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IWM’s Biggest Flash Sale--Magnificent Magnums!
October 30, 2018
A Note from Sergio

It's an observable fact: the wine you'll drink from a large bottle will be better than the same vintage poured from a 750-milliliter bottle. Science can explain some of the reasons why wines from large bottles tastes better. For example, the air-to-wine ratio of big bottles is key. There's about an inch of air between the cork and the juice in every bottle, no matter the size, whether it's a split or a Jeroboam. The ratio of oxygen to wine is therefore lower in a magnum, so the wine oxidizes at a slower rate, and because of this, the wine ages better and lasts longer.

In the end, though, air level can only partially explain why wines in big bottles are superior. That bit of science can't explain the many mysteries, developments, and explosions that happen inside a bottle, nor can science explain the essential magic of wine. When I've pressed the greatest winemakers in Italy for an answer, they've all answered similarly. Wine is life, they say, and life flourishes in a bigger, better environment. Simply put, the more life, the better.

A flash sale of almost 80 magnums, today's offer is a toast to the beauty of large format bottles. You'll find Italian wines, French wines, Champagnes, dessert wines, even some wines from Spain and California--this list has gorgeous, in-stock magnums that will make your guests very, very happy. The bigger the bottle, the better the wine, and the more extraordinary the experience.

Enjoy!

Today's Featured Sections Include:

1. Time Sensitive Offer: 78 Big, Beautiful Magnums on Sale!
2. Wine Events: Upcoming November Wine Tasting Events

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Tenute Silvio Nardi Brunello di Montalcino 2012 1.5L
Tenute Silvio Nardi Brunello di Montalcino 2012 1.5L
Price: $114.99

A terrific choice for Brunello fans who love the wine’s trademark bright acidity, this ’12 bottling from Silvio Nardi layers its tart red and blue fruits on a foundation of leather, spices, crushed violet petals and cedar-strewn earth.  This wine whooshes across the palate, scattering chewy tannins that stud the cheeks and building to a resonant finish. Structured and balanced, this ’12 Brunello could use a couple of years in the cellar before true enjoyment. A cuvée of grapes grown in Silvio Nardi’s vineyards, the grapes for this Bruenllo ferment in temperature-controlled tanks for about twenty days; the wine in a combination of French oak barriques, both new and used, as well as in botti, and it finishes with six months in bottle before release. more info
Charles Heidsieck Brut Reserve NV 1.5L
Charles Heidsieck Brut Reserve NV 1.5L
Price: $129.00

Sunny stone fruits, sappy orchard fruits, and vibrant lemon zest dance against a backdrop of smoky minerals, crushed flower petals, buttered brioche, almond paste and exotic spices in this caressing, energetic Champagne Brut Réserve. Fine, elegant perlage tickles the cheeks as this wine gathers power, moving from succulent richness to chalky energy. This balanced Champagne marries its open-knit generosity with almost kinetic energy, offering a drinking experience that’s food-friendly and expansive. A blend of mostly Chardonnay and Pinot Noir with 20% Pinot Meunier, this Champagne derives from 60 different crus with a focus on Oger (for opulence), Ambonnay (for structure), and Verneuil, for texture. Individual crus ferment in stainless steel, and the wines are racked to separate the lees and to undergo malolactic fermentation; each non-vintage cuvée contains at least 40% reserve wine that averages ten years of age, and after assembling the blend, the Champagne ages for about five years in the estate’s 2,000-year-old chalk cellars before disgorgement. more info
La Castellada Chardonnay Collio 2000
La Castellada Chardonnay Collio 2000 1.5L
Price: $129.77

Friuli's answer to a White Burgundy, a firmly-textured Chardonnay revealing a hint of minerality and a forward-leaning helping of ripe fruit on the palate. more info
Domaine Alain Burguet Gevrey Mes Favorites VV 2013 1.5L
Domaine Alain Burguet Gevrey Mes Favorites VV 2013 1.5L
Price: $214.99

A very silky texture conveys rich, dark fruits and subtle hints of earth and spice in this gorgeous 2013 Gevrey-Chambertin. As the name suggests, this wine is a blend of vigneron Alain Burguet’s very favorite plots of Pinot Noir. Produced from vines between 80 and 100 years of age, this cuvée Gevrey-Chambertin shows evident concentration, complexity and intensity. Made from organically grown grapes in a non-interventionist method, the wine is incredibly balanced and exudes a cool elegance and purity on both the nose and the palate. more info
Giacomo Conterno Barolo Cascina Francia 2008 1.5L
Giacomo Conterno Barolo Cascina Francia 2008 1.5L
Price: $439.00

Cascina Francia, named for the superb 14-hectare vineyard that also provides grapes for Conterno’s masterful Monfortino, is arguably the one of the finest bottlings of Barolo and unquestionably epitome of a classic Barolo, an expression that presents “good body, alcohol, and tannins, plus that certain something that gives longevity”—elements that represent the pillars of a noble wine in the philosophy of Giacomo Conterno. Exquisite balance, trademark structure, fascinating complexity, along with ample fruit and a kaleidoscopic nose typify this quintessential Barolo. 2008’s long rainy season turned dry in August, something that benefitted the fussy Nebbiolo grape; warm late summer and early fall days were complemented by cool nights, working together to create a deeply aromatic Barolo of exceptional purity, great finesse and admirable class. more info
Castello del Terriccio Lupicaia 2009 1.5L
Castello del Terriccio Lupicaia 2009 1.5L
Price: $459.00

The ’09 Lupicaia is a seductive wine that looks, smells, tastes and feels beautiful. The wine wafts with succulent red and blue fruits, fresh-cut herbs, espresso beans, warm chocolate, and leather, all laid on a bed of pressed flowers and loam. Filling the mouth with polished, fine-grained tannins, copious dry extract, and a sweet inner perfume, this silky Lupicaia vintage wants you to enjoy it right now, but as satisfying it is, it’ll be even more graceful and sexy in a few years. A blend of Cabernet Sauvignon with Merlot and Petit Verdot, the grapes for this wine ferment separately in temperature-controlled stainless steel, and the wine ages in barrique for 18 to 24 months before assembling the final blend and bottling. more info
Domaine Ponsot Morey-St-Denis 1er Cuvee Alouettes 2012 1.5L
Domaine Ponsot Morey-St-Denis 1er Cuvee Alouettes 2012 1.5L
Price: $540.00

Impressive, pure fruit and beautiful structure marry with impeccable balance in this compelling, stellar Ponsot ’12 Cuvée Alouettes. Offering layers of minerality that are laced with fruit and earth, the precise and intense ’12 bottling uncurls to a finish that seems to go on forever. This wine derives from the estate’s almost 2.5-acre Alouettes parcel; the organically tended grapes 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. It’s one of the best values for quality of such caliber from Ponsot and a must-have for real Burgundy connoisseurs. more info
M. Chapoutier Ermitage L'Ermite 2006 1.5L
M. Chapoutier Ermitage L'Ermite 2006 1.5L
Price: $569.99

Upon release, the ’06 Ermitage L’Ermite garnered praise for its racy, chiseled profile that married intensity with focus. Now with more than a decade of age, this wine is softening its edges, layering its succulent, dense black and blue fruits with smoky minerals, gamy meats, crushed violets, pencil lead, and peppery spices. Aromatic and earthy, this wine crackles on the palate with energy, latching onto the palate with a fiercely tannic grip, and unfolding layers of mineral-laden notes. Poised on the edge of its drinking window, this powerhouse of a Syrah will drink for decades. Deriving from 80-year-old Syrah vines grown in granite-laden soils, the grapes ferment in temperature-controlled concrete tanks for about a month, and the wine ages for 18 to 20 months in barriques, one-third new. more info
Jaboulet Hermitage La Chapelle 2009 1.5L
Jaboulet Hermitage La Chapelle 2009 1.5L
Price: $725.00

This dark, inky, almost opaque ‘09 Hermitage La Chapelle oozes across the palate with notes of brambly dark fruit, au jus, exotic spices, smoke, umami and pencil lead. Silky, viscous, rich and opulent in the mouth, this La Chapelle nonetheless has outstanding structure, freshness and balance--simply put, it’s an exquisite Hermitage and it shows that winemaker-owner Caroline Frey is at the top of her game. Deriving primarily from Le Meal and Les Bessards vineyards, with a touch of Les Roucoules fruit, the 2009 vintage clearly makes evident that Jaboulet is back on track with some dramatic changes; selections are stringent and yields have been significantly reduced from their typical 8,000-10,000 case production to a mere 2,000 in 2009. The results are more concentration, purer fruit and more structure--in fact, this may be the greatest La Chapelle since 1978. more info
Domaine Ponsot Chapelle-Chambertin Grand Cru 2011 1.5L
Domaine Ponsot Chapelle-Chambertin Grand Cru 2011 1.5L
Price: $849.00

Weighty, intense, and concentrated, this ’11 Chapelle-Chambertin explodes with succulent red and black fruits, dusty minerals, sun-warmed earth, crushed flower petals, and fresh-cut herbs. Savory minerals underpin the wine’s sweet fruit, driving it with focus and energy across the palate as it builds to a complex finish replete with sturdy tannins. Deriving from a 1.7-acre parcel, the grapes ferment in temperature-controlled tanks and the wine ages for two years in used oak barrels; Ponsot bottles with minimal sulfur, if any at all, which means that this domaine’s wines require careful storage and handling. more info