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Antinori's Under $60 2010 Brunello, Vingtage Gems from George Noëllat, and Great Artadi Rioja!
 
June 30, 2015 
A Note from Sergio

In wine, as in life, timing is everything. Wine is a living thing, and it has stages of life just as we humans do. In the botti or the vat, it's a kid, a wild thing without any discipline. It can act like a poorly behaved toddler, a bunch of gangly teens at a forbidden house party, or even like a bunch of little girls having tea. Out of the vat and into the bottle, the wine becomes more interesting. Sometimes it's bright and shiny right upon release, like a star athlete with an amazing rookie season. Other times, it's shut down, glum, almost depressed; it needs to mature before it finds its place in the world. Mature, it becomes open, layered, interesting; it's a person you want to have a prolonged conversation with.

Today, I'm offering you a collection of wines that illustrate how important--and intriguing--timing is to wine lovers. First, I'm shining a spotlight on the 2010 Pian delle Vigne Brunello from Antinori. Some Brunellos can feel a little remote with their tongue-biting tannins; they need time to relax, unwind, and mellow. This Antinori Brunello may be young by the standards of the wine, but it's precocious. Decant it, and this one is drinking beautifully now, but it'll be even more gorgeous over the next decade.

I'm also very proud to offer a twenty-year span of vintage Burgundies from George Noëllat. These are beautifully mature, perfectly kept wines, and drinking them is like spending time with movie stars the likes of whom you don't see anymore--they're sophisticated, worldly and just imperfect enough to keep you on your toes. Finally, I'm pleased to present a very limited allocation of Artadi 2001 Grandes Añadas. This wine may have more than a decade on it, but it would love some more time. It's energetic and a little rash, like a college kid bored on summer break. Give it some time, and it will mellow into a bottle you really want to spend time with.

Enjoy!

 
Today's Featured Sections Include:

  

1. Spotlight on Excellence: Must-Have Antinori 2010 Brunello!
2. Only At IWM:
Vintage George Noëllat, 1978-1996
3. Time Sensitive Offer: Hard-to-Find, Extraordinary Artadi 2001 Grandes Añadas
4. Our Experts Suggest: 
Surprising Wines to Enjoy Right Now from Cupano and Sassicaia
5. Wine Events: Upcoming New York & Aspen Wine Tastings: July 2015
  

My Best, 

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Sergio Esposito
Owner/Founder


SPOTLIGHT ON EXCELLENCE


BEST PRICE IN THE US!
In the hullabaloo over the release of the 2010 Brunello di Montalcino, a vintage so sublime that it's recalibrating our understanding of benchmark Brunello, it's easy to have overlooked some bottles. Americans love Brunello, and IWM clients love this Sangiovese Grosso wine more than most wine aficionados. Today, we're delighted to focus your attention on a Brunello made by the iconic Antinori family and offer it at the time-sensitive pricing of less than $60 a bottle, the BEST PRICE in the country.

From its start, this '10 Brunello looked special. Antinori reports that after the cold winter of 2009-2010, a rainy spring delayed bud-break; however, the "lovely" summer and "positive" weather helped the grapes achieve "balanced ripening," perfect maturity, and balance. The fruit of Antinori's venture in Montalcino, this Brunello has, since its inaugural 1995 bottling, grown a devoted international fan-base for its structure, aromatics and elegance--as well as Antinori's hallmark accessibility, and this '10 bottling helps to cement the estate's reputation in Montalcino. Simply put, it's a must-have bottling.

The nose of this '10 Brunello from Antinori bursts with juicy, succulent red and black fruit, saddle leather, cigar wrapper, sun-warmed earth, cypress, and herbs. Velvety and rich, this wine whooshes across the palate with considerable softness and roundness, yet it's also remarkably structured; this '10 Brunello mixes accessibility with longevity in a wine that's replete with chewy tannins and vibrant acidity. Drinkable early with a little decanting, this '10 Antinori Brunello is a must-have Sangiovese Grosso bottling for Brunello lovers, but don't miss its time-sensitive special pricing. Before you know it, this price--and this benchmark Brunello bottling--will soon be gone.

 

 

Pian Delle Vigne2010 Brunello di Montalcino

(Italy, Toscana - Sangiovese Grosso)

$58.99 Regular Price

$54.27 Case Price/btl

 

*Pre-Arrival, Autumn 2015



ONLY AT IWM
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BEST PRICE IN THE US!

The Noëllat family has been one of the most important in the history of modern Burgundy, from their close relationships and contributions to Domaine JJ Confuron, to the historic Hudelot-Noëllat estate, to forming the vast majority of Domaine Leroy. To say that this estate has been a major influence in the history of Burgundy is an understatement. Just under 14 acres, the small yet mighty Noëllat estate now sits in the hands of Maxime Cheurlin, only in his twenties, who is restoring to this historic estate to its former glory, and to fund this project, Cheurlin has chosen to sell a number of the prized wines reserved in the domaine's cellars. Today's, IWM offer represents a rare opportunity for Burgundy collectors to secure ten different bottlings of classic Noëllat Burgundy that spans three decades, all at a remarkable pricing and, coming direct from the estate, with impeccable provenance. It's a Burgundy lover's dream come true!

Why Buy This Wine:


- It's nearly impossible to find perfectly aged bottles of this caliber that domaines are willing to release, and when they do, the price is usually prohibitive; Burgundy enthusiasts shouldn't wait to secure these impeccably stored Burgundies from one of the finest vignerons in the region.

- IWM was fortunate enough to receive three decades of absolutely delicious wines from the Noëllat cellars; these are remarkable wines that complement the cellars of true Burgundy connoisseurs.

- This beautifully preserved effort has never left the cellar nor seen the light of day, and the bottles are being cleaned and labeled specifically for IWM.

- From 1990 until 2010, George Noëllat sold most of its production to Louis Jadot and Drouhin; these bottles represent the little that the estate made for itself and for loyal clients, making these four 1990s bottlings exceptionally rare.

- We've secured vintage bottlings of the estate's classic Vosne-Romanée 1er Cru Les Beaux Monts, its powerful yet finessed Grands Echézaux, its complex and ethereal Nuits-St. Georges Les Boudots, and its vibrant, sensual Vosne-Romanée Les Chaumes.

- IWM is proud to present these perfectly stored historic Georges Noëllat Burgundy bottlings; ask your portfolio manager to help you select the bottles best fitting your palate and cellar.



TIME SENSITIVE OFFER
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BEST PRICE IN THE US! 
One of the great names in Spanish wine, Juan Carlos López de Lacalle founded his estate in 1985, but his love for winemaking and for Tempranillo has long roots. This dynamic winemaker spent his childhood at his grandfather's side, learning to care for vines and to make wines. In the '80s, López de Lacalle bought a former cooperative of vine-growers located around the town of Laguardia in Rioja Alavesa, dedicating himself to the cultivation of high-altitude, low-yielding, old-vine Tempranillo and the crafting of wines of terroir. López de Lacalle has been wildly successful, and his Riojas are frequently likened to Burgundy in their finesse, evocation of place, and longevity. Today, we're proud to present a very limited allocation of the 2001 Artadi Grandes Añadas. This profound wine is just entering its drinking window, but it has years ahead of it, and it's certain to satisfy the palates of wine-lovers who appreciate traditional wines made from old-vine fruit.

Why Buy This Wine:

- IWM has long said the Spanish wines today are much like Italian wines fifteen or twenty years ago: a place for connoisseurs to find extraordinary bottles that will stand the test of time.

- Some people call the '01 Artadi Grandes Añadas "Spain's version of Comte de Vogüé's Musigny," but we consider it a great wine that requires no comparisons.

- While this inky, brooding, very old-vine wine offers the cherry and berry profile of Pinot Noir, as well as its elegance, there is an unmistakable energy that could only be Spanish Tempranillo.

- Deriving from vines aging 70-100 years, this Rioja wine enjoys a lengthy fermentation/maceration with natural yeasts, then ages for 32 months in barrique.

- The profound, thrilling '01 Grandes Añadas coats the palate in red and blue fruit, exotic spices, saddle leather, and wet river rocks, offering a velvety crescendo of tannins in a finish that lasts for minutes.

- IWM is pleased to present a strictly limited allocation of the '01 Artadi Grandes Añadas; please contact your portfolio manager to secure yours.


Artadi 2001 Grandes Añadas
(Spain, Rioja - Tempranillo)
$325.00 Regular Price
$243.75 3-Pack Price/btl 

This offer will expire in 48 hours on July 2nd at 5:00 pm EST.


OUR EXPERTS SUGGEST
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Born in the US, but raised in Italy, IWM President of Sales Will Di Nunzio fell in love with wine when his father opened a twenty-year-old Biondi-Santi Brunello for Will's twentieth birthday. Will has since turned his love into a career.

 

Drinking Today: Cupano 2003 Brunello di Montalcino
(Italy, Toscana - Sangiovese Grosso)
$139.00 Regular Price
 
For the Cellar: Tenuta San Guido 2005 Sassicaia*
(Italy, Toscana - Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc)
$269.00 Regular Price

*Pre-Arrival.

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



WINE EVENTS
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A Taste of Sake

Saturday, July 11 | 1:00-3:00 pm | New York, NY

A Sit-Down Tasting

 

Ticket Price: $85.00

 

IWM Host: Crystal Edgar

You might know of sake from enjoying Japanese restaurants and drinking it with your sushi or sashimi. You might know about sake because you've spent time in Japan, and you reveled in the local fare. Or you might know about Sake because it's one of the hippest wines, and it's exploding in American wine culture. But how much about sake do you really know? Join IWM at this very special sake tasting, and learn about sake's double fermentation, its two basic designations and its many permutations, and how protocol influences sake as much, or possibly more, than other wines. IWM's wine educators will pour nine different sakes, with bottles that are sparkling, textured, dry, aromatic, complex, or elegant--all complemented by regional snacks. This sake tasting is an IWM first, and it's going to be thrilling.

 

Featured Wine List & Tasting Menu:

   

Umenoyado, Bunny Natural Sparkling Sake

Umenoyado, Evoluzione Junmai

Umenoyado, Evoluzione Junmai Gingo

Midorikawa Shuzo, Junmai (NV)

Kirinzan Shuzo, Junmai Gingo (NV)

Umenoyado, Evoluzione Junmai Daiginjo

Kiminoi Shuzo, Yamahai Junmai Daiginjo Emperor's Well (NV)

Umenoyado, Evoluzione Junmai Nigori

Umenoyado, Aragoshi Umeshu

 

Antipasti (Otsumami) 

Karrage(Japanese Fried Chicken, Ginger and Mirin)

Tsukemono (Pickled Vegetables)

Gyoza (Pork Dumpling, Scallion and Shiitake)

Edamame (Steamed Soybeans, Matcha Sea Salt)

Kumomoto (West Coast Oysters & Uni)

Kushiyaki (Assorted Grilled Skewers, Black Sesame)

 

*Wine list may be subject to change.

 


 

The Super Tuscan Revolution & Beyond

Saturday, July 18 | 1:00-3:00 pm | New York, NY

A Sit-Down Tasting

 

Ticket Price: $75.00


IWM Host: Will Di Nunzio

Every story has a beginning, a middle and an end, and the story of the Super-Tuscan revolution is no different. This special wine event will give wine-lovers like you an opportunity to immerse yourself in the fairytale beauty of Super-Tuscan wines, to experience the wines that help to explain why the revolution had to come, and to envision what this region has in store for the future. We've selected some of our favorite Super-Tuscan producers, like the biodynamic Poderie Le Boncie and Castello dei Rampolla and the Bolgheri beauty Le Macchiole. And we've included wines from Angela Gaja's outpost in Toscana as well as Brunello from Cupano, so that you can understand the influence of Super-Tuscan methodology in Italy. Let IWM's knowledgable wine experts be your narrator for this delicious event, and finish it with a happily-ever-after meeting of great wine-lovers just like yourself. The best thing about this story? It's all true, and it's only available from IWM.
 
*Wine list to be announced.

 


 

The Hunt for Red August

Saturday, August 1 | 1:00-3:00 pm | New York, NY

A Sit-Down Tasting

 

Ticket Price: $75.00


We love rosés, whites and sparkling wines, but IWM's true passion is for red wines. Whether a Big Red, a collector red, a lithe and nimble red, or a delicious red, we can't get enough red, red wine. Join us as we celebrate the dog days of summer with a tasting dedicated to red wines. From French Pinot Noir to Super Tuscans, this tasting will feature red wines that are ideal for August enjoyment, those hot days and cool nights that lead us to fall's harvest bounty. 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.
 
*Wine list to be announced.

 


 

Ferragosto Wine & Cheese Pairing

Saturday, August 15 | 1:00-3:00 pm | New York, NY

A Sit-Down Tasting

 

Ticket Price: $89.00


IWM Guest Host: Fromager Bob Marcelli

When Italians celebrate Ferragosto on August 15, just about the whole country shuts down as families enjoy a day at the beach or in the mountains. Join us as we celebrate this quintessential Italian summer holiday with one of the most natural pairings in the wine-and-food world: delicious Italian wines and beautiful Italian cheeses. IWM's wine educators will pour great wines from some of our favorite producers, all while pairing each wine with an exceptional, perfectly complementary cheese. Even more exciting, we'll be joined by Bob Marcelli from Marcelli Formaggi in Abbruzzo, Italy, who will tell the story behind cheeses like Pecorino Gregoriano, Caciocavallo, Pezzata Rossa, and Pecorino Fiorello. Tantalize your taste buds and expand your pairing expertise at this delicious Saturday event. It's like a holiday Italy--but without the jet lag.
 
*Wine list to be announced.

 


 

Back To School: ABC's of Italian Wine

Saturday, August 29 | 1:00-3:00 pm | New York, NY

A Sit-Down Tasting

 

Ticket Price: $75.00


Every story has a beginning, a middle and an end, and the story of the Super-Tuscan revolution is no different. This special wine event will give wine-lovers like you an opportunity to immerse yourself in the fairytale beauty of Super-Tuscan wines, to experience the wines that help to explain why the revolution had to come, and to envision what this region has in store for the future. We've selected some of our favorite Super-Tuscan producers, like the biodynamic Poderie Le Boncie and Castello dei Rampolla and the Bolgheri beauty Le Macchiole. And we've included wines from Angela Gaja's outpost in Toscana as well as Brunello from Cupano, so that you can understand the influence of Super-Tuscan methodology in Italy. Let IWM's knowledgable wine experts be your narrator for this delicious event, and finish it with a happily-ever-after meeting of great wine-lovers just like yourself. The best thing about this story? It's all true, and it's only available from IWM.
 
*Wine list to be announced.

 


 


Friday, July 3 | 5:00 pm | Aspen, CO

A Sit-Down Tasting

 

Ticket Price: $225.00


Independence Day weekend is the right time to celebrate American wines and American winemaking. IWM Aspen will raise our glasses in a salute to the red, white and blue with a quartet of American wines. Our knowledgeable sommelier will be pouring wines from all-star estates Opus, Gogi (the winemaking venture of Kurt Russell) and Williams Selyem, and as you enjoy these American beauties, you'll learn more about winemaking here in the US, what makes California different, and how these wines reflect their Old World origins. Save the sparklers for July 4th, and enjoy these American wines on Friday, July 3rd!

Featured Wine List:

Opus One 2011
Gogi Angel Baby Pinot Noir 2011
Williams Selyem Pinot Noir 2010
Gogi Goldie Chardonnay 2012
 
*Wine list may be subject to change.

 


 


Friday, July 10 | 5:00 pm | Aspen, CO

A Sit-Down Tasting

 

Ticket Price: $100.00


France does it. Italy loves it. Spain has a passion for it. Rosé and sparkling wines are a universal joy, and there's no time like the springtime to pop open bottles of Champagne, Prosecco, Cava, rosé and rosatos. Join us for this special tasting and sample some of our very favorite Bandol rosés, Italian Rosato, and many others, all presented with complementary regional meats and cheeses. It's an event tailor made for those who love the finer things in life--and want to celebrate them with gusto.
 
*Wine list to be announced.

 


 


Friday, July 17 | 5:00 pm | Aspen, CO

A Sit-Down Tasting

 

Ticket Price: $100.00


Most people think white wine when they think of summertime, and while it's true that the classic pairing of a cool glass of white wine and summer heat feels natural, warm weather is no time to put away your reds! This tasting explores the beauty of red wines in warm weather, the wines that complement a sizzling steak hot from the grill, barbecued pork or chicken, or cheeseburgers just the way you like them. IWM Aspen's wine expert will pour wines from some of our favorite red wine producers--Raffaele Palma on the Amalfi Coast, Bodegra Chacra in Patagonia, Biondi-Santi in Toscana, and Quinto Chionetti in Piemonte--to convince you that summertime is right for red, and so are you!

Featured Wine List:

Raffaele Palma Montecorvo 2011
Bodega Chacra Pinot Noir Rio Negro Cincuenta y Cinco 2011
Biondi-Santi Il Greppo Rosso di Montalcino 2010 
Quinto Chionetti San Luigi Dolcetto di Dogliani 2010
 
*Wine list may be subject to change.

 


 


Friday, July 24 | 5:00 pm | Aspen, CO

A Sit-Down Tasting

 

Ticket Price: $210.00


There's no better way to spend a Friday night in July than enjoying a distinguished lineup of delicious white Burgundy. Let a knowledgeable IWM Aspen expert pour wines from William Fevre, Château de Maltroy, Jean-Philippe Fichet, and Latour-Giraud--all while imparting insider information that will educate you in the nuances of the grape and the region. Enjoying a selection of top domaines and appellations, you'll experience major white Burgundy-producing villages in the Cote d'Or as well as Chablis, and you'll explore the unique characteristics of terroir, vintage, appellation, and winemaker style. Join us for a celebration of what makes white Burgundy so special, and get ready for delicious drinking all summer long!

Featured Wine List:

William Fèvre Chablis Grand Cru Les Preuses 2012
Maltroye Chassagne Morgeot Blanc W 2012
Jean-Philippe Fichet Meursault Tesson 2012
Latour Giraud Puligny-Montrachet 1er Cru Champs Canet 2012
Maltroye Chassagne Morgeot Blanc Vieilles Vignes 2012
 
*Wine list may be subject to change.

 


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