Debuting Mastroberardino's Superb '12 Taurasi Radici Riserva--Under $65!

October 18, 2019
A Note from Sergio

The late, great Antonio Mastroberardino single-handedly brought the indigenous Aglianico back from the brink of extinction; his finesse with creating a gorgeous mono-varietal wine from that dark grape cemented his legacy (his sons Piero and Carlo carry on his traditions) and brought the wines of Campania into the collective wine consciousness. Antonio was a visionary man, Mastroberardino is a visionary estate, and the wine world was irrevocably changed when the estate released its watershed 1968 Taurasi. With that wine, the world recognized Campania, Aglianico and Mastroberardino as major players. Some people like to call Aglianico the "Nebbiolo of the South" and its best-known wine, Taurasi, the "Barolo of the South," but I prefer appreciating the grape and its wines on their own terms.

Today, I'm very proud to debut a great Mastroberardino Taurasi Radici bottling, the powerful, silky, juicy, and structured 2012 Riserva. "Radici" means "roots," and in the Eighties, Mastroberardino added the word to the wine's name, a nod to indicate the importance this Taurasi holds for Mastroberardino. Today's 2012 Taurasi Radici Riserva is sleek but feral; it's a massive--and massively delicious--wine that will age gorgeously. Priced at less than $65 a bottle, this Taurasi Radici Riserva bottling is a terrific choice to buy by the case because you'll want to experience it as it evolves year by delectable year.

Finally, October sees IWM's 20th anniversary--this Halloween, come and raise a glass with our portfolio managers, some special guests, and me!

Today's Featured Sections Include:

1. Time Sensitive Offer: Must-Have Big Red from Mastroberardino
2. Anniversary Event: IWM's 20th Anniversary Celebration!
3. Wine Events: Upcoming October / November Wine Tasting Events

My Best,

Sergio Esposito

Very few wine regions can credit their global renown to one producer, but in the case of Campania, the credit goes to the Mastroberardino estate. After the one-two hits of the phylloxera outbreak in the late nineteenth century and the destruction of WW II, Campania's vineyards were decimated, and many grape varietals sat on the precipice of extinction. Mastroberardino not only salvaged Fiano, Greco di Tufo, and Aglianico, but the estate also conducted extensive research to determine the best terroir and technique for each grape. When Antonio Mastroberardino, the estate's patriarch, passed away at the age of 86 in 2014, he left behind a legacy that includes the family estate, now in the hands of his sons Piero and Carlo, and its family of wines, as well as a long and illustrious winemaking history. For decades, Mastroberardino was the sole producer of quality Aglianico, which only began to gain recognition in the 1980s; since then, Aglianico has become a favorite of wine enthusiasts worldwide. Mastroberardino debuted its Taurasi bottling in 1928, and the estate added "Radici," or "roots," to the wine's name in 1986, a gesture that honors the debt the estate owes its flagship wine. Today, we're very proud to debut Mastroberardino's superb 2012 Taurasi Radici Riserva, a must-have big red that will please your palate for decades to come.

Why Buy This Wine:

- Intense, captivating, and complex, Mastroberdino Taurasi wines have long defined Aglicanico expressions, and for all the estate's success, it's quite possible that Mastroberardino's greatest accomplishment is bringing Aglianico to the consciousness of the wine world.

- Elegant yet wild, bursting with sweet fruits yet rich in savory notes, wonderfully tannic yet beautifully plush, the '12 Taurasi Radici Riserva is an elegant, enveloping evocation of Mastroberardino's most famous big red.

- Succulent cherries, brambly berries, and super-ripe plums dance against a backdrop of olive tapenade, cigar wrapper, balsamic herbs, tarry earth, and licorice in this full-bodied red.

- Youthful tight tannins will soften with time, melding seamlessly with the wine's copious dry extract and thrumming acidity--this wine is gorgeous!

- Deriving from vines averaging 30 years of age grown in the mineral-laden, volcanic soiled Montemarano vineyard, today's '12 Taurasi Radici Riserva needs a couple of years in the cellar, but then it'll drink for years and years to come.

- IWM is excited to present this must-have Aglianico with special, time-sensitive pricing; contact your portfolio manager to secure your age-worthy, elegant '12 Taurasi Radici Riserva from our limited allocation!

Mastroberardino 2012 Taurasi Radici Riserva*
(Italy, Campania - Aglianico)
$64.99 Regular Price/btl
$47.50 Case Price/btl

*Pre-Arrival, Late Winter

This offer will expire in 1 week on October 25th at 11:59pm ET.

Come Celebrate with Us!

Thursday, October 31 | 6:00-10:00pm

Ticket Price: $95.00/person

IWM is twenty years old, and it's time to celebrate! I'm inviting you to share in IWM's fun, festivities, and great wine as we toast to two decades of time here in Union Square. Join us for IWM's 20th Anniversary Celebration on 31 October 2019, from 6:00 to 10:00 p.m.! It's going to be a blast--my staff and I are pulling out all the stops because you only turn twenty once.

Italian Wine Merchants: 1999-2019

An IWM celebration always means great food, and our own Chef Michael Marcelli and his in-house kitchen staff are cooking up some outrageous dishes, while IWM's portfolio managers will be pouring iconic wines from our cellars. You'll have a chance to talk with me, your favorite portfolio managers, and some special guests, including interior designer Tory Jones, painter Andrew Nash, and IWM's own writer, Janice Cable. I've been working with Tory to use IWM's walls as a kind of gallery, and we'll be featuring Andrew's art, as well as saluting Janice's debut novel!

So please come and celebrate with me and the IWM staff. Invite a friend, share the IWM spirit, and spend some of your Halloween with us (costumes welcome but entirely optional). There will be surprises, entertainment, and a whole lot of delicious wine, and it wouldn't be the same without you. IWM's clients are the best, and I can't wait to raise a glass with you!

*Wines to be announced.

Please call a Portfolio Manager at 212.473.2323 or click below to purchase tickets.

Saturday, October 19 | 1:00-4:00 pm | New York, NY
A Sit-Down Lunch Tasting

Regular Ticket Price: $279.00/person
Early Bird Price: $229.00/person

Guest Host: Franco Conterno, Winemaker
IWM Host: Will Di Nunzio, President

The late, great Aldo Conterno was more than a master winemaker: he was a legend. Aldo Conterno's wines invite you to linger over them and to attend to their every change as they reveal themselves in the glass, an ever-evolving kaleidoscope of flavors. Join IWM as we host Franco Conterno, winemaker at Poderi Aldo Conterno and the son of Aldo Conterno, "The King of Barolo." Aldo Conterno's wines have earned their reputation for complexity, nuance, and finesse; they're mysterious, and this event gives you a chance to learn why--and how. IWM's own Chef Michael Marcelli will create a sumptuous lunch designed to complement Conterno's wines. A treat for the senses, for the mind, and for the spirit, this event will help you love Aldo Conterno's wines even more as you enjoy an intimate conversation with the man who creates them. Space is limited, so do reserve early.

Featured Wines:

Antipasti / Welcome
Aldo Conterno Il Bussiador Langhe Chardonnay 2016

Risotto al ragú d'agnello
Risotto of Braised Lamb, Tomato, Rosemary, & Pecorino
Aldo Conterno Langhe Rosso 2016
Aldo Conterno Conca Tre Pile Barbera 2016

Tajarin al tartufo bianco
White Truffle Tajarin
Aldo Conterno Il Favot Langhe Nebbiolo 2016
Aldo Conterno Barolo Bussia 2015

Costola di Manzo
Beef Short Rib, Grilled Cauliflower, Toma Fonduta
Aldo Conterno Barolo Cicala 2015
Aldo Conterno Barolo Colonnello 2015

Formaggi & Dolci
Castelmagno & Housemade Petit Fours
Aldo Conterno Barolo Romirasco 2015

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

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

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

IWM Host: Francesco Vigorito, Vice President of Sales

IWM's popular "Killer B's" tasting breaks Italian wine down to its simplest--and most iconic--parts. Just Barolo, Brunello, Barbaresco and Barbera form the core of this casual, delicious event that is a perennial client favorite. Let IWM's knowledgeable sommelier fill your glass with these important Italian reds and your head with delicious knowledge as you experience what makes each of these wines the most sought-after, popular and representative wines of Italy. Featuring beautiful Barolo, brooding Brunello, regal Barbaresco, and vibrant Barbera, this special sit-down tasting, accompanied by regional meats and cheeses, will help you get to know, appreciate, and love these legendary wines just a little bit better. There's a lot of buzz around these killer B's--spend a Saturday with IWM to see why.

*Wines to be announced.

Saturday, November 2 | 1:00-3:00 pm | New York, NY
A Walk-Around Tasting

Regular Ticket Price: $99.00/person
Early Bird Price: $50.00/person

IWM Hosts:
Will Di Nunzio
, President
Francesco Vigorito, Vice President of Sales
Michael Adler, Portfolio Manager
Morgan Howard, Portfolio Manager

It's a return of one of IWM's favorite tastings, the Mini-Grand, featuring wines from across Italy and around the world. This mini-grand tasting of global wines features bottles from our best-loved countries, including Italy, France and Spain. Join us and let IWM's team of sommeliers will fill your glass with wines from some of the finest producers on the face of the planet. Complemented by meats and cheeses, and sweetened by preferential pricing on the featured wines, this tasting is a rare treat. Join us and travel the world of wine, without ever leaving glamorous New York City.

*Wines to be announced.

Friday, November 15 | 7:00-10:00 pm | New York, NY
A Sit-Down Dinner Tasting

Regular Ticket Price: $489.00/person
Early Bird Price: $399.00/person

IWM Host: Will Di Nunzio, President

Italy's white truffles, or tartufo bianco, are known as white diamonds for their delicacy, rarity, and demand. IWM invites you to join us for our annual white truffle dinner, when we'll celebrate Piemonte's white truffles with Barolo, Brunello, Franciacorta and other carefully selected wines at our highly anticipated white truffle event. Truffles flown from Piemonte will be at the centerpiece of this special event as IWM's own Chef Michael Marcelli and his in-house kitchen staff design a dazzling multi-course menu, carefully paired with fantastic wines from cult-inspiring estates, all rounded out with antipasti before and dolci after. Knowledgeable IWM sommeliers will pour Baroli and Brunelli, and with other beloved Italian wines, all while explaining the ins and outs of food pairing, regional terroir, and Italian tradition. It's the most wonderful time of the year--truffle season--and we invite you to celebrate it in style with IWM.

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

Saturday, November 16 | 1:00-3:00 pm | New York, NY
A Sit-Down Tasting

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

IWM Host: Michael Adler, Portfolio Manager

Of all its 20 winemaking regions, two Italian regions reign supreme--Toscana and Piemonte. The homes of Chianti Classico and Super Tuscans on one side, and Barbaresco, Barbera and Super-Piemontese blends on the other, Toscana and Piemonte make a lot of wines to love, but this tasting focuses on just two: Toscana's Brunello and Piemonte's Barolo. IWM invites you as we explore Brunello di Montalcino and Barolo--and Sangiovese Grosso and Nebbiolo, the grapes that made these two Italian wines famous. Accompanied by regional meats and cheeses and guided by a knowledgeable IWM sommelier, this tasting will provide insight into the winemaking styles, sub-regions, and traditions that make Brunello and Barolo so beloved. Drawing on wines from both traditional and modernist producers, this tasting will give foundational knowledge to new enthusiasts, and it will add a gloss of sophistication to experienced wine-lovers. Delicious and educational, this tasting puts Brunello and Barolo in the spotlight!

*Wines to be announced.

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

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