Today's Featured Offer:
Galardi Vintage Trio, Benchmark Brunello Riserva Mags, and Vintage Guigal La Landonne

October 22, 2014 
A Note from Sergio

When most people think of Campanian food, they think of the fish of the Amalfi Coast, but a richer, meatier internal cuisine also exists. And when most people think of Campanian wine, they think of second-rate drinks, but there are also prime interpretations of the ancient Aglianico grape. Campania is a wine country that crafts some spectacular products, and that quality, in my opinion, will only rise in the years to come. More importantly, drinking Campanian wines necessarily widens your concept of Italian wines. Just as you can't understand Italy by only visiting Florence and Milan, you can't comprehend Italian wines in all their glory by drinking only Barolo and Brunello.

Like Sylvia Imperato and Mastroberardino, Galardi has helped to put Campania on the wine-lovers' map--and like these other wines, Galardi Terra di Lavoro features Aglianico, Campania's emblematic grape. Formidable in its youth, Terra di Lavoro grows mellow and welcoming with age, yet it's still wild and fresh, imbued with the beauty of Campania felix, "the joyous land," as Italians call the region. Today, I'm very proud to bring three vintages of Galardi Terra di Lavoro to you, the 2010, 2011 and 2012. These wines speak of my homeland, and I know you'll love them as much as I do.

Along with this mini vertical of Terra di Lavoro, I'm very proud to offer magnum bottles of benchmark 2006 Gianni Brunelli Brunello Riserva, a perfect wine to pour this winter holiday season. And I'm equally pleased to present a wine that will gratify serious collectors--Guigal Côte-Rôtie La Landonne 1998. This is a knockout vintage collectable that shows what makes IWM very special: pristine provenance, perfect maturity and the best pricing you can find anywhere in the United States.




Today's Featured Sections Include:


1. Spotlight on Excellence: Mini Vertical of Cult Classic Galardi Terra di Lavoro
2. Time Sensitive Offer: Benchmark '06 Gianni Brunelli Brunello Riserva
3. Our Experts Suggest: Raise a Glass to Classic Champagne!
4. Only At IWM: Rare, "Perfect" Guigal Côte-Rôtie La Landonne 1998
5. Wine Events: 
White Truffle Lunch / Winemaker Dinner: Alessia Antinori Presents Fiorano

My Best, 



Sergio Esposito


There are cult wines--and then there are cult wines. Galardi Terra di Lavoro is indisputably in the running for being Italy's most cult inducing, seriously collectable and cool insider wine. To give evidence to that assertion: since their release, Terra de Lavoro 1998 and 1999 have nearly quadrupled in value. Few wines appreciate that quickly, and when they do, it's a testament to their scarcity and popularity. Today, IWM is delighted to announce a new arrival of the powerful Terra di Lavoro 2010, and the release of the ripe 2011 and the classic 2012 vintages.

Terra de Lavoro is a special wine, and not merely because it consistently appreciates in value. Crafted from Campania's indigenous Aglianico and Piedirosso, Terra de Lavoro manages to tame that first grape's burliness into a wine with finesse, a wine with the kind of structure, herbaceous notes and warm spice to remind connoisseurs of Barolo, Pauillac of Bordeaux and Hermitage of the Northern Rhône--all rolled into one. Just like the iconic Mastroberardino Taurasi, the wine that put Aglianico on the map in 1968, Terra de Lavoro offers decades of aging, building on its signature minerality and notes of ash, pencil lead, mint, licorice, and dark fruit. 


While the estate might have begun as a hobby for the three cousins who own and run it with the help of Riccardo Cotarella, the name of Galardi's one wine, Terra di Lavoro, means "the land of labor." Certainly, it's hard work to tend Galardi's 25 acres of rocky vineyards located among chestnut groves in the high hills of Sessa Aurunca. Restricting its grape yields, Galardi grows deeply concentrated Aglianico and Piedirosso, the grapes that comprise their lone, highly touted wine. Galardi Terra di Lavoro is a black, brooding, long-aging red--and one of southern Italy's very best wines. The estate's limited release of Terra di Lavoro each year results in wines of high demand that appreciate with time.

Debuting in 1994 as a "garage wine," Galardi Terra di Lavoro, an 80-20-blend of Aglianico and Piedirosso, ages for one year in French oak and then rests another seven months in bottle before release. Similar characteristic to mono-varietal Aglianico, Terra di Lavoro is softer on the tannins, and the Piedirosso component also heightens the wine's acidity and imparts dark, wild berries on the palate. Only IWM can offer three vintages of Galardi Terra di Lavoro bookended by the intense and explosive 2010 and the classic, age-worthy 2012--with the specially priced 2011, a wine from a ripe vintage that allows for earlier approachability.

Collectors pounce on Galardi's small allocation of Terra di Lavoro, a wine that just may be Italy's answer to the Syrahs of Southern France. We tore through our first allocation of the '10 Terra di Lavoro; don't wait to secure bottles from this second allotment-and don't expect the new '11 and '12 releases to last very long either. Ask your portfolio manager about mixing a case for you so that you can enjoy the beauty of this cult wine in three very different vintages.


(Italy, Campania - Aglianico, Piedirosso) 
$74.99 Regular Price

(Italy, Campania - Aglianico, Piedirosso) 
$69.99 Regular Price

(Italy, Campania - Aglianico, Piedirosso) 
$79.99 Regular Price

*Pre-Arrival, Spring 2015



The first clue about Azienda Agricola Gianni Brunelli is the surname of its founder, Gianni Brunelli, but this 17-acre estate makes some of the finest Brunello that you've never heard of. The wines of Gianni Brunelli, a born and bred Montalcinese, reflect his heritage. Although Brunelli's father had sold the farm, Le Chiuse di Sotto, during post-war economic hardship, Gianni had always dreamed of returning while running his successful Siena restaurant, Osteria Le Logge, which is still open today. In the late 1980s, Gianni seized an opportunity to repurchase the family's old lands, some of which once grew the grapes for Biondi-Santi's great Brunello Riserva, and he dedicated himself to growing his grapes and making his wines in the ways of his ancestors--without pesticides or chemicals and in a very traditional fashion. Today, we're delighted to present magnum bottlings of the benchmark vintage '06 Gianni Brunelli Brunello di Montalcino Riserva at the BEST PRICE in the States!

Why Buy This Wine:

- Priced at less than $200 for a magnum bottle, this '06 Brunello di Montalcino Riserva gives serious Brunello aficionados an opportunity to enjoy the benchmark vintage as it should be: in a classically styled, age-worthy wine that will drink for decades.

- After fermenting the handpicked grapes in temperature-controlled stainless steel, Brunelli ages the wine for about 30 months in oak casks of various sizes, creating a wine that strides the line between traditional and modern.

- Tempting you with its ethereal nose of ripe red fruit, spice and telltale Montalcino terroir, this '06 Brunello Riserva delivers its classic Brunello palate of juicy red and black fruit, earth, herbs, cypress, leather and smoke in a taut yet rich style.

- Offering intense, fine-grained tannins, this Brunello Riserva from the benchmark vintage of 2006 is just beginning to enter its drinking window, but it has decades ahead of it.

- One of the bottlings most reminiscent of Burgundy, this '06 Brunelli Brunello Riserva will appeal to wine-lovers who gravitate toward balanced, harmonious wines that focus on pure fruit in a sophisticated, complex context.

- IWM is proud to present the '06 Gianni Brunelli Brunello di Montalcino Riserva at the BEST PRICE in the country; contact your portfolio manager to secure yours in time for holiday enjoyment or gift giving!

Gianni Brunelli 2006 Brunello di Montalcino Riserva (1.5L)
(Italy, Toscana - Sangiovese Grosso) 

$249 Regular Price 
$199 Special Price/btl


This offer is available 48 hrs and will expire on October 24th at 5:00 pm EST.


A leading wine educator, writer, sommelier, international judge and lecturer, Robin Kelley O'Connor brings thirty years of experience with many professional certifications to IWM. Notably, RKO has visited the world's important wine regions and studied winemaking in Bordeaux and Champagne.

Drinking Today: Billecart-Salmon NV Brut Blanc de Blancs

(France, Champagne - Chardonnay)
$84.95 Regular Price 
$78.15 Case Price/btl


(France, Champagne - Chardonnay, Pinot Noir)
$209.00 Regular Price


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



Founded in 1946 in the ancient village of Ampuis in the Côte-Rôtie appellation, the Guigal estate has been around for a relatively short period of time, especially when you consider that the wines of the northern Rhône has been famous for 2,400 years. The name Guigal is synonymous with producing some of the world's most-sought after wines, including the famous Côte-Rôtie Crus--La Mouline, La Turque, La Landonne--as well as Château d'Ampuis. Guigal is equally proficient in red and white Hermitage, Condrieu, Saint-Joseph, and Châteauneuf-du-Pape. Today, we're proud to present a bottle of mature Guigal Côte-Rôtie La Landonne. This wine can often command up to $1,350 a bottle, but IWM is proud to offer it for under $700, by far and away the BEST PRICE in the States. Offered with pristine provenance and perfect maturity, this sixteen-year-old bottling of Guigal Côte-Rôtie La Landonne is just coming into its own, and it is breathtaking.


Why Buy This Wine:


- While IWM doesn't usually place emphasis on wine scores or reviews, we'd be remiss not to note that the 1998 Guigal Côte-Rôtie La Landonne received a perfect score of 100 from more than one major critic.


- In a tremendous vintage like 1998, the limited production bottlings of La Landonne will command more than $1,300 a bottle--no doubt the impact of Robert Parker's influence on the estate and a renewed interest in the Côte-Rôtie region-but IWM is offering this bottling at under $700, the BEST PRICE in the country.


- Deriving from a five-acre steeply sloped parcel of Syrah planted on pure schist in the Côte Brune, La Landonne is one of the most acclaimed and most famed Syrah bottlings in the world; widely considered the most tannic and structured of the three Guigal "La La" trio, La Landonne has exceptional age-worthiness and collectability. 


- Saturated, dense, and powerful, the '98 La Landonne coats the palate with black fruit, and brooding, dark notes of leather, smoke, tapenade, scorched earth, umami and chocolate. 


- Aromatic and intense, this '98 is nonetheless perfectly delineated, illustrating why this wine deserves its place as the most famous and most collectable in the Côte-Rôtie.


- Now with more than fifteen years of maturity, this La Landonne is coming into its own, but its chewy tannins and towering structure indicate that it has decades ahead of it.


- Only IWM can offer you this mature bottle of La Landonne at this pricing; contact your portfolio manager to secure yours.


(France, Rhone Valley - Syrah)
$699 Regular Price


Saturday, October 25, 2014, 1-3 pm

Regular Price $195.00

Price Including Tax $212.31

The white diamonds of the earth meet Champagne, Barolo, and other world-class wines at IWM's most highly anticipated tasting event, our yearly white truffle luncheon. If you love Alba's most sustainable delicacy, the tartufo bianco, you won't want to miss this event that pairs truffles with wines from some of the great masters of Italy and France. Truffles flown from Piemonte will serve as the centerpiece of this sit-down luncheon as our in-house kitchen staff crafts world-class dishes featuring white truffles, porcini, quail and other classic fall Italian fare. IWM's Robin Kelley O'Connor and John Camacho Vidal will be host sommeliers pouring Champagne from Alfred Gratien, Barolo from Bruno Giacosa, Barbaresco from San Giuliano, and wines from Latour Giraud and Paolo Bea. It's the most wonderful time of the year--truffle season. Celebrate it in style with IWM.



Menu and Featured Wines:


Assortment of Italian Cured Meats and Artisanal Cheeses, plus some white truffle-friendly items. Grilled pizza bianca with culatello and pear, Scottish Langoustines with celery root.

Alfred Gratien Rose Classique NV

Domaine Latour Giraud Meursault Cuvee Charles Maxime 2012



Wild porcini risotto with soft egg and aged parmigiano reggiano

Paolo Bea Bianco Santa Chiara 2011

Paolo Bea Sagrantino di Montefalco Secco Pagliaro 2007



Roast quail with sunchoke ciambotta and hazelnut oil

San Giuliano Barbaresco 2009

Bruno Giacosa Barolo Falletto di Serralunga 2009



White truffle panna cotta and assorted petits fours

Paolo Bea Sagrantino di Montefalco Passito 2003

Winemaker Dinner: Alessia Antinori Presents Fiorano

Wednesday, November 5, 2014, 7-10pm

Regular Price: $225
Price Including Tax $244.97


It's a wine event that is decades in the making, featuring wines so rare they're simply unavailable anywhere else! Join IWM as we host Alessia Antinori, winemaker and daughter of Marchese Piero Antinori, for a special five-course dinner featuring the extraordinary wines of Tenuta di Fiorano, an estate with a long, storied past and a history of making some of Italy's most important, most collectable wines. In 1995, Prince Alberico Boncompagni Ludovisi, Alessia's grandfather, made his last vintage at Fiorano, pulling up all the vines except for a few rows of Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, and some white grape vines left on a caretaker's property. After inheriting a portion of the Prince's land following his death in 2005, Alessia took on the project of nursing these vines back to health, intent on making wine as her grandfather did--organically and with minimal intervention. This unique evening will present old vintages of Fiorano, both its fabled whites and its excruciatingly rare Rosso, as well as offer a taste of Alessia's new bottlings from the restored vineyards of Fiorano. It's a unique, extraordinary opportunity to experience Italian winemaking history with the winemaker herself, and it's only available at IWM, the world's leading authority in Italian wine.

More details to follow.


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