2012 Brunello Roundup Continues! Talenti, Livio Sassetti, La Magia, Il Marroneto and San Filippo!

February 21, 2017

Montalcino isn't big, but it offers 24 distinct microclimates. The towns of Montalcino, La Croce, and Tavernelle form the center the Brunello di Montalcino DOCG. This area's high altitudes offer cooling winds and a significant change temperature from day to night. These influences make the grapes ripen more slowly, producing wines with a nice tannic bite, high acidity, great elegance and tantalizing perfume. Il Marroneto, a producer that's new to IWM, sits smack near the center of Montalcino, while San Filippo, whose wines we've offered before, rests nearby.

The northern areas of Canalicchio, Pianelli, and Montosoli are marked by lower altitudes and more influence from the Mediterranean. The wines from these regions, like those from La Magia and Livio Sassetti Pertimali, marry ripeness and structure, seamlessly. The southern region tends to be warmer than the other two regions, and this warmer climate affects its wines. The vineyards that fan out eastward from Tavernelle into Sant'Angelo in Colle get a more Mediterranean climate than the rest of Montalcino, with sandier soils, less wind, and lower altitude. Talenti's Brunelli reflect this climate in their heft and power.

The upshot is that the actual space of Brunello di Montalcino may be just 3,000 acres, yet it has a crazy range of microclimates, weather and producer styles. It's hard to hold Brunello in your head until you've tasted across a wide range. Today, I'm very proud to present a half-dozen 2012 Brunelli from five producers--Talenti, Livio Sassetti, La Magia, Il Marroneto and San Filippo--that show how much terroir and technique sway their Brunello style. 2012 is an outrageously good year. If you loved the wines from 2004 or 2010, you need to get some of these beauties!


Today's Featured Sections Include:

1. Spotlight on Excellence:
Five Great Producers, Six Outrageous 2012 Brunelli
2. Wine Events: Upcoming February / March Wine Tasting Events

My Best,

Sergio Esposito

Last week, we presented our first 2012 Brunello roundup with wines from Angelo Gaja's Pieve di Santa Restituta, Poggio di Sotto, Valdicava, Canalicchio di Sopra and Gianni Brunelli. Today, we're delighted to follow that offer with six new 2012 Brunelli from Talenti, Livio Sassetti, La Magia, Il Marroneto and San Filippo! 2012 began with a wet spring, peaked with a hot and dry summer, and culminated in a harvest with terrific diurnal temperature difference, which is ideal for wine grapes. Indeed, 2012 is a year when terroir and technique shine, and while this year had the lowest grape production since 1947, it's extraordinary. Many people are likening 2012 to the great vintages of 2004 and 2010, saying that this Brunello vintage blends power with finesse in its extraordinary wines. While our clients are familiar with Talenti, Livio Sassetti and San Filippo, you may be less familiar with La Magia and Il Marroneto. IWM's Sergio Esposito was so impressed with the wines from these estates, he had to add them to our roster of all-star Brunello producers!

Why Buy This Wine:

- The Consorzio del Vino Brunello di Montalcino awarded the 2012 vintage five stars, its highest rating--we think this Brunello vintage reminds us of the classic, textured and complex 2004 Brunelli!

- Talenti wines consistently offer a tremendous price-to-quality ratio, and the estate's explosive '12 Brunello embodies rustic elegance in its perfectly matched chewy tannins, open-knit palate, and bright acidity.

- Smooth yet chewy tannins lead the charge in Livio Sassetti's '12 Brunello, and its sweet inner perfume and savory, truffled bass line promise this Brunello will be gorgeous in due time.

- Juicy red berries dance on an enticing foundation of wet river rocks, blood oranges, baking spices, and crushed flower petals in the vibrant, polished '12 Brunello from La Magia.

- Nervy acidity and intense minerality drive Il Marroneto's beautifully delineated cuvée Brunello, while the estate's cru Brunello Madonna Delle Grazie coats the palate with silky tannins and balances its sweet fruit with savory minerals.

- Smoky minerals, cedar wood, new leather, and black spices frame the ripe red berries and sweet dark fruits in San Filippo's enchanting '12 Brunello Le Lucere; it's spellbinding.

- These six Brunelli show an enticing range of styles and palates, so we understand how it's difficult to choose; contact your portfolio manager for help in selecting the perfect complements to your lifestyle, palate, and cellar!

La Magia 2012 Brunello di Montalcino*
(Italy, Toscana - Sangiovese Grosso)
$59.99 Regular Price
$55.19 Case Price/btl

Talenti 2012 Brunello di Montalcino**
(Italy, Toscana - Sangiovese Grosso)
$59.99 Regular Price
$55.19 Case Price/btl

Livio Sassetti Pertimali 2012 Brunello di Montalcino*
(Italy, Toscana - Sangiovese Grosso)
$69.99 Regular Price
$64.39 Case Price/btl

Il Marroneto 2012 Brunello di Montalcino*
(Italy, Toscana - Sangiovese Grosso)
$79.99 Regular Price
$69.99 Case Price/btl

San Filippo 2012 Brunello di Montalcino Le Lucére*
(Italy, Toscana - Sangiovese Grosso)
$79.99 Regular Price
$69.99 Case Price/btl

(Italy, Toscana - Sangiovese Grosso)
$159.99 Regular Price
$149.99 Case Price/btl

*Pre-Arrival, Summer
**Pre-Arrival, April


Saturday, February 25 | 1:00-3:00 pm | New York, NY
A Sit-Down Tasting

Ticket Price: $109.00

IWM Host: Garrett Kowalsky

Few of us get to Europe as often as we want; this special Saturday tasting brings the flavors of Europe's great wines to you, without ever leaving glamorous Union Square in New York City! Our knowledgeable sommelier will take you to Italy, France and Spain, exploring four different wine regions with handpicked bottles of both red and white wines, giving you a whirlwind yet delicious trip through some of Europe's most important wine regions. Accompanied by regional meats and cheeses, this tasting is ideal for experienced wine-lovers looking to broaden their palates, newbies who seek an easy-to-understand overview, or travel-hungry people with wanderlust and a love for great wine. It's a two-hour trip to Europe's wine capitals, and you don't even need to pack your bags!

Featured Wines:

Christian Moreau Chablis Vaillon 1er Cru 2015
Antinori Cervaro della Sala Chardonnay 2014
Dönnhoff Niederhäuser Hermannshöhle Riesling Spätlese 2014
La Rioja Alta Ardanza Reserva 2007
López de Heredia Rioja Reserva Viña Tondonia 2004
François Gay Corton-Renardes 2014
Poggio di Sotto Brunello di Montalcino 2008
Guado Al Tasso Guado Al Tasso Bolgheri Superiore 2013

*Wine list may be subject to change.

Saturday, March 4 | 1:00-3:00 pm | New York, NY
A Sit-Down Tasting

Ticket Price: $179.00
Early Bird Special: $149.00 (Expires February 28, 2017)

IWM Host: Will Di Nunzio, IWM President

Memorialized in paintings, poems, novels and films, Toscana is arguably the heart of Italy. Let us transport you Italy's most beloved winemaking region at this luncheon tasting featuring Tuscan red wines, a five-course lunch crafted by IWM's own Chef Michael Marcelli and his in-house staff, and hosted by IWM President Will Di Nunzio. Explore the wonders of Brunello and Rosso di Montalcino, Super-Tuscan wines, and treasures from the heart of Chianti Classico; learn how these food-friendly wines make dishes sing; and experience it all in the rustic elegance of IWM NYC. With five delicious courses paired with ideal wines, this luncheon feels like a trip to Toscana--without ever leaving glamorous New York City!

Featured Menu:

Assorted Antipasti

Gnudi alla capretta
Fresh Handmade Pasta with Braised Goat Shoulder, Sheep's Milk Ricotta & Abalone Mushroom

Guancia di vitello
Veal Cheek with Roasted Fennel & Beldi Olive

Carré di cervo
Venison Loin with Tuscan Kale & Bone Marrow

Dolci e Forgmaggi

*Wine list to be announced.

Saturday, March 11 | 1:00-3:00 pm | New York, NY
A Sit-Down Tasting

Ticket Price: $109.00

IWM Host: Michael Adler

From the top of the Boot to the tip of its heel, Italy has more than 2,000 different indigenous grapes, the most of any country in the world (though Portugal may beg to differ). Join us as our knowledgeable IWM sommelier leads you through a tour of nine of the most emblematic, delicious, and outrageous expressions. Michael Adler will pour wines from Italy's North to its South, helping you understand the full panorama of Italy's terroir, traditions, and grapes. Accompanied by regional meats and cheeses, this sit-down tasting offers aficionados or Italian wine newbies the most delicious education in authentic wine that you can get outside of Italy. Toe to tip, IWM is where Italian wine lovers come for fine Italian wine.

*Wine list to be announced.

Saturday, March 18 | 1:00-3:00 pm | New York, NY
A Sit-Down Tasting

Ticket Price: $129.00

IWM Host: Stéphane Menard

Burgundy lovers are a breed apart. They're people who love the challenge of deep immersion in two primary grape varietals, Pinot Noir and Chardonnay, and every new vintage deepens their passion. These wine lovers revel in Burgundy's 33 grand cru and 585 premier cru vineyards, and they love discovering village-level wines that defy easy understanding. If you're one of these Burgundy connoisseurs or a wine-lover who's looking to learn more about Burgundy, IWM's Tour of Burgundy is the event for you. Led by IWM sommelier Stéphane Menard and accompanied by regional meats and cheeses, this tasting will fill your mouth with delicious Burgundy and fill your head with helpful knowledge. It's a trip to Burgundy in your wine glass!

Featured Wines:

Michel Niellon Chassagne-Montrachet Clos St Jean 1er Cru 2012
William Fèvre Chablis 1er Cru Montée de Tonnerre 2014
Domaine Latour-Giraud Meursault Les Narvaux 2014
Vincent Girardin Puligny-Montrachet 1er Cru Caillerets 2012
Bouchard Père et Fils Volnay 1er Caillerets Ancienne 2011
François Gay Corton-Renardes 2011
Fourrier Gevrey-Chambertin Vieille Vignes 2014
Arnoux-Lachaux Nuits-Saint-Georges Les Proces 1er Cru 2012

*Wine list may be subject to change.

Saturday, March 25 | 1:00-3:00 pm |
New York, NY
A Walk-Around Tasting

Ticket Price: $99.00

It's a return of one of IWM's favorite tastings, the Mini Grand, featuring wines from Italy, along with select bottles around the world. This mini grand tasting will pour twenty wines--red, white and rosé--primarily from Italy, alongside special global wine surprises. Join us and let IWM's team of sommeliers will fill your glass with wine and your mind with knowledge as you walk around sampling wines from some of the finest producers on the face of the planet. Complemented by meats and cheeses, and sweetened by preferential pricing on the featured wines, this tasting is a rare treat. Join us and travel the world of wine, without ever leaving glamorous New York City.

*Wine list to be announced.

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

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