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Perfection from Montalcino’s Artisanal Rising Star and the “Vintage Made by God.” and a Rare Vertical of Poggio di Sotto
October 16, 2020

Perfection from Montalcino’s Artisanal Rising Star and the “Vintage Made by God.” Just 250 Cases Produced. Plus, A Rare Vertical of Poggio di Sotto Brunello di Montalcino.

Carlo Ferrini’s small private vineyard may produce Montalcino’s best-kept secret.” -

Here is a relatively new Brunello di Montalcino that is making some noise. The limited production, artisanally-crafted Podere Giodo Brunello di Montalcino received perfection from the critics and the 2015 “vintage of a lifetime.” If you are not familiar with this wine, there is good reason, there is simply not much to go around. In fact, there is a last unicorn element here as only 25 cases of the 250 produced are arriving in the US, IWM receives a mere ten cases. As a result, we are making this debut and exclusive offer to select patrons first – on a first-come, first-served basis.

As a new product, I thought you should know more about the wine. Podere Giodo Brunello di Montalcino is the product of Carlo Ferrini, one of Tuscany's most respected enologists and consultant. Over the past two decades he has been responsible for some of the most celebrated Brunellos, Chiantis and Tuscan Blends (or if you prefer Super Tuscans) – they include the names of Casanova di Neri, Talenti, Mazzei, Brancaia, Petrolo, Castello del Terriccio, and Barone Ricasoli. "The Winemaker of the year 2008" by Wine Enthusiast has finally found time to carve out a vineyard for his own limited release label 'Giodo'. From years of research and personal experience, he selected the best clones from his favorite prized site in Montalcino, along a dirt road going towards Castelnuovo dell’Abate from San’t Angelo in Colle, where he produces two 100% Sangiovese based wines, the Brunello and a unique Rosso IGT that should not be overlooked from this vintage. From the ripe 2015 vintage, the Giodo captures the rich and exotic side of Sangiovese and we are happy to make five cases available.

In addition, we have received many requests for more Poggio di Sotto. We are now able to include a rare vertical of IWM’s signature producer. It is simply impossible for another merchant to offer a vertical of this size and provenance in one offer.


Note: wines are pre-arrival from Italy



100 Points, James Suckling: This is a splendid Brunello, showing extraordinary purity of sangiovese character. Cherry and floral aromas and flavors. Full-bodied with incredibly integrated tannins that seem like they are not there. But they are and are comprehensive on the palate. Great depth and agility. Just floats on the palate. Magic carpet. Drinkable, to enjoy the magic, but needs three or four years to come around.”

97+ Points, Monica Larner, Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate:
“The Giodo 2015 Brunello di Montalcino is a real stunner with a tight, finely knit texture that transcends and ultimately unites both the bouquet and the mouthfeel, putting them on an even playing field. This gives the wine a broad sense of unity and wholeness that is the key to withstanding the aging process one would expect to submit this bottle to. At this young stage, Giodo's Brunello reveals blue flowers, wild berry, camphor ash and delicate spice. This wine shows a compressed sense of intensity that expands quickly after you lift the proverbial lid off the box. As it breathes in air and takes on more volume, it also leaves a deeper impression on your nose and palate. It closes with a simple note of sweet cherry that makes for a perfect postscript. Some 10,000 bottles were released in January 2020.”

95 Points, Eric Guido, Vinous: The 2015 Poggio di Sotto Brunello di Montalcino struts its Castelnuovo dell'Abate origins with pride, taking all of the best aspects of this sunny vintage and adding a savoriness that balances everything out so well. The bouquet is a stunning mix of savory cherry sauce, sage, seared meat, cinnamon, moist earth, and a hint of animal musk. On the palate, its textures are like the purest silk being slowly drawn across the senses in a seamless expression of dark red fruits, sweet spice and inner florals. Nothing is out of place here, showing incredible balance and poise, while remaining tightly wound up in it’s youthful state. The finish seems to go on and on, displaying pretty red fruits and floral tones over a core of salty minerals and rock-solid tannin. You could drink this now, but you’d be missing out, because beneath all of its suave character and textural richness, it is a beast of a wine just waiting to come out.

97 Points, Monica Larner, Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate:
“Poggio di Sotto has released one of the wines of the vintage. The 2010 Brunello di Montalcino Riserva fulfills the promise of its category. Brunello Riservas are aged for six long years before their release, thus insuring extra intensity and complexity. This wine delivers both in abundance. The bouquet is more sophisticated and deeper than the Annata and in addition to dark fruit and blackberry, this wine shows an extra dose of clove and spice. In the mouth, the wine is smooth and silky, but it also shows impressive power and length. This Riserva will deliver its best performance for those who are willing to wait ten years or more.”

97 Points, Monica Larner, Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate:
“The 2013 Brunello di Montalcino is downright gorgeous. The wine is inward-looking at the very beginning, but it quickly revs up to deliver soaring intensity and profound elegance. It goes from first to sixth gear in seconds and grabs all your attention and admiration in the process. The bouquet reads like a textbook Sangiovese, with wild berry, rose hip, pressed violets, cola, balsam herb, licorice and cigar ash. The bouquet underlines the wine's enormous finesse and pedigree, but the mouthfeel is all about frankness, directness and power. This is a naked and pure Brunello that glows bright with confidence and pride.”

97 Points, Monica Larner, Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate:
“Poggio di Sotto reaches lofty new heights with the 2013 Brunello di Montalcino Riserva. I spent a lot of time studying this wine and I tasted it at different intervals and from different bottles. Fruit ripened slowly over a long period of time over the course of this cool vintage, resulting in bright acidity and a firm tannic backbone. This wine follows the classic promise of traditional Brunello that, above all, softens and improves with age. This wine will meet those important goals. The bouquet offers evolved tones of dried cherry and crème de cassis with lovely spice, tar, licorice and balsam herb that culminate in increased complexity and persistence. I also taste some of the sharpness of the vintage, although it should subside with time. That point of tannic thorniness (that I associate with 2013) is the only thing preventing this wine from scoring even higher. Only 2,700 bottles were produced.”

This is an email ONLY offer! Should you have any questions on these exciting wines, or would like to take advantage of this offer (that is only available until 11:59, Monday 10/19 or while supplies last), we are asking that you email orders back to me at , connect with your Portfolio Manager or mention receipt of this offer if calling the store. All orders are subject to confirmation.

All my best,