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Brunello Education, 150 Wines, 38 Producers, All at Special Pricing!
August 1, 2017
A Note from Sergio

When I was really young, I learned from watching my mom and dad that wine, food, family, and love were pretty much intertwined, if not completely synonymous. To my family, dinner was incomplete without wine, and without a loving family, there was no point to the beautifully prepared food. When I was around seven, I learned from my Zio Aldo that I, too, loved wine. He let me take small sips from his glass, and sitting next to him, savoring the interesting taste of that wretched wine, I knew I'd found something I enjoyed. A lot. When I was 25, I had learned enough about wine to become the sommelier in a large Italian restaurant in New York, and I tasted around forty bottles of wine a night. I learned a lot from that job, but mostly I learned that I needed to learn more about wine, and so in 1998 with a love of wine and a thirst for knowledge, I decided to open my own store.

The beauty of wine is that you never, ever have to stop learning--and that the best way to learn is to drink a wide variety of wine! I've learned a lot from master winemakers, people I've been fortunate to call my friends. From Barolo master Bartolo Mascarello, I learned that a good bottle of wine is alive and evanescent. From Josko Gravner, I learned that the ancient methods of making wine in amphora create a miraculous, singular wine. From Franco Biondi-Santi, I learned that wine can be almost ageless, a cosmic evocation of nature, human skills, and alchemy. But above all, these great winemakers taught me that learning to appreciate wine is more than knowing about vintage variations, producer protocols, or winemaking regions because learning to appreciate wine offers lessons in life.

Today, I'm very proud to broaden your education with a focused lesson in Brunello. Below, you'll find a broad spectrum of Brunello wines, and they are ridiculously good. These Brunelli come from every corner of the region, they represent an array of styles, they embody a wide swath of vintages (and maturity), and they will appeal to a range of wine lovers. But more than each bottle being merely a lesson in terroir, typicity or winemaker, each bottle is a chance to learn more about yourself, your friends, and your lives. The best things we can learn from our appreciation of wine have nothing to do with the wines themselves; they have to do with us, our humanity, and the people we love. Open one of these fine bottles, share it with someone you love, and learn more about wine--and life!

Enjoy!

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Fuligni Brunello di Montalcino 2012 750ml
Fuligni Brunello di Montalcino 2012 750ml
Price: $69.99

In 2012, Fulgini made the most of its high altitude vineyards; terroir sits from and center in this pure, perfumed and balanced Brunello. Black cherries and juicy cassis mingle with crushed violet petals, underbrush, cedar, fresh-cut herbs and new leather in this transparent, sophisticated ’12 Brunello. Deceptively delicate, this wine has a dancer’s lines, gracefully crossing the palate with an ethereal feel as it builds to a powerful finish. Fuligni gives traditional Brunello an international twist, and the estate has earned a reputation for crafting Brunelli that aficionados and newbies both enjoy. Employing very low yields, hand-picking their grapes, and using casks as well as barriques in vinification, this estate makes outstanding wines in amazing years and phenomenal wines in astounding years. Fuligni made just over 2,000 cases of this classic, structured Brunello in 2012. more info
San Polo Brunello di Montalcino Riserva 2004 750ml
San Polo Brunello di Montalcino Riserva 2004 750ml
Price: $84.99

This wine truly reflects its pedigree given the meticulous treatment of grapes in the vineyard and wine in the cellar. Intense ruby red in color, this ’04 Brunello Riserva is full-bodied and warm on the palate, bursting with notes of red berries, violet petals, spices, and warm loam, followed by subtle notes of coffee, leather and peppery herbs. The finish is long, with round and refined tannins complementing the wine’s juicy texture; now with more than a decade of age, this Brunello Riserva is firing on all cylinders! Deriving from the vines grown in a south-southwest-facing plot rich in calcium and clay, the grapes for this wine ferment in temperature-controlled concrete tanks for about 22 days; the wine ages first for about 24 months in tonneaux, some new, followed by bottle aging, to be released six years after harvest. more info
Tenute Silvio Nardi Brunello di Montalcino 2012 1.5L
Tenute Silvio Nardi Brunello di Montalcino 2012 1.5L
Price: $114.99

A terrific choice for Brunello fans who love the wine’s trademark bright acidity, this ’12 bottling from Silvio Nardi layers its tart red and blue fruits on a foundation of leather, spices, crushed violet petals and cedar-strewn earth.  This wine whooshes across the palate, scattering chewy tannins that stud the cheeks and building to a resonant finish. Structured and balanced, this ’12 Brunello could use a couple of years in the cellar before true enjoyment. A cuvée of grapes grown in Silvio Nardi’s vineyards, the grapes for this Bruenllo ferment in temperature-controlled tanks for about twenty days; the wine in a combination of French oak barriques, both new and used, as well as in botti, and it finishes with six months in bottle before release. more info
Valdicava Brunello di Montalcino 2010 750ml
Valdicava Brunello di Montalcino 2010 750ml
Price: $134.99

A stellar evocation of the five-star 2010 vintage, this Brunello embodies all the attributes that has made Valdicava an IWM client favorite. Vincenzo Abbruzzese, estate's owner and operator of Valdicava, works passionately, growing his grapes without pesticides, coaxing very high quality, very low yielding berries from his vines, which he then vinifies very traditionally with minimal use of barriques and almost entirely in large neutral oak botti. The result are wines that speak evocatively of the Montosoli terroir, showing concentrated fruit, a core of minerality, and that ineffable Montalcino earthiness. The 2010 Brunello offers some serious power backed by elegance, precision and finesse, an early drinking evocation of the wine's elegant, aristocratic, smooth palate. more info
Valdicava Brunello Di Montalcino Madonna del Piano 2003 750ml
Valdicava Brunello Di Montalcino Madonna del Piano 2003 750ml
Price: $149.00

Upon release, this ’03 Brunello Riserva belied its challenging vintage with its seductive ripeness, juicy red and blue fruits, caressing texture and open-knit profile. With about 15 years on it, this wine is simply stunning, showing 2003 to be a sleeper year for Valdicava. Saddle leather, warm loam, pressed flowers, umami and underbrush frame the luscious fruits in this powerful, seductive Brunello Riserva. This wine glides across the palate with a polished, suave mouth-feel, scattering fine-grained tannins, and builds to superlative finish. One of the very first single-vineyard Brunellos, the Valdicava Madonna del Piano very much set the standard for cru Brunello. Biodynamically grown and produced, Valdicava Brunello derives from very high quality, very low yields of berries, vinified with mostly traditional protocol, minimal use of barriques and almost entirely in large neutral oak botti. more info
Poggio di Sotto Brunello di Montalcino 2009 750ml
Poggio di Sotto Brunello di Montalcino 2009 750ml
Price: $159.99

This classic Brunello is a wine for those who appreciate tension in their Sangiovese Grosso. Fleshy yet delineated, this ’09 Brunello lays its succulent fruit and pretty wildflowers on a thrumming bed of earth, minerals, spice, game and herbs, and it wraps its juicy red and blue berries around a core of intense tannins and nice minerality. Crafted from biodynamically grown Sangiovese Grosso, this Brunello is vinified with meticulous care in stainless steel and then aged in oak barriques. This wine offers nice enjoyment now, but cellaring it will definitely pay off over the next decade or two. more info
Tenute Silvio Nardi Brunello di Montalcino Manachiara 2012 1.5L
Tenute Silvio Nardi Brunello di Montalcino Manachiara 2012 1.5L
Price: $189.00

Cherries and berries roll in freshly turned loam, warm baking spices, new leather, crushed flower petals and fresh-cut herbs in this ’12 Brunello di Montalcino Manachiara. Velvety yet vibrant, this cru Brunello sneaks up on the palate, delivering deceptive power in its muscular, taut body. Though it needs some time in the cellar to mature, this is wine for people who privilege transparent expressions of terroir; it’s dazzling in its purity. Deriving from the southeast-facing Manachiara vineyard that sports 45-year-old vines growing in quartz and clay soils, the grapes for this wine ferment for 22 days in temperature-controlled stainless steel; the wine ages for 18 months in barriques, one year in botti, and two years in bottle before release. more info
Livio Sassetti Pertimali Brunello di Montalcino Riserva 2010 750ml
Livio Sassetti Pertimali Brunello di Montalcino Riserva 2010 750ml
Price: $189.99

Texture is the name of this Brunello Riserva’s game; this bottling from the benchmark 2010 vintage drinks like velvet brocade, unspooling myriad flavor notes as it crosses your palate. Pure Sangiovese Grosso fruit rests on a brooding foundation of olive tapenade, smoky minerals, warm cigar wrapper, exotic spices and crushed potpourri. Dense and structured, this wine needs some time in the cellar before true enjoyment, but it’ll be a beauty when it matures. Deriving from the estate's southeastern-facing vineyards on Montosoli hill in Brunello's northern subzone, the grapes for this Brunello ferment in temperature-controlled stainless steel for ten months; the wine then ages for three years in botti and six months in bottle before release. more info
Biondi-Santi Il Greppo Brunello di Montalcino 2010 750ml
Biondi-Santi Il Greppo Brunello di Montalcino 2010 750ml
Price: $199.00

A benchmark vintage from a landmark estate: you can’t go wrong with Brunello from Biondi-Santi, and in 2010, this wine is breathtaking. Pure, precise red fruit wafts with crushed rose and violet petals, fresh-cut herbs, river rocks, warm cigar wrapper, licorice and baking spices in this austere, aristocratic Brunello from Biondi-Santi. Taut and linear, this 2010 is textbook Biondi-Santi Brunello, rolling across the palate to release a captivating, a complex inner perfume, chewy fine-grained tannins, and a soaring structure. Make no mistake: this vintage needs some time in the cellar, but in a few years, the components of this ’10 Brunello will mellow to become a stunning, graceful whole. Biondi-Santi crafts its "Annata," or normale bottlings, from fruit grown on vines between 10-25 years old in marl soil. Vinified in temperature-controlled cement tanks and aged in Slovenian oak casks, Biondi-Santi Brunello is extraordinarily age-worthy, balanced and beautiful, akin to Brunello's answer to Burgundy. more info
Biondi-Santi Il Greppo Brunello di Montalcino 2004 750ml
Biondi-Santi Il Greppo Brunello di Montalcino 2004 750ml
Price: $225.00

Intensely aromatic, ethereal, delineated, silky and refined, this ’04 Annata Brunello is very much the type that the late, great Franco Biondi-Santi himself favored. Biondi-Santi’s Brunello Annata, or normale bottling, undergoes fermentation in traditional Slavonian oak for 18 days, followed by aging in large oak casks of 800 to 7,000 liters for a period of two to three years, setting the standard for traditional Brunello. The estate called 2004 an “exceptional” vintage, and now with a decade of maturity, this balanced ’04 Biondi-Santi Brunello is coming into its own, offering a touch of tertiary development to its core of sweet red fruit, dried rose petals, earth and telltale Montalcino terroir. more info