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April 17, 2017
A Note from Sergio

For more than five generations the Conterno family has made wine in the swirling hills of the Langhe. Cantina Conterno began in 1908 when Giovanni Conterno took over his family's vineyards, and he first made the now legendary Monfortino Barolo Riserva in 1912, although it didn't get that name until later. Giovanni believed that a great wine was the province of a great vintage, and he made his wine with long fermentation and extended aging. His son Giacomo inherited this philosophy, furthering it, intensifying it, crafting ever-greater wines. In time, Giacomo passed this philosophy--and the estate that bore his name--to his son, Roberto.

Giacomo was inspired by the following credo: "Only premium quality can bring prestige to the Langhe." While Giacomo's brother, Aldo, departed in 1969 to found the "Favot" cellar, Giovanni, an unwavering traditionalist, continued at his father's cellar, staunchly preserving the traditions of the Langhe, relying on his impeccable instinct and spending entire nights in the cellar at crucial points in the wine's development. Time has shown the wisdom of Giacomo's fierce adherence to tradition. You can drink a Barolo that Giacomo himself touched, and you will feel his presence--even though Giacomo himself passed away in 2004. I'd even venture to say that Giacomo's presence imbues the wines his son makes. For one thing, many of the big botti that fill the Conterno cellar date back decades. For another, Roberto continues in the footsteps of his forbearers, crafting wines that would taste familiar to his grandfather.

Today, I'm very proud to bring you more than two-dozen wines from the Giacomo Conterno estate. These wines date as far back as 1941, 1943, and 1952, and these legendary Baroli are enough to make this offer momentous. Vintage Barolo Monfortino Riserva is iconic and collectable, appearing on the "bucket lists" of collectors around the world, but this list holds more than vintage gems. There are sleeper wines, like the 2005 Barolo Cascina Francia, and there are affordable jewels, like Giacomo Conterno's two Barbera bottlings. All of these wines come with the "IWM Difference," my assurance of pristine, straight-line provenance and perfect care. But most importantly, you're getting them with special savings. It's not everyday you can drink a Giacomo Contero wine, but whenever it happens, it's a very special day indeed.

Enjoy!

Today's Featured Sections Include:

1. Time Sensitive Offer:
Rare Flash Sale of Giacomo Conterno Barolo and Barbera!
2. Wine Events: Upcoming April Wine Tasting Events

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Giacomo Conterno Barolo Cascina Francia 2003 750ml
Giacomo Conterno Barolo Cascina Francia 2003 750ml
Price: $199.00

Cascina Francia represents classic Barolo, an expression that presents "good body, alcohol, and tannins, plus that certain something that gives longevity" elements that represent the pillars of a noble wine in the philosophy of Giacomo Conterno. The maturation period typically see four years of oak aging; good vintages yield only 1,500 cases. The '04 release showcases exquisite balance and offers Cascina Francia's trademark structure and complexity, along with ample fruit. Given this provision, the wine will benefit from cellar maturation. more info
Giacomo Conterno Barolo Cascina Francia 2011 750ml
Giacomo Conterno Barolo Cascina Francia 2011 750ml
Price: $225.00

Lacy, graceful and altogether wonderful, the ’11 Barolo Francia frames its pure Nebbiolo fruit with chalky minerals, crushed rose and violet petals, fresh-cut herbs, sun-warmed earth and truffles. Energetic yet caressing, this is an extraordinary Barolo that will reward the palates of wine-lovers who love traditional, terroir-driven wines. Formerly called “Cascina Francia,” Barolo Francia is special in every year, but in 2011, it’s more special because the Giacomo Conterno estate chose not to bottle its Monfortino this vintage, and all of the vineyard’s best fruit went into this remarkable bottling. The estate makes its Barolo Francia with natural yeasts, temperature controlled fermentation and a lengthy maceration of 3-4 weeks; after this, the wine ages in large Slavonian botti and in bottle for a total of four years. more info
Giacomo Conterno Barolo Cascina Francia 2005 750ml
Giacomo Conterno Barolo Cascina Francia 2005 750ml
Price: $379.00

The 2005 vintage of Barolo Cascina Francia is elegant and sophisticated, layering its nuanced red and blue fruits with crushed rose petals, tarry earth, licorice, and touches of new leather, baking spices, cedar and crushed river rocks. Silky yet restrained, this wine offers ample fine-grained tannins that cling to the cheeks and provide a counterbalance to the wine’s crisp acidity and delicate inner perfume. Superbly structured, the ’05 Barolo Cascina Francia is just beginning to enter its drinking window, and it’ll be enjoyable for decades to come. Barolo Cascina Francia gets its name from the superb 40-acre vineyard (about ten acres planted to Nebbiolo) that also provides grapes for Conterno’s masterful Monfortino. The estate ferments its Barolo Francia with natural yeasts, in temperature-controlled vats with a lengthy maceration of 3 to 4 weeks, and the wine ages in large Slavonian botti and in bottle for a total of four years. more info
Giacomo Conterno Barolo Monfortino Riserva 1993 750ml
Giacomo Conterno Barolo Monfortino Riserva 1993 750ml
Price: $1,199.00

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Giacomo Conterno Barolo Monfortino Riserva 2013 750ml
Giacomo Conterno Barolo Monfortino Riserva 2013 750ml
Price: $1,599.00

Towering, powerful, and breathtakingly pure, the 2013 Barolo Monfortino Riserva is a monumental wine. This wine is built for aging, and while excruciatingly young, the ’13 Monfortino is reveling in its exquisite balance, layering its crisp red and brooding blue fruits with forest floor, wild herbs, violet petals, cigar wrapper, leather and touches of tar and minerals. While the wine’s austere tannins argue for patience, even in its infancy, this Monfortino reveals its transparency, detail, and nuance in its superlative progression of textures and flavors that linger on the wine’s sustained, resonant finish. Brilliant and drop-dead gorgeous, the ’13 Monfortino is destined to be legendary. In 2013, Giacomo Conterno opted against bottling any Cascina Francia, instead putting all the vineyard’s fruit into the estate’s Barolo Monfortino. A traditionally made wine, Barolo Monfortino ferments without temperature control, and the wine ages for seven years in botti. more info
Giacomo Conterno Barolo Monfortino Riserva 1937 750ml
Giacomo Conterno Barolo Monfortino Riserva 1937 750ml
Price: $1,899.00

IWM’s founder, Sergio Esposito, says that the 1937 Barolo Monfortino Riserva is possibly the best wine he’s ever had. Impossible to describe, the ’37 Monfortino is at once aged and ageless, layering its fading primary fruits with caramel, roasted game, sherry-like spices, and fleeting rose petals. Tannins are soft yet palpable, and the wine fills the mouth with an ethereal, silken feel--crafted by Giacomo Conterno himself, this wine is a revelation. Giacomo Conterno crafts its Barolo Monfortino exclusively in vintages of the highest caliber; between the years of 1920 and 2009, Barolo Monfortino made only 47 out of a possible 89 appearances, averaging fewer than 600 cases in each vintage. Barolo Monfortino Riserva is unquestionably a standard-bearer in Barolo, and it consistently shows the deft hand of its maker in its mind-blowing complexity, nuance, power and ineffable beauty. more info
Giacomo Conterno Barolo Monfortino Riserva 2010 750ml
Giacomo Conterno Barolo Monfortino Riserva 2010 750ml
Price: $1,999.00

Giacomo Conterno’s 2010 Barolo Monfortino Riserva has repeatedly been called “perfect,” and it very well might be. Layers and layers of pure Nebbiolo fruit waft from the glass, wrapped in rose petals, new leather, umami, warm baking spices, licorice, and touches of balsamic herbs and roasted game. Even in its youth, this Barolo seamlessly melds its elegant, substantial tannins, vivid acidity, and ethereal mouth-feel, resulting in a mesmerizing balancing act that builds in complexity as the wine glides to a lingering, finessed finish. In years of outstanding quality, Giacomo Conterno selects the very best grapes in Cascina Francia, and these become Monfortino. Fermentation of both Barolo bottlings is identical with the exception that the Monfortino gets no temperature control; no matter how high the fermentation temperatures may go, there is no intervention on the part of the Giacomo Conterno. For the best drinking experience, cellar this monumental wine for a couple of years and then drink for three or more decades. more info
Giacomo Conterno Barolo Monfortino Riserva 1955 750ml
Giacomo Conterno Barolo Monfortino Riserva 1955 750ml
Price: $2,049.00

The 1955 Barolo Monfortino Riserva embodies its vintage, which is one of the great classic years of the mid-twentieth century. Dried rose petals, subtle spice, touches of game and dusty earth, and kisses of brown sugar and soy frame the pure red fruits in this astonishingly ageless Monfortino. Graceful and silky, this Monfortino hangs in the mouth with an ethereal feel, even as it glides to a complex, surprising finish that balances power with delicacy. Giacomo Conterno crafts its Barolo Monfortino exclusively in vintages of the highest caliber; between the years of 1920 and 2009, Barolo Monfortino made only 47 out of a possible 89 appearances, averaging fewer than 600 cases in each vintage. Barolo Monfortino Riserva is unquestionably a standard-bearer in Barolo, and it consistently shows the deft hand of its maker in its mind-blowing complexity, nuance, power and ineffable beauty. more info
Giacomo Conterno Barolo Monfortino Riserva 1949 750ml
Giacomo Conterno Barolo Monfortino Riserva 1949 750ml
Price: $2,049.00

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Giacomo Conterno Barolo Monfortino Riserva 1999 1.5L
Giacomo Conterno Barolo Monfortino Riserva 1999 1.5L
Price: $3,289.00

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