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Lush, Under $60 Brunello! Historic Montevertine! And Must-Have Champagne!
September 7, 2016
A Note from Sergio

Gianni Brunelli was a hometown hero. His father had sold the family's Montalcino vineyard, Le Chiuse di Sotto, and Gianni had gone to Siena, where he ran a very successful restaurant, Osteria Le Logge, near Piazza del Campo. It's a pretty famous spot, filled with wine and food lovers from around the world. People say, "Se vai a Siena vai a mangiare dal Brunelli," or "When in Siena you must eat at Brunelli's." And they are not wrong. But Gianni longed to return to his Montalcino home, and in 1987, he did. Gianni bought back his family's old vineyard, and ten years later he and his wife, Laura, purchased an additional property in Sant'Antimo. They farmed the estate organically, quietly made wine, happily served it at the restaurant, and bottled the rest to sell.

Sadly, Gianni passed away in 2008, but Laura continues in her husband's footsteps, and aided by Paolo Vagaggini, the estate has ensured Gianni's legacy. Gianni Brunelli makes low production wines that sing with the terroir of Montalcino--that inexpressible mélange of crushed chestnuts, rose petals, cypress needles, warm earth and wild berries that wafts around every genuine Brunello. Today, I'm very happy to offer you a new allocation of the estate's 2011 Brunello, a beautifully made traditional wine, and a delicious accompaniment to your fall and winter meals. Best of all, this wine is priced at under $60 a bottle, making it an affordable luxury.

Along with this lush, brooding Brunello, I'm very happy to present a strictly limited allocation of a historic wine from Montevertine, the home of the collector Sangiovese bottling Le Pergole Torte: Montevertine 1991 Il Novantuno di Sergio Manetti. In this vintage, Sergio Manetti decided not to bottle his iconic Le Pergole Torte, making this wine in its place. 25 years later, this wine is just coming into its own--and it is gorgeous! Finally, life's celebrations have a way of sneaking up on you. Be ready with Roger Coulon's Brut Réserve de l'Hommée. This grower Champagne is so good it's reason enough to celebrate!


Today's Featured Sections Include:

1. Spotlight on Excellence:
Gianni Brunelli's Brooding 2011 Brunello (It's Under $60!)
2. Only At IWM:
Historic Montevertine Double Magnums!
3. Time Sensitive Offer: Must-Have Grower Champagne from Roger Coulon
4. Wine Events: Upcoming September / October Wine Tasting Events

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Roger Coulon Brut Reserve de l'Hommee 1er Cru NV 750ml
Roger Coulon Brut Reserve de l'Hommee 1er Cru NV 750ml
Price: $52.99

Bright cherries and berries, buttered brioche, baking spices, and vanilla cavort in the nose of Roger Coulon’s fine Brut Réserve de l'Hommée; the wine’s precise palate echoes these notes, adding citrus and orchard fruits, along with a penetrating minerality. Perfect, fine perlage transmits texture and a bright skein of acidity propels this elegant Champagne as it builds to a balanced, complex, and mineral-laden finish. This wine, a blend of Pinot Meunier, Pinot Noir, and Chardonnay that derives from the estate’s old-vine vineyards in Vrigny and Pargny, gets its name from the traditional term for the vineyard work a person could do in a single day. Tradition dictates the creation of this wine; it ferments with only natural yeasts and ages for at least five years before disgorgement. more info