Today's Featured Offer:
Flawless Tignanello
, Two Veneto Classics and Giuseppe Quintarelli!

September 29, 2014 
A Note from Sergio

Many winemakers built on the success of the pioneering Super-Tuscans--it's only natural that international demand would drive the market. But not all of these wines were created equal, and one of the best is also one of the earliest. Piero Antinori introduced his Tignanello in 1971, and he made wine history. Creating his Solaia in 1978 and his Guado al Tasso in 1990, Antinori further changed the face of Italian wine, something for which critics, collectors and connoisseurs are regularly grateful. 


Antinori has enjoyed incredible success and staying power. His wines--created under the guidance of legendary enologist Giacomo Tachis, finessed by the hand of Renzo Cotarelli, and now poised to be inherited by Antinori's three daughters--rank among the best that Italy has to offer; they are mandatory for any enthusiast's cellar. In many ways, they represent the beauty in the convergence of tradition and innovation, of the past and the future, and of roots-deep provincial Italian winemaking and the international wine scene. Today, I'm very proud to present Antinori's Tignanello 2011.


Today, I'm also pleased to offer two outstanding wines from the 2013 vintage: the very rare Giuseppe Quintarelli Bianco Secco 2013 made from blend of Garganega, Trebbiano Toscano, Sauvignon Blanc, Chardonnay, and Saorin and one of the finest rosés on the planet from Château Riotor of the Côte de Provence, a wine that exudes Mediterranean freshness.





Today's Featured Sections Include:


1. Spotlight on Excellence: Tuscan Flawlessness, Nobility, Style: Tignanello 2011! 
2. Time Sensitive Offer: Mediterranean Marvel: Château Riotor Rosé 2013 Côte de Provence!
3. Our Experts Suggest: David Gwo Picks two Veneto Classics: Valpolicella and Amarone
4. Only At IWM: From the Master of the Veneto Giuseppe Quintarelli Bianco Secco 2013!
5. Wine Events:
 Mini Grand Tasting Saturday October 11th, 2014

My Best, 



Sergio Esposito



Rare is the IWM client who doesn't know Tignanello. While Tenuta San Guido's Sassicaia may have ignited the revolution, Piero Antinori's Tignanello spread the word. Influenced by his uncle, the great Marchese Mario Incisa della Rocchetta, and guided by Giacomo Tachis, Antinori didn't want to recreate a Bordeaux-style Claret; he wanted to show Sangiovese's versatility and finesse. The result was the second important Super-Tuscan, Tignanello, a blend of Sangiovese, Cabernet Sauvignon and Cabernet Franc. Today, IWM is proud to offer the 2011 vintage.


There's no question that Tignanello changed the Super-Tuscan game. It was the first Sangiovese bottling to be aged in small oak barrels, and arguably the first modern red wine to include an international grape, Cabernet Sauvignon, in a blend with Sangiovese. Tignanello was also among the first wines in Chianti to be made without any white grapes; in fact, its original composition (80 percent Sangiovese blended with 20 percent Canaiolo and 5 percent each of Trebbiano and Malvasia) relied heavily on white grapes, but in 1975, Tignanello became a pure red wine. Indeed, Tignanello didn't become the blend we know and love it to be--80 percent Sangiovese, 15 percent Cabernet Sauvignon and 5 percent Cabernet Franc--until 1982, more than a decade after its debut and one year after winemaker extraordinaire Renzo Cotarella came to work at Antinori.


One of Italy's most famous cru wines, Tignanello derives from a single 140-acre southwestern-facing plot of limestone-rich soils. As one of the premiere Super-Tuscan wines, Tignanello's extraordinary high quality forced neighboring producers to up their games, helping to create a renaissance in the region's winemaking. Although the wine reflects its vintage, Tignanello is typified by soft, juicy red and black fruits laid atop a framework of spice, smoke, minerals and earth. It's a beguiling, elegant wine that ages beautifully and speaks with the soul of its Toscana terroir.


The 2010/11 fall and winter seasons were very cold and rainy. The last days of 2010 saw an unusual amount of snowfall followed by an intensely cold period. January and February were on the dry side, early spring was mild in temperatures, and by early April it was quite warm. Bud burst was ten days early. The growing season up to July was mild and on the cool side. After August 10th it was desert like dry with high heat and these conditions didn't change until mid-September. The harvest took place between the 20th of September, and lasted until the second week of October. Because of the hot and dry growing season, the Antinori team had to be extra attentive during the harvesting to select the perfect grape bunches for fermentation.


The 2011 Tignanello has a beautiful ruby red color with strong purple features. The nose is very ripe with aromas of plums, cherries and dark fruits touch of mint and liquorice. On the palate there is an immediate explosion of fruit, an intense richness, great balance and harmony, with a long savory finish.


Contact your portfolio manager to secure the 2011 Tignanello.


Antinori 2011 Tignanello*
(Italy, Toscana - Sangiovese, Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc)

$89.99 Regular Price
$79.99 Special Price/btl
$74.99 Case Price/btl 

*Pre-Arrival, Spring 2015


Château Riotor, IWM's favorite French rosé, is one of the best keep secrets considering how famous the proprietors, the Abeille family, who happened to be the owners of Château Mont-Redon in Châteauneuf-du-Pape. Château Riotor is 210 acres of forest and vineyards with nearly 120 acres planted to the vine. Riotor is in the stunning Côtes de Provence in southern France. The beautiful property is located in the Massif des Maures region of the Côtes de Provence very close to the French Riviera. The vineyard is planted with the classic varieties of Provence including Grenache, Cinsault and Syrah together with a little Rolle (Vermentino) which is blended into the delicately colored and very fragrant rosé. We believe that great rosé is no longer just a summer drink, it has graduated into the big leagues for year round drinking.


Why buy this wine:


- Château Riotor is one of France's finest rosé wines coming from the beautiful Côtes de Provence.


- Château Riotor is blessed with all the good vibes of the Mediterranean climate and the exalted French Riviera.


- Provence is known for their world class rosés, and Château Riotor is no exception, made primarily from the dynamic Grenache grape.


- Château Riotor has a beautiful inviting color of lightly tinted rose pedals.


- The nose has great aromatic intensity with notes of red currants, ripe raspberries and strawberries, hints of melon and pear.


- On the palate Château Riotor is fresh, flavorful, fine and pure; tangy fruit flavors coupled with red fruits, hints of citrus fruits with a certain delicacy and a exhilarating finish.


- Château Riotor is a must have staple and is at a price so low that it begs to be bought by the case loads.


Château Riotor 2013 Rose
(France, Provence - Grenache, Cinsault, Syrah, Rolle (Vermentino)) 

$19.99 Regular Price 
$15.99 6-Pack Price/btl


This offer is available 48 hrs and will expire on October 1st at 5:00 pm EST.


Growing up in a family in the wine business, David Gwo had experience with the wine industry in both retail and hospitality before becoming an IWM portfolio manager. After gaining his sommelier certification through the Sommelier Society of America and the Court of Master Sommeliers, David decided to pursue wine as a career.

Drinking Today: Nicolis 2010 Valpolicella Classico
(Italy, Veneto - Corvina, Rondinella, Molinara, Croatina)
$22.00 Regular Price 
$20.24 Case Price/btl


(Italy, Veneto - Corvina, Rondinella, Molinara)
$79.99 Regular Price 
$73.59 Case Price/btl


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



The late, great Giuseppe Quintarelli rightly earned the respect, fervor and gratitude of wine-lovers for his rich, mind-blowing Valpolicella di Amarone, and recent releases show that he trained his family well as they're carrying on his winemaking traditions perfectly. There's no question that Quintarelli Amarone is celestial, but it's a wine that's tough to enjoy regularly. It's expensive, it's demanding, and it's deeply powerful. Finally, you don't always want to drink a red--particularly one that's as powerful as Quintarelli's Amarone, or even the estate's Valpolicella, Primofiore or Alzero. Enter Quintarelli Bianco Secco. This lilting, mineral-laden white is a blend of Garganega, Trebbiano Toscano, Sauvignon Blanc, Chardonnay, Saorin, and it's utterly delicious. Today, we're proud to announce the release of the exquisite 2013 Giuseppe Quintarelli Bianco Secco, a wine that takes Quintarelli's skill to the lighter side in a complex, food-friendly Veneto white that you can enjoy all year long.

Why Buy This Wine:


- Though Quintarelli gained the love of the wine world with his red wines, especially his iconic Amarone, the estate also crafts a beautiful white, evocative of the Veneto.


- Stunning and blonde, Quintarelli's value-conscious white, Bianco Secco, is a seductive blend of Garganega, Trebbiano Toscano, Sauvignon Blanc, Chardonnay, and Saorin.


- Reminiscent of a Loire Valley Chenin Blanc, the Quintarelli Bianco Secco offers classic lines, a rich mouth-feel, nice balance between its white flowers and white-flesh fruit, and cheek-piquing minerality.


- Naturally, coming from Quintarelli, this wine rewards the palate with its kaleidoscopic flavor notes, even as it resists being your "typical" Quintarelli.


- One of IWM's fastest-selling Italian white wines, this Giuseppe Quintarelli Bianco Secco 2013 is sure to fly out of our cellar; contact your portfolio manager to secure yours.


(Italy, Toscana - Garganega, Trebbiano Toscano, Sauvignon Blanc, Chardonnay, Saorin)

$44.99 Regular Price

*Pre-Arrival, Spring 2015


Saturday, October 11, 2014, 1-3 pm

Regular Price $75.00

Price Including Tax $81.66


Hosted by: IWM Team of Sommeliers

European Wine Specialist & Director of Education

More information coming soon.

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