Classic, Elegant Sassicaia Magnums! Singles Flash Sale! And Gaja Cru Barbaresco Trio!

July 21, 2016
A Note from Sergio

Taste is subjective. Which wine is better--white or red? Traditional or modern? Fruity or lean? Simple or complex? New wood, old wood, high acid, low acid? People follow their palates to all sorts of places. While taste is subjective, quality is not, and certain conditions improve quality. Temperature-controlled wine is better than non-temperature-controlled wine. Wines enjoyed from big bottles are better than their smaller counterparts. It's indisputable.

What do I mean by better? I mean that the wine tastes better; it ages better; it stays better; it shows better. Just as a bottle that's been standing on a dusty shelf in an overheated Milan shop is not of the same quality as a bottle that's been lying on cool shelf a stone cellar in Toscana, so too is the wine from a large bottle finer than that same wine poured from a standard 750-milliliter bottle. Some of the reasons are logical: there's about an inch of air between the cork and the wine in each bottle, no matter the size; the ratio of oxygen to wine is lower in a magnum, and the wine oxidizes at a slower rate. In the end, though, air level can only partially explain why wines in big bottles are superior. Science can't explain the many mysteries, developments, and explosions that happen inside a bottle as a wine ages--nor can winemakers explain it, and I've asked them.

Because neither science nor we can explain the essential magic of wine, it's our duty to sit back and enjoy its ineffable beauty, especially wine in big bottles. I've selected four gorgeous magnums for today's offer, and these big bottles do justice to their contents: the classic and aristocratic 2013 Sassicaia, and Angelo Gaja's Barbaresco trio from the balanced, surprisingly excellent 2005 vintage. Passionate wine-lovers deserve to enjoy great wines from large bottles, and these four wines from two of the most iconic winemakers in Italy show how magic happens in magnums--even if we can't explain why.

Finally, don't miss our first-ever Singles Flash Sale! Lonely bottles are waiting for you, your friends and your family!

Today's Featured Sections Include:

1. Spotlight on Excellence:
Benchmark 2013 Sassicaia--in Magnum
2. Only At IWM:
Are Gaja's 2005 Cru Barbarescos the Wines of the Vintage?
3. Time Sensitive Offer: IWM's First-Ever Singles Flash Sale!
4. Wine Events: Upcoming July Wine Tasting Events

My Best,

Sergio Esposito


Even before its release, the 2013 Sassicaia was generating buzz in the industry. The 2013 growing year provided the perfect environment for Tenuta San Guido to craft an idealized version of the iconic Super Tuscan, and critics as well as connoisseurs couldn't wait for it to hit the shelves. IWM rarely puts much stock in critics' scores for Italian wines, but sometimes critics get it right--and this '13 Sassicaia bottling deserves every word of praise heaped upon it. Sassicaia is consistently very, very good, but when it's great, it's indescribable. Today, IWM is proud to present magnum bottles of the classic, aristocratic and sophisticated 2013 Sassicaia at special time-sensitive pricing.

2013 is notable for its return to classic Tuscan weather--a wet spring, a perfect, sunny summer and a late October harvest marked by bright, warm days and cool nights--and the '13 Sassicaia reflects this return to classic weather with a sophisticated, polished evocation. A blend of 85% Cabernet Sauvignon and 15% Cabernet Franc, Sassicaia ferments in temperature-controlled stainless steel with only indigenous yeasts, and its winemaking protocol is tailored to evoke its terroir and its vintage variation. While it's very early in this wine's release to call it a landmark vintage, the '13 Sassicaia seems headed for the history books; it's likely that a confluence of weather, microclimate, grapes, terroir and maker have conspired to make this wine a benchmark vintage.

Pure, intense red fruits dance with fresh-cut herbs, crushed rocks, balsamic notes and baking spices in this elegant, complex '13 Sassicaia. Intense yet focused, this wine uncurls across the palate with a sexy, silky muscularity, releasing a sweet inner perfume as it builds to a lingering, elegant finish. Sassicaia is more than merely the very first Super-Tuscan wine, more than a wine whose pedigree, elegance, and synchronicity of site and grape varietal changed history, and more than one of the world's best-known, most-revered wines; it's a wine that year in and year out lives up to its intense reputation.

Sassicaia reflects its vintages in nuanced, unexpected and complex ways, making it a bottling that seduces collectors anew with every release. In a potentially benchmark vintage like 2013, this legendary Super Tuscan is poised to remind wine enthusiasts why it set the Italian world on fire with its inaugural vintage in 1968--it's that extraordinary. Sassicaia is always one of IWM's most in-demand wines, and the magnum format of this age-worthy 2013 bottling allows for ideal cellaring, greater pleasure, and more enjoyment. Contact your portfolio manager to secure your 2013 Sassicaia in magnum bottles at very competitive special pricing.

(Italy, Toscana - Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc)
$399.00 Regular Price
$379.00 3-Pack Price/btl


Angelo Gaja began single-vineyard bottlings of Barbaresco, starting with Sorì San Lorenzo in 1967, followed by Sorì Tildìn in 1970, and Costa Russi in 1978. Although these cru wines can't be called Barbaresco because Angelo adds a small percentage of Barbera, they still are some of the most collected "Barbarescos" made. At a production number of just 800 cases, Sori Tildin performs like a grand cru Burgundy. While many devotees follow San Lorenzo, others are equally passionate about Sorì Tildìn's roundness, and grace--or they favor Costa Russi for its accessibility and opulence. Today, we're pleased to present Sorì Tildìn, Sorì San Lorenzo and Costa Russi, from the balanced 2005 vintage, all in magnum. Standouts of the vintage, these three cru Gaja bottlings are collector favorites, and presented at the BEST PRICE in the US, these magnum bottlings will drink for decades.

Why Buy This Wine:

- Gaja's trio of cru Barbarescos is always a favorite with IWM clients and collectors, but the twinned qualities of the challenging yet classic and restrained 2005 vintage and magnum formats make this offer irresistible.

- While 2005 presented difficulties in Barolo, the grapes in neighboring Barbaresco ripen about ten days earlier; this time gap allowed winemakers to miss the harvest rains that plagued Barolo and bring in a healthy, balanced crop of berries.

- Of the three Gaja single-vineyard Barbaresco wines, Sorì Tildìn derives from Roncagliette, the Barbaresco vineyard site owned by the Gaja family since 1967; this graceful, soaring and floral '05 Sorì Tildìn displays a rich body, subtle texture, and fine, ripe tannins.

- The coveted Sorì San Lorenzo was among the first wines in the Langhe region to be vinified as a single-vineyard cru; the dark one of the trio, this '05 Sorì San Lorenzo is a brooding and romantic wine that has decades of drinking ahead of it.

- The Costa Russi vineyard sits on the lower portion of the prized hillside slope (below the adjoining Sorì Tildìn), and the '05 Costa Russi bottling combines purity with power in a graceful, elegant wine that builds to an expressive, lingering finish.

- IWM is pleased to present large format bottles of '05 Sorì Tildìn, Sorì San Lorenzo, and Costa Russi at the BEST PRICE in the country; contact your portfolio managers to secure yours!

Gaja 2005 Costa Russi (1.5L)
(Italy, Piemonte - Nebbiolo, Barbera)
$1,092.00 Regular Price
$2,599.00 3-Pack Price

Gaja 2005 Sorì San Lorenzo (1.5L)
(Italy, Piemonte - Nebbiolo, Barbera)
$1,092.00 Regular Price
$2,599.00 3-Pack Price

(Italy, Piemonte - Nebbiolo, Barbera)
$1,092.00 Regular Price
$2,599.00 3-Pack Price


One is the loneliest number that you'll ever know--unless it's a single bottle of wine, and you share it with a friend! IWM has always believed that wine brings people together, and today's sale is bound to unite you with someone you love. We're delighted to present our first-ever Singles Flash Sale of more than 350 bottles of wine. We've rounded up all our solo bottles of wine for this sale, and you'll find bottles of Amarone, Super Tuscans, Brunello, Barolo, and Italian Chardonnay, as well as Burgundy, Champagne, Rioja, and Bordeaux. There are single wines from Argentina, Austria, and California, and there are bottles of rosé, dessert wines, vintage wines and new releases. Best of all, all these single bottles are a cool 20% off for the next 48 hours; place your order before midnight EST on July 23, 2016, to take advantage of this Singles Flash Sale because after that you're on your own.

Why Buy This Wine:

- Whether Jacques Selosse Champagne, Caymus Cabernet, old-vine Bodega Chacra Pinot Noir, or Super Tuscans from Fontodi, Tenuta San Guido, Ornellaia or Le Macchiole, this Flash Sales offers bottles that give you one singular sensation: the joy of drinking perfectly kept, pristine bottles of wine.

- The shelves of our temperature-controlled cellars hold a treasure trove of single bottles, and we've put more than 350 of them on sale for the next 48 hours!

- Rare vintage Biondi-Santi Brunellos, the fairytale whites of Fiorano, mature Barbaresco and Barolo from Bruno Giacosa, Giacomo Conterno, Angelo Gaja and Damilano--this Singles Flash Sale offers much to Italian wine aficionados!

- French wine-lovers also have much to choose from, including bottles from Joseph Voillot, Domaine Dujac, Beaucastel, Château Latour, Domaine Faiveley, Louis Jadot, and Henri Boillot--and so many more!

- Original pricing ranges from less than $20 to more than $1,000, so this Singles Flash Sale has something to offer all wine enthusiasts, from newbies to collectors.

- This Singles Flash Sale offers the BEST PRICE in the country on more than 350 extraordinary bottles of wine, but secure yours quickly; this sale ends at midnight EST on Saturday, July 23, 2016!

Wine Vintage Size Price/btl Sale Price/btl Available
Movia Sauvignon
2013 0.75 $32.99 $26.39 1
Château Maris Grenache Gris Brama Vin de France
2011 0.75 $47.99 $38.39 1
Diebolt-Vallois Rosé
NV 0.75 $59.00 $47.20 1
Louis Jadot Vosne-Romanée Les Suchots
2011 0.75 $119.99 $95.99 1
Tua Rita Redigaffi
2012 0.75 $299.00 $239.20 1
Conterno Aldo Barolo Colonnello
1976 0.75 $449.00 $359.20 1
Vega-Sicilia Ribera del Duero Unico
1979 0.75 $774.00 $619.20 1

Click to download complete list PDF.

This offer will expire in 48 hours on July 23rd at 11:59 pm EST.


Saturday, July 30 | 1:00-3:00 pm | New York, NY
A Sit-Down Tasting

Ticket Price: $89.00

IWM Host: John Camacho Vidal

That noise you've been hearing is the recent buzz about natural wines. They're the wines that get described as "non-interventionist," "organic," or "biodynamic." But what exactly makes a wine "natural"? Join us for this special wine tasting and learn the natural skinny on wines made from grapes grown without pesticides, made without additives, or made with on the ebbs, the flows and the lunar pull of biodynamic protocol. Accompanied by regional meats and cheeses, this seated tasting, led by knowledgeable IWM wine experts, will give you the opportunity to enjoy natural, organic and biodynamic wines, to get to know them better, and to understand why they're so terrific. Prepare to become a convert to their lively, intense, celestial styles; these wines are more than exciting--they're naturally alive!"

Featured Wines:

Movia Veliko Belo 2009
Gravner Breg 1998
Raffaele Palma Salicerchi 2011
Porta del Vento Maque Perricone 2012
COS Nero di Lupo 2014
Grattamacco Bolgheri Rosso Superiore 2012

*Wine list may be subject to change.

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