Debuting Aldo Conterno's 2013 Barolo Trio and 2014 Chardonnay Bussiador

September 25, 2017
A Note from Sergio

Perhaps the two greatest examples of Barolo produced, Giacomo Conterno Monfortino Riserva and Aldo Conterno Granbussia Riserva come from the same family tree. For about six generations, the Conterno family has used its roots in the Langhe hills to craft Piemonte's most well known, most collectable, and most ethereal wine, Barolo. In the early 1960s, brothers Aldo and Giovanni Conterno, worked with their father at the Giacomo Conterno estate. However, as brothers often do, they didn't see eye to eye. In 1969, Aldo broke winemaking ties with Giovanni, and Aldo left their father's cellar to found his own estate, Poderi Aldo Conterno.

All these years later, both Aldo and Giovanni have passed away, but their estates, now in the hands of their sons, continue to be standard bearers of age-worthy Baroli, and their legions of fans excitedly await new releases. Today, I'm very proud to debut the breakout benchmark 2013 vintage of Aldo Conterno's esteemed cru Baroli, Barolo Colonnello, Barolo Cicala, and Barolo Vigna Romirasco, all wines that are legends in the making. To make this offer even more spectacular, I'm also debuting the estate's outstanding 2014 Chardonnay Bussiador, Aldo's defining expression of Piemonte Chardonnay.

I'm very happy to be able to offer this group of Aldo Conterno wines to you before other US wine retailers. Nowhere can you find the full 2013 trio of Aldo's cru Baroli and no one else is yet offering the 2014 Chardonnay Bussiador. While some vintages and many wine producers are over-hyped by the wine press and the wine industry, the wines of Aldo Conterno and, to my thinking, the 2013 Barolo vintage have not been. They are exactly as superlative as they are purported to be. The Aldo Conterno team used 2013's stellar raw materials into wines of tremendous depth, resonance and nuance--each one of these three cru Baroli speaks so articulately, so deftly of its place that it will blow you away! The 2013 Barolo vintage is a legend in the making; it's only fitting to experience it with wines from Aldo Conterno.


Today's Featured Sections Include:

1. Time Sensitive Offer:
Four Must-Have New Releases from Aldo Conterno
2. Wine Events: Upcoming September Wine Tasting Events
My Best,

Sergio Esposito

Earning the nickname of the "King of Barolo," Aldo Conterno was a traditionalist who wasn't afraid of innovation. Aldo passed away about five years ago, but his meticulous winemaking skills carry on at Poderi Aldo Conterno, and the estate's team, led by Aldo's sons, maintains the unmistakable identity of an Aldo Conterno Barolo, vintage after superb vintage. Descended from a line of Langhe winemakers who have always taken great pride in their craft and in growing the highest quality Nebbiolo within Piemonte, Aldo was one of those few producers who could deliver approachability with longevity. Few wines stride the line between modern and fruit-forward wines and those of nuance and finesse, but Aldo Conterno Barolos can. Today, we're proud to present Poderi Aldo Conterno's esteemed cru Barolo trio--Barolo Colonnello, Barolo Cicala, and Barolo Vigna Romirasco--from the soon-to-be-legendary vintage of 2013. And to make this offer even more exciting, we're also debuting the 2014 vintage of Aldo's cult Piemonte white, Il Bussiador Langhe Chardonnay. These four stunning wines are must-have bottlings for true Italian wine aficionados, for fans of Aldo Conterno, and for lovers of fine wines who appreciate Aldo's rare ability to speak a universal wine language.

Why Buy This Wine:

- 2013 gifted Barolo makers (and the wine's fans) with a cool, lingering growing season with ample hang time and perfectly ripened grapes; the resulting wines are finessed, sophisticated and thrilling evocations of their superb growing year.

- Blue and red fruits, pressed violet petals, licorice, truffles, and kisses of spice and underbrush dance in the ethereal, bewitching '13 Barolo Colonello--this is one fine-boned, very structured Barolo--it's exquisite!

- The complex '13 Barolo Cicala embraces its opposites--succulent red and blue fruits find their complements in savory minerals; elegant, chewy tannins are matched with substantial alcohol and copious dry extract; and vibrant acidity marries with a sweet inner perfume.

- Brooding, balanced and beautiful, the '13 Barolo Vigna Romirasco feels dense in the mouth, suffusing the palate with copious dry extract and chewy, intense tannins, but powerful as this wine is, it's also remarkably nuanced, unfolding to reveal mysterious layers.

- 2014 challenged the team at Aldo Conterno but you'd never know it from the balanced and elegant Bussiador Chardonnay; the lush wine slinks across the palate with grace and sophistication, and vibrant acidity keeps it nimble as it builds to a lively, lingering crescendo.

- IWM is very proud to debut these four Poderi Aldo Conterno wines with special, time-sensitive pricing; contact your portfolio manager to secure yours soon, for we are certain to sell through our limited allocations!

Vintage Size Price/btl Case Price/btl
2013 0.75 $159.00 $149.00
2013 1.5 $369.00 -
2013 0.75 $159.00 $149.00
2013 0.75 $239.00 $219.00
2014 0.75 $69.99 $64.39

*Pre-Arrival, Winter

This offer will expire in 48 hours on September 27th at 11:59pm EST.

Movia Winemaker Dinner

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

Ticket Price: $199.00
Early Bird Price: $179.00/ticket (Expires: Friday, September 29)

Hosted by: Ales Kristancic,
IWM Host: Francesco Vigorito, Vice President of Sales

Of all of IWM's signature producers, Movia's Ales Kristancic is perhaps the biggest showman. A former competitive ballroom dancer, Ales brings an element of show-stopping elegance to his wines, which he produces at his biodynamic estate on the Italy-Slovenia border. Movia's wines evince a certain energy and complexity that make them unique--and make drinking them unforgettable. Join IWM as we host Movia's winemaker, Ales Kristancic, in our intimate Vintage Tasting Room for a special five-course dinner celebrating the biodynamic beauties of the Movia estate. Straddling the line between Italy's Friuli and Slovenia's Brda, Movia is in a realm of its own, and this dinner will feature its indescribable natural wines as a centerpiece for a meal designed by IWM's own Chef Michael Marcelli and handmade by our in-house kitchen. We've been proud to host Ales before, and this dinner will be a memorable, magical evening, filled with delicious wines, scrumptious dishes, and the joy of a select few wine-lovers like you! Space is limited, so do secure your reservation to this very special winemaker dinner early.

*Wines to be announced.

Rossi Piemontesi

Saturday, September 30 | 1:00-3:00 pm | New York, NY
A Sit-Down Tasting

Ticket Price: $129.00
Early Bird Price: $109.00/ticket (Expires: Friday, September 29)

IWM Host: Michael Adler

Nebbiolo makes two of Italy's most collectable, longest-aging wines, Barolo and Barbaresco, and Nebbiolo's home is the rolling hills of Piemonte. But while American wine fans love their Nebbiolo, often their appreciation for Rossi Piemontesi stops there--yet there's so much more to love! Join IWM's own Michael Adler as he pours a range of reds from Piemonte, the beloved northern Italian winemaking region. Taste through Barbera, Dolcetto, Super-Piemontese blends and, of course, some Nebbiolo gems at this special sit-down event that's accompanied by regional meats and cheeses. Get to know the terroir, the traditions and the many tastes of Piemonte a little better, all while enjoying a spectrum of red wines. It's an ideal tasting event to prepare for autumnal fare and winter's cold-weather hearty meals!

Featured Wines:

Cornarea Roero Arneis 2015
Bruno Giacosa Dolcetto d'Alba Falletto 2014
Prunotto Pian Romualdo Barbera d'Alba 2005
Prunotto Barolo Bussia 2005
Ada Nada Barbaresco Valeirano 2013
Pelissero Barbaresco Vanotu 2013
Bruno Giacosa Barolo Falletto di Serralunga 2011
Poderi Aldo Conterno Barolo Bussia 2013
Poderi Aldo Conterno Barolo Cicala 2011

*Wines may be subject to change.

Italy: North vs. South

Saturday, October 7 | 1:00-3:00 pm | New York, NY
A Sit-Down Tasting

Ticket Price: $119.00

From the top of the Boot to the tip of its heel, Italy has more than 2,000 different indigenous grapes, more than any other country in the world (though Portugal may beg to differ). Join us as our knowledgeable IWM sommelier lead you through a tour of nine of the most emblematic, delicious, and outrageous expressions. We'll be pouring 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 to discover, enjoy and indulge in fine Italian wine.

*Wines to be announced.

Italy vs. France

Saturday, October 14 | 1:00-3:00 pm | New York, NY
A Sit-Down Tasting

Ticket Price: $109.00

It's not a soccer match. It's an opportunity for you to compare the wines of France and Italy side by side, the makings of an entirely delightful Saturday afternoon. At this tasting, we'll be matching French and Italian wines that are easy on the palate and gentle on the wallet! Bringing together second-tier wines at iconic estates, little-known artisanal gems, or more obscure grape varietals, this event will explore a range of reds and whites from Italy and France--and it'll give you a broad range of wines to enjoy on Tuesday pizza nights, wow your dinner guests, or have on hand for when the wine moment strikes. Led by a knowledgeable IWM sommelier and accompanied by regional meats and cheeses, this tasting is ideal for wine-lovers of all kinds, from newbies to connoisseurs!

*Wines to be announced.

Big & Bold Italian Reds

Saturday, October 21 | 1:00-3:00 pm | New York, NY
A Sit-Down Tasting

Ticket Price: $119.00

The temperature's dropping and we're reaching for heartier fare. As roasts, game, stews, and casseroles begin to appear on our tables, it's time to find big, bold reds that will make these rich, dark dishes sing. It's time, in short, for some of IWM's favorite brooding, complex wines. Join us as we celebrate the red wines of Italy. From Brunellos to Barolos and Super Tuscans, from Super Piemontese to Aglianico and Valpolicella, this tasting shows why Italian reds are world famous. Guided by knowledgeable IWM sommeliers, this glorious tasting, complemented by meats and cheeses, is devoted to exploring the lushness, the power, and the unexpected finesse of red wines from some of our favorite producers. It's big, it's beautiful, and it's only available at IWM, the world's leading authority in Italian wine.

*Wines to be announced.

Halloween Special: Orange, Biodynamic & Funky Wines

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

Ticket Price: $89.00

In the US, they're called "orange wines," in Europe "skin-contact wines." Whichever terminology you use, they are all the fashion, which is a little ironic considering that this style of caramel colored wine made from white grapes date back thousands of years, originating in Armenia and Georgia. In many ways, the tale of orange wines goes hand-in-hand with the tale of natural wines; it's rare to find an orange wine made by a producer who doesn't abide by non-interventionist protocol, and indeed, the important producers of these wines in Italy hold a firm belief in non-interventionist agriculture and non-interventionist winemaking. Join IWM as we explore the wild, unique, unusual world of orange wines at this special tasting, accompanied by regional meats and cheeses. It's the perfect way to celebrate fall, welcome Halloween, and expand your palate with those white wines that "drink like a red."

*Wines to be announced.

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