New 2008 Barolo Granbussia Release, Classic Poggio di Sotto, and Bryant Family Duo!

October 24, 2016
A Note from Sergio

There are fads in winemaking, just as there are in fashion. Barolo's modernist producers were once all the rage, but now the pendulum is swinging toward traditionalists. It's not merely fashion, however. Some modernists exaggerated their techniques and erased Barolo's identity to make their wines understandable to the whole world, and many traditionalists have difficulty making wines for inexperienced palates. But these ends of the spectrum aren't your only choices, and Poderi Aldo Conterno has always struck a balance between the extremes. Although Aldo Conterno passed away in 2012, the estate still employs the techniques he did: modern protocol that makes certain to maintain Nebbiolo's character. Aldo Conterno's Barolos are an elusive happy medium that tempers the traditional with the modern--and they're of the best wines in the world.

Today, I'm proud to announce the release of Aldo Conterno 2008 Barolo Granbussia Riserva. In 2005, Aldo Conterno reduced its production of Barolo Granbussia by two thirds, making this already highly collectable and fervently sought-after wine even more precious, as well as even more intense, complex, and otherworldly. The extraordinary 2006 release showed the wisdom of this decision. The estate didn't make any Barolo Granbussia, upping the expectation for the next vintage release. The wait was well worth it--in any of its vintages, Barolo Granbussia is a prized wine, but the 2008 is special even for Granbussia. It is, simply put, an apotheosis of wine. It illuminates its terroir, speaks of Barolo's traditions, sings of its growing year, and does it all with this ethereal voice that will only get better with time.

I'm giving this new Granbussia release the setting of three other breathtaking wines: Poggio di Sotto's silky, aromatic 2008 Brunello, and two recent 2013 releases from Bryant Family Vineyards in Napa Valley. None of these wines is shy, austere or retiring, yet each of them is expressive and nuanced. Wine is a kind of alchemy. Really talented winemakers have the preternatural gift to turn bunches of rotting grapes into wine, and we who love wine marvel at their talents. These three wines from Poggio di Sotto and Bryant Family are pure, liquid magic. I know you'll love them.


Today's Featured Sections Include:

1. Spotlight on Excellence:
Announcing the Release of the Spectacular 2013 Barolo Granbussia
2. Only At IWM:
Opulent 2008 Poggio di Sotto Brunello
3. Time Sensitive Offer: Outstanding 2013 Releases from the Bryant Family
4. Wine Events: Upcoming October / November Wine Tasting Events

My Best,

Sergio Esposito


Poderi Aldo Conterno crafts many collector wines, but the most important is its Barolo Granbussia Riserva. The estate crafts this legendary Barolo Riserva only in worthy vintages, and the years that Aldo Conterno chooses to make its Barolo Granbussia are special ones. Aficionados of the wine love it for its boldness, its age-worthiness, and the way its heady aromas of roses, earth, and herbs are buoyed by its palate of sour cherries, tar, minerals, and smoke. Most of all, this wine's fans appreciate it for transmitting that elusive Piemonte magic that is intrinsic to serious Barolos. Today, we're very proud to present a new release of this perennial collector favorite from a classic, cool vintage, Aldo Conterno 2008 Barolo Granbussia Riserva.

Temperate and even chilly, 2008 offered Piemonte winemakers a very long growing season that gave their thick-skinned Nebbiolo grapes plenty of time to ripen. Best of all, the year's extended, even growing season resulted in grapes that were high in dry extract (the stuff that gives wine its many flavors) and in sugar, yet these grapes were still bright with acidity and high in tannins. In short, discriminating Barolo makers were given the raw materials to make outstanding, structured wines, and the 2008 Barolo Granbussia Riserva is precisely that--it's a serious bottle of wine that needs some time in the cellar, but it will reward the patient collector with decades of drinking pleasure.

Ripe red fruits cavort with dried rose petals, warm baking spices, sun-warmed loam, balsamic herbs, and a kiss of blood orange in this sophisticated, supple '08 Barolo Granbussia Riserva. This wine's purity and transparency is astounding; it glides across the palate, unfurling myriad notes, a mineral lift, and plenty of fine-grained, polished tannins as it builds to a powerful, resounding crescendo. In any given year, the Barolo Granbussia has the ability to age decades, and the 2008 bottling is no exception. While this wine needs time in the cellar to integrate, it's a sleeping beauty, and when this '08 Barolo Granbussia wakes, it will be stunning.

Still known as the "King of Barolo," Aldo Conterno passed away in 2012, leaving behind a legacy of wines and winemaking. One of the last wines touched by Aldo's hands, the 2008 Barolo Granbussia Riserva is certain to sell out very quickly, especially because in 2005, Granbussia grew even yet more rare. In that vintage Aldo Conterno reduced production of this wine to a third of its original quantity, a mere 250 cases, making this collector staple yet more collectable. Touched by the late, great Aldo Conterno, the '08 Barolo Granbussia embodies the craft of its maker in its elegant, age-worthy, complex palate; it's winemaking history, and it's not going to be available for long.

Poderi Aldo Conterno 2008 Barolo Granbussia Riserva*
(Italy, Piemonte - Nebbiolo)
$449.00 Regular Price
$425.00 Half-Case Price/btl

(Italy, Piemonte - Nebbiolo)
$899.00 Regular Price

*Pre-Arrival, November 2016


Founded in 1989 by Piero Palmucci, a former shipping executive, Poggio di Sotto quickly rose to prominence with its pure, serious expressions of Sangiovese Grosso. The past few years have seen two major changes at Poggio di Sotto: Palmucci's selling of his estate to ColleMassari and the loss of Giulio Gambelli, Poggio di Sotto's legendary enologist, who passed away in early 2012. Today, we're delighted to present one of the final collaborations between Palmucci and Gambelli, the 2008 Poggio di Sotto Brunello di Montalcino. A beautifully drinkable achievement from this pair, this exotic yet structured Brunello was enchanting upon release, but now with eight years of maturity, it's showing its true beauty. Presented at the BEST PRICE in the country, this approachable Brunello is one to stock in your cellar as it will drink for another two decades--that said, we feel fortunate to have secured this allocation and don't know if or when we'll be able to get more.

Why Buy This Wine:

- A legendary winemaking duo, Gambelli and Palmucci jointly employed scrupulous protocol in the vineyard and maintained prime, even pristine, conditions in the cellar, crafting wines of unparalleled purity.

- Adamant about color correctness in Brunello, Palmucci and Gambelli believed in a pure expression of Sangiovese Grosso; thus, a Poggio di Sotto Brunello is a medium-red garnet, possesses a formidable tannic structure and high level of acidity, and begs for proper aging.

- Super-saturated sweet red fruits dance with menthol, balsamic herbs, warm baking spices, licorice and tarry earth in this transparent, terroir-driven '08 Brunello.

- While this wine has the kind of density that could tip it into over-ripeness, it shows Poggio di Sotto's trademark balance and purity, and the wine's bright acidic core keeps it nimble and vibrant.

- A sweet inner perfume complements copious chewy tannins as this '08 Brunello builds to a lingering, delicious crescendo; fans of Poggio di Sotto will love this vintage that marries density with raciness.

- Now with eight years of perfect maturity, this '08 Brunello is drinking beautifully; contact your portfolio manager to secure yours at the BEST PRICE in the country.

(Italy, Toscana - Sangiovese Grosso)
$139.99 Regular Price
$129.99 Half-Case Price/btl
$118.99 Case Price/btl

*Pre-Arrival, Late Winter


When former St. Louis businessman Donald L. Bryant bought his 13-acre estate overlooking Lake Hennessy in 1985, he was looking to make a home--not world-class Cabernet Sauvignon. However, this is exactly what he did. After ripping out the existing vines and replanting with Cabernet Sauvignon in the late '80s, Bryant Family Vineyards released its debut bottling with the 1992 vintage. It didn't take long for this Napa Valley winemaker to attain cult status. By the mid '90s, the Bryant Family wines were winning the hearts and minds of wine critics and wine connoisseurs across the globe, and since the inaugural vintage, Bryant Family Cabernet Sauvignons have shown no sign of slowing down; they are collector classics that fetch high scores, high prices and high praise from their adoring fans. Today, IWM is proud to present time-sensitive, special pricing on an outstanding pair of 2013 Bryant Family releases, the estate's Bordeaux-style blend Bettina and its iconic Cabernet Sauvignon.

Why Buy This Wine:

- 2013 is a banner vintage in Napa, California; the year gifted winemakers with superb weather marked by a long, sunny summer that ended in a dry, even harvest; the Bryant family made the most of the benchmark vintage with its balanced, saturated wines.

- Sappy and juicy, the '13 Bettina layers its sweet red and brambly blue fruits with smoky minerals, crushed river rocks, potpourri, grilled herbs, licorice and mocha; it's a seductive wine with the structure to drink for decades.

- Intense, chewy tannins and serious structure mean that you'll want to wait a few years to enjoy the '13 Bettina, but time will mellow this powerful wine's components and show its true finesse.

- The Bryant Family's flagship wine is its Cabernet Sauvignon, and in 2013 this wine is gorgeous: succulent blue and black fruits dance with flower petals and spice, complemented by brooding, savory notes like incense, pencil lead, underbrush, and tar.

- While this wine's Cabernet Sauvignon fruit seems achingly pure, the wine is nonetheless fleshy and opulent, providing a riveting study in contrasts; grippy and expressive, this wine grabs the palate and doesn't let go--not that you want it to!

- IWM is pleased to present special time-sensitive pricing on these terrific 2013 Bryant Family Vineyards new releases; contact your portfolio manager to secure yours.

Bryant Family 2013 Bettina
(United States, California - Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Petit Verdot)
$799.00 Regular Price
$699.00 Half-Case Price/btl

Bryant Family 2013 Cabernet Sauvignon
(United States, California - Cabernet Sauvignon)
$999.00 Regular Price
$899.00 Half-Case Price/btl

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


Monday, October 24 | 7:00-10:00 pm | New York, NY
A Sit-Down Tasting Dinner

Ticket Price: $199.00
Early Bird Price: $179.00 (Expires Monday, October 17)

Guest Host: Dr. Gian Annibale Rossi di Medelana, Terriccio Winemaker

IWM invites you to discover the best producer of Super-Tuscan wines that you've never heard about, Castello del Terriccio. Join us as we host a very special five-course dinner featuring the wines of Terriccio and their maker, Dr. Gian Annibale Rossi di Medelana. "Terriccio" means soil in Italian, and Castello del Terriccio is devoted to creating wines that speak eloquently of the estate's roots and its vineyards' unique terroir. During this evening of delicious food, crafted by our in-house Chef Michael Marcelli and his staff, and incredible Terriccio wines, Dr. Rossi will tell you about his choice to source his vines from top Bordeaux estates and employ traditional Bordeaux protocol to craft the estate's complex, age-worthy Super-Tuscan expressions. An IWM first, this dinner will spotlight an array of Terriccio wines, creating an intimate evening of discovery and joy shared by passionate wine-lovers like you. It will be an unforgettable dinner, possible only with IWM, the world's leading authority of Italian wine.

Featured Menu and Wines:

Billecart-Salmon Brut Rosé
Frecciarossa I Moschettieri

Pasta I
Braised Duck Leg Risotto, Aged Gouda & Savory
Terriccio Capannino 2014

Pasta II
Handmade Chestnut Flour Lasagnette, Fresh Pork Sausage & Spaccatella Tomato
Terriccio Tassinaia 2010

Grilled Wagyu Bavette Steak, Mangalitsa Lardo & Soft Polenta
Terriccio Castello del Terriccio 2006
Terriccio Lupicaia 2010

Castello della Sala Muffato della Sala 2008

*Wine list may be subject to change.

Saturday, October 29 | 1:00-3:00 pm | New York, NY
A Sit-Down Tasting

Ticket Price: $75.00

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 "taste like a red."

*Wine list to be announced.

Monday, November 7 | 7:00-10:00 pm | New York, NY
A Sit-Down Tasting Dinner

Ticket Price: $499.00
Early Bird Price: $479.00 (Expires Monday, October 31)

IWM Hosts:
Will Di Nunzio, President
Francesco Vigorito, Vice President of Sales

Piemonte's white diamonds meet Barolo, Brunello, Franciacorta and carefully selected wines at IWM's highly anticipated annual white truffle dinner. If you love Alba's most sustainable delicacy, the tartufo bianco, you won't want to miss this dinner that pairs truffles with wines from some of the great masters of Italy. Truffles flown from Piemonte will be at the centerpiece of this special event as IWM's own Chef Mike Marcelli and his in-house kitchen staff design a dazzling multi-course menu, carefully paired with fantastic wines from the cult-inspiring estates of Gravner, Valentini, Fiorano and more, all rounded out with antipasti before and dolce after. Knowledgeable IWM sommeliers will pour Barolos from Aldo Conterno and Sandrone, as well as Brunello bottles from Soldera and Poggio di Sotto, along with other beloved wines from Movia, Palari, and Antinori's Castello della Sala. It's the most wonderful time of the year--truffle season--and we invite you to celebrate it in style with IWM.

Featured Menu and Wines:

Ca' del Bosco Cuvée Annamaria Clementi 2001
Movia Pinot Grigio 2013
Palari Faro 2007

Pasta I
Wild Snow Crab Risotto, Pine Nut & Chive
Castello della Sala Cervaro della Sala 2005
Gravner Breg Anfora 2003

Pasta II
Fresh Sheep's Milk Gnudi with Braised Lamb Shoulder & Abalone Mushroom
Case Basse Soldera Rosso IGT 2008
Poggio di sotto brunello 2009
Valentini Montepulciano d'Abruzzo 2001

Roasted Wild Squab with Capicola & Sarladaise Potato
Sandrone Barolo Cannubi Boschis 1990
Poderi Aldo Conterno Barolo Colonnello 1988

Dolci e Formaggi
Fiorano No. 48 Sémillon 1995

*Wine list may be subject to change.

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