Antinori's Singular Dessert Wine, Iconic Rouget Echézeaux, and Cult '09 Salvioni Brunello!

November 26, 2014 
A Note from Sergio

Tomorrow is Thanksgiving, and you're all looking forward to that beautiful feast--and all the wine that will accompany it. When Italians plan a meal, they don't just plan out the courses; they also plan out the wines for each course. There's no way that the wine that you start a meal is also the wine you drink as you finish it. The wine isn't serving the same purpose, and it isn't accompanying the same food. It's a form of blasphemy to jumble wines and foods in Italy--you'd no more serve Prosecco with the main course than you would serve a Barolo with your antipasti. To do so would be to present jarring notes, and the whole point is to create a seamless, escalating experience where each course gets you primed for the one that follows.

You start with a nice Prosecco or something other crisp and acidic wine; you move to a wine with a brush of salinity or minerals to get your mouth salivating; when the main course arrives, you choose something like a Barolo, Brunello or a Burgundy to properly celebrate the event, and the Rouget Burgundy and the Salvioni Brunello I've selected for today's offer fit this slot perfectly. Both wines are intense, slightly savory, a little dark, and powerful. Your entrée may be the star of your show, but these two wines are supporting actors that make meal memorable.

You finish your feast with dessert and a wine that drinks like a sweet, piquant dream--something exactly like the Muffato della Cervaro 2008 that I'm offering today. This wine from Antinori holds its honey and its acidity in equal balance; even people who say they don't like sweet wines almost always love Muffato. It wraps up a banquet with a perfectly tied bow; this Muffato della Sala is like a present you open at the end of meal.

From the entire IWM family to yours, I wish you a very Happy Thanksgiving. May you enjoy your holiday from its exciting beginning to its delirious, lingering end, and may you look forward to feeling this full of gratitude in the year to come!

Today's Featured Sections Include:


1. Spotlight on Excellence: Enjoy the Sweetness of the Holiday Season with Antinori!
2. Time Sensitive Offer: Approachable, Intense Rouget Echézeaux 2011
3. Holiday Gift Guide: Celebrate the Holiday Season with the IWM Gift Guide!
4. Only At IWM: Salvioni, the Cult Brunello to Drink Right Now!
5. Wine Events: Indigenous Italy / Buone Feste Luncheon

My Best, 


Sergio Esposito

Just in time for the holidays comes the new release of Antinori's Castello della Sala 2008 Muffato Della Sala! Produced in very limited quantities, this Umbrian dessert wine has a fresh-faced profile that'll make converts out of the most dubious. Juicy peach nectar blends with orange flower, lemon zest and honey, but it's the wine's enchanting creamy mouth-feel, piquant minerality and dusting of exotic spices that make it special. Presented at the BEST PRICE in the country, this '08 Muffato will make your holiday desserts sing!

While the world-famous Antinori estate is headquartered in the heart of Chianti Classico, the ancient winemaking family has long had roots in Umbria. Antinori founded its Umbrian estate, Castello della Sala, located where Umbria abuts Toscana in the northwest corner of Orvieto in 1985, although the extended family had bought buying the land in 1940. These 1,300 acres (about 400 under vine) are under the guidance of Marchese Piero Antinori, his three daughters, and renowned enologist Renzo Cotarella, an Umbrian native. Sporting soils of clay, volcanic sediment and Pliocene fossils, the rolling land at Castello della Sala, named after its beautiful medieval fortress, grows several indigenous grapes, as well as some international varietals, like Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and Sauvignon Blanc.

Derived primarily from grapes that have realized a considerable degree of concentration and been affected by noble rot, the sweet wines of Orvieto are intense and decadent. Antinori's Muffato della Sala is regarded as the most accomplished in its class. Muffato della Sala comes from Piero Antinori's experimentation with white grape varieties, which he undertook in the 1980s. This wine debuted in 1987, and 1989, Antinori finalized the blending to its current incarnation, 60% Sauvignon Blanc blended with Grechetto, Traminer (also known as Gewurztraminer), and Riesling. It's the perfect punctuation point to any decadent meal, and it could only come from the Antinori family

Honeyed nuts, orchard fruits, citrus zest, a dusting of spices, and a creamy mouth-feel distinguish this absolutely delicious dessert wine that balances its sweetness with acidity. Our portfolio managers love pouring this golden wine at tastings; it's amazing how many of our clients say they don't enjoy dessert wines, yet they fall in love with Muffato della Sala! Let your holidays be a celebration from antipasti to dolci, and enjoy the sweetness of this season with Antinori's singular dessert wine!


(Italy, Umbria - Sauvignon Blanc, Grechetto, Traminer, Riesling) 

$54.99 Regular Price
$43.99 6-Pack Price/btl

This offer is available 48 hrs and will expire on November 28th at 5:00 pm EST. 


Descended from Burgundian winemaking royalty Henri Jayer, Emmanuel Rouget is one of the finest producers in the region. Rouget's Flagey-Echézeaux vineyards formerly belonged to the three Jayer brothers, Henri, George and Lucien. Today, Emmanuel and his son Nicolas produce wines that characteristically follow the style of those of his uncle, Henri Jayer, and are some of the world's most sought-after bottlings. Trained at the knee of Jayer, Emmanuel Rouget has adhered to Jayer's non-interventionist practices of intensely low vineyard yields in his eight hectares of vineyards, using cold-soak to aid in creating wine complexity, and eschewing filtration. Like Jayer's, Rouget's wines show power, decadence, and nuance without over extracting the grape. Rouget lets thin-skinned grapes make lighter wines, but their flavors remain rich and complex. Today, IWM is proud to offer a new allocation of the Emmanuel Rouget 2011 Echézeaux, a stunning, intense, complex Burgundy, at very competitive pricing.


Why Buy This Wine:


- Originally known as Georges Jayer Echézeaux, this bottling is now crafted by his nephew Emmanuel Rouget with all the attention, care, expertise and tradition that Burgundy lovers have come to expect from Jayer's Echézeaux.


- Blending from two of Jayer's original old-vine parcels that total about two acres, this Echézeaux derives from 60 to 65-year-old vines Les Treux, adjacent to the "Grands Echézeaux," and Cruots, which is also known as Vignes Blanches and adjoins Suchots.


- With its wonderfully ripe phenols, the luscious fruit in Rouget 2011 Echézeaux is seductive, and while approachable, this charming, thrilling wine offers great structure and age-worthiness.


- Velvety in the mouth, the rich, succulent 2011 Rouget Echézeaux offers a feast for the senses; beginning with its ruby red color and inviting aromatics of ripe cherries and berries, earth, wildflowers, graphite and cigar wrapper, and continuing to this wine's lingering finish, the '11 Echézeaux is a sheer delight.

- Owing to a tiny crop that's almost a third smaller than the already small 2010 harvest, the 2011 Rouget wines are extremely limited and will sell out quickly; we urge you to contact your portfolio manager to secure your Emmanuel Rouget 2011 Echézeaux.


Emmanuel Rouget 2011 Echezeaux
(France, Burgundy - Pinot Noir) 

$549.00 Regular Price 
$439.20 6-Pack Price/btl


This offer is available 48 hrs and will expire on November 28th at 5:00 pm EST.


Order Your Holiday Gifts Today

It's the most wonderful time of the year, holiday season, and to celebrate it in style, we're delighted to present the IWM 2014 Holiday Gift Guide! Whether you're looking to give your beloved wine-lovers treasured single bottles, thrilling bottle pairs, tasty triples, sumptuous half cases or expansive full collections, this Gift Guide will help you make this 2014 holiday season memorable--and delicious. In this Gift Guide, available both online and as a PDF to download, you'll find a wine for every feast, party, and quiet meal, as well as for all wine-lovers, from newbie to connoisseur. But don't hesitate to ask one of our portfolio managers for help if you need it--or go with a gift card and let your wine-lovers choose their favorite wines! Let IWM make your gift giving a delight, and we promise not to tell if you can't help but choose something for your cellar too! 


What You'll Find:


- Our Gift Guide highlights bottles we love, including single and paired bottles of sparkling wines, international wines, and Italian wines, all presented in rustic wooden casing.


- If you're feeling more expansive, our gift baskets of three or six wines, all handpicked by our portfolio managers, exude magnanimity; gifts of multiple bottles keep the holidays spirit alive into the new year.


- Our wine cases are the gifts you'd like to give yourself; these gorgeous sampler collections are the quintessential present for real aficionados, offering myriad peak experiences and memories to match!


- Let our portfolio managers help you customize holiday gifts for everyone on your list; from colleagues to family members, wine-lovers abound and IWM offers wines to fit every palate!


Holiday Gift Guide 2014 (online)


Holiday Gift Guide 2014 (PDF)



Giulio Salvioni's La Cerbaiola is an exacting, painstaking estate that spares nothing to craft intensely artisanal Brunello; for example, they have one of the longest maceration times in Montalcino, making it the Giacomo Conterno of Brunello. For these reasons, the estate makes between 500 and 800 cases of its super-concentrated, masculine and evocative wine--and it never, ever makes a Riserva. The cult status of this producer burns brighter because its consulting enologist is Attilio Pagli, a star in the wine world who got his start with Gianfranco Soldera. Today, we're delighted to announce the arrival of the '09 Salvioni Cerbaiola Brunello di Montalcino, a classic, maybe even iconic bottling. Salvioni may fly under the radar of many Brunello lovers, but its tiny production numbers, combined with our small allocation and the "exceptional" rating of the 2009 vintage by the Consorzio del Vino Brunello di Montalcino, suggest that we'll sell out of this cult wine quickly.


Why Buy This Wine:


- Like Gianfranco Soldera, Salvioni has earned a reputation for crafting wines that balance on the line between concentration and finesse, and both follow their own muses to create their own highly individualized protocol.


- Salvioni achieves seamless integration between traditional and modern techniques, giving grapes an extended maceration of 25 to 30 days in temperature-controlled stainless steel, which is also used for fermentation, and then the wine ages in large Slovenian oak barrels for two years and bottles for at least six months.


- Earthy with truffles, umami and cigar wrapper, this '09 Brunello balances out those dark notes with juicy red and blue fruits, fresh-cut herbs, licorice and other exotic spices.


- Round, enveloping and lush in the mouth, this very approachable Brunello offers tremendous near-term enjoyment; decant for a few hours to enjoy now, or cellar for the next decade.  


- Contact your portfolio manager to secure your 2009 Salvioni Cerbaiola Brunello today; presented at the BEST PRICE in the country, this wine is certain to fly out of our cellar doors!


(Italy, Toscana - Sangiovese Grosso)

$139.00 Regular Price
$111.20 6-Pack Price/btl

This offer is available 48 hrs and will expire on November 28th at 5:00 pm EST.


Saturday, November 29, 1-3 pm

Regular Price $75.00
Price Including Tax $81.66

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 sommeliers lead you through a tour of ten of the most emblematic, delicious, and outrageous expressions. We'll be pouring wines from Italy's North--a thrilling Prosecco to kick things off, and a delicious Valpolicella Ripasso--to Italy's South--a stunning red from the Amalfi Coast--and many points in between. Enjoy an opulent organic Brunello from Cupano, a traditional and artisanal Barolo, a stunning expression of the world's most tannic grape from iconic Paolo Bea, as well as a limited production Verdicchio, a great Barbera from Aldo Conterno, and terrific Dolcetto from the master, Quinto Chionetti. Accompanied by regional meats and cheeses, it's the most delicious education in authentic wine that you can get outside of Italy, and it's available only at IWM, the world's leading authority in Italian wine.
Featured Wine List:
Cima da Conegliano Prosecco Extra Dry NV
Sartarelli Verdicchio Tralivio 2011
Raffaele Palma Puntacroce 2011
Quinto Chionetti San Luigi Dolcetto di Dogliani 2010
Nicolis Valpolicella Superiore Seccal 2011
Poderi Aldo Conterno Conca Tre Pile Barbera d'Alba 2011
Raffaele Palma Montecorvo 2011
Paolo Bea Sagrantino Secco Vigneto Cerrete 2007
Cupano Brunello di Montalcino 2008
Renzo Seghesio Barolo 2007

Saturday, December 6, 1-3 pm

A Sit-Down Tasting

Regular Price $125.00
Price Including Tax $136.09

This holiday season has room for one more celebration--make it una festa italiana with IWM! This special three-course lunch will feature wines from some of our very favorite producers, winemakers like Antinori, Super-Tuscan great Montevertine, Umbrian superstar Paolo Bea, and Piemonte legend Angelo Gaja, and more! Beginning with an Italian twist on Champagne and ending with a terrific chocolate-friendly sparkling wine, this event pairs amazing wines with fantastic dishes, all prepared by IWM's own in-house chef and his staff. Led by Certified Wine Educator Robin Kelley O'Connor, this event celebrates the beauty of Italy and the festivity of the holiday season in one special luncheon that could only come from the world's leading authority in Italian wine, IWM.

Featured Menu:
Barone Pizzini Rose Franciacorta NV
Antinori Cervaro della Sala Chardonnay 2011

Mezzi rigatoni with veal bolognese and fresh ricotta
Paolo Bea Montefalco Riserva Pipparello 2008 750ml
Montevertine Rosso 2011 

Braised short ribs with braised escarole and cannellini
Gaja Pieve Santa Restituta Brunello Rennina 2008 750ml
Renzo Seghesio Barolo Pajana Riserva 2006 750ml

Ca dei Mandorli Brachetto d'Acqui 2012

*Wines subject to change