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June 23, 2016
Quintarelli Valpolicella Debut and Return of a Client Favorite! Ponsot Grand Cru Assortment!
June 22, 2016
Stellar Gaja 2011 Brunello Trio, Classic Sugarille Mags, and Seghesio’s “Baby Barolo”
You can't overestimate Giuseppe Quintarelli's impact on Valpolicella, the red wine zone located in the northeast corridor of the Veneto--almost singlehandedly, Quintarelli forever changed the game. Before Quintarelli, Valpolicella was a light and quaffable wine, but a trip to Burgundy in the 1980s convinced Quintarelli that Valpolicella could be a wine of serious interest. Burgundy's soils reminded Quintarelli of the soils of his almost 30-acre estate situated in the Po Valley, and he was convinced that he could create long-aging, masterful, complex Valpolicella wines--so he did.
Today, we keep rolling out the 2011 Brunello with three wines from Angelo Gaja's Montalcino estate, Pieve Santa Restituta. In this offer, Gaja's traditional cuvée Brunello, Gaja Pieve Santa Restituta Brunello di Montalcino, is partnered by Brunello Rennina and the single-vineyard Brunello Sugarille, giving a panoramic view of the 2011 vintage. 2011 was marked by warm weather and heat spikes in July and August, but Angelo, aided by his daughter Gaia, turned the warm vintage into wines that marry early approachability with vibrant energy, and power with finesse.
June 21, 2016
New Release Brunello and Pinot Nero from Antinori! And a Big, Beautiful Collector Burgundy!
June 20, 2016
Stellar 2011 Vigna d’Alceo Returns, Historic Aldo Conterno, and Comte Georges de Vogüé
Today, we're delighted to present the BEST PRICE in the country on the 2011 Brunello from Pian delle Vigne, Antinori's home in Montalcino. Pian delle Vigne, purchased by Antinori in 1995, shows how the Antinori excellence in Tuscany extends beyond the borders of Chianti Classico and Bolgheri and into the center of Montalcino. This Brunello always punches far above its price point, and this ripe yet savory '11 bottling is simply stellar.
Biodynamic cult winemaker Castello dei Rampolla has been on a roll in the last few releases. The recent vintages of its two Super-Tuscan wines, Sammarco and Vigna d'Alceo, have received rapturous receptions by both critics and connoisseurs, and as each new bottling comes to us, we find ourselves scrabbling for new superlatives, and our clients love this wine as much as we do. Today, we're delighted to present a new allocation of the estate's stellar 2011 Vigna d'Alceo.
June 15, 2016
Dynamic Salvioni Duo, Mastroberardino’s “Barolo of the South,” and William Fèvre Sale!
June 14, 2016
Special Edition Scavino Barolo, Serious Raffaele Palma Rosato, and Collector Domaine Ponsot
This week, we're following up that offer with a pair of Salvioni Cerbaiola wines, Salvioni Cerbaiola 2011 Brunello di Montalcino and 2014 Rosso di Montalcino, that are neither sleeper vintages nor are they benchmark. Rather, these two wines show what an excellent winemaker can make from challenging vintages. Indeed, each of these wines reflects its vintage with exceptional grace and transparency, and together, this duo gives Montalcino enthusiasts a panoramic view of the cult Salvioni estate.
Almost forty years ago, Paolo Scavino's flagship wine, Barolo Bric dël Fiasc, was born. Following the death of their father, Alfonso and Paolo Scavino divided their father's vineyard holdings in the commune of Castiglione Falletto. Paolo's portion included a five-acre plot in Falletto's Fiasc cru known as Bric dël Fiasc. Sitting about 850 feet above sea level and boasting tufa-based soils of silt-sand and marl, Fiasc was special.
June 13, 2016
Terriccio’s Must-Have Super Tuscans, the Prince’s Singular Bianco, and Under $60 Brunello
June 9, 2016
Brunello Spectacular: Salvioni’s Sleeper Vintage, Cupano’s “Baby Brunello,” and Poggio di Sotto Duo!
"Terriccio" means soil in Italian, and Castello del Terriccio, owned by Dr. Gian Annibale Rossi di Medelana, is devoted to creating wines that speak eloquently of the estate's roots and its vineyards' unique terroir. Although only founded in the 1980s, Castello del Terriccio has agricultural history that stretches back to the Middle Ages; today, this estate crafts beautiful Super-Tuscan wines from its 148 acres in Maremma that range along the Tyrrhenian Sea. Today, IWM is pleased to present a quartet of recent releases from Castello del Terriccio.
On the heels of the benchmark classic 2006 vintage and the benchmark opulent 2007 vintage, Brunello's 2008 vintage got a little lost. The year itself gifted winemakers with a cooler-than-average growing season that nonetheless showed a great oscillation between warm, sunny days and chilly evenings, making for a harvest of acidic, balanced, tannin-rich berries and aromatic wines of great structure. Today we're delighted to revisit the 2008 Brunello di Montalcino from Salvioni Cerbaiola.
June 8, 2016
Ready-to-Enjoy Sassicaia, René Leclerc 2013 Triumph, and Historic Aldo Conterno Mags!
June 7, 2016
Celebrating Big Reds with Domaine du Pegau, San Giuliano, and Angelo Gaja!
Before the 1960s, only Marchese Mario Incisa della Rocchetta considered making a Bordeaux-style wine on Italian soil, much less in Bolgheri, a region not yet established viticulturally. Mario's drive and foresight, combined with guidance from consulting enologist Giacomo Tachis, made enological history when they created Sassicaia and ignited the Super-Tuscan movement. Mario had planted a small vineyard of Cabernet Sauvignon in the Bolgheri hills in 1944; this parcel would become his estate, Tenuta San Guido. Sassicaia remains one of the most sought-after wines in the world.
Sitting among top-shelf Châteauneuf estates like Château de Beaucastel and Clos des Papes, Domaine de Pegau crafts consistently great wines, and its 2011 Châteauneuf-du-Pape Cuvée Reservée is a surprising knockout. The estate's second wine, Châteauneuf-du-Pape Cuvée Reservée a great value for its price point, just over $50 a bottle, and, even more exciting, it's enjoyable now. IWM is delighted to present a new allocation of the approachable Domaine du Pegau 2011 Châteauneuf-du-Pape Cuvée Reservée at the BEST PRICE in the country.
June 6, 2016
New Gaja Releases! Antinori’s Italian “Meursault” and Christian Moreau Chablis!
June 2, 2016
Your Hot Weather Duo from COS, Rare Pérez Barquero, and Collector Alain Burguet
Today, we're delighted to present a trio of new Gaja releases that typify both his Piemonte roots and Gaja's history of tinkering with tradition. Representing Gaja's long Piemonte history is the 2013 bottling of the estate's traditional cuvée Barbaresco, and illustrating Gaja's refusal to let the past dictate the future are the 2015 Rossj-Bass and 2014 Gaia & Rey, the estate's trailblazing whites. Exclusive to IWM, this trio of Gaja new releases comes at the BEST PRICE in the States.
Sicilia has become the beach resort destination for much of Italy, and while its pristine beaches and blue water accounts for part of the reason why, the consistent sunshine and warm temperatures of this ancient volcanic island is another. While Sicilia used to be known for its Marsala, in the past few decades, boutique winemakers have taken advantage of the island's unique terroir to craft delicious, artisanal wines. Today, we're delighted to present a pair of perfect summertime wines, COS 2014 Nero di Lupo and Pithos Bianco, both at very competitive pricing.
June 1, 2016
Two Oustanding 2014 Chavy-Chouet Releases! And IWM’s Blush Wine Sale!
May 31, 2016
Three Epic Wines from Quintarelli, Mastroberardino and Toro Albala
Chavy-Chouet is exactly the kind of estate that I love. It’s family-owned-and-operated by people who have been winemakers for many generations. It’s devoted to the terroir and the traditions of its land, and its wines are consistently very, very good, even in challenging years. Today, I’m very proud to present two Chavy-Chouet wines from 2014, a year that was a nail-biter for Burgundy’s winemakers--it was hot, it was cold and rainy, it had hail, but it finished cool and sunny, helping vignerons like Romaric Chavy-Chouet make wines that fill your mouth with lusciousness.
Today, I'm very proud to present these epic bottlings: Quintarelli 2003 Amarone Riserva, Mastroberardino 1973 Taurasi Radici, and Toro Albala 1946 Don PX Convento Seleccion. The last two of these bottles, the Mastroberardino and the Toro Albana, have already lived decades--and they can live for many more years. People have lived and died as these wines have quietly been aging, growing more mature, becoming ever more beautiful. The first of these wines, the Quintarelli Amarone Riserva, can live for decades; it's an ageless, timeless wine that will likely outlive us all.
May 26, 2016
Benchmark ’10 Antinori Brunello Returns, 69-Year-Old López de Heredia, and Giacosa Barolo!
May 25, 2016
New 2014 Release of Antinori’s Chardonnay! Vintage Brunello Trio! And Crisp, Classic Chablis Splits!
In the hullabaloo over the release of the 2010 Brunello di Montalcino, a vintage so sublime that it's recalibrating our understanding of benchmark Brunello, it's easy to have overlooked some bottles. Americans love Brunello, and IWM clients love this Sangiovese Grosso wine more than most aficionados of Italian wine. Today, we're delighted to focus your attention on a Brunello made by the iconic Antinori family and offer it at just over $60 a bottle, very competitive pricing.
Piero Antinori wanted to create an Italian version of white Burgundy, but he and his team couldn't quite capture his vision. Ready to give up on the project, they shut the door to the cellar where the wine was fermenting, allowing the temperature to rise slightly, which induced malolactic fermentation and created this wine's creamy mouth-feel. The result was the kind of happy accident that wine-lovers can celebrate for decades to come, and one that remains one of Italy's best-kept secrets.
May 24, 2016
New 2014 Guidalberto Release! Terricio’s Super Super-Tuscan! And Jacques Selosse Sale!
May 23, 2016
Stellar Fontodi New Release Trio, Vintage Valentini Wine, and Benchmark ’04 Sassicaia
When Nicolò Incisa della Rocchetta set about making Guidalberto in 2000, he was driven by experimentation. He wanted to see what he and his legendary estate, Tenuta San Guido, could do with Merlot, a grape that's absent from the estate's iconic Sassicaia, and he wanted to create a wine that offered earlier approachability. Guidalberto was an immediate hit, especially with serious Bordeaux lovers. Today, we're delighted to present a new release of Guidalberto, the elegant, finessed and surprisingly complex 2014 bottling.
From Robert Parker to the New York Times, wine critics lauded 1997 as a contender for Italy's vintage of the century. Upon release, the wines were rich, opulent, approachable, but that was only half of the story. Put into historical perspective, 1997 shone as something very special. It had an unusual, magical growing season, one that began with naturally reduced yields and ended with a hot harvest that delivered super-concentrated, almost dehydrated berries.
May 19, 2016
Ripe, Gorgeous ’97 Conti Costanti Brunello! Antinori’s Go-To White! And Faiveley Sale!
May 18, 2016
New Release 2009 Soldera Rosso and More 2008 Rosso! And Spain’s Aristocratic Wine!
From Robert Parker to the New York Times, wine critics lauded 1997 as a contender for Italy's vintage of the century. Upon release, the wines were rich, opulent, approachable, but that was only half of the story. Put into historical perspective, 1997 shone as something very special. It had an unusual, magical growing season, one that began with naturally reduced yields and ended with a hot harvest that delivered super-concentrated, almost dehydrated berries.
Today, we're proud to present one of Soldera's rare releases from these years, the balanced and sensual Case Basse di Soldera 2009 Rosso IGT. Rose petals, licorice, underbrush, saddle leather and spice frame this wine's expressive, racy Sangiovese Grosso fruit. Since his first harvest in 1975, Soldera always vinified the same way--aging his wine traditionally in large Slavonian oak botti for five years and then an additional six to twelve months in bottle before release--but in 2008, Soldera shifted his protocol, aging the wine in botti and finishing the wine's aging in stainless steel before bottling.
May 17, 2016
Giacosa’s Stellar 2011 Trio on Sale! Value Rosato! And Great Chandon de Briailles!
May 16, 2016
Under $35 Bruno Giacosa! Delectable Cru $50 Barbaresco, and Alain Burguet Vosne-Romanee!
The 2011 wines from this master winemaker show that this reputation is well earned. These wines have more of everything--more purity, more concentration, more elegance, more silkiness, and more nuances; they're outstanding. Critics, connoisseurs and industry people lauded Giacosa's 2011 Barolo and Barbaresco releases. Today, we're delighted to present very special pricing on the 2011 Giacosa Barbaresco Santo Stefano di Neive, Barolo Falletto di Serralunga and Barbaresco Asili Riserva!
A grape of astounding flexibility and breadth, Barbera is one of the two most planted red wine varietals in Italy (the other is Sangiovese). Historically known as "the people's wine," and currently recognized as the "fun" alternative to Piemonte's more austere Nebbiolo-based wines, the wines of Piemonte's Barbera DOCs offer an easy-going, cheerfully acidic, and very tasty way to experience the renowned region. Today, we're proud to present a new allocation of Casa Vinicola Bruno Giacosa 2013 Barbera d'Alba, a delicious value red beloved by both the IWM staff and our clients.
May 12, 2016
Dynamic Solaia Duo, 2013 Tignanello Magnums, and the “Pétrus of Provence”
May 11, 2016
New 2011 Fuligni Brunello Release! Vintage George Noëllat! And Bonneau du Martray!
Debuting in 1978, Solaia was initially a blend of Cabernet Sauvignon touched with Cabernet Franc, but in 1982, Piero Antinori and his star enologist, Giacomo Tachis, added Sangiovese. Within a couple of years of tinkering with the blend to reflect vintage shifts, the pair had arrived at its current incarnation. Today's Solaia is a blend of 75% Cabernet Sauvignon with 20% Sangiovese, and the remainder Cabernet Franc, making it essentially the mirror image of Tignanello.
IWM has long championed the family-owned-and-operated Fuligni, an estate whose style straddles "traditional" and "modern" and whose wine shows a rare combination of approachability and longevity. Today, we're very pleased to present the BEST PRICE in the country on the 2011 Fuligni Brunello, a wine that is sexy, racy and delicious. Open-knit and genial, the '11 Brunello from Fuligni almost pulls you back to the glass, and given that this beautifully made Brunello clocks in at just under $60 a bottle, there's little reason for you not to enjoy it now--and later!
May 10, 2016
Meet Your Go-To White! Dynamic Querciabella New Release Duo! Vintage Soldera!
May 9, 2016
Finessed, Opulent ’11 Sammarco, New Biondi-Santi “Baby Brunello,” and Arnoux-Lachaux!
Today, we're happy to shine a spotlight on one perfect southern Italian white, De Conciliis Donnaluna Fiano 2013, a gorgeous weighty white from Campania. This mineral-laden, slightly viscous, full-bodied white has the piquant acidity to accompany a range of meals, from summertime's light food to the intense, complex palate demanded by heartier winter fare. It's the quintessential all-weather wine, and IWM's portfolio managers have been known to pour it at our tastings all year around.
Today, we're delighted to present ten beautiful Burgundies from Château de la Maltroye's recent 2014 releases. Three red and seven white, these wines span price points from just under $30 a bottle for its compelling Bourgogne Rouge to just under $300 for its exquisite Bâtard-Montrachet. Regardless of whether you're a longtime Burghead or a wine-lover just beginning to explore France's most rewarding wine region, Château de la Maltroye has wines that will fit your palate, cellar and lifestyle.
May 5, 2016
New 2014 Releases from Château de la Maltroye! Cupano’s “Baby Brunello” and Collector Jadot!
May 4, 2016
New 2011 Bartolo Mascarello Barolo Release! Vintage Costanti Brunello! And William Fèvre Chablis!
Today, we're delighted to present ten beautiful Burgundies from Château de la Maltroye's recent 2014 releases. Three red and seven white, these wines span price points from just under $30 a bottle for its compelling Bourgogne Rouge to just under $300 for its exquisite Bâtard-Montrachet. Regardless of whether you're a longtime Burghead or a wine-lover just beginning to explore France's most rewarding wine region, Château de la Maltroye has wines that will fit your palate, cellar and lifestyle.
Bartolo Mascarello, who passed away about a decade ago, was a Barolo legend, and his wines have long attracted a cult following. However, since his daughter Maria Teresa assumed control of the winery, these Barolos have only become purer, finer and more nuanced. While Maria Teresa's deft touch is palpable in classic vintages like the benchmark 2010, her ability to coax nuance from a warm vintage is breathtaking, and it's what makes her Barolo stand apart in years like 2011, an atypically ripe growing season in Piemonte.
May 3, 2016
Graceful, Restrained Dal Forno ’10 Amarone, Cult François Gay, and Approachable Montevetrano
May 2, 2016
Historic ’78 Soldera Brunello, Biondi-Santi ’11 Brunello Debut, and Gravner’s Gorgeous Ribolla Gialla
Romano Dal Forno holds the nickname of the "Grape King of the Veneto," but that name is a little misleading. True, this world-class winemaker takes remarkable pains in his vineyards, keeping his yield to an astounding 11 oz. of grapes per vine. Certainly, Romano's choice to grow his vines densely, creating competition between the vines for essential nutrients, challenges the plants to grow more concentrated berries and thus creates a dense, opulent wine from its beginning.
A Soldera Brunello smells, tastes, and feels like only a Soldera Brunello: dense in taste yet surprisingly light in body; smelling of fresh-cut roses, towering cypress trees and earth; filled with fruit, rich with tannins, bewilderingly beautiful and yet always elegant. Highly sought-after, Soldera 1978 Brunello is wine that stands as a testament to this winemaker's skills: intense, concentrated and complex, the fruit is nonetheless pure, transparent and fresh--it's a Brunello for serious collectors.
April 28, 2016
Benchmark Breakthrough Sandrone Barolo! Artisanal Barbera! And Seghesio’s “Baby Barolo”
April 27, 2016
New Classic, Stellar 2013 Solaia Release! Great $22 Gavi di Gavi! And Latour-Giraud Meursault!
Today, we're very proud to present the 1990 Barolo Cannubi Boschis, the wine that solidified Sandrone's position on the wine world's map and the first bottle he released after leaving the Marchesi di Barolo estate. This is a historic bottle of wine; it signals the arrival of Sandrone, a shift to more modernist wine styling, and the memorialization of a truly great Barolo vintage. But even with all its historical significance, this Barolo Cannubi Boschis will impress for its sheer massive beauty.
The Antinori family of estates has been making wine for more than six centuries, but they're perhaps best known for their Super-Tuscan twins, Tignanello and Solaia. Almost like mirror images of one another, Tignanello and Solaia are like siblings, both beloved, both equal in the eyes of their makers, and both unique in their own rights. Today, we're very proud to present the new 2013 release of Antinori Solaia.
April 26, 2016
Is this Arneis Your Go-To White? New 2014 “Baby Brunello” and Collector Emmanuel Rouget
April 25, 2016
Release of the Classic 2013 Ornellaia, and Quintarelli Wines, Collector and Everyday!
You might never have heard of Arneis, but now you can make up for lost time and start enjoying this grape. Arneis' name translates from Piemontese dialect to mean, variably, "little rascal," "difficult and demanding person," or "child who doesn't listen to his parents." Maybe this grape's truculence was the reason that it took the DOC until 2005 to award it the Roero Arneis DOCG status. It's more likely that all the other great wines in Piemonte overshadowed those made from Arneis that's also sometimes called Nebbiolo Blanco.
At the beginning of the month, we were delighted to offer you the 2013 Le Volte from Tenuta dell'Ornellaia; today, we're very proud to follow up that offer with the flagship wine from the estate, Tenuta dell'Ornellaia 2013 Ornellaia. If you're a fan of wines that transmit their terroir with transparency, wines that privilege structure and finesse over extraction and power, or wines that balance their elegance with fleshiness, you don't want to miss this new Ornellaia release.
April 21, 2016
Under $25 Guado al Tasso! The Prince’s Fairytale Sémillon! And Bryant Family’s Cult Bettina!
April 20, 2016
Great Maltroye Chassagne-Montrachet! Vintage Soldera and Ripe Paolo Bea in Large Formats!
IWM clients are familiar with the Guado al Tasso, the flagship wine of Antinori's Bolgheri estate of the same name. But while you have come to know and love Guado al Tasso for its silky tannins, succulent fruits, subtle earth and sophisticated style, you might not know that Antinori also makes a stellar introductory wine at this iconic estate. Today, we're delighted to present Guado al Tasso 2014 Il Bruciato, the latest release of this entry-level wine. Absolutely delicious and around $20 a bottle.
Château de la Maltroye is one of IWM's favorite Burgundy makers, and we are not alone in our love. Since the late 1990s when Jean-Pierre Cournut took Maltroye's helm, this domaine has been on a distinct upward trajectory. Jean-Pierre cherishes an almost messianic fervor for his estate--for example, he personally chooses each stave of wood for his aging barrels. His devotion shows; Maltroye crafts wines that show a Zen-like harmony in their elements, seamlessly integrating disparate notes into a singular whole.
April 19, 2016
Benchmark Fuligni Brunello Riserva, Beautiful Anne & Sébastien Bidault, and Dagueneau Foursome
April 18, 2016
Vintage Radikon Merlot, Antinori’s Umbrian “Meursault,” and Benchmark Capanna Brunello Riserva
2007 was a gift to Montalcino's winemakers. If the weather in 2006 gave the region's producers the materials to craft a long-aging, classic and structured wine, then 2007 offered the perfect complement: a perfect warm year that began with precocious budding and ended with a fine, cool harvest, allowing grapes to ripen perfectly while maintaining freshness. It's easy to forget the greatness of 2007 Brunello in the rightful hullaballoo surrounding the benchmark 2010 vintage, but we'd like to remind you with this delectable '07 Brunello Riserva.
Radikon's approach, however, is best known by what it rejects: chemical pesticides, the addition of sulfites or yeasts, and temperature-controlled fermentation. His fierce adherence to traditional ways coupled with his determined experimentation flips the script on modern winemaking, and in doing so, he makes wines that shimmer across the palate and defy expectations.
April 14, 2016
Great Roger Coulon Grower Champagne, Bruno Giacosa and Vintage Tignanello Large Formats
April 13, 2016
Antinori Barolo Bussia New Release, Vintage Soldera Intistieti, and Latour-Giraud!
The rise of grower Champagnes--the work of producers who cultivate the grapes, vinify the wine, and estate bottle their own Champagnes--has only added luster to Champagne's already significant hold over wine-lovers. One such grower Champagne house that consistently impresses us is Roger Coulon, and today, we're delighted to spotlight Roger Coulon NV Brut Reserve de l'Hommee, a knockout wine that over-delivers on its relatively modest price point.
Piemonte's 2009 growing season was marked by contrasts--a snowy winter, a rainy spring, and a dry summer of "torrid" heat, and while these challenges could thwart lesser producers, Prunotto made this challenging vintage look easy. Of course, Prunotto is aided by being owned by the Antinori family and overseen by Albieri Antinori, and the fact that the winery is based in the historic Colonnello vineyard helps too. Today, we're delighted to present a new allocation of Prunotto's traditional, terroir-driven 2009 Barolo Bussia.
April 12, 2016
Iconic ’10 Biondi-Santi Brunello Riserva, Great Cult Galardi, and Thrilling Tenuta di Trinoro
April 11, 2016
Historic Vintage Sassicaia and Granbussia! And 2011 Gaja Barbaresco Trio!
This offer lets you drink this standard-bearing Super Tuscan the way it was intended: with perfect maturity. Today, we're proud to present a limited allocation of 34-year-old Sassicaia. One of the most legendary vintages of this extraordinary wine, the 1982 Sassicaia is one of the last vintages to come from the hands of Mario Incisa della Rocchetta, the creator of Sassicaia himself, and these bottles come with perfect provenance and the BEST PRICE in the States.
This offer lets you drink this standard-bearing Super Tuscan the way it was intended: with perfect maturity. Today, we're proud to present a limited allocation of 34-year-old Sassicaia. One of the most legendary vintages of this extraordinary wine, the 1982 Sassicaia is one of the last vintages to come from the hands of Mario Incisa della Rocchetta, the creator of Sassicaia himself, and these bottles come with perfect provenance and the BEST PRICE in the States.
April 7, 2016
Must-Have Under $50 Sassetti Brunello, Vintage Le Pergole Torte, and Must-Have Puilly-Fumé
April 6, 2016
Your New Go-To Reds from Quattro Mani! CVNE Rioja Reserva Mags! And Joseph Drouhin!
This is a genial, open-knit wine that matches its dark opulence with complexity, making for a truly thrilling, completely captivating ride. 2011's heat wave presented a lot of challenges to makers of Brunello; however, while yields were down about 14%, the quality was high. The vintage's ripeness, quality and concentration all show in Livio Sassetti's '11 bottling, presented today at the BEST PRICE in the country.
Today, we're delighted to present two of our favorite go-to reds, Quattro Manni 2014 Barbera and Quattro Mani 2014 Montepulciano d'Abruzzo. Both well under $20 a bottle, these wines are Italian through and through, and they allow you to enjoy Italian winemaking any night of the week. Pleasing to the palate and easy on the wallet, this Quattro Mani duo packs a mighty punch at their price points.
April 5, 2016
Two Outrageous Tenuta Ornellaia Wines! And Perfect, Pristine Vintage George Noëllat!
April 4, 2016
Under $70 Collemattoni 2010 Brunello! Fine Vintage Franciacorta, and Must-Have Gevrey-Chambertin!
Revisiting wines is one of our favorite pleasures. A living, breathing thing, wine changes with time, and the fresh-faced, exuberant youngster can mellow into a bottle that's complex, powerful and nuanced. Today, we're delighted to revisit the stunning 2009 Tenuta dell'Ornellaia flagship bottling. Now with more than a half-decade of maturity, the '09 Ornellaia is blossoming into a gorgeous wine, and while drinkable now, it has years of enjoyment ahead of it.
Not only is this wine in stock and ready to ship, this darkly beautiful Collemattoni Brunello is less than $70 a bottle, and it over-delivers on its modest price point, making it a must-have Brunello for enthusiasts. Beyond being a benchmark vintage, 2010 reset the entire scale for the producers of Montalcino's best-loved wine, and this '10 bottling from family-owned-and-operated Collemattoni puts an opulent spin on the landmark year.
March 31, 2016
The “Perfect” 2011 Vigna d’Alceo Returns, the Prince’s Fairytale White, and Bodega Chacra’s Pure Pinot Noir
March 30, 2016
Must-Have Giacomo Conterno Barolo, Our Biggest Gaja Sale, and Ferrari’s 1978 Beauty!
A tangle of confusing signs sits at the top of a one-lane dirt road; each sign points to a different estate, and none of them say "Castello dei Rampolla." At the bottom of this narrow dirt road, though, sits this tiny Renaissance idyll, a cluster of stone buildings on a small stone piazza canopied by tall trees and surrounded by some of the most spectacular Tuscan vines you'll ever see. It's an ideal spot for winemaking, and Castello dei Rampolla makes some ideal wines. Today, we're delighted to present a new allocation of the estate's stellar 2011 Vigna d'Alceo.
Lacy, graceful and altogether wonderful, Giacomo Conterno's 2011 Barolo Francia frames its pure Nebbiolo fruit with chalky minerals, crushed rose and violet petals, fresh-cut herbs, sun-warmed earth and truffles. Energetic yet caressing, this is an extraordinary Barolo that will reward the palates of wine-lovers who love traditional, terroir-driven wines. Today, we're delighted to present a new allocation of the genial, accessible 2011 Barolo Francia at very competitive pricing.
March 29, 2016
Classic 2008 Poggio di Sotto Brunello Riserva Returns, Serious Rosato, and Burgundy Flash Sale!
March 28, 2016
New Benchmark Brunello Riserva from Antinori! Movia’s Magic! And Great Château de la Maltroye!
A Poggio di Sotto Brunello is, quite simply, a league apart. While the past few years have seen two major changes at Poggio di Sotto--first, Piero Palmucci's choice to sell the estate to ColleMassari, and second, the loss of Giulio Gambelli, the late, great consulting enologist--recent releases suggest that Poggio di Sotto continues its tradition of crafting intense, pristine, and altogether lovely wines.
Today, IWM is proud to announce the release of the benchmark 2010 vintage of Antinori's cru Pian Delle Vigne Brunello di Montalcino Riserva Ferrovia. 2010 is the just the fifth vintage of this fine Brunello whose name, "Ferrovia," refers to the nineteenth-century railway station on the estate's property. Characterful yet approachable, this wine could only come from the hands of Antinori, and it evokes all the structure of its landmark vintage while embodying the caressing approachability that makes wines from the Antinori family so very beloved.
March 24, 2016
Release of the Landmark 2013 Sassicaia! One Fairytale White! And Must-Have Fèvre!
March 23, 2016
Historic Antinori Chianti Classico Returns, 45-Year-Old Giacomo Borgogno Barolo, and Gaja’s White!
Few estates embody effortless elegance like Tenuta San Guido, and few wines evoke timeless beauty like Sassicaia. Sassicaia is more than merely the very first Super-Tuscan wine, more than a wine whose pedigree, elegance and synchronicity of site and grape varietal changed history, and more than one of the world's best-known, most-revered wines; it's a wine that year in and year out lives up to its intense reputation. And in very, very special vintages, Sassicaia does the unthinkable and raises the Super-Tuscan bar yet higher.
The Antinori family makes just a single wine at the historic Badia a Passignano estate, its Chianti Classico Gran Selezione. The DOCG and Chianti Consortium created the Chianti Classico Gran Selezione designation in 2014, and this wine embodies all the best that this DOCG could possibly be: it's a pure, complex, historic and traditional evocation of a long-aging and altogether superlative Chianti Classico. Presented at the very BEST PRICE in the country, this Chianti Classico Gran Selezione lets you experience the beauty of Toscana in one exceptional bottle.
March 22, 2016
Valdicava’s “Baby Brunello” Arrives! New Baricci Brunello Release! And Great Latour-Giraud!
March 21, 2016
New La Poderina Brunello Riserva! Two Great Poggio di Sotto Brunellos! And Antinori’s Aglianico!
Brunello is years in the making, an issue both for the people who make it and the people who love to drink it. Montalcino producers needed a "bridge" wine, a bottle that would serve as an affordable, approachable, early release to sell while their Brunello bottles aged; and enthusiasts wanted an approachable, immediate bottle to enjoy. In 1983, the Consorzio di Vino Brunello di Montalcino solved the problem by creating Rosso di Montalcino, a wine that producers could release just two years after harvest.
Today, we're delighted to continue rolling out the 2010 Brunello Riserva releases with a bottle from La Poderina, the estate's 2010 Brunello di Montalcino Riserva Poggio Abate. La Poderina makes balanced Brunellos even in off vintages, and a benchmark vintage like 2010 allows for exquisite nuance and complexity in the estate's Brunello Riserva. Priced at under $90 a bottle, the BEST PRICE in the US, this wine offers a tremendous quality-to-price ratio.
March 17, 2016
Triumphant Return of ’08 Giacosa Barolo Riserva and ’10 Valdicava Brunello! New Prunotto Barbera!
March 16, 2016
Seven Rosés to Welcome Spring! Vintage Mastroberardino! And Classic Christian Moreau Chablis!
Without argument, Bruno Giacosa is one of the most respected producers of traditionally styled Barolo and Barbaresco, and his Barolo Le Rocche del Falletto Riserva stands as one of the most legendary wines in the world. Deriving from just four rows of the oldest vines situated at the vineyard's apex, this old-vine Barolo Riserva ages for an additional time, thereby intensifying, refining and elevating the drinking experience. Today, we're delighted to announce the triumphant return of Giacosa 2008 Barolo Le Rocche Falletto Riserva.
There is no wine that embodies the evanescent pleasure of springtime better than rosé. Like springtime flowers, rosé wines bloom in a dizzying array of pale pinks, fleshy salmons, bright cherries, and cheery melons. Like springtime's flowers, rosés aren't meant to sit in the dark cellar--they demand to be enjoyed now. And like springtime's blossoms, rosés appear everywhere, in a wide variety of styles, from soft and sweet to steely and bright.
March 15, 2016
Antinori’s Historic Cru Barolo Riserva, Three Decades of Biondi-Santi, and Pousse d’Or
March 14, 2016
New Guado al Tasso Release! Antinori’s Way with Chardonnay! And Jacques Selosse Sale!
The cru Barolo we offer today is a study in contrasts. It's a wine that was a century in the making, but the '09 is only its second release. It comes from the Tuscan Antinori family, but it's steeped in Piemonte history. It's one of the very few Barolos made with mostly whole-cluster fermentation, and it derives from a vineyard that's so special that its maker built a winery just to craft it. It's Prunotto 2009 Barolo Bussia Vigna Colonnello Riserva, and it's a gorgeous, classic Barolo
Today, we're very proud to present the 2013 bottling of the flagship wine from Antinori's Guado al Tasso estate. Finessed, polished and breathtakingly structured, the '13 Guado al Tasso Bolgheri Superiore harkens back to the Super Tuscans of thirty years ago, and presented at the BEST PRICE in the States, it's a must-have bottle for enthusiasts who appreciate nuanced wines.
March 10, 2016
Giacomo Conterno 2010 Barolo Cascina Francia Returns! New François Gay Releases! And Vega-Sicilia!
March 9, 2016
Trio of Paul Pernot New Releases! Antinori Brunello Riserva! And Giuseppe Mascarello!
In any vintage, Giacomo Conterno's Cascina Francia is the quintessence of Barolo. It's not just a classic expression; it is the definition of Barolo, a wine that presents "good body, alcohol, and tannins, plus that certain something that gives longevity," elements that represent the pillars of a serious wine in the philosophy of Giacomo Conterno's maker, Roberto Conterno. Today, we're very pleased to present a new allocation of the must-have 2010 Giacomo Conterno Barolo Cascina Francia, and we're even more delighted to present this stellar bottle at very competitive pricing.
Though the common wisdom is that it's nearly impossible to find values in Burgundy these days, IWM proves that thinking wrong with today's offer of Paul Pernot new releases. Lase-precise, detailed, refreshing, layered, and lingering, the Puligny-Montrachet wines of Paul Pernot have long been a staple of Burgundy lovers who are in the know. Today, we're delighted to present a trio of Paul Pernot 2014 new releases, each offered at very competitive pricing. Delicious, ripe, approachable and balanced, these are impeccable white Burgundies.
March 8, 2016
Tignanello Chianti Classico Riserva, Terriccio’s Super-Tuscan Gems, and Comte Georges de Vogüé Sale!
March 7, 2016
New Releases from Montalcino’s Salvioni and Burgundy’s Fichet! And Delicious $13 Rosato!
Tenuta Tignanello is an estate that sits in the heart of Chianti Classico; while the estate has been making wine since the late nineteenth century, the Antinori family has owned it since the early twentieth century. More than the site of the vineyards that give their names and their grapes to Tignanello and Solaia, both legendary Super-Tuscan wines, this 320-acre estate is also the home of Marchese Antinori Chianti Classico Riserva, a standard bearer of Toscana's most emblematic wine.
It's the most wonderful time of the year--the time we roll out of new vintages of Brunello di Montalcino. We started with Canalicchio di Sopra, Cerbiona and Gianni Brunelli, and today, we're delighted to follow up those offers with two new releases from Giulio Salvioni's La Cerbaiola estate, Salvioni 2011 Cerbaiola Brunello di Montalcino and 2014 Rosso di Montalcino. Even more exciting, both of these wines are approachable upon release, and both are offered at the BEST PRICE in the country!
March 3, 2016
Drink This ’09 Brunello Now! Rare Angelo Gaja Sale! And New Pernot-Bélicard Releases!
March 2, 2016
Quartet of Paolo Bea New Releases! Singular Pianpolvere Barolo Soprano! And Collector Georges Roumier!
Big, intense, brooding and juicy, the '09 Il Poggione Brunello is a gorgeous wine. Loads of red and black fruit rest on a floor of earth, cigar wrapper, exotic spices, new saddle leather and savory umami notes, all supported by a big framework of mouthwatering acidity and muscular tannins. Il Poggione makes one of IWM founder Sergio Esposito's favorite Brunellos, and there are many reasons why; it's a well-built, rich wine that balances structure with approachability.
Umbria's Paolo Bea stands as the quintessential artisanal producer. His tiny estate is the classic Italian fattoria, and it's steeped in Montefalco's winemaking traditions that date to the early part of the twelfth century. Driven by a sheer labor of love, Paolo and his team still handcraft their wines, and in them, Bea's roots to Umbria are evident--for example, Bea still notes the production number of individual wines on their labels, an indication of their limited availability and their specialness.
March 1, 2016
The Stellar 2012 Fontodi Flaccianello Returns! Maltroye Monopole! And Vintage Mascarello Barolo!
February 29, 2016
New Releases of Talenti Brunello Riserva and Antinori Tignanello! And Client Fave Bachey-Legros!
Rich without heaviness, round without flabbiness, sappy without jamminess, the 2012 Flaccianello bursts with pure Sangiovese fruit that rests on a bed of cigar wrapper, chocolate, spice, warm saddle leather, and minerals. This wine caresses the palate with a silky mouth-feel, yet its vibrancy and focus keep its opulence in check, making it a fine--and very approachable--Flaccianello bottling. It's all about undisputed elegance, and this approachable yet structured bottling is making a triumphant return to IWM's cellars.
We've slowly been unveiling the new 2010 Brunello Riserva releases, and today, we're delighted to present the latest, Talenti 2010 Brunello di Montalcino Pian de Conte Riserva. If the '10 normale Brunello from Talenti focused on sweet fruit and an elegant mouth-feel, the '10 Brunello Riserva adds a thrumming bassline of brooding notes to that enchanting profile. It's a taut, muscular bottling that has tremendous focus and structure, and it's going to drink for decades.
February 25, 2016
Antinori’s $23 White! Under-the-Radar Wines from Antinori! And Alain Burguet Sale!
February 24, 2016
Antinori’s “Meursault” in Italy, Sauvage Corton-Renardes, and Jadot Sale!
Vermentino grows best by the sea, and it especially grows well in Bolgheri where it thrives under the hot Tuscan sun. While other white wine grape varieties can grow flabby and blowsy in the heat, Vermentino retains its acidic kick, floral aromatics and elegant structure, making for the quintessential warm weather sipper. Today, we're delighted to present a gorgeous Vermentino from Antinori's outpost in Bolgheri, the estate's Guado al Tasso 2014 Bolgheri Vermentino.
Italian Chardonnay often slips below the wine world's radar, with the exception of Angelo Gaja's Gaia & Rey and a few others. For these reasons, you might doubt that an Umbrian Chardonnay is one of Italy's great wines, but when we say it's Antinori's wine, carefully crafted by Umbrian native son Renzo Cotarella, and that the wine is Castello della Sala Cervaro della Sala, you might be convinced. Today, we're proud to present a new allocation of the 2013 Antinori Castello della Sala Cervaro della Sala at very competitive pricing.
February 23, 2016
New Bruno Giacosa Releases! 2003 Giacosa Barolo Le Rocche del Falletto! And Cupano’s Baby Brunello!
February 22, 2016
Dal Forno’s Sweet Sensation, One Standout Fiorano White, Antinori’s One-Time Wine
Bruno Giacosa stands as one of the most respected producers of traditionally styled Barolo and Barbaresco, crafting long-aging wines that are beloved by aficionados and coveted by collectors. Surprisingly, Bruno Giacosa himself is not an enologist. He learned by working with his father and grandfather and became fascinated by what could be created from the grape. Bruno feels that wines were better in the past, when there was less sophistication and treatment made to both grapes and wine, and less handling.
Romano Dal Forno, the "Grape King" of the Veneto, apprenticed under Giuseppe Quintarelli, and he is one of the rare winemakers who has mastered an unparalleled level of quality in crafting the difficult apassimento wines Amarone, Valpolicella and Recioto. But unlike the late, great Quintarelli who crafted rustic, traditional wines, Dal Forno creates modern, hedonistic wines that have single-handedly elevated the stature of quality Amarone. Dal Forno's Amarone is a unique product.
February 18, 2016
New Under $60 Gianni Brunelli Release! Iconic Vintage Gaja! And Collector Vosne-Romanée!
February 17, 2016
New Quintarelli Alzero Release! Great $22 Dessert Wine! And Must-Have Nuits-St-Georges!
We've just begun to roll out the 2011 Brunello bottles, and this ripe vintage is looking pretty delicious to all of us at IWM. We've brought you new releases from Cerbaiona, Livio Sassetti, Il Poggione and Canalicchio di Sopra, and today, we're delighted to follow up those wines with the 2011 Gianni Brunelli Brunello di Montalcino. It's always exciting to find a stellar Brunello, but Gianni Brunelli's is biodynamically grown, traditionally made, and under $60, making it a sheer delight.
Quintarelli Alzero has the kind of collectability that rivals the estate's Amarone. It's a massive--and massively delicious--wine that Quintarelli makes only in the very best years, solely from fruit derived from old vines. Vintage after vintage, Alzero impresses with its kaleidoscopic palate and indescribably textured mouth-feel. Today, we're very proud to present a new release of this extraordinary, age-worthy red, the outstanding 2006 Alzero. A collector staple, Alzero is always a hotly sought-after bottling, and this newest release will surely fly out of our cellar even before it arrives.
February 16, 2016
Must-Have Trio of Antinori Wines: Guado al Tasso, Solaia, and Le Mortelle Vivia Maremma
February 15, 2016
Giacosa ’12 Barabaresco Asili Returns, Vintage Mascarello, and Affordable Châteauneuf-du-Pape
Guado al Tasso, Piero Antinori's flagship wine from his eponymous Maremma estate, consistently stands as IWM's fastest selling wine. It's often the first choice in Antinori for those in the know, but it's also one of the great values in the Super-Tuscan category. Today, we're delighted to announce a new allocation of the 2012 Guado al Tasso Bolgheri Superiore, a wine that wowed IWM clients upon release.
Intense, dense and concentrated, Bruno Giacosa's Barbaresco Asili revels in its warm 2012 vintage. It's a wine that was an immediate hit when we announced its release last year, and today we're delighted to present a new allocation of this caressing, precise Barbaresco. In our initial offer of Giacosa's '12 Barbaresco Asili, we suggested that it might be the wine of the vintage, and we're sticking by that claim; it's just that extraordinary.
February 11, 2016
Dynamic Duo of Valdicava New Releases, Collector Bartolo Mascarello, and Antinori’s Dessert Wine!
February 10, 2016
Talenti’s $25 “Baby Brunello,” Le Macchiole Trio of New Releases, and Faiveley Chambolle-Musigny
Today, we're very proud to bring you a pair of Valdicava new releases, the estate's winsome and aromatic 2013 Rosso di Montalcino and its age-worthy, intense 2010 Brunello di Montalcino Riserva Madonna del Piano, the latest bottling of one of the great cru wines from the region. These are each astounding wines, and together they demonstrate Vincenzo's skill in the vineyards and in the cellar.
Brunello collectors are on very familiar terms with the name Talenti; in fact, estate founder Pierluigi Talenti was one of the original creators of the Brunello di Montalcino DOCG. While our clients first associate Talenti with its traditional, precise and pure Brunello, the estate's talent is also apparent in its humbler, juicier Rosso di Montalcino. Today, we're delighted to present the 2013 Talenti Rosso di Montalcino, at very competitive pricing--under $25 a bottle!
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.
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