Today's Featured Offer:
Collectable, Rare Antinori Matarocchio! Jaboulet Hermitage, and $80 Cru Amarone!

October 20, 2014 
A Note from Sergio

As six-hundred-year-old nobility with global name recognition, the Antinori family could easily take that fame for granted; instead, they continue to earn their renown by crafting some of the finest wines in the world. Antinori made its reputation with their Super-Tuscan gems Tignanello, Guado al Tasso and Solaia, but in 2007, the Antinori family chose to add another wine to their already luminous body of work. Today, I'm very proud to debut the 2011 Matarocchio, a mono-varietal bottling of Cabernet Franc, and a wine entirely deserving of the Antinori glow.

Dark, brooding, brambly and silky, Matarocchio may be the very finest expression of Cabernet Franc since Quintarelli's cult hit, Alzero. It's not surprising that the makers of Tignanello and Solaia would strike Super-Tuscan gold once again--especially when you consider the brilliance of their Cabernet Sauvignon and Cabernet Franc flagship wine, Guado al Tasso. But Matarocchio is something altogether different. While all of Antinori's wines announce their terrior clearly, Matarocchio, which comes from just five rows of Cabernet Franc grapes, is an embodiment of its land. It's a very special wine.

Along with this debut, I'm very pleased to present a thrilling Hermitage, Jaboulet Hermitage La Chapelle 2009, and one of IWM's favorite value bottlings, Nicolis Amarone della Valpolicella Ambrosan 2005. The first wine illustrates how much the leadership of one strong woman, in Jaboulet's case Caroline Frey, can make a difference; this is a sensual, wild wine. The second shows that you can find fine Amarone for well under $100--winter is coming, and this wine will celebrate it!




Today's Featured Sections Include:


1. Spotlight on Excellence: Debut of Antinori 2011 Matarocchio
2. Time Sensitive Offer: Stunning Jaboulet Hermitage La Chapelle 2009
3. Our Experts Suggest: Louis Jadot Burgundies to Drink and to Cellar!
4. Only At IWM: Under $80, Nicolis Amarone della Valpolicella Ambrosan 2005
5. Wine Events: 
White Truffle Lunch / Winemaker Dinner: Alessia Antinori presents Fiorano

My Best, 



Sergio Esposito


Since 1968, when Sassicaia hit the market, many Super Tuscans have been introduced, but few have garnered cult status. Tenuta San Guido's Sassicaia, Antinori's Tignanello and Solaia, Montevertine's Le Pergole Torte and Ornellaia's Masseto have become legendary, but they are the exceptions rather than the rule. Today, we're excited to debut the third bottling of the next great Super-Tuscan star: Antinori 2011 Matarocchio from the family's estate in Bolgheri.

Much in the way that Solaia derives from the finest selection of Cabernet Sauvignon within the Tignanello vineyard, Matarocchio derives from just five rows of vines within the Guado al Tasso vineyard. Piero Antinori recognized that these vines offered an unparalleled selection of Cabernet Franc, and rather than bottle them with the estate's flagship wine, he chose to create something new and wonderful. Fermented in stainless steel, the Matarocchio ages in barriques for about 18 months before bottling. Although it's only the third bottling of the wine (2007 and 2009 were the other two vintages), we feel it's fair to say that next to Quintarelli's fabled Alzero, Matarocchio represents a pinnacle expression of Cabernet Franc in Italy.


The growing season in 2011 was fairly perfect--a wet winter, a warm spring with perfectly timed rains, a hot and dry summer and a textbook, if early, harvest--and this bottling reflects its raw materials in its silkiness and its intensity, although the '11 Matarocchio retains extraordinary purity in its Cabernet Franc fruit. Showing tremendous precision in its aromatics of blue and black fruit, espresso, chocolate and herbs, the '11 Matarocchio has a lovely, sophisticated palate; dark fruit, grilled herbs, a thrum of earth and leather, and touch of spice make this bottling stunning. 

To say you have tasted Matarocchio puts you in a group of a select few; Piero Antinori's Cabernet Franc has quickly become the most difficult to obtain Super Tuscan in the United States with fewer than 300 cases produced and a only a few hundred bottles arriving in the US. Only IWM can offer the '11 Matarocchio, and as the two previous vintages did, we expect this debut to fly out of our cellars.


(Italy, Toscana - Cabernet Franc)

$349.00 Regular Price
$325.00 6-Pack Price/btl
$299.00 Case Price/btl

*Pre-Arrival, Spring 2015



Producing wine from 26 different appellations in the Rhône, Jaboulet has a long history of setting the standard in the region. Founded in 1834 by Antoine Jaboulet, this estate rose to prominence in the mid-twentieth century under the stewardship of Paul Jaboulet Aîné, who passed in 1997, leaving the estate in the hands of Philippe and Jacques Jaboulet. In early 2006, the Frey family bought Jaboulet and began to overhaul the estate; these changes include sustainable growing methods with a turn toward biodynamic farming, strict grape yields, longer fermentation and aging in newer barrels. One of the largest Rhône estates, Jaboulet has impressive holdings in renowned appellations. Known for its rich, dense, elegant, and long-aging wines that speak volumes about their Rhône terroir, Jaboulet once again sits at the peak of winemaking. Today, we're very pleased to present Jaboulet Hermitage La Chapelle 2009, the crown jewel of the estate and an exquisite expression of Hermitage.

Why Buy This Wine: 

- The La Chapelle is always the crown jewel of the venerable Paul Jaboulet Aîné, and the '09 is a breathtaking wine.
- The 2009 vintage clearly makes evident that Jaboulet is back on track with some dramatic changes; selections are stringent and yields have been significantly reduced from their typical 8,000-10,000 case production to a mere 2,000 in 2009.  
- The results are more concentration, purer fruit and more structure--in fact, this may be the greatest La Chapelle since 1978. 
- Deriving primarily from Le Meal and Les Bessards vineyards, with a touch of Les Roucoules fruit, this dark, inky, almost opaque '09 Hermitage oozes across the palate with notes of brambly dark fruit, au jus, exotic spices, smoke, umami and pencil lead.
- Silky, viscous, rich and opulent in the mouth, this La Chapelle nonetheless has outstanding structure, freshness and balance--simply put, it's an exquisite Hermitage and it shows that winemaker-owner Caroline Frey is at the top of her game.
- Contact your portfolio manager to secure your Jaboulet 2009 Hermitage La Chapelle; our allocations are strictly limited.

Jaboulet 2009 Hermitage La Chapelle
(France, Rhone Valley - Syrah) 

$349.00 Regular Price 
$244.30 3-Pack Price/btl


This offer is available 48 hrs and will expire on October 22nd at 5:00 pm EST.


As an IWM Portfolio Manager, Garrett Kowalsky has married his love of wine with his background in finance and economics. A lover of many of the world's wine-growing regions, Garrett acknowledges that Burgundy and Barolo hold a special place in his heart.

Drinking Today:
 Louis Jadot 2010 Côte de Nuits Villages Le Vaucrain
(France, Burgundy - Pinot Noir)
$29.99 Regular Price 
$27.59 Case Price/btl


(France, Burgundy - Pinot Noir)
$149.99 Regular Price 


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



We're pleased to bring back a client favorite: Nicolis Amarone della Valpolicella Ambrosan 2005, a gorgeous wine with a high quality-to-value ratio. It's rare to find a quality Amarone that costs less than $100, but to find a cru, limited-production one is almost unheard of. The rich, hedonistic and kaleidoscopic Ambrosan is exactly this white tiger of the wine world: an under $90 single-vineyard Amarone, produced in small numbers by a family-owned-and-operated estate. Nicolis, a small-scale producer in the heart of the Veneto's Valpolicella's classico district, has cultivated its 87 acres for generations, but the family-owned-and-operated estate only began marketing the wine in 1951. The winery currently operates under the enterprising intuition of Natalia Nicolis and her three sons who are all trained in enology and business management and who work closely together to conduct most of the winery activities. Contact your portfolio manager to secure this IWM exclusive cru Amarone at the BEST PRICE in the country.

Why Buy This Wine:
- A blend of 70 percent Corvina, 20 percent Rondinella and the remainder Croatina, the single-vineyard Ambrosan derives from a southwest-facing, sloping vineyard located in San Pietro in Cariano. 
- Nicolis' approach includes placing harvested grapes in small cases during the three-month drying period; a long, slow fermentation period at low temperatures; the use of Croatina grapes, which take the place of Molinara, the usual third contributor to the blend; and aging in medium-sized Slavonian oak casks. 
- Offering a rare and elusive balance between grace and opulence, this cru Amarone explodes with rain-spattered wildflowers, brambly berries and rich plums, nuances of earth, leather, and autumn leaves, and a generous dip of baking spices.
- Now with almost a decade of maturity, this beautiful Amarone is coming into its own, and its myriad brooding notes are mellowing to complement the wine's brocade-like, hedonistic texture.
- Just in time for the holidays, this value Amarone is in stock and ready to ship; contact your portfolio manager to secure yours at the BEST PRICE in the States.


(Italy, Veneto - Corvina, Rondinella, Croatina)

$89.70 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


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.