Rare Soldera '09 Rosso, Benchmark Querciabella Batàr, and d'Yquem Sauternes Quartet

February 23, 2017
A Note from Sergio

It doesn't matter if Soldera is a member of the Consozio Vino Brunello di Montalcino, or he isn't. It doesn't matter if Soldera calls his Sangiovese Grosso wines Brunello, or he doesn't. The wine he makes from the grapes he grows surpasses expectations, names and, indeed, comprehension--it's always that wonderful. Today, I'm very proud to present the newest release from Soldera, his Case Basse di Soldera 2009 Rosso IGT, a wine that makes this ripe vintage elegant, racy and thrilling.

Along with this rare gem, I'm delighted to offer five other gorgeous wines. The first is a biodynamic white Super Tuscan from Querciabella, one of IWM's favorite cult producers. The other four are a quartet of recent d'Yquem Sauternes vintages. These are wines to sip as you contemplate the beauty that life offers you. Wines like these come around rarely in life--share them with people you care about.


Today's Featured Sections Include:

1. Spotlight on Excellence:
Return of Ripe Soldera '09 Rosso
2. Only At IWM:
Must-Have Benchmark '13 Querciabella Batàr
3. Time Sensitive Offer: Four Outstanding d'Yquem Sauternes Vintages
4. Wine Events: Upcoming February / March Wine Tasting Events

My Best,

Sergio Esposito

Gianfranco Soldera has the reputation of being Brunello's most accomplished craftsman--a fanatical, uncompromising perfectionist--and these points made the December 2012 loss of almost his entire production of wine from 2007-2012 all the more poignant. The victim of a vandal, Soldera walked into his cantina on December 3, 2012, to find the contents of his cellar's many botti, about 650 hectoliters in all, spilled on the cantina's tile floor. This loss meant that this Brunello master would be releasing little wine in the next few years, thus raising both the profile of this world-class winemaker and the demand for his wines.

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. This 2009 illustrates the wisdom of that decision, as well as the meticulous care that Soldera takes in his vineyards.

In 2013, Soldera left the Brunello Consortium, and this choice means that Soldera can no longer call his wines Brunellos; however, they remain standard bearers for the excellence of Sangiovese Grosso wines. Powerful, fresh and caressing, this '09 Rosso is very clearly a Soldera wine, and although it can't be called a Brunello, it is one in all but its name. The product of a ripe vintage with a midsummer heat spike, this '09 Soldera bottling shows its maker's mastery in its impeccable balance, kaleidoscopic palate and caressing texture. 2009 was one of the vintages that ended up spilled all over on the floors of Soldera's cantina, and just 700 cases of this exceptional wine remained.

Case Basse di Soldera is an edenic, organic wonderland bursting with more than 1,500 kinds of roses; a night-blooming garden of white blossoms; many kinds of trees including olive, juniper, holly oak and dogwood; running streams; and a wooded berm to keep the winds from buffeting the vineyards. This biodiversity contributes to the terroir of Soldera's wines, and, along with the vineyards' unusual schist soils, it helps to make Soldera's wines very, very special. IWM is proud to present time-sensitive special pricing on this low production '09 Rosso from Gianfranco Soldera; it's a wine that will be beautiful for a very, very long time.

(Italy, Toscana - Sangiovese)
$599.00 Regular Price
$549.00 Half-Case Price/btl

*Pre-Arrival, Early March

In search of a high quality Super-Tuscan white, Querciabella's late, great Giuseppe Castiglioni set out to evoke his beloved Burgundy aesthetic in a white that would match his Bordeaux inspired Camartina. He began carefully testing out the terroir with Pinot Blanc and Pinot Grigio in an 80/20 blend that he named Bâtard-Pinot. Castiglioni then chose to make the wine more like Burgundy, reduced the Pinot Blanc, dropped the Pinot Grigio in exchange for Chardonnay, and gave the wine a highly suggestive new name--Bâtard. Aware of the name's potential for controversy but still wanting to stay true to a playful sensibility, Castiglioni and his son and heir, Sebastiano, soon compromised by exchanging Bâtard for Batàr, retaining the former's pronunciation. Today, we're delighted to present the BEST PRICE in the country on the benchmark 2013 Querciabella Batàr, a beautifully structured Super-Tuscan white that will drink for decades!

Why Buy This Wine:

- Sophisticated, seamless and balanced, the '13 Batàr knits its succulent orchard and citrus fruits together with almonds, toasty oak, baking spices, crushed white flowers and a kiss of wet river rocks.

- Luscious yet fresh, this Batàr bottling dances across the palate with a vibrant mouth-feel and stylish acidity.

- Thick in texture and rich in glycerin, this fifty-fifty Chardonnay and Pinot Bianco blend possesses a kinetic yet lush palate; it's a treat for the senses--and a contender for Italy's best white.

- Wholly organic, entirely vegan, and utterly delicious, Batàr embodies the best of white Super-Tuscan wines; contact your portfolio manager to secure your bottles of this benchmark 2013.

(Italy, Toscana - Chardonnay, Pinot Bianco)
$79.99 Regular Price
$73.59 Half-Case Price/btl

*Pre-Arrival, March

With roots that stretch back to the Middle Ages when the King of England was also the King of Aquitaine, Château d'Yquem is as long on history as it is great in renown. Owned by Louis Vuitton-Moët-Hennessy since 1996, Château d'Yquem was brought to greatness by the Lur Saluces family, who acquired the estate in 1785. Located on the highest hill in Sauternes, Château d'Yquem's 310 acres of Sémillon and Sauvignon Blanc have the best vineyards in the appellation, although only around 250 acres are in production at any one time. The château's skilled pickers hand-select the vines' fully botrytized fruit, and yields are so low that each vine produces only one glass of wine. Yquem received the designation Premier Cru Supérieur in the Bordeaux Wine Official Classification of 1855; it's the only wine ever to receive this rating. Today, we're delighted to present four extraordinary vintages of Château d'Yquem Sauternes, must-have bottles for true connoisseurs.

Why Buy This Wine:

- There is no other wine in the world that everyone can agree on is the best in its class--only Château d'Yquem Sauternes can take that honor.

- The '08 d'Yquem Sauternes is a knockout--lush as this wine is, it holds a serious acidic spine that drives it to a lingering, dense finish.

- Caramel, marzipan, and coconut frame the juicy tropical and citrus fruits in the '06 Sauternes whose core of saline minerals renders it unexpectedly complex and almost racy as it builds to an impressively long finish.

- Concentrated yet pure, acidic yet rich, spicy yet fruit-laden, the '05 d'Yquem Sauternes embraces its opposites to create a thrilling, delicious experience; this medium-sweet wine shows structure and delicacy, offset by luscious unctuousness.

- Sweet as crème brulée yet nervy with acidity, this '01 Sauternes layers its honeyed tropical fruits with toasted nuts, maple syrup, baking spices, citrus zest and buttery toffee--it's a tour de force!

- Vintage after vintage, Château d'Yquem continues to set the bar not merely for Sauternes, but for fine dessert wines around the world; contact your portfolio manager to secure yours at time-sensitive special pricing.

Château d'Yquem 2001 Sauternes (375ml)*
(France, Bordeaux - Sémillon, Sauvignon Blanc)
$379.00 Regular Price
$349.00 Case Price/btl

Château d'Yquem 2005 Sauternes (375ml)*
(France, Bordeaux - Sémillon, Sauvignon Blanc)
$199.00 Regular Price
$179.00 Case Price/btl

Château d'Yquem 2006 Sauternes (375ml)*
(France, Bordeaux - Sémillon, Sauvignon Blanc)
$179.00 Regular Price
$159.00 Case Price/btl

(France, Bordeaux - Sémillon, Sauvignon Blanc)
$179.00 Regular Price
$159.00 Case Price/btl

*Pre-Arrival, Summer

This offer will expire in 48 hours February 25th at 5:00pm EST.


Saturday, February 25 | 1:00-3:00 pm | New York, NY
A Sit-Down Tasting

Ticket Price: $109.00

IWM Host: Garrett Kowalsky

Few of us get to Europe as often as we want; this special Saturday tasting brings the flavors of Europe's great wines to you, without ever leaving glamorous Union Square in New York City! Our knowledgeable sommelier will take you to Italy, France and Spain, exploring four different wine regions with handpicked bottles of both red and white wines, giving you a whirlwind yet delicious trip through some of Europe's most important wine regions. Accompanied by regional meats and cheeses, this tasting is ideal for experienced wine-lovers looking to broaden their palates, newbies who seek an easy-to-understand overview, or travel-hungry people with wanderlust and a love for great wine. It's a two-hour trip to Europe's wine capitals, and you don't even need to pack your bags!

Featured Wines:

Christian Moreau Chablis Vaillon 1er Cru 2015
Antinori Cervaro della Sala Chardonnay 2014
Dönnhoff Niederhäuser Hermannshöhle Riesling Spätlese 2014
La Rioja Alta Ardanza Reserva 2007
López de Heredia Rioja Reserva Viña Tondonia 2004
François Gay Corton-Renardes 2014
Poggio di Sotto Brunello di Montalcino 2008
Guado Al Tasso Guado Al Tasso Bolgheri Superiore 2013

*Wine list may be subject to change.

Saturday, March 4 | 1:00-3:00 pm | New York, NY
A Sit-Down Tasting

Ticket Price: $179.00
Early Bird Special: $149.00 (Expires February 28, 2017)

IWM Host: Will Di Nunzio, IWM President

Memorialized in paintings, poems, novels and films, Toscana is arguably the heart of Italy. Let us transport you Italy's most beloved winemaking region at this luncheon tasting featuring Tuscan red wines, a five-course lunch crafted by IWM's own Chef Michael Marcelli and his in-house staff, and hosted by IWM President Will Di Nunzio. Explore the wonders of Brunello and Rosso di Montalcino, Super-Tuscan wines, and treasures from the heart of Chianti Classico; learn how these food-friendly wines make dishes sing; and experience it all in the rustic elegance of IWM NYC. With five delicious courses paired with ideal wines, this luncheon feels like a trip to Toscana--without ever leaving glamorous New York City!

Featured Menu:

Assorted Antipasti

Gnudi alla capretta
Fresh Handmade Pasta with Braised Goat Shoulder, Sheep's Milk Ricotta & Abalone Mushroom

Guancia di vitello
Veal Cheek with Roasted Fennel & Beldi Olive

Carré di cervo
Venison Loin with Tuscan Kale & Bone Marrow

Dolci e Forgmaggi

*Wine list to be announced.

Saturday, March 11 | 1:00-3:00 pm | New York, NY
A Sit-Down Tasting

Ticket Price: $109.00

IWM Host: Michael Adler

From the top of the Boot to the tip of its heel, Italy has more than 2,000 different indigenous grapes, the most of any country in the world (though Portugal may beg to differ). Join us as our knowledgeable IWM sommelier leads you through a tour of nine of the most emblematic, delicious, and outrageous expressions. Michael Adler will pour wines from Italy's North to its South, helping you understand the full panorama of Italy's terroir, traditions, and grapes. Accompanied by regional meats and cheeses, this sit-down tasting offers aficionados or Italian wine newbies the most delicious education in authentic wine that you can get outside of Italy. Toe to tip, IWM is where Italian wine lovers come for fine Italian wine.

*Wine list to be announced.

Saturday, March 18 | 1:00-3:00 pm | New York, NY
A Sit-Down Tasting

Ticket Price: $129.00

IWM Host: Stéphane Menard

Burgundy lovers are a breed apart. They're people who love the challenge of deep immersion in two primary grape varietals, Pinot Noir and Chardonnay, and every new vintage deepens their passion. These wine lovers revel in Burgundy's 33 grand cru and 585 premier cru vineyards, and they love discovering village-level wines that defy easy understanding. If you're one of these Burgundy connoisseurs or a wine-lover who's looking to learn more about Burgundy, IWM's Tour of Burgundy is the event for you. Led by IWM sommelier Stéphane Menard and accompanied by regional meats and cheeses, this tasting will fill your mouth with delicious Burgundy and fill your head with helpful knowledge. It's a trip to Burgundy in your wine glass!

Featured Wines:

Michel Niellon Chassagne-Montrachet Clos St Jean 1er Cru 2012
William Fèvre Chablis 1er Cru Montée de Tonnerre 2014
Domaine Latour-Giraud Meursault Les Narvaux 2014
Vincent Girardin Puligny-Montrachet 1er Cru Caillerets 2012
Bouchard Père et Fils Volnay 1er Caillerets Ancienne 2011
François Gay Corton-Renardes 2011
Fourrier Gevrey-Chambertin Vieille Vignes 2014
Arnoux-Lachaux Nuits-Saint-Georges Les Proces 1er Cru 2012

*Wine list may be subject to change.

Saturday, March 25 | 1:00-3:00 pm |
New York, NY
A Walk-Around Tasting

Ticket Price: $99.00

It's a return of one of IWM's favorite tastings, the Mini Grand, featuring wines from Italy, along with select bottles around the world. This mini grand tasting will pour twenty wines--red, white and rosé--primarily from Italy, alongside special global wine surprises. Join us and let IWM's team of sommeliers will fill your glass with wine and your mind with knowledge as you walk around sampling wines from some of the finest producers on the face of the planet. Complemented by meats and cheeses, and sweetened by preferential pricing on the featured wines, this tasting is a rare treat. Join us and travel the world of wine, without ever leaving glamorous New York City.

*Wine list to be announced.

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