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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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Livio Sassetti Pertimali Brunello di Montalcino 2011 750ml
Livio Sassetti Pertimali Brunello di Montalcino 2011 750ml
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Ripe, succulent red and blue fruits dance on a bed of crushed violet and rose petals, warm cigar wrapper, dark spices, saline minerals and smoke in this unabashedly sensual, completely beguiling ’11 Brunello. There’s a strong mineral core to this wine, and it propels you to a lingering, balanced finish. Lush, grippy tannins wrap the palate in this Brunello bottling that’s approachable almost right out of the gate; balanced and inviting, this brooding bottling compels you to drink it. Deriving from the estate's southeastern-facing vineyards on Montosoli hill in Brunello's northern subzone, the biodynamically grown grapes for this Brunello ferment in temperature-controlled stainless steel, and the wine ages first in botti and then in bottle before release. more info
Tenute Silvio Nardi Brunello di Montalcino 2012 750ml
Tenute Silvio Nardi Brunello di Montalcino 2012 750ml
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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 is just entering its drinking window, but you can enjoy this fine-boned wine for years to come. 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 ages 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
Il Poggione Brunello di Montalcino 2009 750ml
Il Poggione Brunello di Montalcino 2009 750ml
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Big, intense, brooding and juicy, the ’09 Il Poggione Brunello is just entering its drinking window, and it is a gorgeous wine. Loads of red and black fruit rest on a floor of earth, cigar wrapper, exotic spices, new saddle leather and savory umami notes, all supported by a big framework of mouthwatering acidity and muscular tannins. Il Poggione makes one of IWM Founder Sergio Esposito’s favorite Brunellos, and there are many reasons why; these are well-built, rich wines that balance structure with approachability. Tucked in the southern Brunello di Montalcino zone, Il Poggione’s vineyards receive the benefit of a generous Mediterranean climate, and the estate has made a reputation for highly balanced, exceptionally age-worthy Brunellos. Grapes for this wine enjoy temperature-controlled fermentation, and the wine ages in barrique for three years before bottling. more info
Il Poggione Brunello di Montalcino 2011 750ml
Il Poggione Brunello di Montalcino 2011 750ml
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Ripe, rich and broad-shouldered, this Brunello bursts from the glass, welcoming you with its open embrace; telltale Montalcino terroir frames the wine’s pure red and blue fruits, while sun-warmed earth and spice provide a thrumming bass-line. A bottling that offers both muscularity and grace, this ’11 Brunello swooshes across the palate, and it fills the mouth with textured, chewy tannins as it builds to a lingering crescendo. Tucked in the southern Brunello di Montalcino zone, Il Poggione’s vineyards receive the benefit of a generous Mediterranean climate, and the estate has made a reputation for highly balanced, exceptionally age-worthy Brunellos. The estate's normale bottling blends across vineyards with a range of altitudes on its 247-acre estate (70% under vine); it ages for three years in barrique before bottling. more info
Gianni Brunelli Brunello di Montalcino 2011 750ml
Gianni Brunelli Brunello di Montalcino 2011 750ml
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Juicy, succulent red and blue fruits rest on a brooding framework of underbrush, smoky minerals, warm cigar wrapper, brown spices and dried flower petals in this silky, nicely layered effort from Gianni Brunelli. Tension between this wine’s muscular palate and sweet inner perfume drives this ’11 Brunello across the palate, where it leads to a tannin-filled finish. Crafted from biodynamically grown grapes that derive from two sites, one in Montalcino’s north and the other in its south, Gianni Brunelli Brunello offers great balance, and because the estate opted against crafting a Brunello Riserva in 2011, this bottling includes the grapes from its oldest vines as well. Gianni Brunelli vinifies its grapes with little intervention and ages this Brunello for about 28 months in botti. This ’11 Brunello could use some patience and time in the cellar before true enjoyment. more info
Pian Delle Vigne Brunello di Montalcino 2011 750ml
Pian Delle Vigne Brunello di Montalcino 2011 750ml
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This ’11 Brunello from Antinori’s estate is enjoyable essentially upon release. It’s a succulent, juicy affair that lays its sweet cherries and brambly berries on a savory foundation of freshly tilled earth, cigar wrapper, balsamic, herbs, and licorice. Caressing the palate with a velvety feel, copious dry extract, and chewy tannins, this ’11 Brunello feels opulent yet vibrant. After handpicking, the grapes for this Brunello ferment in temperature-controlled stainless steel and age in oak casks of varying sizes for more than two years. Drinkable very early with a little decanting, this '11 Antinori Brunello is a must-have Sangiovese Grosso bottling for enthusiasts of this grape. more info
La Fornace Brunello di Montalcino 2007 750ml
La Fornace Brunello di Montalcino 2007 750ml
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Bright, juicy red berries and blue fruits mingle with crushed flower petals, worn saddle leather, menthol, and sun-warmed loam in this super pretty, deceptively powerful ’07 Brunello. Grippy, fine-grained tannins cling to the cheeks as this wine slinks across the palate to reveal a sweet inner perfume that’s complemented by truffles and minerals. Deriving from a northeast-facing parcel of vines aged between 16 and 35 years, the grapes ferment in temperature-controlled stainless steel with naturally occurring yeasts; the wine ages for three years in a combination of vats, 80% botti and 20% barriques. Just fewer than 900 cases made a year, with very little imported into the States. Rustic in style, this Brunello highlights its telltale Montalcino terroir in a delicious wine of great typicity! more info
Il Poggione Brunello di Montalcino 2012 750ml
Il Poggione Brunello di Montalcino 2012 750ml
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Brooding cigar wrapper, sturdy minerals, sun-warmed earth and baking spices coddle the succulent red fruits and brambly blue fruits in the open-knit yet vibrant ’12 Brunello from Il Poggione. Smooth and refined, it uncurls on the palate to show a sweet inner perfume that meets its complement in savory minerals, polished tannins and an energetic acidity that propels the wine to a lingering finish. Il Poggione’s winemakers report that the challenging 2012 harvest was down a quarter, and you can feel the concentration in this intense, complex wine. Tucked in the southern Brunello di Montalcino zone, Il Poggione’s vineyards receive the benefit of a generous Mediterranean climate, and the estate has made a reputation for highly balanced, exceptionally age-worthy Brunellos. The estate's normale bottling blends across vineyards with a range of altitudes on its 247-acre estate (70% under vine); it ages for three years in barrique before bottling. more info
Collemattoni Brunello di Montalcino 2011 750ml
Collemattoni Brunello di Montalcino 2011 750ml
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Opulent, energetic, and finessed, this concentrated wine from Collemattoni might be the standout Brunello of the 2011 vintage. Reflecting its warm growing year, this is a brooding Brunello that bursts from the glass with a delicious perfume: sweet red and black fruits, toasted cigar wrapper, sun-warmed earth, licorice, potpourri and baking spices mingle seductively. Vibrant acidity keeps this rich wine nimble as it wraps the palate with a textured mouth-feel full of chewy tannins and builds to a very satisfying finish. Collemattoni handpicks its grapes and they undergo fermentation and maceration in stainless steel tanks for 30 days; the wine then ages in Slovenian oak casks for at least thirty months and in bottle for four months before release. A wine for enthusiasts who appreciate ripe, juicy Brunello, this ’11 Collemattoni bottling can be approachable now with decanting, but it’ll be even better a few years down the road. more info
Gianni Brunelli Brunello di Montalcino 2012 750ml
Gianni Brunelli Brunello di Montalcino 2012 750ml
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Fleshy and exuberant, this ’12 Brunello bursts from the glass in a profusion of brambly red and blue fruits, exotic spices, crushed flower petals, new leather, and Montalcino terroir. This wine whooshes across the palate with considerable energy, filling the mouth with chewy tannins as it builds to a savory, lingering finish. Crafted from biodynamically grown grapes that derive from two sites, one in Montalcino’s north and the other in its south, Gianni Brunelli Brunello offers great balance. Though the estate’s founder Gianni Brunelli passed away in 2008, this estate continues the traditions set in place by this hometown hero and Siena restaurant owner, vinifying its wine with little intervention and in traditional botti. more info