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July 1, 2015
Stunning Didier Dagueneau 2012 Poully-Fumé, Vintage Sassicaia, and Classic Corton-Chardonnay
June 30, 2015
Antinori’s Under $60 2010 Brunello, Vingtage Gems from George Noëllat, and Great Artadi Rioja!
If there was anyone who respected the full potential of Sauvignon Blanc, it was the late, great Didier Daqueneau. "Sauvignon Blanc is one of the most complex and subtle grapes," he once said in an interview, "but it's very hard to extract that complexity." Known for his disheveled mane of hair, Dagueneau was a breed apart from other Loire Valley producers, and he found a way to make complex, age-worthy, thrilling Sauvignon Blanc. Today, we're very pleased to present four 2012 bottlings of Didier Dagueneau Pouilly-Fumé.
From its start, this '10 Brunello looked special. Antinori reports that after the cold winter of 2009-2010, a rainy spring delayed bud-break; however, the "lovely" summer and "positive" weather helped the grapes achieve "balanced ripening," perfect maturity, and balance. The fruit of Antinori's venture in Montalcino, this Brunello has, since its inaugural 1995 bottling, grown a devoted international fan-base for its structure, aromatics and elegance--as well as Antinori's hallmark accessibility, and this '10 bottling helps to cement the estate's reputation in Montalcino.
June 29, 2015
The Last of the 2012 Santa Chiara? Historic Monfortino! And 2005 Sassicaia Mags!
June 25, 2015
Biondi-Santi Rosato 2011 Release! Ornellaia Collector Bottles! And 2006 Monfortino Riserva!
Today, we're delighted to announce the release of the 2011 Biondi-Santi Il Greppo Rosato di Toscana. It's an opportunity to experience the softer side of Sangiovese Grosso--and a wine that came from the late, great "Gentleman of Montalcino," Franco Biondi-Santi, who passed away in 2013. The growing year of 2011 was warm and dry, and harvest was down about a third across Toscana. However, the late-ripening BBS11, the clone discovered by Clemente Santi in the late nineteenth century, a grape better known as Sangiovese Grosso, faired well in this climate.
Today, we're delighted to announce the release of the 2011 Biondi-Santi Il Greppo Rosato di Toscana. It's an opportunity to experience the softer side of Sangiovese Grosso--and a wine that came from the late, great "Gentleman of Montalcino," Franco Biondi-Santi, who passed away in 2013. The growing year of 2011 was warm and dry, and harvest was down about a third across Toscana. However, the late-ripening BBS11, the clone discovered by Clemente Santi in the late nineteenth century, a grape better known as Sangiovese Grosso, faired well in this climate.
June 24, 2015
Under $35 Montevertine! Under $80 Cru Amarone! And Almost 70-Year-Old Sherry!
June 23, 2015
Special Le Trame Half Cases! Large Format Cupano Brunello! And 2009 Jean Grivot!
A value-conscious Sangiovese wine made by the estate that brings you the ne plus ultra of Sangiovese wines, Le Pergole Torte? Yes. There's no question that Montevertine Pian del Ciampolo is not only affordable, approachable and delicious, but this entry-level wine is also entirely first rate. Today, we're delighted to present the estate's Pian del Ciampolo from the classic, restrained vintage of 2013. Graceful and finessed, this polished '13 Pian del Ciampolo offers Sangiovese's trademark red and blue fruits and the grape's jaunty acidity, as well as Montevertine's telltale understated, skillful hand.
There's no place like Toscana to find summertime reds, the kind of wine that hugs you from the inside, enlivens every bite of food with fresh acidity, and brings a ray of Tuscan sunshine to your gatherings. One of our recent favorites comes from family owned-and-operated Podere Le Boncie, located in the heart of Chianti Classico, and after selling through previous allocations, today, we're delighted to offer a new allotment of the estate's 2011 Le Trame. Priced at under $40 a bottle on the half-case, this beautiful Rosso is sure to bring a smile to your face--and have your guests reaching for more!
June 22, 2015
Release of the 2012 Flaccianello! New La Rioja Alta! And New Domaine du Pegau!
June 18, 2015
Antinori’s Once-in-a-Lifetime Wine! Awesome $20 Rosato, and Great Ermitage Blanc!
Fontodi sits at the heart of Toscana in a region called the "Conca d'Oro," or the golden shell. In terms of winemaking tradition, it's hallowed ground, a sweeping arc of land that creates a natural amphitheater and an ideal place to grow Sangiovese, the emblematic grape of Chianti Classico. Fontodi rests on a hill above the Conca d'Oro, and its vineyards roll out below, dotted with olive trees and indigenous plant life. It's where the estate grows the grapes that make its flagship Super-Tuscan Flaccianello, an iconic mono-varietal Sangiovese and a perennial favorite of collectors and enthusiasts alike.
Imagine being able to buy a Picasso for a couple hundred dollars because he'd called it a "doodle" rather than a "line drawing." That renaming is essentially the scenario of Quintarelli Rosso del Bepi--and a consequence of Giuseppe Quintarelli's obsession with quality. Today, IWM is proud to present Quintarelli 2005 Rosso del Bepi, a wine made only in four previous vintages, and one that we sold out of almost immediately upon release.
June 17, 2015
Quintarelli ’05 Rosso del Bepi Returns, IWM’s Signature White, and William Fèvre Chablis
June 16, 2015
Pristine, Perfect López de Heredia! Gaja Cru Magnums! And Louis Jadot!
Imagine being able to buy a Picasso for a couple hundred dollars because he'd called it a "doodle" rather than a "line drawing." That renaming is essentially the scenario of Quintarelli Rosso del Bepi--and a consequence of Giuseppe Quintarelli's obsession with quality. Today, IWM is proud to present Quintarelli 2005 Rosso del Bepi, a wine made only in four previous vintages, and one that we sold out of almost immediately upon release.
Today, we're delighted to offer a roster of twelve amazing López de Heredia wines, all direct from the estate, all with impeccable provenance, and each with the kind of maturity that can only come from winemakers who take their time to make their wines in their own iconoclastic ways. If you are a fan of traditional Barolo, then López de Heredia Rioja Viña Tondonia Gran Reserva wines are for you; this standard bearer of Rioja can best be described as the "Bartolo Mascarello of Rioja."
June 15, 2015
Benchmark Soldera Brunello Riserva, Cupano “Baby Brunello,” and Campania Rosé
June 11, 2015
Under $35 Le Macchiole Release! The World of 2010 Wines! And Joseph Drouhin!
We have long held the belief that Gianfranco Soldera sits among the finest winemakers in the world. A Soldera Brunello, especially his Brunello Riserva, offers a Burgundian purity, an unmatchable elegance, and an astonishing way of combining nuance with power. Today, we are very proud to present a very limited allocation of the Case Basse Soldera Brunello di Montalcino Riserva from the classic, benchmark vintage of 2006.
Today, we're delighted to announce the release of the 2013 Le Macchiole Bolgheri Rosso. The fruit of a long, cool, classic growing season, this bottling balances its juicy fruit with fresh acidity and silky tannins--it'll be enjoyable immediately or years down the road. This wine always sells out quickly, and we know that this '13 vintage won't be here for long. A delicious wine whose easy-drinking personality matches its effortless elegance, Le Macchiole's Bolgheri Rosso is one of our favorite Super-Tuscan values, and priced under $35, this wine redefines value bottles!
June 10, 2015
Bartolo Mascarello ’10 Barolo Release, Antinori’s $90 Brunello Riserva, and Fiorano Bianco!
June 9, 2015
New Go-To Piemontese White! Fastest Selling Grattamacco, and ‘94 Sassicaia Sale!
2010 is a vintage for enthusiasts who love a classic Barolo. Though the growing season challenged Piemonte's winemakers, the region's producers are likening the '10 growing season to those of the '80s and '90s, a time of consistently cooler, wetter, more stressed vintages. Coolness and wetness through summer lowered the crop output, but as harvest time approached, the weather turned sunny and dry, allowing for the late-ripening Nebbiolo to reach its full potential.
Overshadowed by winemakers to its south, Canavese is a township in the province of Turin that borders the Valle d'Aosta in northwest Piemonte. Like its more famous brethren in Barolo and Barbaresco, this region devotes itself to Nebbiolo and Arneis, but high in an amphitheater that sits in the shadow of Monte Bianco, the terroir is very different, making for unusual interpretations of these familiar grapes. Today, we're proud to present the 2012 bottling of Ferrando's Erbaluce di Caluso, a unique Italian white that's under $20 and completely delicious. It just might be your new go-to white!
June 8, 2015
Aldo Conterno Granbussia, 1970-2006! Great Roger Sabon, and Antinori’s Dessert Wine!
June 4, 2015
New Cult Miani Rosso! 2013 Bachey-Legros! And Vintage Super-Tuscan Trinoro!
Still known as the "King of Barolo" in Italy, Aldo Conterno passed away in 2012, leaving behind a legacy of wines and winemaking. Today, we're proud to present a carefully curated list of this great winemaker's greatest wine: Poderi Aldo Conterno Barolo Granbussia Riserva. Spanning eleven vintages between the wine's debut, 1970, and the most recent vintage, 2006, this is the finest offer of this collector Italian wine to date.
Nearly seven feet tall, Enzo Pontoni towers in his Friuli Colli Orientali vineyards, but this gentle, reclusive giant knows his vines on a first-name basis, and as a result, he crafts some of the most hard-to-get wines in Italy. Miani's wines extraordinarily rare, they're explosive, they're cult-inspiring, and they're delicious. Today, we're proud to present a very limited release of the opulent yet energetic 2011 Miani Rosso, a hard-to-find wine that's an ideal introduction to this cult winemaker.
June 3, 2015
Per Linda’s Go-To Trio, Sassicaia Mags, and Classic 2011 Corton-Charlemagne
June 2, 2015
Antinori’s Seamless Chianti, Benchmark Sammarco Splits, and Collector Giacosa!
Abruzzo doesn't get much renown in the wine world. There is the famed cult producer Eduardo Valentini, but beyond the wines made by the "Lord of the Vines," Abruzzo is one of the most under-the-radar winemaking regions in Italy. Part of this status is that Abruzzo's wine list is short; the region essentially houses a simplified wine classification system grounded in two principal offerings: Trebbiano d'Abruzzo, Montepulciano d'Abruzzo, and the rosé version of the latter, Cerasuolo. Today, IWM is pleased to bring you Abruzzo's three emblematic wines as crafted by Per Linda, and each is under $13 a bottle.
Today, IWM is pleased to announce the release of the Badia a Passignano Chianti Classico Gran Selezione 2010, a gorgeous Sangiovese bottling from a very old friend, the Antinori family. Presented at the very BEST PRICE in the country, this '10 Chianti Classico Gran Selezione offers a brocade-like texture, terrific complexity, and breathtaking balance. It's an extraordinary way to experience the beauty of Sangiovese and the traditions of Toscana in one beautiful bottle.
June 1, 2015
Vintage Soldera 1976-2008, 1980s Tignanello, and 2009 Confuron-Cotétidot
May 28, 2015
Le Boncie’s Seamless Rosso, Vintage Vega-Sicilia Único, and Classic Corton-Charlemagne
Even before the 2012 act of vandalism that decimated more than six years of winemaking, Gianfranco Soldera held the spot as 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. And even more extraordinary, Soldera Brunello Riserva complements its fine-boned profile with the power and the structure that the very best Sangiovese offers.
Summertime calls for fresh, mouth-watering reds--those wines that call out for sirloin burgers hot from the BBQ or steaks sizzling from the grill, those food-friendly reds that pull you back to the glass with every bite of food. There's no place like Toscana for this kind of red, and today, we're delighted to offer you one of our favorite Tuscan reds, the '11 Le Trame, a delicious, energetic rosso from Poderie Le Boncie.
May 27, 2015
Revisiting ’04 and ’05 Sassicaia, Large Format Sandrone, and Aldo’s Millennium Collection
May 26, 2015
New Release Guado al Tasso! Great Antinori Brunello! And Ten Domaine de Bellène Burgundies!
Along with this dynamic Sassicaia duo, I'm very happy to offer double magnums of the 2000 Luciano Sandrone Barolo Le Vigne and the Aldo Conterno Millennium Collections. All wines from the time we turned the corner into the twenty-first century, these bottles also represent some of the best Barolo vintages of all time. I can't pretend that today's offer is anything but a special treat to serious enthusiasts and collectors, but those of you who will experience these wines are in for a life-changing treat.
It feels right to put this pioneering Antinori wine with another one--the 2009 Pian delle Vigne Brunello, from the family’s outpost in Bolgheri. I’ve always said that Antinori makes terrific “bridge” wines, those bottles that taste unmistakably Italian, marked by effortless elegance, yet they’re familiar to palates accustomed to New World wines. This Brunello embodies that style. Finally, I’m very pleased to present ten bottles of Domaine de Bellène’s extraordinary 2009 Burgundies. Vigneron Nicholas Potel is something of a magician, and these old-vine wines will blow you away.
May 21, 2015
Talenti’s $25 “Baby Brunello”! Ferrari’s Fairytale Solaria Jonica! And Jaboulet Cornas!
May 20, 2015
Pousse d’Or’s Thrilling 2013 Wines! Giacosa Barbaresco! And Château Maris!
Classic, balanced and laser precise, the Talenti '13 Rosso di Montalcino presents its plethora of pure Sangiovese Grosso fruit on a bed of spice, wildflowers, cypress needles, chestnuts and fresh-cut herbs. Delicate yet powerful, this wine augers well for the estate's 2013 Brunello. In stock and ready to ship, this "baby Brunello" comes from one of our favorite small family-owned-and-operated producers, Talenti. Delicate yet powerful, this wine augers well for the estate's 2013 Brunello, and true to Talenti's trademark clean, delicious style, this wine is sure to please a wide range of palates.
The late, great Guiseppe Quintarelli didn't put his Amarones on the market until he deemed them ready for the world, and he made them only in the very best years. These factors meant it could be a long wait between vintages--and it will continue to be just as maddening, for Quintarelli left his estate in the hands of his family who will carry on Beppe's resolutely iconoclastic practices. Quintarelli was a man whose concept of vintage approval and strict grape selection rivaled the great chateaux of Sauternes, and he patiently let his wines rest in large Slovenian oak casks until they finished their fermentations, only releasing his wines when he decided that it was time.
May 19, 2015
New Release Quintarelli Amarone, 2009 Joseph Drouhin and Serious Rosato for Spring!
May 18, 2015
Iconic, Inimitable Masseto! 100 Cases of Tua Rita! And the Sassicaia of Patagonia!
The late, great Guiseppe Quintarelli didn't put his Amarones on the market until he deemed them ready for the world, and he made them only in the very best years. These factors meant it could be a long wait between vintages--and it will continue to be just as maddening, for Quintarelli left his estate in the hands of his family who will carry on Beppe's resolutely iconoclastic practices. Quintarelli was a man whose concept of vintage approval and strict grape selection rivaled the great chateaux of Sauternes, and he patiently let his wines rest in large Slovenian oak casks until they finished their fermentations, only releasing his wines when he decided that it was time.
While the world-famous Antinori estate is headquartered in the heart of Chianti Classico, the ancient winemaking family has long had roots in Umbria. Antinori founded its Umbrian estate, Castello della Sala, located where Umbria abuts Toscana in the northwest corner of Orvieto in 1985, and it's home to some of our favorite Antinori bottlings, including the one we offer today. Our clients requested it, and we've managed to secure a new allocation of the rich, opulent, textured '12 Cervaro della Sala Chardonnay. This wine complements its stone and citrus fruits with a lovely saline minerality, putting its notes of toasted hazelnuts, yellow herbs, and tropical fruit at the forefront.
May 14, 2015
By Client Demand, ’12 Antinori Chardonnay, ’06 Biondi-Santi Riserva, and ’09 Jaboulet!
May 13, 2015
Pertimali’s Remarkable 2010 Brunello, Stellar ’09 Solaia, and Guado al Tasso Jeroboams!
While the world-famous Antinori estate is headquartered in the heart of Chianti Classico, the ancient winemaking family has long had roots in Umbria. Antinori founded its Umbrian estate, Castello della Sala, located where Umbria abuts Toscana in the northwest corner of Orvieto in 1985, and it's home to some of our favorite Antinori bottlings, including the one we offer today. Our clients requested it, and we've managed to secure a new allocation of the rich, opulent, textured '12 Cervaro della Sala Chardonnay. This wine complements its stone and citrus fruits with a lovely saline minerality, putting its notes of toasted hazelnuts, yellow herbs, and tropical fruit at the forefront.
2010 is a banner year for Brunello, a vintage that sets itself apart as not merely a benchmark year but a year that redefines what this wine is capable of achieving. If you're like us and love Sangiovese Grosso's most refined expression, you need to experience the 2010 Brunello--and there's no better starting place than Livio Sassetti 2010 Pertimali Brunello di Montalcino, offered today at the BEST PRICE in the country. Rich yet fresh, the Pertimali '10 Brunello wraps its succulent fruit around a savory mineral core for an extraordinary drinking experience.
May 12, 2015
Bordeaux-Style Blends from Peter Dipoli and Cupano! And Movia’s Big Beautiful Veliko Bianco!
May 11, 2015
Rocche dei Manzoni New Releases! Great Henri Boillot! And ’04 Biondi-Santi Riserva!
Influenced equally by their proximity to Austria and Switzerland and their fierce adherence to traditional methods, the winemakers of Italy's Northeast also have to contend with challenging conditions: high altitude, short growing seasons and wild Alpine weather. It's not surprising that this region produces some of the most indefinable, arresting wines, and today, we're delighted to present the opulent and complex 2007 Iugum from Trentino-Alto Adige's Peter Dipoli, a winemaker who brings an intellectual savvy to his winemaking practice.
Champagne from Piemonte. Chardonnay in the land of reds. Barrique-aged Nebbiolo and Barbera. They may not sound significant or revolutionary, but in the seventies these unprecedented efforts of the late Valentino Migliorini changed the wine landscape of the Langhe Hills. Today, we're proud to bring you four wines from the august estate of Rocche dei Manzoni, three 2010 cru Barolos--Barolo Big d'Big, Barolo Vigna Capella Santo Stefano, and Barolo Vigna d'la Roul--as well as the estate's compelling Nebbiolo and Barbera blend, the Bricco Manzoni 2009, all presented at the BEST PRICE in the States.
May 7, 2015
2012 Ornellaia Release! A Great Deal on Very Big Gaja! And Rare Prunotto Barolo Riserva!
May 6, 2015
Best Querciabella Batàr Yet? Your Go-To $25 Alpine Rosso, and Lucien Boillot Sale!
You don't want to miss this new Ornellaia release. The 2012 vintage was warm and dry, presenting Tenuta dell'Ornellaia's winemaker Axel Heinz and agronomist Leonardo Raspini with the challenge of crafting a balanced, nuanced wine. Like 2011, the '12 vintage incurred a water deficit, but rain near harvest helped to push the grapes to optimal ripening. Sunny, dry, and warm, the growing year of 2012 created the conditions for an Ornellaia bottling that the estate has nicknamed Incanto, or "enchantment," a testament to its seductive nose, enticing personality, and generous approachability.
Although we typically think of Amarone as a cold weather wine, this "big red" makes a delicious complement to summertime foods; steaks sizzling off the grill, roast pork, or even chopped sirloin will bask in Amarone's love. Amarone is a powerhouse of a wine, but its alcohol content--typically somewhere between 14 and 16 percent--makes it food-friendly, and its concentrated, opulent palate bursting with fruit, earth, spice and pepper makes it a perfect partner for meat. Today, we're delighted to present a new allocation of the darkly delicious 2010 Begali Amarone Classico. Priced at under $70.
May 5, 2015
Begali’s $70 Amarone, Cupano’s Super-Tuscan Wonder, and Antinori’s Greatest Cervaro Yet!
May 4, 2015
Last of the ’07 Bea Pagliaro? Big Capanna Brunello Riserva, and Château Bélair Trio!
Although we typically think of Amarone as a cold weather wine, this "big red" makes a delicious complement to summertime foods; steaks sizzling off the grill, roast pork, or even chopped sirloin will bask in Amarone's love. Amarone is a powerhouse of a wine, but its alcohol content--typically somewhere between 14 and 16 percent--makes it food-friendly, and its concentrated, opulent palate bursting with fruit, earth, spice and pepper makes it a perfect partner for meat. Today, we're delighted to present a new allocation of the darkly delicious 2010 Begali Amarone Classico. Priced at under $70.
IWM and our clients always love the wines of Paolo Bea, but as consistently great as they always are, the cru Sagrantino we offer today is one of our best selling bottles. We've had to bring back this wine twice before, and now we're delighted to announce the third--and likely last--allocation of the estate's Sagrantino di Montefalco Secco Pagliaro from the benchmark vintage of 2007.
April 30, 2015
25 Years of Gravner, Must-Have Cupano Brunello, and Classic Cathiard Nuits-Saint-Georges
April 29, 2015
Solaia Stuns in 2012, Baricci’s ’12 “Baby Brunello,” and Under $16 Austrian Rosé!
Even among iconoclastic Italian winemakers, Friuli's Josko Gravner stands out. He's a winemaker's winemaker, a man who takes an intellectual approach to making the purest wine that's simultaneously the most complex and the simplest expressions of the grape, and a producer whose skin-contact white wines make even experienced wine drinkers rethink the genre. Today, we're offering nine Gravner wines, most that are unavailable elsewhere, and all at the BEST PRICE in the country.
Last week, we were delighted to announce the release of the 2012 Tignanello; today, we're proud to follow up that offer with the release of the 2012 Solaia. The 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. In a vintage like 2012, these wines are ideal complements, and we're presenting the open-knit, rich, and textured '12 Solaia at the BEST PRICE in the country, making right now the optimal time to secure this iconic Super Tuscan.
April 28, 2015
Aldo Conterno’s Delicious $29 Rosso, Bruno Giacosa Barolo, and Sassicaia Gift Set!
April 27, 2015
Antinori’s ’11 Matarocchio, Cupano’s “Baby Brunello,” and David Duband’s Parcel
As tempting as Aldo Conterno Barolo are in their youth, it's a shame to drink them too early, and you don't necessarily want to pour Barolo on a Tuesday pizza night. Enter Conterno's Langhe Rosso, the perfect value wine from the consummate Barolo producer. Today, we're proud to present the pretty, aromatic, and pure 2011 Langhe Rosso at extremely competitive pricing--less than $30 a bottle!
Today, we're very proud to present a new allocation of the 2011 Matarocchio, and we're offering it at the BEST PRICE in the country. Showing tremendous precision in its aromatics of blue and black fruit, espresso, chocolate and herbs, the '11 Matarocchio has a lovely, sophisticated palate; dark fruit, grilled herbs, a thrum of earth and leather, and touch of spice make this bottling stunning. Black brambly fruits show great concentration in the glass, yet the wine still holds finesse and grace, making the '11 Matarocchio a perfect expression of opulence and restraint.
April 23, 2015
The Elusive 2010 Grattamacco, $25 Mountain “Barolo,” and Collector Bryant Family
April 22, 2015
2012 Tignanello Release, Italy’s Answer to Meursault, and Patrick Javillier Meursault
Established in 1977, Grattamacco is Bolgheri's second Super Tuscan estate--only Tenuta San Guido, whose Sassicaia vineyards abut those of Grattamacco, came earlier--and it has always held a special place in the hearts of IWM. This estate may fly a bit under the radar, but its dedication, its almost scholarly approach to winemaking and, of course, its delicious wines make it a special, affordable Super-Tuscan luxury. Today, we're proud to offer you the polished, stylish 2010 Grattamacco Bolgheri Rosso Superiore at the BEST PRICE in the States.
Today, we're very proud to announce the release of the ripe yet focused 2012 Tignanello. Brambly red and black fruits dance with grilled herbs, warm saddle leather, cigar wrapper and spice in this elegant, ripe and suave Tignanello bottling. Big and exuberant, the power of this '12 is restrained by Sangiovese's signature acidity, making a wine that's equally silky and energetic. 2012 was a warm, dry year that challenged the skills of Antinori's Chief Enologist, Renzo Cotarella, but he and his team put their considerable talents to work to create a harmonious, balanced, and concentrated Tignanello.
April 21, 2015
2011 Le Macchiole Messorio Release and Vintage Messorio! Classic Jacques Selosse!
April 20, 2015
New Soldera 2008 Rosso, Aldo Conterno’s “Baby Barolo,” and Classic Bonneau du Martray
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 the 2011 vintage of Le Macchiole's Messorio at the BEST PRICE in the country.
Today, we're proud to present one of Soldera's rare releases from these years, the extraordinary, silky and brooding Case Basse Soldera 2008 Rosso IGT. Almost exactly two years ago, Gianfranco decided to leave the Consorzio del Vino Brunello di Montalcino, the governing body for Brunello. This unconventional choice by this maverick winemaker means that Soldera cannot label his wines Brunello, even as he continues to make them only from Sangiovese Grosso from his 16-acre idyllic Case Basse estate, and even as he continues to craft them with his painstaking care.
April 16, 2015
Nine Rare Valentini Wines, Chavy-Chouet’s Value Meursault, and Vintage Sassicaia!
April 15, 2015
2013 Guidalberto Release, Antinori's Aglianico, and Beaucastel Châteauneuf-du-Pape
Today, we're very proud to present nine different bottlings from Valentini--seven vintages of the estate's incomparable Montepulciano d'Abruzzo and two vintages of its legendary Trebbiano d'Abruzzo. Spanning vintages from 1993 to 2006, this offer presents one of the largest selections of Valentini's wines we've ever offered, and it comprises the benchmark vintages of 1994, 1999, 2001 and 2006, last vintage touched by Edoardo Valentini, who passed away that year.
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 brother, Guidalberto hews close to Sassicaia, leaving the estate's Le Difese to do the job of the estate's everyday wine. Above all, 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 very pleased to announce the release of the structured, balanced and altogether lovely 2013 Guidalberto.
April 14, 2015
$59 Antinori 2010 Brunello! Lucien Crochet Rosé! And the Prince’s Fairtytale Whites!
April 13, 2015
Your New $14 Go-To White, Biondi-Santi Rosato, and Classic California Bordeaux-Style Blends!
Americans love Brunello--we buy one out of every four bottles of this Montalcino wine, making it one of the biggest sectors of the Italian wine market. The number of Brunello producers has skyrocketed over the past century, yet it's still difficult to find high quality, low cost Brunello. Part of this difficulty comes from the general fussiness of Sangiovese Grosso, the clone that makes Brunello; part of it comes from the intense, dramatic climate of this densely hilly region; and part of it is that demand, specifically American demand, raises the prices.
Tocai Friulano is an example of how complicated the names of grapes can be. As its name suggests, Tocai Friulano is cultivated primarily in the Friuli region of Italy; however, Tocai Friulano isn't at all related to the famous wines of Hungary, the Tokaji, nor is it related to Tokay d'Alsace, which is actually Pinot Grigio and which often is cultivated in the same vineyards as Tocai Friulano. In actuality, Tocai Friulano is Sauvignon Vert, a clone of Sauvignon Blanc, and it makes a wine with a seductive floral aroma, a surprisingly cushy mouth-feel and a palate that's often both citrusy and saline.
April 9, 2015
Domaine des Lambrays 2012 Classic, Under $80 Amarone, and Billecart-Salmon Beauty!
April 8, 2015
Under $60 Il Poggione Brunello, Mature Scavino, and Roger Sabon Sampler!
Today, we're proud to present a very limited allocation of the Domaine des Lambrays 2012 Clos des Lambrays Grand Cru. The growing season of 2012 beset Burgundy makers with a series of challenges, lowering the yield and thus the output of wine from the vintage. However, what it lacks in quantity, this vintage more than makes up for in quality, and the '12 Clos des Lambrays Grand Cru is exceptional. It's a tightly wound, deeply elegant wine perfumed with brambly black fruit, notes of moss and earth, fragrances of peonies, spice and balsam.
This past January, we kicked off the benchmark 2010 Brunello offerings with a bottle from Il Poggione, one of IWM's favorite estates. As great as this Brunello is--and there's no question that it's one of the finest yet made by Fabrizio and Alessandro Bindocci, the father-and-son winemaking team at Il Poggione--it needs some time to cellar before real approachability. Today, we're delighted to give you something to drink in the meantime, the brooding, beautiful Il Poggione 2009 Brunello di Montalcino, a steal at under $60 a bottle!
April 7, 2015
2012 Sassicaia Release! Cupano’s Exotic ’05 Brunello, and Four Vintage Aldo Conterno Mags!
April 6, 2015
Under $80 Seghesio Barolo Riserva, Bachey-Legros 2012s, and Giacosa Barolo Mags!
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. Today, IWM is proud to debut the 2012 Sassicaia at very special time-sensitive pricing.
Today, IWM is proud to debut the Renzo Seghesio 2008 Barolo Pajana Riserva, a wine that illustrates how well its maker knows his vineyard, his craft and how to make the most of both. This elegant and classic 2008 Barolo Pajana Riserva reflects its long, cool, fine growing season. While there was rain in May, June and July, assiduous producers like Seghesio got on top of it early with an aggressive green harvest, and August and September's fine weather cleared up any problem areas there might be.
April 2, 2015
Benchmark Brunello Mags from Gaja! Miani’s Cult Refosco! And Gaia & Rey Sale!
April 1, 2015
Two New Poggio di Sotto Brunello Releases! And Italy’s Best Sparkling Wine!
Times were tough in Piemonte in the early '90s. Prior to the six-year vintage streak of '95-'01, the area had been challenged by a succession of less-than-stellar vintages, so Angelo Gaja started thinking about terroir outside Piemonte. After all, this iconoclastic winemaker had already shaken up Piemonte with modern protocol and heretic tinkering with traditional wines; Gaja was looking for a new challenge. Regularly courted for involvement in joint ventures, Gaja wasn't going to sign onto something that he wasn't entirely behind. He found that Montalcino held the allure he was looking for.
This past February, we brought you the release of the 2011 Rosso di Montalcino from Poggio di Sotto, the first bottle from this legendary estate that we've offered since its sale to Claudio Tipo's ColleMassari group of estates. That bottling sold out in a matter of days, and today, we're excited to offer you another--the complex, layered, and lush Poggio di Sotto 2009 Brunello di Montalcino at the BEST PRICE in the country.
March 31, 2015
Pertimali’s $28 “Baby Brunello,” Chavy-Chouet’s Value Gem, and Last of the ’09 Redigaffi?
March 30, 2015
Marcel Deiss’ Singular Wines, 33-Year-Old Le Pergole Torte, and Vintage Soldera!
Lately, we've been rolling out the highly touted 2010 vintage of Brunello and the ripe but thrilling 2012 vintage of Rosso di Montalcino. Today, we're shining a spotlight on the 2013 Rosso di Montalcino from Livio Sassetti's Pertimali estate. While most wine lovers know Pertimali for its Brunello, this under $28 Rosso di Montalcino--the BEST PRICE in the country--presents a very compelling argument for why you should pay attention to Sassetti's family-owned-and-operated northern Montalcino estate.
Biodynamic since 1998, Marcel Deiss defines itself by its focus on the terroir--not the grape variety. Indeed, Marcel Deiss's winemaker Mathieu Deiss says, "The question you must ask yourself is what is in the soil, not what is in the grape. That is what explains the true organization or structure of a wine." Today, we're proud to present eleven different bottlings from this esteemed winemaker, an IWM first.
March 26, 2015
Your New Go-To $20 Nebbiolo! Ferrari’s 1949 Gem, and Burgundy Spring Cleaning Continues!
March 25, 2015
Immediate Gratification in a $60 Brunello, Domaine Barat 2013 Debut, and Gaja ’08 Sugarille Brunello
Let us introduce you to your new go-to spring red: Sandro Fay 2012 Rosso di Valtellina Tei. Presented at under $20 a bottle, the BEST PRICE in the country, this Nebbiolo-based wine celebrates Chiavennasca, the local name for Nebbiolo, in a fresh-faced, easy-going, mid-weight red that will have you opening a bottle before you know it!
While the 2010 Brunellos are unquestionably outrageous, they need time before you can drink them. Vintage Brunellos offer immediate drinkability, but they can be prohibitively priced. What's a Brunello enthusiast to do? If you're looking for immediate enjoyment, we suggest you look to the ripe vintage of 2009, and if you're looking for a bottle that's definitely an affordable luxury, we offer this 2009 Brunello from Le Torre. Presented at the BEST PRICE in the country, this '09 gives you juicy, succulent fruit, a powerful nose, terrific texture, and telltale Montalcino terroir--all at under $60 a bottle!
March 24, 2015
Debuting Le Boncie’s Organic Beauty! Sammarco Splits, and ’09 Cascina Francia Barolo!
March 23, 2015
Paolo Bea’s Natural Beauty, François Gay 2013 Debut, and Valdicava Sale!
Italy is filled with small family-owned-and-operated estates. One of IWM Founder Sergio Esposito's recent favorites is Podere Le Boncie, a tiny 7.5-acre estate located near the town of San Felice, which lies in the southern part of the Chianti Classico zone. Today, we're very pleased to bring you Le Boncie's delicious Super-Tuscan 2011 Rosso di Toscana IGT Le Trame, a delicious, energetic and sophisticated blend of four indigenous Tuscan grapes.
Bold, racy, and dark--Paolo Bea Montefalco Riserva Pipparello is one of our favorite wines in any vintage, but in 2008, it takes your palate on a ride atop a velvety magic carpet. Today, we're very proud to present a new allocation of the silky '08 Riserva Pipparello at exceptionally competitive pricing. This wine has long been one of our very favorite big reds, and this '08 flows like brocade across the palate, leaving a scattering of brooding flavor notes in its wake.
March 19, 2015
Antinori’s Sweet Surprise, Your New Go-To Red, and Classic, Collector Échézeaux
March 18, 2015
The 2010 Barrua is Back! Hard-to-Find Cappellano Barolo, and ’06 Granbussia Riserva!
Thick, honeyed and delicious; light, fragrant and acidic; golden, raisined and tantalizing: Italian dessert wines are as representative of their regions as any other Italian wine. They come from all regions, and each one speaks of its particular terroir--swept by salty sea winds, herbed by alpine mountain air, shot through with southern sun. As much as a Barolo can only come from Piemonte, an Aglianico only from Campania, or a Brunello only from Montalcino, so too are dessert wines as evocative of their terroir as their savory brethren.
Today, IWM is delighted to offer a new allocation of 2010 Agricola Punica Barrua, a wine that blends Tenuta San Guido's aristocratic pedigree, Sardegna's wild climate, and Giacomo Tachis' masterful winemaking in one sophisticated, eye-opening bottle. Beginning with a brooding nose of red fruit, licorice, earth and smoke, the '10 Barrua expands into a full, robust, powerful palate of juicy fruit, fresh-cut herbs, striking minerals, sweet tobacco and a touch of spice and chocolate.
March 17, 2015
2011 Guado al Tasso is Back! Baricci “Baby Brunello,” and Leflaive’s Beautiful White Burgundy
March 16, 2015
Paolo Bea Debut, Quintessential Bandol Rosé, and Drouhin-Laroze 2009 Mags!
About a year has passed since the release of the 2011 Bolgheri wines, so it's rare to find an Italian wine aficionado who hasn't experienced--or at least heard about--the glories of this vintage, and the 2011 wines from Bolgheri, the hotbed of Super-Tuscan wines located next to the Maremma coast, are quickly achieving benchmark status. Today, we're delighted to announce a new allocation of Antinori's Guado al Tasso 2011 Bolgheri Superiore.
A few weeks ago, we were happy to debut the 2012 Paolo Bea Santa Chiara; today, we're equally delighted to debut the estate's 2009 Rosso de Véo. This is Paolo Bea's entry-level red, and made of mono-varietal Sagrantino, it represents one of the indigenous grapes that the Bea estate grows and vinifies naturally to make emblematic, serious expressions that are as long-aging as they are eminently drinkable.
March 12, 2015
Under $50 Gianni Brunelli ‘10 Brunello, Vintage Poggio di Sotto, and Campania’s Serious White
March 10, 2015
Il Palazzone 2010 Brunello Release, Exciting Gavi, and Trapet 2012 Gevrey-Chambertin
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--and an unexpectedly affordable way to experience the outstanding Brunello 2010 vintage. Sophisticated, polished, and brooding, the '10 Brunello from Gianni Brunelli marries its succulent red and black fruit with darker notes of graphite, earth, meat and spice.
The excitement over the 2010 Brunello di Montalcino continues to build--this is a watershed vintage, one that is making critics, connoisseurs and industry insiders recalibrate their entire understanding of what a great vintage of Brunello means. Today, we're very pleased to present the 2010 Brunello from one of our favorite producers, Il Palazzone. Especially sophisticated, nuanced, and balanced, this '10 Brunello offering from Dick Parsons' estate nonetheless shows exceptional power, structure and legs.
March 9, 2015
Paolo Bea Debut, Under $50 Cru Barbaresco, and Last of Aldo Conterno ’11 Bussiador?
March 5, 2015
Talenti’s 2013 Baby Brunello! Amalfi Coast Red! And Burgundy Spring Cleaning!
Not all winter wines are red. In fact, "skin-contact" or "orange" wines are the whites that drink like reds--textured, weighty, complex, and hefty enough to warm you from the inside. Today, we're proud to debut the new vintage of Paolo Bea's Santa Chiara, a blend of Grechetto, Malvasia, Chardonnay, Sauvignon, and Garganega, a wine that's as delicious in cold weather as it is in warm, offering a complement to a wide range of foods from antipasto to seafood to roasted white meats. Best of all, we're debuting this wine at the BEST PRICE in the country.
Lately, we've been rolling out the highly touted 2010 vintage of Brunello and the ripe but thrilling 2012 vintage of Rosso di Montalcino. Today, we're going to step even further into the future and offer our very first 2013 Rosso di Montalcino, and it comes from one of our favorite small family-owned-and-operated producers, Talenti. Delicate yet powerful, this wine augers well for the estate's 2013 Brunello, and true to Talenti's trademark clean, delicious style, this wine is sure to please a wide range of palates.
March 4, 2015
Vintage Soldera Brunello Riserva, 1954 Ferrari, and 2012 Vega-Sicilia Único Riserva Especial!
March 3, 2015
New Miani Releases! Antinori ’09 Brunello! And Collector ’12 Comte Georges de Vogüé!
Even before the 2012 act of vandalism that decimated more than six years of winemaking, Gianfranco Soldera held the spot as 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. Case Basse di Soldera Brunello Riserva, like Giacomo Conterno Barolo Riserva Monfortino, is among Italy's most revered wines as well as one of IWM's fastest-selling collector wines.
Today, we're delighted to offer a truly singular offering of Miani. It's not only the largest you can get outside of Italy, but it's also the very first offering in the States of the 2013 vintage, a year showing great elegance and aromatics. Although 2013 posed many challenges to the growers of Friuli, Pontoni's care coaxed sophistication, balance, and structure from this rainy year. Pontoni considers each individual vine its own microclimate, and he tends to his individual plants with individualized care, something that includes possibly the most assertive green harvests in all of Italy.
March 2, 2015
New Release Vega-Sicilia Único! Under $60 Barolo and Valdicava 2007 Brunello!
February 26, 2015
Historic Pontet-Canet Duo, Serious Raffaele Palma Rosato, and Dominus 2011
Without question one of the benchmark wines of the world, the beauty of Vega-Sicilia Único is its elegance and age-ability; it stands as one of those rare wines that manages to deliver finesse with concentration. These qualities stem in part from the wine's exceptional old-vine Tempranillo and Merlot fruit, and in part from Vega-Sicilia's uniquely patient winemaking. Único's famous protocol customarily includes ten years from its harvest to its release, an aging regimen that includes seven years in barrel and three in bottle.
Ask Bordeaux connoisseurs the names of the great Pauillac wines, and they will invariably invoke the hallowed names of Mouton, Latour, and Lafite. These three Premier Cru châteaux of Bordeaux undoubtedly have earned their status, but today we'd like to shine a spotlight on a strong contender, Château Pontet-Canet.
February 25, 2015
Sicily’s Chic Under $30 White, 56-Year-Old Ferrari, and Antinori’s Approachable Brunello
February 24, 2015
2010 Capanna Brunello! 2012 Miani Friulano! And Magnums of 2011 Cervaro!
Today, IWM is proud to shine a light on Graci Etna Bianco 2013, a blend of 70% Carricante and 30% Cataratto. This white wine is thrilling, nicely hefty, and well under $30 a bottle. The grapes for this wine grow organically in Passopisciaro, a sandy volcanic region on the northeast slope of Mount Etna, which imbues them with a unique bricolage of minerals. After hand harvesting, the grapes vinify in cement with only natural yeasts and then the wine ages, also in cement, on the lees for eight months before bottling, a process that transmits terroir while intensifying flavor notes.
From Capanna, one of our favorite small, family-owned-and-operated estates, we bring you the 2010 Brunello, a gorgeous traditional-minded bottling that balances its red cherry fruit with a fine tannic structure. It's rare that IWM finds an under $60 Brunello that we really like, but Capanna has consistently released value Brunellos that we're proud to pour. This bottling from the highly touted 2010 vintage comes to you at the BEST PRICE in the country; it's an affordable way to experience traditional Brunello, a landmark vintage, and a wine from a producer who is a consistent client favorite.
February 23, 2015
Under $45 Quintarelli New Release, Vintage Mastroberardino, and Guigal Ex-Voto Rouge!
February 19, 2015
Is 2010 the Best Sammarco Yet? Montalcino’s Rising Star, and Vietti’s Powerful Cru Barolo
It is possible to enjoy the magic of Quintarelli on a budget. Full-bodied, voluptuous and under $50, the Primofiore IGT is the first Quintarelli release from each vintage, and it's the approachable, easy-going wine that Quintarelli's fans can enjoy as they wait for the estate's Amarone to age. Today, we're delighted to present the juicy, fresh, plush and vibrant 2011 Primofiore at the BEST PRICE in the country.
The big Super Tuscans seem to always crowd the limelight. Sassicaia, Ornellaia, Tignanello and Solaia are undeniably great wines with storied histories and illustrious aristocratic makers, but these great wines cast long shadows, a shade that sometimes occludes other superb Super Tuscans. Today, we're proud to present one of these often overlooked wines, the polished, sophisticated, and deeply age-worthy 2010 Sammarco from Castello dei Rampolla. Priced at under $95, the BEST PRICE in the country, this Bordeaux-style blend gives the Super-Tuscan giants a serious run for their money. It's a must-have bottling for true aficionados.
February 18, 2015
Under $40 2010 Brunello! Great Ada Nada Cru Barbaresco, and Collector Clos des Papes Châteauneuf-du-Pape
February 17, 2015
New Poggio di Sotto Release! Quintarelli’s Lighter Side, and Lignier Michelot!
Is it possible to find an under $40 Brunello di Montalcino that's authentic, intense, and emblematic of the standout 2010 vintage? Yes, if you look to Col d'Orcia, one of IWM's favorite value Brunello makers. Today, we're proud to present the benchmark '10 Col d'Orcia Brunello di Montalcino; concentrated yet elegant, it's a wine that's sure to please Brunello enthusiasts. Best of all, priced at under $40--the BEST PRICE in the United States, this wine allows wine-lovers to experience the greatness of the 2010 vintage without straining their wallets.
Now it's your time to experience this estate's glory; we're delighted to offer the '11 Poggio di Sotto Rosso di Montalcino at the BEST PRICE in the country. This wine's silky, fine-grained tannins, gracious mouth-feel, and extraordinary elegance indicate that Poggio di Sotto, owned by Claudio Tipa and under the care of winemaker Federico Staderini, is maintaining its genius and style. One of the longer aging Rosso di Montalcino bottlings, this '11 performs as Poggio di Sotto's Rossos have always done; it's drinks like a Brunello, and it will not disappoint.
February 12, 2015
Galardi ’11 Terra di Lavoro Returns, Great Skin-Contact White, and Dal Forno’s Dessert Sensation
February 11, 2015
’12 Redigaffi Back in Stock! ’04 Valdicava! And IWM’s Signature Rosé Sparkler!
Today, IWM is delighted to announce a new allocation of the plush, silky Galardi Terra di Lavoro 2011, and we're presenting it at the BEST PRICE in the country. Rooted in a humble garagiste beginning, Terra di Lavoro has developed a fervid fan base in its near two decades of existence. It's a wine that speaks big, elegant volumes about its unique Campanian volcanic terroir and its two indigenous grapes, 80% Aglianico and 20% Piedirosso, but it's also a serious, age-worthy wine that has captured the hearts of collectors, critics and cognoscenti the world around.
Today, we're proud to announce a new allocation of the estate's 2012 Redigaffi. The 2012 vintage of Redigaffi, the first vintage wholly made after the return of consulting oenologist Luca D'Attoma, privileges purity, intense aromatics, and laser-like precision. It's an exceptionally beautiful bottle of Redigaffi, which is certainly saying something after the recent string of extraordinary vintages. Big, powerful and incredibly delineated, the '12 Redigaffi bursts with brambly blue and black fruit, exotic spices, scorched earth, warm saddle leather and a touch of cigar wrapper.
February 10, 2015
Under $50 Talenti 2010 Brunello, Great Pinot Grigios, and 1978 Ferrari La Canestra
February 9, 2015
Stunning Le Macchiole 2010 Paleo, Bodega Chacra Sale, and Your New Go-To White!
IWM's clients have long appreciated the Talenti house style with its impeccable balance between structure and concentration. Today, we're delighted to present the latest offering; from acclaimed vintage of 2010, this Talenti Brunello is sure to please the palates of everyone from Italian wine newbies to longtime aficionados. Best of all, priced at under $50--the BEST PRICE on the East Coast--this wine is an affordable way to experience what many people are heralding as a legendary vintage.
Today, we're delighted to present the outstanding 2010 Paleo Rosso, the mono-varietal Cabernet Franc from Le Macchiole. The only major player in the Super-Tuscan movement whose founder was born in Bolgheri, Le Macchiole came about when Egenio Campolmi wanted to expand his family's restaurant business with winemaking. Le Macchiole struggled to find its identity until this native son realized that the best way to make his wine and his mark was to craft mono-varietal expressions.
February 5, 2015
Delicious $34 Paolo Bea Cru! And IWM’s Italian Wine Flash Sale!
February 4, 2015
Antinori’s New Barolo Colonello Riserva, Under $70 Amarone, and Great Rijckaert Mâcon
Today, we're delighted to present a new allocation of the 2009 Paolo Bea San Valentino, the gorgeous entry-level wine from this iconic Umbrian estate. Paolo Bea uses non-interventionist techniques to grow the grapes for its San Valentino--a blend of 70% Sangiovese with the rest split evenly between indigenous grapes Sagrantino and Montepulciano. As the name implies, this wine is a cru. All three varietals come from the same 1,300 feet above sea level vineyard, named San Valentino, and the average vine is about fifty years old.
The cru Barolo we spotlight today is a study in contrasts. It's a wine that's more than a century in the making, but the '08 we offer today is its very first release. It comes from the Tuscan Antinori family, but it's a wine that's steeped in Piemonte history. It's one of the very few Barolos that are vinified with whole clusters, and it derives from a vineyard that's so very special that the Antinori family built a winery just to make this wine. It's Prunotto 2008 Barolo Bussia Vigna Colonnello Riserva, and we're very excited about it.
February 3, 2015
Vintage Biondi-Santi Brunello Riserva, Seghesio Barolo Riserva, and Gianni Brunelli Brunello
February 2, 2015
Fuligni ’10 Brunello Release, Global Wine Flash Sale, and Magnums of ’12 Guidalberto!
Today, we're proud to follow up that offer with ten vintages from the 1980s, 1990s and 2000s. As with our previous offers of vintage Biondi-Santi Brunello Riserva, these wines come direct from the cellar at Il Greppo, ensuring pristine provenance on these hard-to-find collector jewels. Aromatic, elegant and remarkable, Biondi-Santi Brunellos are best known for their incredible ability to age--even a 100-year-old Brunello from Biondi-Santi shows remarkably well.
As we continue to roll out the new releases of 2010 Brunello di Montalcino, IWM is delighted to present Fuligni's savory, succulent evocation of this benchmark vintage. To make this release even more exciting, we've also secured a new allocation of the estate's ripe, delicious 2007 Brunello Riserva--and both wines are also available in large format bottles, all at the BEST PRICE in the country.
January 29, 2015
Cerbaiona 2010 Brunello! Under $75 Flash Sale! And Vintage López de Heredia Rioja
January 28, 2015
New Giacosa Releases! Our Biggest Flash Sale Yet! And Salvioni Brunello!
In the past few weeks, we've announced the release of the 2010 Brunello di Montalcino from some of our favorite producers: Biondi-Santi, Angelo Gaja, Valdicava, and Canalicchio di Sopra. Today, we're very happy to present this benchmark vintage from IWM cult star, Cerbaiona. This estate's 2010 Rosso di Montalcino was a knockout--and it was one of our fastest-selling bottlings of this wine.
Giacosa stands as one of the most respected producer 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, less handling.
January 27, 2015
Quintarelli ’06 Valpolicella! Antinori Vermentino! And Bonneau du Martray!
January 26, 2015
Under $55 Artisanal Barbaresco, Historic Biondi-Santi Riserva, and the “Sassicaia” of the North
You can't overestimate Giuseppe Quintarellis's impact on Valpolicella, the red wine zone located in the northeast corridor of the Veneto--he forever changed the game. Almost singlehandedly, he revised Valpolicella from a light and quaffable wine to a serious wine of interest. In so doing, Quintarelli changed the way the world understood both this ancient wine and winemaking region. Today, we’re very proud to present the 2006 Giuseppe Quintarelli Valpolicella Superiore.
It's difficult to find affordable Barbaresco. The region is smaller than Barolo--about a third of Barolo's size, so there are fewer producers. And while the two regions abut, Barbaresco's myriad microclimates pose a dizzying array of challenges to its producers. When IWM Founder Sergio Esposito finds an affordable Barbaresco that he can champion, he's very happy, and so are our clients! Today, we're delighted to present the 2010 San Giuliano Barbaresco, an elegant, balanced bottling, at the BEST PRICE in the country.
January 22, 2015
Antinori’s New Chianti, Under $70 Artisanal Amarone, and ‘12 Henri Boillot Puligny Perrières
January 21, 2015
2010 2010 Biondi-Santi Brunello Debut, Stellar Super Piemonte Blend, Antinori’s Sweetness
Today, IWM is pleased to announce the release of the Badia a Passignano Chianti Classico Gran Selezione 2009, a new bottling from a very old friend, the Antinori family. Presented at the very BEST PRICE in the country (other retailers are selling it for $60 or more), this '09 Chianti Classico Gran Riserva is a beautiful mono-varietal Sangiovese that shines with the warmth of Toscana. Age-worthy yet approachable, this bottling embodies the Antinori touch, offering elegance and pure class.
In the last few weeks, we've debuted the 2010 Brunello from Il Poggione, Canalicchio di Sopra, Valdicava, and Gaja--all exceptional producers and thrilling wines. Today, we're especially proud to debut the '10 vintage from the estate that created Brunello di Montalcino, Biondi-Santi. A benchmark vintage from a landmark estate: you can't go wrong with Brunello from Biondi-Santi, but in 2010, this wine is breathtaking.
January 20, 2015
De Conciliis’ Winter Worthy White, Under $40 Cru Barbaresco, and ’05 Gravner Anfora
January 15, 2015
Gorgeous ’12 Gallois, Surprising Northern Rosso, and ’05 Gaja Sorì San Lorenzo Sale
The piquantly flavored Fiano has been cultivated in Campania for over two thousand years. There are two clones of Fiano in Campania, and while the more famous clone is Fiano di Avellino, or "Fiano of the bees," Bruno De Conciliis has a way with the more common clone. Fiano is an unusually sapid varietal that makes a wine with an interesting waxy quality, a nuanced aroma, and a palate often full unto bursting with wildflowers, honey and smoky hazelnuts.
Relatively young by Burgundy standards, Domaine Gallois is also rather small--just 8 acres. This tiny estate had slipped under the radar for years long been on the radar; however, in the past decade or so, Gallois' wines have grown so profound that this estate is no longer able to keep its relative anonymity. Today, we're proud to present five 2012 Gallois wines. In stock and ready to ship, these '12 Gallois sit among the wines from a small group of elite growers in Gevrey who have made the best wines that this delicious vintage could provide.
January 14, 2015
Gaja’s Stunning 2010 Brunellos, Classic Orvieto from Antinori, and Collector Jaboulet
January 13, 2015
Exquisite ’11 Le Pergole Torte, New Dal Forno ‘09s, and Méo-Camuzet Bourgogne
Today, we keep rolling out the 2010 Brunello with three wines from Angelo Gaja's Montalcino estate, Pieve Santa Restituta. Gaja's traditional blended Brunello, Gaja Pieve Santa Restituta Brunello di Montalcino, is partnered by the vineyard-specific Brunello Rennina and the single-vineyard Brunello Sugarille. We're happy to offer all three wines from the very likely benchmark vintage of 2010, a year that is making everyone from producers to wine critics cheer.
2011 presented Tuscan winemakers with a surfeit of challenges. After a wet, warm spring, a heat wave settled over Tuscany--and it didn't move. While Sangiovese, the emblematic Tuscan grape, has a thick skin that can protect it from the heat, Chianti's soils are stony and thin, reflecting the heat back at the grapes. While many estates saw problematic, early harvests, Montevertine's early harvest (a full two weeks before custom) saw beautiful grapes.
January 12, 2015
New Brunello from Valdicava and Canalicchio! Antinori’s Aglianico and Great Pommard!
January 8, 2015
Must-Have $33 Barbaresco, Antinori’s Benchmark Brunello, and Classic Chapoutier
A lot has been made of the five-star 2010 vintage of Brunello di Montalcino--and for good reason. The Consorzio de Vino Brunello di Montalcino likened the 2010 to the classic benchmark 2006, saying they were "two of the best vintages ever." Although producers in other parts of Toscana struggled with challenging weather, the weather for the 2010 Montalcino vintage was textbook perfect: a cold, snowy winter led to a cool, nicely damp spring, and warm summer months ended in an ideal harvest.
In 2010, Aldo Vacca, the collective's winemaker, decided not to craft any of the cru bottlings that have made this collective famous. The vintage, while spectacular for Barolo, presented challenges for Barbaresco in the form of three days of rain near harvest. Vacca's choice means that all the grapes that customarily appear in the collective's cru wines would appear in the cuvée Barbaresco--about 60% of the total amount.
January 7, 2015
First of the 2010 Brunello! Last of a Historic Giacosa, and Classic Chavy-Chouet!
January 6, 2015
Talenti’s $25 “Baby Brunello,” Classic Drouhin-Laroze in Mags, and 2012 Guidalberto
The Consorzio del Vino Brunello di Montalcino awarded the 2010 vintage its highest rating, and thus it's only fitting that we begin this vintage's offerings with the wine made by its president, Fabrizio Bindocci. Along with his son, Alessandro, Fabrizzio crafts Il Poggione's wines, and together this duo has raised the estate's reputation yet higher with recent changes like extremely low yields and submerged cap fermentation.
One of the progenitors of Brunello di Montalcino and the founding father of the estate that bears his name, Pierluigi Talenti defied market trends, crafting wines that hew pretty close to traditional Brunello, while allowing for earlier approachability. Now under the hands of Riccardo Talenti, the estate has taken on some modernization that has improved the wines without upsetting the family style, using both Slovenian botti and French tonneau for aging to create a wine that is refined, nuanced and, above all, delicious.
January 5, 2015
Seductive Gaja '12 Rossj Bass, Great Gaja '05 Sorì Tildìn, Valdicava Mini Vertical!
December 31, 2014
Happy New Year from IWM!
While Gaja has grown beyond Piemonte and expanded his production to two estates in Toscana, the fruit for Gaja's Rossj-Bass derive from Piemonte's swirling hills. Some grow in a calcareous 3.6-hectare plot, planted in 1979, and the remainder derives from several other estate-owned vineyards. A mono-varietal Chardonnay, Rossj-Bass is named after one of Angelo's daughters, Rossana, and the Piemontese word for "low," bass, a nod to the vineyard's position; it ferments in temperature-controlled stainless steel and then ages for six to seven months in barriques.
Located in the Cilento zone of Campania, De Conciliis capitalizes on southern exposure and ancient soils in this ripe climate to produce full-bodied, fruit-driven wines that are approachable, collectible, or affordable--or all three. Bruno plays jazz in the cellars to keep his wines happy, making it difficult not to appreciate Bruno and his work with southern Italy's great varietals. This choice is in keeping with the estate's holistic philosophy. The De Conciliis estate currently grows its grapes organically, and it's transitioning to biodynamic protocol.
December 30, 2014
$27 Cru 2012 Rosso di Montalcino, Benchmark 2010 Bordeaux, and 2011 Redigaffi Magnum!
December 29, 2014
Sparkling $22 Prosecco, the Bordeaux-Style Beauty of Vérité, Vintage Monfortino Magnum
One of the original estates in the region, Fuligni has made a reputation for producing fruit-driven Brunello that balances concentration with finesse. Fuligni's 25 acres of vineyards sit just outside the medieval village of Montalcino, not far from the iconic vineyards of Biondi-Santi and Salvioni, at 380-450 meters above sea level, some of the highest vineyards in the region.
Col Vetoraz' owner-operator Francesco Miotto works with consulting enologist Paolo de Bortoli, using non-interventionist methods in the vineyards to craft high quality Prosecco. In fact, Col Vetoraz makes only Prosecco, and the estate works diligently to craft wines that distinguish themselves in the sparkling wine market--so much so that the wines from Col Vetoraz are giving the methode Champenoise sparkling wines of Franciacorta a run for their money.
December 24, 2014
Happy Holidays from IWM, and a Special Gift to You, Our Clients!
December 23, 2014
$60 Gianni Brunelli Brunello, Giacosa Falletto Riserva Mags, and Great Grattamacco!
IWM would like you to bid adieu to 2014 and welcome 2015 with good taste and wrapped in luxury. We're offering 25% off of ten of our favorite wines from now until 5:00 p.m. on Friday, December 26, 2014. Choose from this list to replenish your cellar or simply try a new wine.
The first clue about Azienda Agricola Gianni Brunelli is the surname of its founder, and the wines of Gianni Brunelli, a born and bred Montalcinese, reflect his heritage. In the late 1980s, Gianni seized an opportunity to repurchase the family's old lands, some of which once grew the grapes for Biondi-Santi's great Brunello Riserva, and he dedicated himself to growing his grapes and making his wines in the ways of his ancestors--without pesticides or chemicals and in a very traditional fashion.
December 22, 2014
Release of 2012 Cervaro della Sala Chardonnay! And Last of the 2005 Soldera Pegasos!
December 18, 2014
Paolo Bea Montefalco Special, Classic Vogüé Musigny, and Vintage Giacosa Barolo Rionda!
While the world-famous Antinori estate is headquartered in the heart of Chianti Classico, the ancient winemaking family has long had roots in Umbria. Antinori founded its Umbrian estate, Castello della Sala, located where Umbria abuts Toscana in the northwest corner of Orvieto in 1985, although the extended family had bought the land in 1940. These 1,300 acres (about 400 under vine) are under the guidance of Marchese Piero Antinori, his three daughters, and renowned enologist Renzo Cotarella, an Umbrian native.
Succulent red fruit wrap around a core of wildflowers, fresh-cut herbs, cypress, earth, minerals, and spice in this sophisticated, open-knit bottling of 2009 Brunello. A master estate, Fuligni likes to give traditional Brunello an international twist, and in so doing, they make fabulous wines that are often accessible earlier than some of their Brunello counterparts. Employing very low yields, hand-picking their grapes, and using casks as well as barriques in vinification, this estate makes outstanding wines in amazing years and phenomenal wines in astounding years.
December 17, 2014
Burgundy Meets Bussia, Great Domaine Trapet, and the Granbussia Millennium Collection
December 16, 2014
Knockout ’09 Fuligni Brunello, Large Format Sale, and Velvety Nicolis Cru Amarone!
Succulent red fruit wrap around a core of wildflowers, fresh-cut herbs, cypress, earth, minerals, and spice in this sophisticated, open-knit bottling of 2009 Brunello. A master estate, Fuligni likes to give traditional Brunello an international twist, and in so doing, they make fabulous wines that are often accessible earlier than some of their Brunello counterparts. Employing very low yields, hand-picking their grapes, and using casks as well as barriques in vinification, this estate makes outstanding wines in amazing years and phenomenal wines in astounding years.
Succulent red fruit wrap around a core of wildflowers, fresh-cut herbs, cypress, earth, minerals, and spice in this sophisticated, open-knit bottling of 2009 Brunello. A master estate, Fuligni likes to give traditional Brunello an international twist, and in so doing, they make fabulous wines that are often accessible earlier than some of their Brunello counterparts. Employing very low yields, hand-picking their grapes, and using casks as well as barriques in vinification, this estate makes outstanding wines in amazing years and phenomenal wines in astounding years.
December 15, 2014
Everyday Giacosa to Drink Right Now! Wine Club Sale! And Bachey-Legros 2012 Gems!
December 11, 2014
IWM’s Collection of Holiday Champagne! 1997 Gaja Sperss! And Movia, Vintage and New!
Today, we're delighted to present five different bottlings of Giacosa to drink right now--and all are very competitively priced. Estate bottled, two wines derive from Giacosa's own Serralunga vineyards, the Bruno Giacosa 2013 Dolcetto d'Alba Falletto and '12 Barbera d'Alba Falletto. The other three come from Casa Vinicola Giacosa, deriving from grapes grown by farmers in and around Serralunga with whom Giacosa has worked for decades: Casa Vinicola Bruno Giacosa 2013 Dolcetto d'Alba, '13 Roero Arneis, and '12 Barbera d'Alba.
Even if it's a wine typified by bubbles, crafted in only one area in France from just a couple of grape varietals, Champagne comes in a dizzying range of styles, flavor profiles and textures. Less than 3% of the Champagne market, Grower Champagne--often identified as RM, or Récoltant-Manipulant, or Les Champagnes de Vignerons, "Vinegrower Champagnes"--has recently exploded because of winemakers like the biodynamic Jacques Selosse and René Geoffroy, growers who produce their own wines from their own vines. Like a fine Barolo or Burgundy, Grower Champagnes are reflective of terroir and vintage, varying year to year.
December 10, 2014
Is Querciabella Batàr Italy’s Best White? $55 Seghesio Barolo, and Baricci’s “Baby Brunello”!
December 9, 2014
Sicilian Gems from COS, Faively Corton-Charlemagne, and Vintage Mascarello in Magnum!
In search of a high quality Super-Tuscan white, Querciabella's late, great Giuseppe Castiglioni set out to evoke his beloved Burgundy aesthetic in a white that would match his Bordeaux inspired Camartina. He began carefully, testing out the terroir with Pinot Blanc and Pinot Grigio in an 80/20 blend that he named Bâtard-Pinot. Castiglioni then chose to make the wine more like Burgundy, reduced the Pinot Blanc, dropped the Pinot Grigio in exchange for Chardonnay, and gave the wine a highly suggestive new name--Bâtard.
Sicilia's COS was established in 1980 by Giambattista Cilia, Giusto Occhipinti, and Pinuccia Strano, three friends so close that they took the first letters of their surnames to form the winery's title. While the venture began as fun, COS soon garnered great success, which is no surprise given the group's devotion to their vines and their choice to grow their grapes biodynamically. The estate pays homage to Sicilia's native grapes, crafting wines from Frappato di Vittoria, Inzolia, Grecanico, and Nero d'Avola.
December 8, 2014
Sale on Cult Nicolas Joly, Large Format Le Pergole Torte, and Alfred Gratien Champagne!
December 4, 2014
Cupano’s “Baby Brunello” in Magnum, Beaucastel Hommage, and Movia Gift Set!
Joly started out as an investment banker, but in 1977 he left finance to return to his family's fabled Coulée de Serrant, a Loire Valley vineyard dating back to 1130 when Cistercian monks planted it. Deciding that he wanted to make wines that expressed the terroir of Coulée de Serrant, Joly soon became skeptical of modern agriculture methods and their deleterious effects on nature. When he first took control of the vineyards, Joly began using chemical fertilizers and insecticides, but within two years, he witnessed subtle but noticeable alterations in the vineyards.
We know what you're thinking. Yes, that's a magnum of Rosso--not Brunello--di Montalcino, and, yes, that is unusual. We tend to think of magnums as the province of long-aging wines, and we tend to think of Rosso di Montalcino as an early drinking alternative to the cellar-worthy Brunello. Both of these points are generally true, but as with all generalities, there are exceptions, and the Cupano Rosso is one of them.
December 3, 2014
Your New $14 Go-To Red! Amazing Burgundies from Emmanuel Rouget and Chavy-Chouet!
December 2, 2014
The Renaissance of Fiorano, the Roots of Fiorano, and Vintage Sassicaia Half Bottles!
Today, we're delighted to present one of our favorite value bottlings of Montepulciano d'Abruzzo--this one from celebrity collective Quattro Mani. Priced at $14, this ruby red wine is fresh with acidity, yet it's round and soft, making it your new go-to red. Balanced, delicious and perfect for coming home and popping a bottle for any occasion, Quattro Mani Montepulciano d'Abruzzo complements uncomplicated comfort foods like pizza or spaghetti Bolognese with pizzazz.
Today, we're very proud to present the 2010 Fattoria di Fiorano Rosso, the very first release of this wine. Fiorano, a personal project of 26th generation winemaker Alessia Antinori, has crafted only 500 bottles of this inaugural release, each one numbered by hand, a testament to the intense labor of love that is Alessia's renovation of this estate. After discovering four existing, miraculous rows of Merlot and four rows of Cabernet Sauvignon in the prince's vineyards, Alessia found it only natural to craft her own version, and this bottling lives up to its rich fairytale history.
November 26, 2014
Antinori’s Singular Dessert Wine, Iconic Rouget Echézeaux, and Cult ’09 Salvioni Brunello!
November 25, 2014
Antinori’s Spectacular $70 Brunello, Sassicaia Olive Oil, and Thrilling $32 Château Plince
Today, we're very proud to present a wine that appears on many wine aficionados' bucket lists: Giuseppe Quintarelli 1985 Amarone della Valpolicella Riserva. This impossible-to-find Amarone Riserva represents one of the great vintages of the last fifty years as interpreted by one of the world's greatest winemakers. Replete with rich red and blue fruit, potpourri, baking spices, and a texture that shimmers between velvety sweet fruit and grippy tannins, the '85 Quintarelli Amarone Riserva is an extraordinary wine, a feast for the senses and a fitting tribute to one of the world's greatest winemakers ever to have lived.
Today, we're very proud to present a wine that appears on many wine aficionados' bucket lists: Giuseppe Quintarelli 1985 Amarone della Valpolicella Riserva. This impossible-to-find Amarone Riserva represents one of the great vintages of the last fifty years as interpreted by one of the world's greatest winemakers. Replete with rich red and blue fruit, potpourri, baking spices, and a texture that shimmers between velvety sweet fruit and grippy tannins, the '85 Quintarelli Amarone Riserva is an extraordinary wine, a feast for the senses and a fitting tribute to one of the world's greatest winemakers ever to have lived.
November 24, 2014
Antinori’s Best Cervaro Yet? The Sassicaia of Patagonia and the Sassicaia of Italy’s North
November 20, 2014
29-Year-Old Quintarelli Amarone, Wild Radikon Merlot, Classic Vintage Greats from Movia
Today, we're very proud to present a wine that appears on many wine aficionados' bucket lists: Giuseppe Quintarelli 1985 Amarone della Valpolicella Riserva. This impossible-to-find Amarone Riserva represents one of the great vintages of the last fifty years as interpreted by one of the world's greatest winemakers. Replete with rich red and blue fruit, potpourri, baking spices, and a texture that shimmers between velvety sweet fruit and grippy tannins, the '85 Quintarelli Amarone Riserva is an extraordinary wine, a feast for the senses and a fitting tribute to one of the world's greatest winemakers ever to have lived.
Today, we're very proud to present a wine that appears on many wine aficionados' bucket lists: Giuseppe Quintarelli 1985 Amarone della Valpolicella Riserva. This impossible-to-find Amarone Riserva represents one of the great vintages of the last fifty years as interpreted by one of the world's greatest winemakers. Replete with rich red and blue fruit, potpourri, baking spices, and a texture that shimmers between velvety sweet fruit and grippy tannins, the '85 Quintarelli Amarone Riserva is an extraordinary wine, a feast for the senses and a fitting tribute to one of the world's greatest winemakers ever to have lived.
November 19, 2014
Under $50 Benchmark Brunello, Sassicaia Gift Sets, and Large Format Giacosa Barolo!
November 18, 2014
Return of the ’05 Gravner Anforas! Gravner’s Own Glasses! And Pavelot Pernand Vergelesses!
Like 1975, 2007 was a warm yet temperate vintage, and the '07 Col d'Orcia Brunello is showing tremendously with notes of dried red fruit, tobacco, underbrush, leather, and mint, all laid upon a framework of silky tannins, balsamic undertones, tar and spice. Energetic and focused yet lush, the '07 Col d'Orcia Brunello di Montalcino strikes a balance between its juicy red fruits and its savory notes of eucalyptus, saddle leather and earth; dense, powerful and concentrated, this wine offers a tremendous mouth-feel and a lingering finish.
A couple of weeks ago, we were very happy to present the new releases from Josko Gravner; today, we're delighted to revisit the 2005 Gravner Breg Anfora and Ribolla Gialla Anfora. It's hard for us to say which one of these textured, gorgeous wines we like more. Both of these bottlings evoke the Holy Grail of white wines that drink like reds: replete with tannins, these unbelievably complex, kaleidoscopic wines turn and shift in the glass, always surprising you with new nuances, scents and flavors.
November 17, 2014
“Perfect” Vigna d’Alceo, Brooding $60 Brunello, and Is this Dolcetto Your New Go-To Red?
November 13, 2014
20-Year-Old Valentini, Gaja Brunello Sale, and the “Sassicaia of Sardinia”
The outstanding '10 Vigna d'Alceo owes much of its visceral kick, its concentration, and its harmony to the year's poor weather. A wet, cold winter and a dismal spring led to a late, limited bud break, and while June and July were clear, the grapes never caught up. Rain plagued Chianti toward the end of the summer and into harvest, forcing Castello dei Rampolla to pick only from the top tiers of its vineyards. An already limited pool of harvestable grapes was thus cut yet more.
Today, we're very proud to present a singular bottling from the hands of the "Lord of the Vines," Edoardo himself, the brooding, umami-laden, knockout 1994 Montepulciano d'Abruzzo, a classic bottling of this wine--and one we're presenting at the BEST PRICE in the States. Now with twenty years of perfect maturity, this wine is coming into its own, offering its full profile of black licorice, smoke, ash, leather, and game.
November 12, 2014
Mature Le Pergole Torte! Large Format Barolo from Bruno Giacosa and Giacomo Conterno!
November 11, 2014
Angelo Gaja’s “Wow” Wine, Magari 2012! Thanksgiving Half Case, and Collectable Quintarelli!
Montevertine's flagship wine gives Sangiovese its due, placing it alongside Burgundy's Pinot Noir in terms of age-ability, finesse and nuance. While Le Pergole Torte is usually a wine that needs extensive cellar aging, the '08 bottling presents the open-knit, aromatic and approachable side of this iconic Sangiovese bottling. Offering its Raddo terroir in its nose of berries, earth and herbs, this wine offers a balanced, elegant palate of sweet crushed cherries and frutti di bosco, earthy notes and warm spices.
A Piemonte native, Angelo Gaja used to vacation in the Maremma, near Bolgheri, with his family, jumping on his bicycle and explore the countryside and food. He grew passionate about the region, and was finally able to acquire land in 1996. It took 18 trips to negotiate the purchase, so the family started calling it "the house of endless negotiations"; in the Piemontese dialect "Ca" means "casa" or "house" and "Marcande" means "mercanteggiare" or to haggle, and thus Gaja named the estate Ca' Marcanda.
November 10, 2014
Fall Weather White from Bisson, Sassicaia in Patagonia, and Classic Chianti Classico!
November 6, 2014
Our Favorite $60 Amarone! Stunning Emmanual Rouget, and Large Format Cervaro!
Offering nice tangy acidity, this '13 Marea Cinque Terre, a blend of Bosco, Albarola, and Vermentino, cleanses the palate beautifully to make each bite taste wonderful, while its notes of citrus and tropical fruits, herbs, almonds and signature piquant brininess makes this Cinque Terre unique, unforgettable, and deeply evocative of its Mediterranean terroir. No light-bodied quaffer, this ode to Cinque Terre is a full-bodied, earthy wine of immense character, with a deep golden tint, and a deep, almost saline quality that seems to boost the flavor of seafood, pork or vegetable dishes.
If Valpolicella is the Veneto's calling card, then Amarone is its luxury item. While Valpolicella is a relatively straightforward and simple wine to make, Amarone requires producers to use the appassimento method, whereby they partially dry the grapes on straw mats before pressing. This time-consuming and painstaking method requires a lot of grapes--about ten times as much as goes into a regular bottle of wine! After drying the grapes and fermenting the wine, Amarone requires careful blending and a lot of time aging.
November 5, 2014
Compelling Gaja ’11 Promis, Great Cru Clos des Epeneaux, and Aldo’s Baby Barolo
November 4, 2014
Our Favorite $17 White! “Legendary” Giacosa Barbaresco Riserva, and Vintage Palacios L'Ermita!
In 1994, Angelo Gaja ventured into Toscana from his Piemonte home and started Ca' Marcanda from scratch, free from family legacy, in Bolgheri. This site of the Super-Tuscan revolution has given Gaja the freedom to create. His vision is to make Claret-style wines that combine the knowledge he's gained in his many decades of winemaking, the unmistakable Maremma terroir, and the easy understanding of international grapes.
Verdant and fast-growing, Verdicchio (verde) gets its name from the slight greenish cast of its wine. Like Chardonnay, Verdicchio has a very mercurial character--it very much reflects its terroir, its care and its vine's age. When these three points are optimal, Verdicchio will show an abundance of apricot on the nose, a palate that is complemented by a tasty salinity, and a surprising ability to age.
November 3, 2014
Quintarelli's Favorite Amarone Vintage, and Two Greats from Gaja: 2006 Costa Russi and 2013 Rossj-Bass
October 30, 2014
Extraordinary $24 Valpolicella, Rare Vintage Montevertine, and IWM’s 2014 Holiday Gift Guide!
Italy's most sought-after collectable wine, IWM's fastest selling collectable wine, and a legendary in Italian wine, Quintarelli Amarone is a singular wine. The estate lacks visual glamour, a marketing plan, or an easily pronounceable, clearly aristocratic name. Its bottles have modest labels that look hand written; they're a visual metaphor of the soul of the world's truest artisanal winemaker, the Master of the Veneto, Giuseppe Quintarelli.
Today, we're delighted to present two new releases from iconic producer Giacomo Conterno, the 2012 Barbera Francia and the 2010 Barolo Francia. As much as these two wines evince the winemaking prowess of Roberto Conterno and his team, as much as they illustrate the two vintages, and as well as they express the characters of their grapes, these two wines also embody the beauty of Cascina Francia, the forty-acre vineyard owned by the estate since 1974.
October 29, 2014
Giacomo Conterno New Releases, Powerful Jadot White, and Cupano Brunello Magnums
October 28, 2014
Large Format Gaja Bottlings, Barbaresco to Brunello! Collectable Dugat-Py and Sassicaia OWC!
Today, we're delighted to present two new releases from iconic producer Giacomo Conterno, the 2012 Barbera Francia and the 2010 Barolo Francia. As much as these two wines evince the winemaking prowess of Roberto Conterno and his team, as much as they illustrate the two vintages, and as well as they express the characters of their grapes, these two wines also embody the beauty of Cascina Francia, the forty-acre vineyard owned by the estate since 1974.
Gaja's timeline ranges far and wide. 1982 saw the first bottling of the Cabernet sensation Darmagi, and 1983 the first vintage of the Chardonnay Gaia & Rey. In 1988, Gaja purchased thirty acres in Serralunga d'Alba and shortly thereafter, began bottling the estate's first "Barolo," Sperss; Conteisa followed in 1996. In 1994, Gaja expanded beyond his Piemonte home into Toscana, first establishing his Brunello estate, Pieve Santa Restituta, in Montalcino, and then, two years later, opening his Maremma estate, Ca' Marcanda.
October 27, 2014
Gravner Does It Again! New Vintage Soldera, and Large Format Le Rocche Falletto!
October 23, 2014
Leflaive Bâtard-Montrachet, Lignier-Michelot Bourgogne Rouge and Messorio Sale!
While Gravner was once a devotee of modernist techniques, for more than ten years this iconoclast has been using winemaking protocol that's his and his alone. After experimenting with the method from 1997-2000, Gravner has devoted himself to making wine in amphora--clay pots big enough for a man to stand in, lined with beeswax and buried in the ground. Amphora offer natural temperature control, a boon to winemakers looking to make wine with little intervention.
Offering an explosive nose that needs to be experienced to be believed, this '11 Leflaive Bâtard-Montrachet has layers and layers of aromas; mind-boggling scents of honey, pineapple, orange marmalade, and ripe apricot intertwine with crushed stone and hibiscus flowers. On the palate, it grips you with its almost oily opulent texture, liquid minerality, beautiful acidity and overall harmony.
October 22, 2014
Galardi Vintage Trio, Benchmark Brunello Riserva Mags, and Vintage Guigal La Landonne
October 21, 2014
Paolo Bea's Stunning Value, Iconic Joseph Phelps, Rare Ornellaia Vendemmia d'Artista
Terra de Lavoro is a special wine, and not merely because it consistently appreciates in value. Crafted from Campania's indigenous Aglianico and Piedirosso, Terra de Lavoro manages to tame that first grape's burliness into a wine with finesse, a wine with the kind of structure, herbaceous notes and warm spice to remind connoisseurs of Barolo, Pauillac of Bordeaux and Hermitage of the Northern Rhône--all rolled into one.
As with all of Paolo Bea's wines, the estate uses non-interventionist techniques to grow the grapes for its San Valentino--a blend of 70 % Sangiovese with the rest split evenly between indigenous Umbrian grapes Sagrantino and Montepulciano. As the name implies, this wine is a cru. All three grapes derive from the same vineyard, a plot of land named San Valentino that sits 1,300 feet above sea level vineyard, and the average vine is about fifty years old.
October 20, 2014
Collectable, Rare Antinori Matarocchio! Jaboulet Hermitage, and $80 Cru Amarone!
October 16, 2014
Classic Antinori Chianti Classico, Leflaive’s Perfect Puligny Montrachet, and Fairytale Ferrari
Much in the way that Solaia derives from the finest selection of Cabernet Sauvignon within the Tignanello vineyard, Matarocchio derives from just five rows of vines within the Guado al Tasso vineyard. Piero Antinori recognized that these vines offered an unparalleled selection of Cabernet Franc, and rather than bottle them with the estate's flagship wine, he chose to create something new and wonderful.
Today, we're delighted to present the Badia a Passignano 2008 Chianti Classico Riserva, a well-made Chianti if ever there was one. This mono-varietal Chianti Classico Riserva comes from the legendary Antinori family, so it's likely no surprise that it's elegance incarnate. This '08 Chianti Classico seamlessly melds pure Sangiovese red and dark fruit with herbal notes, spice, wildflowers and tobacco.
October 15, 2014
Le Macchiole Bolgheri Rosso 2011 Debut, Garagiste Alain Burguet, and Rare Tignanello Vertical
October 14, 2014
Beautiful Bea Riserva, Mâcconais Fave from Rijckaert, and Superstar Amalfi Coast Red!
Few wines consistently evoke the personalities of their makers as those from Le Macchiole, and this entry-level Rosso embodies the cool sophistication and down-to-earth beauty of estate owner Cinzia Merli and consulting enologist Luca D'Attoma. Succulent fruit balances with fresh acidity, supple tannins and cheek-piquing minerals in this polished blend of Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon and Syrah.
As with all of Paolo Bea's wines, the estate uses non-interventionist techniques to grow the grapes for its Montefalco Riserva Pipparello--a blend of about 60 percent Sangiovese with the rest split evenly between indigenous Umbrian grapes Montepulciano and Sagrantino. This natural wine is traditional in spirit, undergoing a long and unusual maceration of six weeks, extended aging in large neutral casks and delivered to market with additional bottle aging for approachability.
October 9, 2014
Gaia & Rey, 1984-2012! $14 Montepulciano! And 2012 Bachey-Legros Value Burgundy!
October 8, 2014
Gracious 2011 Guado al Tasso, Awesome Auxey-Duresses Blanc, and Vintage Gaja Brunello!
In many ways, Angelo Gaja's takes on both white and red Burgundy helped him launch his cru Barbaresco in the US and around the world. During his world campaigns to introduce Barbaresco and Piedmont in the 1960s, Angelo would pour his Chardonnay Gaia & Rey and Cabernet Darmaji to sway wine industry people who were then unfamiliar with Nebbiolo; it worked.
The growing season in 2011 was fairly perfect--a wet winter, a warm spring with perfectly timed rains, a hot and dry summer and a textbook, if early, harvest--and this bottling reflects its raw materials in its silkiness, its intensity, its richness and its overall decadence. Ripe juicy black and blue fruit, exotic spices, mocha and earth swirl in a textured palate that's replete with velvety tannins and lingers on the finish for a pleasant eternity.
October 7, 2014
$70 Brunello Riserva, Bewitching Comtes Lafon Volnay, and Raffaele Palma White!
October 6, 2014
New Release Masseto! New Release Muffato! New Release Paolo Bea Rosso de Véo!
It's rare to find a Riserva Brunello for less than $70--in fact, it's difficult to find a quality normale bottling at that price point, but Talenti, one of the founding fathers of Brunello di Montalcino, has the ability to craft quality wines at outstanding price points. Today, we're delighted to announce the return of IWM client favorite 2006 Talenti Brunello di Montalcino Pian di Conte Riserva.
Over the last decade or so, Toscana has emerged as a bastion of high caliber Merlot. At the top of the list sits Masseto, the cru Merlot coming from the 16-acre plot bearing the same name. Despite having debuted only in the 1986 vintage, Masseto encroaches upon the epic mystique of the storied Château Pétrus.
October 2, 2014
Classic Nebbiolo, Top Class Burgundy and Lots of Cupano Mags!
October 1, 2014
Querciabella the Super Tuscan, Canalicchio Riserva and two Amazing Merlots!
Massolino delivers truly classic Barolo as well as excellence across an extensive collection of traditional Piemonte bottlings--from the finest expression of Moscato d'Asti. The Langhe Nebbiolo delivers more grace and terrior than many Barolos released on the market, to the estate's traditional cuvée Barolo that sets the standard for value Barolo.
Crafted only in the best vintages, Querciabella's Camartina comes from the same rebellious Super-Tuscan tradition as Sassicaia. Like Sassicaia, it's a Super-Tuscan crafted from mostly Cabernet. Unlike Sassicaia, however, Camartina blends its international grape with indigenous Sangiovese. And also unlike Sassicaia, Camartina has waited quietly in the shadows for its time in the sun.
September 30, 2014
Talenti Brunello, Chateau Plince & Left Bank Bordeaux of th 1980s!
September 29, 2014
Flawless Tignanello, Two Veneto Classics and Giuseppe Quintarelli!
One of the progenitors of Brunello di Montalcino and the founding father of the estate that bears his name, Pierluigi Talenti defied market trends, crafting wines that hew pretty close to traditional Brunello, while allowing for earlier approachability. Now under the hands of Riccardo Talenti, the estate has taken on some modernization that has improved the wines without upsetting the family style, using both Slovenian botti and French tonneau for aging to create a wine that is refined, nuanced and, above all, delicious.
There's no question that Tignanello changed the Super-Tuscan game. It was the first Sangiovese bottling to be aged in small oak barrels, and arguably the first modern red wine to include an international grape, Cabernet Sauvignon, in a blend with Sangiovese. Tignanello was also among the first wines in Chianti to be made without any white grapes; in fact, its original composition (80 percent Sangiovese blended with 20 percent Canaiolo and 5 percent each of Trebbiano and Malvasia) relied heavily on white grapes, but in 1975, Tignanello became a pure red wine.
September 25, 2014
Amazing Aldo Conterno, Two Classic Burgundies and an Under $60 Rosé
September 24, 2014
Baricci's Umano '09 Brunello, Louis Jadot Value and Chavy Chouet Meursault
Still known as the "King of Barolo" in Italy, Aldo Conterno passed away in 2012, leaving behind a legacy of wines and winemaking. Today, we're proud to debut one of the last wines that began under his watchful eyes, the 2006 Barolo Granbussia Riserva.
IWM loves the wines of Baricci, and our clients seem to agree. This small, family-owned-and-operated estate makes some of the most umano--authentic and human--expressions of Brunello di Montalcino we've ever come across. Today, we're delighted to announce the release of the 2009 Baricci Brunello di Montalcino.
September 23, 2014
Approachable '09 Valdicava Brunello, Great Rijckaert Macon, and Under $80 Amarone!
September 22, 2014
Large Format Le Rocche Falleto, Maltroye's Stunning Village, and Amalfi's Rising Star
Today, we're delighted to announce the arrival of the 2009 Valdicava Brunello di Montalcino. The growing season of 2009 in Montalcino was picture perfect to create wines of great intensity that nonetheless remain fresh, allowing for that elusive pairing of qualities: earlier accessibility and cellar longevity.
Giacosa Le Rocche del Falletto is a special wine from its roots to its bottle. Not only does this wine come from select vines in Giacosa's legendary Falletto vineyard, but also the estate handpicks a tiny selection of grapes to make it--and that's just the normale Barolo Le Rocche Falletto. In any year, Barolo Le Rocche del Falletto is very good and very collectable, but in a Riserva bottling, or Red Label, it's extraordinary.
September 18, 2014
Stunning 2012 Latour-Giraud, Great Comte Armand Pommard, and New Gaja Rossj Bass!
September 17, 2014
Return of ’07 Poggio di Sotto, Cult Bachelet Gevrey-Chambertin, and Serious Dolcetto
Although Domaine Latour-Giraud has been an estate for many generations, and although its Burgundies garner accolades from both critics and connoisseurs, it's an estate that has flown very much under the radar. Jean-Pierre Latour, owner of Latour-Giraud since the '90s, makes his wines with a fervent, meticulous eye to detail.
The wine we offer today epitomizes the work that Palmucci and Gambelli did together, embodying the style of traditional Brunello combined with the sleekness and stability of a modern one. Sweet, juicy red fruit, a caressing palate, a lingering trip to the spice box, and a generous helping of that ineffable Poggio di Sotto terroir make this 2007 Brunello perfectly accessible and deliciously opulent.
September 16, 2014
Ripe, Taut 2011 Grattamacco, Classic ’08 Grattamacco, and Approachable Gaja Brunello
September 15, 2014
Baricci’s “Baby Brunello,” Large Format Giacosa, and Collector Quintarelli!
Though under the radar, Baricci has a long, important history. Founded in 1955 by former sharecropper Nello Baricci the estate debuted its first commercial bottle with the 1971 vintage. Nello was instrumental in creating the wine that we know and love today; in 1967, he served as one of the 26 founding members of the Consorzio del Vino Brunello di Montalcino, the governing body that sets the quality maintaining standards and practices for Brunello.
Though under the radar, Baricci has a long, important history. Founded in 1955 by former sharecropper Nello Baricci the estate debuted its first commercial bottle with the 1971 vintage. Nello was instrumental in creating the wine that we know and love today; in 1967, he served as one of the 26 founding members of the Consorzio del Vino Brunello di Montalcino, the governing body that sets the quality maintaining standards and practices for Brunello.
September 11, 2014
$22 Artisanal Valpolicella, $23 Barat Chablis, and Collectable ‘09 Messorio Merlot!
September 10, 2014
Return of Bea Pagliaro, Great Drouhin-Laroze Clos de Bèze, and the Lord of the Vines
Much is being made of the 2010 growing season in Piemonte, and for good reason: it was ideal. A cold, snowy winter was followed by a difficult spring; summer was hot and dry, but late August rain quenched parched vines, and September offered optimal ripening conditions of hot days and cool nights.
Much is being made of the 2010 growing season in Piemonte, and for good reason: it was ideal. A cold, snowy winter was followed by a difficult spring; summer was hot and dry, but late August rain quenched parched vines, and September offered optimal ripening conditions of hot days and cool nights.
September 9, 2014
De Conciliis Golden Fiano, Great Fourrier Gevrey Chambertin, and Redigaffi in Magnum!
September 8, 2014
2010 Value Aldo Conterno Rosso! Antinori Pian delle Vigne Sale! And Gaja Super Tuscan!
Much is being made of the 2010 growing season in Piemonte, and for good reason: it was ideal. A cold, snowy winter was followed by a difficult spring; summer was hot and dry, but late August rain quenched parched vines, and September offered optimal ripening conditions of hot days and cool nights.
Much is being made of the 2010 growing season in Piemonte, and for good reason: it was ideal. A cold, snowy winter was followed by a difficult spring; summer was hot and dry, but late August rain quenched parched vines, and September offered optimal ripening conditions of hot days and cool nights.
September 4, 2014
Montevertine's Value Wine, Cupano's '02 Stunner, and Great 2010 Château Palmer
September 3, 2014
Introducing New Paolo Bea, Joseph Drouhin's Thrilling Perrières, and Vintage Quintarelli
Deriving from grapes grown in in the San Casciano Val di Pesa located in the western section of the Chianti Classico zone, this Chianti from La Sala is a mono-varietal Sangiovese wine--and a piece of Tuscan history. La Sala, which dates to the thirteenth century, sits in the hills where Machiavelli penned "The Prince" in his exile.
Deriving from grapes grown in in the San Casciano Val di Pesa located in the western section of the Chianti Classico zone, this Chianti from La Sala is a mono-varietal Sangiovese wine--and a piece of Tuscan history. La Sala, which dates to the thirteenth century, sits in the hills where Machiavelli penned "The Prince" in his exile.
September 2, 2014
Debuting Giuseppe Rinaldi 2010 Barolo, Collectable Artadi Rioja, and a Campanian Sparkler!
August 28, 2014
Return of the '04 Alzero, Rouget Cros Parantoux, and the Best Antinori Brunello Yet?
Deriving from grapes grown in in the San Casciano Val di Pesa located in the western section of the Chianti Classico zone, this Chianti from La Sala is a mono-varietal Sangiovese wine--and a piece of Tuscan history. La Sala, which dates to the thirteenth century, sits in the hills where Machiavelli penned "The Prince" in his exile.
Deriving from grapes grown in in the San Casciano Val di Pesa located in the western section of the Chianti Classico zone, this Chianti from La Sala is a mono-varietal Sangiovese wine--and a piece of Tuscan history. La Sala, which dates to the thirteenth century, sits in the hills where Machiavelli penned "The Prince" in his exile.
August 27, 2014
Authentic Chianti Classico, Joseph Voillot's Visceral Volnay, and Mature Gaja Crus!
August 26, 2014
Acclaimed 2010 Solaia Arrival, the Prince's Fairytale Whites, and Palate-Coating Nicolas Rossignol
Deriving from grapes grown in in the San Casciano Val di Pesa located in the western section of the Chianti Classico zone, this Chianti from La Sala is a mono-varietal Sangiovese wine--and a piece of Tuscan history. La Sala, which dates to the thirteenth century, sits in the hills where Machiavelli penned "The Prince" in his exile.
While Tignanello introduced Antinori's Super-Tuscan wines to the world, Solaia has never been in its shadows--somewhat literally, for this cru gets its name from the very sunny vineyard where its grapes derive. Debuting in 1978, Solaia was initially a blend of Cabernet Sauvignon touched with Cabernet Franc, but in 1982, Piero Antinori and his star enologist, Giacomo Tachis, added Sangiovese.
August 25, 2014
2010 Aldo Conterno Barolo! Vintage Biondi-Santi Brunello, and Delicious Domaine Leflaive!
August 21, 2014
Rare Quintarelli Rosso del Bepi, Great Simon Bize Savigny, and $90 Vintage Brunello Riserva
Much is being made of the 2010 growing season in Barolo, and for one really good reason: it was picture perfect for the fussy Nebbiolo grape. A cold, snowy winter was followed by a difficult spring, with some light hail in June that created an ideal natural green harvest.
Rare and delicious, Quintarelli produced his Rosso del Bepi in only three previous vintages, 1994, '96 and '99. Often referred to as "Quintarelli Amarone at half the price" by insiders, Rosso del Bepi is, in fact, technically an Amarone, declassified only because it failed to satisfy Quintarelli's exacting standards.
August 20, 2014
Debuting Gaja's Stunning 2012 Promis, Thrilling '09 Ornellaia, and Cupano's Baby Brunello!
August 19, 2014
Return of the '09 Redigaffi, Vintage Sassicaia, and Large Format Giacosa '08 Le Rocche Falletto Riserva
Today, we're delighted to offer a new allocation of the highly acclaimed '09 Redigaffi. Now with five years of perfect maturity, this wine is entering its drinking window, and it is stunning. Juicy, brambly red and black fruit, incense, earth, grilled herbs, and exotic spices, the '09 Redigaffi is a feast for the senses, but this wine's structure more than balances its opulent fruit.
Today, we're delighted to offer a new allocation of the highly acclaimed '09 Redigaffi. Now with five years of perfect maturity, this wine is entering its drinking window, and it is stunning. Juicy, brambly red and black fruit, incense, earth, grilled herbs, and exotic spices, the '09 Redigaffi is a feast for the senses, but this wine's structure more than balances its opulent fruit.
August 18, 2014
Return of the '08 Solaia, the "Crown Jewel" of Dal Forno, and Under $18 Big Red!
August 14, 2014
Lively, Food-Friendly Lambrusco! And Benchmark Cru Valdicava Brunello Riserva!
Solaia, a single, very sunny fifty-acre vineyard in the heart of Chianti Classico, grows three grape varieties, Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, and Sangiovese, and these three grapes together become this inimitable wine. The wine that Piero Antinori and celebrated enologist Giacomo Tachis created after Tignanello, Solaia began as Cabernet Sauvignon touched with Cabernet Franc, but in 1982, the team added Sangiovese and tinkered with its formula over the next couple of vintages to make it the blend it is today.
Lambrusco has long suffered a bad reputation owing to its association with the disco-era 1970s when oceans of confection-flavored wine flowed into the US. This sweet, cloying, fizzy style of Lambrusco isn't typical of the wine, and it certainly doesn't represent Lambrusco Grasparossa di Castelvetro.
August 13, 2014
Aldo Conterno '11 Chardonnay, Cos d'Estournel '10 Saint-Estephe, and Great Value Barolo
August 12, 2014
Magical Movia 2008 Pinot Nero, Sassicaia Vintage Case, and Palmer 2010 Alter Ego!
Today, we're delighted to debut the 2011 Aldo Conterno Chardonnay Bussiador--and to introduce this delicious, full-bodied Chardonnay at very special time-sensitive pricing. Although Aldo Conterno is best known for his Barolos, he also produces other interesting, modern wines like this Bussiador Chardonnay.
A clone of Burgundy's famed Pinot Noir, Pinot Nero is Italy's version of the beloved international grape. Grown throughout northern Italy, particularly in Lombardia, the Veneto and Friuli, Pinot Nero produces red, rosé and sparkling wines that say as much about their Italian terroir and vinification as they do about this internationally beloved grape. Certainly, Movia's Pinot Nero, a wine that exhibits a rare tension between its juicy berry notes and its lean herbaciousness, is a unique, robust and vital expression.
August 11, 2014
2010 Gaja Conteisa Release, Rare Cru Vietti Barolo, and 29-Year-Old Quintarelli Amarone!
August 7, 2014
Return of Tua Rita '09 Giusto di Notri, Iconic Château Rieussec, and Meursault Steal!
Today, I'm pleased to bring back the 2009 Tua Rita Giusto di Notri, a wine that grabs you in a big, warm hug and doesn't let you go. It's an enveloping, caressing powerhouse of a bottle, and it is simply beautiful. You can't drink this wine without smiling--and Tua Rita wouldn't have it any other way.
Today, I'm pleased to bring back the 2009 Tua Rita Giusto di Notri, a wine that grabs you in a big, warm hug and doesn't let you go. It's an enveloping, caressing powerhouse of a bottle, and it is simply beautiful. You can't drink this wine without smiling--and Tua Rita wouldn't have it any other way.
August 6, 2014
Intense, Precise William Fèvre 2012 Chablis, Vintage Vega-Sicilia and José Dhondt Splits!
August 5, 2014
19 Vintages of Tignanello! 1980s Left Bank Bordeaux! And 2007 Valdicava Brunello!
Along with these spectacular 2012 releases, I’m very proud to present a list of vintage Vega-Sicilia wines, some dating back to 1922. These collector wines are astounding bottlings, all with pristine provenance, and each one is a master class in vintage wine, in winemaking and in Spanish wine.
Today, I'm very proud to present nineteen vintages of Antinori's groundbreaking Tignanello, ranging from 1975, the first vintage to bear the name "Tignanello," to 2010, the most recent vintage. I think most of us drink our Super Tuscans too early. This list of wines gives you an opportunity to drink these wines as Piero Antinori intended--with age, and with perfect, pristine, straight-line provenance.
August 4, 2014
Fontodi 2011 Vigna del Sorbo Debut, Thrililng Aldo Conterno '09 Bussia, and Vintage Gaja!
July 31, 2014
Massolino's $33 "Baby Barolo," Barat's $32 Chablis, and Benchmark Hommage á Perrin
Today, I'm very happy to debut the 2011 Vigna del Sorbo. It's not a stretch to call this wine the insider's Sangiovese. Sure, there is a small component of Cabernet Sauvignon, adding a velvety luster, but this wine delivers pure Sangiovese elegance at a fraction of the cost of the big name mono-varietal wines. And it'll age just as well. It's a gorgeous wine that flows like silk and grabs you by the ears to pull you back to the glass.
Unlike the Hautes-Côtes de Nuits, both of these featured wines are instantaneously recognizable--the Massolino could only be a Piemontese Nebbiolo and the Barat could be nothing but a Chablis. What's surprising is that each of these wines delivers flavors that are packed to the meniscus, and each bottle does it for less than $35!
July 30, 2014
Voerzio's 2010 Triumph, Vintage Álvaros Palacios L'Ermita, and Great Movia Merlot!
July 29, 2014
Voerzio's 2010 Triumph, Vintage Álvaros Palacios L'Ermita, and Great Movia Merlot!
Today, we're delighted to announce the release of the 2011 Fontodi Flaccianello. This mono-varietal Sangiovese has long been a darling of connoisseurs and critics alike, and the '11 bottling will do nothing to dissuade the wine's ardent fans. Owing to the warm weather, production was down about 14% in Toscana in 2011 to create a concentrated, intense Flaccianello.
Today, IWM is proud to present a pair of Voerzio collections, both composed of the estate's new releases and both presented in original wood casing, adding to the collectability of these already prestigious wines. One is a case of Voerzio's 2010 cru Barolo bottlings: Barolo Cerquio, Barolo Rocche dell'Annunziata, Barolo La Serra and Barolo Brunate.
July 28, 2014
Release of the 2005 Alzero! 6 Iconic Producers, 30 Amazing Verticals! And Joseph Voillot!
July 24, 2014
Velvety, Juicy Under $30 Montessu, Stunning Petit Vougeots, and Great $11 Pinot Grigio!
Today, I'm proud to present the latest release of Quintarelli Alzero, the estate's Cabernet Franc wine. It's a special bottle. More than being a heady, intricate, opulent wine, the '05 Alzero is dedicated to Franca Quintarelli, the wife of the late, great Giuseppe, who passed in 2012.
The wild coast of Sardinia is home Agricola Punica, a joint venture between the Cantina Sociale di Santadi, a cooperative of Sardinian winemakers, and Tenuta San Guido, the makers of Sassicaia, all guided by the hand of master enologist Giacomo Tachis. Tachis, the legendary enologist behind Super Tuscans like Sassicaia, Tignanello, Solaia, and Solengo, may have visited Sardinia on vacation, but he found inspiration on that rocky, sunlit island.
July 23, 2014
The Next Big Thing in Italian Wine! Vintage Ceretto! And Vega Sicilia Sale!
July 22, 2014
Landmark Vintage Sassicaia, Benchmark Valdicava, and Gaja Darmagi Vertical!
Campania is the locale for some of Italy’s most compelling cult wines--Galardi and Montevetrano helped to push this ancient winemaking region into the consciousness of wine enthusiasts with a penchant for wines off the beaten path. Raffaele Palma is poised to take advantage of the path that these two great estates have beaten to Campanian wines.
Today, we're proud to present a limited allocation of 32-year-old Sassicaia bottlings. One of the most legendary vintages of this extraordinary wine, the 1982 Sassicaia is one of the last vintages to come from the hands of Mario Incisa della Rocchetta, the creator of Sassicaia himself.
July 21, 2014
Organic Under $20 Sangiovese Rosé, Under $50 Artisanal Barolo, and IWM Fave St-Émilion!
July 17, 2014
Lazio's Orange Treasure, 17-Year-Old Tignanello, and 15-Year-Old Cervaro!
Today's three wines will help you enjoy summer while getting ready for fall. First, I'm delighted to feature a beautiful salmon-pink rosato from Montepulciano's Il Conventino. It has all of Sangiovese's juicy cherries, dusty earth and rain-spattered wildflowers, but it showers you softly with Sangiovese's bounty. Like all worthy Sangiovese wines, it has the kind of acidity that makes food sing.
If a rosé is made by vinifying a red grape like a white grape, then an orange wine is made by vinifying a white grape like a red. This means that, as in red wine protocol, the grapes macerate on the skins for an extended period of time, something that imbues the white wine with characteristics usually attributable to reds: fuller bodies, deeper colors, more pronounced tannins, and unexpected complexity.
July 16, 2014
Best Le Serre Nuove Yet? The Last of Rinaldi Brunate-Le Coste? And Old Guard Volnay!
July 15, 2014
The Sassicaia of Sardinia, Must-Have Château Maltroye, Serious Amalfi Coast White!
Ornellaia makes two of the finest Super-Tuscans on the market, its eponymous flagship wine and Masseto, its incredible and famous Merlot. Capitalizing on their first two wines, Ornellaia added to the stellar line up with two secondary bottlings, Le Serre Nuove and Le Volte, wines that hew so closely to the originals that were they to come from any other winery, they'd be stars in their own right.
This week, I'm delighted to present a beautiful island wine from Sardegna, an island that has deep winemaking traditions and unusual indigenous varietals. The wines of Agricola Punica, a collaboration of a local collective with legendary enologist Giacomo Tachis and Sassicaia greats Marchese Nicolò Incisa della Rocchetta and Sebastiano Rosa, show their land's wild island spirit, imbued as they are with Sardegna's buffeting winds, rocky lands and almost arid dryness.
July 14, 2014
2011 Gaja Cru Barbaresco Debut! Fontodi '10 Flaccianello Mags and Great Under $20 Rosso!
July 10, 2014
Under $20 Baby Barbaresco, Great $20 Barbera, and Iconic Artadi Rioja El Pison
I'm very happy to introduce De Forville Langhe Nebbiolo. This wine has gotten a lot of attention in the press, both mainstream and industry, but I've never been one to choose wines based on their notice. I picked this Langhe Nebbiolo because it's a simply delicious bottle that bursts with fruit and tastes like it was made with love.
I'm very happy to introduce De Forville Langhe Nebbiolo. This wine has gotten a lot of attention in the press, both mainstream and industry, but I've never been one to choose wines based on their notice. I picked this Langhe Nebbiolo because it's a simply delicious bottle that bursts with fruit and tastes like it was made with love.
July 9, 2014
Pernot Belicard 2012 Release, 1990s Right Bank Bordeaux, and Spain's Royal Wine!
July 8, 2014
'08 and '09 Il Palzzone Brunello, Giacosa's Collectible Riserva, and One Great White!
Today's eLetter is an IWM first: with the exception of our expert suggestions, all of our offerings come from outside of Italy! While Italian wines remain our core and our passion, my team and I have worked hard to build a portfolio of fine wines that spans the globe, and today's selections both show our commitment and our success.
Today, I'm proud to spotlight a pair of Il Palazzone vintages that go together like salt and pepper, like peaches and cream, like wine and bread; they're entirely complementary.
July 7, 2014
Debuting Gaia & Rey 2012, Introducing Raffaele Palma, and Biondi-Santi Sale!
July 2, 2014
Under $50 Artisanal Barbaresco, and IWM's Summer Wine Sale!
Gaja is an amazing winemaker, but he's a marketing genius. When he took over his family's estate in the 1960s, Angelo made it his mission to bring Piemonte wines to the world.
I'm pleased to announce our summer sale--30 great wines, each priced up to 30% off, and all with IWM's care, temperature control and provenance. This is a great list of wines, and I know you're going to find at least a few bottles that you love.
July 1, 2014
Great $55 Scarzello Barolo, Rare Sale on Selosse Rosé, 1980s Left Bank Bordeaux!
June 30, 2014
2010 Gaja Sperss Debut, Classic Mascarello Magnums, and Rare Chateau Maris Syrah
Although Scarzello Barolo has a long, storied history that reaches back three hundred years, this twelve-acre estate located in the heart of Barolo has remained relatively under the radar until recently.
Today, we're delighted to present Tenuta San Guido Sassicaia 1998, a vintage that is currently coming into its own, and one that shows how great a shadow vintage can be. In fact, the "Sassicaia 8's" of 1988, 1998, and 2008 are the preferred vintages of the Incisa della Rocchetta family and some of the most classic and refined Sassicaia produced.
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Adam Pinot Grigio 2013 750ml
Adam Pinot Grigio 2013 750ml
Price: $11.20 Currently Unavailable
Quattro Mani Montepulciano d'Abruzzo 2013 750ml
Quattro Mani Montepulciano d'Abruzzo 2013 750ml
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Fantinel Prosecco Brut Extra Dry NV 750ml
Fantinel Prosecco Brut Extra Dry NV 750ml
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Mas de Gourgonnier Rose 2012 750ml
Mas de Gourgonnier Rose 2012 750ml
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Fantinel Brut Rose NV 750ml
Fantinel Brut Rose NV 750ml
Price: $19.80
Frecciarossa Riesling Frizzante NAI 2010 750ml
Frecciarossa Riesling Frizzante NAI 2010 750ml
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Chateau Riotor Rose 2013 750ml
Chateau Riotor Rose 2013 750ml
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Col Vetoraz Prosecco di Valdobbiadene Brut 2013 750ml
Col Vetoraz Prosecco di Valdobbiadene Brut 2013 750ml
Price: $21.99
Ca dei Mandorli Brachetto d'Acqui 2012 500ml
Ca dei Mandorli Brachetto d'Acqui 2012 500ml
Price: $22.00
Chateau de la Maltroye Bourgogne Rouge 2012 750ml
Chateau de la Maltroye Bourgogne Rouge 2012 750ml
Price: $22.49