Today's Featured Offer:
Return of the '04 Alzero, Rouget Cros Parantoux, and the Best Antinori Brunello Yet?

August 28, 2014 
A Note from Sergio

It's hard to describe Giuseppe Quintarelli's wines. They make even articulate people speechless. One of my friends, Mary, put it best. "This stuff just makes me weak," she said, uncorking a bottle of Quintarelli and filling the glasses with deep red liquid. "It's so damn sexy I feel like I'm being seduced right in front of my husband! You Italians are bad!"  

Today, I'm proud to announce that I secured another allocation of Quintarelli 2004 Alzero, the latest release from the estate of its indescribable Cabernet Franc wine. We sold out of the first allocation in a couple of days, and I'm sure this lot will go as quickly. It's a stupendous wine, one of the last bottles that Beppe made, and it's a finessed, complex, sinuous treat for the senses. Like all of Quintarelli's wines, it's indescribable, and it'll seduce you. You'll be happy it did.

Along with this great Quintarelli bottling, I'm delighted to present what might be the best Pian delle Vigne Brunello Riserva Ferrovia yet, the 2007. Antinori expanded into Montalcino about two decades ago, and this '07 Brunello Riserva is great; complex, a little brooding, and delicious, it's a client favorite at tastings and a big hit with the IWM staff. Finally, I'm happy to offer the outrageous Emmanuel Rouget '11 Vosne Romanée Cros Parantoux. It's a wine for all the serious Burgundy lovers in the house, and they will not be disappointed. This is a finessed, complex, age-worthy, beautiful Burgundy, and I look forward to hearing how much you loved it.


Today's Featured Sections Include: 


1. Spotlight on Excellence: The Quintarelli '04 Alzero Returns!
2. Time Sensitive Offer: Intense Emmanuel Rouget '11 Vosne Romanée Cros Parantoux
3. Our Experts Suggest: Wines for Immediate Gratification and Pleasure
4. Only At IWM: Benchmark Pian delle Vigne Brunello Riserva Ferrovia
5. Wine Events: Sangiovese Grosso, the Star of Brunello di Montalcino 

My Best, 



Sergio Esposito



Alzero is a massive--and massively delicious--wine. Hotly sought-after and intensely collectable, Alzero inspires a kind of frenzied devotion most often seen in the heats of impassioned pop music fans. While these phrases may sound melodramatic, the fact that this wine comes from Quintarelli puts it all into perspective. IWM Founder Sergio Esposito says of Quintarelli Alzero, "I can only describe this rare and brilliant take on Cabernet Franc as Cheval Blanc on steroids." Simply put, Quintarelli Alzero is one of our fastest-selling, most beloved collector wines, and today, we're proud to announce a new allocation of the 2004 vintage.

Quintarelli makes Alzero only in the very best years, solely from fruit derived from old vines. As in the estate's Amarone, Quintarelli treats Alzero's grapes with the appassimento technique, drying the grapes in single layers upon straw or plastic mats for 60 to 100 days to concentrate and intensify the flavor; it's also the sole Quintarelli wine that's aged in barriques. And like the rest of Quintarelli's wines, the estate releases its Alzero only when it feels it's ready, adding to the mystique of this blend of Cabernet Franc, Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot. All of these factors together make Alzero special in any vintage, but the '04, one of Giuseppe Quintarelli's last before he passed away, holds the bittersweet sheen of being a great testament to this remarkable winemaker.

The 2004 Alzero is phenomenal. Balancing its sheer opulence with effortless elegance, the '04 presents a kaleidoscope of flavors--juicy fruit, dried plums, chocolate, mushroom, earth, and spices, to name a few--on a seamless, velvety palate. Slightly less weighty than earlier bottlings, the '04 Alzero presents a confounding and ultimately rewarding drinking experience. Rich, textured and luxurious, Alzero exudes a profusion fruit, spices, and minerality on the palate, all wrapped in a velvety, otherworldly mouth-feel. 

Insanely good, Alzero confounds the senses and muddles easy descriptions. While it seems to style itself in the image of a Port, Alzero remains a thoroughly unique and unclassifiable expression, inexplicably delivering only the slightest suggestion of sweetness. You can drink it now, or you can wait and enjoy it in decades; this Alzero will only grow more beautiful. Whenever you choose to drink your '04 Alzero, we suggest you secure yours soon. This allotment is poised to sell out faster than you can say, "Quintarelli!"

(Italy, Veneto - Cabernet Franc, Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot)
$449 Regular Price
$399 6-Pack Price


Trained by the legendary Henri Jayer, his uncle, Emmanuel Rouget now sits among the crème de la crème producers in Burgundy. Like Jayer's wines, Rouget's are amazingly pure, delicious, thrilling, and intellectual. Rouget lets the terroir speak, but he doesn't force it. With little exception, Rouget is light handed with his winemaking. He applies the same methodology each and every vintage so that the terroir and vintage speak--not the winemaker's style. For these reasons, Rouget's wines draw easy comparisons to those of the late, great Jayer. Unlike some domaines that are insistent on making Burgundies that are nearly black in color, Rouget Burgundies don't resemble Bordeaux. Rather, Rouget makes "Burgundies that are Burgundies"; these are wines that explode with detail, finesse, and beauty. Today, we're proud to present Rouget's 2011 Vosne Romanée Cros Parantoux, a bottling that is sure to be a legend in its time.

Why Buy This Wine:

- Although Henri Jayer's last vintage was 2001, Emmanuel Rouget worked with his uncle until his death in 2006, and while they worked together, Jayer allowed Rouget to use grapes from his vineyards to get his own estate started--including grapes from the tiny Premier Cru Cros Parantoux. 

- Hidden behind a grove of trees, this tiny vineyard is just over one hectare of Vosne-Romanée, and its humble beginnings as an artichoke field needed Jayer's vision to turn it into the region's top Premier Cru (Meo-Camuzet is the only producer for this vineyard). 

- Cros Parantoux is known for is its ability to explode from its shell and create wines in the most finicky of vintages; therefore, a vibrant, fruit-driven and transparent vintage like 2011 allows it to achieve great heights.

- Abundant minerals, juicy red and blue fruits, fresh-cut herbs and spice thrill the nose in this ethereal yet intense, mid-weight '11 Cros Parantoux; these notes echo on the silken, harmonious palate, where this '11 crescendos in a lingering, mineral finish.

- While this wine's sensual aromatics, ripe fruit, complex palate, and caressing texture will make you want to open this '11 Vosne Romanée early, this great Burgundy will benefit from time in the cellar and amply reward patience.

- IWM is proud to present the iconic Cros Parantoux from the benchmark 2011 vintage and cult Burgundy maker Emmanuel Rouget at special pre-arrival pricing; please contact your portfolio manager to secure yours now.
(France, Burgundy - Pinot Noir)
$1,449.00 Regular Price 
$1,159.20 Special Price


*Pre-Arrival, Spring 2015


This offer is available 48 hrs and will expire on August 30th at 5:00 pm EST.


At just 16, Justin Kowalsky was quite possibly one of the youngest wine enthusiasts when he started. Today, Justin, Exec. Vice President of Sales and Director of IWM Holding's Burgundy Portfolio, has been in the wine world almost 25 years.  
(France, Burgundy - Pinot Noir)
$34.99 Regular Price 
$32.19 Case Price/btl


(France, Burgundy - Chardonnay)
$49.99 Regular Price 
$45.99 Case Price/btl


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


Antinori can boast more than 600 years of winemaking, the creation of Super-Tuscan greats Tignanello and Solaia, and more than twenty wineries located in six countries, yet at the heart of it, Antinori remains a family-run business. Pian delle Vigne shows how the Antinori excellence in Tuscany extends beyond the borders of Chianti Classico and Bolgheri and into the center of Montalcino. Today, IWM is proud to feature Antinori's Pian Delle Vigne Brunello di Montalcino Riserva Ferrovia 2007. The most recent release of the estate's Brunello di Montalcino Riserva offers Antinori's trademark easy approachability combined with the ineffable aromatics, earthiness and frutti di bosco that comprises Brunello's trademark palate. The 2007 Riserva is arguably the best Brunello yet from Piero Antinori's Montalcino estate. While the Pian delle Vigne Normale is one of our great value Brunellos, the Ferrovia joins a short list of Brunello Riserva that serious Brunello lovers absolutely want to experience. 

Why Buy This Wine: 

- Antinori purchased this Montalcino estate in 1995, and the 2007 is the third vintage of this fine single-vineyard wine, whose name, "Ferrovia," refers to the nineteenth-century railway station on the estate's property. 

- 2007, rated as "exceptional" by the Consorzio del Vino Brunello di Montalcino, offered a warm days, ideal rainfall and perfect harvest, factors that conspired to offer grapes that offer freshness, approachability and structure.

- This opulent '07 Riserva Brunello presents all the classic Brunello notes of black cherry, leather, and tobacco, but in Antinori's capable hands, the wine serves them in a velvety, rich style. 

- Balanced yet full-figured, this cru Brunello Riserva complements its juicy dark fruit with graphite, underbrush and earth, all testaments to its unique terroir. 

- Presented at the BEST PRICE in the country, the '07 Riserva Vigna Ferrovia is on order; contact your portfolio manager to secure yours today.

$109.00 Regular Price
$95.92 Case Price/btl

*Pre-Arrival, Autumn 2014


Saturday, September 6th, 1:00-3:00pm

Price: $115.00

Hosted by: Robin Kelley O'Connor

Brunello has earned its reputation for being one of the two great varietal wines from Italy (Barolo being the other). Carefully crafted from a clone of Sangiovese called Sangiovese Grosso and made only in Montalcino, Brunello inspires passion, devotion--even frenzy. Led by Robin Kelley O'Connor, an IWM expert and Certified Wine Educator, this tasting is devoted to the magic of Sangiovese Grosso and its two wines: Rosso di Montalcino and Brunello di Montalcino. Sure to make fans out of neophytes and to turn Brunello devotees into experts, this event gives insight into producer style, vintage variation, and terroir. Complemented by artisanal cheeses and meats, this event will feature the smaller, cult producers of Brunello; we'll be pouring Cupano's mellifluous organic expression, Valdicava's opulent take, Canalicchio di Sopra's elegant interpretation, Col d'Orcia's finessed Riserva--and more. It's an insider's perspective into Montalcino that could only come from the world's leading authority of Italian wines, IWM. 

Featured Wine List:

Canalicchio di Sopra Rosso di Montalcino 2012

Valdicava Rosso di Montalcino 2012 

Cupano Rosso di Montalcino 2010

Canalicchio di Sopra Brunello di Montalcino 2009

Col d'Orcia Brunello di Montalcino Riserva 2000

Canalicchio di Sopra Brunello di Montalcino 1996

Il Palazzone Brunello di Montalcino Riserva 2006

Gaja Pieve Santa Restituta Brunello Rennina 2008


Wine list subject to change

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