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Vintage Piemonte Gems, 1926 to 1999 Barolo and Barbaresco!
November 13, 2018
A Note from Sergio

It's an indisputable fact: mature wines taste very different from young wines. Still, some wine drinkers will take a sip of a 30-year-old vintage and expect it to taste like a newly released wine. These wine enthusiasts may have educating their palates with five-year-old Syrahs and three-year-old Cabernets, and, in so doing, they have learned that freshness and fruitiness are the main gauges of quality--but they're not. Think about how when you meet an octogenarian, you look for poise and wisdom. You sit and talk quietly with people in their 80s; you try to learn from them. Wine is similar. Old, beautiful wines aren't full of bright, youthful, easy flavors, but they have other qualities that deserve your appreciation.

I personally would rather drink a mediocre wine from 1975 than an okay wine from 2014 any day. An old wine represents the remarkable accomplishment of the farmer who made it. Over a decade, the average winemaker usually has only two harvests that are exceptional enough to warrant long aging. That means that over a period of 30 years, even the best vintners can only hope to make a deeply superior wine six times. More than that, drinking an old vintage is the best way to fully understand a wine. A winemaker's best long-aged bottle symbolizes their wine's full potential; whenever you drink another vintage from the same estate, you can refer back to that glorious old bottle.

Today, I'm very proud to present an offer that embodies every excellent quality about old wines--it's a list of 55 beautifully mature Barolo and Barbaresco wines from some of Piemonte's greatest winemakers. These are wines that have blown me away, wines that I treasure, wines that I've popped to celebrate a milestone, and wines that have been opened for me to cement friendships. These are very, very special wines; they're bottles that represent people, places, and times who will never pass this way again. Most of all, these are wines that I've built my business to have the privilege to sell. They could only come from IWM, and it is my honor to be able to offer them to you, my clients.

Enjoy!

Today's Featured Sections Include:

1. Only At IWM: Vintage Piemonte, Special Pricing on More than 50 Mature Piemonte Wines!
2. Wine Events: Upcoming November Wine Tasting Events

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Giacomo Conterno Barolo 1964 750ml
Giacomo Conterno Barolo 1964 750ml
Price: $539.00

Cantina Conterno began in 1908 when Grandfather Giovanni Conterno started making wines. While not technically labeled Monfortino at the time, the now legendary riserva was born in 1915 when Giovanni placed emphasis on premium quality Barolo made only in great vintages with long fermentation and aging periods to create the best aging potential. This philosophy was inherited and taken to astronomical heights by his son Giacomo more info
Gaja Sperss 1997 750ml
Gaja Sperss 1997 750ml
Price: $599.99

Upon release, this massive yet ethereal Gaja cru “Barolo” offered myriad notes that unfolded with magical abundance: ripe red and blue fruit, cypress and fresh-cut herbs, chocolate and espresso, earth and umami, a beautiful mélange of flavors conveyed on a rich, dense yet ethereal palate. Now with almost two decades of age, this wine has only grown better, more integrated, turning into a seamless evocation of terroir and benchmark vintage, a bottle crafted as only Angelo Gaja can. In 1988, GAJA purchased the Sperss vineyard in Barolo, which sits on the historic and celebrated Marenca-Rivetta site in Serralunga; this wine is Angelo's most brooding and concentrated expression, displaying all the Serralunga characteristics of asphalt, tar, smoke and spice, and marked with prominent ripe, dark fruit and ironclad tannins that can propel this wine three decades. more info
Giacomo Conterno Barolo 1961 750ml
Giacomo Conterno Barolo 1961 750ml
Price: $699.00

1961 is widely considered one of the great Piemonte vintages of the 1960s, and this Giacomo Conterno Barolo stands the test of time. This wine’s remarkable primary red and blue fruits dance against a framework of worn saddle leather, crushed herbs, dried rose petals, warm earth, and tertiary notes of autumn leaves, roasted game, and white truffles. At once ethereal and powerful, this Barolo floats on the palate while its spectacular minerality and surprising acidic core propel its silky, complex and kaleidoscopic finish. A magical wine, Conterno’s ’61 Barolo captivates from every angle, embodying its majestic vintage with its sheer finesse and breathtaking longevity. This 1961 Barolo dates from the years when the Giacomo Conterno estate still purchased their grapes from trusted local growers with prime vineyards in Monforte and Serralunga; this Barolo was crafted almost entirely by Giovanni, Giacomo’s son, in traditional methods. more info
Poderi Aldo Conterno Barolo Cicala Granbussia 1974 750ml
Poderi Aldo Conterno Barolo Cicala Granbussia 1974 750ml
Price: $699.00

Beautifully mature, the ’74 Barolo Cicala Granbussia revels in its tertiary notes, ethereal mouthfeel, and elegant refinement. Black tea, licorice, stewed plums, espresso beans, white truffles, and roasted game surround the wine’s dark cherries, iron flakes, and rose petals. Fully resolved tannins and lingering acidity support this Barolo’s mesmerizing mouthfeel; time in the glass allows this wine to open up and reveal its subtle, nuanced, and sneaky power. While Aldo Conterno sourced its 1970 debut Granbussia bottling from both the Colonnello and Cicala vineyards, in 1974, Conterno chose to bottle the two vineyards separately to craft a pair of complementary wines. more info
Giacomo Conterno Barolo Monfortino Riserva 1947 750ml
Giacomo Conterno Barolo Monfortino Riserva 1947 750ml
Price: $2,049.00

Despite being more than 70 years old, the ’47 Barolo Monfortino Riserva feels remarkably youthful, retaining its elegant smoky minerals, tarry earth, classic rose petals, and remnants of its pure Nebbiolo fruits. Tannins are almost fully resolved, but this ’47 Monfortino has kept its vivid acidity, ethereal mouthfeel, and surprising power. Simply superb! Giacomo Conterno crafts its Barolo Monfortino exclusively in vintages of the highest caliber; between the years of 1920 and 2009, Barolo Monfortino made only 47 out of a possible 89 appearances, averaging fewer than 600 cases in each vintage. Barolo Monfortino Riserva is unquestionably a standard-bearer in Barolo, and it consistently shows the deft hand of its maker in its mind-blowing complexity, nuance, power and ineffable beauty. more info
Giacomo Conterno Barolo Monfortino Riserva 1955 750ml
Giacomo Conterno Barolo Monfortino Riserva 1955 750ml
Price: $2,049.00

The 1955 Barolo Monfortino Riserva embodies its vintage, which is one of the great classic years of the mid-twentieth century. Dried rose petals, subtle spice, touches of game and dusty earth, and kisses of brown sugar and soy frame the pure red fruits in this astonishingly ageless Monfortino. Graceful and silky, this Monfortino hangs in the mouth with an ethereal feel, even as it glides to a complex, surprising finish that balances power with delicacy. Giacomo Conterno crafts its Barolo Monfortino exclusively in vintages of the highest caliber; between the years of 1920 and 2009, Barolo Monfortino made only 47 out of a possible 89 appearances, averaging fewer than 600 cases in each vintage. Barolo Monfortino Riserva is unquestionably a standard-bearer in Barolo, and it consistently shows the deft hand of its maker in its mind-blowing complexity, nuance, power and ineffable beauty. more info
Giacomo Conterno Barolo Monfortino Riserva 1982 750m
Giacomo Conterno Barolo Monfortino Riserva 1982 750ml
Price: $2,049.00

If you’re a Barolo enthusiast who prizes delicacy, nuance, aromatics and sophistication in your wines, look no further than the ’82 Barolo Monfortino. This wine has a kaleidoscopic nose that changes perspective in turns, showing off first one element and then another: precise Nebbiolo fruit, crushed rose petals and violets, balsamic, sunbaked earth, truffles, warm saddle leather and baking spices make an appearance. Silky and textured, this wine swaddles the palate with an ineffable weightlessness, yet it’s nonetheless structured and youthful. In years of outstanding quality, Giacomo Conterno selects the very best grapes in Cascina Francia, and these become Monfortino. Fermentation of both Barolo bottlings is identical with the exception that the Monfortino gets no temperature control; no matter how high the fermentation temperatures may go, there is no intervention on the part of the Giacomo Conterno. Drinking now, this bottling has years ahead of it. more info
Bartolo Mascarello Barolo 1968 1.5L
Bartolo Mascarello Barolo 1968 1.5L
Price: $2,049.00

Wafting with dried rose petals, tarry earth, worn saddle leather, cigar wrapper, truffles, and pure Nebbiolo fruit, this ’68 Barolo from Cantina Mascarello is a delicate, rare encapsulation of time in a bottle. This fifty-year-old Barolo is ideal for connoisseurs of mature wine--it’s an ethereal, elegant wine that layers its youthful acidity with refined tannins, and complements its sweet inner perfume with tertiary notes of umami and tea. Offered in magnum, this wine’s large format has allowed it to age more gracefully and more slowly, making for an ideal drinking experience. Crafted by the late, great Bartolo Mascarello in tandem with his father, Giulio, this ’68 bottling is traditional Barolo at its best--blended from the estate's Nebbiolo vineyards in Canubbi, San Lorenzo and from Rué in the commune of Barolo--vinfied and aged in old oak botti. more info