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Rare Wines: New Vega-Sicilia Único Reserva Especial, Fontodi Vin Santo, and Miani Collection
June 28, 2017
A Note from Sergio

I founded IWM in 1999, aiming to bring the best Italian wine to the US, to educate people in how to understand and appreciate them, and to help my clients build a balanced collection. Those were interesting times. Many wine-lovers had yet to branch beyond California or France, and Italy was still a vastly uncharted territory for many people, filled with discoveries to be made and new grapes, producers and regions to feel impassioned about. I helped introduce people to Barolo, Barbaresco, even Super-Tuscan superstars like Sassicaia, and I used wines like Gaja's cru trio or Antinori's Guado al Tasso to build bridges to stranger, harder to comprehend Italian wines like Gravner's amber gems, Paolo Bea's Umbrian beauties, or Mastroberardino's majestic Taurasi.

Wine discovery is always a journey from the known to the unknown, and in lots of ways, the state of Spanish wines reminds me of that time when I opened IWM's doors. Some Spanish wines are well known to collectors, but others wait in the shadows for discovery. Today, I'm very proud to offer one of those well-known wines, the new 2017 release of Vega-Sicilia Único Reserva Especial. In making this wine, Vega-Sicilia honors the Spanish winemaking tradition of blending a trio of vintages to create a balanced, vibrant, almost ageless wine. It's really hard to get Vega-Sicilia Único Reserva Especial. The estate makes only 1,500 cases of it in any given release. Not much comes to the US. And what does make it here gets snapped up by people who love it. I'm honored to be able to bring this wine to you, my clients.

When I think about artisanal winemakers who toil in relative obscurity, who care more about making wine than they do about making money, who are media shy to the point of pain, I think first of Enzo Pontoni, the owner-winemaker of Miani. This guy is like a seriously rural Vermont farmer, so real and so disinterested in fame. He doesn't promote. He doesn't talk. He just works his vines in Friuli and makes some of the best wines in Italy. Today's offer has 23 different Miani wines, both red and white. They're incredibly hard to find, and you who love Miani will want to jump on them.

Finally, there's one singular bottle of vintage Fontodi Vin Santo--this is the real deal, like drinking sweet Tuscan sunshine!

Today's Featured Sections Include:

1. Spotlight on Excellence:
New Release Vega-Sicilia's Aristocratic, Rare Único Reserva Especial
2. Only At IWM:
IWM's Big Offer of Miani's Low Production Cult Wines
3. Time Sensitive Offer: Hard-to-Find 2001 Fontodi Vin Santo
4. Wine Events: Upcoming July Wine Tasting Events

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Sergio Esposito
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Miani Friulano 2012 750ml
Miani Friulano 2012 750ml
Price: $79.00
Currently Unavailable.

Elegant, complex, layered, explosive and weighty, the ’12 Friulano from Miani is the perfect white to enjoy in cold weather, but it’s also a gorgeous wine for warm weather too! The fruit of a ripe vintage, this ’12 Friulano is impressively powerful, offering myriad notes of citrus peel, white wildflowers, bitter almond, and light spice. Full-bodied and slightly oaked with concentrated flavors, this wine offers a streak of minerals and a long finish. Located in Friuli's Collio Orientali, a prime sub-region DOC north of Trieste that’s sandwiched between Udine and the Slovenian border, Miani’s vineyards sport a soil known as Ponca soils, marl with limy marine deposits, which make the estate’s whites especially taut, vibrant, and elegant. Estate owner Enzo Pontoni is maniacal about low yields, which means that in low production vintages like 2012, his wines are remarkably textured, complex and opulent. more info
Miani Chardonnay 2013 750ml
Miani Chardonnay 2013 750ml
Price: $104.99
Currently Unavailable.

It’s tough to find anything but superlatives to say about a wine this exceptional. Offering the characteristics of a very fine white Burgundy held in a velvety body, Miani Chardonnay redefines Italian Chardonnay. Impeccable balance, characterful fruit, and intense structure: this wine has it all. Miani privileges terroir in making its wines, and thus presses gently, ferments in barrels and only employs malolactic fermentation except for Chardonnay, all without temperature control and using only indigenous yeasts. more info
Miani Rosso 2011 750ml
Miani Rosso 2011 750ml
Price: $109.00
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A beautiful, fragrant wine this bottling bursts with red and blue fruits, spice, graphite and earth. Blending silky richness with freshness, the palate of this ’11 Rosso places its succulent fruit, supple tannins and nimble acidity in harmonious balance. This Rosso derives from the best Refosco and Merlot grapes in Miani’s vineyards, and just as with Enzo Pontoni’s other wines, this Rosso is the result of painstaking, meticulous winemaking and ridiculously low yields. Miani's prized vineyards in Friuli's Colli Orientali region sports rare Ponca soils of marl and limestone that provide the wines with a streak of elegance. This ’11 Miani offers energetic opulence in a hard-to-find wine that’s an ideal introduction to this cult winemaker. more info
Fontodi Vin Santo del Chianti Classico 2001 375ml
Fontodi Vin Santo del Chianti Classico 2001 375ml
Price: $119.00
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Upon release, Fontodi’s ’01 Vin Santo was praised for its balance between its sweetness and its minerality, its traditional and its exotic elements, and its creamy feel and its acidic freshness. Now with more than fifteen years of age, this wine is a kaleidoscopic beauty, at turns showing citrus peel, tropical fruits, savory minerals, caramel, figs and spice cake. This wine teases the palate with a mélange of fruits and spices, layering its sweetness atop crushed rocks and jaunty acidity, which linger on the lasting finish. A blend of organically grown Malvasia and Sangiovese, the grapes for this balanced Vin Santo come from various plots in Fontodi’s holdings. After picking, the grapes dry for about five months before vinifying in chestnut and oak barrels; the wine ages for at least six years before release. more info
Miani Tocai Friulano Badie Filip 2009 750ml
Miani Tocai Friulano Badie Filip 2009 750ml
Price: $129.00
Currently Unavailable.

Voluptuous, enveloping and charming, this Tocai Friulano holds you in its gentle embrace. White flowers, tropical fruits, minerality and fresh acidity make this wine a seductive winner. Miani's owner, Enzo Pontoni, doesn't just grow his grapes organically; he grows them maniacally, considering each individual vine its own microclimate and employing one of the most assertive green harvests in all of Italy. Miani has intensely low production numbers--just 8,000 bottles, or fewer than 700 cases across all labels for any given vintage--and demand always outstrips supply for these cult Friulian wines. more info
Vega-Sicilia Unico Especial Release 2017 (02/04/06) 750ml
Vega-Sicilia Unico Especial Release 2017 (02/04/06) 750ml
Price: $449.00

Brambly black and blue fruits dance with blood orange, licorice, warm earth, black truffles, underbrush and potpourri in the beautifully structured 2017 release of Único Reserva Especial. Blending the benchmark 2004 vintage with the ripe 2003 and 2006 vintages, this wine complements power with finesse and richness with energy. Chewy, polished tannins coat the cheeks as this wine uncurls on the palate, building to a lingering crescendo of sweet and savory notes--it’s a mesmerizing ride. As big as this wine is, it’s also exceedingly elegant, making it a must-have bottling for those who appreciate the best of the best from Spain. A blend of 80-90% Tinto Fino (Tempranillo) with 10-20% Cabernet Sauvignon and sometimes a small amount of Merlot, this wine's composition varies with each release, but it consistently derives from vines that are over 40 years old, with some of the vines being 80 years old or more; it spends 72 months in barrels before bottling. Just 1,500 cases produced. more info
Miani Refosco Calvari 2006 750ml
Miani Refosco Calvari 2006 750ml
Price: $650.00
Currently Unavailable.

Refosco Calvari stands as an elegant giant. Massive fruit explodes on the palate, followed by sweeping nuances of dark cherries and berries, white flowers, pencil lead, smoke and spice. This wine owns its muscularity, its power, and its elegant lines. Miani's owner, Enzo Pontoni, doesn't just grow his grapes organically; he grows them maniacally, considering each individual vine its own microclimate and employing one of the most assertive green harvests in all of Italy. Miani has intensely low production numbers--just 8,000 bottles, or fewer than 700 cases across all labels for any given vintage--and demand always outstrips supply for these cult Friulian wines. more info