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Exceptional Value, Single Vineyard Piemonte Royalty Debuts Classic 2016 Piemonte Vintage and Rare Expression Nebbiolo.

IWM SPECIAL PRESENTATION

Single Vineyard Debuts from the Classic 2016 Alto Piemonte Vintage and the Noble Nebbiolo. It’s the Monfortino Alternative from the Historic Grand Cru-Like Vineyard of Gattinara and Barolo Royalty – At a Fraction of the Price.

“There is no question that the most exciting development in Alto Piemonte is Roberto Conterno’s recent acquisition of Nervi in Gattinara. Nervi is the oldest winery in Gattinara and owns several choice vineyards… The 2016 single-vineyard Gattinaras are out of this world. Conterno has taken his maniacal attention to detail and the best practices he has developed at his Giacomo Conterno estate and applied them at Nervi. The results speak for themselves.” - Antonio Galloni, Vinous

If you love Italian wines, you have likely heard the strong and positive words surrounding the 2016 vintage and the prized wines of Barolo and Barbaresco. But what you should know is that these powerful words extend well beyond the boundaries of the King and Queen of Wines to Alto Piemonte. In particular, it is the small region of Gattinara, which lies about 90 miles to the north of Barbaresco, that really stands out. It is fair to say the wines have come a long way since the unique, and wiggly-shaped Travaglini Gattinaras that many of us used as candle holders in our dorms. However, it is here in Gattinara, that still somehow remains under the radar, that the noble Nebbiolo delivers exceptional value, especially in the hands of Piemonte royalty.

And that begins with, Nervi (now Nervi-Conterno). This is one of Alto Piemonte’s benchmark Gattinaras and the region’s oldest Cantina – dating back to 1906. The estate shook up the wine world a few years back when Roberto Conterno, the current owner of the legendary Giacomo Conterno (Monfortino) in Barolo, acquired the estate. Conterno has been a silent consultant of Nervi since 2013, and the recent releases now have the Roberto Conterno touch and DNA running in the wines. From the entry-level Gattinara Normale to the single vineyard labels from grand cru-like terroir, Valferana and Molsino, these wines are simply stunning - offering bright acidity, minerality, and classic Nebbiolo purity.

Today, we are excited to highlight the exciting new releases of the cru Valferana and Molsino, from the standout 2016 Piedmont vintage - the finest since 2004 and 2010. They are as Antonio Galloni rather simply sums up, “In a word: Lights out. Make that two words.” IWM once again opened the 2016 Gattinara, alongside the 2014 Vigna Molsino, with the team noting “In many ways, this is the Monfortino value alternative living in the shadows of Barolo. It is another take on Nebbiolo from Barolo royalty, Roberto Conterno and the Grand Cru-like vineyard of Gattinara.”

However, it does not end with crus, there is beloved flagship cuvee; we are now pleased to announce the arrival of a new and final allocation of the straight 2016 Nervi-Conterno Gattinara. At under $50, this is one of the rare expressions of Nebbiolo delivered with such pedigree. It is a wine where Antonio Galloni echoes our opinion noting, “readers who want to get a sense of what the future holds at Nervi will get plenty of answers here [2016 Gattinara]. This is such a captivating wine.” There is no doubt that under Roberto Conterno’s leadership, Nervi will certainly be an estate to follow in the upcoming years and it is well-worth grabbing these 2016 Nervi-Conterno Gattinara, and the 2014 Nervi-Conterno Gattinara Vigna Molsino while we wait on the highly-anticipated single vineyard expressions from 2016 to arrive!

FEATURED WINE: Grand Cru Vineyards and the Historic Estate - Nervi Conterno

Producer/Wine

Vintage

Price

Special

Press

Featured Wine:

6+ Bottles

Nervi-Conterno Gattinara

2016

$59.99

$49.99

94AG

Nervi-Conterno Gattinara Vigna Valferana*

2016

$129.99

$99.99

96AG

Nervi-Conterno Gattinara Vigna Molsino*

2016

$129.99

$99.99

96AG

Nervi-Conterno Gattinara Vigna Molsino

2014

$129.99

$99.99

94AG/94WA

Additional 2016 Selections:

Scavino Barolo

2016

$49.99

$39.99

95WA

Cigliuti Barbaresco Vie Erte

2016

$49.99

$44.99

94AG/94WS

Eraldo Borgogno Barolo Vignane

2016

$59.99

$49.99

NR

Moccagatta Barbaresco Bric Balin

2016

$59.99

$53.99

96AG

Nervi-Conterno Gattinara

2016

$59.99

$49.99

94AG

Poderi Colla Barbaresco Roncaglie

2016

$59.99

$49.99

95AG

Cigliuti Barbaresco Serraboella 2016

2016

$79.99

$62.99

95AG/94WS

Scavino Barolo Monvigliero

2016

$79.99

$69.99

96WA/96AG

Cavallotto Barolo Bricco Boschis

2016

$89.99

$79.99

99WE/98WA

Oddero Barolo Rocche di Castiglione

2016

$94.99

$84.99

95AG/95WA

Aldo Conterno Barolo Bussia*

2016

$99.99

$89.99

95WA

Scavino Barolo Bric del Fiasc

2016

$109.99

$94.99

98WA/96AG

E. Pira & Figli Chiara Boschis Mosconi

2016

$119.99

$109.99

96WA/96JS

Aldo Conterno Barolo Colonnello*

2016

$189.99

$169.99

96JS/95+WA

Aldo Conterno Barolo Cicala*

2016

$189.99

$169.99

98JS/96WA

Sandrone Barolo Aleste*

2016

$189.99

$159.99

98WA/98AG

Bruno Giacosa Barbaresco Rabaja*

2016

$229.99

$199.99

97JS

Bruno Giacosa Barolo*

2016

$229.99

$199.99

94D

Giuseppe Rinaldi Barolo Tre Tine*

2016

$349.99

$299.99

95AG

Aldo Conterno Barolo Vigna Romirasco*

2016

$349.99

$299.99

95WA


*indicates pre-arrival

If you are unfamiliar with Gattinara, it is part a small region to the north of Barolo and Barbaresco called Alto Piemonte. Situated closer to the Alps, this under-the-radar region focuses on stunning terroir-driven Nebbiolo, that also represent incredible value. This past summer, Antonio Galloni, highlighted the wines of the region calling the Nebbiolos of Alto Piemonte “The Last Frontier!” The best vineyards sites in Alto Piemonte and Gattinara DOCG are laden with volcanic soils and cool conditions that “yield bright, focused red wines that have the underlying minerality and acid profile to age effortlessly for years, and in many cases, decades.” These terroir-driven Nebbiolo show a distinctive style while still delivering on the typical flavor profile of the “King of Grapes and Grape of Kings.” We highly recommend these stunning Gattinaras to any Nebbiolo or Pinot Noir aficionados.

Additional Review and Notes:



2016 NERVI-CONTERNO GATTINARA
Christopher Deas, Italian Wine Merchants: “Nervi is the oldest producer in the remote, ancient village of Gattinara – about 90 miles above Barolo and Barbaresco in Northern Piedmont (or Alto Piemonte). Over the past few years the respected estate has asked for some additional guidance from the strong hand that is Roberto Conterno. He is just an added contribution to the already established foundation that dates back to 1906 and is now quietly taking control of the ancient estate and vines. And while many collector eyes are on the grand cru like expression from the vineyard of Vigna Molsino, it is the normale or straight Gattinara cuvee that is the perfect pizza wine for us. Like all things in 2016, from Napa to Bordeaux, Bolgheri to Burgundy, and Rhone Valley to Piemonte, Mother Nature blessed the earth for what is arguably the finest universal vintage since 2010 and 1990. Explosive red fruit nuances, wild berries, dried cherries, a touch of kirsch, crushed roses, tea, brown spices, herbs and saline. Under the explosive red fruit, there is a linear focus and energy. Finish firm and dry as Nebbiolo should, and is the perfect complement to Ken Forkish’s homemade sausage and mushroom pizza.”

94 Points, Antonio Galloni, Vinous: Nervi's 2016 Gattinara from Nervi is superb. Sweet red cherry, mint, juniper berry and wild flowers are some of the many notes that soar out of the glass. The 2016 is distinguished by its brilliant aromatic presence and tremendous purity of fruit. Even just bottled, the 2016 exudes precision and nuance to burn. Of course, the 2016 needs time, but readers who want to get a sense of what the future holds at Nervi will get plenty of answers here. This is such a captivating wine.”

2014 NERVI-CONTERNO GATTINARA VIGNA MOLSINO
Christopher Deas, Italian Wine Merchants: “In many ways, this is the Monfortino value alternative living in the shadows of Barolo. It is another take on Nebbiolo from Barolo royalty, Roberto Conterno and the Grand Cru-like vineyard of Gattinara. Like traditional Barolo, there is a deceiving translucent hue to the wine. On the nose, the wine takes you to the Langhe Hills with intoxicating notes of macerated cherries, raspberry, tar, underbrush and herbal notes on the nose. These nuances continue through to the palate with light accents of tart and succulent red fruit, dried cherries, crushed roses, black tea, citrus peel, brown spices, and salinity that hint at so much more. It is a juicy, expansive wine, that remains extremely light on the palate with its energetic core. And with some recommended aeration, the austerity and firm Nebbiolo tannins soften here, filling out on the palate and revealing more texture with warming red fruits that will evolve beside the staining floral notes, baked earth, leather, sweet tobacco, and awesome flavor spectrum that only Nebbiolo can deliver. It begins as a high tone wine for the old school Barolo, Sangiovese, Burgundy, and Rioja enthusiasts. Surprisingly, had this with iron skillet salmon, some charred, smoky kale greens, seared jalapeno and shallots and it worked rather nicely. Again, this is a wine for the high toned, energetic, understated wine enthusiast - count me in. Bravo.”

2016 NERVI-CONTERNO GATTINARA VIGNA MOLSINO
96 Points, Antonio Galloni, Vinous: “Tasted next to the Valferana, the 2016 Gattinara Vigna Molsino is much more nervous in feel. Iron, dried herbs, sweet dried cherry, mint, crushed rocks, white pepper and earthy notes give the Molsino a good deal of aromatic complexity to match its intense, saline-infused minerality. Today, though, the tannins and acids are almost overpowering. Readers will find an old-school, classically austere Gattinara that needs 10-15 years to be at its best. The 2016 is an absolute jewel of a wine, but it should be purchased only by readers with either very good genes are a ton of optimism regarding their own longevity.

2016 NERVI-CONTERNO GATTINARA VIGNA VALFERANA
96 Points, Antonio Galloni, Vinous: “The 2016 Gattinara Vigna Valferana is every bit as impressive from bottle as it was from cask. Rich and resonant, the 2016 is so supremely beautiful as it opens up in the glass. It is a wine of real breadth and textural expansiveness. Rose petal, mint, sweet dried cherry, tar, anise and orange peel are some of the nuances that emerge, but the Valferana is a wine to admire for its total sense of balance. In a word: Lights out. Make that two words.

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 10/5 or while supplies last), we are asking that you email orders back to me at chris.deas@italianwinemerchants.com , connect with your Portfolio Manager or mention receipt of this offer if calling the store. All orders are subject to confirmation.

All my best,

Chris