Return of the Splendid '12 Redigaffi, Amalfi Coast Red, and Large Format Ponsot
November 25, 2015 
A Note from Sergio

It's the day before Thanksgiving. Most of you are probably cutting work short; maybe you have travel plans, maybe you're fitting in a few preparations before the big Thanksgiving meal, or maybe you're taking advantage of the hush in business that precedes every big holiday. In any case, you're looking forward to tomorrow's feast, seeing family and friends, and enjoying the most American of winter's holidays.

Food, family, friends, and love are some of the things that make life sweet--and all of them are better with really good wine. Today's offer is dedicated to wine that's delicious, heart-warming, and terrific with food. First, I'm very pleased to have snagged a new allocation of Tua Rita's big, gorgeous 2012 Redigaffi. This is one full-throttle Italian Merlot, and it will make you smile from the inside out. Second, Raffaele Palma on the Amalfi Coast is one of my recent discoveries, and his red, Montecorvo, drinks with a windswept beauty. Finally, I'm delighted to present nine magnums from Burgundy's Domaine Ponsot; you can't easily find these wines, and all are incredible.

I hope you have a wonderful Thanksgiving Day holiday! And if you're in New York City on Friday, make plans to stop by IWM for our Black Friday tasting. Consider this your official invitation--let your portfolio manager know you'll be coming, but do it soon because space is limited. We're pouring more than twenty wines at this complimentary event, and it's going to be very festive and very tasty.


Today's Featured Sections Include:
1. Spotlight on Excellence: Gorgeous, Powerful Tua Rita 2012 Redigaffi
2. Only At IWM: 
Raffaele Palma's Must-Have Amalfi Coast Red, Montecorvo
3. Time Sensitive Offer: Nine Hard-to-Find Domaine Ponsot Magnums
4. Our Experts Suggest: 
Pinot Noir for Festive Meals
5. Wine Events: Upcoming November Wine Tasting Events

My Best, 


Sergio Esposito


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.
The '12 Redigaffi is simply gorgeous. Big and powerful, the '12 Redigaffi bursts with brambly blue and black fruit, exotic spices, scorched earth, warm saddle leather and a touch of cigar wrapper. It's rare for a wine to be both precise and opulent, but the '12 Redigaffi manages to assert both qualities, coating the palate in chewy tannins and a velvety mouth-feel. Textured and rich, this Merlot's telltale red and black plums and tea leaves make a strong showing, so do mocha and minerals.
The 2012 vintage of Redigaffi, the first vintage made entirely after the return of consulting oenologist Luca D'Attoma, doubles down on purity, intense aromatics, and laser-like precision. The former location of an ancient ocean, the Tua Rita vineyards are approximately 100 meters above sea level. Remnants of the former sea influence the makeup of the vineyard's soil with layers of clay, silt, iron and zinc, which impart full mineral elements in their wines. Tua Rita makes its Redigaffi from low-yielding vines; its grapes enjoy lengthy maceration and are aged in small, new oak barrels leaving an accessible and structured wine with layers of lush fruit and intense texture.
2012 produced an exceptionally beautiful bottle of Redigaffi, which is certainly saying something after the recent string of extraordinary vintages. Don't miss this new allocation of the breathtaking '12 Redigaffi. In stock, ready to ship, this big red is a perfect wine to toast to your family and friends over the holiday season, but with its lovely structure and sophisticated tannins, it'll also be a delight for years to come.

(Italy, Toscana - Merlot)
$299.00 Regular Price
$275.00 Half-Case Price/btl


We love wine for many reasons, but one of the foremost is its ability to capture a moment in time and a precise point in geography. As the winter begins to settle in and chill creeps into the air, it feels right to open a bottle that is pure sunshine and light; we can't think of a more appropriate red than Raffaele Palma's unique organic red, Montecorvo. Raffaele Palma knew that the breathtaking Amalfi Coast could be a difficult place for agriculture--the cliffs drop precipitously to the turquoise sea below--but he saw the beauty, the challenge, and the singularity of the landscape, and he chose to rise to the dare, founding his Campania estate in 2005. Today, we're proud to feature Raffaele Palma 2011 Montecorvo, an inky red that explodes on the palate with a shower of red and blue fruits, notes of leather and spice, and a sweeping minerality that announces its coastal terroir.
Why Buy This Wine:
- Montecorvo, a blend of Piedirosso, Aglianico and Tintore, captures the Amalfi Coast's wild beauty in its fruit-laden heady palate; it derives from land that shoots up from 50 meters to 450 meters above sea level, land that's so steep that it requires all work be done by hand.
- Showing a majestic purple color in the glass, this wine's elegant nose is loaded with exotic spices, dark wild cherry and blueberry, wildflowers and minerals; a hint of caramel candied apple comes out with some air.
- The '11 Montecorvo flows like silk across the palate with grippy tannins and nicely balanced acidity; bursting with blue and red fruits, the palate offers nuances of leather, menthol and herbs that lead to a nice bittersweet cocoa powder finish.
- As much as we think Raffaele Palma is poised to be the next big thing in Italian winemaking, we also think the Montecorvo is a serious bottle of wine that deserves a place on your table and in your cellar.
- The Raffaele Palma Montecorvo 2011, an IWM exclusive, has consistently been a hit at our tastings; secure your bottles and experience the sunshine of the Amalfi Coast in your wineglass!

(Italy, Campania - Aglianico, Piedirosso, Tintore)
$74.99 Regular Price
$59.99 Special Price/btl

This offer will expire in 48 hours on November 27th at 5:00 pm EST.

*Pre Arrival, Early 2016


Domaine Ponsot's wines embody Burgundy at its most essential. Laurent Ponsot, the current owner and winemaker of the family-run estate, bases his practices on this simple, if impassioned, philosophy; he makes all of his decisions in the field and in the cellar with an eye to making wine that expresses his terroir. Ponsot grows its grapes in as non-interventionist a manner as possible, uses only old oak for aging, replaced traditional corks with composite "Guala Seal" corks, and designed a color-coded alert system that will tell wine-drinkers that their bottle of Ponsot is in ideal condition. Today, we're pleased to present nine different Ponsot bottlings, all in magnum and all at very competitive pricing. From entry-level wines to collector greats, these finely made Burgundies remind us that wine is, at its very core, a living thing, and these large format bottles promise a long, happy life. Gorgeous fruit, stunning aromatics, and ineffable terroir make Ponsot's wines timeless and beautiful.
Why Buy This Wine:
- Ponsot's Morey-St-Denis Blanc Clos des Monts Luisants, an exceptional white made from Aligoté planted in 1911 offers an incredible weight of fruit and a significant nucleus of acidity; this wine has amazing staying power, potentially aging for 50 years.

- From the estate's 1.7-acre parcel of Chapelle-Chambertin planted in 1990, this wine belies its younger vines; this powerful, supple and full-bodied Burgundy marries its fruit with roses, moss, and sous de bois.

- Sauvage, muscular, and appealing, the briary Ponsot Corton Grand Cru Cuvée du Bourdon comes from three small Corton parcels whose exact locations Ponsot won't reveal; suffice to say this juicy, energetic wine speaks for itself.
- Fresh, beguiling, and mineral-driven, Ponsot Corton Grand Cru Bressandes rivals the estate's Cuvée du Bourdon for its mystery, and its impeccable balance, delicious fruit and power make it a delicious drinking experience.

- Deriving from a 1.2-acre vineyard planted in 1975, Ponsot Bourgogne Rouge Cuvée de Pinson over-delivers at its price point, marrying its vivacious acidity with its silky mouth-feel in one outstanding bottling.
- Deriving from a plot planted in 1947, Ponsot's Clos de la Roche offers an intense, deep and energetic palate, bolstered by fresh-cut herbs and a delightful inner perfume.
- In their age-worthiness, ceaseless evolution and three-dimensional beauty, these magnum Ponsot Burgundy bottlings have decades ahead of them; contact your portfolio manager to secure yours at special time-sensitive pricing.

This offer will expire in 48 hours on November 26th at 5:00 pm EST.



Born in the US, but raised in Italy, IWM President of Sales Will Di Nunzio fell in love with wine when his father opened a twenty-year-old Biondi-Santi Brunello for Will's twentieth birthday. Will has since turned his love into a career.
Drinking Today: Bodega Chacra 2014 Pinot Noir Rio Negro Barda
(Argentina, Patagonia - Pinot Noir)
$26.99 Regular Price
$24.83 Case Price/btl
For the Cellar: Mountford 2009 The Gradient Pinot Noir
(New Zealand, South Island - Pinot Noir)
$199.00 Regular Price

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



IWM invites you to join us for a special Black Friday wine tasting in our Studio Del Gusto. From 1:00pm until 5:00 p.m. Friday, November 27, 2015, our portfolio managers will be pouring some of our favorite wines for some of our favorite clients, people like you! Take a break from your holiday shopping and enjoy a glass of Brunello, Barolo, Champagne, Rioja-or one of over twenty wines from IWM's best-loved, most iconic producers! Burgundies, Bordeaux, and Super-Tuscan wines will help you get into the holiday spirit, and this tasting, accompanied by meats and cheeses and presented by IWM's Portfolio Managers, will help your holiday shopping with special in-house discounts on your best-loved bottles.

First-Come, First-Served Basis. All reservations must be confirmed by IWM. Some Restrictions Apply.

Friday, November 27
From 1pm-5pm

Italian Wine Merchants Showroom 
108 East 16th Street, New York, NY


Featured Wines:

Italian Sparkling & White

Barone Pizzini Brut Franciacorta NV
Fantinel Prosecco Brut Extra Dry NV
Sartarelli Verdicchio Castelli di Jesi Classico 2014
Villa Sparina Gavi di Gavi 2014
Paolo Bea Bianco Santa Chiara 2012
Per Linda Trebbiano d'Abruzzo 2014

Italian Rosé & Red

Il Conventino Rosato 2014
Raffaele Palma Salicerchi 2011
Villa Sant'Anna Rosso di Montepulciano 2012
Ada Nada Barbaresco Cichin 2009 
Poderi Aldo Conterno Langhe Nebbiolo Il Favot 2012 
Raffaele Palma Montecorvo 2011
De Conciliis Naima 2006
Radikon Merlot (1L) 2000
Rocche dei Manzoni Barolo Rocche 2009
Bruno Giacosa Barbaresco Asili 2009
Pianpolvere Soprano Barolo 2006 
Nicolis Amarone della Valpolicella Ambrosan 2006
Dal Forno Romano Valpolicella Superiore 2009
Talenti Brunello di Montalcino 2008
La Torre Brunello di Montalcino 2009

And a few surprises as well!

Contact your Portfolio Manager at (212) 473-2323 to reserve your spot(s) on the Guest List.

Saturday, November 28 | 1:00-3:00 pm | New York, NY
A Sit-Down Tasting

Ticket Price: $75.00

Outside of Italy, one of IWM's most beloved winemaking regions is Spain. After all, the two countries have much in common: a reliance on indigenous grape varieties, an adherence to traditional winemaking methods, iconoclastic makers, and a will to make wine that enhances the taste of food. Though enemies on the soccer pitch, this match-up between Italy and Spain will showcase the many ways the two countries complement one another. This tasting, accompanied by regional meats and cheeses, will begin with a Prosecco and a Cava to toast the event with style. Then we'll match Italian whites with Spanish whites, and Italian reds with Spanish reds, highlighting terroir, typicity, and tradition with each glass. Hosted by a knowledgeable IWM sommelier, this tasting will both celebrate Italy and Spain's wines and help you understand their wines better through comparison. It's a Saturday devoted to international cooperation--and wine. What's not to love?
Featured Wine List:
Raventós i Blanc Conca del Riu Anoia Brut Rosé de Nit 2012  
Cupano Rosso di Montalcino (1.5L) 2004 
La Rioja Alta Ardanza Reserva 2005 
Montevertine Rosso 2012 
CVNE Imperial Gran Reserva 2007 
CVNE Contino Rioja Reserva (1.5L) 2005 
Pianpolvere Soprano Barolo 2006 
Le Macchiole Bolgheri Rosso 2013 
*Wine list may be subject to change. 

Friday, December 4 | 7:00-10:00 pm | New York, NY
A Sit-Down Tasting Dinner

Ticket Price: $495.00

The white diamonds of the earth meet Champagne, Barolo, and other world-class wines at IWM's most highly anticipated tasting event, our yearly white truffle luncheon. If you love Alba's most sustainable delicacy, the tartufo bianco, you won't want to miss this event that pairs truffles with wines from some of the great masters of Italy and France. Truffles flown from Piemonte will serve as the centerpiece of this sit-down dinner event as our in-house kitchen staff, led by Chef Mike Marcelli, crafts world-class dishes featuring white truffles, porcini, quail and other classic fall Italian fare. IWM's sommeliers will pour iconic Champagne, legendary Barolo, beautiful Barbaresco--and more. It's the most wonderful time of the year--truffle season. Celebrate it in style with IWM.

*Wine list to be announced. 

Saturday, December 5 | 1:00-3:00 pm | New York, NY
A Sit-Down Tasting

Ticket Price: $65.00

It's Tuesday night--what should you pour with your pizza or pop with your burger? Sometimes it's not the big, statement-making wines that can give you pause; it's those you open on any given night. Join IWM as our knowledgeable sommeliers guide you through go-to wine basics, showcasing a fine flock of wines that won't strain your budget or break your bank-but will reward your palate with shockingly good taste. Italians drink wine with just about every dinner meal. Why shouldn't you? Let IWM show you how to nail everyday wine, red and white, the Italian way.
*Wine list to be announced. 

Saturday, December 12 | 1:00-3:00 pm | New York, NY
A Sit-Down Tasting

Ticket Price: $95.00

Like love and marriage or Lennon and McCartney, some things just go together perfectly. Wine and cheese is one of those ineffable couples Join us as we celebrate one of the most natural pairings in the wine-and-food world with eight wonderful global wines and eight beautiful Italian cheeses. IWM's wine educators will pour great wines from around the globe--all while pairing each wine with an exceptional, perfectly complementary cheese. Even more exciting, we'll be joined by Bob Marcelli from Marcelli Formaggi in Abbruzzo, Italy, who will tell the story behind such great cheeses as Pecorino Gregoriano, Caciocavallo, Pezzata Rossa, and Pecorino Fiorello. Tantalize your taste buds and expand your pairing expertise at this delicious Saturday event, available only at the world's leading authority in Italian wines, IWM.
*Wine list to be announced. 

Saturday, December 19 | 1:00-3:00 pm | New York, NY
A Sit-Down Tasting

Ticket Price: $95.00

Let the holidays ring on with this tasting event featuring Champagne, sparkling wines from France and Spain, and a few beloved still wines that are IWM favorites. Accompanied by regional meats and cheeses and led by IWM sommelliers, this Saturday tasting invokes the spirit of the holidays, while treating you to some of the best wines IWM has to offer. Indulge in delicious wine, sparkling conversation, delectable treats, and all the warmth of this singular season with us at IWM. Drink in the present--and share this event with someone you love!
*Wine list to be announced. 

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