Benchmark 2015 Le Serre Nuove from Ornellaia!

January 15, 2019
A Note from Sergio

Ornellaia is one of the great success stories in late twentieth-century winemaking. Since its first bottling of its flagship wine in 1985, Ornellaia has been making rich, delicious history with its eponymous flagship bottling, its collector Masseto, and its "second" and entry-level wines, Le Serre Nuove and Le Volte, among others. Ornellaia jumped on the Bolgheri revolution started by Tenuta San Guido, and like that estate, Ornellaia is deeply aristocratic--Ornellaia's founder, Ludovico Antinori, is both brother to Guado al Tasso's founder, Piero Antinori, and cousin to Tenuta San Guido's Nicolo Incisa della Rocchetta. Ornellaia has been owned for more than a decade by the Frescobaldi group, and Ornellaia's wines, made by the wildly talented Axel Heinz and his team, remain consistently effortless, elegant, and sophisticated.

Today, I'm proud to present a new allocation of the 2015 vintage of Le Serre Nuove. This is a glorious bottle that shines with its textbook perfect growing season, and while you might be tempted to buy it just to get a glimpse of Ornellaia's flagship wine, the '15 Le Serre Nuove is fantastic on its own terms. People have been praising 2015's Italian wines, and that praise is justified. The '15 Le Serre Nuove is delicious, filling your mouth with sweet and savory tastes, and complex, tension-filled textures. It's a wine crafted to bring people pleasure, and it's going to make you and your guests very, very happy.


Today's Featured Sections Include:

1. Time Sensitive Offer: Must-Have Super Tuscan, Ornellaia's Outstanding '15 Le Serre Nuove
2. Wine Events: Upcoming January / February Wine Tasting Events

My Best,

Sergio Esposito


Ornellaia makes two of the finest Super-Tuscans on the market--its eponymous flagship wine, a Bordeaux-style blend, as well as Masseto, its legendary mono-varietal Merlot. Capitalizing on its first two wines, Ornellaia added to the stellar lineup with its "second" wine Le Serre Nuove and entry-level Le Volte, and both are major crowd pleasers. In fact, Le Serre Nuove is a wine so beautifully made, so distinctive, and so aristocratic that, if it came from any other maker, it would be a flagship. A blend that changes every vintage, Le Serre Nuove echoes its growing year in its ever-changing aromatics, texture and palate. As much as Le Serre Nuove changes, however, it always reflects the care shown by its makers, the super-talented Axel Heinz and his handpicked, industrious team. Today, we're delighted to announce special, time-sensitive pricing on the captivating 2015 Le Serre Nuove. Released six to nine months earlier than the estate's flagship Ornellaia, Le Serre Nuove offers a good preview of the vintage's Ornellaia bottling, especially in terms of the vintage's personality, fruit maturity, and body, but more than that, Le Serre Nuove is a high-performing "second" wine that offers a first-rate experience!

Why Buy This Wine:

- In 2015, Le Serre Nuove is a blend of 64% Merlot, 17% Cabernet Sauvignon, 10% Cabernet Franc, and 9% Petit Verdot, and it's a brilliant bottling that encapsulates the greatness of its vintage, its maker, and its terroir.

- 2015 saw a nearly textbook-perfect growing year at Ornellaia, and the '15 Le Serre Nuove reflects its vintage with its luminous profile--we quickly sold through our initial allotments and expect these bottles to fly out of our cellars.

- Juicy red and blue fruits dance with crushed flower petals, pencil lead, baking spices, sun-warmed loam, and a kiss of toasted oak in the radiant '15 Le Serre Nuove.

- Polished, sophisticated tannins stud the cheeks, filling the mouth with a satisfying, textured heft, but electric acidity keeps the wine nimble and lifted, and the subtly herbal inner perfume lingers into the sustained, harmonic finish.

- Firm, structured, vibrant and age-worthy, this Le Serre Nuove is so good that you'll want to drink this aromatic wine right off the bat, but a couple years in the cellar will reward your patience.

- IWM is pleased to present special, time-sensitive pricing on this benchmark Le Serre Nuove vintage; contact your portfolio manager to secure your '15 Le Serre Nuove, in stock and ready to ship!

Ornellaia 2015 Le Serre Nuove
(Italy, Toscana - Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, Petit Verdot)
$79.99 Regular Price/btl
$73.59 Case Price/btl

This offer will expire in 48 hours on January 17th at 11:59pm EST.


Saturday, January 19 | 1:00-3:00 pm | New York, NY
A Sit-Down Tasting

Regular Ticket Price: $119.00/person
Early Bird Price: $109.00/person

IWM Host: Michael Adler, Portfolio Manager

It's not a soccer match. It's an opportunity for you to compare the wines of France and Italy side by side, the makings of an entirely delightful Saturday afternoon. In this Studio del Gusto tasting, we'll be matching wines from Burgundy, Bordeaux and beyond with Italian Super Tuscans, Chardonnays and more. Our own Michael Adler will pair wines from some of our favorite producers and present you with an unparalleled opportunity to compare and contrast the wines of the world's two greatest winemaking countries. Spending a Saturday sipping wines from iconic and emblematic producers, nibbling on French and Italian cheeses and meats, you'll see that the clear winner is you!

Featured Wines:

Didier Dagueneau Pouilly-Fumé Buisson Renard 2015
Antinori Cervaro della Sala Chardonnay 2016
François Gay Chorey-Les-Beaune 2016
Le Serre Nuove dell'Ornellaia 2015
Château Pavie Macquin 2005
Paul Jaboulet Aîné Cornas "Domaine St Pierre" 2009
Fontodi Syrah Case Via 2010
Giuseppe Quintarelli Rosso del Bepi 2008

*Wines may be subject to change.

Saturday, January 26 | 1:00-3:00 pm | New York, NY
A Sit-Down Tasting

Regular Ticket Price: $119.00/person
Early Bird Price: $109.00/person

IWM Host: Francesco Vigorito, Vice President of Sales

Amarone, Valpolicella, Ripasso, Appassimento, and more--the wines and the winemaking techniques of northern Italy look and sound exotic. Join us for the Wines of Northern Italy, a tour of most emblematic, delicious, and outrageous expressions from Italy's North. We'll be pouring wines from Valpolicella, Vallee d'Aosta, Friuli and more, and our knowledgeable sommelier will guide you in understanding the panorama of northern Italy's terroir, traditions, and 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 for fine Italian wine.

*Wines to be announced.

Tuesday, January 29 | 7:00-10:00 pm | New York, NY
A Sit-Down Dinner Tasting

Regular Ticket Price: $209.00/person
Early Bird Price: $189.00/person
(Expires Jan. 21 at 5pm. Limited Seating Available.)

Guest Host: Riccardo Talenti, Owner, Winemaker
IWM Host: Will Di Nunzio, President

Established by one of the founding fathers of the Brunello di Montalcino Consortium, Talenti's Pian di Conte estate makes wines that privilege complexity over extraction and finesse over fruit-forwardness. We're excited to co-host a special winemaker dinner with one of our favorite Brunello makers, Riccardo Talenti, who now runs his father's estate. Featuring multiple vintages of Talenti Brunello, Brunello Riserva and other surprise wines, this five-course dinner will give wine-lovers an intimate look at one of Montalcino's most important estates, offer you an unmatched insight into Brunello history, and deepen your love of Sangiovese Grosso wines. IWM's own Chef Michael Marcelli and his in-house kitchen staff will create an array of mouth-watering dishes that will serve as ideal complements to Talenti's finessed, robust and elegant wines. A rare opportunity to converse with a winemaker as you sip his wines, this special Talenti winemaker dinner is a once-in-a-lifetime event! Join us for our Talenti winemaker dinner, and kick off 2019 in pure, delicious Italian style.

Featured Wines:

Talenti Trefolo 2015 (Preview)
Talenti Rosso di Montalcino 2016

Talenti Rosso di Montalcino 2017 (Preview)
Talenti Rosso di Montalcino 2012

Carne I
Talenti Brunello di Montalcino 2014 (Preview)
Talenti Brunello di Montalcino 2013

Carne II
Talenti Brunello di Montalcino Riserva Pian di Conte 2013
Talenti Brunello di Montalcino Riserva Pian di Conte 2012

Surprise Wine

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

Saturday, February 2 | 1:00-3:00 pm | New York, NY
A Sit-Down Tasting

Regular Ticket Price: $129.00/person
Early Bird Price: $109.00/person

Home to Chianti Classico, Brunello di Montalcino, and Super-Tuscan wines, Toscana is a wine-lovers dream. IWM invites you to celebrate this beloved Italian wine region with a handpicked list of exceptional Tuscan wines, both known and unknown, famous and infamous, familiar and strange. Let a knowledgeable IWM sommelier take you on a tour of Toscana with an insider's view as you explore Tuscany's many splendored reds, piquant whites, and surprising sparklers. Learn to tell your Sangiovese Grosso from your Sangiovese and your Vermentino from your Trebbiano, come to understand why Toscana is so hospitable to "international" grapes, and study what makes Super Tuscans so special, all while tasting a range of Vini Toscani. From mineral-laden whites to lithe light reds to burly big rosso wines, this tasting, accompanied by regional meats and cheeses, will add to your wine education, deepen your passion for Italian wines, and let you experience Toscana without the plane fare. It's the next best thing to seeing Michelangelo's David in person!

*Wines to be announced.

Saturday, February 9 | 1:00-3:00 pm | New York, NY
A Sit-Down Tasting

Regular Ticket Price: $129.00/person
Early Bird Price: $109.00/person

When wine-lovers think "Piemonte," Barolo is the first thing that comes to mind, quickly followed by Barbaresco. But those two wines, as great as they are, are only the visible tip of Piemonte's treasures. Join us for this special sit-down tasting, accompanied by meats and cheeses, and drink deeply of the traditions, terroir and tastes of Piemonte, Italy's most collectable wine region. Of course, we'll be pouring Barolos and Barbarescos, but we'll also explore Piemonte's lesser-known gems like Barbera, the region's whites and even other surprises from IWM's cellars. An ideal event both for people new to Piemonte's exceptional wines and for those who already love its wines, this tasting of Piemonte's gems will enrich any wine-lover's body of knowledge. Let IWM take you deep into the heart of Piemonte, and let yourself fall in love all over again!

*Wines to be announced.

Thursday, February 14 | 7:00-10:00 pm | New York, NY
A Sit-Down Dinner Tasting

Regular Ticket Price: $219.00/person
Early Bird Price: $199.00/person

Valetine's Day is the one holiday devoted to couples, and IWM wants to spend it with you! Our Perfect Pairings dinner event celebrates everything that goes beautifully together. Our own Chef Michael Marcelli and his in-house kitchen staff will craft delicious dishes that will be coupled with beautiful Champagne, beloved Burgundies, lovely Italian whites, and rich Italian reds, creating memorable pairings that are perfect matches. Join IWM's knowledgeable sommelier at this special sit-down dinner to experience for yourself how everything has its mate; dine on delicious antipasti, terrific pasta, and decadent sweets, and enjoy wines from legendary makers, all while choosing your ideal dinner combination! IWM loves Valentine's Day, and we want to celebrate it with a dinner of perfect pairings, an event made even more complete with you!

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

Saturday, February 23 | 1:00-4:00 pm | New York, NY
A Sit-Down Lunch Tasting

Regular Ticket Price: $179.00/person
Early Bird Price: $149.00/person

Guest Host: Oscar Arrivabene, Owner, Winemaker
IWM Host: Will Di Nunzio, President

One of the renegade band of winemakers known as the "Barolo Boys," Domenico Clerico started his career as a progressive winemaker, breaking from traditional Barolo protocol to follow his muse in making terroir-driven, long-aging yet approachable Barolo wines. Clerico, who passed away in 2017, never quit changing, never ceased tinkering with his wines, and never stopped surprising his fans with his wines' ever-evolving, captivating palates. These days, the Clerico estate is helmed by his wife, Giuliana, and his protégé, Oscar Arrivabene, a talented, trained enologist. IWM invites you to our very special Domenico Clerico Winemaker Lunch, cohosted by IWM President Will Di Nunzio and Oscar Arrivabene, the estate's winemaker. Dine on handcrafted meals from IWM's own Chef Michael Marcelli, drink Clerico's world-famous wines, and learn about the past--and the future--of this groundbreaking Barolo estate!

*Wines and menu 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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