Marcel Deiss' Singular Wines, 33-Year-Old Le Pergole Torte, and Vintage Soldera!

March 30, 2015 
A Note from Sergio

Good winemakers craft wine that tastes like it could only come from their hands and their lands. Great winemakers make excellent wine even in "off" vintages. Legendary winemakers don't just make wines that consistently blow your mind; they change the game. This last category holds very few people. I'm thinking of Tancredi Biondi-Santi, who forever altered Brunello and, indeed, Italian winemaking with his precise skills and his marketing finesse. Or Mario Incisa della Rocchetta, whose Sassicaia incited a Super-Tuscan revolution, and Nicolò, his son, who got the DOCG to create a designation just for that one wine.

I'm thinking of Angelo Gaja, who put Barbaresco on the wine world's map; Giacomo Conterno, who reconfigured the way that Barolo was bottled and sold; Josko Gravner, who brought the ancient anfora to modern winemaking; and Nicolas Joly, the Loire Valley vigneron who pioneered biodynamic viticulture and viniculture, I'm thinking of Sergio Manetti, who devoted himself to a mono-varietal Sangiovese in Chianti; and I'm thinking of Gianfranco Soldera, who has only rarely abided by rules other than his own but has made wine that redefines the genre in the process. We offer both vintage Le Pergole Torte and vintage Soldera Brunello below, so you can taste the greatness of these winemakers for yourself.

And I'm thinking of Marcel Deiss, the Alsatian winemaker who lobbied so hard and so long that even the French A.O.C. finally caved and allowed him to label his blends as Premier or Grand Cru, the first time this designation was permitted. Deiss' inexplicable wines presented an argument so strong that even the A.O.C. had to adapt. Hard-to-find, indescribably good, entirely biodynamic, Deiss has redefined Alsatian wines, and I'm very pleased to bring you eleven different recent bottlings today. These wines are in very limited allocations, so don't hesitate. Even the entry-level Alsace Blanc and Gewürstraminer are outstanding.


Today's Featured Sections Include:


1. Spotlight on Excellence: An IWM First, Eleven Marcel Deiss Bottlings!
2. Only At IWM: 
Perfect, Pristine and Collectable Montevertine 1982 Pergole Torte
3. Time Sensitive Offer: Detailed, Precise, and Extraordinary 1994 Soldera Brunello
4. Our Experts Suggest: 
An Unlikely Piemonte Pair for Delicious Drinking
5. Wine Events: April Wine Tastings

My Best, 


Sergio Esposito



Biodynamic since 1998, Marcel Deiss defines itself by its focus on the terroir--not the grape variety. Indeed, Marcel Deiss's winemaker Mathieu Deiss says, "The question you must ask yourself is what is in the soil, not what is in the grape. That is what explains the true organization or structure of a wine." Today, we're proud to present eleven different bottlings from this esteemed winemaker, an IWM first.

There's no question why it's vineyard over grape varietal. The Deiss lands are a bit mysterious. Each vineyard is so distinct that each grape variety--whether it's Pinot Gris, Muscat or Gewurztraminer--in the vineyard flowers and is harvested at the same time. This practice is something extraordinary, and something somewhat inexplicable, since these grape varieties normally have slight differences in timing during the growing season. In addition to this anomaly, Deiss's 67 acres show a wide variety of soil compositions; you can find gypsum, keuper marl and Jurassic limestone in its vineyards, making the land an ever-changing kaleidoscope through the estate's cru vines. For these reasons, Deiss is all about the cru.

Founded in 1947, Marcel Deiss takes great pride in Alsace wines and believes they deserve the same esteem as Burgundy cru. For a long time, Deiss could not label its blends Grand Cru, because this designation was only given to wines made from one of the four Alsatian noble grapes--Riesling, Muscat, Pinot Gris and Gewurztraminer--and Jean-Michel Deiss wanted to use a blend of these and other grapes. The AOC law changed in his favor in 2005, allowing blends in Alsatian Grand Cru. Today, the estate, led by Jean-Michel and Mathieu Deiss, makes some of the most profound, terroir-driven wines in the region.

Today's offer spans the estate's everyday cuvée Alsace Blanc, a nervy white blend of thirteen grapes, to Marcel Deiss's Grand Cru wines, the energetic Altenberg, the intellectual Mambourg, and the broad-shouldered Schoenenbourg. You'll also find four of Marcel Deiss's Premier Cru wines, and three mono-varietals. Whether you're new to Alsatian wines or a true Marcel Deiss fanatic, this offer has a wine that will reward your palate. However, our allocations on these bottles are very limited, so do contact your portfolio manager to secure yours soon. We expect this historic offer to sell out quickly.



Domaine Marcel Deiss 2011 Engelgarten 1er Cru 

(France, Alsace - Riesling, Pinot Gris, Pinot Noir, Muscat, Sylvaner, Chasselas)

$57.99 Regular Price

$51.99 Special Price/btl


Domaine Marcel Deiss 2010 Grasberg 1er Cru
(France, Alsace - Riesling, Pinot Gris, Gewurztraminer)

$72.99 Regular Price

$66.99 Special Price/btl


Domaine Marcel Deiss 2011 Langenberg 1er Cru
(France, Alsace - Riesling, Pinot Gris, Pinot Noir, Muscat, Sylvaner, Chasselas)

$57.99 Regular Price

$51.99 Special Price/btl


Domaine Marcel Deiss 2010 Schoffweg 1er Cru
(France, Alsace - Riesling, Pinot Gris, Gewurztraminer)

$72.99 Regular Price

$66.99 Special Price/btl


Domaine Marcel Deiss 2012 Alsace Blanc

(France, Alsace - Riesling)

$27.99 Regular Price

$25.50 Special Price/btl


Domaine Marcel Deiss 2012 Gewurztraminer

(France, Alsace - Gewurztraminer)

$37.99 Regular Price

$34.50 Special Price/btl


Domaine Marcel Deiss 2009 Altenberg Grand Cru

(France, Alsace - Riesling)

$125.00 Regular Price

$110.00 Special Price/btl


Domaine Marcel Deiss 2011 Mambourg Grand Cru
(France, Alsace - Riesling)
$135.00 Regular Price
$120.00 Special Price/btl

Domaine Marcel Deiss 2009 Schoenenbourg Grand Cru

(France, Alsace - Riesling)

$135.00 Regular Price

$120.00 Special Price/btl


Domaine Marcel Deiss 2011 Pinot Gris

(France, Alsace - Pinot Gris)

$36.99 Regular Price

$33.50 Special Price/btl


Domaine Marcel Deiss 2012 Riesling

(France, Alsace - Riesling)

$35.99 Regular Price

$32.50 Special Price/btl



Today, IWM is proud to offer the BEST PRICE in the country on collectable Montevertine 1982 Le Pergole Torte, a rare, collectable and historical bottling decorated with the special edition Alberto Manfredi label. Montevertine's Sergio Manetti redefined the Super-Tuscan revolution when he shifted the focus to his love, Toscana. Displeased with the way that other producers added "vitigni migliorativi," grapes like Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, or Cabernet Franc, to Sangiovese in an attempt to produce a more "international" wine with broader appeal, Manetti became a Sangiovese purist. He debuted his mono-varietal Sangiovese Le Pergole Torte in 1977 and left the Chianti Consorzio in 1981; the rest is history. Regrettably, Sergio Manetti passed away in 2000; the wine we offer today comes from his hands. Alongside the Brunello of Case Basse di Soldera and Biondi Santi, Le Pergole Torte is arguable the finest expression of Sangiovese, and this vintage collector bottle is a rare treasures for serious collectors. 

Why Buy This Wine:

- Arguably the finest expression of Sangiovese, Montevertine's flagship wine gives Sangiovese its due, placing it alongside Burgundy's Pinot Noir in terms of age-ability, finesse and nuance.

- The best way to understand Le Pergole Torte is with maturity, when the firm tannins have softened and integrated; the result is a complexity that few wines can achieve providing a spectrum of nuances that come from the perfect marriage of Tuscan soil and Sangiovese: black cherry, autumn leaves, leather, cocoa, coffee, tobacco, tar and cedar. 

- The late, great Sergio Manetti began the practice of commissioning Italian artist Alberto Manetti to paint labels for Montevertine's Le Pergole Torte in 1982, cementing this bottling's place in wine history.

- It's almost impossible to find this rare vintage of Le Pergole Torte, especially with the Alberto Manfredi label, and these 1982 bottlings were made by the Sangiovese visionary Sergio Manetti himself.

- Only IWM can offer this Le Pergole Torte with more than thirty years of perfect maturity, but our allocations are extremely limited; please contact your portfolio manager to secure yours at the BEST PRICE in the country.


Montevertine 1982 Pergole Torte (A. Manfredi Label)*

(Italy, Toscana - Sangiovese)
$599.00 Regular Price

*Pre Arrival, Summer 2015


Even before the 2012 act of vandalism that decimated more than six years of winemaking, Gianfranco Soldera was easily IWM's most talked about producer. His perfection in the vineyard and cellar makes him arguably Italy's greatest producer, and his iconoclasm makes him one of the most controversial. Soldera Brunellos sit in their own category. Collectors of Soldera tend to be fanatical in their pursuit of his limited-production Brunellos, and Soldera's fans see finding the wines a labor of love. A Soldera Brunello smells, tastes, and feels like only a Soldera Brunello: in taste it's intense, almost Burgundian, yet in body it's finessed and almost weightless; smelling of fresh-cut roses, towering cypress trees and earth; filled with fruit, rich with tannins, bewilderingly beautiful and always elegant. Today, we're delighted to present a limited allocation of the 1994 Soldera Brunello di Montalcino. Perfectly mature and offering pristine provenance, these bottles come at the BEST PRICE in the country.

Why Buy This Wine:

- A Soldera Brunello Riserva is a work of art; it's a wine that offers unparalleled purity, finesse and elegance; a Soldera Brunello Riserva complements its fine-boned profile with the power and the structure that the very best Sangiovese offers.

- There's no question that the global recognition of the scarcity of Soldera will drive wine auctions in the years to come, especially given that even prior to Soldera's loss his wines were more than capable of appreciating 300% at auction.

- Produced from Soldera's two plots, Case Basse and Intistieti, this wine ages in large Slavonian oak barrels for around five years before being bottled without any fining or filtration.

- Although it's more than two decades old, this wine is juicy, succulent and fresh, offering a tremendous minerality in the mid-palate and a long, lingering finish.

- The nose bursts with red and black berries, cigar wrapper, spice, minerals and fresh-ground espresso, notes echoed on the palate of this detailed, textured '94; it's a Brunello with a Burgundian profile.

- Sourced by Sergio and presented with pristine provenance and perfect maturity, this Soldera bottling gives evidence to Gianfranco Soldera's unparalleled artistry in the vineyard and in the cellar; contact your portfolio manager to secure yours at the BEST PRICE in the country.

Case Basse di Soldera 1994 Brunello di Montalcino*
(Italy, Toscana - Sangiovese Grosso)
$525.00 Regular Price
$450.00 3-Pack Price/btl 


This offer will expire in 48 hours on April 1st at 5:00 pm EST.

*Pre-Arrival, Summer 2015


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: Quinto Chionetti 2010 San Luigi Dolcetto di Dogliani
(Italy, Piemonte - Dolcetto)
$27.95 Regular Price
$25.71 Case Price/btl
For the Cellar: Gaja 1985 Darmagi
(Italy, Piemonte - Cabernet Sauvignon)
$309.00 Regular Price

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

Italy Meets Spain

Saturday, April 4, 1-3 pm

A Light Lunch Tasting


Regular Ticket Price $115.00

Early Bird Special $95.00 (Expires April 1, 2015, 5pm EST


IWM Hosts:

Robin Kelley O'Connor - Certified Wine Educator  
John Camacho Vidal - Senior Portfolio Manager


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 sit-around tasting match Spanish and Italian versions of sparkling wine, white wine and red wine, all accompanied by regional meats and cheeses. Led by Robin Kelley O'Connor, a Certified Wine Educator, and Senior Portfolio manager John Camacho Vidal, this tasting will both celebrate Italy and Spain's wines and help you understand their wines better through comparison. It's a Saturdaydevoted to international cooperation--and wine. What's not to love?


Featured Wine List:
Le Macchiole Bolgheri Rosso 2011 
Massolino Barolo 2010 
De Conciliis Naima 2006
Cupano Brunello di Montalcino 2003

Benjamin de Rothschild & Vega Sicilia Macan 2010 
Artadi Rioja El Pison 2010
CVNE Imperial Gran Reserva 2007
La Rioja Alta Rioja Gran Reserva '890' 2001  

*Wine list may be subject to change.


Saturday, April 11, 1-3 pm

A Sit-Down Tasting


Regular Ticket Price $145.00

Early Bird Special $125.00 (Expires April 6, 2015, 5pm EST


IWM Hosts:
John Camacho Vidal - Senior Portfolio Manager


Wine can be confusing. There are so many regions, so many grapes, so much history, and so many producers making so many styles. This tasting breaks Italian and French wine down to their simplest--and most iconic--parts. Join Senior Portfolio manager John Vidal Camacho as he pours Brunello, Barbaresco and Brunello from Italy and Burgundy and Bordeaux from France. Robin and John will explain the A, B, Cs of these iconic winemaking regions, as you sniff, swirl and sip, and learn what makes each of these wines the most sought-after, popular and representative wines of Italy and France. Accompanied by regional cheeses and meats, this tasting offers a delicious primer to the basics of Italian and French wine. There's a lot of buzz around these killer B's; spend a Saturday afternoon with IWM to see why.


Feature Wine List:


Lignier Michelot Morey-Saint-Denis 1er Cru Les Chezeaux 2011

Domaine H. Boillot Volnay 1er CruLes Fremiets 1er Cru 2010



San Giuliano Barbaresco 2010

Bruno Giacosa Barbaresco Santo Stefano di Neive 2007



Domenico Clerico Barolo Ciabot Mentin Ginestra 2010

Renzo Seghesio Barolo Pajana Riserva 2006 



Valdicava Brunello di Montalcino 2008

Cupano Brunello di Montalcino 2003

*Wine list may be subject to change.


Saturday, April 18, 1-3 pm

A Sit-Down Tasting


Regular Ticket Price $145.00

Early Bird Special $125.00 (Expires April 13, 2015, 5pm EST


IWM Hosts:

Robin Kelley O'Connor - Certified Wine Educator
John Camacho Vidal - Senior Portfolio Manager


We often talk about two major stylistic winemaking camps: the traditional producers and the modern ones. But what--exactly--divides these two groups? How do they differ? And what can you expect from a traditional producer versus a modern one? This sit-down tasting, led by Certified Wine Educator Robin Kelley O'Connor and Senior Portfolio Manager John Camacho Vidal, will answer those questions and many more, and experience will be your teacher! Pouring pairs of Barolo, Barbaresco, Amarone and Tuscan wines, Robin will guide guests in understanding what makes a regional Italian wine traditional or modern, how to broaden these differences to apply them to a range of wines, and what to expect from producers branded "traditional" or "modern." Join us at this special tasting, accompanied by regional meats and cheese, and learn just how delicious winemaking protocol can be.

*Wine list to be announced.


Saturday, April 25, 1-3 pm

A Sit-Down Tasting


Regular Ticket Price $95.00

Early Bird Special $75.00 (Expires April 20, 2015, 5pm EST


IWM Hosts:

Robin Kelley O'Connor - Certified Wine Educator
John Camacho Vidal - Senior Portfolio Manager


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 Certified Wine Educator Robin Kelley O'Connor and Senior Portfolio Manager John Camacho Vidal lead you through a five of the most emblematic, delicious, and outrageous grapes: Nebbiolo, Sangiovese, Dolcetto, Aglianico, and Ribolla Gialla. No doubt you're already on first-name basis with Sangiovese, the grape behind Chianti Classico and Brunello di Montalcino, but we'll take the time to reacquaint you with this ancient grape, as well as help you get to know northern Italy's emblematic reds, Nebbiolo and Dolcetto; its great white, Ribolla Gialla; and southern Italy's Aglianico. Accompanied by regional meats and cheeses, this sit-down tasting offers the most delicious education in authentic wine that you can get outside of Italy, and it's available only at IWM, the world's leading authority in Italian wine.

*Wine list to be announced.


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