SPOTLIGHT ON EXCELLENCE
Bartolo Mascarello is often crowned the "Last of the Mohicans," his
spirit shines in the work of his cousin Giuseppe Rinaldi. Rinaldi
adheres to what he terms "real tradition," and both of his Barolos,
Brunate-Le Coste and Cannubi San Lorenzo-Ravera, are blends of
complementary sites; they're beautifully crafted cuvee Barolos that
speak volumes about Rinaldi's terroir, its deft hand, and its respect
for tradition. Each year, the estate's production numbers hover around
300-500 for its San Lorenzo-Ravera and 500-700 for its Brunate-Le Coste,
and only a handful of these wines make it to the States. In fact, the
principal share of Rinaldi's wine is literally picked up at the cellar
door by private collectors during visits to the Enoteca Regionale del
low production combined with the low import numbers make today's offer
all the more incredible. Today, we're proud to present Rinaldi 2004
Barolo Brunate-La Coste. Upon release, this '04 was a profound, telling
Barolo, offering beguiling brooding aromatics of plummy fruit, spices
and chocolate and a palate that echoed these dark notes in its brambly
fruit, baking spices, and a sinfully silky mouth-feel complemented by
velvety tannins. With a decade of age, this benchmark vintage Barolo has
begun to show its maturity with tertiary development that will grow as
this extraordinary Barolo ages.
master Giuseppe Rinaldi, one of the founders of Viniveri, Italy's
organization of natural winemakers, is a man who stands by tradition.
Rinaldi is an unwavering traditionalist, and the estate gives its Barolo
breadth and acidity through a ripasso technique where it adds Barbera
skins to the Nebbiolo must, a traditional practice that has fallen out
of use. In the 1920s, his grandfather, Giuseppe Rinaldi, established an
estate with vineyards in Barolo's best sites: Cannubi, Brunate, Le
Coste, and Ravera. Today, his grandson, also named Giuseppe, or Beppe,
runs the 25-acre organically maintained estate with the help of his two
heritage, love of history, and commitment in tradition drive his
winemaking sensibilities. When discussing Barolo, Beppe waxes poetic
about past generations of local winemakers; the next best thing to
listening to this standard bearer of Barolo's old guard is to drink his
wine. The fruit of decades of history, Barolo's finest vineyard plots,
thoughtful vinification, and an authentic love of the land, Rinaldi
Barolos sit in a class almost by themselves. Barolo enthusiasts who
manage to secure this classic cru Rinaldi Barolo, presented with perfect
maturity and impeccable provenance, won't merely drink an extraordinary
wine; they'll be drinking a slice of timeless history.
TIME SENSITIVE OFFER
It's rare for IWM Founder Sergio Esposito to find a $50 Brunello
that he likes, so when we offer one, you know it's special. Today, IWM
is delighted to feature the San Filippo 2008 Brunello di Montalcino, a
vibrant, balanced wine--and a rare $50 Brunello that we're proud to
stand behind. While San Filippo was founded in 1972, it has found its
footing among Montalcino's winemaking elite in the past few years.
Recently purchased by Roberto Gianelli, the estate has undergone a
thorough renovation inside and out, and together with its physical
transformation, this 54-acre estate (27 under vine) has revamped its
winemaking protocol with the help of Paolo Caciorgna. Today, we're
delighted to offer the 2008 San Filippo Brunello di Montalcino, a dense
yet elegant wine offers early approachability, but it definitely has the
stuffing for the cellar.
Why Buy This Wine:
- In addition to relying on primarily non-interventionist methods
in the vineyards, San Filippo practices rigorous protocol in the cellar;
the wine macerates for about eight days in stainless steel, then moving
to large oak vats for malolactic fermentation, aging in a combination
of barriques and botti, and aging in bottle before release.
- San Filippo sits in north Montalcino near Biondi-Santi's Il
Greppo, one of the prime locations in the region; the estate's soil of
calcareous clay helps to impart minerality to the wines, while its four
separate vineyards--northeast facing La Storta, northern facing Le
Raffiche, northeast facing Le Lucére and southwest La Smarrita--impart
different qualities to the wines, allowing for the estate to make a
cuvee Brunello that's especially balanced and harmonious.
- Replete with Montalcino terroir, this '08 is deeply aromatic,
proffering lots of wildflowers and frutti di bosco on the nose, while
its velvety and persistent palate adds earth and spice to the mix.
- San Filippo produced just 2,500 cases of this wine in 2008, a
vintage rated "excellent" by the Consorzio del Vino Brunello di
Montalcino, and IWM's allocation is tantalizingly small.
- Contact your portfolio manager to secure this age-worthy,
delicious, approachable and quality $50 Brunello; it's a rare find, and
one certain to reward Brunello enthusiasts!
San Filippo 2008 Brunello di Montalcino $59.99 Reg $50.99 6-Pack Price/btl
(Italy, Toscana - Sangiovese Grosso)
This offer is available for 48 hrs and will expire on March 12th at 5:00 pm EST.
OUR EXPERTS SUGGEST
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.
Castello dei Rampolla 2006 Vigna d'Alceo (Italy, Toscana - Cabernet Sauvignon, Petit Verdot)
$175 Reg $161 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
ONLY AT IWM
Last week, we offered two red Burgundy tasting cases tailored to
both enthusiasts and collectors. Today, we're delighted to follow that
offer with sampler packs of quality white Burgundy certain to appeal to
both aspiring Burgundy enthusiasts and confirmed Burg-heads! As with our
red samplers, our Burgundy Enthusiast tasting case collects six
affordable wines that offer enthusiasts an exploration into terroir,
regional style and producer skill, while the Burgundy Lovers sampler
case offers six extraordinary wines that will reward experienced
palates. We've included some of our favorite producers of white
Burgundy: Henri Boillot, Rijckaert Macon, Chavy Chouet, William
Fevre--and more! Only IWM can offer our clients wines of this caliber,
some of which you simply can't find anywhere else, at prices like these.
Whether you're new to Burgundy or an experienced collector, these
handpicked wines offer artisanal beauty, terrific value and outstanding
Why Buy This Wine:
- Offering an opportunity to add to your Burgundy education, IWM's
White Burgundy Enthusiast sampler offers Burgundy's unexpected values
and allows enthusiasts to experience the clear differences between white
Burgundy's--and Chardonnay's--most emblematic bottlings.
- The White Burgundy Enthusiast sampler includes wines from Chablis
purist Gilbert Picq, Cote d'Or's extraordinary H. Boillot, the
Macconais sensation Rijckaert, Meursault's talented Jean-Philippe
Fichet, Bachey-Legros' sensational Chassagne-Montrachet and Burgundy
legend Louis Jadot's Pouilly Fuisse.
- The White Burgundy Lover assortment showcases wines that cover
some of the most renowned villages; included are some of the most sought
after in the entire region for their complexity and consistency, giving
Burgundy aficionados a superlative opportunity to taste some of the
most prized domaines.
- Our white Burgundy Lover sampler offers native Puligny-Montrachet
son Chavy Chouet's hard-to-find wine, Patrick Javillier's intense
Meursault, terroir-driven Pernot Belicard, legendary Louis Jadot's
Chassagne-Montrachet, crystalline William Fevre Chablis and Louis
Latour's standard-setting Corton-Charlemagne.
- Whether you're new to Burgundy and looking to learn about the
region or a connoisseur adding to your collection, these two sampler
cases offer tremendous wine at tremendous price points, all presented
with IWM's care and attention to provenance.
- Only IWM can offer you these two prime Burgundy samplers,
available both in half-case and full case options; please contact your
portfolio manager to secure yours.
Gilbert Picq 2011 Chablis Vieilles Vignes
Domaine H. Boillot 2011 Bourgogne Blanc
Rijckaert 2008 Macon Monbellet En Pottes Vielles Vignes
Jean-Philippe 2011 Fichet Auxey-Duresses Blanc
Bachey Legros 2011 Chassagne Montrachet 1er Cru Morgeot VV
Jadot Ferret 2010 Pouilly Fuisse Tournant de Pouilly
White Burgundy Lover 6-Pack (1 of each) $479.95 Reg $439 Special Price
Chavy Chouet 2011 Puligny Montrachet Enseigneres
Patrick Javillier 2011 Meursault Les Tillets
Pernot Belicard 2011 Puligny Montrachet Perrieres 1er Cru
Louis Jadot 2010 Chassagne-Montrachet Morgeot 1er Cru
William Fevre 2010 Chablis Grand Cru Vaudesir
Louis Latour 2010 Corton Charlemagne