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Today's Featured Offer:
Stunning 2010 Vietti Barolo, Palate-Staining Le Corton, and RKO's St-Émilion Picks

April 17, 2014

A Note from Sergio

Over the past few weeks, we've begun to roll out the highly anticipated 2010 Barolo. We started with wines from Scavino and Clerico, both icons, both names well known and much loved by IWM's clients. How do you follow up offers like those? You offer the wines of Vietti. You might not have heard of Vietti--this producer doesn't have the high profile of either Scavino or Clerico--but the small estate is mighty, both with wine critics and wine connoisseurs, and its wines are stunning. 

Today I'm proud to debut three 2010 wines from Vietti, a traditional cuvee Barolo and two cru Barolos, all of them outrageous. Not only are these three wines spectacular, but also they range in price points; the cuvee is less than $70! The two crus, one Brunate and one Lazzarito, are more expensive, but then they are collector wines that are very rare, very hard to find and very thrilling. Vietti Barolo generally need some tender loving care in a cellar before they're ready to drink, but they will floor you--they will also sell out. Our allocations are slender, and those in the know will snap them up.

Along with this Vietti debut, an IWM first, I'm delighted to announce another first: our own Bordeaux expert, Robin Kelley O'Connor, is continuing on his historic set of offers with a specially curated list of St-Émilion. Our clients have been thoroughly enjoying RKO's first three rounds of Bordeaux wines, and I expect all of you will feel the same about this one. Finally, I'm delighted to shine a spotlight on Bouchard Père & Fils 2009 Le Corton Grand Cru, an intense, rich, layered wine that's ready to drink right now--or cellar it for a few years. Either way, it's a knockout.


Enjoy!


Today's Featured Sections Include: 

 

1. Spotlight on Excellence: Three Must-Have Vietti 2010 Barolo 
2. Time Sensitive Offer: Intense, Elegant Bouchard Père & Fils 2009 Le Corton Grand Cru
3. Only At IWM: RKO Selects the Best of St Émilion
4. Wine Events: Modern vs. Traditional Barolo
 

My Best, 

  

  signature  

Sergio Esposito

Owner/Founder  



SPOTLIGHT ON EXCELLENCE

We began our 2010 Barolo debut with Paolo Scavino and Domenico Clerico. Today, we're very proud to follow up those offers with three wines from Barolo icon Vietti. On the whole, 2010 Barolo is getting a lot of attention--not only is it a spectacular, classic vintage but also Barolo is fast becoming the collector wine for connoisseurs who are looking beyond the pricy Bordeaux and Burgundy markets. That said, few producers are getting love from critics quite like Vietti is. In short, we expect the three wines we offer today--the '10 Vietti Barolo Brunate, Vietti Lazzarito, and Vietti Brunello Castiglione--to sell out quickly.

 

2010 is a year for enthusiasts who love a classic Barolo. Though the growing season challenged Piemonte's winemakers, the region's producers are likening the '10 growing season to those of the '80s and '90s, a time of consistently cooler, wetter, more stressed vintages. Coolness and wetness through summer lowered the crop output, but as harvest time approached, the weather turned sunny and dry, allowing for the late-ripening Nebbiolo to reach its full potential. 

We're proud to present three of Vietti's 2010 wines, each one spectacular in its own singular way. Barolo Castiglione is Vietti's cuvee, a masterful blend of select grapes from vineyards in Falletto, Monforte, Barolo and Novello, and in '10 this wine, priced under $70, redefines value in its silky mouth-feel, ripe and juicy fruit, balanced spice and earth, and velvety tannins. If there's a wine to drink earlier while waiting for your Vietti crus to age, it's this one. Simply put, the Vietti Barolo Castiglione sets the bar high for under $70 Barolo.

Vietti winery began four generations ago, but Alfredo Currado brought the estate to the notice of the wine world in the mid-twentieth century. The visionary Alfredo was the first Barolo maker to release his wines to an American audience; he was among the first to bottle cru Barolo. IWM offers two of these famed cru Barolos today, the intense, masculine and finessed '10 Brunate and the explosive, elegant '10 Lazzarito. Both of these crus are famous: the former is arguably the most important vineyard in La Morra, while the latter takes that honor in Serralunga. While both of these wines privilege Barolo's dark side, they make excellent complements to one another. Where Lazzarito is all about dark fruit, Brunate is all about earth and smoke; where Brunate is all about intensity, Lazzarito is all about elegance. Together, these two cru Barolos present a comprehensive, long-aging, and altogether extraordinary picture of the 2010 vintage.

Our allocations of Vietti are always fast selling, in no small part because the producer makes so little: Vietti produces just 500 cases of its Lazzarito and just 350 cases of its Brunate, for example. With a vintage as highly touted as 2010, and with Vietti receiving some passionate love from the critics, we expect our limited allocation of these bottlings to fly out the door. Contact your portfolio manager to secure yours.

 

(Italy, Piemonte - Nebbiolo)

*Pre-Arrival, Winter 2014


TIME SENSITIVE OFFER
Located in the heart of Beaune, Bouchard Père & Fils is one of Burgundy's oldest wine merchant houses, founded in 1731. This domaine produces more than 100 different wines including twelve classified as Grand Crus, and an astounding 74 different Premier Crus. Philippe Prost, known as the Conductor Of the Bouchard Cellars, arrived in the late 1970s, but only when the Henriot group purchased the estate in 1995 was Prost able to give his talents and vision free rein. Philippe is an absolute perfectionist, known for his meticulous attention to detail, who produces wines of balance, finesse, texture and elegance. Today, we're delighted to present the powerful, impressive Bouchard Père & Fils 2009 Corton Le Corton, the domaine's most famous and exclusive wine, at special time-sensitive pricing.

Why Buy This Wine:

- Although still run by a ninth generation of the Bouchard family, the domaine was purchased by Joseph Henriot of Henriot Champagne in 1995; since then, Bouchard Père & Fils has been on a consistent upward trajectory, cementing its reputation as one of Burgundy's most iconic producers.

- Bouchard Père & Fils Corton Le Corton derives from the most prized of the Corton lieux dix and stands as a standard-bearer for the Côte de Beaune's illustrious Grand Cru.

- Although Le Corton can be one of the longest lived Côte d'Or wines, the '09 vintage provided all the components for wines that both have a wonderful ability to age and an approachability that makes the wines extremely appealing only five years after the vintage.

- Le Corton's high altitude and high mineral soils give its wines the kind of amazing detail, aromatic complexity and purity only seen in the very best Grand Cru wines.

- Ruby red in the glass, this vibrant, powerful '09 has a nose of juicy berries, fresh-cut herbs, minerals and Le Corton's telltale smokiness; these notes are echoed on the palate, where they're joined by spice, sous du bois and earth. 

- While this wine's palate-staining fruit and sheer richness will delight the senses, its silky texture and sweet, caressing tannins will pull you back to the glass.

- IWM is delighted to present the palate-staining, elegant and classic Bouchard Père & Fils '09 Corton Le Corton at special time-sensitive pricing; please contact your portfolio manager to secure yours.


Bouchard Pere & Fils 2009 Corton Le Corton $100.78 Reg $85.66 3-Pack Price/btl
(France, Burgundy - Pinot Noir)
 
*Pre-Arrival, Fall 2014
 

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



ONLY AT IWM

Today, we're proud to present an IWM first: a carefully curated list of fully mature Saint-Émilion Premier Grand Cru Classé and Grand Cru Classé. Some of the most exciting wines be produced in all of Bordeaux, Saint-Emilion is anchored in a medieval village. This astoundingly beautiful appellation has one of the longest wine-growing histories of anywhere in the world--for example, the Jurade de Saint-Émilion, a growers' association, dates back to 1199. Today the Jurade-de-Saint-Émilion is alive and well and greatly influences the quality movement in the appellation. Saint-Émilion created its own classification in 1954, becoming official in 1955. The classification breaks down into two categories: Saint-Émilion Premier Grand Cru Classé, which has two components A and B, and Saint-Émilion Grand Cru Classé. The classification it is reviewed and revised approximately every ten years. IWM's list of Saint-Émilion, curated by Robin Kelley O'Connor, is quite extensive, and allocations are limited; ask one of our portfolio managers to help you select the best wines for your cellar, palate and lifestyle.

  

Why Buy This Wine:

 

- Saint-Émilion's magic can best be explained from three factors: its vineyards of a limestone bed mixed with other soils of clay, gravel and sand; the perfect combination of grapes has been planted in the right locations depending on the soil type, predominately Merlot, followed by Cabernet Franc and some Cabernet Sauvingnon; and the greatest marriage of Merlot and Cabernet Franc found in the wine world.

- The typical Saint-Émilion blend is approximately 60-80% Merlot, 20-40% Cabernet Franc, with 3-5% Cabernet Sauvignon, depending on the location of the vineyards.

 

- Saint-Émilion privileges style, finesse and breeding, and the region's producers have a time-honored tradition of making great wines through centuries and centuries of dedicated work and innovation.

 

- The gout de Saint-Émilion is a unique expression of terroir, highlighting flavors that can only be the biproduct of ancient soils and vines.

- The highlights of today's offer include Château Angelus Premier Grand Cru Classé A, Château Beau-Séjour Bécot Premier Grand Cru Classé B, Château Figeac Premier Grand Cru Classé B, Clos des Jacobins Grand Cru Classé, Château Dassault Grand Cru Classé, and Château La Dominique Grand Cru Classé.

- Today's historical offer presents wines with the kind of pristine provenance you've come to expect from IWM, with many of the wines coming directly from the estate.

- Please ask your portfolio manager for help in selecting the Saint-Émilion wines that suit your cellar, palate, and lifestyle.

  

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Due to limited quantity, wines are subject to confirmation and are being offered on a first-come, first-served basis. Please speak to your Portfolio Manager at (212) 473-2323 or at store@italianwinemerchants.com. 


WINE EVENTS
Saturday, April 19, 2014, 1:00-3:00pm
Price: $125.00

A Sit-Down Tasting 
Hosted by: Robin Kelley O'Connor


Barolo, as all aficionados know, is often split into two camps: modern and traditional. Most Barolo lovers recognize that these distinctions have to do with how the winemakers make their wines, what protocols they follow, and whether they use botti or barrique. But while a vague idea of what these words mean in technical terms, the real knowledge comes not on the page, but in the glass. Join us for a special sit-down tasting, accompanied by meats and cheeses, and learn as
accompanied by cured Italian meats and a selection of the Chef’s hand picked artisanal cheeses, and learn as Robin Kelley O’Connor, Certified Wine Educator and resident expert, leads you through a spectrum of Barolo, traditional to modern, while explaining the connection between the two schools of Barolo making and the wine in the glass. From the traditional side, we'll be pouring Rinaldi, Mascarello, Seghesio and Scarzello; from the modern, we'll be pouring Aldo Conterno, Sandrone, and Clerico. Taste wines from seven different producers, learn how winemakers' choices affect their wines, and get real "mouth-on" experience in understanding the great modern/traditional schism. Knowledge is power, but in this case, knowledge is also incredibly delicious.
 
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