Just Arrived. The Pinnacle Expression of Sangiovese: Case Basse di Soldera and More Highlights from the “Vintage Made by God!” One Sip Delivers a “Rainbow of Emotions.”

"Gianfranco Soldera remains one of Italy’s most iconic producers…At their best, these are some of the most profound wines being made anywhere on the planet." - Antonio Galloni

As you have heard by now, the back-to-back vintages of 2015 and 2016 Brunello di Montalcino are arguably the finest pair in our lifetime and surpass what was set with 2006 and 2007. For IWM it is simple, the warm 2015 typically produced softer, more friendly, and plush wines, whereas 2016 is more high-toned, more classic, and will require a little more patience in the cellar. "These two soon-to-be-legendary vintages follow the performances of 2015/2016 Bolgheri and Super Tuscans, 2015/2016 Chianti Classico, and 2015/2016 Bordeaux and 2015/2016 Burgundy for that matter. Both are important years as they showcase different expressions, and that is certainly the case with the noble Sangiovese grape. In the case of 2015, and the “vintage made by God,” there were so many approachable wines where we screamed “Delizioso,” and it was the cult-like Stella di Campalto Rosso di Montalcino that was our insider favorite. However, that all changed this past Sunday, and Monday, when an IWM classic arrived. We just tasted the 2015 Case Basse di Soldera over a 48-hour window, and once again, the wines of Soldera make us rethink the heights that Sangiovese can achieve!

There is one sentence that perhaps sums up Soldera best: “If you can’t see your finger through the wine and the glass – it’s not pure Sangiovese!” These are the passionate words of the unwavering and outspoken Gianfranco Soldera; he would emphatically share them, in Italian, with Sergio each time we visited the immaculate cellar at Case Basse. Gianfranco was an original, an unbending purist from the beginning, and Jancis Robinson refers to his wines as "legendary Brunellos," while Robert Parker noted "an uncompromising perfectionist...one of the greatest Brunellos I have ever tasted." For Sergio Esposito it was simply the pinnacle of wine, and it is why Italian Wine Merchants exists today. Over the past four decades, I can say there is not a single bottle of wine that I have seen Sergio so passionate about in sharing with our loyal patrons and collectors in each vintage – and it continues today.

Sergio’s early insight was correct, and the Sangiovese bottlings of Case Basse di Soldera remain the most esteemed wines of Italy, alongside that of Giacomo Conterno’s Barolo Monfortino. These are wines of meditation, depth and complexity; one taste of a properly aged Soldera Brunello and you will see the elegance, and power, pure Sangiovese can have. So unique and prized are his wines, that Chateau d’Yquem once tested planting fruit on his property - a testament to the vineyard and location. The wines communicate terroir like few in the region, and it is worth noting Gianfranco scoured the globe for the finest land to produce wine – he landed here with the ancient fossil rich soils of Tavernelle in Montalcino. As for 2015, Gianfranco described the year as an “easy vintage” due to the generosity of Mother Nature; and it is his daughter Monica that states the results of the wine best when she said the 2015 Case Basse di Soldera delivers a “rainbow of emotions.” We agree!

IWM is now pleased to present a new and final allocation of 2015 Case Basse di Soldera, at some of the best pricing in the country, with highlights from the fairytale vintage.

FEATURED WINES: Case Basse di Soldera and Highlights from 2015 Brunello di Montalcino

Now that we have tasted a lot of 2015, we are celebrating and reflecting on the “vintage made by god.” At the risk of ad nauseum, you heard us scream Delizioso! You have heard us say it a thousand times - this is the one word, and best way, to sum up many of the Brunello di Montalcino from the ripe 2015 vintage.
Yes, the vintage has been dubbed the “fairytale vintage” by the media and has entered the pantheon of legendary ripe years such as 1997, 2007, and even 2010. For IWM it is simple, there is an extraordinary quality of concentrated fruit in this vintage, with precise varietal characteristics, and a stunning level of balance across the region. As Andrea Mantengoli of La Serena exclaimed to Vinous a few months back, 2015 was "A vintage made by God,” meaning the sunny vintage provided by Mother Nature had supplied everything that was needed in the vineyard to make great wine – as many did. The inviting approachability will be the perfect complement to the upcoming 2016 vintage, in which most of the wines will need more time.


2015 Case Basse di Gianfranco Soldera
Christopher Deas, Italian Wine Merchants: "Simply stunning, its another mediation wine from Gianfranco and Monica Soldera. Where many 2015s Brunellos are about opulence and have more baby fat to them, the Soldera Sangiovese, for myself and the IWM team, offered more restraint and complexity, with signature fruit of the vintage lurking in the background. The magic of Soldera is truly an exercise in patience and time in the glass as it shows best with age or slow aeration. We tasted this wine over 48 hours and with air the young 2015 Soldera is capable of mesmerizing today. With time, you can expect nuances of black cherry, wild berries, citrus peel, crushed flowers, sweet tobacco, saddle leather, forest floor, mushrooms, game, walnut, spice, with a salty minerality. While quiet at first, the wine becomes super expressive and you find layer upon layer of complexity each time you go back to the glass. It truly one of those ethereal wines of mediation where you find yourself searching for adjectives and descriptors. It is one of the last great vintages under the guidance of Gianfranco with his daughter Monica. As Monica has mentioned, it is a wine that delivers a “rainbow of emotions” and that is on the aromatics alone for IWM. This is a must wine to experience.”

2015 Stella di Campalto Rosso di Montalcino
Christopher Deas, Italian Wine Merchants: “It's been a few years since we had a chance to revisit the wines of Stella di Campalto, and for IWM, her little Rosso di Montalcino is once again mind-blowing. It simply redefines the category. In fact, we have not been this excited by a Rosso since we first tried the Rosso of Piero Palmucci. As for the 2015, right from the bottle the wine shows a savory and herbal side with succulent red fruit, a touch of blood orange rind, crushed roses, and olives. So clean, so fresh and so juicy, the expression really showcases Burgundian sensibility. But here is the real tip, let this Baby Brunello breathe and have some air-time and watch that generous red fruit fill in more warm strawberries, raspberries and macerated cherries. Layers of silkiness unfold and the nose becomes intoxicating. Enjoy over a long meal or over two days and you will rethink Rosso di Montalcino.

This is an email ONLY offer! Should you have any questions on these exciting wines, or would like to take advantage of this offer (that is only available until 11:59pm, Friday 11/27 or while supplies last), we are asking that you email orders to chris.deas@italianwinemerchants.com , connect with your Portfolio Manager or mention receipt of this offer if calling the store. All orders are subject to confirmation.

All my best,


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