Seventeen Nebbiolo Gems Under $100!

September 25, 2018
A Note from Sergio

Barolo and Barbaresco are perhaps two of the best-known Italian wines, recognized around the world by collectors, enthusiasts, and even people with minor knowledge of wine culture. Because of them, Piemonte has seen the meteoric rise of rock star producers over the years; major players like Aldo Conterno, Bruno Giacosa, and Domenico Clerico, to name a few, have become personalities in their own right. Piemonte--that lush patchwork of green and gold hills, blanketed with vines, without an inch to spare--is no longer the simple farm country it was fifty years ago. Now, it's a destination, and even in the dead of winter you'll find a half-dozen tour buses parked on the skinny cobblestone streets.

Since I got into the wine business almost three decades ago, Piemonte's fame has exploded, and this has been matched by an explosion of the cost of the region's wines, especially its Barolo and Barbaresco. Some of these collector Nebbiolo wines are, I think, very much worth their price, but even when these high-priced wines justify their cost, their low availability and high intensity mean you can't drink them as much as you want to. And, let's face it, people shouldn't have to spend hundreds of dollars to enjoy a really good Nebbiolo.

Today, I'm delighted to offer seventeen Piemonte Nebbiolo wines, and none of them cost more than $100 a bottle. Indeed, most are priced in the $60 range, and this list includes Barolo, Barbaresco and Nebbiolo d'Alba from producers like Conterno, Giacosa, and Clerico--it's pretty impressive, if I must say so myself. Aside from those marquee names you'll also find wines from up-and-comers like the Antinori family's Prunotto or Giovanni Rosso, as well as from small, family-run estates like Ada Nada, San Giuliano and Scarzello. It's a terrific time to indulge your love of Nebbiolo, to explore new winemakers, or simply to broaden your cellar with wines you can drink now, soon, and years down the road. Fame is nice, but good taste is better, and this Nebbiolo list lets you indulge your good taste with great, affordable wines.


Today's Featured Sections Include:

1. Spotlight on Excellence: Ideal for Fall, 17 Nebbiolo Wines, Each Under $100!
2. Wine Events: Upcoming September Wine Tasting Events

My Best,

Sergio Esposito

Today, we celebrate Nebbiolo, Piemonte's best-known grape and the basis for its most loved wines, Barolo and Barbaresco. A beautiful, black-skinned grape, Nebbiolo is indigenous to the hills surrounding Alba, and its name is most likely derivative of the Italian word for fog, nebbia, although no one is sure whether that fog refers to the white tinge that covers the varietal's black grapes as they ripen or to the mist surrounding the Langhe hills during harvest. One thing is for sure: not only is Nebbiolo a very old grape, but it is also one whose greatness has been lauded for centuries. For example, ripping out a Nebbiolo vine was a crime punishable by lopping off a hand in Medieval times, and repeat offenders were hanged. Today's Nebbiolo fans are only a little less ardent.

Though Nebbiolo is cultivated in other areas of Italy, such as Lombardia and Valle d'Aosta, it does best in Piemonte's hills, where its most accomplished producers reside. Nebbiolo makes a wine with high tannins that requires a skilled winemaker to coax the best from it, but coming from the hands of a knowing, impassioned winemaker, Nebbiolo creates a supple wine, with enticing aromatics, a complex palate, exquisite balance, and terrific longevity. Barolo, the so-called "king of wines and wine of kings," sets the template for age-worthy, finessed Italian wines; however, Barbaresco, the queen to Barolo's king, rivals its mate--and adds scarcity, finesse, and fine-boned structure to the mix. And while it's easy to gravitate to marquee Nebbiolo designations, bottlings like Nebbiolo d'Alba show off a producer's younger vines and house style with early-drinking deliciousness.

For today's offer, IWM has curated a list of seventeen Nebbiolo wines from Piemonte, and none tops the $100 mark. You'll find Barolo wines from luminaries like Prunotto, and Poderi Aldo Conterno, but you'll also find lesser-known gems from barolisti Giovanni Rosso, Renzo Seghesio, Scarzello, and Massolino. Barbaresco, the second most-famous Nebbiolo bottling, comes from family-owned-and-operated artisanal estates like San Giuliano and Ada Nada. Finally, there is one beautiful Nebbiolo d'Alba from Bruno Giacosa, a deeply accessible Nebbiolo wine. Ranging in pricing from under $42 (Bruno Giacosa's vivid 2014 Valmaggiore) to just under $97 (Scarzello's classic, aromatic 2010 Barolo), this list has affordable luxuries that will appeal to a range of Nebbiolo fans.

Coming from star makers as well as under-the-radar producers, these seventeen Nebbiolo selections are sure to please palates while rewarding wallets. Moreover, wine-lovers who appreciate mature Nebbiolo won't have to wait to enjoy their wines--both Ada Nada's perfectly aged 2005 Barbaresco Elisa and Massolino's ripe and broad-shouldered 2009 Barolo Margheria are hitting their strides right now. Presented with special pricing on cases, these Piemonte Nebbiolo wines are in stock and ready to ship, and they are perfect for autumn's cool weather, winter's chill, or holiday enjoyment! Contact your portfolio manager to secure your selections; many of these Nebbiolo bottlings are in very short supply.

Vintage Size Base Price Case Price/btl Qty
2005 0.75 $47.52 $43.72 3
2013 0.75 $44.99 $41.39 1
2014 0.75 $41.99 $38.63 12+
2011 0.75 $74.99 $68.99 5
2013 0.75 $99.00 $91.08 7
2009 0.75 $74.99 $68.99 12+
2013 0.75 $69.99 $64.39 1
2013 0.75 $82.99 $76.35 12+
2011 0.75 $66.99 $61.63 1
2012 0.75 $79.99 $73.59 12+
2011 0.75 $79.99 $73.59 12+
2012 0.75 $79.99 $73.59 12+
2014 0.75 $49.99 $45.99 12+
2011 0.75 $69.99 $64.39 12+
2010 0.75 $96.99 $89.23 12+
2011 0.75 $69.99 $64.39 4
2008 0.75 $84.99 $78.19 1

Friday, September 28 | 7:00-10:00 pm | New York, NY
A Sit-Down Dinner Tasting

Regular Ticket Price: $299.00/person
Early Bird Price: $279.00/person

Guest Host: Barbara Sandrone, Brand Ambassador

IWM Host: Will Di Nunzio, President

Luciano Sandrone began as a cellar-man working in the historic Marchesi di Barolo estate, saving his money until he could afford to buy his first parcel of land in Cannubi Boschis in 1977 and then making his wines in his parents' garage. Forty years later, Sandrone Baroli sit among the most beloved, most revered, and most collectible Italian wines--they're treasures that speak to Sandrone's terroir and technique. Join IWM and Barbara Sandrone, Luciano's daughter and heir apparent, as we celebrate Sandrone's four decades of crafting memorable, beautiful and delicious wines with a five-course dinner created by IWM's own Chef Michael Marcelli and his in-house kitchen staff. Spanning Sandrone's sumptuous Baroli, the estate's beautiful Barbera, and its delectable Dolcetto, this special wine event will give wine-lovers special insight into one of Piemonte's great estates, as well as provide a perfect environment for appreciating Sandrone's outstanding wine. Intimate, exceptional, and elegant, this will be an experience that could only come from IWM, the world's leading authority in Italian wine!

Featured Wines & Menu:

Assorted Antipasti
Champagne Bollinger Special Cuvée NV
Sandrone 2016 Dolcetto d'Alba
Sandrone 2016 Barbera d'Alba

Risotto alla coda di bue
Risotto of Braised Oxtail, Shallot, Summer Savory & Pecorino
Sandrone 2016 Nebbiolo d'Alba Valmaggiore
Sandrone 2010 Nebbiolo d'Alba Valmaggiore

Cappone arrosto
Roasted Heritage Capon, Yukon Gold Potato & White Truffle
Sandrone 2014 Barolo Le Vigne
Sandrone 2008 Barolo Le Vigne Sibi et Paucis

Costolette di manzo
Braised Beef Short Rib, Red Onion, Thyme & Aged Gouda Fonduta
Sandrone 2014 Barolo Aleste
Sandrone 2008 Barolo Cannubi Boschis Sibi et Paucis

Dolci e Formaggi
To be announced

*Wines & menu may be subject to change.
IWM will do our best to accommodate guests' dietary restrictions with advanced notice.

Saturday, September 29 | 1:00-3:00 pm | New York, NY
A Sit-Down Tasting

Regular Ticket Price: $99.00/person
Early Bird Price: $89.00/person

IWM Host: Francesco Vigorito, Vice President of Sales

From the top of the Boot to the tip of its heel, Italy has more than 2,000 different indigenous grapes, more than any other country in the world (though Portugal may beg to differ). Join us and let and IWM sommelier lead you through a tour of some of the most emblematic, delicious, and outrageous expressions from the Veneto, Piemonte, Alto-Adige, Campagnia, Sicilia and more. Drinking wines from Italy's North to its South will you understand the nuances of Italy's terroir, its range of traditions, and its indigenous grapes. Accompanied by regional meats and cheeses, this sit-down tasting offers aficionados or Italian wine newbies the most delicious education in authentic wine that you can get outside of Italy. Toe to tip, IWM is where Italian wine lovers come to discover, enjoy and indulge in fine Italian wine.

*Wines to be announced.

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