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Ripe, Gorgeous ’97 Conti Costanti Brunello! Antinori’s Go-To White! And Faiveley Sale!
May 19, 2016
A Note from Sergio

1997 made for wines that were easy to praise. It was a warm year, one with textbook weather for the creation of wines that would please the palate just about immediately upon release--but that's only half the story. Look at winemaking like the sport of running. A wine from a warm season runs at a sprint. It jets out of the gate, and it is a marvel. It's captivating in its grace and power. But like a sprinter, it gets tired quickly. It just can't run that fast for all that long. A wine from a cooler season, for example 1996, is like a marathon runner. It doesn't look that impressive at the start, but when you get twenty miles in, you see the stars; they're the runners who make the long race look effortless.

The trick is to be a producer who knows when to pick his or her grapes, and in a warm season, this can be tricky. A grape has three important parts: the skin, the flesh and the seeds. The skin turns color, the flesh grows sweet, and the seeds change from green to brown. The issue is that the seeds don't always ripen along with the flesh and the skin--especially in a warm growing season. A great winemaker will find the perfect moment when the flesh and the seed are ripe, a moment that's evanescent and urgent. These are the winemakers who can create an age-worthy wine in a hot year.

Today, I'm delighted to present one wine that does this benchmark year justice: the 1997 Brunello from Conti Costanti. This wine has the structure to age, and it's drinking beautifully now. It's hard to find '97 Brunellos these days--almost twenty years after the vintage, they've all been bought or drunk. You'll be very glad you found this one--it's everything you want from a mature Brunello, and it's affordable for a fine vintage wine. Along with this benchmark Italian red, I'm very pleased to offer a new release of a beloved, easy-going white, Le Mortelle 2015 Vivia from Antinori's estate on the Maremma coast. It'll make you very happy.

Finally, all our Domaine Faiveley Burgundies are on sale! Enjoy!

Today's Featured Sections Include:

1. Spotlight on Excellence:
Celebrating 1997 with One Perfect Conti Costanti Brunello
2. Only At IWM:
New Le Mortelle 2015 Vivia Release!
3. Time Sensitive Offer: Special Pricing on all Domaine Faiveley Burgundies!
4. Wine Events: Upcoming May / June Wine Tasting Events

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Sergio Esposito
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Le Mortelle Vivia Maremma Toscana DOC 2015 750ml
Le Mortelle Vivia Maremma Toscana DOC 2015 750ml
Price: $24.99

2015 offered the Maremma coast a cool, classic vintage with perfectly balanced, ripe grapes; the resulting wine reflects its growing year in a fresh, harmonious palate that is both juicy and bright. Orchard and citrus fruits dance with fresh-cut herbs, lemon zest, crushed white flowers and a kiss of savory minerals in this kinetic, aromatic ’15 Vivia Maremma Toscana. This textured, full-bodied ’15 Vivia Maremma balances its bright, bracing acidity with its copious dry extract and its piquant minerality--it’s a food-friendly beauty that will please the palates of wine-lovers. A blend of 50% Vermentino, 40% Viognier and 10% Ansonica, the grapes for this wine fermented in temperature-controlled stainless steel, and the wine aged for about three months in vat followed by three more months in bottle before release, making for a drinking experience that punches well above its $25 price point.
Domaine Faiveley Vosne Romanee AC 2012 750ml
Domaine Faiveley Vosne Romanee AC 2012 750ml
Price: $114.99

Beautiful, pure red and blue fruits dance with spice, sun-warmed earth, crushed violets and a kiss of sauvage in this velvety, caressing ’12 Vosne-Romanée. Intense yet finessed, this wine unfurls on the palate to show a wonderful tension between its fine-grained tannins and its sweet inner fruit, and it builds to a lingering, powerful finish. Deriving from multiple vineyard plots in the appellation, all with chalky-marl soils, the grapes for this wine ferment for 18 to 20 days in a combination of stainless steel tanks and wood vats; after assembling the blend, the wine ages in new oak for 14 to 16 months.
Domaine Faiveley Gevrey Chambertin 1er Cru Combe Aux Moines 2013 750ml
Domaine Faiveley Gevrey Chambertin 1er Cru Combe Aux Moines 2013 750ml
Price: $124.99
Currently Unavailable.

Domaine Faiveley Gevrey Chambertin 1er Cru Les Cazetiers 2013 750ml
Domaine Faiveley Gevrey Chambertin 1er Cru Les Cazetiers 2013 750ml
Price: $149.99
Currently Unavailable.

Domaine Faiveley Chambolle Musigny 1er LaCombe D'Orveau 2011 750ml
Domaine Faiveley Chambolle Musigny 1er LaCombe D'Orveau 2011 750ml
Price: $159.00

Domaine Faiveley Chambolle Musigny 1er Cru Les Fuees 2011 750ml
Domaine Faiveley Chambolle Musigny 1er Cru Les Fuees 2011 750ml
Price: $165.00
Currently Unavailable.

Conti Costanti Brunello di Montalcino Riserva 1997 750ml
Conti Costanti Brunello di Montalcino Riserva 1997 750ml
Price: $169.00
Currently Unavailable.

Sweet, succulent red fruits dance with brooding notes of tar, mocha, minerals, freshly tilled earth, truffles, underbrush and savory spice in this opulent, lush Brunello Riserva. Broad-shouldered and welcoming, this ’97 Brunello Riserva almost grabs you by the ears and pulls you to the glass; it’s full bodied yet energetic, and it whooshes across the palate with vibrant acidity. Sweet inner perfume meets its complement in chewy tannins and a strong mineral core in this delicious, complex and structured wine. Deriving from the estate’s oldest vines, the grapes for this Brunello Riserva ferment for two weeks in stainless steel vats; the wine ages for a total of 48 months, including 18 months each in tonneaux and in barrels, followed by a year in bottle.
Domaine Faiveley Corton Clos de Cortons Monopole 2011 750ml
Domaine Faiveley Corton Clos de Cortons Monopole 2011 750ml
Price: $189.00
Currently Unavailable.

Rich, luscious and brooding, this wine explodes with succulent red and black fruits, smoky earth, baking spices, underbrush, and saline minerals. It’s an opulent wine that is nonetheless vibrant and muscular, whooshing across the palate as it builds to a very sustained finish. This wine derives from an east-facing 7.44-acre monopole that sports vines averaging forty years of age growing in iron-rich oolite and marl soils; the grapes ferment in vats for three weeks and the wine matures in barrels, two-thirds new, for sixteen to eighteen months before bottling.
Domaine Faiveley Corton Clos de Cortons Faiveley 2013 750ml
Domaine Faiveley Corton Clos de Cortons Faiveley 2013 750ml
Price: $299.00

A powerful, tannic beast of a Pinot, this ’13 Corton Clos de Cortons Faiveley is dark and intense with an alluring, ethereal perfume, this is a wine that will enjoy a very long life. The Clos des Cortons Faiveley bottling is a textbook example of the “iron hand in a velvet glove,” seamlessly balancing finesse and elegance with explosive power and energy. This wine derives from an east-facing 7.44-acre monopole that sports vines averaging forty years of age growing in iron-rich oolite and marl soils; the grapes ferment in vats for three weeks and the wine matures in barrels, two-thirds new, for sixteen to eighteen months before bottling.
Domaine Faiveley Latricieres Chambertin Grand Cru 2012 750ml
Domaine Faiveley Latricieres Chambertin Grand Cru 2012 750ml
Price: $329.00