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Flash Sale on 2012 Red Burgundy! And Beautiful “Baby Barolo” and “Baby Brunello” Wines!
May 8, 2017
A Note from Sergio

I remember the winter of 2012 in Italy. Rome got hit by snow--the first to fall in almost thirty years. Toscana was layered thick with snow, some places like Montalcino see it hip-deep; other areas like Chianti have it knee-deep. It was pretty to see those butter-cream colored medieval villages blanketed in white, their cobblestone streets looking like so many bricks of vanilla ice cream laid side by side, the cypresses laden with snow like a reverse dipped soft-serve ice cream cones, and the vines poking their knobby heads up above the white carpet like so many inquisitive gophers. 2012's winter was and cold, and I watched it unfurl like a white carpet as I drove from my home near Genova up to Piemonte, down to Toscana, and all over Italy.

I bring up this memory because from time to time we all need reminders that winemakers are also farmers. They deal with the exigencies of weather every day. We may not enjoy the labor of winemakers' farm labor for years (or even decades) but what we're drinking is a reflection of their work in the vineyards and their work in the cellars. Today, I'm very proud to bring you a fine, bursting roster of almost 90 red Burgundies from 2012--all in stock and all at very special pricing. Like much of Italy, most of France's winemakers saw a very cold, very snowy winter and a frosty spring. But while Italy's vinegrowers got a break in summer, Burgundy's vignerons did not. Only terrific skill and great good luck nearing harvest gave Burgundy's producers--and its many fans--a surprisingly good bunch of wines.

I founded IWM with the principle of bringing the best wines to my clients, and this is true regardless of where the producer is. This list of 2012 red Burgundies holds some stellar wines from iconic makers, and if you're a value hunter, you can find some great, great bottles here. But there's also another great value wine from the interesting 2012 vintage--Renzo Seghesio's Ruri Langhe Nebbiolo. People, including IWM's portfolio managers, like to call this wine a "baby Barolo" because it's a Nebbiolo that's affordable and easy to drink yet it's evocative of Barolo; you get Barolo's tar and its roses, but without Barolo's weight or its wait. I don't know that you need to call this wine anything other than what it is: delicious.

Finally, get a sneak peek at the outrageous 2015 Brunello vintage with Canalicchio di Sopra's '15 Rosso di Montalcino--it's stellar!

Today's Featured Sections Include:

1. Spotlight on Excellence:
IWM's 2012 Red Burgundy Flash Sale!
2. Only At IWM:
Seghesio's Affordable, Delicious "Baby Barolo"
3. Time Sensitive Offer: Sneak Peek at 2015 Brunello with Canalicchio di Sopra
4. Wine Events: Upcoming May Wine Tasting Events

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Canalicchio di Sopra Rosso di Montalcino 2015 750ml
Canalicchio di Sopra Rosso di Montalcino 2015 750ml
Price: $34.99
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Bright red fruits dance with licorice, wildflowers, fresh loam, spice and fresh-cut herbs in this radiant, pure ’15 Rosso di Montalcino. This wine reflects its warm vintage in its sunny, juicy profile, yet its vintage’s cool nights show as well in the wine’s vibrant acidity and chewy tannins. A gorgeous showing from Canalicchio di Sopra, this ’15 Rosso di Montalcino gives Brunello enthusiasts much to anticipate from the five-star vintage! Deriving primarily from fruit grown on the estate’s youngest vines, the grapes ferment in temperature-controlled stainless steel for about two weeks; the wine ages for a year in a combination of oak vats and barriques. more info
Renzo Seghesio Ruri Langhe Nebbiolo 2012 750ml
Renzo Seghesio Ruri Langhe Nebbiolo 2012 750ml
Price: $36.99
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The product of a warm vintage, this ’12 Ruri Langhe Nebbiolo bursts with red cherry, dried roses, violets, mild baking spices, marjoram, and a hint of smokiness. Silky and smooth, this wine unfolds on the palate to reveal cherry candy, leather and spices; it finishes with grippy tannins that can only come from Nebbiolo. Made from grapes grown on the estate’s more youthful vines, this "Baby Barolo" offers telltale Nebbiolo aromatics, flavors and tannins but at a fraction of the price and with immediate gratification. Grapes ferment in temperature-controlled tanks; the wine ages in barrel for nine months, followed by about six months in bottle before release. more info
Louis Jadot Cotes de Beaune Rouge 2012 750ml
Louis Jadot Cotes de Beaune Rouge 2012 750ml
Price: $37.50
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This ’12 Côtes de Beaune Rouge packs a palate-drenching cornucopia of red, black, and blue fruits that glide across the palate with ripe tannins and beautiful acidity, all complemented with a lovely mix of anise, violet, and dried spices on the nose. A gorgeous wine, the palate melds clean, pure fruit characters with silky tannins, giving this wine a very lithe and elegant feel. more info
Louis Jadot Marsannay Rouge 2012 750ml
Louis Jadot Marsannay Rouge 2012 750ml
Price: $39.99
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Brambly berries, juicy cherries, and light citrus rest on a foundation of earth, musk, and spice in this nicely brooding wine. Deriving from Louis Jadot’s holdings in Marsannay, the northernmost commune of the Côte d’Or, this village-level wine ferments in wooden vats; it then ages for 15 months in barriques before bottling. A deeply food-friendly Pinot Noir that’s a good accompaniment to gamy or marinated meats, this Marsannay offers telltale sauvage, firm tannins and a supple mouth-feel; enjoyable both young and with some age, this village wine is a fantastic value. more info
Louis Jadot Pommard Villages 2012 750ml
Louis Jadot Pommard Villages 2012 750ml
Price: $59.99
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Delicious, juicy red and blue fruits dance with warm baking spices, freshly tilled earth, and crushed dried flowers in this energetic, broad-shouldered and rustic ’12 Pommard. This is an unabashedly food-friendly red that pulls your ears to the glass with its beguiling aromatics, silky mouth-feel and robust personality. Vibrant acidity and a spicy palate make this bottling very food-friendly. Grapes ferment in tank for about a month, and the wine ages in barrels for twelve to fifteen months before bottling. more info
Rene Leclerc Gevrey Chambertin Les Champeaux 1er 2012 750ml
Domaine Rene Leclerc Gevrey Chambertin Les Champeaux 1er 2012 750ml
Price: $79.99
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Hubert Lignier Nuits Saint Georges Les Poisets 2012 750ml
Hubert Lignier Nuits Saint Georges Les Poisets 2012 750ml
Price: $86.99
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Tart, peppery and opulent, this brooding ‘12 Nuits-St-Georges explodes from the glass with a profusion of brambly berries and bright cherries, sun-warmed earth, smoky incense, crushed violet petals, freshly milled peppercorn, and underbrush. Crisp acidity counters the wine’s plush mouth-feel; a nice minerality drives this wine to a finish that’s studded with chewy fine-grained tannins. Deriving from a small plot of 55-year-old vines that sits below the premier cru Les Cailles, the grapes ferment in open-top cement tanks with natural yeasts, and the wine ages in oak, 20 to 30% new, for about eighteen months before bottling without fining or filtration. more info
Domaine Leclerc Gevrey Chambertin Combe aux Moines 1er Cru 2012 750ml
Domaine Leclerc Gevrey Chambertin Combe aux Moines 1er Cru 2012 750ml
Price: $89.99
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Pure red and blue fruits dance with crushed flowers, cloves and other warm baking spices, freshly tilled earth and a kiss of sauvage in this velvety, textured wine. This ’12 Gevrey-Chambertin is delicate yet deceptively powerful, and it offers chewy, sophisticated tannins and a lingering, caressing finish. “Combe aux Moines” translates to “the monk’s comb,” but its name refers to the spot for assignations between local monks and local village women, and the wine is as beguiling as its name suggests. This wine derives from vines that average 60 years of age grown in soils rich in limestone and clay, and it ages entirely in used oak. Just 350 cases produced. more info
Michel Magnien Morey St. Denis 1er Cru Les Chaffots 2012 750ml
Michel Magnien Morey St. Denis 1er Cru Les Chaffots 2012 750ml
Price: $94.99
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Powerful yet vibrant, this wine bursts with juicy red and black fruits that dance with violets and rose petals, sun-warmed loam, baking spices, and crushed rocks. Lowered grape yields have increased the concentration in the 2012 vintage, and this wine uncoils with a delicious tension, building to a lingering, brooding finish. Deriving from a parcel with chalk and clay soils located above Clos-Saint-Denis, the grapes for this wine, about 15% whole clusters, fermented in temperature-controlled vats, and the wine aged in barrel, about 10% new, before bottling. This is one elegant, muscular ’12 Morey-Saint-Denis. more info
Domaine Ponsot Morey-St-Denis Cuvee des Grives 2012 750ml
Domaine Ponsot Morey-St-Denis Cuvee des Grives 2012 750ml
Price: $101.99
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Offering an exquisitely balanced floral nose with dark berry fruit, earth and game on the palate, this lovely ’12 Morey-St-Denis village offering shows impressive depth and complexity. Deriving from the estate’s organically farmed 1.5-acre parcel, the grapes for this wine typically ferment with stems in open oak vats for 10 to 20 days; the wine ages in used oak barrels for about two years before bottling. Enjoyable now but with structure to age should you have the patience, this wine is perfect with roasted duck breast more info