Aldo Conterno 1958 Barolo Monforte e Perno, a Superb Piece of Italian Winemaking History!

September 17, 2019
A Note from Sergio

It's usually easy to distinguish a good producer from a bad one because their plots of land are visibly different. Bad producers let their vines grow tall and wild, so they don't have to bend while picking them or tend to them often. But in Barolo, that easy differentiation is absent because its differences derive from the dramatically diverse microclimates. Each rolling hill possesses its own microclimate--in some spots, you can walk 20 yards down a hill and feel the temperature drop ten degrees, and the soil composition changes with each foot. All winemakers in Barolo understand their land intricately, and each yields great fruit from it. Some choose to tamper with this beauty because they feel the world could never understand it. Others, like Aldo Conterno, choose to illuminate it.

Aldo, who passed about seven years ago, was a winemaking force, not just in Barolo but in the world. Aldo's hankering to explore new winemaking techniques famously caused him to part from his brother, Giovanni, and to leave Giacomo Conterno, their father's estate, and found his own, Poderi Aldo Conterno. In Italy as in America, the Sixties were a time of revolution, and some Barolo producers began experimenting with new, wild winemaking technologies like roto-fermenters, temperature-controlled stainless steel, and aging in barrique. As a young producer, Aldo wanted to see how these new methods would help him make Barolo that fit his vision, so he struck out on his own, buoyed by some vineyard plots, his lifetime of winemaking training, and his own faith in himself.

But Aldo needed more than vineyards, skills and faith. He needed capital. So when Aldo parted from his brother, he took demijohns of aging Barolo from select Giacomo Conterno plots that he could release under the Poderi Aldo Conterno label. Today, I'm very proud to present one of these capital Barolo wines, Aldo Conterno 1958 Barolo Monforte e Perno. This rare bottling is a link in the chain that joins Aldo Conterno to all that came before him and his estate; it's a living, breathing testament to the fact that the greatness of Aldo's wines isn't owing to his playing with protocol--it's owing to his love of the lands that nurtured him. Today's '58 Barolo Monforte e Perno is a remarkable wine. This superb, mature Barolo predates climate change, embodies Italian history, and gleams with legendary status--and a few of you will be lucky enough to experience it.

Finally, don't miss the 2016 Prunotto Pian Romualdo Barbera d'Alba. This Antinori family wine simply shines in this benchmark vintage--enjoy!

Today's Featured Sections Include:

1. Only at IWM: Rare, Collectible Aldo Conterno 1958 Barolo Monforte e Perno
2. Time Sensitive Offer: Prunotto's Captivating 2016 Pian Romualdo Barbera d'Alba
3. Wine Events: Upcoming September Wine Tasting Events

My Best,

Sergio Esposito

Known as the "King of Barolo," Aldo Conterno, who passed away in 2012, forever changed Piemonte's wine game at his world-famous estate, Poderi Aldo Conterno. Like his brother Giovanni Conterno, Aldo grew up as winemaking royalty, raised with the certain knowledge that he would do one thing with his life: make life-changing wine beloved the world around. Situated in Monforte d'Alba in the heart of the Barolo region of Serralunga, the Conterno family has been producing great Piemontese wines for more than five generations, and in 1961 Giovanni and Aldo assumed control of their father's legendary Giacomo Conterno estate. Aldo, however, wanted to experiment with new winemaking technologies, so he left his brother at his father's cellar in 1969 to create wines his way in his own cantina, the iconic "Favot" cellar. Aldo's estate now sits in the hands of his three sons, who trained at their father's side, but today's wine doesn't date from contemporary time--it predates the founding of Aldo's estate, though it was bottled and released by Poderi Aldo Conterno. Today, we're very proud to present the BEST PRICE in the country on the rare, ethereal Poderi Aldo Conterno 1958 Barolo Monforte e Perno. This remarkable Barolo is nearly ageless, and it's a thrilling glimpse into a long-ago time when Aldo was just starting out on his own.

Why Buy This Wine:

- Crafted from fruit grown at the Giacomo Conterno estate, this rare 1958 Barolo comes from an agreement wherein Aldo received "startup" capital for his own estate in the form of wine that was grown and made at the legendary Giovanni Conterno estate.

- A tumultuous growing year marked by hail, 1958 is one of the great vintages of the mid-twentieth century, and this '58 Barolo Monforte e Perno feels almost ageless, revealing itself in myriad, subtle kaleidoscopic layers.

- Mature, sweet Nebbiolo fruit mingles with dried rose petals, roasted game, tarry earth, and touches of orange zest and peppery spices--it's an indescribable profile that's instantly recognizable as perfect, mature Barolo.

- Almost weightless in the mouth, this wine is fully resolved; smooth, ethereal and faintly savory, this Barolo drinks with a magical complexity.

- Made in traditional methods, this '58 Barolo Monforte e Perno is more than a perfectly aged Barolo that rewards the palate of vintage wine connoisseurs--it's a piece of history.

- Presented with the "IWM Difference," our assurance of pristine provenance and perfect temperature-controlled care throughout the wine's lifespan, today's '58 Barolo Monforte e Perno comes at the BEST PRICE in the country.

Poderi Aldo Conterno 1958 Barolo Monforte e Perno
(Italy, Piemonte - Nebbiolo)
$639.00 Regular Price/btl
$579.00 Special Price/btl

Prunotto got its start in 1904, when Alfred Prunotto helped to establish a wine collective in Serralunga; as Alfred looked to retire, he turned his winery over to enologist Beppe Colla, who ran it with his brother, Tino, until their retirement in the 1990s. Antinori joined forces with Prunotto in 1989, and in 1994, Antinori assumed full control of the estate. Ever since then, the Antinori team has quietly been crafting one knockout wine after another. Today, we're delighted to present special, time-sensitive pricing on Prunotto's authentic, food-friendly 2016 Pian Romualdo Barbera d'Alba.

Why Buy This Wine:

- The product of an extended growing season that produced juicy, intense wines, Prunotto's '16 Barbera explodes with juicy red and blue fruits, but for all its intensity, it's still nimble and bright.

- Brambly berries dance against a backdrop of earth, cedar, balsamic herbs, and crushed violet petals in this elegant, medium-bodied wine.

- Racy acidity energizes this Barbera, while copious dry extract lingers on the complex, savory finish--it's a food-friendly, authentic beauty.

- Deriving from Barbera grown in the estate's calcium-rich Pian Romualdo plot, Prunotto's Barbera d'Alba over-performs its modest price point: contact your portfolio manager to secure the benchmark 2016 bottling!

Prunotto 2016 Pian Romualdo Barbera d'Alba
(Italy, Piemonte - Barbera)
$29.99 Regular Price/btl
$22.00 Special Price/btl

This offer will expire in 48 hours on September 19th at 11:59pm ET.

Saturday, September 21 | 1:00-3:00 pm | New York, NY
A Sit-Down Tasting

Regular Ticket Price: $109.00/person
Early Bird Price: $99.00/person

IWM Host: Francesco Vigorito, Vice President of Sales

It's Tuesday night--what should you pour with your pizza or pop with your burger? Sometimes it's not the big, statement-making wines that give you pause; it's those affordable beauties that you open on any given night. Join IWM as our knowledgeable sommelier guides you through go-to wine basics, showcasing a fine flock of both Italian and French wines that won't strain your budget or break your bank--but will reward your palate with shockingly good taste. Most French and Italian people drink wine with just about every dinner. Why shouldn't you? Let IWM show you how to nail everyday wine with European sophistication and American common sense!

Featured Wines:

Castello Bonomi Franciacorta CruPerdu 2011
René Leclerc Gevrey-Chambertin Combe Aux Moines 1er Cru 2016
Domaine Janasse Chateauneuf du Pape Vieilles Vignes (1.5L) 2016
Jean-Philippe Fichet Bourgogne Blanc 2017
Bruno Giacosa Roero Arneis 2017
Poderi Aldo Conterno Barolo Bussia 2014
Livio Sassetti Pertimali Brunello di Montalcino 2013
Château Pontet-Canet 2015
Tenuta di Biserno Biserno 2010

*Wines may be subject to change.

Saturday, September 28 | 1:00-4:00 pm | New York, NY
A Sit-Down Lunch Tasting

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

Guest Host: Angela Maculan, Winemaker
IWM Host: Will Di Nunzio, President

IWM is excited to announce our Maculan Winemaker Lunch, a rare opportunity to explore the little-known, historical, and altogether delicious wines of Breganze. Tucked away in the Dolomite hills at the bottom of the Asiago plain in the northwest of the Veneto, Italy's Breganze wine region is small, ancient, and fascinating! Founded in 1947, Maculan is one of Breganze's foremost winemakers, and the estate's wines revel in the mixture of cultures that typify this winemaking region. Featuring winemaker Angela Maculan, this special luncheon will highlight Maculan's boutique, artisanal wines with dishes specially created by IWM's own Chef Michael Marcelli and his in-house kitchen staff. A terrific introduction to Breganze's traditions, grapes, and unique Dolomite terroir, IWM's Maculan Winemaker Lunch will let you broaden your horizon, thrill your palate, and forge new friendships--all in the heart of glamorous Union Square!

Featured Wines:

Maculan Pino e Toi 2017

Maculan Vespaiolo 2017

Risotto alla trevigiana
Risotto, Guinea Hen Sausage, Pioppino Mushroom & Pecorino
Maculan Brentino 2016

Agnello arrosto
Roasted Lamb Shoulder, Fiero Treviso Radicchio & Orange
Maculan Palazzotto Cabernet Sauvignon 2015

Dolci e Formaggi
Maculan Dindarello 2017
Maculan Torcolato Vespaiola Passito 2013

*Wines may be subject to change; menu to be announced.
IWM will do our best to accommodate guests' dietary restrictions with advanced notice.

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

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