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Sergio's European Gems, Vintage Batàr for $69, Sammarco for Under $60

May 7, 2013
A Note from Sergio


This past February, I wrote an introduction for an offer of more than ninety Quintarelli wines that talked bout how IWM does things differently than other wine merchants. In many ways, this Quintarelli offer was a continuation of everything I've always done here at IWM: work hard to bring you the best wines with impeccable provenance. In other ways, though, it showed a renewed commitment to the IWM difference. We don't sell a wine without vetting it and tasting it. We ensure provenance--a direct, traceable straight line from the producer's cellar to your hands. And we believe in the primacy of the human experience: looking at its color, smelling its aromas, holding the glass in our hands, drinking it, and sharing it with others.


Living in Europe has allowed me to intensify my relationships and expand my network; today, I have more than 200 connections in Europe that give me daily (and often hourly!) opportunities to source wine. It's a beautiful thing. This network allows me to offer more, better, broader, and more exciting collections. It used to be that when I sourced a cellar, I'd pass the French jewels to partners I worked with. These days, I keep them and sell them to you. You'll be seeing an increasing number of French gems because I'm seeing more of them, bottles that I've touched, tasted, and experienced to ensure that they're sound.


Today, I'm spotlighting a bunch of wines that seem unrelated. They come from Giacomo Conterno, Le Macchiole, Castello dei Rampolla, Case Basse di Soldera and Guigal; on the surface, there's not much that seems to bond them together. Like the offers you've recently seen that highlight the best of 1996, 1997, and 1998, these wines may come from different producers and a wide range of regions, but they belong together because I discovered them recently. They're mature wines, but they haven't been bouncing around the auction market. They come direct from producer to client, and they're very much like the wines that inspired me to make the video you see in the upper left-hand corner.


It all supports IWM's belief that wine makes life better, that wine celebrates life, and that wine brings people together. And this is something we can all toast to.


Today's Featured Sections Include: 


1. Spotlight on Excellence: How Sergio Sources a Cellar

2. Time Sensitive Offer: Castello dei Rampolla's Pioneering Sammarco

3. Our Experts Suggest: A Pair of Wines for Summer Delights

4. Only At IWM: Querciabella's Cellar-Worthy Spin on Bâtard-Montrachet

5. Wine Events: The Super Tuscans and Bordeaux

My Best, 



Sergio Esposito

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Castello dei Rampolla Vigna d'Alceo  2001 750ml
Castello dei Rampolla Vigna d'Alceo 2001 750ml
Price: $249.00