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Celebrating Italian White Wines, Double Mag Flash Sale, and Ornellaia’s Artistic Gems
May 9, 2017
A Note from Sergio

Summer on the Italian Riviera is hot. The sky turns a Technicolor shade of blue, and the ocean becomes a kaleidoscope of subtle blues and greens. You just want to dive in and hear the sizzle sound of your hot skin in the cool Mediterranean. Summer weather tells you to take a simple approach to life. You get up early, you eat simply. Dinner is almost always seafood--succulent heads-on shrimp with that savory sweetness born of warm ocean waters, delicate grilled octopus their edges turned a tempting black, a roasted fish awash in acidic tomatoes and kissed with fresh herbs--and it's almost always accompanied by a crisp, chilled, thirst-quenching white wine.

Today, I'm delighted to bring you a bunch of Italian white wines for your summer table. Don't let the low price points fool you--I chose these wines because they're good. Some, like Antinori and COS, come from producers and grape varietals that you know and love; others, like Frecciarossa's two wines or Cornarea's outstanding Arneis, are likely to be new to you; but all of them will make your hot days and nights feel a little cooler. Drench yourself in summer whites. It's what we do in Italy, and it's a fitting way to celebrate this brief, beautiful, hot season.

Along with this mixed case of Italian white wines (all wines are available on their own, of course), I'm pleased to announce the start of IWM's double magnum flash sale. If you want to make a good impression, pour a great wine. If you want to make a great impression, pour an outstanding wine from a large format. This list of more than 15 double magnums will keep you and your parties drinking for years. Finally, I managed to snag more 2009 and 2010 vintages of Ornellaia's Vendemmia d'Artista collection, special collaborations between this iconic estate and a chosen artist. These large format bottles are marriages of wine and art, and they are beautiful long after the wine inside is a fading, delicious memory.


Today's Featured Sections Include:

1. Spotlight on Excellence:
Get Ready for Summer with These Italian Whites!
2. Only At IWM:
IWM's Double Magnum Flash Sale!
3. Time Sensitive Offer: Blending Wine and Art, Ornellaia's Vendemmia d'Artista Collection
4. Wine Events: Upcoming May Wine Tasting Events

My Best,

Sergio Esposito
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Domaine Ponsot Morey St Denis Blanc 1er Cru Monts Luisants Pressee du Centenaire 2011 3L
Domaine Ponsot Morey St Denis Blanc 1er Cru Monts Luisants Pressee du Centenaire 2011 3L
Price: $2,125.00

Warm baking spices, crushed river rocks, lemon peel, and white flowers frame the orchard fruits in this broad-shouldered and beautifully textured ’11 Morey-St-Denis Clos des Monts Luisants. 2011 saw the centennial of Domaine Ponsot’s exceptional Aligoté Clos des Monts vineyard; the ’11 Morey-St-Denis Blanc Clos des Monts Luisants is a towering tribute to this extraordinary monopole. This wine slides across the palate with the texture of silk brocade, energized by its sturdy mineral core, and it builds to a balanced, lingering finish that clings to the palate, satisfyingly. Deriving from a 2.5-acre monopole of rare hundred-year-old Aligoté vines situated at the peak of the slope, the grapes for this wine ferment in open, temperature-controlled vats, and the wine ages in oak, almost always used, for two years. more info
Tenuta dell'Ornellaia Ornellaia Vendemmia d'Artista 2009 3L
Tenuta dell'Ornellaia Ornellaia Vendemmia d'Artista 2009 3L
Price: $5,499.00

The '09 Ornellaia is a showy Super Tuscan, in all the best possible ways. A blend of 52% Cabernet Sauvignon, 22% Merlot, 21% Cabernet Franc and the rest Petit Verdot, the Ornellaia '09 embraces both massive power and elegance, offers complex aromatics, and exceptional balance between its ripe, defined fruit, its warming alcohol, refreshing acidity, and its velvety tannins. As delicious as are its notes of frutti di bosco, chocolate, Tuscan terroir and savory herbs, it's this wine's the caressing mouth-feel that stays with you, and now with at least five years of maturity, this ’09 Ornellaia is integrated, stunning, and left with years ahead of it. more info
Tenuta dell'Ornellaia Ornellaia Vendemmia d'Artista 2010 3L
Tenuta dell'Ornellaia Ornellaia Vendemmia d'Artista 2010 3L
Price: $5,499.00

Nuanced and sophisticated, the aromatics and the palate of the ’10 Ornellaia marry seamlessly; its bouquet of ripe dark fruit, earth and wildflowers echo on the palate that clings to your mouth and takes forever to dissipate. 2010 saw the 25th anniversay of Ornallaia, and this special bottling reflects the significance of the year. It’s a beautifully balanced evocation of Ornellaia, one that shows freshness and ripeness in equal measure. While it seems early to drink a wine this monumental, and while time in the cellar will only serve to integrate this wine’s tannins, the ’10 Ornellaia is approachable. This is a wine worthy of its 25 years of history. more info