Today's Featured Offer:
Rare Quintarelli Rosso del Bepi, Great Simon Bize Savigny, and $90 Vintage Brunello Riserva

August 21, 2014 
A Note from Sergio

The weather in New York City has been unbelievable. Sunny, warm but not hot, dry but not parched. Day after day, one day more perfect, more crystalline, and more beautiful than the next--it strains credulity, but it deserves celebration. When perfection falls in your lap, you feel gratitude, and you celebrate it.

Today, I'm delighted to offer three wines that invite both gratitude and celebration. The first is one of IWM's all-time favorites, Giuseppe Quintarelli 2002 Rosso del Bepi. The late, great Giuseppe Quintarelli was a perfectionist, and when his Amarone didn't meet his standards, he declassified it, rather than sell wine that he didn't consider great enough. The Rosso del Bepi is precisely that-essentially a Quintarelli Amarone, but at a fraction of the price. I worked hard to score this allocation, and it's likely the very last that will come our way.

Along with this rare gem, I'm pleased to present a vintage Brunello Riserva from Col d'Orcia, a producer much beloved by my staff and my clients. Priced at under $90, this wine is outrageously good, and its fourteen years of maturity make it prime to drink. Finally, I'm very happy to present one of the last bottlings to come from the hands of Patrick Bize, who passed away in 2013. It's a beautiful Savigny Rouge, and it offers much to enjoy.

Here's to sharing these wines with the people you love, and feeling the beauty that these moments bring!

Today's Featured Sections Include: 


1. Spotlight on Excellence: Giuseppe Quintarelli 2002 Rosso del Bepi, a Declassified Amarone
2. Time Sensitive Offer: Palate-Staining Simon Bize Savigny Les Beaune Rouge 1er Cru Fournaux
3. Our Experts Suggest: Celebrating Nebbiolo!
4. Only At IWM: Super Value, 2000 Col d'Orcia Poggio al Vento Brunello Riserva
5. Wine Events: Bordeaux /Sangiovese Grosso, the Star of Brunello di Montalcino

My Best, 



Sergio Esposito



Imagine being able to buy a Picasso for a couple hundred dollars because he'd called it a "doodle" rather than a "line drawing." That renaming is essentially the scenario of Quintarelli Rosso del Bepi--and a consequence of Giuseppe Quintarelli's obsession with quality. Even two years after his passing, Giuseppe Quintarelli stands as the Veneto's most significant producer, renowned for his mythical and cellar-worthy Amarone, Recioto, and Alzero, and wines from Quintarelli's hands are increasingly hard to find. Working with our sources in Europe, we managed to secure a new allotment of Quintarelli 2002 Rosso di Bepi, our fastest-selling Quintarelli wine when we first offered it in 2008. When you consider that Bepi, who passed away in 2012, made only 600 cases of this bottling, you come to understand how special this offering is. It's one of the very last sizeable allotments, and we expect it to go quickly. 

Rare and delicious, Quintarelli produced his Rosso del Bepi in only three previous vintages, 1994, '96 and '99. Often referred to as "Quintarelli Amarone at half the price" by insiders, Rosso del Bepi is, in fact, technically an Amarone, declassified only because it failed to satisfy Quintarelli's exacting standards. In 2002, Bepi had a vintage that didn't meet his Amarone ideal, so he declassified it as an IGT wine. Make no mistake about it: this Rosso del Bepi is a highly collectable, gorgeously drinkable wine that shows all the earmarks of Quintarelli Amarone--fistfuls of ripe fruit, velvety texture, an expansive palate, and the ineffable Quintarelli qualities of richness, lushness and opulence. 

The 2002 Rosso del Bepi belongs in a category alongside the 2002 Soldera, 2002 Monfortino, and 2002 Miani Merlot. While most producers struggled with this challenging vintage, these four winemakers and their wines represent some of the finest achievements in making great wine from problematic vintages. And like those four wines, this '02 Rosso del Bepi illustrates what artistry comes when its master holds himself to celestial standards. While his eponymous estate continues in the highly capable hands of his children, Quintarelli's own wines are numbered. Don't let what may be our last allocation of this rarity from the Master of the Veneto slip by--this Rosso del Bepi is going to fly out of our temperature-controlled cellars.

(Italy, Veneto - Corvina, Rondinella, Cabernet Sauvignon, Nebbiolo, Croatina, Sangiovese)
$199.50 Regular Price
$179.00 6-Pack Price/btl

*Pre-Arrival, Summer 2015


Often overlooked, the wines of Simon Bize are the embodiment of Burgundy value. In Savigny, only Pavelot, a domaine of sterling reputation, rivals the estate of Simon Bize, and French wine-lovers consider the Savigny Burgundies of Simon Bize to be must-have wines. Founded in the late nineteenth century by its namesake, the estate has passed from father to son, all named Simon, to the great Patrick, who passed away last year; the estate is now run by Chisa Bize and their children. Bize's wines blend ripe, rich, pure fruits with telltale Savigny terroir to create masterful interpretations of their individual appellations. A combination of extremely old vines, beautifully placed vineyard plots, and talent makes these wines not only seductive young, but also very age-worthy. Today, we're delighted to present the Simon Bize Savigny Les Beaune Rouge 1er Cru Fournaux 2010, a tremendously silky and concentrated wine that offers stellar power, longevity and complexity for its price.


Why Buy This Wine:

- Savigny Burgundy often presents tremendous value, but rarely more so than in the intense, palate-staining wines of Simon Bize; these under-the-radar wines are definite must-have bottles for Burgheads in the know.

- While the 2009 offered easy approachability and silky texture, the classic 2010s give concentration and darker Savigny fruit, but no matter the vintage, the wines of Simon Bize are like the holy grail of Burgundy: affordable, delicious and instant classics.

- Named after the ancient coal kilns found around the vineyard, Les Fournaux is a terroir-driven Burgundy, a wine that's earthy and ethereal in equal measure, showing brooding yet pure Pinot Noir fruit along with underbrush and rose petal aromatics. 

- Sitting next to the famous Vergelesses and Lavières vineyard, Simon Bize's 2.47-acre parcel of Fournaux gains from its gentle, southwest exposure and its soils that shift from rocky at the top to deeper at the bottom of the slope. 

- The '10 is a supple yet muscular wine with the precision of a welterweight boxer and the structure to go many rounds.

- IWM is pleased to present this '10 Simon Bize Savigny Les Beaune Rouge 1er Cru Fournaux at time-sensitive special pricing; please contact your portfolio manager to secure yours.
(France, Burgundy - Pinot Noir) 
$69.99 Regular Price 
$48.99 6-Pack Price/btl   


This offer is available 48 hrs and will expire on August 23rd at 5:00 pm EST.


Francesco Vigorito fell in love with a 1998 Ornellaia at his high school graduation. After living in Florence, Italy, and getting his Sommelier Certification with the Court of Master Sommeliers in the UK, Francesco came to IWM as a Portfolio Manager. 

(Italy, Piemonte - Nebbiolo)
$19.99 Regular Price 
$18.39 Case Price/btl


(Italy, Piemonte - Nebbiolo)
$47.55 Regular Price 
$43.75 Case Price/btl


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


An IWM favorite, Col d'Orcia is one Montalcino's most historic estates, with winemaking dating back to the 1890s; the Cinzano family from Piemonte acquired the estate in the '70s and their Poggio al Vento became one of the iconic cru Brunello Riservas of the region. In exceptional years, Col d'Orcia makes its Brunello Riserva, derived from vineyards around Sant'Angelo in Colle, which boasts albarese soil--the limestone and mineral laden soil that helps make Toscana special. Today, we're delighted to present the last of the 2000 Col d'Orcia Brunello Riserva, offered with impeccable straight-line provenance and perfect maturity. Now with fourteen years of age, this benchmark Riserva is in its prime drinking window, and priced at under $90 a bottle, this Brunello offers tremendous value-to-price ratio. Our allocations are limited; contact your portfolio manager to secure your '00 Col d'Orcia Brunello Riserva soon.
Why Buy This Wine:

- A favorite of IWM staff and clients, Col d'Orcia has the reputation for crafting traditional, authentic yet approachable Brunellos that privilege terroir; this 2000 Riserva illustrates how right that reputation is.  

- Made only in exceptional years, Col d'Orcia Brunello Riserva derives from vineyards that boasts albarese soil, but its slopes also hold a high percentage of calcium, which makes the vineyard exceptionally acidic and prime for growing piquant grapes.

- Like 1975, 2000 was a warm yet temperate vintage, and the '00 Col d'Orcia Brunello is showing tremendously with notes of dried red fruit, tobacco, underbrush, leather, and mint, all laid upon a framework of silky tannins, balsamic undertones, tar and spice.

- Typically demanding upwards of $119 upon release, this 2000 Col d'Orcia Brunello comes to you at less than $90, the BEST PRICE in the country, and IWM is the only place where you can find this cru Brunello Riserva with 14 years age.

(Italy, Toscana - Sangiovese Grosso)

$89.99 Regular Price
$81.79 Case Price/btl

*Pre-Arrival, Late June 2014


This Saturday seated event, led by our own Bordeaux expert, Robin Kelley O'Connor, a Certified Wine Educator, features Bordeaux's famed Grand Cru Classé blends of Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc and Petit Verdot from France's renowned wine region.

Saturday, August 23rd, 1:00-3:00pm

Price: $95.00


Bordeaux is more than the largest, most historic, most illustrious of France's wine regions; it's also the region whose long-aging, intense wines set the template for Cabernet and Merlot blends. Rich in history and nuanced in terroir, Bordeaux requires deep study for true understanding, but fortunately, that study is also delicious. Led by our own Bordeaux expert, Robin Kelley O'Connor, a Certified Wine Educator, this special tasting gives you an insider's view of this vaunted region. Tasting wines from legendary Bordeaux estates like Château Bélair, Château Troplong-Mondot, Château Lynch-Bages and Château Ducru Beaucaillou--and more, you'll gain a foundation in Bordeaux's traditions, grapes, producers and styles, learning the difference between Pomerol and St-Émilion, Pauillac and Margaux, and St-Julien and Sauternes. Accompanied by artisanal meats and cheeses, this sit-down tasting offers a delicious education in what makes Bordeaux so extraordinary, and so influential; it's a crash course in Bordeaux, Left and Right Banks, without leaving New York City.


Featured Wine List:

Château Plince 2008 Pomerol

Château Belair 2007 Saint-Émilion 1er Grand Cru Classé

Château Troplong Mondot 2010 Saint-Émilion 1er Grand Cru Classé

Château Pontet Canet 2011 Pauillac Grand Cru Classé en 1855

Château Lynch-Bages 2011 Pauillac Grand Cru Classé en 1855

Château Giscours 2010 Margaux Grand Cru Classé en 1855

Château Marquis de Terme 2009 Margaux Grand Cru Classé en 1855

Château Ducru Beaucaillou 2010 Saint-Julien Grand Cru Classé en 1855

Château Rieussec 2010 Sauternes Grand Cru Classé en 1855


Wine list subject to change 

Sangiovese Grosso, the Star of Brunello di Montalcino

Saturday, August 16th, 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

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