The other five carry the Casa Vinicola Giacosa label, and these wines derive from grapes grown by farmers in and around Serralunga with whom Giacosa has worked for decades.
December 15, 2015
Gaja’s Traditional Barbaresco, IWM’s Biggest Sale, and Il Poggione 2011 Brunello Release!
December 14, 2015
Big, Dense $55 Brunello! Vintage George Noëllat, and Wine Club Sale!
Angelo Gaja may be most famous for his three cru Barbareso bottlings, Sorì San Lorenzo, Sorì Sorì Tildìn and Costa Russi; however, the historic Gaja name begins with its traditional cuvée Barbaresco. Today, we're very proud to shine a spotlight on a standout bottling of the 2012 vintage, Gaja's Barbaresco, a wine so steeped in tradition that Angelo's winemaking ancestors would recognize it. Presented at very competitive pricing, this wine shows that while Gaja may be the master of Piemonte innovation, he and his estate never forsook their roots.
Born just over a hundred years ago at Biondi-Santi's Il Greppo estate, Brunello is now one of America's favorite Italian reds. In fact, Americans buy one-quarter of all Brunellos made! Brunellos come in a range of styles, from lean, austere, aristocratic bottles to wines that welcome you with an open-knit international embrace, so all wine lovers can find Brunellos that hit their sweet spot. A couple of months ago, IWM was pleased to present a Brunello bottling new to us, and it did so well that we're delighted to present a new allocation of CastelGiocondo 2010 Brunello di Montalcino.
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Per Linda Cerasuolo 2013 750ml
Per Linda Cerasuolo 2013 750ml
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Per Linda Cerasuolo 2014 750ml
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Fantinel Prosecco Brut Extra Dry NV 750ml
Fantinel Prosecco Brut Extra Dry NV 750ml
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Sartarelli Verdicchio Castelli di Jesi Classico 2015 750ml
Sartarelli Verdicchio Castelli di Jesi Classico 2015 750ml
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Domaine Laurens Marcillac Rose 2015 750ml
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Domaine Laurens Marcillac Rose 2014 750ml
Domaine Laurens Marcillac Rose 2014 750ml
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Ferrando La Torrazza Erbaluce di Caluso 2012 750ml
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