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Back By IWM Client Demand: Benchmark Antinori Brunello and Pinot Nero, and Jean Grivot Échézeaux
August 23, 2016
A Note from Sergio

Some of the most brilliant philosophers I know live in Montalcino, and they all make a living farming or winemaking. I think this is because Montalcino embodies one important aspect of the Italian way. It's a place where people concentrate on maintaining both humility and excellence. At their best, Montalcino's producers touch on a marriage of simplicity and elegance--just as its old barns and dusty roads sit in harmony along the Sienese hills with its manicured rose gardens and cypress tree-lined lanes. The best wines from Montalcino express this balance. They're subtle but explosive-; moreover, they're top-notch expressions of the delicate Sangiovese Grosso, which thrives in the region's soil.

Today, I'm delighted to bring you a new allocation of Pian delle Vigne 2010 Brunello di Montalcino. As Brunello lovers know, 2010 is a benchmark vintage, but what Brunello lovers may not know is that this wine from Antinori's Montalcino estate embodies that equilibrium between simplicity and elegance that makes Brunello so special. This '10 Pian delle Vigne Brunello is like a beautiful stone villa: gracious and welcoming, warm and inviting, yet it will stand for years. It's a wine you'll open and want to stay with for some time; I suggest a half-case or more so that you can.

I didn't decide just to bring back this benchmark Brunello from Antinori--I also decided to get you a new allocation of the family's Pinot Nero from its Umbrian estate, Castello della Sala. While 2010 was a banner Montalcino year, 2014 was a tough Umbrian vintage, but the Antinori team made it look easy. This '14 Pinot Nero flows across the palate like textured silk. Finally, IWM's Burghead clients loved the 2011 Échézeaux from Jean Grivot so much they clamored for more. I snagged some, and you will want to get yours before all the bottles are gone.


Today's Featured Sections Include:

1. Spotlight on Excellence:
$70 Beautiful Benchmark Antinori Brunello
2. Only at IWM: Antinori's Elegant Umbrian Pinot Nero
3. Time Sensitive Offer: Sexy, Powerful 2011 Jean Grivot Échézeaux
4. Wine Events: Upcoming August / September / October Wine Tasting Events

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Domaine Jean Grivot Echezeaux Grand Cru 2011 750ml
Domaine Jean Grivot Echezeaux Grand Cru 2011 750ml
Price: $425.00

This is one seductive, beguiling wine. Juicy red and black fruits mingle with fresh-cut herbs, crushed violets, licorice and sun-warmed earth in this medium-bodied, caressing ’11 Échézeaux. Showing Échézeaux’s typical roundness and sensuality, this ’11 bottling from Jean Grivot nonetheless has the tannic structure, acidic nerve and mineral drive to keep it drinking for years. This wine manages both to be beautifully delineated and powerful, crossing the palate with a muscular density and leaving copious dry extract as it builds to a lingering finish; it’s a stellar effort and one that true Burgundy connoisseurs will adore. Deriving from the estate’s two-acre Échézeaux parcel, the grapes for this wine fermented for just over two weeks, and the wine aged in oak, about half new. more info
Domaine Jean Grivot Richebourg Grand Cru 2011 750ml
Domaine Jean Grivot Richebourg Grand Cru 2011 750ml
Price: $1,349.00

Defying its challenging vintage, Jean Grivot’s ’11 Richebourg unites explosive power with detail and finesse. Elegant minerals, exotic spices, pressed wildflowers, and touches of truffles, earth and tea frame the pure Pinot fruits in this stellar, silky Richebourg bottling. This wine is all about perfume and precision, layering its chewy tannins with kinetic acidity and its sappy fruits with savory underpinnings. Just coming into its own, this ’11 Richebourg is superb. Deriving from the estate’s .75-acre Richebourg parcel that was planted in 1949, the grapes ferment in barrel, and the wine ages for about 15 months in barrique, about 45% new. more info