Breathtaking New Barbaresco and Barolo Releases from Bruno Giacosa!

March 22, 2019
A Note from Sergio

The late, great Bruno Giacosa made wines as elegant and restrained as he was himself. Bruno was, as many Italian winemakers are, an iconoclast. He had a profound vision and pursued it, mystifying some and delighting many more with his remarkable, heady wines, whether they were his collector Barolo and Barbaresco wines or his entry-level Barbera, Arneis, Dolcetto, and others. Though Giacosa made many wines, he was best loved for his Barbaresco and Barolo bottlings, wines that require an intimate understanding of Nebbiolo, its fussiness, its potential and its tricks--as well as an almost preternatural understanding of Piemonte's microclimates. Giacosa had that knowledge; he had the alchemical skill that turns grape juice into extraordinary experiences.

Today, I'm very proud to debut three wines from this Italian traditionalist: Giacosa's 2014 Barbaresco Asili Riserva, 2015 Barolo Falletto, and 2015 Barolo Le Rocche del Falletto. Bruno, who passed away just over a year ago, made wines into his 80s, long after most winemakers retire; these days his daughter is in charge, carrying on the tradition of uncompromising tradition. Vintage after vintage, Bruno's wines were vital, gorgeous and layered, and, like the man who made them, they only got better with age. The magic of Giacosa carries on, and today's new releases are living, breathing, gorgeous links to Piemonte history.


Today's Featured Sections Include:

1. Spotlight on Excellence: Must-Have Debut Trio from Bruno Giacosa
2. Wine Events: Upcoming March / April Wine Tasting Events

My Best,

Sergio Esposito

Bruno Giacosa, who passed away in January 2018, still stands as one of the most respected producers of traditionally styled Barolo and Barbaresco. Learning from his father and grandfather, Giacosa crafted long-aging, nuanced wines that are beloved by aficionados and coveted by collectors. Bruno was influenced by Piemonte's winemaking traditions, and he found his inspiration in wines from the past, when there was less sophistication, fewer treatments, and less handling. In the old days, Bruno would point out, things were done more simply and with more care. As Bruno's forebears taught him, Bruno taught his children, and today, Bruno's daughter, Bruna, has taken the reins at her father's estate, which continues to create great, age-worthy, traditional wines.

Today, we're very pleased to debut three new Bruno Giacosa releases, the estate's surprisingly superlative 2014 Barbaresco Asili Riserva, its bewitching 2015 Barolo Falletto, and its outstanding 2015 Barolo Le Rocche del Falletto. Piemonte's 2014 and 2015 growing seasons couldn't be more different. Where 2014 was chilly, wet, tempestuous, and challenging, 2015 blessed Piemonte winemakers with ideal ripe vintage weather that started temperate, grew warm, and always had just enough water for thirsty vines. Yet for all their differences, these two vintages made for breathtaking Giacosa releases. The '14 Barbaresco Asili Riserva will likely be legendary, but the same could be true about the '15 Barolo Le Rocche del Falletto, while the '15 Barolo Falletto is merely astonishing.

Extraordinarily perfumed, the '14 Barbaresco Asili Riserva wafts with kaleidoscopic scents: juicy red fruits, brambly berries, freshly tilled loam, crushed violet petals, and sprinklings of herbs, crushed rocks and baking spices. The wine's palate echoes this mesmerizing complexity, shifting with every moment to reveal a progression of intense, detailed notes. Giacosa's '15 Barolo Le Rocche del Falletto has the serious "wow" factor. Silky tannins find their complement in unexpectedly kinetic acidity while the wine's copious dry extract is matched by a sweet floral lift; elegant minerality lingers on the wine's finish that resonates like a gong. Finally, the intense and detailed '15 Barolo Falletto evokes its ripe benchmark growing year in its seductive aromatics, brocade-like texture, and impressive muscularity--you'll want to drink it now, but a few years in the cellar will make this beast a beauty.

A deeply iconoclastic producer, Bruno Giacosa adhered to his own rules, choosing when--or whether--he would release his wines according to his own standards. This discriminating attitude and uncompromising devotion set Giacosa apart from the rest. Always collector favorites, today's Giacosa debut wines are gleaming testaments to the continued prowess of Bruno Giacosa, a winemaking icon whose elegant wines hold the incredible ability of combining power with finesse. Contact your portfolio manager to secure your '14 Barbaresco Asili Riserva, '15 Barolo Falletto, and '15 Barolo Le Rocche del Falletto. Among the final wines of Bruno's storied career, these new releases will sell very quickly, and we expect they'll be gone faster than you can say "Bruno Giacosa."




Special Price/btl 3pk Price/btl 6pk Price/btl
Bruno Giacosa Barbaresco Asili Riserva*
2014 0.75 $429.00 - - $399.00
Bruno Giacosa Barbaresco Asili Riserva*
2014 1.5 $849.00 - $819.00 -
Bruno Giacosa Barbaresco Asili Riserva*
2014 3 $1,799.00 $1,649.00 - -
Bruno Giacosa Barolo Falletto*
2015 0.75 $215.00 - - $195.00
Bruno Giacosa Barolo Le Rocche Falletto*
2015 0.75 $239.00 - - $209.00
Bruno Giacosa Barolo Le Rocche Falletto*
2015 1.5 $525.00 - $459.00 -

*Pre-Arrival, May

Saturday, March 23 | 1:00-3:00 pm | New York, NY
A Sit-Down Tasting

Regular Ticket Price: $199.00/person
Early Bird Price: $179.00/person

IWM Host: Francesco Vigorito, Vice President of Sales

Wine is a living thing, and like all living things, it changes with age. While everyone knows that wines mature, not everyone knows exactly what "maturity" means. This special tasting, led by a knowledgeable IWM sommelier and accompanied by regional meats and cheeses, focuses on the same wine--but years apart! We'll pour vintage wine pairs so that you can experience the ways that differing growing years, bottle age, and other factors affect the wines in your glass. Appreciating mature wines requires palate education, but it offers a rich payoff in terms of your understanding, knowledge and enjoyment. This tasting will help wine newbies come to recognize the nuances of maturity, and it will help deepen wine connoisseurs' knowledge. Wine is time in a bottle, and this tasting will let you see the many ways that maturity is magic!

Featured Wines:

Fontodi Chianti Classico Riserva Vigna Del Sorbo 2014
Fontodi Chianti Classico Riserva Vigna Del Sorbo 1998
Sandrone Barolo Aleste 2014
Sandrone Barolo Cannubi Boschis 2007
Biondi-Santi Il Greppo Brunello di Montalcino 2012
Biondi-Santi Il Greppo Brunello di Montalcino 1999
Castello dei Rampolla Sammarco 2011
Castello Dei Rampolla Sammarco 1997

*Wines may be subject to change.

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

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

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

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.

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