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Paolo Bea Montefalco Special, Classic Vogüé Musigny, and Vintage Giacosa Barolo Rionda!

December 18, 2014 
A Note from Sergio

In Italy, we eat and drink our way through the holidays. Every day is filled with a new dish, a new bottle of wine--we're serious about celebrating. On New Year's, for example, nearly everyone in Italy gathers his or her family for an extravagant feast of fresh fish from across the seas and gorgeous wines from across the country.

In Napoli, where I grew up, we ate sweet cuttlefish sautéed in olive oil and sprinkled with salt; octopus braised with tomatoes, olives, and red wine; mussels cooked in salsa bianco; spaghetti with clams; a thick, wide pasta called paccheri mixed with frutti di mare; whole roasted Branzino; and fried eel with arugula. When the clock struck twelve, we would toast with our glasses of Prosecco and then drink a big, rich Pallagrello Nero or Taurasi as we finished off a bowl of lentils and zampone sausage, a dish that represents prosperity in the year to come. We could hear the sounds of fireworks echoing off balconies across the city.

These days, I've adopted these childhood dishes for my family as we celebrate in Italy. We live farther north than where I grew up, so the food is a little different, but the spirit is the same: it's celebration, warmth and love, wishes for health and prosperity, and thankfulness for being together. These emotions are the same wherever you go, even if the food on the table and the wine in the glasses changes, reflecting our own individual roots.

Today, I'm so pleased to offer three beautiful wines, all different, each special: the beautiful Montefalco Riserva Pipparello 2008 from Umbria's premier natural winemaker, Paolo Bea; the collector staple Comte Georges de Vogüé 2010 Musigny, an incredible vintage; and a nearly forty-year-old Barolo from Bruno Giacosa, Barolo Collina Rionda 1975. Like your holidays, these wines are all different, but they're united by their beauty, their careful craftsmanship, and their specialness. I love the idea of these bottles going to your cellars, on your tables, and in your glass.

Enjoy!


Today's Featured Sections Include:

  

1. Spotlight on Excellence: Brooding, Beautiful Paolo Bea Pipparello, on Sale!
2. Time Sensitive Offer: Collector Gem, Vogüé 2010
3. Holiday Gift Guide:
Celebrate the Holiday Season with the IWM Gift Guide!
4.
Only At IWM: Pristine, Perfect Bruno Giacosa Barolo Collina Rionda 1975
5. Wine Events: Holiday Wine & Cheese Pairing / Champagne, Global Sparklers & Festive Wines
 

My Best, 

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Sergio Esposito
Owner/Founder


SPOTLIGHT ON EXCELLENCE

 

BEST PRICE IN THE US!

We speak of Paolo Bea in the same breath as Quintarelli, Valentini, Gravner and Rinaldi; they are IWM's signature producers of rustic, handcrafted wines that defy standards and draw few comparisons. Don't miss this new chapter in the long, luscious, fabled story of Paolo Bea. Today, we're very proud to present the '08 release of this silky big red at exceptional time-sensitive pricing that's the BEST PRICE in the States. Bold, racy, big, dark and brooding--Paolo Bea Montefalco Riserva Pipparello is one of our favorite wines in any vintage, but in 2008, it takes your palate on a ride atop a velvety magic carpet.

As with all of Paolo Bea's wines, the estate uses non-interventionist techniques to grow the grapes for its Montefalco Riserva Pipparello--a blend of about 60 percent Sangiovese with the rest split evenly between indigenous Umbrian grapes Montepulciano and Sagrantino. This natural wine is traditional in spirit, undergoing a long and unusual maceration of six weeks, extended aging in large neutral casks and an additional bottle aging for approachability. Offering aromas of ripe blackberry layered with black pepper and licorice, this wine offers a soft, structured palate with a distinct streak of acidity and notes of ripe Morello cherry, blackcurrant, game, truffles and baked earth.

We've been pouring this wine at tastings since its October release, and our clients love the concentrated, juicy, spicy Pipparello, a wine that's drinkable now yet also age-worthy for a decade or more. Winter is the perfect season for the '08 Pipparello; it's a wine that hugs you from the inside with Bea's trademark flawless winemaking and Umbria's remarkable terroir. Just 700 cases made--contact your portfolio manager to secure yours at this special time-sensitive pricing!

 

 

Paolo Bea 2008 Montefalco Riserva Pipparello

(Italy, Umbria - Sangiovese, Sagrantino, Montepulciano)

$64.99 Regular Price

$58.49 Case Price/btl


TIME SENSITIVE OFFER
 
The greatest estate in Chambolle Musigny, Domaine Comte George de Vogüé has long roots in Burgundy, stretching back to 1450, when Jean Moisson planted vines. Today, the estate is owned and operated by Claire de Causans and Marie de Ladoucette, the granddaughters of the late Comte Georges de Vogüé, and renowned winemaker François Millet guides the estate in non-interventionist protocol in the vineyards and a blend of modern and traditional winemaking in the cellar. Of Vogüé's 30 total acres, tended by the aptly named Eric Bourgogne,17 are in the vaunted appellation of Musigny--about 80% of the total appellation, and these acres are split between a narrow east-west-facing vineyard in Le Musigny and a smaller south-facing vineyard in Les Petits-Musgny; the vines average 40 years of age. Today, we're very proud to present a limited allocation of the vaunted 2010 Comte Georges de Vogüé Musigny Vieilles Vignes, an impressive wine from an extraordinary vintage.

Why Buy This Wine:


- Arguably the pinnacle of Pinot Noir, Comte Georges de Vogüé Musigny Vieilles Vignes is a collector staple, and the low-quantity, high-quality 2010 vintage has a high demand commensurate with its beauty and rarity.

- Aromas of red and black fruit, wildflowers, river rocks, fresh-cut herbs, exotic spices, and earth burst from the glass in this pure, energetic yet intense '10 Chambolle Musigny; approachable young, this wine will be even more extraordinary in a few years.

- The silky, smooth palate builds to a crescendo of sweet fruit, saline minerals, Chambolle earth, and dense, velvety tannins in this perfectly delineated bottling.

- Offering tremendous dry extract and a lingering finish, this '10 from Comte George de Vogüé is classic and evocative; if you're a serious Burgundy lover, this is a must-have bottling.

- IWM is delighted to present this collector gem at special pricing for a limited time; our allocations are very tight, and we urge you to contact your portfolio manager to secure your Comte Georges de Vogüé 2010 Musigny Vieilles Vignes.

 


Comte Georges de Vogüé 2010 Musigny Vieilles Vignes
(France, Burgundy - Pinot Noir)
$1,425.00 Regular Price
$1,068.75 3-Pack Price/btl

 

This offer is available 48 hrs and will expire on December 20th at 5:00 pm EST.

HOLIDAY GIFT GUIDE

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)


OUR EXPERTS SUGGEST

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: Domaine des Lambrays 2011 Puligny 1er Clos du Cailleret
(France, Burgundy - Chardonnay)
$134.99 Regular Price
 
(France, Burgundy - Pinot Noir)
$199.00 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.

ONLY AT IWM


BEST PRICE IN THE US!
For decades, Bruno Giacosa has practiced traditional winemaking to craft his wines of meditation. Until recently, Giacosa owned no vineyards; he bought all the grapes he required, selecting, as he still does, from some of the area's best sites to craft single-vineyard expressions. In 1982, he bought the Falletto vineyard in Serralunga; the rest, as they say, is history. Today's offer selects one special Barolo from Giacosa's wholly négociant period, the 1975 Giacosa Collina Rionda di Serralunga, a wine we present with almost four decades of perfect maturity. Serralugna's Rionda vineyard has a great reputation among winemakers, wine critics and wine historians, and while the vineyard has held its sterling reputation for more than a century, Bruno Giacosa and his winemaking magic made it special the world's wine-lovers. Today's Barolo is a piece of winemaking history and a rare opportunity to secure a piece of Barolo past--pristine, perfect, and unparalleled.

Why Buy This Wine:

- Giacosa made his legendary cru Collina Rionda in just fourteen vintages between 1967 and 1993, purchasing grapes from the owners of this legendary vineyard, part of the larger 29-acre Rionda section in Serralugna, to make today's wine--as well as his iconic 1989 Riserva.

- The vineyard had changed hands in the '90s, and Giacosa's last vintage of Collina Rionda was in 1993; today, the vineyard is in the hands of Barolo maker Davide Rosso, who is nurturing the four-acre parcel back to its former glory.

- It's a rare treat to be able to secure a bottle of Giacosa Barolo with almost four decades of maturity and the level of provenance that IWM is able to offer.

- Production estimates for the '75 Rionda is fewer than a few hundred cases with a handful remaining in the world; there's no time like the present to secure your rare piece of Giacosa's storied past.

 

 

Bruno Giacosa 1975 Barolo Collina Rionda

(Italy, Piemonte - Nebbiolo)
$899.00 Regular Price
$809.10 Special Price/btl

WINE EVENTS

 

Saturday, December 20, 1-3 pm
A Sit-Down Tasting

Regular Price $100.00
Price Including Tax $108.86

Hosted by Robin Kelley O'Connor, Featuring Connoisseur and Cheesemonger Bob Marcelli

Let the holidays ring on with this tasting event featuring Champagne, sparkling wines from Italy and Spain, and beloved IWM favorites of Barolo, Bolgheri, Burgundy, Bordeaux and Brunello. Accompanied by regional meats and artisanal cheeses and led by Certified Wine Educator Robin Kelley O'Connor, this Saturday tasting invokes the spirit of the holidays, while treating you to some of the best wines IWM has to offer. Raise glasses of Champagne from Billecart-Salmon and André Clouet, or sparkling wines from Barone Pizzini and Raventos, and enjoy bottlings from Humbert Freres, Renzo Seghesio, Grattamacco, Col d'Oricia, Château Rieussec--and more! Indulge in delicious wine, sparkling conversation, delectable treats, and all the warmth of this singular season with us at IWM. Drink in the present, and share this event with someone you love!

Featured Wine List:
Billecart-Salmon "Cuvée Nicolas François Billecart" 1999
Fiorano No. 47 Semillon 1988
Paolo Bea Bianco Santa Chiara 2011
Chavy Chouet Puligny-Montrachet Enseignères 2012
Valentini Trebbiano d'Abruzzo 2003
Hudelot Noellat Vougeot Petit Vougeots 1er Cru 2010
La Rioja Alta Rioja Gran Reserva '904' 2001 (1.5L)
Quattro Mani Montepulciano d'Abruzzo 2013
Col d'Orcia Brunello di Montalcino 2008
Antinori Pian Delle Vigne Brunello di Montalcino 2008  

 
*Wines may be subject to change.




Saturday, December 27, 1-3 pm

A Sit-Down Tasting

 

Regular Price $100.00

Price Including Tax $108.86

 

Let the holidays ring on with this tasting event featuring Champagne, sparkling wines from Italy and Spain, and beloved IWM favorites of Barolo, Bolgheri, Burgundy, Bordeaux and Brunello. Accompanied by regional meats and artisanal cheeses and led by Certified Wine Educator Robin Kelley O'Connor, this Saturday tasting invokes the spirit of the holidays, while treating you to some of the best wines IWM has to offer. Raise glasses of Champagne from Billecart-Salmon and André Clouet, or sparkling wines from Barone Pizzini and Raventos, and enjoy bottlings from Humbert Freres, Renzo Seghesio, Grattamacco, Col d'Oricia, Château Rieussec--and more! Indulge in delicious wine, sparkling conversation, delectable treats, and all the warmth of this singular season with us at IWM. Drink in the present, and share this event with someone you love!
 
Featured Wine List:
Fantinel Brut Rosé NV 
Barone Pizzini Brut Franciacorta
Raventós i Blanc Conca del Riu Anoia Brut Rosé de Nit 2012
André Clouet Cuvée 1911
Billecart-Salmon Brut Rosé
Domaine Humbert Fréres Gevrey Chambertin Vieilles Vigne 2010
Renzo Seghesio Barolo Pajana Riserva 2006
Grattamacco Bolgheri Rosso Superiore 2008
Col d'Orcia Brunello di Montalcino 2007
Château Rieussec Sauternes 1er Cru 2010

 

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