Today's Featured Offer:
Voerzio's 2010 Triumph, Vintage Álvaros Palacios L'Ermita, and Great Movia Merlot!

July 29, 2014 
A Note from Sergio

The word "epic" has become like the word "awesome." It's grown to be just another slang for something that's really great. Epic pizza, epic haircut, epic party--even epic fail. Maybe you haven't noticed this use crawling into your conversations, but every time I return to the States, I feel these phrases clunk in my ear. Before it became slang, "epic" meant something very specific: a long poem telling the story of heroes. Homer's Odyssey is an epic, so too is Dante's Inferno. As poetry broadened to novels, and novels to movies, the word rightly expanded to encompass operas, books and films. No one ever thought it would refer to pizza.

So when I say that Roberto Voerzio's latest releases are epic, I don't mean to say that they're merely awesome. I mean to say that these wines are heroic efforts on the part of an incredibly dedicated man, wines that raise the stakes in our understandings of the genre, and wines that will live immeasurably long lives--both in bottle and in memory. "Wine is bottled poetry," Robert Louis Stevenson said, and if you extend the metaphor, these new Voerzio releases are bottled epics. I'm very proud to present two sampler cases, one of his cru Barolos in 750ml-bottles and one of his Riservas in magnums. Those who get to experience these wines are lucky indeed.

Along with these Voerzio bottlings, I'm happy to present two vintages of one of my very favorite wines, Palacios L'Ermita 1999 and 2000. My friend Álvaros Palacios makes wines that reflect his other great passion, flamenco, in their gusto, their sheer sensuality, and their intense vibrancy. It's only right to pair these two vintage beauties with a wine from Ales Kristancic, a former ballroom dancer, and I'm pleased to offer his biodynamic Movia 2004 Merlot. It's dense, lush and earthy; it almost vibrates with life.

Finally, I'd like to direct your attention to a charity auction for Pelotonia, an organization with one end in mind: to cure cancer. Along with Victoria's Secret Angel Lily Aldridge, I'll be hosting a private wine-tasting dinner for ten lucky guests at IWM NYC. The auction is open until Wednesday, and it's a fantastic chance to support a wonderful charity, all while eating and drinking beautiful foods with beautiful Lily--and me!


Today's Featured Sections Include: 


1. Spotlight on Excellence: Epic Roberto Voerzio Sampler Cases
2. Time Sensitive Offer: Marvelous Movia 2004 Merlot
3. Our Experts Suggest: One to Refresh and One to Celebrate, a Pair of Midsummer Dream Wines
4. Only At IWM: Palacios L'Ermita 1999 and 2000

My Best, 



Sergio Esposito



Roberto Voerzio, the mad scientist of Piemonte, is exacting, meticulous, and dedicated, almost to the point of lunacy. A believer in the value of cru wines, Voerzio produces Barolos and one Barbera Riserva from the most highly esteemed sites of the La Morra commune--Brunate, La Serra, Cerequio, Rocche dell'Annunziata, Vecchie Vite dei Capalot e dell Brunate, and Sarmassa. They're heady, aristocratic, elegant, wines, and when they're gone, they're gone. And you won't be able to find Voerzio's intense, dense, complex wines anywhere, and that's a sad state of affairs for any serious wine connoisseur. 

Today, IWM is proud to present a pair of Voerzio collections, both composed of the estate's new releases and both presented in original wood casing, adding to the collectability of these already prestigious wines. One is a case of Voerzio's 2010 cru Barolo bottlings: Barolo Cerquio, Barolo Rocche dell'Annunziata, Barolo La Serra and Barolo Brunate. The other is a three-bottle sampler of his three magnum bottlings, 2010 Barolo Sarmassa, 2009 Barolo Riserva Vecchie Viti dei Capalot e delle Brunate, and 2009 Barbera Riserva Pozzo dell'Annunziata. While IWM doesn't put much stock in critics' scores of Italian wines, these wines deserve their astronomical numbers. Each one is a near-perfect evocation of place, time, producer's skill and emblematic Piemontese grape.

To get a sense of the beauty of Roberto Voerzio's wines, you have to look at the numbers. For example, look at his production yields. Voerzio's yields are not only lower than what even discriminating producers see as desirable; they're recognized as the lowest in Barolo, approximately 750 grams of fruit--roughly half of what's customary for high-caliber wines. Voerzio has some of the densest vine planting in La Morra, all the better to force the vines to grow concentrated, phenol-rich berries. It's no surprise that Voerzio's Barolos are cult gems--layered, complex, and beautiful bottles that he produces in incredibly limited quantities, only 15-450 cases a year. 

The benefits of old vines, minute yields, and the meticulous vinification of exquisitely ripe grapes shine in each vintage, but Voerzio's artisanal approach also makes his Barolos nearly impossible to obtain. Roberto's exacting standards means he will often harvest just a couple of grape clusters per vine, and as a result case production from the Barolo's historic vineyards is minute: 315 cases of La Serra, 266 cases of Brunate, 333 cases of Cerequio, and 415 cases of Rocche dell Annunziata. His three magnum bottlings are even more minute. Contact your portfolio manager to secure these collector samplers in OWC soon; allocations are extremely limited, and these wines are simply phenomenal.

4 x Barolo La Serra
2 x Barolo Rocche dell'Annunziata
2 x Barolo Brunate

$3,750 Regular Price
$3,400 Special Price

1 x Barolo Sarmassa 2010
1 x Barolo Capalot  2009
1 x Barbera Riserva Pozzo dell'Annunziata 2010

$1,599 Regular Price
$1,399 Special Price

*Pre-Arrival, Summer 2015


A leading wine educator, writer, sommelier, international judge and lecturer, Robin Kelley O'Connor brings thirty years of experience with many professional certifications to IWM. Notably, RKO has visited the world's important wine regions and studied winemaking in Bordeaux and Champagne.

Drinking Today:
 Gilbert Picq 2011 Chablis Vieilles Vignes
(France, Burgundy - Chardonnay)
$27.99 Regular Price 
$25.75 Case Price/btl


(France, Champagne  - Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, Pinot Meunier)
$58.44 Regular Price 
$53.76 Case Price/btl


For complete descriptions of the wines and an explanation of why Robin selected these wines, please visit our expert's post at Inside IWM.



The fifth most cultivated grape in Italy, Merlot originally comes from France, where it is the grape best known for making Pomerol wines. This thin-skinned, intensely blue-black grape makes a wine with light tannins, low acidity, and dark fruit flavors that are often inflected with hints of mint, vanilla, and other herbs and spices. You can find serious Merlots throughout Italy, but we want to spotlight one made in Friuli, or, more specifically, Brda, the region that overlaps Friuli and Slovenia, and the home to Movia. Purchased by the Kristancic family in 1820, the estate's current owner is the gleefully eclectic Ales Kristancic, who pursues a historically minded, yet radical, approach to winemaking. Movia's wholly natural approach creates brilliant, vital, and magical wines that titillate the senses and defy easy description. Today, we're proud to present the 2004 Movia Merlot, now with a decade of perfect maturity, at very special time-sensitive pricing.

Why Buy This Wine:

- If you have shopped IWM, read Sergio's Passion on the Vine, or attended one of IWM's winemaker dinners with Ales Kristanic, then you know both the estate's charismatic, wild wines, and their producer; this Merlot illustrates the beauty of this Brda estate.  

- Ales has long been committed to biodynamic agriculture, the practice that is more organic than organic and one that works with the power of the sun, the planets and the earth to cultivate plants and, in Movia's case, to make wines.

- Deriving from almost 70-year-old vines, this unusually dense, jammy Merlot is picked late and macerated until all sugar is fermented, and then it ages in barriques on its lees and is bottled.

- This dry, fruit-forward interpretation of Merlot puts its earthy, woodsy foot forward in a lively body that excites the senses with its lively yet smooth and gentle palate of juicy red fruit, fresh-cut herbs, minerals and spice.

- Presented at time-sensitive special pricing, this ten-year-old Movia Merlot arrives with pristine provenance and perfect maturity; contact your portfolio manager to secure yours.


Movia 2004 Merlot

(Slovenia, Brda - Merlot) 
$39.99 Regular Price 
$33.99 3-Pack Price/btl   


This offer is available 24 hrs and will expire on July 30th at 5:00 pm EST.


As Angelo Gaja, Mario Incisa della Rocchetta, or Paolo Bea have been winemaking pioneers in Italy, so has been Álvaro Palacios in Spain. One of nine children of the owner of Rioja's renowned Palacios Remondo, Álvaro was inspired by French Bordeaux estates like the famed Pétrus, and in 1989, he found land for his Priorat winery, which he bought in 1990, when he was just 25 years old; he made history with his estate, crafting world-class wines in an overlooked region. Three years later, Palacios added an old-vine Garnacha vineyard to the estate, and he named it "L'Ermita" after the small chapel on the hill. In 1999, Palacios stumbled upon an abandoned vineyard near Castilla y Leó, and this led to Palacios' second estate, Descendientes de José Palacios. Today, we're delighted to present a pair of perfectly mature Álvaro Palacios Priorat L'Ermita, hard-to-find, collectable wines that come today with perfect maturity and pristine straight-line provenance. 

Why Buy These Wines:

- One of Spain's most prestigious wines, Álvaro Palacios L'Ermita offers an intense experience in terrior and winemaking; this is a big, bold wine with great concentration, as well as surprising delineation, in its fruit, minerals, spices, tannins and texture.

- Deriving from a very steep four-acre north-facing, fragmented slate vineyard of vines planted between 1900 and 1940, L'Ermita is primarily Garnacha (about 80%) blended with Cabernet Sauvignon and a tiny bit of Carignan and Garnacha Blanca, aged in new barriques for about twenty months.

- While L'Ermita is always a deeply concentrated wine, it's especially dense in '00, and ripe fruit, tar, smoke, licorice and minerals explode on the palate of this dry, complex full-bodied beauty that's just now beginning to offer extraordinary tertiary notes. 

- The '99 L'Ermita is a massive, brooding wine featuring dark notes of coffee, tar, licorice and minerals; it's a gentle giant and its tannins caress you with a velvet-covered fist; juicy, concentrated red and black fruit, a liberal dip into the spice box, and tremendous structure, define this exceptional '99 L'Ermita.

- It's difficult to find vintage Álvaro Palacios L'Ermita anywhere but the auction house; IWM is proud to bring you these two vintages with the kind of pristine provenance you've come to expect; contact your portfolio manager to secure yours.

Álvaro Palacios 1999 Priorat L'Ermita
(Spain, Catalunya - Garnacha)

(Spain, Catalunya - Garnacha)


IWM is proud to present a Charitable Auction Dinner for 
Victoria's Secret Pelotonia 

Hosted by:
Victoria's Secret Angel Lily Aldridge 

It's not just a dream; you and nine guests can enjoy a night of fine wine and great food with Victoria's Secret Angel Lily Aldridge and IWM Founder Sergio Esposito, all while benefiting the cancer-fighting charity Pelotonia. In conjunction with Victoria Secret's Pelotonia, IWM is delighted to offer a magical evening of Piemontese wines paired with exquisite dishes prepared by IWM's own in-house chef and his staff. All you need to do to make this dream meal a delicious reality is bid to win this Charity Buzz auction, but don't wait; the auction closes at 2:00 on Wednesday, August 30.

About Victoria's Secret Pelotonia: 
Victoria Secret's Pelotonia, founded in Columbus, Ohio in 2008, is a grassroots bike tour with one goal: to end cancer. Pelotonia is a three-day experience that includes a weekend of cycling, entertainment and volunteerism. As a 501(c)3 not for profit organization, Pelotonia raises millions of dollars each year for cancer research at the Ohio State University Comprehensive Cancer Center, James Cancer Hospital and Solove Research Institute. Pelotonia's operating expenses are covered by funding partners so that 100% of every rider-raised dollar goes directly to fund cancer research.

Donated Exclusively via:


To place a bid Click Here. 

A Saturday Seated Tasting featuring an incredible selection of IWM's Pinot Noirs from around the world, including Grand Cru and Premier Cru Burgundy of France, and wines from Argentina, Italy and USA  

Saturday, August 2nd, 1:00-3:00pm



Pinot Noir: It's the grape so distinctive that it got its own movie. As Miles Raymond says in Sideways, Pinot Noir "can only grow in these really specific, little tucked-away corners of the world. And only the most patient and nurturing of growers can do it, really. Only somebody who really takes the time to understand Pinot's potential can then coax it into its fullest expression." This special sit-down tasting, accompanied by cured Italian regional meats and a selection of our house chef's handpicked artisanal cheeses, celebrates those special corners of the world with wines from Umbria's Castello della Sala, Oregon's Ken Wright and Soter, Burgundy's Joseph Voillot and Francois Gay--and more. See what all that Sideways buzz is about, and get to know Pinot Noir intimately as IWM's Robin Kelley O'Connor, Certified Wine Educator, shows you how global terroir influences this extraordinary grape. It's a global experience in Pinot Noir, and it's only available at IWM.

For more information, please visit our website at Wine Events.