Debuting Valdicava's Captivating, Classic 2013 Brunello Riserva Madonna del Piano

March 25, 2019
A Note from Sergio

A tall man with long, horse-riding legs and a head covered in snow-white hair, Vincenzo Abbruzzese towers over most people. He's a big man with a reserved and elegant demeanor. From his careful choice of words to his meticulously grown vines, Vincenzo comes across as controlled and thoughtful, and the wines he makes reflect these traits; they're aristocratic, subtle beauties that unfold slowly and precisely. After years of spending time at the Valdicava estate as a kid and a young adult, Vincenzo assumed control of the estate from his grandfather, Bramante, in 1987. Just a few years later, Valdicava's 1990 Brunello release caught the notice of the wine's burgeoning fans, and these days, Valdicava has made hardcore fans who have, in turn, created a kind of cult around Valdicava Brunello.

"I produce wine for the place, the land," Vincenzo has said, and when you open a bottle of Valdicava Brunello, its aromatics show how right he is. Valdicava's wines tend to explode with Sangiovese Grosso fruit and telltale Montalcino scents of wild grasses and flowers--these wines could come from nowhere but Valdicava's vineyards. Today, I'm very pleased to debut Valdicava's riveting 2013 Brunello Riserva Madonna del Piano. While the Brunello Consortium was quick to give 2013 a four-star rating, Vincenzo's showed the errors of that decision, turning the vintage's raw materials into a perfectly balanced, harmonious Brunello Riserva that feels seamless and complete. It's a wine that bursts with the character of Montalcino, yet it's incredibly easy to enjoy. You can drink this Brunello Riserva in a year or two, but give it a decade, and you'll see its real greatness.


Today's Featured Sections Include:

1. Spotlight on Excellence: Outstanding Valdicava 2013 Brunello Riserva Madonna del Piano Debuts!
2. Wine Events: Upcoming March / April Wine Tasting Events

My Best,

Sergio Esposito

Valdicava's breakout Brunello Riserva Madonna del Piano, one of Montalcino's first single-vineyard Brunello wines, arguably sets the standard for cru Brunello. Its terroir is one reason. The vineyards of Valdicava, which gets its name from the Valdicava Valley, sit on a high plain in the coldest part of Toscana's Brunello zone. Wines from this sub-region show a signature balance between body and perfume, offering great structure combined with intoxicating aromatics. The Madonna del Piano vineyard occupies the middle of both the Valdicava Valley and the Valdicava estate--it's an exceptional location with terrific natural resources that provide the Valdicava team with the raw materials to craft an exceptional wine.

The other reason for the success of Valdicava's Brunello Riserva Madonna del Piano is the winemaking of estate owner Vincenzo Abbruzzese. While Valdicava was founded in 1953, the estate came to the notice of the wine world with the 1987 vintage, the year when Vincenzo assumed control of his family's estate. A meticulous, single-minded producer, Vincenzo has taken his estate's 67 acres wholly biodynamic, mindfully tending his rows of vines by encouraging the growth of indigenous grasses and ensuring the high quality of his grapes with aggressive green harvests. Vincenzo is no less dedicated in the cantina, where he crafts his Rosso di Montalcino, Brunello, and Brunello Riserva with non-interventionist protocol.

As you'd expect from a winemaker as exacting as Abbruzzese, Valdicava makes its cru Brunello Riserva Madonna del Piano only in the best years--just 21 times between 1977 and 2013--and today, we're proud to debut the wildly elegant 2013 Brunello Riserva Madonna del Piano. Montalcino's 2013 growing year started cool and wet but turned sunny and hot; in the end, harvest blessed winemakers with perfect warm days and crystalline cool nights--a perfect climate for Valdicava, whose 2013 wines are outrageous, complex and dizzyingly beautiful. As Brunello fans know, the Brunello Consortium chose to award 2013's wines only four stars, but Valdicava's '13 Brunello Riserva Madonna del Piano is likely to be legendary.

Ripe, rich red and blue fruits swirl with savory notes of fresh loam, white truffles, baking spices, cigar wrapper and touches of dried rose petals in the entrancing '13 Brunello Riserva Madonna del Piano. This wine gracefully walks a tightrope between opulence and restraint, intensity and finesse, and New World plushness and Old World age-worthiness, balancing its copious dry extract with electric acidity and matching its chewy tannins with a sweet inner lift. You'll want to drink Valdicava's '13 Brunello Riserva as soon as it hits your table, but patience will serve you better; cellar this wine for a few years and then enjoy it for decades! When asked about the age-worthiness of Valdicava's 2013 Brunello, Abbruzzesse said there are "no limits"; it's simply extraordinary. Contact your portfolio manager to secure your '13 Brunello Riserva Madonna del Piano from our debut allocation.

Valdicava 2013 Brunello Di Montalcino Riserva Madonna del Piano*
(Italy, Toscana - Sangiovese Grosso)
$239.00 Regular Price/btl
$219.00 Half-Case Price/btl

Valdicava 2013 Brunello Di Montalcino Riserva Madonna del Piano (1.5L)**
(Italy, Toscana - Sangiovese Grosso)
$519.00 Regular Price/btl
$489.00 3-Pack Price/btl

Valdicava 2013 Brunello Di Montalcino Riserva Madonna del Piano (3L)**
(Italy, Toscana - Sangiovese Grosso)
$1,175.00 Regular Price/btl

*Pre-Arrival, April
**Pre-Arrival, May

Saturday, March 30 | 1:00-4:00 pm | New York, NY
A Walk-Around Tasting

Regular Ticket Price: $99.00/person

Join us for the return of our favorite tastings, the Mini Grand! IWM's team of knowledgeable sommelier will choose delicious, emblematic wines from Italy, along with select bottles around the world. Featuring about twenty wines--red, white and rosé--IWM's Mini-Grand Tasting is the ideal event for wine-lovers to fill their glasses with wine and their minds with knowledge. Past guests have enjoyed the Mini-Grand's walk-around format that allows you to sample wines from some of the finest producers on the face of the planet, concentrating on your favorite regions, while leaving space for joyful exploration. Complemented by meats and cheeses, and sweetened by preferential pricing on the featured wines, this tasting is a rare treat. Come to IWM's Mini-Grand Tasting, and travel the world of wine, without ever leaving glamorous New York City.

Featured Wines:

Antonio Ferrari Solaria Jonica (500ml) 1959
Bonomi Franciacorta Cru Perdu 2012
Bosco del Merlo Vineargenti 2015
Brigaldara Amarone della Valpolicella 2013
Bruno Giacosa Barolo Falletto 2014
Canalicchio di Sopra Brunello di Montalcino 2014
Canalicchio di Sopra Rosso di Montalcino 2017
Castelvecchi Chianti Classico Capotondo
Castelvecchi Chianti Classico Gran Selezione Madonnino
Château Pavie Macquin 2005
Chavy-Chouet Puligny-Montrachet Enseignères 2017
Clos Bellane Châteauneuf-du-Pape Urgonien 2016
CVNE Imperial Gran Reserva (1.5L) 2005
Domaine Michelot Meursault 2015
Domaine Ponsot Bourgogne Rouge Cuvée de Pinson (1.5L) 2012
Eroica Riesling 2015
François Gay Aloxe Corton 2016
Gaja Chardonnay Rossj Bass (375ml) 2016
Graci Etna Bianco 2017
Graci Etna Rosato 2017
Guigal Ermitage Ex Voto Blanc 2013
Le Mortelle Vivia Maremma Toscana DOC 2017
López de Heredia Rioja Reserva Viña Tondonia 2006
Méo-Camuzet Corton Perrières Grand Cru 2015
Mountford The Gradient Pinot Noir 2009
Nervi-Conterno Gattinara
Paolo Bea Montefalco Riserva Pipparello 2010
Pelissero Barbaresco 1999
Penfolds Grange 2011
Prunotto Pian Romualdo Barbera d'Alba 2016
Recanati Cabernet Sauvignon Reserve 2014
Roger Coulon Brut Réserve de l'Hommée 1er Cru NV
Sandrone Barolo Le Vigne 2014
Taylor's Single Harvest Port 1966
Tenuta dell'Ornellaia Ornellaia 2014
Vega-Sicilia Ribera del Duero Valbuena 5º 2013

*Wines may be subject to change.

Saturday, April 6 | 1:00-3:00 pm | New York, NY
A Sit-Down Tasting

Regular Ticket Price: $119.00/person
Early Bird Price: $99.00/person

IWM Host: Morgan Howard, Portfolio Manager

Some say love makes the world go 'round, and others say it's money, but we at IWM know that it's wine--especially Italian wine! Join IWM as we dive deep into iconic Italy, uncovering the best-loved, most secret, and all-around best Italian wines that you may never have drunk! A knowledgeable IWM sommelier will be your guide for this trip through Italian wine. Combining elements of our most popular tastings, this sit-down event, accompanied by meats and cheeses, will feature Italy's amazing indigenous grapes, unique winemaking techniques, rare terroir, and beloved borrowings. Through hands-on experience, guests will learn the differences between northern and southern Italian wines, why the Tuscan coastline is well suited for the Super-Tuscan varietals, and how an ancient sea influences terroir. We'll make stops in Piemonte, visit the Veneto, and maybe peek into Puglia--along with other surprises! Spend an exceptional Saturday afternoon in New York among the best of Italy; it's a tour in a wine glass!

*Wines to be announced.

Saturday, April 13 | 1:00-3:00 pm | New York, NY
A Sit-Down Tasting

Regular Ticket Price: $119.00/person
Early Bird Price: $99.00/person

IWM Host: Francesco Vigorito, Vice President of Sales

The vernal equinox is March 21, and to celebrate the coming of spring, IWM is pleased to present a tasting devoted to this evanescent season. From ramps to lambs and fiddlehead ferns to pea shoots, spring abounds with tastes, scents and palates that are special. Join us and let IWM's knowledgeable sommelier lead you through an assortment of wines that are sure to complement this rosy season. From blush wines to crisp whites to full-throttle reds, this tasting is devoted to the coming warm months, the bounty of fresh produce, and the bright, fresh beauty that springtime brings. Complemented by regional meats and cheeses, this tasting is certain to bring a smile--and a glimpse at the coming of summer!

*Wines to be announced.

Saturday, April 20 | 1:00-3:00 pm | New York, NY
A Sit-Down Tasting

Regular Ticket Price: $129.00/person
Early Bird Price: $109.00/person

IWM Host: Michael Adler, Portfolio Manager

Italian wine can be confusing, but IWM's popular Killer B's tasting brings Italian wine to its simplest--and most iconic--parts. Just Barolo, Brunello, Barbaresco and Barbera form the core of this casual, delicious event that is a perennial favorite. Let IWM's knowledgeable sommelier fill your glass with wine and your head with knowledge, and experience what makes each of these wines the most sought-after, popular and representative wines of Italy. Featuring beautiful Barolo, brooding Brunello, regal Barbaresco. and vibrant Barbera, this special sit-down tasting, accompanied by regional meats and cheeses, will help you get to know, appreciate, and love these legendary wines just a little bit better. There's a lot of buzz around these killer B's--spend a Saturday with us to see why.

*Wines to be announced.

For more information, please visit our website Wine Events Page.

IWM Gift Cards