Knockout Silvio Nardi Brunello Duo! Undiscovered Super-Tuscan Gem! And La Rioja Alta Stars!

March 22, 2017
A Note from Sergio

So many Brunelli, and so much to love! The Brunelli of Silvio Nardi combine serious aromas and elegance with power and fruit. Today, I'm delighted to bring you a pair of Brunelli from Tenute Silvio Nardi, the estate's cuvée normale Brunello from 2012 and its cru Brunello Riserva Manachiara from 2010. This is a perfect pairing of wines because you can drink the torrid, brooding 2012 just about upon release--which will keep you from opening the suave 2010 Brunello Riserva too early. Silvio Nardi makes its wines with a mixture of international and traditional protocol, so they're great "bridge" Brunelli for people new to the wine (but if you're already a fan, you'll still find much to enjoy).

Along with these two Silvio Nardi wines, I'm very excited to say that I managed to score a new allocation of Castello del Terriccio's 2006 flagship Super Tuscan. Since I first began to carry Terriccio's wines last year, my clients can't get enough of them. This '06 Terriccio is a finessed, silky, complex wine that let people who love Ornellaia, Guado al Tasso and Sassicaia drink something new and unexpected. Finally, there's a pair of La Rioja Alta Rioja Gran Reserva '890' from two benchmark years, 2001 and 2004. These are outrageous wines, and they will drink for decades.


Today's Featured Sections Include:

1. Spotlight on Excellence:
Two Silvio Nardi Brunelli to Drink Now--and Later!
2. Only At IWM:
Discover Under-the-Radar Terriccio Super Tuscan
3. Time Sensitive Offer: Benchmark La Rioja Alta Rioja Gran Reserva '890' Duo
4. Wine Events: Upcoming March / April Wine Tasting Events

My Best,

Sergio Esposito

Brunello's diversity lies in the astounding range of microclimates found in Montalcino, and Tenute Silvio Nardi embodies this range. Two major parcels comprise Silvio Nardi's holdings--Casale del Bosco, whose five vineyards offer western exposure and soils of schist, shale, clay and jasper, and Manachiara, whose east-facing three parcels sport marly, sandy soils laced with limestone. Crafting wines that evoke these various terroirs is Silvio Nardi's specialty, and today, we're delighted to present a pair of recent Tenute Silvio Nardi releases: 2012 Brunello di Montalcino, a cuvée of the estate's holdings, and 2010 Brunello di Montalcino Riserva Manachiara, a cru bottling from the flagship vineyard of the Manachiara holdings.

Although it was founded in 1950, Tenute Silvio Nardi entered its modern era in 1991 when Silvio's daughter Emilia assumed control of the estate, ensuring that she continued the traditions of her father, one of the founding members of the Consorzio del Vino Brunello, the ruling body of Brunello production to this day. Nardi wines bear distinct trademarks of elegance, longevity, and silky-smooth texture; these traits are hallmarks of Emilia's work with viticulturist Andrea Paoletti, who spearheaded the intense clonal selections at the estate, combined with Nardi's protocol that marries modern use of barriques with traditional use of botti.

2010 is a benchmark vintage for Brunello, and while unmistakably an age-worthy Brunello Riserva, Silvio Nardi's '10 Brunello Riserva Manachiara is remarkably genial. The wine explodes with succulent red and blue fruits, rich spices, crushed flower petals, pressed herbs, and menthol. Expressive and characterful, this Brunello Riserva suffuses the palate with rich Montalcino terroir and chewy tannins, and it builds to a lingering, satisfying finish. While most other Brunello Riservas from this benchmark vintage will need ample time to integrate, this Silvio Nardi cru is ready to drink almost upon release; however, it'll get better with age.

While 2012's growing year challenged Toscana's winemakers, it culminated in a low production year of high quality wines that are structured, aromatic, and classy. Silvio Nardi's cuvée '12 Brunello is a terrific choice for Brunello fans who love the wine's bright acidity. This Brunello layers its tart red and blue fruits on a foundation of leather, spices, crushed violet petals and cedar-strewn earth, and the wine whooshes across the palate, scattering chewy tannins and building to a resonant finish. It's approachable upon release, making it perfect to enjoy as you wait for your '10 Brunello Riserva Manachiara to age. Contact your portfolio manager to secure your Silvio Nardi duo--it's a panoramic view of Montalcino in your wineglass!

Vintage Size Price Special Price/btl Case Price/btl
2012 0.75 $49.99 - $45.99
2012 1.5 $114.99 - -
2012 3 $239.00 - -
2010 0.75 $99.00 - $91.08
2010 1.5 $225.00 $199.00 -

*Pre-Arrival, Summer

Terricio 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 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. Looking to Sassicaia for inspiration, Rossi sourced his vines from top Bordeaux estates, and Rossi and his team employ traditional Bordeaux protocol to craft the estate's complex, age-worthy wines. Today, IWM is pleased to present a perfect, mature bottle of Terriccio's flagship wine, Castello del Terriccio, at the BEST PRICE in the country. If you're a fan of Sassicaia, Tignanello, or Ornellaia, you owe it to your palate to try this Super-Tuscan gem from Terriccio.

Why Buy This Wine:

- Located in the Maremma, Castello dei Terriccio builds on the legacies of Sassicaia, Ornellaia, and Le Macchiole, and the Super-Tuscan '06 Terriccio will thrill wine-lovers who can't get enough of those iconic Super Tuscans.

- A blend of 50% Syrah, 25% Petit Verdot and the remainder other red grape varieties, Castello del Terriccio's flagship bottling is a classic Super Tuscan that gets its inspiration from international blends.

- Looking to Sassicaia for inspiration, owner-winemaker Dr. Gian Annibali Rossi di Medalina sourced his vines from top Bordeaux estates, and his team employs traditional Bordeaux protocol to craft the estate's complex, age-worthy wines.

- Just entering its drinking window, this '06 Castello del Terriccio is showing the fruits of maturity in its complex layers of juicy dark red fruits, warm baking spices, licorice, saddle leather, earth and sauvage.

- Elegant and graceful, this wine shows tremendous balance between its vibrant acidity and its caressing tannins conveyed on a precise, delineated palate.

- IWM loves introducing our clients to lesser-known Super Tuscans, and this '06 Terriccio is one of our favorite new wines; contact your portfolio manager to secure yours at the BEST PRICE in the country.

(Italy, Toscana - Syrah, Petit Verdot)
$134.99 Regular Price
$124.99 Half-Case Price/btl
$114.99 Case Price/btl

La Rioja Alta formed in 1890 as a partnership of five quality-conscious growers who sought to make high quality modern Rioja. At this time, phylloxera was ravaging French vineyards, and connoisseurs had to look elsewhere for supplies of fine wine. The region's only real disadvantage was its remoteness, cut off from the lucrative markets to the north by the same mountains that ensured its favorable climate. This problem was solved by construction of the rail link to Bilbao, and it's no coincidence that Bodegas La Rioja Alta was established next to the Haro railway station in the same year it opened. While it's not traditional in the Rioja for the great bodegas to own vineyards, La Rioja Alta owns 740 acres, thus ensuring grapes of the highest quality. Today, we're very pleased to present special, time-sensitive pricing on a pair of benchmark La Rioja Alta Rioja Gran Reserva '890' bottlings, the otherworldly 2001 and the remarkable 2004.

Why Buy This Wine:

- Like Giacomo Conterno and Bartolo Mascarello, La Rioja Alta takes a patient approach to producing and releasing wines; these Rioja Gran Reserva bottlings receive lavish aging regimens and arrive with up to fourteen years of age.

- Restricting the wine's production to only the best years, La Rioja Alta crafts its Rioja Gran Reserva '890,' its flagship wine, only three or four times a decade; both 2001 and 2004 are benchmark vintages for this great Spanish wine.

- This '01 Rioja Gran Reserva bursts with an extraordinary spicy bouquet--it's a classic Rioja, concentrated and complex, unfolding to reveal a kaleidoscopic range of notes and coating the mouth with finessed, polished tannins.

- The seamless '04 Rioja Gran Reserva '890' embodies its benchmark vintage with finesse, and its palate swirls sweet raspberry kirsch with savory minerals in a broad-shouldered wine with a sophisticated profile.

- IWM is proud to present this landmark Rioja Gran Reserva '890' duo at special time-sensitive pricing; contact your portfolio manager to secure yours.

La Rioja Alta 2001 Rioja Gran Reserva '890'*
(Spain, Rioja - Tempranillo, Mazuelo, Graciano)
$185.00 Regular Price
$169.00 Case Price/btl

(Spain, Rioja - Tempranillo, Mazuelo, Graciano)
$329.00 Regular Price
$299.00 Half-Case Price/btl

*Pre-Arrival, Summer

This offer will expire in 48 hours March 24th at 5:00pm EST.


Saturday, March 25 | 1:00-3:00 pm | New York, NY
A Walk-Around Tasting with Light Lunch
Ticket Price: $99.00

Group Special for 4 or more tickets: $79.00/person

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.

Featured Producers

Anne et Sébastien Collemattoni Marchesi Antinori
Antica Napa Valley
Cont'Ugo Ornellaia
Bodega Chacra
Donnafugata Pelissero
Bruno Giacosa
Fontodi Prunotto
Canalicchio di Sopra
Gravner Quinto Chionetti
Castello del Terriccio
Guado al Tasso Tormaresca
Castello della Sala
La Braccesca Valdicava
Christian Moreau
Luce Della Vite

Featured Menu

Imported Cured Salumi & Artisanal Cheeses

Mezze Maniche al Ragú
Mezzi Rigatoni with Short Rib Ragú, Fresh Fava & Smoked Ricotta

Fettuccine dal Bosco
Fresh Fettuccine with Oyster Mushroom, English Pea, Mint & Fresh Ricotta


*Wines/Menu may be subject to minor changes.

Saturday, April 1 | 1:00-3:00 pm | New York, NY

A Sit-Down Tasting
Ticket Price: $99.00

IWM Host: Francesco Vigorito

Great grapes make great wines, and this tasting features two of the very best: Nebbiolo and Pinot Noir. While these two grape varietals grow other places, Nebbiolo is best known for its Piemonte roots, and Pinot Noir for Burgundy. To highlight the history and typicity of these noble grapes, we'll be pouring wines from both historic regions--and we may slip in some surprises as well. This special event, led by Francesco Vigorito and accompanied by regional meats and cheeses, will explore the magic that happens when a specific grape meets its ideal soil, microclimate, regional traditions and producers. Learn more about Nebbiolo and Pinot Noir as you come to appreciate the wines these two grapes have given us wine-lovers. Wine is a life-long love affair, and there's always room for more in your glass!

*Wine list to be announced.

Saturday, April 8 | 1:00-3:00 pm | New York, NY

A Sit-Down Tasting
Ticket Price: $89.00

IWM Host: Stéphane Menard

The vernal equinox is March 20, and to celebrate the coming of spring, IWM is pleased to present a tasting devoted to this evanescent season. From ramps to lamb, spring abounds with tastes, scents and palates that are special; IWM's Stéphane Menard will lead you through an assortment of wines that are sure to complement this rosy season. Exploring a range from blush wines to crisp whites to full-throttle reds, this tasting is devoted to the coming warm months, the bounty of fresh produce, and the bright, fresh beauty that springtime brings. Complemented by regional meats and cheeses, this tasting is certain to bring a smile and a glimpse at the coming of summer!

*Wine list to be announced.

Saturday, April 15 | 1:00-3:00 pm | New York, NY

A Sit-Down Tasting
Ticket Price: $109.00

IWM Host: Will Di Nunzio, President

This tasting brings wine to its simplest--and most iconic--parts. Just Barolo, Brunello, Barbaresco and Burgundy will be poured at this casual event; taste an array of beautiful bottles and learn why these regions make some of the most sought-after, popular and representative wines in the world. All mono-varietal wines, Barolo, Brunello, Barbaresco and Burgundy embody their respective terroirs, reflect their regions' traditions, and reflect producers' styles, and each of these wines rank high on wine-lovers' lists. Join us at this special sit-down tasting, accompanied by regional meats and cheeses and led by IWM's president, Will Di Nunzio, and get to know, to appreciate and to love these iconic wines just a little bit better.

*Wine list to be announced.

Saturday, April 22 | 1:00-3:00 pm | New York, NY

A Sit-Down Tasting
Ticket Price: $129.00

IWM Host: Michael Adler

Everyone has their favorites, and this special tasting, hosted by IWM's Michael Adler, takes a trip through some of our favorite vintage wines. This event opens the metaphorical doors of IWM's literal temperature-controlled cellar to explore wines that IWM loves so much that we can't stop pouring them--for our clients or for ourselves! Featuring a special biodynamic sparkler from Movia, a rare aged Fiorano white, an amber wine from Josko Gravner, as well as beautiful reds from Prunotto, Canalicchio di Sopra, Voerzio and Le Macchiole, this tasting offers an explosion of flavor sensations. It's so great, we'll be pouring a beloved Rioja as well! Find out what drives the passions of IWM's portfolio managers at this tasting event, accompanied by regional meats and cheeses, and find some new wine loves to take home to your friends and family!

*Wine list to be announced.

Saturday, April 29 | 1:00-3:00 pm | New York, NY

A Sit-Down Tasting
Ticket Price: $89.00

IWM Host: Stéphane Menard

Campania, Abruzzo, Sicilia, and Puglia--the South of Italy doesn't get as much notice as Italy's North, especially when it comes to winemaking. However overshadowed by their showy northern neighbors, Italy's southern regions are where Italian winemaking began, and they're the sites of undiscovered gems. Join us as we explore the history, traditions, producers, grapes and styles of Italy's southern winemaking regions. We'll pour wines from makers like Raffaele Palma, whose estate sits on the cliffs of the Amalfi Coast, and made from grapes like Aglianico, an indigenous varietal rescued from extinction. Whites, reds and rosés all hail from Italy's South, where you can find surprisingly affordable bottles that are as finessed, age-worthy and delicious as those from the North. Accompanied by regional meats and cheeses, this tasting gives you a tour of wines off the beaten path, where things are wild and thrilling.

*Wine list to be announced.

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