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February 9, 2016
Palari Faro Duo! Historic Aldo Conterno Retrospective! And Vintage Le Musigny!
February 8, 2016
Stellar $20 Organic Rosato, New 2010 Dal Forno Releases, and Collector Henri Boillot!
Located in the heart of Sicilia, Palari makes wines that are unexpected, unique, and thrilling. It might be the estate's unusual terroir; it could be the estate's winemaking care; it might equally be the blend of indigenous grapes that could come from nowhere else on earth. Most likely, it's the combination of all these factors, but whatever the reason may be, Palari's wines are perched on the cusp of cult status. Today, we're very proud to present two recent vintages of Palari's Faro, an ancient wine that serves as the estate's flagship bottling.
Like rosé, rosato comes in many shades of light red and pink, and while it can be perfumed, flowery, and somewhat fruity, rosato is usually a more structured wine designed for food, just as Italian wine tends to be. Today, we're delighted to bring back one of our very favorite blush Italian wines, Il Conventino 2014 Rosato, an absolutely delightful rosé from the heart of Montepulciano in Toscana. Priced at under $20 a bottle, this mono-varietal Sangiovese wine will feel like a breath of fresh spring air, but it's sturdy enough to enjoy even in cold weather!
February 4, 2016
Giacomo Conterno’s Thrilling ’13 Barbera, Vintage George Noëllat, and Soldera Special Pricing!
February 3, 2016
Return of the Beloved ’10 Messorio, Rare Vintage Cantina Terlano White, and Palari’s Stellar Rosso
Historically known as "the people's wine," and currently recognized as the "fun" alternative to Piemonte's more austere Nebbiolo-based wines, the wines of Piemonte's Barbera DOCs offer an easy-going, cheerfully acidic and very tasty way to experience the renowned region. Today, we're proud to present a new allocation of Giacomo Conterno 2013 Barbera Cascina Francia, a Barbera that derives from the same vineyards as the world's most famous Barolo, Monfortino.
Le Macchiole's Messorio has grown to be a cult favorite among collectors and a darling of the critics--in fact, estate owner Cinzia Merli calls this her favorite vintage of the new century. While the estate's Syrah, Scrio, and its Cabernet Franc, Paleo Rosso, are beloved by enthusiasts and lauded by critics, the estate's Messorio stands as a towering testament to its Bolgheri terroir and the skill of its makers. Today, we're delighted to announce a new allocation of the beloved 2010 Messorio at exceptionally good pricing.
February 2, 2016
Superstar Super-Tuscan Camartina, 71-Year-Old Barolo Monfortino, and the Prince’s Whites
February 1, 2016
New Brunello Releases from Cerbaiona and Gianni Brunelli! And Antinori’s Stellar Aglianico!
Like Sassicaia, it's a Super-Tuscan crafted from mostly Cabernet. Unlike Sassicaia, however, Camartina blends its international grape with indigenous Sangiovese. And also unlike Sassicaia, Camartina has waited quietly in the shadows for its time in the sun. Today, we're delighted to bring back the elegant, polished, and altogether delicious 2010 Camartina--best of all, we're offering this Super-Tuscan icon at the BEST PRICE in the country.
Today, we're delighted to follow up that offer with the '11 Brunello from a perennial IWM client favorite, Cerbaiona. For decades, Cerbaiona has been among the standard-bearers of great traditionally made Brunello di Montalcino. Cerbaiona consistently crafts wines that are aromatic, textured, and pure, and coming from a warm vintage, this '11 Brunello offers earlier approachability along with all the hallmarks you've come to expect from this beloved cult winemaker.
January 28, 2016
Commemorative Paolo Scavino Barolo Riserva, Your Go-To Burgundy, and Vintage Giuseppe Mascarello
January 27, 2016
Trio of Canalicchio di Sopra New Releases! Antinori’s Brunello Riserva, and Outstanding Louis Jadot!
Today, we're delighted to present the estate's commemorative bottling for this legendary cru wine, Paolo Scavino 2008 Barolo Riserva Bric dël Fiasc. A subplot of the Fiasc cru, Bric dël Fiasc characteristically carries the most formidable structure of Scavino's Barolo bottlings, and it typically carries an austere sensibility coupled with imposing power; however, this '08 Riserva is remarkably supple, aromatic, and almost welcoming.
Today, IWM is pleased to present a trio of recent Canalicchio di Sopra releases: the outstanding, brooding and textured 2010 Brunello Riserva; the ripe yet structured 2011 Brunello; and the sprightly, balanced, easy-to-love 2014 Rosso di Montalcino. Presented together, these three wines offer a panoramic view of this family-owned-and-operated estate, while offering three wines that you can enjoy now (the '14 Rosso), soon (the '11 Brunello) and for decades down the road (the benchmark '10 Brunello Riserva, a powerhouse of a wine).
January 26, 2016
New Release Mastroberardino Taurasi Radici! Rioja Mags, and Sicilian Warmth from Palari!
January 25, 2016
Ideal Winter Weather Wines: Renzo Seghesio Barolo Ginestra and Il Poggione Brunello Riserva!
Intense, long-aging, and complex, Mastroberardino Taurasi Radici has been the defining Aglicanico expression since its first release in 1928; this brooding bottling consistently boasts tremendous structure, terrific complexity, and captivating tension between its sweet fruit and its savory minerals, black pepper, and leather. Today, we're delighted to present the latest release of Mastroberardino's game-changing Taurasi Radici, the suave, energetic and altogether delicious 2010.
This combination is, in many ways, the unicorn of Italian winemaking--something so improbable as to be mythic--yet Renzo Seghesio makes exactly this wine. Today, IWM is very happy to present a second allocation of Renzo Seghesio Barolo Ginestra 2010, a wine that's as close to this fabled combination as we've seen. Most excitingly, we're delighted to present this wine at the BEST PRICE in the States.
January 21, 2016
Antinori’s Pinot Nero Over-Delivers! Old-Vine Château de la Maltroye, and Dagueneau Pouilly-Fumé!
January 20, 2016
Dal Forno Quintet, Your Winter Rosato, and Emmanuel Rouget’s Collector Must-Have
A Pinot Noir from Umbria may sound outlandish until you find out that this Pinot Noir comes from the same Umbrian estate that makes Cervaro della Sala, a contender for the finest Italian Chardonnay and a wine that drinks like Meursault meets Italy. Today, IWM is proud to shine a spotlight on Antinori's Cervaro della Sala Pinot Nero from 2013. It's a wine that definitely over-delivers at its price point, and it's a wine that will gratify the palates of both Super-Tuscan enthusiasts and Burgundy lovers.
Today, we're very proud to present a new release from Dal Forno Romano, the estate's 2009 Amarone, along with four other wines for context: Dal Forno's 2008 Amarone, 2008 and 2009 Valpolicella, and 2004 Veneto Passito Vigna Sere, a beautiful bottling of the estate's dessert wine. It's hard to go wrong with any of Dal Forno's hedonistic delights, but the 2009 Amarone is a breathtaking, giant wine. While it's shockingly accessible upon release and nearly explodes with a bevy of sweet and savory notes, it has the structure to age for decades.
January 19, 2016
Seductive 2012 Le Pergole Torte! Collector Voerzio Trio! And Nicolas Rossignol Pommard!
January 14, 2016
A Beautiful Line-Up of Big Bottles: CVNE Rioja Reserva, Giacosa Barolo, and Domaine Lamarche
Le Pergole Torte doesn't merely sit in the top echelon of Italian wines; it sits among the world's best wines--period. Montevertine's vineyards in Radda are among the very highest in Chianti Classico, offering a unique microclimate that's unusually cool for the region. The altitude and the temperature help the estate's Sangiovese grapes to retain unusual elegance, making Le Pergole Torte a rare mono-varietal Sangiovese wine and a collector staple. Today, IWM is proud to offer the BEST PRICE in the country on the latest release of Le Pergole Torte.
IWM has long said that wine-lovers looking to find serious value in finely made wines should look to Spain. Just as the wine world overlooked the premier wines of Italy until the 1990s, so too have wine connoisseurs been slow to adopt the emblematic high caliber wines of Spain. For this reason--and because Spain's long-aging Tempranillo needs time in the cellar before true enjoyment--Spain offers outstanding values. Today, we're very pleased to present one of our recent finds, CVNE 2005 Contino Rioja Reserva.
January 13, 2016
Benchmark Col d’Orcia $40 Brunello Returns! Gaja Sorí San Lorenzo Mags and Latour-Giraud Pommard!
January 12, 2016
Are Castello dei Rampolla’s 2011 Releases the Wines of the Vintage? Antinori’s Sweet Sensation, and Méo-Camuzet!
Today, we're proud to present a new allocation of the benchmark '10 Col d'Orcia Brunello di Montalcino at the BEST PRICE in the States--under $40 a bottle! Concentrated yet elegant, this wine is sure to please Brunello enthusiasts, and it allows wine-lovers to experience the greatness of the 2010 vintage without straining their wallets. It's hard to find Brunello that's an affordable luxury, but Col d'Orcia definitely fits the bill!
Castello dei Rampolla has been on a roll in the last few releases. The recent vintages of its two cult Super-Tuscan wines, Sammarco and Vigna d'Alceo, have received rapturous receptions by both critics and connoisseurs, and as each new bottling comes to us, we find ourselves scrabbling for new superlatives. Today, we're proud to present the estate's Super-Tuscan Sammarco and Vigna d'Alceo from the ripe 2011 growing year.
January 11, 2016
Mature Cru Sandrone Barolo, Cupano “Baby Brunello,” Cult Jacques Selosse Champagne
January 7, 2016
Revisiting 2005 Castello dei Rampolla Sammarco, Vintage Biondi-Santi, and a Giant Gaja Sale!
Today, we're proud to follow up that Super-Tuscan offer with a 2005 bottling of Luciano Sandrone's cru Barolo Cannubi Boschis. Like the '05 Sammarco, this '05 Sandrone Barolo was misunderstood upon release, but maturity has made it compelling and time has shown its detractors to be short sighted. A mature bottle of Barolo is always a beautiful thing, but this '05 Barolo Cannubi Boschis is breathtaking.
While the new releases of Castello dei Rampolla Sammarco--and the estate's Vigna d'Alceo--are garnering all the praise from the media, IWM believes that Sammarco needs time to begin to show its full personality and tertiary development. Some wines don't show their promise at first blush. They need time to develop, mature, and grow into themselves. The wine we offer today, Castello dei Rampolla 2005 Sammarco, has certainly shown its promise.
January 6, 2016
Quintarelli’s Game-Changing Valpolicella, Vintage Gaja Barbaresco, and Pousse d’Or Beauty
January 5, 2016
Return of Classic Fontodi Chianti, Cult Anne & Sébastien Bidault, and Vintage Barolo Monfortino
There's no question that the late, great Giuseppe Quintarelli was the Veneto's most significant producer, renowned for his mythical and cellar-worthy Amarone, Recioto, and Alzero. Any offer of Quintarelli's wines is a reason to celebrate, but today we're delighted to present the '07 Quintarelli Valpolicella Superiore. This isn't merely an extraordinary wine; it's also an opportunity to experience Quintarelli magic at a fraction of the price of the estate's Amarone.
Winemaking in Chianti Classico dates back to the eighth century, and wine called "Chianti" dates back to 1398; Tenuta Fontodi is one of the region's estates that can trace its lineage back to these historic times. A winemaker that uses organic growing methods, Fontodi is an all-time favorite of IWM clients and staff; the estate makes beautiful, evocative wines that populate the cellars of true Tuscan wine enthusiasts. Today, we're delighted to bring back a wine that was delicious upon release, but it's even more compelling now, Fontodi 2012 Chianti Classico.
January 4, 2016
Restock Your Cellar with Paolo Bea, Bodega Chacra, and Louis Jadot!
December 31, 2015
Happy New Year from IWM! Enjoy Scarzello Barolo, Poggio di Sotto “Baby Brunello” and Gift Card Gifts!
In the US, they're called "orange wines," in Europe "skin-contact wines." Whichever terminology you use, they are all the fashion, which is a little ironic considering that this style of deeply colored wine made from white wine grapes date back thousands of years, originating in Armenia and Georgia. Today, we're delighted to debut one of our very favorite orange wines from one of our very favorite producers, Umbria's Paolo Bea. While Bea makes two orange wines, we're shining a spotlight on the estate's luscious, fresh and complex Arboreus Umbria Bianco 2010.
This small, unsung estate dedicates itself to crafting great tasting traditional wines, at pricing that defies belie. While Scarzello uses a very traditional protocol mixed with some modern methods, the estate ages its Barolos a year longer in the bottle than is dictated by DOCG law. The result is a traditional, long-aging, elegant yet playful Barolo that, delicious as it is now, will be even better in a decade.
December 30, 2015
Antinori’s Cult Cabernet Franc, Almost 40-Year-Old Sassicaia, and Excellent Alain Burguet
December 29, 2015
Spectacular ’11 Sandrone Barolo, Antinori’s Maremma Magic, and Outrageous Fontaine Gagnard
Today, we're very proud to present a new allocation of Antinori's Cabernet Franc sensation Matarocchio from the opulent 2011 vintage. Much in the way that Solaia came to be from the finest selection of Cabernet Sauvignon within the Tignanello vineyard, Matarocchio derives from just five rows of vines within Bolgheri's Guado al Tasso vineyard. In fact, Piero Antinori personally selected this lot as the finest selection of Cabernet Franc, and he then created this cru bottling to celebrate it.
Sandrone is a master winemaker with holdings in some of the most legendary plots in Barolo, including Cannubi Boschis, and his wines are client favorites at IWM. Sandrone took full advantage of the warm 2011 vintage, and the two Barolos we highlight today illustrate the beauty a great winemaker can make from a ripe growing year. Today, we're delighted to present new allocations of Sandrone's 2011 Barolos: his Barolo Le Vigne, a traditional cuvée, and his cru Barolo Cannubi Boschis.
December 28, 2015
Fuligni 2010 Brunello Riserva, Biondi-Santi “Baby Brunello,” and Sparkling Wine Sale!
December 24, 2015
Buone Feste from IWM to You!
Today, IWM is very pleased to announce the release of Fuligni 2010 Brunello di Montalcino Riserva. A benchmark vintage that recalibrated Montalcino's winemakers' understanding of how good a growing year can be, 2010 offered producers an ideal combination of richness, intensity and acidity. This '10 Brunello Riserva from family-owned-and-operated Fuligni is one of the first releases this benchmark year, and we're proud to present it at the BEST PRICE in the country.
IWM rarely offers Super Tuscans from Montalcino--we find the region's Brunello and Rosso so excellent that we don't need to! Therefore, when we find one we champion, it's special. Lionello Cousin and Ornella Tondini make a Montalcino Super-Tuscan worth embracing in their Sant'Antimo Ombrone. It's a bold, textured wine that marries international grapes and Tuscan terroir in a palate that's sure to please enthusiasts who love a big red, and this mini-vertical trio offers a three-dimensional view of this wine sensation from Cupano, a registered organic Montalcino estate.
December 23, 2015
Ripe, Opulent 2011 Solaia, Pertimali Brunello Duo, and Classic Jadot Bâtard-Montrachet
December 22, 2015
The Classic ’08 Guado al Tasso Returns! Vintage Gravner Rujno! And Gaja’s Elegant Costa Russi!
Today, we're delighted to turn our attention to Antinori's famed Solaia from the rich 2011 vintage. Hailing from the heart of Chianti Classico, Solaia is one of the great defining wines of the Super-Tuscan revolution, and the '11 bottling is textured, compelling and utterly delicious.
You asked, and we brought it back: 2008 Guado Al Tasso Bolgheri Superiore. This flagship bottling from the Antinori family's Bolgheri estate consistently excellent, but it reached even greater heights in 2008. Antinori's Guado al Tasso never stands still, never rests, and never stops changing--and with each new vintage, it somehow manages to surpass itself. Rare is the wine that makes critics and connoisseurs stop to say, "This is the best vintage yet." Guado al Tasso manages to do that almost every new release. This '08 bottling, now with almost a decade of maturity, is breathtaking.
December 21, 2015
Poggio di Sotto Duo, Classic Cult Gevrey-Chambertin, and Franciacorta Splits!
December 17, 2015
Stellar, Approachable 2011 Flaccianello Returns! Puglia’s Fairytale Wine, and Bachey-Legros Value!
Next to Gianfranco Soldera, Poggio di Sotto makes the fastest selling Brunello at IWM; both estates capture a Burgundian side to Montalcino and showcase the elegance and finesse of Sangiovese Grosso, along with its underlying power. Today, we're delighted to present a pair of Poggio di Sotto recent releases, the benchmark 2007 Brunello di Montalcino and the classic, racy 2009, both presented at very competitive pricing.
Today, we're delighted to announce a new allocation of the remarkably approachable, seamless and altogether breathtaking 2011 Fontodi Flaccianello. This mono-varietal Sangiovese has long been a darling of connoisseurs and critics alike, and the '11 bottling will do nothing to dissuade the wine's ardent fans. Owing to the warm weather, production was down about 14% in Toscana in 2011 to create a concentrated, intense Flaccianello.
December 16, 2015
Everyday Giacosa Wines! Benchmark Cupano Rosso, and Landmark Domaine du Pegau
December 15, 2015
Gaja’s Traditional Barbaresco, IWM’s Biggest Sale, and Il Poggione 2011 Brunello Release!
Today, we're delighted to present eight different bottlings of Giacosa to drink right now--and all are very competitively priced. Three of these wines are estate-bottled and derive from Giacosa's own Serralunga vineyards; two vintages of Barbera d'Alba and one Dolcetto carry the Bruno Giacosa label. The other five carry the Casa Vinicola Giacosa label, and these wines derive from grapes grown by farmers in and around Serralunga with whom Giacosa has worked for decades.
Angelo Gaja may be most famous for his three cru Barbareso bottlings, Sorì San Lorenzo, Sorì Sorì Tildìn and Costa Russi; however, the historic Gaja name begins with its traditional cuvée Barbaresco. Today, we're very proud to shine a spotlight on a standout bottling of the 2012 vintage, Gaja's Barbaresco, a wine so steeped in tradition that Angelo's winemaking ancestors would recognize it. Presented at very competitive pricing, this wine shows that while Gaja may be the master of Piemonte innovation, he and his estate never forsook their roots.
December 14, 2015
Big, Dense $55 Brunello! Vintage George Noëllat, and Wine Club Sale!
December 10, 2015
Antinori’s Sweet Treat, Magical Magnum of Movia, and William Fèvre Sale!
Born just over a hundred years ago at Biondi-Santi's Il Greppo estate, Brunello is now one of America's favorite Italian reds. In fact, Americans buy one-quarter of all Brunellos made! Brunellos come in a range of styles, from lean, austere, aristocratic bottles to wines that welcome you with an open-knit international embrace, so all wine lovers can find Brunellos that hit their sweet spot. A couple of months ago, IWM was pleased to present a Brunello bottling new to us, and it did so well that we're delighted to present a new allocation of CastelGiocondo 2010 Brunello di Montalcino.
Italian dessert wines put a definitive period at the end of a meal. One of our very favorites comes from the Antinori family's estate in Umbria, Castello della Sala, and today, we're delighted to present the estate's 2008 Muffato della Sala. Juicy peach nectar blends with orange flower, lemon zest and honey in this golden beauty, but it's the wine's mouth-feel, piquant mineral notes, and dusting of exotic spices that make it very special.
December 9, 2015
Benchmark Il Poggione Returns! Cult Roger Coulon Champagne! And Nicolas Rossignol Sale!
December 8, 2015
Return of Antinori’s Singular Chianti Classico and Marvelous Chardonnay, and Vintage Soldera!
A beautiful Brunello gets under your skin in a way that few other wines can. Succulent yet pure Sangiovese fruit, that telltale Montalcino terroir, a profusion of wildflowers, a touch of umami and a soupçon of earth meld and morph in Il Poggione's bewitching evocation of the stellar 2010 vintage. Il Poggione's '10 Brunello is a thing of beauty--velvety, thrumming with vitality, and rich in earthy, truffle-laden terroir. Priced at under $75, Il Poggione Brunello is always a good value, but that's rarely more true than it is in 2010.
The ancient stone walls of Badia a Passignano rise out of a thicket of cypress trees, like a fairytale fortress in the heart of Chianti Classico. Originally built in 395 for the order of the archbishop of Florence, for centuries this abbey has played home to Vallombrosian order, an arm of the Benedictine monks. In fact, the abbey is still home to the Vallombrosian monks, who specialize in viniculture and forestry. In 1987, the Antinori family bought the land surrounding the abbey, about 550 acres in total (140 planted to vine), and while the abbey is still home to the monks, the Antinori family is able to use its cellars to age its wines.
December 7, 2015
Return of 2010 Mascarello Barolo! Great François Gay! And Affordable Collemattoni Brunello!
December 3, 2015
Delicious 2013 Le Difese, Vintage Voerzio Barolo Riserva, and Benchmark Fuligni Brunello!
Since assuming control of the estate named for her father, Bartolo Mascarello, Maria Teresa Mascarello has been on a roll. Each new vintage of Mascarello Barolo seems finer, purer, more expressive and more stunning, and the fervor surrounding the estate's most recent release from the benchmark 2010 vintage is well justified. Today, we're delighted to present a new allocation of the 2010 Bartolo Mascarolo Barolo, a classic vintage that Maria Teresa interpreted with unquestionable winemaking prowess.
Today, we're very proud to present the 2013 bottling of the entry-level Le Difese, an absolutely delicious wine and a bottle that lets you enjoy the Sassicaia touch any night of the week. Ironically, the Le Difese, a Sangiovese and Cabernet blend, is even more difficult than Sassicaia to obtain, for the estate produces very little and exports even less--most of the 500 cases produced go to local Bolgheri restaurants. IWM's fastest-selling wine in the under $30 category, Le Difese is the perfect wine to buy by the case to have around for the holiday season.
December 2, 2015
Ready-to-Enjoy Gaja Brunello! Rare Vintage Montevertine, and Latour-Giraud Volnay!
December 1, 2015
New Il Poggione Brunello Riserva Release! Vintage Tignanello, and Your Holiday Champagne!
It can be hard to wait for your benchmark Brunellos to age, so we have a solution: a new allocation of the graceful, energetic, and altogether beguiling Gaja Pieve Santa Restituta 2004 Brunello di Montalcino Rennina. Angelo Gaja's Brunello Rennina has earned a reputation of being "open knit," a wine that allows enthusiasts to enjoy its appealing flavors of cherry fruit, currant, tar and spice somewhat earlier than most Brunellos, and certainly sooner than the estate's Brunello Sugarille.
Founded at the close of the nineteenth century, Montalcino's Il Poggione began its modern era in 1958 when enologist Pierluigi Talenti accepted the post of winemaker at the Franceschi family's estate. Talenti was a winemaker of nearly unparalleled excellence, and it didn't take long for his wines to come to the attention of the wine world. Il Poggione emerged as one of the foremost producers of classic and elegant Brunello with the release of its 1965 vintage, and the estate has never looked back.
November 25, 2015
Return of the Splendid ’12 Redigaffi, Amalfi Coast Red, and Large Format Ponsot
November 24, 2015
André Clouet Celebrates with Style! Vintage Le Pergole Torte! Vintage Sassicaia!
Much has been made about the 2012 vintage in Toscana, and rightly so. The weather gave winemakers excellent raw materials, and great winemakers took advantage of it. There's no question that the iconic Tua Rita estate made extraordinary bottles in 2012. Today, IWM is proud to present a new allocation of 2012 Tua Rita Redigaffi, the cult mono-varietal Merlot. We've previous sold through multiple allocations of this silky, thrilling wine, and we're delighted to have a new one in stock, ready to ship, and priced very competitively.
André Clouet is one of the few Champagnes IWM stands by. André Clouet has taken to heart the tenet of Laurent-Perrier, whose famed Cuvée Grand Siecle was, from the 1950s until succumbing to fashion in the 1990s, always a magical blend of vintages. Jean-François Clouet resurrected Laurent-Perrier's idea with his André Clouet Cuvée 1911, and did so with stunning success. André Clouet 1911 is a spellbinding blend of multiple vintages of grand cru Pinot Noir from Bouzy, both ethereally elegant and exotically rich. Today, we're proud to present André Clouet Cuvée 1911, one of IWM's signature Champagnes.
November 19, 2015
Paolo Bea’s New Dessert Wine, Must-Have Joseph Voillot, and Vintage Radikon Merlot
November 18, 2015
Stellar 2010 Côte-Rôtie Château d'Ampuis, Gaja Cru in Magnum, and the “Meursault of Italy”
It doesn't happen every vintage, but every once in a while, conditions are right for Paolo Bea to make its glorious Sagrantino di Montefalco Passito. 2008 was one of those years, and today, we're delighted to present this vintage of Bea's rare "dessert" wine at the BEST PRICE in the country. Complex, interesting, compelling and surprising, the '08 Paolo Bea Sagrantino di Montefalco Passito is not a wine that you can relegate to any one category.
E. Guigal produces some of the world's most sought-after wines, including the famous Côte-Rôtie crus La Mouline, La Turque, and La Landonne. While these crus are consistently darlings of both critics and connoisseurs--and rightfully so--some vintages are so exceptional that Guigal's Côte-Rôtie cuvée Château d'Ampuis challenges their position at the top of the heap. 2010 was one of those vintages, and today, we're delighted to present the '10 E. Guigal Côte-Rôtie Château d'Ampuis at very competitive pricing.
November 17, 2015
The Velvety, Delicious ’06 Naima Returns, Exclusive Sassicaia Gift Set, and Acclaimed Vérité Trio
November 16, 2015
Beautiful 2010 CastelGiocondo Brunello, Quintarelli’s Rare White Gem, and Cupano Mags!
If music be the food of love, play on--especially if that music is jazz. Bruno De Conciliis' signature wine is the majestic mono-varietal Aglianico Naima, which Bruno named to honor the John Coltrane song and his love of jazz. Naima is one of the great cult bottlings of Aglianico, the grape known as "the Nebbiolo of the South." Today, IWM is proud to shine a spotlight on the accessible, elegant 2006 vintage of De Conciliis Naima, a delicious, wild wine that's just entering its drinking window.
Today, IWM is pleased to present a wine that's new to us: CastelGiocondo 2010 Brunello di Montalcino. In recent vintages, Nicolò D'Afflitto, director of winemaking at Marchesi de' Frescobaldi, has veered away from an approachable, soft, "international" style of Brunello at CastelGiocondo, and the distinct chiseled style of the '10 bottling will appeal to wine enthusiasts who appreciate the tannic edges of traditional Brunello. Presented at very competitive pricing, CastelGiocondo '10 Brunello will seduce wine-lovers new to Italy's wines, even as it gratifies the palates of aficionados.
November 12, 2015
Brilliant 2011 Luciano Sandrone Barolos! Indescribable 1949 Il Barone! And Louis Jadot!
November 11, 2015
New Giacomo Conterno Releases! Vintage Soldera! Giacosa Barolo Le Rocche Magnums!
Today, we're pleased to present the 2011 Barolo Le Vigne and Barolo Cannubi Boschis from Luciano Sandrone. Hot on the heels of yesterday's new Barolo releases from Giacomo Conterno, these two '11 bottlings illustrate the beauty that can come from a ripe Barolo vintage. The '11 Barolo Le Vigne showcases its juicy red fruit in a caressing, supple style, while the '11 Barolo Cannubi Boschis frames its pure Nebbiolo fruit with broad-shouldered, sophisticated tannins. Together, these two Sandrone Barolos offer perfect bookends, where the open-knit personality of the cuvée Barolo Le Vigne complements the balance and structure of the cru Barolo Cannubi Boschis.
It's a red-letter day for enthusiasts of traditional Piemonte wines because today we present five new releases from Giacomo Conterno. This list includes the 2008 bottling of the estate's iconic Barolo Monfortino Riserva, the 2011 bottling of its standard-bearer Barolo Francia (formerly called "Barolo Cascina Francia"), the 2013 Barbera d'Alba Cascina Francia, and two vintages of Giacomo Conterno's newest addition to its Barolo line-up, the 2010 and 2011 Barolo Cerretta. It's an extraordinary collection of knockout wines from the legendary Giacomo Conterno.
November 10, 2015
La Dolce Vita for Under $30! Big, Beautiful Terra di Lavoro, and Thanksgiving Dinner Solved!
November 9, 2015
Your Go-To Chianti Classico, Giant Le Pergole Torte, and All of Gevrey-Chambertin on Sale!
Americans have cocktail culture; Italians have aperitivi. The informal celebration of the end of a workday enjoyed with friends or family, aperitivo time, in true Italian style, is a meeting of wine and food. Warm focaccia kissed with fragrant garlic and strands of fresh rosemary, bruschetta topped with piles of brilliant red and yellow tomatoes and piquant green herbs, little canapé-like nibbles of goat cheese and bread, and tiny bowls of glistening, salty olives: these are dishes created to stir your senses, awaken your appetite, and get you socializing. Accompanying these delicious bites are glasses of bubbly Prosecco or a vibrant white wine.
Today, IWM is very pleased to present a delicious, food-friendly, grab-you-by-the-ears Sangiovese wine from La Maialina, the estate's 2010 Chianti Classico. 2010 gave Toscana an exceptional growing season; a cool spring followed on the heels of a cold, snowy winter, and while the temperatures spiked in summer, the harvest was one of the latest ever. Grapes were ripe, balanced and beautiful, especially in regions like Chianti Classico, which gets a little more heat than regions in higher elevations.
November 5, 2015
Angela Gaja’s 2011 Barbaresco Trio, Italy’s Answer to Champagne
November 4, 2015
Super-Piemontese Bricco Manzoni, Anne & Sébastien Bidault, and Stellar Château Haut-Brion
Today, we're proud to present a new allocation of Gaja's revelatory, singular cru "Barbaresco" bottlings from the ripe 2011 vintage. In any given year, Gaja's cru Barbaresco wines are among the most hotly anticipated, most sought-after and intensely collectible releases, and the ripe yet aromatic '11 vintage is no different. Gaja's '11 cru Barbarescos are spectacular, in part because as Angelo's daughter Gaia assumes more control in the cantina, these wines grow more deft, elegant and delicate. Each of this cru trio offers a different profile to the vintage, and each is extraordinary.
Let's just put it on the table: the 2006 Bricco Manzoni is a gorgeous, food-loving red from one of Barolo's most iconic producers, Valentino Migliorini. The late, great Migliorini inspired Piemonte winemakers to rethink Barolo and to move beyond Nebbiolo, and the Super-Piemontese blend Bricco Manzoni embodies both those ideals. Dark purple, opulent yet nimble, the '06 Bricco Manzoni might be the ultimate dinner companion.
November 3, 2015
Valdicava ’12 Rosso Arrives! IWM Exclusive Fiorano Collection! And Stellar ’09 Redigaffi!
November 2, 2015
Benchmark Poggio di Sotto Returns! The “Sassicaia of the North”! And Must-Have Latour-Giraud!
Today, we're delighted to announce the arrival of the Validcava Rosso di Montalcino from 2012, a five-star vintage according to the Consorzio, the ruling body of Brunello makers. The year was so hot and so dry that yields were lowered as much as a third in parts of Toscana, but what stresses vines often makes them produce terrific fruit, and low yields mean more concentrated, phenol-rich berries. We've particularly excited to see the wines from Valdicava because its owner-winemaker, Vincenzo Abbruzzese, opted against bottling a Brunello in 2011. While we've been delighted with the estate's 2011 Rosso, a real "baby Brunello," we miss our Valdicava Brunello, and this 2012 Rosso is exceptional, suggesting the Brunello to follow will be glorious.
Today, we are very proud to present a new allocation of the Poggio di Sotto 2007 Brunello di Montalcino, an opportunity for serious Brunello enthusiasts to enjoy a historic, benchmark bottling of this iconic wine. The past few years have seen two major changes at Poggio di Sotto: Piero Palmucci's selling of his estate to ColleMassari's Claudio Tipa (who also owns Bolgheri's Grattamacco) and the loss of Giulio Gambelli, Poggio di Sotto's legendary enologist, who passed away in early 2012. These changes mean that Poggio di Sotto's benchmark 2007 vintage Brunello is not merely stunning; it's also among the last wines made by Palmucci and Gambelli, making this limited allocation wine a must-have bottling for the serious Brunello collector.
October 29, 2015
A Trio of Cold Weather Wines: Amarone, Grands Échézeaux, and Barolo!
October 28, 2015
Gracious 2012 Sassicaia Mags! Vintage Cru Barbaresco! And 2009 Red Burgundy Flash Sale!
The iconic wines of the Veneto--Valpolicella and Amarone--might be the perfect complement to cold weather. Pure, classic, structured, food-friendly Valpolicella or heady, decadent, sinfully complex Amarone can complete a cold-weather repast or a holiday meal from its antipasti beginning, to its roast meat middle, to its sweet dessert finale. Today, we're delighted to bring back an IWM client favorite, Nicolis 2006 Amarone della Valpolicella Ambrosan, a delicious, traditional cru Amarone that's under $90 a bottle!
Over the past few weeks, we've been delighted to offer vintage bottles of Tenuta San Guido's iconic Sassicaia, but it's time to take another look at the current release. 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 present magnum bottles of the unusually approachable 2012 Sassicaia at special time-sensitive pricing.
October 27, 2015
IWM’s Biggest Gaja Sale Yet! Under $50 Cru Barbaresco! And Sassicaia in Patagonia!
October 26, 2015
Great Grattamacco Duo, Iconic Biondi-Santi Brunello Riserva, Stellar Latour-Giraud Bourgogne
Today, we're delighted to present an offer that matches the scope of Angelo Gaja's larger-than-life achievements: more than 55 Gaja wines, all in large format bottles. This selection curates from Gaja's Piemonte and Montalcino estates, selecting bottles that range from 1979 to 2012 that are both in stock and on pre-arrival. You'll find bottles of Gaja's traditional cuvée Barbaresco and his single-vineyard "Barbaresco" bottlings, Sorì San Lorenzo, Sorì Tildìn and Costa Russi. You'll find the Chardonnay sensation Gaia & Rey, the "Barolo" Sperss and the Cabernet Darmagi. And you'll find several vintages of Gaja's Pieve Santa Restituta Brunello, both the single-vineyard Sugarille and the old-vine Rennina.
Last week, I was happy to introduce you to the 2012 Grattamacco Bolgheri Rosso Superiore, and today, I'm delighted to follow up that offer with the two vintages that preceded it, the linear, architectural 2010 and the fleshy, powerful 2011. You couldn't find more complementary wines than this pair, and I hope you try them both together--and then spend the night arguing over which you preferred more.
October 22, 2015
Perfect ‘90s Sassicaia Trio, Italy’s Answer to Champagne, and Classic Chambolle-Musigny
October 21, 2015
New Le Serre Nuove Release! Is This Dolcetto Your Go-To Red? And Robert Chevillon!
Before the 1960s, only Mario Incisa della Rocchetta had the foresight to craft a wine along Bordeaux lines on Italian soil, and he was brave enough to do it in Bolgheri, where no one produced serious wine. Mario's foresight combined with guidance from consulting enologist Giacomo Tachis made enological history; together they created Sassicaia and the Super-Tuscan movement. It took 25 years of relentless experimentation, and Sassicaia entered the world stage in 1968 to critical acclaim with its first international release, and thus the Super-Tuscan genre was born.
It's fairly customary for a flagship wine to be remarkable. We expect the first wines of estates to be great--flagship bottlings are, after all, the wines that build producers' reputations. It's more unusual when an estate's second-tier wine is something to get excited about, but when that wine comes from Tenuta dell'Ornellaia, any excitement makes sense. Today, we're delighted to present the new 2012 release of Le Serre Nuove, Ornellaia's second wine and a bottle that would be a flagship were it to come from any other estate.
October 20, 2015
Perfect Mature Sammarco, Autumn’s Ideal Rosato, and Vosne-Romanée from Hudelot Noëllat
October 19, 2015
2013 Redigaffi Release! Large Format Domaine Ponsot! The ’09 Clerico Barolo Pajana Returns!
Like some people, some wines are late bloomers. Some wines don't show their promise at first blush. They need time to develop, mature, and grow into themselves. And some wines are underestimated upon release; they're misunderstood, perhaps, or people fail to see their impending greatness. Such is the case with the wine we spotlight today, Castello dei Rampolla 2005 Sammarco, whose release saw little fanfare but whose maturity is making converts out of its skeptics.
When Rita Tua and Virgilio Bisti bought their Suvereto, Toscana land in 1984, they just wanted a retirement spot. They soon realized that their land held soils that were very hospitable for Bordeaux varieties like Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot. They began making wines, first for their friends, and then for release. The rest, as they say, is history. Today, we're delighted to present the elegant, balanced and altogether remarkable 2013 Redigaffi, Tua Rita's world-famous mono-varietal Merlot.
October 15, 2015
Biondi-Santi’s Classic 2010 Brunello Bottlings! Cult Anne Gros! And Domaine du Pegau!
October 14, 2015
Masseto New Release! Bachey-Legros Value, and Distinctive Domaine Joblot Trio!
Last January, we rolled out the knockout 2010 Brunello di Montalcino from Biondi-Santi, the iconic estate and the famed birthplace of the wine. In September, we followed up that offer with the estate's 2010 Brunello Riserva, a stunning wine that may easily live to see 100 years. Today, as the Brunello Annata bottling, the estate's normale bottling, is poised for arrival, we're delighted to offer both wines together, both presented at very competitive pricing. These are collector wines of unparalleled beauty, extraordinary longevity, and kaleidoscopic complexity; in short, they're ideal for IWM's discriminating clients.
Masseto is a wine so great that it compelled its makers to give it its own home. Originally part of the Tenuta dell'Ornellaia estate located in the Bolgheri region of Tuscany, Masseto is now its own entity, a testament to the Italian Merlot that challenges the best of Pomerol. Today, IWM is proud to announce the release of the 2012 vintage of Masseto, a wine that has sustained its collector status since its inaugural release in 1986. Presented at very competitive pricing, the '12 Masseto shows breathtaking structure, shimmering energy and exquisite balance; in short, this Masseto is grace incarnate.
October 13, 2015
New Grattamacco Release! Gravner’s ’06 Triumph, and Bodega Chacra’s Under $30 Beauty!
October 8, 2015
Vintage Col d’Orcia Brunello Riserva, Antinori’s Maremma Duo, and Redigaffi Mags!
2012 is the thirtieth bottling of Grattamacco's Bolgheri Rosso Superiore, and what a vintage it is! Always an IWM client favorite, this under-the-radar Super Tuscan has been gaining fame in the past few years, and this vintage of the estate's flagship wine will only increase its fervent fan base. Holding its sweet, rich red and blue fruits in tension with savory minerality, balsamic and herbs, this focused, muscular '12 bottling offers a treat for the senses, and today, we're delighted to present it at very competitive pricing.
A wine-lover knows many joys, but one of the finest is revisiting a wine you've known and loved. Today, IWM is proud to bring back an IWM client favorite: Col D'Orcia2001 Brunello di Montalcino Poggio al Vento Riserva. Along with its structured counterpart of 2000, the ripe 2001 vintage was a benchmark for Montalcino, a year that married the opulence of 1997 with the classic lines of 1999 to produce a compelling, heady Brunello that lovers of Sangiovese Grosso went wild over. With fourteen years of maturity, this '01 Brunello Riserva from Col d'Orcia has only gotten better, and we're offering it at the BEST PRICE in the States.
October 7, 2015
Old-Vine Pinot Noir from Patagonia’s “Sassicaia,” Benchmark Sandrone, and Cult Rouget!
October 6, 2015
Quintarelli ’06 Amarone Returns, Antinori’s Aglianico, and Mommessin Monopole Magnums
In 2010, Sassicaia scion Piero Incisa della Rocchetta learned a lesson from nature when hail hit Bodega Chacra, his Patagonia, Argentina estate, just before harvest. Fortunately, the hail bounced off the healthy canopy of leaves, but Piero and his team still decided to harvest early, even if the grapes looked undamaged. Nature led; Piero took a chance and followed. It was a fine decision, for the 2010 vintage of Bodega Chacra wines show an unsurpassed level of restraint, elegance and finesse. Today, we're delighted to offer the estate's flagship 2010 Treinta y Dos, a complex, structured, brooding beauty, at the BEST PRICE in the country.
When IWM debuted the 2006 Quintarelli Amarone, our allocation sold out in just a matter of days, and today's new allocation represents the last of this wine that we'll see for a while. Among the final wines to be touched by Giuseppe's hand, the 2006 Amarone is a fitting testament to its towering maker, who passed away in 2012, but even more than that, it's an exceptional wine on its own merits.
October 5, 2015
“Perfect” 1985 Sassicaia, Vintage André Clouet, and Cult Bottles from Michel Niellon
October 1, 2015
70-Year-Old Vega-Sicilia Único, Movia’s Puro Rosé, and Classic Cult Dominio de Pingus
Few wines have been called "perfect," but the 1985 Sassicaia has been--repeatedly. Alongside the wine's inaugural vintage of 1968, the '85 Sassicaia is arguably the most legendary of vintages of this iconic Super-Tuscan wine. So great, so in-demand, and so impressive is the '85 Sassicaia vintage that at least one wine critic discovered the bottle he was drinking was counterfeit. Today, IWM is pleased to present a very limited allocation of this historic '85 Sassicaia with perfect straight-line provenance, ideal temperature-controlled care, and very competitive pricing.
Long before there was ever a Super Tuscan, Vega Sicilia was using a similar concept to craft wines in the Ribera del Duero countryside. The estate placed the country's noble and indigenous Tempranillo in a Bordeaux-style blend, and in 1915, released its iconic label, Único Reserva and thus changed history. These wines have since become arguably Spain's most collected, most prized wines, going back generations when the wine was reserved exclusively for royalty. Today, we're very proud to present one of the great vintages of Vega-Sicilia Ribera del Duero Único, the 1941.
September 30, 2015
Stellar ’12 Giacosa Barbaresco Asili, Vintage George Noellat, and $70 Seghesio Barolo!
September 29, 2015
Under $30 Domaine Gallois! Cupano “Baby Brunello” and Mommessin Monopole Mags!
Today, we're delighted to follow up that offer by putting Giacosa's 2012 Barbaresco Asili in the spotlight. Now in his mid-80s, Bruno Giacosa continues to craft great, traditional wines at his estate, where he is aided by his longtime consulting enologist, Dante Scaglione. While it's tough to pick a favorite of the genial, open-knit 2012 Barbaresco vintage, Giacosa's Barbaresco Asili might be it, and we're presenting the BEST PRICE in the States on this Barbaresco that marries structure with opulence.
Yes, you can find high quality, affordable Burgundy, and you can find delicious, drinkable village Bourgogne--you just need to know where to look. Let IWM point your attention to the small family-owned-and-operated Domaine Gallois and its extraordinarily delicious Bourgogne. Deriving from four plots in Fixin and Couchey, this wine ages in oak for sixteen months before release, and it offers a tremendous Burgundy bang for your buck. Priced at just under $30, the BEST PRICE in the US, this wine pulls you back to the glass, sip after sip.
September 28, 2015
Soldera’s Superb ’08 Rosso, Recent Release Quintarelli Trio, and Pianpolvere ‘04 Barolo
September 24, 2015
Don’t-Miss 2008 Brunello Sugarille, Vintage François Gaunoux, and Pianpolvere ‘06 Soprano Barolo
Today, we're proud to offer a new allocation of the '08 Case Basse di Soldera 2008 Rosso IGT. We sold through our initial allocation in a matter of days, and we expect that this allocation will go just as quickly. It's a thrilling, intense wine that could only come from Gianfranco Soldera, and it's in very limited quantities.
At the beginning of September, we were delighted to shine a light on Angelo Gaja's Pieve Santa Restituta 2008 Brunello Rennina, a superb, rich and vibrant evocation of the vintage. Today, we're proud to follow up that offer with Rennina's sibling from the same vintage: the darkly beautiful '08 Gaja Pieve Santa Restituta Brunello Sugarille. The ideal counterpart to the estate's Brunello Rennina, this '08 Sugarille is a brooding, powerful cru that's singularly delicious.
September 23, 2015
Giacosa 2011 Barolo Falletto di Serralunga Release, Rare Matarocchio, and Vintage Miani Merlot!
September 22, 2015
The New Releases of Aldo Conterno! Vintage Tignanello Imperial! And Must-Have Ponsot!
Aldo Conterno was known as the "King of Barolo" in Italy, and upon his passing in May 2012, the wine world lost not only a pioneer and a visionary but also a man of great dignity and grace. Fortunately, Aldo trained his three sons in his footsteps so that his eponymous estate will not merely perpetuate but flourish, as befits Aldo's legacy. Today, IWM is proud to present Poderi Aldo Conterno's thrilling and compelling new Barolo releases: the 2011 Barolo Bussia, Barolo Cicala, Barolo Colonnello, and Barolo Romirasco, all at very enticing pricing.
Aldo Conterno was known as the "King of Barolo" in Italy, and upon his passing in May 2012, the wine world lost not only a pioneer and a visionary but also a man of great dignity and grace. Fortunately, Aldo trained his three sons in his footsteps so that his eponymous estate will not merely perpetuate but flourish, as befits Aldo's legacy. Today, IWM is proud to present Poderi Aldo Conterno's thrilling and compelling new Barolo releases: the 2011 Barolo Bussia, Barolo Cicala, Barolo Colonnello, and Barolo Romirasco, all at very enticing pricing.
September 21, 2015
The ’05 Gravner Anforas Return, Vintage Giuseppe Mascarello Barolo, and Delicious Guado al Tasso
September 17, 2015
Montevertine’s Under $35 Beauty! Seven Years of Vintage Valentini, and Gaja Costa Russi!
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. The best thing we can suggest is to experience both the exquisitely balanced '05 Breg Anfora, a blend, and its mono-varietal sibling, the opulent, intense '05 Ribolla Gialla.
Tenuta dell'Ornellaia's flagship Ornellaia has its Le Volte. Tenuta San Guido's Sassicaia has its Le Difese. Le Macchiole's mono-varietal Scrio, Paleo and Messorio have their Bolgheri Rosso. And Montevertine's Le Pergole Torte has its Pian del Ciampolo. Third-tier wines from great winemakers are reliably first rate, and today, we're delighted to present one of our favorites: Montevertine Pian del Ciampolo from the classic 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.
September 16, 2015
Historic Vintage Barolo Monfortino, Antinori Secentenario, and Louis Latour Bâtard-Montrachet
September 15, 2015
Collector Bartolo Mascarello Barolo, 65-Year-Old Pétrus, and Mommessin Monopole Grand Cru
Some wines invoke the earth the vines grew in, the rain that fell, the sun that shone, and all of nature, great and small. Other wines are made of memories, the hands of the men and women who made them, those long, lingering shadows of the humans who touched them and shaped them into being. Still others seem to exist in another realm altogether--these are the wines that change lives with a sip.
"No Barrique, No Berlusconi" was Bartolo Mascarello's anthem. As deeply political in his beliefs as he was fiercely traditional in his winemaking, Bartolo put both his politics and his traditionalism out where everyone could see--on the labels of his beautiful bottles of Barolo. Bartolo grew frail towards the end of his life, and as his physicality diminished, he spent more time sitting in the cantina. He began painting, creating labels that would come to adorn special bottles of Mascarello wines. Today, we're proud to present seven vintages of Mascarello Barolo with these hand-painted labels, rare bottlings that will live on long after the last sip of wine has been swallowed.
September 14, 2015
Baricci Brunello New Release, Vintage Quintarelli Amarone Riserva, and Fontodi Chianti Classico!
September 10, 2015
Two Poggio di Sotto 2010 Wines! And Aldo Conterno’s Millennium Collection!
IWM loves the wines of Baricci, and our clients do too--but given that Baricci's wines marry winemaking tradition with distinctive personality they're easy to love. This small, family-owned-and-operated estate makes some of the most umano--authentic and human--expressions of Brunello di Montalcino we've ever had the joy to drink. Today, we're delighted to announce the release of the 2010 Baricci Brunello di Montalcino, a bottling that embodies this benchmark vintage in its rustic elegance.
A stellar evocation of this benchmark vintage, Poggio di Sotto's '10 Brunello is sure to please fans of the wine and of this iconic estate. Ripe cherries, berries and plums are framed with brooding notes of warm saddle leather, baking spices, roasted game, and fresh-cut herbs in this sophisticated '10 Brunello. Taut and nervy with a seductive inner perfume, this bottling gets its structure from chewy, dense tannins, but time in the cellar will let this dark, sexy Brunello mellow into a bottle that will please for decades.
September 9, 2015
Release of the Biondi-Santi 2010 Brunello Riserva, Cupano’s Big Red, and Palari’s Sicilian Beauty
September 8, 2015
Gaja’s Traditional Barbaresco, Sauvage François Gay, and Giuseppe Mascarello Barolo!
Lean, aromatic and thoroughly 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--and there's every reason to expect this '10 Brunello Riserva to live this long. Austere, finessed and profound, the nose of this '10 Brunello Riserva wafts with crushed flower petals, pure red fruit, a touch of spice, fresh-cut herbs, and Montalcino terroir. Chewy, sophisticated tannins balance with piquant acidity in this aristocratic bottling that will need some time to become approachable, but it will be a nearly ageless wine.
In any given year, Angelo Gaja's cru Barbaresco wines are among the most hotly anticipated, most sought-after and intensely collectible releases, but perhaps rarely are they more so than in 2011, when Gaja made the most of the easy-going vintage. Today, we're delighted to bring back one of the standouts of the vintage, Angelo Gaja's traditional Barbaresco. Enticing and seductive, this traditional Barbaresco comes to you at very competitive pricing--and approachability that nearly compels you to drink it now!
September 3, 2015
Gaja’s Standout Brunello, Rare Antinori Barolo Riserva, and Must-Have Pousse d’Or
September 2, 2015
The Stellar ‘12 Flaccianello Returns, Antinori Pinot Nero, and Dal Forno’s Sweet Surprise
Today, we're delighted to bring back a wine that stuns us every time we open a bottle, Gaja Pieve Santa Restituta 2008 Brunello di Montalcino Rennina. Angelo Gaja's Brunello Rennina has earned a reputation of being "open knit," a wine that allows enthusiasts to enjoy its appealing flavors of cherry fruit, currant, tar and spice somewhat earlier than most Brunellos, and certainly sooner than the estate's Brunello Sugarille. In 2008, however, this wine is so much more than approachable: it's the star!
Today, we're very proud to offer a new allocation of the 2012 Fontodi Flaccianello. While 2012 challenged the skills of Fontodi's team, the estate put its considerable talents to work to create a harmonious, balanced, and dense Flaccianello. Grape yields in 2012 were down almost a third, and while that means there's less Flaccianello, it also means that this vintage is especially powerful, velvety and delicious. Similar to the 2010 vintage, this '12 Flaccianello offers undisputed elegance.
September 1, 2015
Your New Go-To Primativo! Vintage Alzero! And Must-Have Jaboulet Hermitage
August 31, 2015
Castello dei Rampolla’s Delicious Chianti, New Release Antinori, Our Biggest Sale Yet!
It seems likely that Primitivo came across the Adriatic to Italy at some early point in the eighteenth century. Historically, winemakers have seen Primitivo as just a component of blended wines; however, producers are now taking more care in harvesting, processing and vinifying the grapes. Today, we're delighted to present one amazing bottle of Primitivo: Mille Una 2013 Majara Primitivo.
Today, we're delighted to present an expressive, emblematic Chianti Classico bottling from Castello dei Rampolla. While you might know this biodynamic estate best for its Super-Tuscan Sammarco and Vigna d'Alceo, Castello dei Rampolla's 74 acres sit in the heart of the Chianti Classico zone. And while the estate is most famous for its two Super Tuscans, when Alceo di Napoli began making wine in 1970, he began by making Chianti.
August 27, 2015
Return of the “Approachable” Sassicaia, Meursault in Umbria, Must-Have Bonneau du Martray
August 26, 2015
Mastroberardino’s Defining Aglianico, Vintage Valentini, Collector Vega-Sicilia Único
Tenuta San Guido calls the growing season of 2012 "rather special." After a long, cold winter, the spring started a little late, but from May on, the weather grew warm, dry, and a little challenging. However, Bolgheri's seaside location helped to cool the temperatures during the hot, long summer, and by the time harvest began in September, the grapes were "perfect"--healthy, even, ripe, and balanced. This vintage of Sassicaia is juicy and succulent, yet it's also fresh, acidic, balanced and textured. Enjoyable slightly earlier than most Sassicaia vintages, this '12 nonetheless has the structure to age for decades.
It's not often that entire families of grapes can owe their existence to just a few people, but Aglianico, Fiano and Greco di Tufo owe their lives to the Mastroberardino family estate. In specific, these grapes--and we who enjoy the wines made from them--more or less owe Antonio and Walter Mastroberardino a giant debt. Without the work of these two men, it's likely that these grapes would've quietly died out in the mid-twentieth-century, and Campania, Italy, as well as Italian winemaking, and the world would be poorer for it.
August 25, 2015
Quintarelli ’06 Amarone Returns, the Prince’s Fairytale Whites, and Chavy-Chouet!
August 24, 2015
Gaja’s Affordable Luxury, Singular Soldera Pegasos, and Must-Have Castello dei Rampolla
When IWM debuted the 2006 Quintarelli Amarone last May, our allocation sold out in just a matter of days. Today, we're delighted to offer a new allocation from the late great "Master of the Veneto," Giuseppe Quintarelli. Among the final wines to be graced by Quintarelli's hand, the 2006 Amarone is a fitting testament to its towering maker, but even more than that, it's an exceptional wine in its own right.
We debuted the 2012 Ca' Marcanda Promis from Angelo Gaja's Bolgheri estate about a year ago, and it was one of the fastest-selling releases of Promis yet! Today, we're delighted to present an encore allocation of this delicious, dense Super Tuscan. Gaja created Promis to express "commitment, expectation, fulfillment, and hope," and this '12 bottling does that with style. It's a wine that offers tremendous near or mid-term pleasure at under $50 a bottle, a price that makes this Gaja wine an affordable luxury.
August 20, 2015
A Touching Tribute in '05 Alzero, Classic Chianti Classico, and Jadot Corton-Charlemagne
August 19, 2015
Under $50 Cru Barolo! La Torre’s Towering ’10 Brunello! And Vintage Vega-Sicilia Alión!
Alzero was Franca's favorite wine, and this nearly ethereal '05 bottling illustrates why. While Alzero is usually a massive wine, this bottling shows an elegant, mid-weight profile with exquisite balance and tremendous texture that builds to a lingering, kaleidoscopic finish. Berries, figs, cassis jam, chocolate, coffee, spices, and minerality rest on a foundation of crushed flower petals in this sophisticated, nuanced wine that should offer earlier approachability than most Alzero bottlings.
IWM has always championed wines at all price points, but it's difficult to find iconic Italian wines--especially Amarone, Brunello and Barolo--that offer high quality and affordability. More than collector staples, this group of wines requires intense work and a long maturation period, meaning that producers invest years in each and every vintage without knowing the financial outcome. This difficulty means that when we do find an affordable bottling of one of these wines, we're very excited. Today, IWM is pleased to present the affordable, approachable 2008 Renato Ratti Barolo Marcenasco, a cru bottling that's priced at less than $50 a bottle, the BEST PRICE in the nation.
August 18, 2015
Return of Poggio di Sotto ‘09 Brunello and ‘08 Brunello Riserva! And ’11 Clos des Lambrays!
August 17, 2015
New Bea Sagrantino Release! Bea Sagrantino Magnums! And Antinori’s Sweet Surprise!
There's no question that filling the shoes of Palmucci and Gambelli posed a challenge to Claudio Tipa, owner of the ColleMassari group, which also owns Bolgheri's Grattamacco, but Tipa made a good choice in securing consulting winemaker Federico Staderini. The recent Poggio di Sotto releases show all the hallmarks of classic Poggio di Sotto wines: a correct ruby red color, intense aromatics that waft of sun-warmed berries, Montalcino earth, crushed lavender, herbs and cypress, and a kiss of spice. Poggio di Sotto Brunellos have long been a favorite with our clients, and this '09 Brunello--as well as the '08 Brunello Riserva offered below--show that enthusiasts have excellent reasons to be excited about Poggio di Sotto's future.
Today, we're proud to announce the release of the 2008 Paolo Bea Montefalco Sagrantino Secco Pagliaro, presented today at the BEST PRICE in the country. The wines of Paolo Bea are united by their excellence, but this dense, dark and delicious beauty sets the bar yet higher. Hand crafted from organically grown Sagrantino grapes, Bea's Montefalco Sagrantino unites wildness with elegance, marries serious structure with sophistication, and joins terroir and style in one unique bottling.
August 13, 2015
The Classic ’12 Galardi Terra di Lavoro Returns, Great Domaine du Pegau, and Under $30 Arneis!
August 12, 2015
Best Guigal Château d'Ampuis Yet? Rocche dei Manzoni Barolos, Italian Magnum Sale!
Today, we're delighted to present a new allocation of the dark, brooding and altogether classic 2012 Galardi Terra di Lavoro. With its palate of brambly fruits, smoke, leather and cigar wrapper, all twined around a strong core of volcanic minerals, this '12 Terra di Lavoro is a classic bottling that will age gorgeously. It's an inky, dark wine whose majestic color hints at its power and longevity, and priced at less than $80 a bottle, this cult wine consistently over-delivers at its price point, making this age-worthy gem a bottling to buy by the half-case or more.
E. Guigal produces some of the world's most sought-after wines, including the famous Côte-Rôtie crus La Mouline, La Turque, La Landonne. While these crus are consistently darlings of both critics and connoisseurs--and rightfully so-- some vintages are so exceptional that Guigal's Côte-Rôtie cuvée Château d'Ampuis challenges their position at the top of the heap. 2010 was one of those vintages. Today, we're delighted to present the '10 E. Guigal Côte-Rotie Château d'Ampuis at very competitive pricing; it's a wine that serious enthusiasts will not want to miss.
August 11, 2015
Vega-Sicilia Valbuena and Louis Jadot White Burgundy Trios, and Montecorvo!
August 10, 2015
Return of ’09 Giacomo Conterno Barolo, $27 “Baby Barolo,” and French Magnum Sale!
There are great wines, and then there are wines of great mystique, great tradition and great myth. The wines of Vega-Sicilia--arguably the most collectable and most historical estate in Spain's Ribera del Duero--hold all of these elusive traits and they do it with élan. Today, we're delighted to offer a trio of vintages of Valbuena, Vega-Sicilia's "second" wine, the well-balanced 2008, the opulent 2009, and the finessed 2010.
Silky, fleshy, and loaded with ripe, brambly fruit, the '09 Cascina Francia appears to offer earlier approachability than it usually does--and certainly much earlier than Monfortino. Succulent fruit is underlain by a mineral core and framed with cigar wrapper, fresh-cut herbs, eucalyptus and spice in this wine that morphs beautifully as it moves across the palate. It's a stunning wine, and while it's approachable now with some decanting, this '09 will provide a sumptuous drinking experience for decades.
August 6, 2015
Il Poggione ’09 Brunello Returns, Large Format Gaja Brunello, and Stellar Granbussia
August 5, 2015
Coenobium’s $25 Orange Beauty, Vintage Château Lafite-Rothschild, and 34-Year-Old Yquem
Il Poggione's vineyards receive the benefit of a generous Mediterranean climate, and while one of the oldest and most respected producers in Montalcino, Il Poggione's father-and-son winemaking team Fabrizio and Alessandro Bindocci have raised the estate's reputation even higher with recent changes like extremely low yields and submerged cap fermentation. Today, we're delighted to announce a new allocation of Il Poggione 2009 Brunello di Montalcino, a broad-shouldered Brunello that's just entering its drinking window.
Today, we're delighted to present the newest release from Giampiero and the sisters at Monastero Suore, the 2013 Cistercensi Coenobium. Bright orchard fruits, creamy caramel, toasted nuts, a dash of spices, and a sprinkling of crushed wildflowers comprise the nose of this '13 Coenobium. As seductive as this wine's nose may be, its creamy, hefty mouth-feel will make you fall in love, and its streak of acidity will draw you back to the glass. More unusual than being made by nuns, this white is vinified like a red, so the Trebbiano, Malvasia, and Verdicchio grapes get extended contact with the skins. The resulting wine is unusual, complex, vaguely oxidized and, well, orange in hue.
August 4, 2015
Under $22 De Forville New Releases! Blockbuster Vintage Giacosa! And Sassicaia Mags!
August 3, 2015
Two Hot Weather Sicilian Reds, Radikon Merlot, and Faiveley Corton-Charlemagne
Barbaresco's De Forville defines itself by consistently producing emblematic Piemontese wines--Dolcetto, Barbera, Barbaresco, Nebbiolo and more--that don't break the bank. Still, these wines reward the palates of even the discerning Italian wine drinker. Today, we're proud to present two recent releases from De Forville, the 2013 Nebbiolo d'Alba San Rocco and '13 Barbera d'Asti Cascina Buc. Priced at less than $22 a bottle, these two wines give you an excuse to enjoy the beauties of Piemonte any night of the week.
Today, we're delighted to present two new releases from Valle dell'Acate, one of Sicilia's estates that is upping the winemaking ante with its terroir-driven, value-packed wines. Both fantastic bottles to enjoy during summertime heat, Valle dell'Acate's '11 Cerasuolo di Vittoria and '14 Frappato Vittoria embody Sicilia's wild island terroir, its winemaking traditions and its unique indigenous grapes. A blend of 70% Nero d'Avola and 30% Frappato, Valle dell'Acate's Cerasuolo lays its dark red fruit on a vibrant foundation of black licorice, exotic spices, and cracked pepper. And cheery and delicious, the mono-varietal Frappato will remind you of wild strawberries drizzled with balsamic vinegar.
July 30, 2015
Italy’s Answer to Champagne, Cupano’s Stellar Big Red, Selosse’s Extraordinary Rosé
July 29, 2015
Gaja’s Stunning New Releases, M Chapoutier Half-Bottles, and Giacosa Double Mags!
Rather than mimicking Champagne, Lombardia's Franciacorta is a way of conveying Italian terroir through international grapes and French protocol, making it not unlike Super-Tuscan wines that invoke France through their grape selection and use of barrique. Today, we're delighted to present a bottle from one of our favorite Franciacorta producers, Barone Pizzini NV Brut Franciacorta. Less than $38 a bottle, the BEST PRICE in the country, this non-vintage sparkler is a delicious, artisanal wine that you'll want to have on hand for every festive occasion.
Today, we're delighted to present a full range of Gaja's new releases. You'll find the 2011 bottlings of Sorì San Lorenzo, Sorì Sorì Tildìn  and Costa Russi, the famous cru "Barbaresco" bottlings; you'll also find the '11 vintage of his "Barolo" bottlings, Conteisa and Sperss. 2012 is represented by Gaja's famed Cabernet Sauvignon, Darmagi, as well as the estate's traditional cuvée Barbaresco. Finally, we've included the new releases of Gaja's two whites: 2013 Gaia & Rey, arguably the most collectable Italian white, and 2014 Rossj-Bass, Gaja's more approachable Chardonnay bottling. We present most of these bottles at the best price in the US; the remaining wines are at very competitive pricing.
July 28, 2015
Sassicaia’s Little Brother and South American Cousin! Vintage Aldo Conterno Mags!
July 27, 2015
Must-Have Stepping-Stone Wines, and Singular, Collector Monfortino Mags!
Sergio Esposito has often said that if Guidalberto came from any estate other than Tenuta San Guido, the legendary makers of Sassicaia, it would be a flagship wine. The 2012 Guidalberto certainly testifies to this claim. The product of weather that the estate calls "rather special," the '12 Guidalberto, a blend of 60% Cabernet Sauvignon and the rest Merlot, offers richness and density that's balanced by vigor, precision and freshness. It's a thrilling bottle that evokes its terroir and its vintage, and today, we're delighted to offer a new allocation at special time-sensitive pricing.
Piemonte's answer to the Super-Tuscan is, as you'd expect, the Super-Piemontes. Just as Tuscan producers made Super Tuscans in ways that flouted DOC rules--by using international varietals or international vinification protocols, in making specific wines outside specific regions, or just by devising their own iconoclastic practices--Piemontese producers have followed suit. While many Super-Tuscans fetch justifiably high price tags, Super-Piemontese wines tend to be more affordable, but just as gorgeously made, and Quatr Nas by the esteemed Barolo maker Rocche dei Manzoni is a prime example of both these qualities.
July 23, 2015
Classic Pouilly-Fuissés of Château Fuissé, Quintarelli’s Rare Gem, and Gaja Brunello!
July 22, 2015
Classic and Compelling Jaboulet Hermitage, Vintage Masseto, and Vietti Cru Barolo
Delicate yet quietly powerful, mineral-rich yet floral, bone dry yet lush, Pouilly-Fuissé wines of Burgundy's Mâconnais present a tempting study in contrasts. Perfect with oysters, ideal with shellfish, and delicious with cheeses, chicken, or even BBQ pork, Pouilly-Fuissé is an ideal complement to summertime fare, but its ability to pair with cream sauces, quiche or other rich foods means it'll swing into fall with aplomb. Today, we're delighted to present two 2013 Pouilly-Fuissé bottles from one of our favorite producers, Château Fuissé. Presented at special time-sensitive pricing, Château Fuissé '13 Pouilly-Fuissé Tête de Cru and '13 Pouilly-Fuissé Le Clos are delightful, thrilling wines to drink now or a half-decade from now.
Offered previously, the 2009 Jaboulet Hermitage La Chapelle was a towering achievement, and we've sold through our allocation each time we've presented it. Today, we're delighted to present the '05 Jaboulet Hermitage La Chapelle at highly competitive pricing and with the IWM difference of straight-line provenance and pristine maturity. It's a rare opportunity to secure a ten-year-old Hermitage at special pricing, allowing you to drink a vintage wine without depleting your cellar.
July 21, 2015
Fantinel’s Sparkler Family, Classic ‘10 Gevrey-Chambertin, and Stellar Super-Tuscan Camartina
July 20, 2015
Classic Mascarello Barolo Mags, Must-Have $27 Baricci, and Benchmark Poggio di Sotto
It took about forty years for three generations of the Fantinel family to expand from a single restaurant, a couple of hotels and a modest vineyard in the Collio sub-zone of Friuli to its current status of owning twenty restaurants throughout central and northern Italy, producing the very fine Prosciutto di San Daniele, owning vineyards in three of Friuli's sub-zones, and making some of the best wine to come out of the region.  In choosing to invest in the simple elements of Italian life--wine, ham, and osteria--the Fantinel family made traditional Italian life their enterprise, and their lifeblood.
Since assuming control of the estate named for her father, Bartolo Mascarello, Maria Teresa Mascarello has been on a roll. Each new vintage of Mascarello Barolo seems finer, purer, more expressive and more stunning, so it feels right to revisit a favorite vintage to recollect its beauty and to see how it is progressing. Today, we're delighted to present magnum bottlings of the 2008 Mascarolo Barolo, a vintage that illustrates Maria Teresa's unquestionable winemaking prowess.
July 16, 2015
Must-Have Méo-Camuzet, “Sassicaia” of the North, and Sassicaia Gift Set!
July 15, 2015
Historic Giacosa Barbaresco, San Giuliano Barbaresco, and André Clouet Cuvée 1911!
2012 was what the wine industry refers to as a "winemakers' vintage" in Burgundy. The growing season beset Burgundy makers with a series of challenges, lowering the grape 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 an esteemed producer like Domaine Méo-Camuzet crafts a world-class evocation of the vintage. Today, we're delighted to spotlight a single wine from the '12 vintage: Méo-Camuzet Clos de Vougeot Grand Cru. In stock and ready to ship, this beguiling, elegant wine is perfect to drink now--or years down the line.
It's fair to say that Bruno Giacosa was born into, raised by, and grew up in wine. A third-generation winemaker, Bruno was born in 1929 in Neive, the beating heart of Barbaresco. By the time he was thirteen, he had joined his father and grandfather in the family's cantina, learning at their sides how to make wine. Bruno became a winemaker in 1961, when he was just turning 32, and now in his late eighties, he's still making wine--collectable, outrageously good wine beloved by aficionados of traditional Barbaresco and Barolo around the globe.
July 14, 2015
Scarzello’s Stunning $59 Barolo, Vintage Messorio, and Great Vincent Girardin Meursault
July 13, 2015
Singular ‘11 Galardi Terra di Lavoro, Il Poggione Brunello Riserva, and 33-Year-old Montevertine
Although Scarzello Barolo has a long, storied history that reaches back three hundred years, this estate, located in the heart of Barolo, has remained relatively under the radar until recently. Family-owned-and-operated, Scarzello currently rests in the hands of Federico Scarzello, a modest, even taciturn man, whose fierce adherence to his highly individualized principles has worked to keep his estate's wines out of the press. Today, we're delighted to present a new allocation of the estate's 2007 Barolo, an artful blending of Scarzello's prime vineyards.
Set among magnificent chestnut groves in the high hills of Sessa Aurunca in northwestern Campania, the family-owned Galardi Winery produces just one wonderful wine: Terra di Lavoro. The estate's volcanic vineyards grow deeply concentrated Aglianico and Piedirosso, and the fiercely artisanal Galardi estate blends these grapes together to craft its Terra di Lavoro, a singular, magical wine. Today, we're delighted to present a new allocation of the 2011 Terra di Lavoro, a silky, opulent bottling that's just now entering its drinking window.
July 9, 2015
The Best of ‘14 Bandol Rosés, Latour-Giraud ‘13 Burgundies, and Dal Forno’s ’08 Greatness
July 8, 2015
Gaja Costa Russi Quartet, Vintage Soldera Brunello Riserva, and Benchmark Valdicava
Today, we're proud to spotlight two of our very favorite Bandol producers, Château Pradeaux and Château de Pibarnon, and present their 2014 Bandol rosé bottlings at very special time-sensitive pricing. Just as sparkling wine is synonymous with Champagne, rosé is synonymous with Provence--some regions have their calling, and rosé is it for Bandol. Château de Pibaron and Château Pradeaux make serious rosés. Both estates have been producing wine on the Mediterranean since before the French Revolution, surviving numerous wars and phylloxera, and these two bottles embody history, tradition and Bandol's unique terroir.
Today, we're delighted to spotlight his iconic single-vineyard Barbaresco Costa Russi and to offer wines from four different vintages: the classic '06 and '08 vintages, the opulent '09, and the structured '10. Though situated right alongside Sorì Tildìn in Roncagliette, Costa Russi, the third cru Barbaresco to take its place in the portfolio in 1978, is the Gaja bottling best known for being accessible, overt, and generous. The eleven-acre Costa Russi vineyard takes its name from the word "costa," which is the side of a hill that faces the sun and "Russi," the name of the vineyard's former owners.
July 7, 2015
Movia’s Show-Stopping Puro Rosé! Under $30 Dolcetto! And Giacosa Le Rocche Falletto Riserva
July 6, 2015
Alfred Gratien’s Affordable Luxury, Ferrari’s Fairytale Wines, and Under $40 Col d’Orcia Brunello!
Of all of IWM's signature producers, Movia's Ales Kristancic is perhaps the biggest showman. A former competitive ballroom dancer, Ales brings an element of show-stopping elegance to his wines, which he produces at his biodynamic estate on the Italy-Slovenia border. All of Movia's wines evince a certain liveliness, energy and complexity that make them unusual, but the estate's Puro is very special. This sparkling wine embodies the passion, the principles and the panache of Movia. Today, we're very proud to present three different Movia Puro Rosé vintages, all presented at the BEST PRICE in the US.
Sparkling wines make celebrations glisten; from New Year's Eve to anniversaries, bubblies are the go-to symbol for special occasions, and one of IWM's signature sparklers is a beautiful non-vintage brut rosé from Alfred Gratien. A consistent palate pleaser, Alfred Gratien Brut Rosé delivers nuances of lively red berries, brioche and spice, all conveyed with balance and harmony. Today, we're delighted to present the Alfred Gratien Rosé Brut NV at time-sensitive special pricing, just in time for all your summer celebrations!
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.
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