Today's Featured Offer:
Return of '07 Poggio di Sotto, Cult Bachelet Gevrey-Cha
mbertin, and Serious Dolcetto

September 17, 2014 
A Note from Sergio

Some wines are like old friends. First we met them, and then, we came to know their makers; maybe we even visited their homes. We've introduced them to people we love, and we've basked in that peculiar glow that emanates from good company. We've seen them again and again, building memories with them. It's only right that we would want to invite them to share in our lives once more, particularly if we know that we won't have many opportunities to be in their company.

One old friend to IWM is Poggio di Sotto, and today, I'm very proud to offer the 2007 Brunello di Montalcino from this august producer. Lots of changes have happened at Poggio di Sotto since this bottle's released--its owner, Piero Palmucci, sold the estate to ColleMassoni, and its longtime consulting enologist, the great Giulio Gambelli, passed away. These are massive changes, and they mean we'll never, ever know a Poggio di Sotto bottle like this one again. You who have drunk this wine know its beauties; this wine has aromatics that curl out of the bottle, almost like a cartoon genie, and its palate holds your mouth in a velvety embrace. I don't know if the '07 Poggio di Sotto will ever pass this way again; you don't want to miss it.

Along with this old friend, I'm delighted to introduce you to two wines that might be new ones. The first is a cult Gevrey-Chambertin from the painstaking, meticulous maker Denis Bachelet. It's hard to find this outstanding Bachelet Gevrey-Chambertin Vieilles Vignes 2011; Denis made fewer than 500 cases of it, and it is a wild, seductive ride. I'm also very pleased to present the Chionetti Dolcetto di Dogliani 2010, a serious, artisanal Dolcetto bottling that's less than $28. It's a great fall-weather wine to share with your friends


Today's Featured Sections Include:


1. Spotlight on Excellence: Poggio di Sotto, Benchmark Vintage, Historic Bottling, Delicious Wine
2. Time Sensitive Offer: Cult Gevrey Chambertin from Domaine Bachelet!
3. Our Experts Suggest: Wines that Make You Ask, "What Is This?"
4. Only At IWM: Your New Go-To Dolcetto!
5. Wine Events: 
Amazing Wines of Amalfi & Campania: An Exclusive Wine Lunch

My Best, 



Sergio Esposito


Next to Soldera, Poggio di Sotto makes the fastest selling Brunello at IWM; both estates manage to capture a Burgundian side to Montalcino and to showcase Sangiovese's elegance and finesse, along with its underlying power. We've secure a new, very limited allocation of hard-to-find 2007 Poggio di Sotto Brunello di Montalcino, and we're offering this historic wine at the BEST PRICE in the country. 

The past couple of years have seen two major changes at Poggio di Sotto: Piero Palmucci's selling of his estate to ColleMassoni's Claudio Tipa (who also owns Bolgheri's Grattamacco) and the loss of Giulio Gambelli, Poggio di Sotto's legendary enologist, who passed away in early 2012. These changes mean that the benchmark vintage Poggio di Sotto 2007 is not merely stunning; it's also among the last wines from the legendary team of Palmucci and Gambelli, making this limited allocation wine a must-have bottling for the serious Brunello collector.  Moreover, today's offer likely represents the final allocation of this wines IWM will ever receive.

The wine we offer today epitomizes the work that Palmucci and Gambelli did together, embodying the style of traditional Brunello combined with the sleekness and stability of a modern one. Sweet, juicy red fruit, a caressing palate, a lingering trip to the spice box, and a generous helping of that ineffable Poggio di Sotto terroir make this 2007 Brunello perfectly accessible and deliciously opulent. Climatic conditions in 2007 offered the perfect raw materials for Brunello producers to craft intense, weightless wines that are nonetheless kissed with freshness; Poggio di Sotto's evocation is pure pleasure to drink. 

While this '07 Poggio di Sotto Brunello shows the approachability that's typical of its warm vintage, it has the backbone to age with grace. Presented today with seven years of perfect maturity and impeccable provenance, this allocation of Poggio di Sotto Brunello is enjoyable now, and it's a fitting way to remember the dynamic duo of Palmucci and Gambelli, a team whose like we may never see again. Contact your portfolio manager to secure your bottlings at the BEST PRICE in the States.
(Italy, Toscana - Sangiovese Grosso) 

$169.00 Regular Price
$149.99 Special Price/btl


In 1983 at the tender age of 20, Denis Bachelet assumed control of the seven-acre family estate in Gevrey-Chambertin; the rest, as they say, is history. Burgundy holds an immodest number of cult producers, but few have the cachet, the tiny production numbers, the seriously old-vine holdings, or Bachelet's skill and intensity. Bachelet's motto is "La finesse avant tout," finesse above all things, and this meticulous producer works diligently to that end, using aggressive green harvests in the organically maintained vineyard, and making his wines with only natural yeasts, and without fining or filtration. The production of Bachelet is so small that Denis, who now works with his son, Nicolas, can house it in two modest rooms at his estate, which served as a local post-house during the reign of Louis XIV; while this paucity is maddening, it only serves to make today's offer more special, the intense, glorious Domaine Bachelet 2011 Gevrey-Chambertin Vieilles Vignes. 

Why Buy This Wine:

- One of the great standard-bearers of Gevrey-Chambertin, this small production Village wine is one of the hardest-to-find cult Burgundies on the market.

- Deriving from a three-acre parcel of organically grown eighty-year-old vines, these hand-harvested grapes are meticulously sorted, then de-stemmed, crushed before temperature-controlled maceration, followed by fermentation, and then aging in barriques.

- Complex aromas of cherry and blackberry, tobacco, underbrush, spice and wildflowers entice the nose, and this wine's palate echoes the pure fruit and sauvage notes, adding pepper, and a lingering, savory finish.

- Sensual and textured, this old-vine, balanced Gevrey-Chamberin is replete with chewy tannins, a seductive mouth-feel, astonishing purity of fruit, and the kind of structure that allows for nice longevity.

- While most Bachelet wines need time in the cellar before enjoyment, the 2011 releases offer a delicious approachability right now, while having the structure to age for a decade.

- Domaine Bachelot made fewer than 500 cases of its old-vine Gevrey-Chambertin in 2011; contact your portfolio manager to secure yours today.
(France, Burgundy - Pinot Noir) 

$109.99 Regular Price 
$76.99 6-Pack Price/btl


This offer is available 48 hrs and will expire on September 19th at 5:00 pm EST.


Growing up in a family in the wine business, David Gwo had experience with the wine industry in both retail and hospitality before becoming an IWM portfolio manager. After gaining his sommelier certification through the Sommelier Society of America and the Court of Master Sommeliers, David decided to pursue wine as a career.

Drinking Today:
 Montevertine 2012 Pian del Ciampolo

(Italy, Toscana - Sangiovese Blend)
$34.99 Regular Price 
$32.19 Case Price/btl


(Italy, Toscana - Sangiovese)
$119.99 Regular Price
For complete descriptions of the wines and an explanation of why David selected these wines, please visit our expert's post at Inside IWM.



Its name translates to the  "little sweet one," but Dolcetto is a deliciously deceptive grape. Although its name suggests sweetness, it's the grape--not the wine--that is sweet. In fact, a common characteristic of Dolcetto is its satisfying slight bitterness, a result of fermentation of the fruit's high level of sugar, and its low acidity that emphasizes the sweetness in this dry wine. However tricky the name, there's no denying that Dolcetto is a Piemontese treasure, and IWM loves well-made versions of this everyday wine. While Dolcetto has the reputation of being a fairly simple wine that's best drunk early, if not also often, Quinto Chionetti, a small family-owned-and-operated estate, has devoted itself to making delicious, serious cru versions of the wine. Today, we're delighted to present the juicy yet structured, spicy, intense and nicely aging Quinto Chionetti Dolcetto di Dogliani San Luigi 2010 at the BEST PRICE in the States.

Why Buy This Wine:

- A Piemonte native, Dolcetto's finest expression appears in its Dolcetto di Dogliani, home to Quinto Chionetti since 1912.
- While the Doglianese believe their Dolcetto to be the truest representation of the grape, Dogliani native Quinto Chionetti has earned the reputation for making the longest-aging, most complex expressions of this grape.
- Unlike the other two grapes that make up the great triumvirate of Piemontese red wine grapes--Nebbiolo, Barbera and Dolcetto--Dolcetto's aromas tend toward black fruits: black cherries, black plum, black raspberries, all alluded to in the wine's dark purple color.
- The stylish, elegant 2010 Chionetti Dolcetto di Dogliani San Luigi offers lots of black cherry, earth, and spice on the nose, all echoed on the juicy, round palate; it's an enveloping, plump, exotic Dolcetto, and it'll make you rethink everything you thought you knew about this dark purple grape.
- IWM is delighted to present the 2010 Chionetti Dolcetto di Dogliani San Luigi at the BEST PRICE in the country; contact your portfolio manager to secure yours.

Quinto Chionetti San Luigi Dolcetto di Dogliani

(Italy, Piemonte - Dolcetto)

$27.95 Regular Price
$24.75 Case Price/btl


Saturday, September 20, 2014, 1-3 pm

Hosted by: Robin Kelley O'Connor
European Wine Specialist & Director of Education

Almost everyone comes to love Italian wines through the wines of Italy's North--Nebbiolos from Piemonte, Sangiovese from Toscana, Pinot Grigio from Liguria, or Amarone from the Veneto. This special wine-tasting lunch takes a dip into Italy's South, Campania and the Amalfi Coast, to be exact, to explore the wild, powerful and elegant terrain of a winemaking region that's near and dear to our hearts. Led by IWM Wine Specialist and Director of Wine Education Robin Kelley O'Connor, this special four-course lunch will take you on a journey across Campania. You'll enjoy wines from cult favorites like Galardi and De Concilliis, and we'll introduce you to the wines of Raffaele Palma, the rising star of the Amalfi Coast. Along the way, you'll dine on delicious dishes prepared by our own in-house kitchen, make new friends, and discover new appreciation for the overlooked region of Campania. From Fiano to Piedirosso, and all that lies in between, Campanian wines will amaze you; join us and learn why we love the wines of Italy's South!

Featured Menu & Wine List:*

1st Course-Antipasti:
Salumi & Formaggi (Prociutto di Parma and Chef's Selection of Artisanal Cheeses)
Crostini Alla Provatura (Provatura & Anchovy Crostino)
Heirloom Tomatoes and Mozzarella Di Bufala Campania
Insalata Dei Nervetti (Veal Tendon Salad) 
Pasta Cresciuta (Mixed Fried...Ex: Tomatoes, Whole Herbs, Sardines)
Scagliuozzoli (Cornmeal Fritters)

De Conciliis Selim Spumante Brut NV 

De Conciliis Donnaluna Fiano 2012 

2nd Course:
Risotto ai Gamberetti con Fiori di Zucca, Fave e Mais
Rock Shrimp Risotto with Roasted Corn, Fava Beans and Squash Blossoms

Raffaele Palma Puntacroce 2011

Raffaele Palma Salicerchi 2011

3rd Course:
Galletto al Mattone con farro e funghi chanterelle affumicati
Grilled Rooster "Under the Brick" with Farro and Smoked Chanterelle

Raffaele Palma Montecorvo 2011
Galardi Terra di Lavoro 2010 
De Conciliis Naima 2006 

4th Course:

*Wine list subject to change.

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