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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!


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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
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
Livio Sassetti Pertimali Brunello di Montalcino Riserva 2010 750ml
L. Sassetti Pertimali Brunello di Montalcino Riserva 2010 750ml
Price: $189.99
Special Price: $159.99

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 1995 750ml
Biondi-Santi Il Greppo Brunello di Montalcino 1995 750ml
Price: $239.00

Now with two decades of maturity, this benchmark Brunello is just entering its drinking window. This is a wine that defies time, growing better, mellower, more nuanced and more meditative with each passing year--even as it retains its vibrancy and its fresh Montalcino fruit. 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. Biondi-Santi Brunello di Montalcino is the standard for the wine--which only makes sense since the wine originated at this estate more than 130 years ago. more info
Biondi-Santi Il Greppo Brunello di Montalcino 1983 750ml
Biondi-Santi Il Greppo Brunello di Montalcino 1983 750ml
Price: $379.99
Special Price: $299.99

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Biondi-Santi Il Greppo Brunello di Montalcino 1985 750ml
Biondi-Santi Il Greppo Brunello di Montalcino 1985 750ml
Price: $399.99
Special Price: $349.99

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