Fairytale 2014 Le Pergole Torte! $30 Antinori Barbera! And Rare Pérez Barquero Sherry!!

July 16, 2018
A Note from Sergio

The thing about Montevertine is that it makes world-class, exquisite wines, yet it doesn't present itself as anything special. The estate's cantina rests high atop a hill in a ramshackle old barn, and the estate's vineyards slope down from its driveway, or some of them, anyway. There are 44 parcels in all, and they surround the estate in little pockets, all located in the Radda sub-region in Chianti Classico. A good vineyard is always tidy, but Montevertine's parcels look almost mathematical in their simplicity and neatness.

The lands reflect their owner. Martino Manetti took over when his father, and Montevertine's founder, Sergio, died over a decade ago. Martino has a bookish, nervous air, and if you didn't know he was a winemaker, you'd think he wrote computer code or taught macroeconomics. Martino is smart, witty, and unassuming. Just as Martino is humble looking, so too does Montevertine have the most modest tasting room you can imagine--just a wooden table, a bunch of posters of Le Pergole Torte's labels, and unflattering lighting. There's no ego here, but here doesn't need to be. The wine, especially but not exclusively its Le Pergole Torte, speaks for itself--and today, I'm delighted to say that I scored some more of the outstanding, brilliant 2014 Le Pergole Torte. It's a gorgeous wine from a beautiful, unpretentious estate.

Along with this new allocation of the latest Le Pergole Torte release, I'm pleased to present Prunotto's 2014 Pian Romualdo Barbera d'Alba. Antinori has been quietly crafting knockout wines from Piemonte's Prunotto estate for the past couple of decades, and these wines just keep getting better and better. Barbera might be the ultimate summertime wine--it's food-friendly, palate-friendly, and wallet-friendly, and it goes great with grilled food. I'm very pleased to offer this '14 Barbera for less than $30 a bottle. You'll want to pop it all summer long (and then well into fall).

Finally, I secured a few more bottles of Pérez Barquero1905 Solera Fundacional Amontillado--don't miss them!

Today's Featured Sections Include:

1. Spotlight on Excellence: Lean and Sexy 2014 Le Pergole Torte
2. Only At IWM: Under $30 Cru Barbera from Antinori's Prunotto Estate
3. Time Sensitive Offer: "Flawless" Pérez Barquero Amontillado Sherry
4. Wine Events: Upcoming July Wine Tasting Events

My Best,

Sergio Esposito

Arguably the finest expression of Sangiovese, Montevertine Le Pergole Torte is a darling among Super-Tuscan connoisseurs, Sangoivese fans, industry people, and even discriminating Burgheads. Montevertine's flagship wine's wide appeal stems from the estate's thoughtful viticulture and viniculture of the Sangiovese grape, which finds its pinnacle in Le Pergole Torte. Montevertine's founder, Sergio Manetti, aimed to craft Sangiovese wines that rivaled Burgundy's Pinot Noir in terms of age-worthiness, finesse and nuance, and in creating Le Pergole Torte, he succeeded. Montevertine has changed the way that people understand the Super-Tuscan genre with its consistently great flagship wine, and today, we're proud to present a new allocation of the classic, radiant 2014 Le Pergole Torte.

Montevertine's Radda vineyards are among the very highest in Chianti Classico, and these lands offer a unique microclimate that's unusually cool for the region. The altitude and the temperature help the estate's Sangiovese grapes to retain unusual elegance, making Le Pergole Torte a rare mono-varietal Sangiovese wine that is a collector staple. Deriving from the best grapes picked across the estate's 44 acres of vineyards, Le Pergole Torte was a single-vineyard wine until 1990. Since then, however, it represents the best of the best of Montevertine's grapes picked from its seven vineyard parcels--and in a fairytale year like 2014, the wine is mesmerizing.

2014 gave Radda's producers a wild ride with heat spikes, rain, hail, and a picture-perfect summer that led to a textbook harvest, and the resulting Le Pergole Torte is among maker Martino Manetti's favorites. Classic and aromatic, the '14 Le Pergole Torte wafts from the glass with layers of clean, fresh red and blue fruits, crushed minerals, violet petals, baking spices, and pressed herbs. The 2014 bottling is a deeply finessed wine that resounds with clarity on the palate, matching its polished tannins with electric acidity, and complementing its sweet inner perfume with savory, mineral-laden bass notes.

The product of painstaking winemaking, outstanding terroir and a surprising vintage, the '14 Le Pergole Torte has it all--seductive perfume, exquisite balance, early accessibility, and terrific precision. It's hard not to drink the dazzling '14 Le Pergole Torte right away (and this is a remarkably approachable vintage), but time in the cellar will show this wine's true, shining beauty. Fans of lean and sexy Sangiovese wines will love this Le Pergole Torte vintage, and judging from our clients' reactions, the 2014 bottling is in high demand. Contact your portfolio manager to secure your '14 Le Pergole Torte--we're certain to sell through this new allocation very quickly.

Montevertine 2014 Le Pergole Torte*
(Italy, Toscana - Sangiovese)
$129.00 Regular Price/btl
$119.00 Case Price/btl

*Pre-Arrival, Summer

Although begun in 1904, when Alfred Prunotto helped to found a Serralunga wine collective, Prunotto was formally established in 1922. Thirty years later, Alfred looked to retire and turned his winery over to enologist Beppe Colla, who ran it until the '90s. Along with Ceretto, Beppe launched the idea of single-vineyard bottlings of Barolo and Barbaresco, using Burgundy's model to create the regions' "grand crus." Antinori joined forces with Prunotto in 1989, and a year later, Albiera Antinori took control of the project. In 1994, Antinori assumed full control of Prunotto, continuing in the tradition of crafting fine, authentic Piemonte wines. Today, we're delighted to present Prunotto's 2014 Barbera from the estate's famed Pian Romualdo plot. A favorite of IWM clients, Prunotto's 2014 Barbera release is a plush, electric delight. Best of all, we're pleased to be offering Prunotto's delicious and round '14 Pian Romualdo Barbera d'Alba at the BEST PRICE in the States!

Why Buy This Wine:

- 2014 saw a challenging growing year in Piemonte, but you'd never know it from the seamless beauty of this cru Barbera d'Alba from the Antinori family's Prunotto estate.

- Ripe black and red fruits dance on a backdrop of warm baking spices, licorice, fresh loam, pressed wildflowers, and a kiss of wood in this delicious Barbera bottling.

- Barbera is beloved for its electric acidity, and while this cru bottling is energetic, it conveys softness on the palate, filling the mouth with plush fruit, savory minerals, and telltale Piemonte terroir.

- So vibrant that it practically shimmers across the palate, this low production cru Barbera from Antinori's historic Prunotto estate is a bottling of the "People's Grape" that is unquestionably age-worthy.

- IWM is pleased to present this luscious Barbera bottling for under $30 a bottle, the BEST PRICE in the country; contact your portfolio manager to secure this beautifully cellar-worthy Antinori wine.

Prunotto 2014 Pian Romualdo Barbera d'Alba
(Italy, Piemonte - Barbera)
$29.99 Regular Price/btl
$27.59 Case Price/btl

Rare is the wine that is more than a century in the making, but today, we are proud to present one of the very best. Pérez Barquero sherry works to redefine the genre, and with more than a hundred years behind it, Pérez Barquero 1905 Solera Fundacional Amontillado is beloved by sherry connoisseurs and praised by critics. Just over 308 acres situated in Spain's Córdoba province, family-owned-and-operated Pérez Barquero is devoted to the Pedro Ximénez grape, which grows perfectly in the estate's porous, chalky Albariza soils, and the estate occupies some of the best locations in the Montilla-Moriles appellation. While Pérez Barquero makes a range of wines, brandies and vinegars, it's most famous for its 1905 Solera Fundacional Amontillado, a world-class sherry of complexity, nuance and elegance. Today, we're delighted to give enthusiasts of mature wines a rare opportunity to indulge their palates with Pérez Barquero 1905 Solera Fundacional Amontillado!

Why Buy This Wine:

- While IWM doesn't put much stock into wine scores for Italian wines, we'd be remiss if we didn't note that 1905 Solera Fundacional Amontillado has received multiple near-perfect scores!

- Pérez Barquero 1905 Solera Fundacional Amontillado gets its name from the oldest vintage contained in this non-vintage solera method wine; it's a rich tapestry of flavor profiles and silky texture, at once energetic and mellow.

- The solera method blends across multiple vintages, and the average age of the wines in this sherry is about eighty years old, which allows for unbelievable complexity and nuance.

- This sherry explodes with raisined and juicy fruit, saline minerals, Christmas cake, toasted nuts, marmalade and ginger, and this kaleidoscope of flavor notes continues on the concentrated, rich palate.

- Deeply viscous, dry, and powerful, this wine unfolds in mind-bending layers, wrapping its fruit around a serious core of minerals to create a dizzying drinking experience.

- We're delighted to give our clients the opportunity to secure this rare Pérez Barquero sherry; don't hesitate to secure yours with special, time-sensitive pricing!

Pérez Barquero 1905 Solera Fundacional Amontillado (700ml)
(Spain, Córdoba - Pedro Ximénez)
$499.00 Regular Price/btl
$399.00 Special Price/btl

This offer will expire in 24 hours on July 17th at 11:59pm EST.

Saturday, July 28 | 1:00-3:00 pm | New York, NY
A Sit-Down Tasting

Regular Ticket Price: $79.00/person

IWM Host: Francesco Vigorito, Vice President of Sales

Not even summertime's heat will part some wine-lovers from their red wines--nor should it! Summer is the time of BBQs, grilling, and burgers, and these foods demand a red wine partner, but not all reds work well in summertime heat. How do you keep your hot weather cool while indulging in your favorite red wines? Let IWM's knowledgeable sommelier help you answer this question with international style and unquestionable taste. Join us as we guide you through a landscape of summer-worthy reds, from light, bubbly wines to zingy, go-for-the-gusto reds that will make your steak sing. Accompanied by regional meats and cheeses, this sit-down tasting will keep you in the red--red wine, that is!

*Wines to be announced.

Tuesday, July 31 | 7:00-10:00 pm | New York, NY
A Sit-Down Dinner Tasting

Regular Ticket Price: $229.00/person
Early Bird Price: $199.00/person (Exp: Wed, July 25 at 11:59pm EST)

IWM Host: Will Di Nunzio, President

Seafood, fish, and all that the oceans, rivers and lakes give us are perfect summertime fare. IWM invites you to join us for a special Wine-Lovers Dinner featuring seafood and fish dishes--all complemented by perfectly selected wines. Celebrating the special union of seafood and wine with courses invoking Italy's coastal regions, from its North (Friuli, Liguria and the Veneto) to its South (Campania and Abruzzo), IWM's own Chef Michael Marcelli and his in-house kitchen staff will craft a five-course dinner, while IWM sommeliers will show you that there's more to finding the perfect pairing than merely pouring white wines. Explore your passion for aquatic food and wine while learning how to make mindful wine pairings at your own table. It's a win-win-wine dinner at IWM, and the only thing that can make it better is you!

Featured Menu:

Roasted Black Cod with Caper, Parsley & Sorrento Lemon

Risotto with Lobster, Fresh Corn & Chive

Ora King Salmon, Sungold Tomato & Ceci

*Wines to be announced.
IWM will do our best to accommodate guests' dietary restrictions with advanced notice.

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

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