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The story of the Super-Tuscan pioneers began in 1944, when the noble Mario Incisa della Rocchetta perceived a likeness between the coastal soil of his Tenuta San Guido estate and that of the Graves appellation in Bordeaux. Both were rocky, as the name Graves suggests. With the assistance of Tancredi Biondi Santi he planted cuttings of Cabernet Sauvignon from Bordeaux’s Château Lafite and began to make the wine that he later christened Sassicaia, or “stony ground.” Sassicaia was introduced to the market in the late sixties following a quarter century of experimentation, the final years of which involved the notable assistance of Piero Antinori’s winemaker, the esteemed Giacomo Tachis. It immediately challenged the first growths and cult wines of the world, becoming the most collected Italian wine and a cellar trophy of aficionados. (IWM is pleased to have the largest allocation of vintage and current release bottlings.
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Marchese Antinori Chianti Classico Riserva Tignanello 2016 750ml
Marchese Antinori Chianti Classico Riserva Tignanello 2016 750ml
Price: $44.99

Rich, expressive, and multi-layered, the ’16 Chianti Classico Riserva Tignanello radiates its excellent vintage in its transparency, energy and complexity. Peppery spices, melted chocolate, crushed river rocks, pressed violet petals, and a touch of espresso frame this wine’s sappy blue and snappy red fruits. On the palate, this ruby hued wine is a delectable confluence of contrasts--savory underpinnings complement sweet fruits, nervy acidity balances copious dry extracts, while fine-grained tannins cling to the cheeks and provide elegant structure. Chianti Classico doesn’t get much better than this Antinori bottling! A blend of 90% Sangiovese and 10% Cabernet Sauvignon, the grapes derive from Antinori’s Tenuta Tignanello estate in the Chianti Classico production zone. The grapes for this wine ferment in temperature-controlled stainless steel for about ten days; the wine undergoes malolactic fermentation in French oak, and it ages for 14 months in a combination of French and Hungarian oak, followed by a year in bottle. more info
Marchese Antinori Chianti Classico Riserva Tignanello 2016 1.5L
Marchese Antinori Chianti Classico Riserva Tignanello 2016 1.5L
Price: $99.99

Rich, expressive, and multi-layered, the ’16 Chianti Classico Riserva Tignanello radiates its excellent vintage in its transparency, energy and complexity. Peppery spices, melted chocolate, crushed river rocks, pressed violet petals, and a touch of espresso frame this wine’s sappy blue and snappy red fruits. On the palate, this ruby hued wine is a delectable confluence of contrasts--savory underpinnings complement sweet fruits, nervy acidity balances copious dry extracts, while fine-grained tannins cling to the cheeks and provide elegant structure. Chianti Classico doesn’t get much better than this Antinori bottling! A blend of 90% Sangiovese and 10% Cabernet Sauvignon, the grapes derive from Antinori’s Tenuta Tignanello estate in the Chianti Classico production zone. The grapes for this wine ferment in temperature-controlled stainless steel for about ten days; the wine undergoes malolactic fermentation in French oak, and it ages for 14 months in a combination of French and Hungarian oak, followed by a year in bottle. more info
Antinori Guado al Tasso 2004 750ml
Antinori Guado al Tasso 2004 750ml
Price: $114.00

The 2004 Guado al Tasso is opulent and layered with rich dark fruits,  licorice and herbs. Impeccably balanced, the wine is supported by firm,  round tannins and a long persistent finish. more info
Antinori Tignanello 2014 750ml
Antinori Tignanello 2014 750ml
Price: $119.00

Precise yet welcoming, the ’14 Tignanello bursts with juicy cherries and brambly wild berries, warm cigar wrapper, mocha, fresh loam and smoky minerals. This wine balances its velvety palate with a sturdy mineral core, unspooling on the palate with a silky texture that’s studded with refined tannins. 2014’s Tignanello may not drink for decades, but it is a pleasurable, supple wine for the near term. An ideal blend of 80% Sangiovese, 15% Cabernet Sauvignon and 5% Cabernet Franc, Tignanello changed the Super-Tuscan game. Tignanello derives from a single 140-acre southwestern-facing vineyard of limestone-rich soils; Antinori separately ferments each plot in temperature-controlled stainless steel, ages each plot’s wine in barrels, some new and some used, for about a year, and only then makes the final blend. more info
Guado al Tasso Guado Al Tasso Bolgheri Superiore 2007 750ml
Guado al Tasso Guado Al Tasso Bolgheri Superiore 2007 750ml
Price: $129.00

Upon release, the ripe vintage 2007 Guado al Tasso was praised for its bold, intense and delicious profile. Now with more than a decade of age, this wine is firing on all cylinders, layering its rich frutti di bosco with grilled herbs, licorice, melted chocolate, exotic spices, and cigar wrapper; tertiary notes of black tea, potpourri, and truffles murmur in the background. Tannins mellowed, the wine glides with a velvety texture into its finish that’s accented by crystalline minerals and savory herbs. A blend that shifts with every vintage, the 2007 Guado is about 70% Cabernet Sauvignon, 20% Merlot, and 10% Cabernet Franc. For the 2007 Guado al Tasso, Antinori fermented each varietal separately for 15 to 20 days in temperature-controlled stainless steel and aged each varietal separately for 18 months in new barrique before blending and letting the wine rest in bottle for ten months before release. more info
Tuscan Trio Three-Bottle Basket
Tuscan Trio Three-Bottle Basket
Price: $194.00

Two’s company and three’s a delicious crowd in this sampler from iconic Toscana. This delightful ménage à trois is the ideal gift for people who adore the romance of Toscana, who appreciate its stunning range of Sangiovese-based wines, and who first fell in love under the Tuscan sun. There’s no third wheel in this trio of emblematic Italian reds!

This Gift Includes:
3 x Tuscan Wine Selections
1 x Large Woven-Wood Gift Basket
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Montevertine Le Pergole Torte 2015 750ml
Montevertine Le Pergole Torte 2015 750ml
Price: $199.00

Lush blue fruits and rich black cherries cavort with scents of warm loam, pressed fresh herbs, licorice, crushed minerals, and touches of new leather in the supple ’15 Le Pergole Torte. All of this wine’s elements come into play as it rolls across the palate, building to a powerful crescendo that resonates like a lingering gong. Intense and textured, this Le Pergole Torte reins in its luscious dry extract and seductive aromatics with its kinetic acidity, formidable tannins, and incredible, soaring structure--for all of its mesmerizing purity, sweet inner lift, and concentration, this wine needs some time in the cellar before true enjoyability. Widely acknowledged as the finest expression of Sangiovese, Montevertine's flagship wine gives the grape its due, placing it alongside Burgundy's Pinot Noir in terms of age-ability, finesse and nuance. A selection of Montevertine’s best Sangiovese grapes from vines aged 30 to 50 years grown in its high altitude Radda vineyards, this wine is vinified in cement, and it ages for a year in cask and then a year in barrique before being bottled, where the wine rests for at least six months before release. more info
Marchese Antinori Chianti Classico Riserva Tignanello 2016 3L
Marchese Antinori Chianti Classico Riserva Tignanello 2016 3L
Price: $209.00

Rich, expressive, and multi-layered, the ’16 Chianti Classico Riserva Tignanello radiates its excellent vintage in its transparency, energy and complexity. Peppery spices, melted chocolate, crushed river rocks, pressed violet petals, and a touch of espresso frame this wine’s sappy blue and snappy red fruits. On the palate, this ruby hued wine is a delectable confluence of contrasts--savory underpinnings complement sweet fruits, nervy acidity balances copious dry extracts, while fine-grained tannins cling to the cheeks and provide elegant structure. Chianti Classico doesn’t get much better than this Antinori bottling! A blend of 90% Sangiovese and 10% Cabernet Sauvignon, the grapes derive from Antinori’s Tenuta Tignanello estate in the Chianti Classico production zone. The grapes for this wine ferment in temperature-controlled stainless steel for about ten days; the wine undergoes malolactic fermentation in French oak, and it ages for 14 months in a combination of French and Hungarian oak, followed by a year in bottle. more info
Tenuta dell'Ornellaia Ornellaia 2014 750ml
Ornellaia Ornellaia 2014 750ml
Price: $229.00

Precise and delineated, the ’14 Ornellaia wafts from the glass with a symphony of crystalline notes: brambly berries, juicy cherries, licorice, warm earth, sweet herbs, smoke and crushed minerals, to name but a few. This wine embraces its opposites, marrying chewy tannins with a subtle sweet inner perfume, and complementing its rich dry extract with vivid acidity. Immensely expressive yet perfectly nuanced, this is a detailed, sophisticated bottling that has the structure to age for years--and given its demanding vintage, the ’14 Ornellaia is a triumph! In 2014, Ornellaia is a blend of 34% Cabernet Sauvignon, 32% Merlot, 20% Petit Verdot, and 14% Cabernet Franc; the product of a challenging yet ultimately rewarding year, ’14 Ornellaia gained the name “Essence” for the transparent transmission of its terroir. Tenuta dell'Ornellaia vinfies each component grape and vineyard parcel separately in temperature-controlled stainless steel and ages the wines in barriques (70% new) for 12 months; then the components are blended and aged in barriques for six months before bottling and aging for another year. more info
Castello dei Rampolla Vigna d'Alceo  2001 750ml
Castello dei Rampolla Vigna d'Alceo 2001 750ml
Price: $249.00

Upon its release, the ’01 Vigna d’Alceo was called one of the greatest vintages, lauded for its beauty, focus, breadth and aromatic; almost two decades later, this wine is proving the mettle of that praise. It’s rare to find a wine that can match its sheer power with unmistakable finesse, but the ’01 Vigna d’Alceo, for all its muscularity, glides with a boxer’s grace, melding its sweet red and blue fruits with tarry earth, warm spices, potpourri, grilled herbs, black tea and licorice. Surprisingly ethereal for a Super Tuscan, this wine seems to float in the mouth, yet it’s also remarkably dense and complex, unfolding myriad layers as it coasts to a lingering, structured finish. A Bordeaux-style blend of 85% Cabernet Sauvignon with 15% Petit Verdot, this biodynamic Super Tuscan ferments with only natural yeasts and ages for a year in barrique followed by 18 to 24 months in bottle before release. more info
   
 
While Sassicaia constituted the genesis of the movement, Antinori’s Tignanello ignited its soul. In contrast to Mario della Rocchetta, Piero Antinori desired not to recreate a Bordeaux-style claret, but rather, to convey the versatility and finesse of the noble Sangiovese. Drawing upon the consummate skill of Tachis, Antinori realized his conception in the form of the second official Super-Tuscan—Tignanello—which starred Sangiovese, supported by a minor contribution from Cabernet. This constituted the debut crafting of a barrique-aged Sangiovese and the first modern red wine to include a nontraditional varietal. Tignanello was also among the Chianti zone’s initial productions sans white grapes. Antinori began with Tignanello and went on to produce Solaia in 1978 and Guado al Tasso in 1990.

Unfortunately, success wrought abuse and exploitation, perpetrated most drastically via the indiscrimate usage of international varietals, which served to discredit the native Sangiovese. This depreciation wrought a significant backlash, most notably via the efforts of the late winemaker Sergio Manetti and the flagship of his Montevertine estate—Le Pergole Torte—the first single-vineyard, 100% Sangiovese to be classed as a Super-Tuscan.

Founded by Sergio Manetti in 1967 as a hobby, Montevertine has passed far beyond the realm of a casual pastime and into Toscana's upper echelon, given Manetti's devotion to expressing the inherent quality of Sangiovese. As he believed in Sangiovese’s ability to realize a wine of quality on a solo basis, Manetti took issue with the attention lavished on the Super-Tuscan contingent and what he believed was a compromising position for Sangiovese—continued positioning in blends with the international varietals. He believed that the DOC's efforts to cultivate a wine of universal appeal undermined Sangiovese's image, implying that the grape's nature precluded its expression as a single-varietal wine. Upon withdrawing from the consortium in 1981, Manetti undertook production of various bottlings that honored his conception of Sangiovese, validating its performance sans the use of the international set and introducing only minor amounts of Canaiolo and Colorino for his Rosso bottling. Manetti passed away a few years ago, leaving the estate to his son, Martino. While some feared that Martino would alter the profile of the wines, he has wholly adhered to his father’s principles, providing wines that maintain fidelity to Sergio's vision.