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November 16, 2017
Sandrone Barolo for the Holidays? Super-Tuscan Star Chianti Classico! And Flawless Sherry!
November 15, 2017
Paolo Bea’s Winter White, Historic Antinori Chianti Classico, and Benchmark Vietti Barolo!
Luciano Sandrone always wanted to be a winemaker. He began his career as a cellar-man working in the historic Marchesi di Barolo estate, saving his money until he could afford to buy his first parcel of land in Cannubi Boschis in 1977, and, having spent all his savings to buy his land, Sandrone began making his wines in his parents' garage. Sandrone quietly worked, revising his techniques, until he caught the wine world's attention with his 1989 and 1990 vintages. Since then, nothing has slowed down for Sandrone, and that's just fine with this winemaker's many ardent fans. A master winemaker, Sandrone boasts holdings in some of the most legendary plots in Barolo, and his highly sought-after Barolos sit among the elite wines of Piemonte, if not the world.
Cold weather is here on the East Coast, and while you may be reaching for your Barolo and Brunello, we want to remind you that not all winter wines are red. In fact, "skin-contact" or "orange" wines are the whites that drink like reds--textured, weighty, complex, and hefty enough to warm you from the inside. Today, we're proud to present Paolo Bea's beautifully complex 2015 Bianco Santa Chiara. A blend of white grapes vinified with extended contact with their skins, Bianco Santa Chiara is as delicious in cold weather as it is in warm. And as food-friendly as it is unique, this weighty, satisfying amber wine offers a complement to a wide range of foods from antipasto to seafood to roasted white meats.
November 14, 2017
IWM’s Favorite Organic Prosecco! Sleeper Barbaresco Vintages from Dante Rivetti and Giacosa!
November 13, 2017
Canalicchio di Sopra's Radiant '12 Brunello! Plus $55 Rivetti Barbaresco, and Tignanello Splits!
Prosecco is Italy's most emblematic sparkling wine. Beloved for its refreshing acidity, pleasant aromatics and delicate flavors of peach and green apple, Prosecco is a perfect sparkler for food from antipasti to dessert--and its reasonable price point and easy-drinking nature makes it a favorite in Italy and abroad. Crafted from the indigenous Prosecco grape (though sometimes grapes from the Pinot family appear), the very best Prosecco comes from the hilly region in the Veneto's Conegliano-Valdobbiadene zone, whose steep slopes require most producers to do most operations by hand.
One of the Brunello makers that IWM has championed for years, Canalicchio di Sopra is a former sharecropping family that has come to be a world-class winemaking force. Guided by the past and influenced by the present, Canalicchio's winemaking protocol picks the best of modern and traditional methods to craft an authentic Brunello that speaks of its vineyards' high altitude and north Montalcino terroir, and the resulting wines possess rich cherry fruit layered with notes of smoke, minerals, and earth--as well as those telltale Montalcino aromatics. Best of all, Canalicchio Brunello generally offers the Holy Grail of Brunello, a wine that's both drinkable now and capable of developing over time in the cellar.
November 9, 2017
High Performing, Full-Throttle Reds from Livio Sassetti Pertimali, La Sala and Maltroye!
November 8, 2017
Benchmark Wines from Aldo Conterno, Poggio di Sotto, and Didier Dagueneau!
IWM loves to champion family-owned estates that make artisanal wines, and this is why we love Livio Sassetti Pertimali. The Sassetti family has been farming for many generations, and winemaking has long been their livelihood--and their passion. Livio Sassetti inherited the winemaking tradition, but he wanted to make his own mark in the wine world, so in the early 1970's he followed his ambition to Montalcino, where he purchased land in Montosoli and founded the Pertimali estate, named for a cottage on the property. The 39-acre estate now rests in the hands of Livio and his sons, Lorenzo and Luciano, who join him in the production of elegant, complex, and aromatic wines that marry the distinctive Montalcino terroir with the structure of Burgundy.
Called the "King of Barolo," Aldo Conterno was a traditionalist who wasn't afraid of innovation. Descended from a line of Langhe winemakers who took great pride in growing the highest quality Nebbiolo and crafting the best Piemonte wines, Aldo became one of those few producers who could deliver approachability with longevity. While Aldo passed away about five years ago, his meticulous winemaking skills carry on at Poderi Aldo Conterno, and the estate's team, led by Aldo's sons, maintains the unmistakable identity of an Aldo Conterno Barolo, vintage after superb vintage. Today, we're very proud to present the newly released 2013 Aldo Conterno Barolo Bussia, the estate's traditional blended Barolo that is radiant, expressive and simply superb and, priced at less than $83, is an affordable luxury.
November 7, 2017
Beautiful Bottles of Fall’s Ideal Wine, Barolo! And One Must-Have Puligny-Montrachet!
November 6, 2017
Celebrating Antinori and Tenuta San Guido’s Lesser-Known Wines
Along with Bartolo Mascarello and Giacomo Conterno, Bruno Giacosa is one of the greatest producers of traditionally styled Barolo. Surprisingly, Giacosa himself is not an enologist; he learned by working with his father and grandfather, who taught him traditional winemaking. Today, we're delighted to offer special time-sensitive pricing on Bruno Giacosa 2012 Barolo Falletto di Serralunga, a wine that offers unusually early accessibility, yet holds the structure to age beautifully for years to come. 2012 was an atypical growing year for Piemonte--a snowy winter led to a warm summer, but harvest saw cool temperatures--but this radiant Barolo from Bruno Giacosa embodies the grace of the vintage in its open-knit, aromatic profile.
Pian delle Vigne, purchased by the Antinori family in 1995, illustrates how the Antinori excellence in Tuscany extends beyond the borders of Chianti Classico and Bolgheri and into the center of Montalcino. 470 acres in total, Pian delle Vigne sits south of Montalcino near the Orcia River Valley and has more than 160 acres planted to vine, about half of which date back to the estate's founding. A mix of clay and limestone, Pian delle Vigne's stony vineyards are ideal for ripening the estate's Sangiovese grapes, and the estate's Brunelli are luminous embodiments of their vintages. Today, we're delighted to present the welcoming, muscular 2012 Brunello from Pian delle Vigne. Antinori's Pian Delle Vigne Brunello always punches far above its price point, and this creamy, vibrant, and aromatic bottling is simply stellar.
November 2, 2017
Big, Beautiful Bottles of Sassicaia and Rinaldi Brunello! And Cult Cru Brunello from Silvio Nardi!
November 1, 2017
Rare Quintarelli Alzero Sale! Under $30 Dante Rivetti Barbera! And Mastroberardino Magic!
Important wines deserve big bottles. For one thing, wine matures better in large formats because the lower air-to-wine ratio means that the wine ages more slowly, allowing its various elements to mellow more harmoniously, more seamlessly and more completely. For another, large format bottles provide visual impact, a symbol for your large heart and generosity. Finally, big bottles of wine are better because no one wants to run out of wine, and that's especially true when the wine in question is Sassicaia. Today, we're delighted to present big, beautiful double magnums of 2014 Sassicaia, the most recent release of the original Super-Tuscan.
The wine that IWM Founder Sergio Esposito calls "Cheval Blanc on steroids," Quintarelli Alzero has earned a collectability rivaled only by the estate's Amarone. A blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc and Merlot, Alzero is a massive--and massively delicious--wine that Quintarelli makes only in the very best years, solely from fruit derived from old vines. Vintage after vintage, Alzero impresses with its kaleidoscopic palate and indescribably textured mouth-feel. Today, we're proud to present nine vintages of Quintarelli Alzero, spanning 1984 to 2007, at special, time-sensitive pricing.
October 31, 2017
New 2012 Biondi-Santi Brunello Release! New Cult Alberico! And Affordable Aldo Conterno!
October 30, 2017
Unexpected, Affordable and Delicious Trio from Italy’s South! And $90 Cru Brunello Riserva
Even before its release, Biondi-Santi's 2012 Brunello Annata was garnering praise--some industry insiders have already cast the estate's release as a contender for wine of the vintage. 2012 began with a wet spring, peaked with a hot and dry summer, and culminated in a harvest with terrific diurnal temperature difference, which is ideal for ripening Sangiovese Grosso grapes. Challenging yet rewarding to wine-growers, 2012 saw the lowest Sangiovese Grosso production level in Montalcino since 1947, and the '12 Brunello vintage blends power with finesse in its extraordinary wines--and while this is true for average Brunelli, the vintage reaches its apogee in the hands of the Il Greppo estate. Today, we're proud to present Biondi-Santi Il Greppo 2012 Brunello di Montalcino.
Despite Sicily's thousands of years of winemaking history, its winemakers have only recently come into their own. Until the last few decades, Sicilia, whose hot and dry stable climate makes the island a kind of wine wonderland, primarily produced grapes of great quantity--not quality. However, the past few decades have seen the rise of boutique Sicilian producers, winemakers who honor the island's winemaking history with organic growing, traditional vinification, and deliberate, mindful focus on the island's indigenous grapes--like Nerello Mascalese, Nero d'Avola, and Frappato for noteworthy reds, and Catarratto, Malvasia, and Inzolia for whites. One of our favorites in this new breed of thoughtful Sicilian winemakers is Graci, a family-owned-and-operated estate high on the slopes of Mount Etna.
October 26, 2017
Stunning 2013 Bartolo Mascarello Barolo! Montevertine Rosso! And Your Go-To White!
October 25, 2017
Nebbiolo Favorites, Prunotto’s Silky Barolo and Seghesio’s “Baby Barolo”! And Cru Brunello!
Since assuming control of the estate named for her father, Bartolo Mascarello, Maria Teresa Mascarello has been on a roll. Each new vintage of Mascarello Barolo seems finer, purer, more expressive and more stunning, and, if today's wine is any indication, Maria Teresa's upward trajectory is endless. Even before its release Bartolo Mascarello's 2013 Barolo was gaining buzz for its sheer, breathtaking beauty. The hype was not wrong. Today, we're delighted to announce the release of Bartolo Mascarello's highly anticipated 2013 Barolo, a benchmark vintage that Maria Teresa interpreted with unquestionable winemaking prowess.
Venerable and respected, the Prunotto estate got its start in 1904, when Alfred Prunotto helped to found a wine collective in Serralunga; in 1922, this collective disbanded, and Alfred founded his own winery in its place. When Alfred looked to retire, he turned his winery over to enologist Beppe Colla, who ran it with his brother Tino until their retirement in the '90s. Antinori joined forces with Prunotto in 1989, and a year later, Albiera Antinori joined the estate, aiming to fine-tune the wines of Prunotto. In 1994, Antinori assumed full control, and since then, Albiera and the Antinori team have quietly been crafting one knockout wine after another.
October 24, 2017
Cerbaiona’s Last Super Tuscan! Two Divine Chianti Classico Wines! And André Clouet Cuvée 1911!
October 23, 2017
Begali’s $80 Cru Amarone, Superb 1970 Bartolo Mascarello Barolo, and Ada Nada’s $45 Barbaresco!
When he founded the Cerbaiona estate in the '70s, former Alitalia pilot Diego Molinari chose neighbor Franco Biondi-Santi as his role model, using vine clippings from Biondi-Santi's vineyards and adopting the master's traditional methods to craft concentrated, mineral-laden wines. In 2015, Diego sold his cult estate to a high-powered group of investors and wine connoisseurs, and, now helmed by Gary Rieschel and Matthew Fioretti, Cerbaiona is upping the bar on its wines with every vintage. Our clients have come to know and love Cerbaiona for its Brunello and Rosso di Montalcino, but the estate also makes a Super-Tuscan gem; today we're happy to offer the BEST PRICE in the country on Cerbaiona 2014 Rosso IGT.
Sitting among the cherry orchards on the colorful Alpine hillsides of Valpolicella near Verona and Lake Garda, Begali's 19-acre vineyards in Ca'Bianca is one of IWM's favorite unsung producers. This committed winemaking family bottles only its best grapes, selling the rest to merchants, meaning that what wine-lovers get are high quality wines. Concentrating on indigenous Corvina, Corvinone, Rondinella and Molinara, the basis for the estate's normale Amarone and its cru Monte Ca' Bianca, Begali is a producer that IWM has championed for years. Today, we're delighted to present a new allocation of Begali 2012 Amarone Monte Ca' Bianca, a bottling that's just beginning to enter its drinking window.
October 19, 2017
30 Aldo Conterno Wines, All On Sale! And Two Delicious Under $30 Antinori Super Tuscans!
October 18, 2017
Ornellaia’s “Essential” 2014 Flagship, Cru Prunotto Barbera, and Value-Packed Château de la Maltroye
Barolo, they say, is the "King of Wines," and Aldo Conterno was called the "King of Barolo." While Aldo himself passed away five years ago, his legacy continues in the wines he made during his lifetime, in the estate that bears his name, and in the traditions he left behind. Today, we're delighted to present thirty Aldo Conterno wines, all at special, time-sensitive pricing. You'll find multiple vintages of Aldo Conterno's iconic Baroli Bussia, Cicala, Colonello, and Vigna Romirasco; and you'll find benchmark vintages of the estate's legendary Barolo Granbussia Riserva. But the beauty of Aldo Conterno extends into everyday wines, and this offer also has Conterno's Barbera, Langhe Nebbiolo Il Favot, Chardonnay Bussiador and Langhe Rosso.
A signature IWM producer, Tenuta dell'Ornellaia is a remarkable estate, capable of crafting collector wines, everyday wines, and wines that appeal to a broad range of palates. Building on Bolgheri's Super-Tuscan boom and choosing vines to showcase its natural, rocky terroir, Ornellaia planted its vineyards with grapes traditional to Bordeaux, forgoing Sangiovese that is so archetypal to Toscana. The estate's 190 acres of predominantly Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot, with small plantings of Cabernet Franc vines, lie on elevated parcels composed of clay, gravel, and loam soils, and its clones of diverse origins yield a rich, nuanced palate.
October 17, 2017
Full-Throttle Fall Reds: Bea Sagrantino, 2004 Brunello Riserva, and Tignanello Chianti Classico
October 16, 2017
Exploring Toscana’s Magic with Terriccio’s Super-Tuscan Gems
Umbria's Sagrantino has the distinction of being one of the world's most tannic grapes. Most likely brought to Umbria during the twelfth century, Sagrantino was until fairly recently solely vinified in the passito method to make a desert wine. In the past few decades, however, winemakers like Paolo Bea, an IWM signature producer and a standard bearer for the natural wine movement, have realized that they can also use the grape to make superlatively balanced, ruby-colored, long-aging wines. Today, we're delighted to bring back Paolo Bea's outstanding 2009 Rosso de Véo, a delicious, multi-layered, and textured Sagrantino wine that's just beginning to hit its stride.
Although only founded in the 1980s, Castello del Terriccio has agricultural history that stretches back to the Middle Ages, and today, the estate crafts beautiful Super-Tuscan wines from its 148 acres in Maremma that range along the Tyrrhenian Sea. Terricio's wines are hard to secure, but, working with our European sources, IWM managed to score a range of Terriccio wines, both recent releases and mature bottlings, including the estate's twin flagship wines, Lupicaia and Castello del Terriccio. This offer presents 17 different bottlings, all at special, time-sensitive pricing. It's a fantastic opportunity to thrill your palate with undiscovered Super Tuscans, to fill your cellar with a mixed case or two, or simply to indulge your excellent taste, both now and down the road!
October 12, 2017
Voerzio’s 2013 Barolo Releases! Debuting 2014 Grattamacco! And Benchmark Vega-Sicilia!
October 11, 2017
21-Bottle Tenuta dell’Ornellaia Salute! Go-To Riesling! And 2015 Chateauneuf-du-Pape!
Roberto Voerzio, the mad scientist of Piemonte, is exacting, meticulous, and dedicated, almost to the point of lunacy. A believer in the value of cru wines, Voerzio produces Barolos and one Barbera Riserva from the most highly esteemed sites of the La Morra commune--Brunate, La Serra, Cerequio, Rocche dell'Annunziata, Vecchie Vite dei Capalot e dell Brunate, and Sarmassa. Voerzio's wines have garnered an ardent following of impassioned fans who excitedly await every new release. Today, we're going to make these fans very happy with a trio of outstanding 2013 cru Baroli from Roberto Voerzio, the estate's ethereal yet vibrant Barolo Brunate, the aromatic and textured Barolo Cerequio, and the muscular but elegant Barolo La Serra.
Tenuta dell'Ornellaia, the makers of Masseto, Le Serre Nuove, Le Volte and its flagship wine, Ornellaia, is no stranger to IWM's clients. This estate, established in 1981, gets its name from the grove of flowering ash trees surrounding the winery. Although founded by Lodovico Antinori, nephew of Sassicaia's maker and brother to Piero Antinori, Tenuta dell'Ornellaia has been owned by the Frescobaldi group for almost two decades, and its head winemaker, Axel Heinz, has earned a reputation for excellence with the estate's range of consistently great wines. Today, we're excited to give you a 21-bottle salute to Tenuta dell'Ornellaia, a fantastic opportunity to indulge in--or stock up on--wines from an IWM signature producer.
October 10, 2017
Paolo Bea Gems in Red and White! Scarzello’s Lush $70 Barolo! And Must-Have d’YQuem!
October 9, 2017
Pop the Billecart-Salmon Corks! It's IWM's Anniversary!
We speak of Umbria's Paolo Bea in the same breath as Quintarelli, Valentini, Gravner and Rinaldi; they are producers of rustic, handcrafted wines that defy standards and draw few comparisons. Today, we're very proud to present five glorious full-throttle Paolo Bea reds and one debut appearance of the estate's voluptuous Santa Chiara Umbria Bianco, a must-have orange wine. Umbria's Paolo Bea is a standard bearer in Italy's natural wine movement and a signature producer here at IWM, and today's offer gives clients a chance to secure double magnums of Sagrantino di Montefalco Secco Pagliaro from 2010, 2009, 2008 and 2000, as well as normal-sized bottles of its '10 of Sagrantino di Montefalco Secco Pagliaro, its 2010 Rosso di Montefalco Riserva Pipparello, and its 2015 Santa Chiara, a brand new release!
Billecart-Salmon Champagne was the first wine IWM carried that came from outside Italy. It's a testament to this Champagne house that it was the first, and that all these years later IWM still champions it. One of the few remaining family-owned-and-operated, medium-sized Champagne houses, Billecart-Salmon, which got its name when Nicolas François Billecart married Elisabeth Salmon, is located in the renowned Champagne area of Mareuil-sur-Aÿ, France. Billecart-Salmon has a discernable house style, one that relies heavily on really excellent grapes, most of which they grow themselves on 37 acres of vineyards, the rest deriving from very trusted farmers.
October 5, 2017
Debuting Sandrone’s Superb 2013 Baroli! Antinori’s Pinot Noir! 20-Year-Old Quintarelli!
October 4, 2017
Super Tuscans from Petrolo and Castello dei Rampolla! And Antinori’s Spin on Aglianico!
Luciano Sandrone might have been born into a family of carpenters, but since he was a teen, he wanted to be a winemaker. Luciano began his career as a cellar-man working in the historic Marchesi di Barolo estate, saving his money until he could afford to buy his first parcel of land, 2.5 acres in Cannubi Boschis in 1977. Sandrone made his wines in his parents' garage, quietly working and revising his techniques until he caught the wine world's attention with his 1989 and 1990 vintages. Since then, nothing has slowed down for Sandrone, and it would seem that neither he nor his fans would want it to.
Called the "Le Pin of Tuscany," Petrolo makes wines with the sleek, silky, elegance of classic Merlot--and then imbues these qualities with freshness, acidity, and that ineffable Tuscan terroir. Sitting in a historical winemaking area, Petrolo possesses an idyllic elevation high above the Tuscan plain, a unique microclimate, and terrific galestra soils. A powerhouse of a wine with lots of structure and age-worthiness, Galatrona was first created by Luca Sanjust in 1994, and this spectacular wine consistently garners rave reviews from critics and passion from cognoscenti. Today, we're proud to present the 2006 Petrolo Galatrona, a wine that's ready to drink right now (although it'll age beautifully over the next decade).
October 3, 2017
Debuting the 2014 Masseto! Cantina Terlano’s White Diamond! And La Rioja Alta Gem!
October 2, 2017
Three Benchmark Vintages, Three Superb Wines: Canalicchio di Sopra, Biondi-Santi and López de Heredia
Masseto is a wine so great that it compelled its makers to give it its own home. Originally part of the Tenuta dell'Ornellaia estate located in the Bolgheri region of Tuscany, Masseto is now its own entity, a testament to the Italian Merlot that challenges the best of Pomerol, and right now Masseto's own cantina is under construction, slated to be finished in time for Winemaker and Estate Director Axel Heinz and his staff to craft the 2018 release! Today, IWM is proud to announce the release of the 2014 vintage of Masseto, a wine that has sustained its collector status since its inaugural 1986 vintage. Masseto is consistently great, but 2014--an anomalously wet, cool and long vintage--sees a remarkably sophisticated yet intense Masseto release.
One of the Brunello makers that IWM has championed for years, Canalicchio di Sopra is a former sharecropping family that has come to be a world-class winemaking force. Influenced by the past and the present, the estate's winemaking protocol picks the best of modern and traditional methods to craft an authentic Brunello that speaks of its vineyards' high altitude and north Montalcino terroir. Canalicchio di Sopra Brunello possesses rich cherry fruit layered with notes of smoke, minerals, and earth--as well as those telltale Montalcino aromatics. Best of all, Canalicchio Brunello generally offers the Holy Grail of Brunello, a wine that's both drinkable now and capable of developing over time in the cellar.
September 28, 2017
Nine Spectacular 2016 Paul Pernot Burgundy Debuts
September 27, 2017
Two New Montevertine Releases! Fontodi’s Historic Cru Chianti! And CVNE Imperial Gran Reserva
At almost 57 acres, Domaine Paul Pernot is big for Pugliny-Montrachet, and it sports the largest holdings in several important vineyards, including, among others, Bienvenues Bâtard-Montrachet. Pernot's marl-and-gravel premier and grand cru plots are planted with vines as old as sixty years, and even the newest plantings have upwards of twenty years, helping to give the estate its well-deserved sterling reputation. But as much as the estate's location creates the foundation for success, its careful tending by the semi-retired Paul Pernot, along with his sons Michel and Paul (and Paul's son Phillipe, who also owns and runs Pernot Belicard), deserves much of the credit. Laser-precise, detailed, refreshing, layered, and lingering, the wines of Paul Pernot have long been a staple of Burgundy lovers who are in the know.
Sergio Manetti redefined the Super-Tuscan revolution when he shifted the focus to his love, Sangiovese. Displeased with the way that other producers added "vitigni migliorativi," or international grapes, to Sangiovese in an attempt to produce wines with broader appeal, Manetti became a Sangiovese purist. A former steel manufacturer who turned his vacation home into his winery, Manetti debuted his mono-varietal Sangiovese Le Pergole Torte in 1977 and left the Chianti Consorzio in 1981. Though Manetti died in 2000, leaving the estate to his son, Martino, he changed the wine world and the way we understand Sangiovese.
September 26, 2017
Dal Forno 2011 Duo Debut! The Prince’s White Diamond! And Paolo Bea’s Amber Beauty!
September 25, 2017
Debuting Aldo Conterno’s 2013 Barolo Trio and 2014 Chardonnay Bussiador
Hometown hero Romano Dal Forno, the "Grape King of the Veneto," was born in a house a few kilometers away from the place where he would later found his estate. Romano apprenticed at the side of the late, great Giuseppe Quintarelli, where he learned to privilege quality over quantity, to use a philosophy of honoring the land as a foundation, and to work tirelessly to create excellence. This dedication has driven Romano to constantly strive harder to make extraordinary, age-worthy wines, and it has kept the estate at the pinnacle of Amarone production since its founding in 1983.
Earning the nickname of the "King of Barolo," Aldo Conterno was a traditionalist who wasn't afraid of innovation. Aldo passed away about five years ago, but his meticulous winemaking skills carry on at Poderi Aldo Conterno, and the estate's team, led by Aldo's sons, maintains the unmistakable identity of an Aldo Conterno Barolo, vintage after superb vintage. Descended from a line of Langhe winemakers who have always taken great pride in their craft and in growing the highest quality Nebbiolo within Piemonte, Aldo was one of those few producers who could deliver approachability with longevity. Few wines stride the line between modern and fruit-forward wines and those of nuance and finesse, but Aldo Conterno Barolos can.
September 21, 2017
Gaja’s Tremendous ‘14 Barbaresco Debuti, Bea’s Beautiful Sagrantino, and Valdicava “Baby Brunello”
September 20, 2017
2015 Burgundy Flash Sale!
We think of Angelo Gaja as a trendsetter. His early innovations began with the 1961 vintage and included the choice to bottle only estate-grown wines, the reduction of crop size, shortened pruning of Nebbiolo vines, and decreased fermentation periods; 1967 saw Gaja's bottling of single-vineyard Barbarescos with his debut of Sorì San Lorenzo; and the 1975 vintage marked his inaugural use of small French oak barrels. Gaja's restless work to market his wines to the world's elite was groundbreaking and very successful. Still very busy in the vineyard, Gaja looks toward retirement, and he has trained his children to be as restless, innovative and mindful as he.
Even before the release of its wines, 2015 was gaining buzz as a benchmark Burgundy vintage--possibly one of the great vintages of our lifetime. Marked by a warm, dry summer and one of the earliest harvests on record, the 2015 growing season ended with ripe, luscious wines with phenolic intensity that retained sprightly acidity. While the many challenges of 2015's growing season required vigilance in the vineyards to handle its poor bud break, "shatter," hail and powdery mildew, winemaking was relatively easy because of the high quality of the grapes--indeed, Dominique Gallois, vigneron at Domaine Gallois, said that the grapes were so delicious he had to tell his pickers to stop eating them.
September 19, 2017
Dal Forno’s 1990 Amarone Gem, Cerbaiona’s Introductory Trio, and Vintage Álvaro Palacios
September 18, 2017
La Spinetta 2013 Barbaresco Quartet Debuts, $22 Dessert Wine, and Superb Fontodi Chianti Classico
Romano Dal Forno holds the nickname of the "Grape King of the Veneto," but, while well-earned, that name is a little misleading. True, this world-class winemaker takes remarkable pains in his vineyards, keeping his yield to an astounding 11 oz. of grapes per vine. Certainly, Romano's choice to grow his vines densely, creating competition between the vines for essential nutrients, challenges the plants to grow more concentrated berries and thus creates a dense, opulent wine from its beginning.
Even before many wines have hit the shelves, 2013 is gaining a reputation for stellar Piemonte wines. We've offered a select few of the '13 Baroli, and today we're debuting the first of the 2013 Barbaresco, selecting four cru wines from cult winemaker La Spinetta: the estate's refined yet welcoming Barbaresco Bordini, its radiant and muscular Barbaresco Gallina, its classic and structured Barbaresco Starderi, and its burly and power-packed Barbaresco Valeirano, all offered at very competitive pricing.
September 14, 2017
Antinori’s Umbrian Meursault! 2013 Tignanello Splits! The Last of Il Poggione’s 2009 Brunello?
September 13, 2017
Benchmark Valdicava Brunello Riserva, Structured Sassicaia Splits, and Guigal’s Collector White!
IWM's portfolio managers love to surprise their clients with Antinori's Umbrian Chardonnay. It's a unique Italian white that resonates with Chardonnay's fragrant, kinetic profile--but with an unexpected Italian twist. Today, we're delighted to announce the imminent arrival of Antinori's 2015 Cervaro della Sala Chardonnay by offering time-sensitive pricing on this textured, enchanting wine. According to the Antinori team, 2015 was a temperate, sunny, and altogether "optimal" year at Cervaro della Sala. You couldn't ask for better weather, in short, and year's Cervaro della Sala Chardonnay reflects its gentle climate in its open-knit profile.
One of Montalcino's first single-vineyard Brunellos, Valdicava's Madonna del Piano Riserva arguably set the standard for cru Brunello wines. The 67 acres of Valdicava, which gets its name from the Valdicava Valley, sit on a high plane close to Montalcino in the coldest part of Toscana's Brunello zone. Wines from this area show a signature balance between body and perfume, offering great structure combined with intoxicating aromatics. Valdicava's Madonna del Piano vineyard sits in the middle of both the Valdicava valley and the biodynamically maintained Valdicava estate, so it's no surprise that the cru Brunello that comes from this site is an exceptional wine that bursts with its extraordinary terroir.
September 12, 2017
Three Benchmark Wines Return: 2013 Solaia, 2015 Giacosa Barbera, and 2009 Pontet-Canet Pauillac
September 11, 2017
The Ornellaia Collection, a Six Bottle Sampler! And Two Great Go-To Reds for Fall!
Tignanello may have introduced Antinori's Super-Tuscan wines to the world, but Solaia has never been in its shadows--somewhat literally, for this cru gets its name, Solaia or "the sunny one," from the vineyard where its grapes derive. Today, we're very proud to present a new allocation of the 2013 release of Antinori Solaia, a gorgeous representation of the benchmark Super-Tuscan growing vintage. Elegant and finessed yet carrying that trademark Antinori approachability, the 2013 Solaia bottling is stunning, and we're offering it at very competitive pricing. This classic Solaia bottling is just beginning to enter its drinking window with some decanting, but it has the breeding and the structure to drink for decades.
Tenuta dell'Ornellaia came to the tiny coastal DOC of Bolgheri in 1981, making it a relative upstart in Toscana in specific and the world of Italian wine in general. But Tenuta dell'Ornellaia quickly made up for lost time, becoming famous for its eponymous Bordeaux-blend Super Tuscan, its internationally beloved Merlot Masseto, its highly regarded second wine, Le Serre Nuove, and its entry-level Le Volte. Today, we're delighted to present the Ornellaia Collection, a curated group of six Tenuta dell'Ornellaia wines. This half-case sampler includes the 2011, 2012, 2013 and 2014 of its flagship Ornellaia, and one bottle each of its 2014 Le Serre Nuove and 2015 Le Volte!
September 7, 2017
Stellar 2013 Rinaldi Barolo Pair, Antinori's Umbrian Gold, and Must-Have 2008 Pomerol
September 6, 2017
Back by Client Demand: 2012 Masseto, Cru Silvio Nardi Brunello, and Bea's Amber Beauty!
For decades, Giuseppe, or Beppe, Rinaldi had long released two wines, Barolo Brunate-Le Coste and Barolo Cannubi S. Lorenzo-Ravera, both blends he iconoclastically chose to call by the names of the cru vineyards. A 2009 law, created as response to European-wide wine standards, allowed for the name of only one vineyard, which had to comprise at least 85% of the wine in the bottle, to be on the label--just one name, or none at all. This labeling issue presented a problem for producers like Rinaldi, one of the great standard bearers of traditional Barolo. Ultimately, Rinaldi adapted by bottling two new wines: a Rinaldi Brunate, blended with 15% Le Coste, and Barolo Tre Tine, a blend of three crus (though mysteriously unnamed, these three crus are likely San Lorenzo, Ravera and a bit of Le Coste).
If you are a Super-Tuscan aficionado, a hardcore fan of Merlot, or a connoisseur of Italian wine, you know Masseto. Once crafted as part of the Tenuta dell'Ornellaia family of wines, Masseto is so great, so singular and so celebrated that it compelled its makers to give it its own home. Masseto, whose grapes come from a 16-acre vineyard located on Bolgheri's Masseto hill, is now its own entity, a testament to the Italian Merlot that challenges the best of Pomerol. Today, we're delighted to announce a new allocation of the exceptional 2012 Masseto, a wine that our clients have repeatedly requested.
September 5, 2017
Ready to Drink Valdicava Brunello, $25 Transitional White, and d'Yquem Sauternes Flash Sale!
September 4, 2017
Get Ready for Wine Season--With IWM’s Wine Clubs! It’s a Flash Sale!
Whether it's the estate's normale Brunello, outstanding Madonna del Piano Brunello Riserva, or its Rosso di Montalcino, Valdicava makes wines that are intense, finessed, and fruit-laden. Balancing captivating acidity and age-worthy structure, Valdicava achieves remarkable elegance in its Brunelli that embody the Burgundian adage of "an iron fist in a velvet glove." There is one main reason for the consistent greatness of Valdicava's wines: winemaker Vincenzo Abbruzzese is a perfectionist. His organically maintained vineyards are idyllic wonderlands, and his spick-and-span wine cellar makes the most of modern and tradition techniques. For these reasons, Valdicava's suave, velvety Brunello wines have won the hearts of wine-lovers around the globe.
There is no one quite like Angelo Gaja, a winemaker who galvanized winemaking in Piemonte with his radical, even controversial viticultural techniques. Gaja's early innovations began with the 1961 vintage and included the choice to bottle only estate-grown wines, the reduction of crop size, shortened pruning of Nebbiolo vines, and decreased fermentation periods; 1967 saw Gaja's decision to bottle his iconic single-vineyard Barbarescos; and 1975 marked his inaugural use of small French oak barrels. But Gaja's innovation didn't begin and end with Barbaresco or even red wines. Gaia & Rey, the estate's flagship Chardonnay bottling, is a groundbreaking wine, and in the 1990s, Angelo would pour this Chardonnay to entice skeptical industry people to embrace his Barbarescos!
August 31, 2017
Barolo Retrospective, 1941 to 2013, All on Sale!
August 30, 2017
Legendary ’61 Barolo Monfortino, Cult Miani Pair, and $55 Capanna Brunello
Yesterday, we were proud to offer you one of the greatest vintages of the greatest Barolo made, Giacomo Conterno's masterful 1961 Barolo Riserva Monfortino. Today, we're following up that offer with special, time-sensitive pricing on more than 160 Barolo bottlings, spanning vintages from 1941 to 2013. Called the "King of Wines and the Wine of Kings," Barolo is the most collectible, important Italian wine. Deriving from the prized vineyards in the Langhe Hills of the Piemonte region, just southwest of the town of Alba, Barolo is a full-bodied yet ethereal wine that should display elegance, depth, and a wealth of tastes and aromas. It is, along with Barbaresco, the defining expression of Nebbiolo, a thin-skinned grape that, much like the noble Pinot Noir, is fussy to grow yet capable of wines that transparently reflect their terroir.
Giacomo Conterno's legendary, inspiring Barolo Monfortino Riserva is a breathtaking wine. It's easy to categorize this Barolo as "collectable"; it is a collector staple whose appreciation on the market is unerring. But to simply understand Barolo Monfortino as a collector wine is to do its ineffable beauty an injustice. While Barolo Monfortino is a standard bearer for Barolo, it is also a wine that inspires winemakers--including its own--to raise their standards to do better, and to create a wine that shows its individual personality while reflecting its vintage and its ever-changing terroir. Today, we're very proud to present Barolo lovers with a once-in-a-lifetime wine, the harmonious, momentous and unforgettable Giacomo Conterno 1961 Barolo Monfortino Riserva.
August 29, 2017
Burgundy Flash Sale, More Than 300 wines 15%-70% off
August 28, 2017
Gaja’s Stellar ’12 Brunello, $75 Classic Barolo Riserva, and “Baby Brunello” from Canalicchio di Sopra
Burgundy lovers, it's your lucky day! Today, we're presenting you with more than 300 Burgundies, offered at 20 to 40% off our usual retail price when you buy a case or more! Mix yourself a case or two of the wines that you love, the wines that have intrigued you, or the wines that call out to you, and keep your cellar stocked and your dinner parties drinking for decades. You can choose red wines from producers like Domaine de Montille, Joseph Drouhin, Comte Georges de Vogüé, Bouchard Père et Fils, and Louis Jadot, or you can select white Burgundies from Domaine Faiveley, Girardin, or William Fèvre--and so many more!
After revolutionizing Piemonte winemaking, Angelo Gaja set his sights on Toscana, founding estates first in Bolgheri at the Ca' Marcanda estate and then in Montalcino at Pieve Santa Restituta. As you might expect from this maverick winemaker, Gaja's Pieve Santa Restituta Brunelli began garnering attention since the estate's inaugural 1995 vintage, the year when Gaja assumed full creative control of the estate. Gaja and his team craft the multi-site Brunello Rennina that blends from three vineyards closest to the parish church, pieve in Italian, and the single-vineyard Brunello Sugarille. In 2005, Gaja added 25 acres to his holdings, and these windy northeast vineyards give the grapes that comprise the estate's eponymous cuvée Brunello.
August 24, 2017
Cerbaiona’s ’12 Brunello Triumph Arrives! New Cru Barbera! And Crisp William Fèvre!
August 23, 2017
San Filippo’s Lush Brunello, Antinori’s Seaside White, and Lamarche Burgundy Sale!
When he founded his Cerbaiona estate in the '70s, Diego Molinari chose neighbor Franco Biondi-Santi as his role model, using vine clippings from Biondi-Santi's vineyards and adopting the master's traditional methods to craft powerful, mineral-laden wines. Diego believed in honest wines of terroir and letting the grapes speak for themselves, and the wine world has loved Cerbaiona's cult-inspiring wines from their beginning. Diego recently sold the estate, and these days, Cerbaiona's high-quality winemaking continues in the skilled hands of Gary Rieschel and Matthew Fioretti, who are upping the Cerbaiona quality level in making wines that are even more age-worthy, precise and beautiful.
Founded in 1972, the San Filippo estate has, in the past few years, found its footing among Montalcino's winemaking elite. Recently purchased by Roberto Gianelli, San Filippo enjoyed a renovation both inside and out, and together with its physical transformation, this 54-acre estate (27 under vine) has revamped its winemaking protocol with the help of Paolo Caciorgna. In addition to relying on primarily non-interventionist methods in the vineyards, San Filippo practices rigorous protocol in the cellar that includes a prolix aging process in a combination of vats, barriques, botti, and yet more vats before bottling.
August 22, 2017
Stunning Clerico Barolo, $27 Antinori Super Tuscan, and Benchmark Bouchard Volnay!
August 21, 2017
Lustrous Valdicava Brunello Riserva, New Antinori Chianti Release, and Benchmark Bordeaux!
One of the renegade band of winemakers known as the "Barolo Boys," Domenico Clerico started his career as a progressive winemaker, breaking from traditional Barolo protocol. But as Clerico matured, his wines moved toward the traditional end of the spectrum. When Domenico took control of his father's Piemonte estate in 1976, he recognized the innate value of these vineyards and shifted the focus of the family business from growing and selling grapes to growing grapes and making wine. In 1977, Domenico acquired his first plot in the Bussia district of Barolo, and he bought his first eight acres in Ginestra in 1981, enlarging his holdings in 2001 with an additional 13 acres.
A wonderland of biodynamically grown vines rowed with indigenous flowers and grasses, the Valdicava estate gets its name from the Valdicava Valley, home of the greatest single-vineyard Brunello wines. Sitting on a high plane close to Montalcino in the coldest part of Toscana's Brunello zone, the wines of the Valdicava Valley balance their body and their perfume, offering great structure combined with intoxicating aromatics. Valdicava's Madonna del Piano vineyard sits in the middle of both the Valdicava Valley and the Valdicava estate, so it's no surprise that Valdicava's Madonna del Piano Riserva arguably sets the standard for cru Brunello. It's an exceptional wine that bursts with its extraordinary terroir.
August 17, 2017
Under $70 Benchmark Ornellaia, Collector Barolo from Antinori, and Outrageous Sammarco
August 16, 2017
Aldo Conterno’s Silky 2011 Trio, 1990s Prunotto Barbaresco, and Mastroberardino’s Marvel
Today, we're delighted to bring back Tenuta dell'Ornellaia 2013 Le Serre Nuove, one of the best iterations of Ornellaia's second wine we've ever seen. While Ornellaia's flagship wine is a remarkable Super Tuscan, its second-tier Le Serre Nuove is in some ways even more noteworthy. It's expected for flagship wines to be stunning, but it's rare when estates' "second" wines are absolutely first rate. Le Serre Nuove consistently is. IWM's staff gets legitimately excited when new shipments of Le Serre Nuove arrive; it's often the wine that we stockpile in our cellars, in no small part because it's a bottle that would be a flagship were it to come from any other estate.
IWM's clients love Aldo Conterno's Barolo Bussia, Barolo Cicala, and Barolo Colonello, and today, we're delighted to revisit this trio from 2011. Challenging to some producers, 2011 was a warm season for Piemonte, but Aldo's '11 Barolo releases spotlight the vintage's ripeness and fruit-forward character while also imparting the wines with sophistication and structure. These Aldo Conterno Baroli offer early approachability combined with terrific aromatics and structure, and they're studded with silky, polished tannins. This trio has been a big hit with IWM's clients, and we're happy to be able to offer a new allocation.
August 15, 2017
Giacomo Conterno Barolo Sale! Antinori’s Awesome Aglianico! And Super-Tuscan Gem!
August 14, 2017
Quintarelli Amarone Riserva Sale! Towering Rinaldi Barolo! Cru Fontodi Sangiovese!
In any vintage, Giacomo Conterno's Barolo Cascina Francia is the quintessence of Barolo. It's not just a classic expression; it is the very definition of Barolo, a wine that presents "good body, alcohol, and tannins, plus that certain something that gives longevity," elements that represent the pillars of a serious wine in the philosophy of Giacomo Conterno's maker, Roberto Conterno. Today, we're very pleased to present nine vintages of Giacomo Conterno Barolo Cascina Francia, all at special, time-sensitive pricing. Spanning the benchmark 2000 vintage to the remarkably approachable 2012 vintage, this offer is a dream collection for Barolo enthusiasts.
Giuseppe Quintarelli stands as the Veneto's most significant producer, renowned for his mystical, cellar-worthy Amarone, Recioto, and Alzero. Quintarelli, who passed away in 2012, was an absolute traditionalist who never changed the techniques set by his father Silvio Quintarelli in the 1920s. Relying on his forbears' techniques, Quintarelli steadfastly held to a rigorous concept of vintage approval and strict grape selection. He patiently let his wines rest in large Slovenian oak casks until they finished their fermentations, and he released his wines only when he decided that it was time. The end result of this equation is that Quintarelli's wines are unlike any others in the world.
August 10, 2017
$27 Guado al Tasso New Release, Vintage Quintarelli Gem, and Solaia Mini-Vertical!
August 9, 2017
Wines for Peak Experiences from Dal Forno, La Sala and Louis Jadot!
Guado al Tasso, Piero Antinori's flagship bottling from his eponymous Maremma estate, is one of IWM's fastest selling Super-Tuscan wines. It's often the first choice in Antinori wine for those in the know, and its fans eagerly await each new release. IWM clients love Guado al Tasso for its silky tannins, succulent fruits, subtle earth and sophisticated style, and this profile sets the template for the estate's stellar entry-level wine Il Bruciato. Absolutely delicious and under $27 a bottle, Il Bruciato acts as a calling card for the Guado al Tasso estate. It's the Bolgheri Super Tuscan you'll want to enjoy every night of the week!
Born in a house just a few kilometers away from the land that would become his estate, Romano Dal Forno is a hometown hero. Now called the "Grape King of the Veneto," Romano began his winemaking career as an apprentice for the late, great Giuseppe Quintarelli. At this storied Veneto estate, Romano learned to privilege quality over quantity, to use a philosophy of honoring the land as a foundation, and to work tirelessly to create excellence. This dedication has driven Romano to constantly strive harder to make extraordinary, age-worthy wines, and it has kept his estate at the pinnacle of Amarone production since its founding in 1983.
August 8, 2017
30 Wines Under $30! Collector Vintage Dom Pérignon, and Affordable Cru Amarone
August 7, 2017
Three Great Italian Reds from Aldo Conterno, Paolo Bea and Valdicava!
Some nights call for a delicious, easy-drinking, and authentic bottle of wine. Here's an offer that will give you all that--and more! We've handpicked thirty wines, each less than $30, and all stamped with the IWM seal of approval. Boasting beloved sparklers, vibrant whites, artisanal rosés, full-throttle reds, and one dessert wine that's outstanding with chocolate, this list has something for every wine enthusiast. These bottles may be affordable, but don't let these price points fool you--these wines were made with passion, sourced impeccably, and brought with care to your table.
Situated in Monforte d'Alba in the prized Bussia Soprano vineyard in the heart of the Barolo region of Serralunga, the Conterno family has been producing and aging the great Piemontese wines for more than five generations. The late Aldo left his brother at his father's cellar (the legendary Giacomo Conterno estate) in 1969 to pursue his own winemaking interests and to create the wines of Poderi Aldo Conterno in the "Favot" cellar, and over the past decade, Aldo Conterno's wines have grown more traditional in style. Today, we're proud to present the transparent yet intense 2011 Aldo Conterno Barolo Vigna Romirasco, a wine that while approachable almost upon release still has the structure to age for years.
August 3, 2017
Chavy-Chouet Insider Burgundy, Benchmark Haut Brion, and Pristine Vintage Giacosa Barbaresco!
August 2, 2017
Seductive ’14 Guado al Tasso, Must-Have Piemonte White, and Big, Beautiful ’13 Solaia!
Rugged and jaunty, sixth-generation winemaker Hubert Chavy-Chouet has deep roots in Meursault. After selling his grapes for decades, Hubert decided he could do better, and since the '90s he has devoted himself to making exceptionally pure, unadulterated wines that we love to pour for our Burgundy lovers. Hubert turned over the running of the estate to his son Romaric in 2010, who has not merely ensured the domaine's dynasty of saturated, detailed wines but has raised the quality every year. Sitting on almost thirty acres comprising 70 parcels and spanning 15 appellations in Meursault, Puligny-Montrachet, Saint-Aubin, Volnay and Pommard, Domaine Chavy-Chouet flies under the radar, but that makes it all the more special.
Sometimes beauty springs from strangeness. 2014 was an odd growing year in Toscana, and it was especially weird in the coastal town of Bolgheri. A mild winter morphed into a warm yet dry spring that gave an early bud break. Summer turned cool and wet, but a dry and sunny fall turned what could have been a disastrous vintage into a surprisingly good, if low production, harvest. At Guado al Tasso, the Antinori team, led by longtime enologist and CEO Renzo Cotarella, met the myriad challenges with aplomb, and the resulting '14 Guado al Tasso is aromatic, lithe, and balanced. Today, we're delighted to announce a new allocation of the 2014 Guado al Tasso release.
August 1, 2017
Brunello Education, 150 Wines, 38 Producers, All at Special Pricing!
July 31, 2017
The Unforgettable '14 Flaccianello, Delicious Chianti Classico Duo, and Provençal Rosé Pair!
America loves Brunello. More than a quarter of total Brunello production is exported to America--and it makes sense. The Brunello region is responsible for profound, complex wines with nuances that rival those of Burgundy. According to the Brunello Consorzio, the region possesses over 24 distinct microclimates, each defined by a distinct amalgam of altitude, soil composition, and weather. It's easiest to break the Brunello region into three parts, central, north, and south. The areas of Canalicchio, Pianelli, and Montosoli form the northern zone; its lower altitudes and modified Mediterranean climate create wines that marry ripeness and structure, such as the wines of Canlicchio di Sopra, Sassetti Pertimali, Cupano and Valdicava do.
Ringed by cypress trees and lined with vineyards, the Conca d'Oro is the golden beating heart of Toscana. It's also the site of Fontodi, one of IWM's favorite producers. If you've never been to Italy, Fontodi's location is probably how you imagine Italy's countryside and if you have been to Italy, it's exactly how you remember it. It's not only a really lovely prospect; it's also a perfect one for growing Sangiovese. Today, we're delighted to announce a new allocation of the seamless, finessed 2014 Fontodi Flaccianello. This mono-varietal Sangiovese has long been a darling of connoisseurs and critics alike, and the '14 bottling will do nothing to dissuade the wine's ardent fans.
July 27, 2017
Sassicaia’s Little Brother! Seghesio’s “Baby Barolo”! And All of Meursault On Sale!
July 26, 2017
Back by Client Demand: $27 Ornellaia Super Tuscan, Vintage Soldera, and Grower Champagne!
IWM Founder Sergio Esposito has often said that if Guidalberto came from any estate other than Tenuta San Guido, the legendary makers of Sassicaia, it would be a flagship wine. The 2015 Guidalberto certainly testifies to this claim. A wonderfully enjoyable wine over the medium term, the '15 Guidalberto combines freshness with succulence, marrying jaunty acidity with ripe fruit, and accenting both qualities with polished, fine-grained tannins. Today, we're delighted to present the '15 Guidalberto, a wine we call "Sassicaia's little brother," at competitive pricing, and this recent vintage is so delicious that you might want to buy it by the case.
There are many reasons to love Le Volte. The third wine of Tenuta dell'Ornellaia, Le Volte is the estate's answer to immediate gratification, and this delicious Super Tuscan blends approachability with affordability, allowing you to drink it now, and to drink it every day. We've often said that if this wine came from any estate other than Super-Tuscan great Tenuta dell'Ornellaia, makers of Merlot wonder Masseto and its flagship Bordeaux-style blend, Ornellaia, you'd think Le Volte was first tier. Drinkable and delicious, Le Volte allows you to enjoy Ornellaia's beauty at a fraction of the price.
July 25, 2017
IWM Debuts Benchmark 2013 Releases from Castello dei Rampolla!
July 24, 2017
All of Gevrey-Chambertin at Special Pricing!
Today, we're delighted to present special, time-sensitive pricing on the benchmark 2013 Vigna d'Alceo and 2013 Sammarco. This power-packed Super-Tuscan duo from the biodynamic Castello dei Rampolla estate is ideal for wine-lovers looking for a change from Sassicaia or Ornellaia. We're always excited to debut new vintages of these beloved Super-Tuscan wines, and IWM is excited to be able to present the radiant, stellar and unforgettable 2013 vintage of Sammarco and Vigna d'Alceo to our clients first! The products of love, tenacity, and care, Castello dei Rampolla's wines compete with Super Tuscans from larger estates, but both Sammarco and Vigna d'Alceo are consistent favorites with IWM staff and our clients.
Gevrey-Chambertin is special. Located at the north end of the Côte d'Or, Gevrey-Chambertin's steep limestone slopes give it propitious growing conditions for the fussy Pinot Noir, the only grape grown in this region. So fantastic is the area for Pinot that Gevrey-Chambertin holds more premier and grand cru designations than any other area in the Côte d'Or--indeed, the region has so many old vines at the village level that producers forego the "Village" title and bottle the wine as a domaine Bourgogne Rouge, something that occurs almost solely in Gevrey-Chambertin. Rich, earthy, warming and wild, the wines of Gevrey-Chambertin grab you by the lapels and don't let go, and it's this reach-for-the-viscera quality that sets them apart.
July 20, 2017
Under-the-Radar Sangiovese Super Tuscan, Granbussia Trio, and Collector Georges de Vogüé
July 19, 2017
29-Year-Old Sassicaia, New Gaja Barolo Release, and Benchmark Gaja Brunello!
Dating back to the ninth century when it was built as a monastery, San Giusto a Rentennano is the epitome of a historic estate. It served as a military fortress and it also was home to Baron Bettino Ricasoli, who created the original formula for Chianti in 1874. Purchased by the Cigala family in the mid-twentieth century, this 395-hectare estate nestled in the Siena foothills currently is held in the capable and humble hands of Luca Cigala, along with his siblings Francesco and Elisabetta. Organic since 2008, San Giusto a Rentennano crafts a full range of traditional Tuscan wines with grace, élan and beauty--including the Super-Tuscan La Ricolma, one of Italy's finest Merlots.
Sassicaia is the standard bearer for elite Super Tuscans, but more than that, it's also an outstanding wine. Who wants to wait to enjoy it? Today, we're delighted to give you a chance to drink Sassicaia the way its makers intended: with perfect maturity. We're delighted to present magnums of 1988 Tenuta San Guido Sassicaia, a vintage that offers all the magic of a perfectly aged Sassicaia bottling. In fact, the "Sassicaia 8's" of 1988, 1998, and 2008 are the preferred vintages of the Incisa della Rocchetta family, and we're excited to offer this '88 Sassicaia with the "IWM Difference," our assurance of pristine provenance and perfect care throughout the wine's lifespan.
July 18, 2017
Back by Client Demand: Benchmark Paleo Rosso, Superb Soldera, and Cult Grower Champagne!
July 17, 2017
Six Vintages of Fontodi’s Hard-to-Find Cru Pinot Nero
When hometown Bolgheri winemaker Eugenio Campolmi founded Le Macchiole, he was embarking on a passion project, spurred by the desire to expand his family's restaurant business with winemaking. Since Eugenio's passing more than a decade ago, Le Macchiole has rested in the hands of his wife, Cinzia Merli, whose team works devotedly in the vineyards to make wines that speak eloquently of their unique Bolgheri terroir. Today, we're delighted to present the benchmark 2013 Paleo Rosso, the outstanding mono-varietal Cabernet Franc from Le Macchiole. As special as Le Macchiole's other mono-varietal wines are, there's something unique about its Cabernet Franc Paleo Rosso.
Today's wine is Pinot Nero Case Via, and it comes from Fontodi, an IWM signature producer. Clients who love Super Tuscans will know Fontodi as the winemaking force behind Flaccianello, one of the great mono-varietal Sangiovese Super Tuscans. Giovanni Manetti, Fontodi's owner-winemaker, sees his Pinot Nero Case Via as a labor of love; it's a wine he makes with his own hands in an effort to use a unique grape to convey the Tuscan terroir he loves. Manetti says of his Pinot Nero Case Via, "You taste the wine, you can feel Tuscany. You can feel the terroir, acidity--the bones of Tuscan wine."
July 13, 2017
Celebrating the Benchmark 2015 Burgundy Vintage with Special Pricing!
July 12, 2017
Sassetti Pertimali Brunello Trio! Fontodi’s New Cru Chianti Classico! And Under $20 Rosé Sparkler!
Marked by a warm, dry summer and one of the earliest harvests on record, the 2015 growing season ended with ripe, luscious wines with phenolic intensity that retained sprightly acidity. Indeed, 2015's red Burgundies are getting compared to the legendary 2005s, while the year's best white Burgundies marry energy with opulence and detail. The many challenges of 2015's growing season required vigilance in the vineyards to handle its poor bud break, "shatter," hail and powdery mildew; however, winemaking was relatively easy because of the high quality of the harvest--and the payoff is huge for Burgheads, who have an array of beautiful wines to enjoy both now and years down the road. Today, we're delighted to celebrate the 2015 Burgundy vintage with more than sixty beautiful bottles.
To the Sassetti family winemaking is not just a means to their livelihood--it's a passion. Livio Sassetti inherited the winemaking tradition from his forbears, but he wanted to make his own mark in the wine world, so in the early 1970's he followed his ambition to Montalcino, where he purchased land in Montosoli and founded the Pertimali estate, named for a cottage on the property. Today, the 39-acre estate rests in the hands of Livio and his sons, Lorenzo and Luciano, who join him in the production of elegant, complex, and aromatic wines that hold the structure of Burgundy and the distinctive Montalcino terroir.
July 11, 2017
Super-Tuscan Celebration: '11 Sammarco, '06 Paleo Rosso and '13 Redigaffi
July 10, 2017
The Paolo Scavino Collection, a Vintage Tribute to a Barolo Great
Last week, we were delighted to give our clients another chance to secure Castello dei Rampolla's luscious 2011 Vigna d'Alceo. Today, we're very happy to follow up that offer with the estate's outstanding 2011 Sammarco. Until recently, Castello dei Rampolla has remained slightly under the radar of Super-Tuscan enthusiasts, but its recent string of excellent vintages has brought this biodynamic winemaker more and more notice. Family-owned-and-operated, the small Castello dei Rampolla estate, which sits in the heart of Chianti Classico's Conca d'Oro, crafts terrific alternatives to iconic Super Tuscans Sassicaia and Solaia, and we've been saying for a few years that owner-winemaker Alceo di Napoli might very well have made the wines of the 2011 vintage with his two Super-Tuscan reds.
Paolo Scavino is a rare modernist Barolo maker. Unlike the wines of many modernist barolisti, Scavino's manage to blend approachability with tremendous longevity. Moreover, Scavino's wines appeal to international palates, but diehard lovers of traditional Barolo can still appreciate them. This ability to bridge so many dichotomies of old and new may stem from the fact that the roots of the Paolo Scavino estate stretch back to the nineteenth century, so Paolo Scavino has a sense of history. Indeed, the estate's modernity owes much to Enrico Scavino, who, as happened with many winemakers who inherited estates in the '70s, wanted to break with tradition.
July 6, 2017
Antinori’s Puglian Estate, Trio of Italian Whites, and Sleeper Vintage Valdicava!
July 5, 2017
Back By Client Demand: Castello dei Rampolla, Il Poggione, and Tua Rita!
For more than two years, IWM's clients have been enjoying Tormaresca Bocca di Lupo Castel del Monte, the mono-varietal Aglianico from Antinori's Puglian estate. Today, we're delighted to introduce you to four more wines from this unique estate, Tormaresca's sappy 2013 Chardonnay Pietrabianca, aromatic 2013 Calafuria Rosato, brooding 2013 Primitivo Torcicoda, and peppery 2012 Castel del Monte Rosso Trentangeli, an Aglianico, Cabernet Sauvignon and Syrah blend. To round out this offer, we've also brought back the estate's caressing 2011 Bocca di Lupo Castel del Monte, and its round yet structured 2010 bottling of the same wine. These six wines punch well above their price points, and each is a terrific representation of its special terroir.
Tucked into a valley near the Conca d'Oro in the heart of Toscana, Castello dei Rampolla sits in an ideal spot for winemaking, and indeed this estate makes ideal wines. Its biodynamic Super Tuscans Sammarco and Vigna d'Alceo have wowed IWM clients for years, and its textured Chianti Classico is a master class. Flying somewhat below the radar of other superstar Super Tuscans, those from biodynamically farmed, family-owned-and-operated Castello dei Rampolla offer terrific value--along with outrageously good drinking. Today, we're delighted to present special, time-sensitive pricing on a new allocation of the estate's stellar 2011 Vigna d'Alceo, a genial wine with energy, focus and drive.
July 3, 2017
The Cerbaiona Collection: Recent Releases from the Cult Montalcino Estate
June 29, 2017
Rare Aldo Conterno Sale! Antinori’s Affordable Super Tuscans! And Collector Scavino Barolo!
Today, Cerbaiona's winemaking tradition continues in the skilled hands of Gary Rieschel and Matthew Fioretti, and they're upping the Cerbaiona quality level in making wines that are even more age-worthy, precise and beautiful. Today, we're delighted to present special time-sensitive pricing on a quartet of Cerbaiona recent releases--you can buy these wines individually, or you can purchase the Cerbaiona Collection, a group of 54 wines that will keep you and your guests drinking beautifully for years to come.
Barolo, they say, is the "King of Wines," and Aldo Conterno was called the "King of Barolo." While Aldo himself passed away five years ago, his legacy continues in the wines he made during his lifetime, in the estate that bears his name, and in the traditions he left behind. Today, we're delighted to present more than twenty Aldo Conterno wines, all at special, time-sensitive pricing. You'll find multiple vintages of Aldo Conterno's iconic Baroli Bussia, Cicala, Colonello, and Romirasco; and you'll find two benchmark vintages of the estate's legendary Barolo Granbussia Riserva. But the beauty of Aldo Conterno extends into everyday wines, and this offer also has Conterno's Barbera, Langhe Nebbiolo Il Favot and Langhe Rosso.
June 28, 2017
Rare Wines: New Vega-Sicilia Único Reserva Especial, Fontodi Vin Santo, and Miani Collection
June 27, 2017
Exploring Sagrantino with Paolo Bea, Maltroye’s Bourgognes, and Summer Whites!
There are great wines, and then there are wines of great mystique, great tradition and great myth. The wines of Vega-Sicilia--arguably the most collectable and most historical estate in Spain's Ribera del Duero--hold all of these elusive traits. Today, we're delighted to present the most recent 2017 release of Vega-Sicilia Único Reserva Especial, the estate's coveted and rare non-vintage wine. A blend of the 2003, 2004 and 2006 vintages, the 2017 bottling of Único Reserva Especial is a tour-de-force of Spanish winemaking--and the only thing more special than the wine itself is the history behind it.
Sagrantino, Umbria's emblematic grape, has the distinction of being one of the most tannic grapes in the world. Interestingly, it also sports one of the highest quantities of phenolic compounds, the chemical compounds that occur in grapes that give wine its taste, color and even its mouth-feel. What this combination of qualities means is that Sagrantino wines potentially could age forever--but this combination also means that a Sagrantino wine sometimes can come over like a great, burly brute, unless, of course, that wine comes from the hands of Paolo Bea, IWM's favorite Umbrian producer.
June 26, 2017
Magnificent Magnums, IWM’s Biggest Sale!
June 22, 2017
Trio of Giacosa New Releases! The Prince’s Sémillon! And Our Favorite Warm Weather Red!
IWM's clients love being surprised by our flash sales, and today, we're dropping one of our biggest sales to date-- a list of beautiful wines--red, white, sparkling and dessert--all in magnum! Comprising almost 150 large-format wines, this offer includes IWM's signature Italian producers, select French winemakers, and a few special Spanish wines. You can choose from an array of wines for your cellar and your table, ensuring that your guests' glasses will never run dry! You'll find special sale pricing on wines from Italian producers like Aldo Conterno, Bruno Giacosa, Gaja, Tua Rita, and Tenuta San Guido. You'll also special sale pricing on French wines from producers like William Fèvre, Bonneau du Martray, Domaine Ponsot, Hubert Lignier, and Louis Jadot!
As our longtime clients know, Bruno Giacosa stands as one of the most respected producers of traditionally styled Barolo and Barbaresco, long-aging wines that are beloved by aficionados and coveted by collectors. Giacosa learned by working with his father and grandfather and became fascinated by what he could create from the Nebbiolo grape, especially when treated with viticultural techniques that are time-honored and true. Giacosa believes that in the past, winemakers worked more simply and with more care, and in doing so, they created wines that transcended their time while embodying their place and their tradition.
June 21, 2017
Bea’s Full-Figured Beauty! Big Bottles of Drink-Me Brunello! And Meet Your Go-To Red!
June 20, 2017
Three Stellar 2014 Fontodi Release Debuts: Flaccianello, Vigna del Sorbo and Chianti Classico
In the US, they're called "orange wines," in Europe "skin-contact wines." Whichever terminology you use, they are in demand. If a rosé is made by vinifying a red grape like a white grape, then an orange wine derives from vinifying a white grape like a red. This means that, as in red wine protocol, the grapes are left macerating on the skins for an extended period of time, something that imbues the white wine with characteristics usually attributable to reds: fuller bodies, deeper colors, more pronounced tannins, and unexpected complexity. Today, we're delighted to present the new 2011 release of one of our favorite "orange" wines, Paolo Bea Arboreus Umbria Bianco.
IWM's clients, our portfolio managers, and our dinner guests all love the wines of Fontodi. It's hard not to! Giovanni Manetti's team at Fontodi crafts wines both thoughtfully and passionately. Today, we're delighted to present special, time-sensitive pricing on a trio of new 2014 Fontodi releases: the estate's Chianti Classico, its cru Chianti Classico Riserva Gran Selezione Vigna del Sorbo, and its iconic Super-Tuscan Flaccianello. Resting near Panzano in the epicenter of Toscana's viticulture, Fontodi's vines sit in the Conca d'Oro, the natural amphitheater that is the beating heart of Chianti Classico. This ideal location of Fontodi's vineyards makes for perfection in winemaking.
June 19, 2017
Quintarelli Amarone Retrospective, 1971-2007
June 15, 2017
Amarone Two Ways, Affordable Brigaldara and Collectable Quintarelli! And Insider Burgundy!
Giuseppe Quintarelli, who passed away in 2012, was one of the world's greatest winemakers. He was a man whose concept of vintage approval and strict grape selection rivals the great chateaux of Sauternes, and he patiently let his wines rest in large Slovenian oak casks until they finished their maturation, only releasing his wines when he decided that it was time. The talent of the "Master of the Veneto," the inherent quality of the estate's terroir, and that ineffable magic peculiar to the world's great winemakers worked in concert to explain the extraordinary nature of Quintarelli's wines.
It's hard to find affordable Amarone, but Brigaldara makes one of our favorites. Located on the slopes of the Marano Valley in the Valpolicella region of the Veneto, Brigaldara's scant 125 acres are owned by the Cesari family, who began making wine in the 1970's using their fifteenth-century villa's farmhouse as their cantina, fermenting the wines on the structure's top floor and aging them on the bottom. Brigaldara believes the wine is made in the vineyards, and its wines are evocative, transparent expressions. IWM is pleased to present special, time-sensitive pricing on Brigaldara's concentrated and textured 2011 Amarone Case Vecie. This velvety, terroir-driven cru Amarone has been a standout at IWM's tasting events!
June 14, 2017
Surprising Italians: Tignanello Chianti Classico, Guado al Tasso Rosato, and Giacomo Conterno Barbera!
June 13, 2017
Vintage Rinaldi Barolo, the Sassicaia of Patagonia, and 30 Under $30!
Marchese Piero Antinori, the winemaking visionary behind Super-Tuscan icons Tignanello, Solaia, and Guado al Tasso, has always believed that quality is more important than strict adherence to tradition--or to rules that don't make wine better. For example, Antinori left the Consorzio Vino Chianti Classico, the governing body of the eponymous wine, in 1975; he was unsatisfied with the consortium's regulations, standards and lack of clarity. Four years ago, Antinori rejoined the Consorzio after a 37-year absence. Spurred by Chianti Classico's renaissance, Antinori saw a change in the Consorzio that bettered the profile of Tuscany's most famous wine, and, it's worth noting, the Consorzio sees Antinori's choice to rejoin as a validation of the work that it has done to make Chianti Classico a world-class wine.
Called "Citrico," or the acid one, by his peers, Giuseppe Rinaldi has always marched to his own drummer, and we wouldn't have it any other way. One of the founders of the Italian natural wine consortium ViniVeri, or True Wine Group, Beppe doesn't even certify his low production wines as organic. "I am an anarchist," he says, refusing any easy definitions. He makes his wines as his grandfather did--fermenting them in tini, tall oak vats, without temperature control and with only natural yeasts, and aging them in giant botti for upwards of two years. The resulting wines are age-worthy Baroli that stand the test of time.
June 12, 2017
Stellar $30 Le Volte from Ornellaia, Terriccio's Super-Tuscan Gem, and Rosé Quartet!
June 9, 2017
Debuting Eight Gaja New Releases! Magic from the Piemonte Master
IWM loves Tenuta dell'Ornellaia's full range of wines, and right now we have a passion for the estate's entry-level Le Volte. A taste of iconic Super-Tuscan Ornellaia for under $30 a bottle, Le Volte offers Ornellaia's exceptional union of Bordeaux's Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon with Tuscan Sangiovese. An approachable wine of vibrant crimson color displaying ripe red and dark berry fruits, Le Volte offers a gentle, round palate, impeccable balance, and a delightfully lingering finish. The product of a "textbook" vintage, according to winemaker Axel Heinz, the 2015 Le Volte straddles the line between "drink every day" and "drink on special occasions," and today, we're delighted to give our clients a first look!
There is no one quite like Angelo Gaja, a winemaker who galvanized winemaking in Piemonte with his radical, even controversial viticultural techniques. Gaja's early innovations began with the 1961 vintage and included the choice to bottle only estate-grown wines, the reduction of crop size, shortened pruning of Nebbiolo vines, and decreased fermentation periods; 1967 saw Gaja's decision to bottle his iconic single-vineyard Barbarescos; and 1975 marked his inaugural use of small French oak barrels. But Gaja's innovation didn't begin and end with Barbaresco or even red wines. Gaia & Rey, the estate's flagship Chardonnay bottling, is a groundbreaking wine, and in the 1990s, Angelo would pour this Chardonnay to entice skeptical industry people to embrace his Barbarescos!
June 8, 2017
New Antinori Chardonnay! New 2015 Fichet White Burgundies! And Benchmark Flaccianello!
June 7, 2017
The Best of the Best, Benchmark Gravner, Benchmark Cerbaiona, and Benchmark Grattamacco
Antinori's Umbrian beauty Castello della Sala Chardonnay is not merely one of Italy's great white wines; it came about by accident. Piero Antinori wanted to create an Italian version of white Burgundy, but he and his team couldn't quite capture his vision. Ready to give up on the project, they shut the door to the cellar where the wine was fermenting, allowing the temperature to rise slightly, which induced malolactic fermentation and created this wine's creamy mouth-feel.
Rainy weather is challenging to most vine-growers and winemakers. Rain can saturate the vines and the grapes with water, diluting the dry extract that gives wine its flavor. Rainy weather means clouds, and clouds mean less sun, which means that grapes can have a hard time ripening from their skins through to their pips. Mold and mildew proliferate in rainy weather, and this is not always a condition that winemakers want. But some winemakers excel in rainy seasons. They want a touch of botrytis, the "noble rot" that makes Sauternes special, and they know how to manage their vine canopies to get the best from their grapes. Rather than bemoan a rainy vintage, these winemakers embrace it.
June 6, 2017
Gorgeous Valdicava Brunello Riserva, Antinori Super-Tuscan Find, and Benchmark White Burgundy!
June 5, 2017
Three Cult Sensations: Petrolo, Valentini, and Dal Forno Romano
Valdicava is an IWM client favorite Brunello maker. Founded in 1953, Valdicava rose to international attention in 1987 when Vincenzo Abbruzzese took control of the family-owned-and-operated estate. Thirty years later, Abbruzzese has earned the reputation of being a single-minded, exacting and meticulous producer, growing organic grapes and crafting wines with minimal intervention. Today, IWM is proud to offer a new allocation of two of Valdicava's hard-to-find, beautifully made and altogether riveting Brunello di Montalcino Madonna del Piano Riserva bottlings, the benchmark 2007 and the sleeper 2003.
It's true: Merlot is not the first grape you usually think of when you think of Italian wine, yet Tuscan producers are crafting the French grape Merlot into some of the world's best expressions. Tenuta dell'Ornellaia's legendary Masseto, Le Macchiole's singular Messorio, and Tua Rita's iconic Redigaffi, are all standout Merlot bottlings, so too is the wine we're offering today, Petrolo's cult-inspiring Galatrona, a remarkable, age-worthy and muscular Merlot. IWM believes that most people drink their Super Tuscans too early, and today, we're proud to present the 2006 Petrolo Galatrona.
June 1, 2017
Gravner’s “Holy Grail” of Whites, Cerbaiona’s “Baby Brunello,” and Le Macchiole’s Seductive Scrio
May 31, 2017
Celebrate 2013 with Three Wines--Le Macchiole, Le Mortelle and Guigal!
The iconic wines of the Veneto--Valpolicella and Amarone--might be the perfect complement to cold weather. But while Amarone is a definite luxury item, Valpolicella can be a terrific everyday wine. Today, we're delighted to present the pure, classic, structured, food-friendly 2014 Valpolicella from Nicolis; best of all, this wine is under $20 a bottle! While most of our clients connect these wines to the icons of the Veneto, Romano Dal Forno and his mentor the great Giuseppe Quintarelli, family-owned-and-operated Nicolis makes authentic and affordable wines, and this '14 Valpolicella is delicious.
Its origins might be in Bordeaux, but Cabernet Franc has been growing in Italy for almost two hundred years. Like its more famous child Cabernet Sauvignon (the other parent grape to Cabernet Sauvignon is Sauvignon Blanc), Cabernet Franc provides wines with great structure and balance; however, it's lower in tannins and acidity and tends to be more aromatic and herbal. While Cabernet Franc grows all over Italy, primarily in Friuli, you could make a strong argument that it grows nowhere better than in Bolgheri, where the warm climate enables it to sufficiently ripen, keeping it from the greenness it can exhibit in cooler areas and helping it to achieve complexity.
May 30, 2017
Explore Ancient Italian Grapes with Paolo Bea, Mastroberardino and Paolo Scavino
May 25, 2017
Seven Different Barbarescos, All Under $70! And One Great Pugliny-Montrachet Les Perrières!
Bold, racy, and dark, Paolo Bea Montefalco Riserva Pipparello is one of our favorite wines in any vintage. In 2009, this beloved Bea blend takes your palate on a ride atop a velvety magic carpet--it's one of our favorite vintages, and we are delighted to be able to offer you a new allocation of this outstanding Bea Bottling. Not only did we score more of this low production wine, but we're also proud to present this silky yet wild '09 Riserva Pipparello at exceptionally competitive pricing. Bea's Pipparello has long been one of our very favorite big reds, and this Pipparello flows like brocade across the palate, leaving a scattering of brooding flavor notes in its wake.
To find quality Barbaresco for under $60 a bottle is almost unheard of--until you hear of Produttori del Barbaresco. As its name implies, Produttori del Barbaresco is a collective of producers, and it is a true hero of Italian wine. Started at the turn of the nineteenth century, this collective began with just nine producers, but now its numbers have grown to 51 growers, who represent more than 250 acres in the Barbaresco district. A longtime favorite of Sergio Esposito, this collective makes some of the finest expressions of Barbaresco that you've likely yet to drink.
May 24, 2017
Explore IWM’s Private Cellar Collection! Special Sale Pricing on 500 In-Stock Wines!
May 23, 2017
Back by Client Demand: Talenti, Terriccio and Tenuta San Guido Sassicaia
IWM invites you inside our private cellar and to discover the gems that await you inside our collection of wines. You'll find 500 different wines in a range of styles, grapes, price points and age-worthiness, ensuring that every wine-lover's palate will be pleased. From Italian reds to French whites, from Lebanese Bordeaux-style blends to Patagonian Pinot Noirs, from Prosecco to Cava or Champagne, from Rioja to Burgundy, and from so-called "orange" wines to so-called Super-Piemontese wines, this list has something for everybody, whether wine connoisseur or wine newbie. For a limited time only, take a cool 8% off cases, mixed or not, on all these in-stock wines; they'll ship directly from our temperature-controlled cellar to yours.
IWM's clients have long appreciated the Talenti house style with its impeccable balance between structure and concentration. Today, we're delighted to present the latest offering; from acclaimed vintage of 2012, this Talenti Brunello is sure to please the palates of everyone from Italian wine newbies to longtime aficionados. Best of all, priced at under $60, this wine is an affordable way to experience the benchmark 2012 vintage.
May 22, 2017
Under $20 Antinori Rosato, Benchmark Antinori Brunello, and Historic Redigaffi!
May 18, 2017
Mature Benchmark Gaja Brunello, Benchmark Chavy-Chouet, and IWM’s Singles Flash Sale
Summer arrives next week, and that means it's officially rosé season. Not many Super-Tuscan rosés hit America's shores, and Antinori's Scalabrone, which hails from the family's Guado al Tasso estate, is so delicious you can't help wonder if Italian wine-lovers are keeping them all to themselves. Today, we're delighted to spotlight the beautiful, affordable Guado al Tasso 2015 Bolgheri Scalabrone Rosato, a superb rosé to enjoy all summer long. Antinori's brilliant salmon-hued Scalabrone bursts with Bolgheri terroir, bristles with acidity, and floods the palate with delicate texture and juicy dry extract.
When time passes and a wine matures, that wine requires us to revisit it, and today's Spotlight section revisits a wine that is truly fulfilling its promise: Gaja Pieve Santa Restituta 2007 Brunello di Montalcino Sugarille. It's always hard for a vintage following a benchmark year, but 2007 succeeded admirably, presenting a radiant, open-knit complement to the linear, classic Brunello vintage of 2006. While many '07 Brunelli were enjoyable soon after release, some, like Angelo Gaja's cru Sugarille, needed a little more time.
May 17, 2017
Two New Releases from Soldera! Must-Have Wines from a Master
May 16, 2017
Paolo Bea’s Signature Sagrantino, Cerbaiona’s Super Tuscan, and Artisanal Cru Amarone!
IWM Founder Sergio Esposito has often claimed that Gianfranco Soldera, Montalcino's iconoclastic producer, is the finest winemaker in Italy--if not the world. Soldera grows his vines and makes his wine with the fanatical attention of an uncompromising perfectionist, and this intensity of effort makes the December 2012 loss of almost his entire production of wine from 2007-2012 all the more poignant. The victim of a vandal, Soldera walked into his cantina on December 3, 2012, to find the contents of his cellar's many botti, about 650 hectoliters in all, spilled on the cantina's tile floor.
IWM and our clients always love the wines of Paolo Bea, but as consistently great as they always are, the cru Sagrantino we offer today is one of our best selling bottles. We've had to bring back this wine twice before, and now we're delighted to announce the third--and likely last--allocation of the estate's Sagrantino di Montefalco Secco Pagliaro from the sleeper vintage of 2008. Handcrafted from organically grown Sagrantino grapes, this wine is like a perfectly balanced sword--sturdy, weighty, dense in feel and yet capable of delicacy and nuance.
May 15, 2017
Beautiful, Mature Louis Remy Burgundies at Affordable Pricing!
May 11, 2017
Collemattoni’s Standout ’11 Brunello! Giacosa’s Radiant Barbera! And Valdicava’s “Baby Brunello”!
This domaine's expansive holdings in the outstanding grand crus of Latricières-Chambertin, Le Chambertin, and Clos de la Roche meant that Remy sat among the most important houses in the Côte de Nuits. Without a clear heir for the entire property, Madame Marie-Louise Remy sold her Latricières and Chambertin holdings to Francois Feuillet, while Madame Remy's daughter, Chantal, has continued to make wine from the Clos de la Roche property, renamed Domaine Chantal Remy in 2009. Chantal is slowly releasing a very substantial quantity of the Domaine Louis Remy library reserves, and today, we're proud to be able to offer a beautiful selection of 22 Louis Remy wines.
It's hard to follow a Brunello vintage like 2010. More than a benchmark year, 2010 reset the entire scale for Montalcino's wines, and no matter how great 2011 was, it would have been hard to surpass 2010. Almost by default, 2011 was destined to be a sleeper vintage. The good news is that 2011 was warm and dry, and while harvest was down about a third across Toscana, the late-ripening Sangiovese Grosso fared exceptionally well in the heat. Today, we'd like to spotlight a wine we're loving right now: Collemattoni 2011 Brunello di Montalcino.
May 10, 2017
Classic Castello dei Rampolla Chianti, New Prunotto Barolo Riserva, and Gaja’s Sensuous Trio
May 9, 2017
Celebrating Italian White Wines, Double Mag Flash Sale, and Ornellaia’s Artistic Gems
You might know Castello dei Rampolla best for its Super-Tuscan wines Sammarco and Vigna d'Alceo, but these are not the only reds we love from this biodynamic estate. While Castello dei Rampolla is most famous for its two Super Tuscans, when Alceo di Napoli began making wine in 1970, he began by making Chianti, and today, we're delighted to present Castello dei Rampolla's 2013 Chianti Classico, a seductive and bewitching bottling. Presented at under $30 a bottle, this wine packs a wallop at its price point, and as delicious as it is right now, it's going to grow even more beautiful with a few years in the cellar.
IWM loves our Italian whites. They may not be as famous as their robust red siblings, but Italian white wines have the same magical ability to speak their terroir that Italian reds do. Coastal Italian whites abound in fresh, savory salinity; mountain Italian whites burst with meadow-like freshness; volcanic Italian whites thrum with minerality; and each region crafts beloved white wines that reflect their regions' traditions, dishes, and climate. These Italian whites, like their red counterparts, could come from no other place on earth--they're Italian through and through.
May 8, 2017
Flash Sale on 2012 Red Burgundy! And Beautiful “Baby Barolo” and “Baby Brunello” Wines!
May 4, 2017
Is This $25 Rosso Your New Go-To Red? Quintarelli Flash Sale! And Antinori’s Rosato!
IWM's clients love our flash sales, and today, we've got a luscious one: more than 85 beautiful 2012 red Burgundies, all in stock and ready to ship. These wines will keep your cellar stocked and your dinner parties drinking for decades. Selecting in-stock red wines from the ripe yet structured 2012 vintage, this list has something for every connoisseur of red Burgundy, from everyday favorites by Louis Jadot or Michèle et Patrice Rion to collector greats from Comte Georges de Vogüé or Georges Roumier. Best of all, the more you buy, the more you save--but hurry!
Today, we're delighted to introduce you to a bottling that might be your new favorite go-to red, Tormaresca 2012 Castel del Monte Rosso Trentangeli. Hailing from Tormaresca, which sits in the heart of Puglia's Salento, Trentangeli clocks in at under $25 a bottle, and it far over-delivers on its modest price point. A blend of organically grown 70% Aglianico, 20% Cabernet Sauvignon, and 10% Syrah, this wine marries Super-Tuscan elegance with Aglianico's brooding profile. It's an explosive wine that carries its power with Antinori's trademark elegance.
May 3, 2017
Two Surprising Fontodi Releases! Perfect Prosecco! And Benchmark Castello dei Rampolla!
May 2, 2017
Big, Beautiful 2014 Tignanello! Rare Organic Fiano! And La Fornace Brunello Trio!
Fontodi's full-throttle Sangiovese Super-Tuscan, Flaccianello, its traditional Chianti Classico, and its cru Chianti Classico Riserva Vigna del Sorbo are all-time favorites of IWM clients and staff. There's no question that Fontodi crafts beautiful, evocative wines that populate the cellars of Tuscan wine enthusiasts, but today we're not going to offer you Fontodi wines that you know and love. Rather, we're going to present a pair of Fontodi wines you likely have never heard of: Fontodi 2015 Meriggio the estate's Sauvignon Blanc, and its 2014 La Filetta di Lamole Chianti Classico.
It's tough to follow a breakout benchmark vintage like 2013, but we think the recent 2014 Tignanello does an excellent job. In fact, we love this wine so much that today we're featuring it in magnum! Where the '13 Tignanello is all about classic, age-worthy style, the 2014 is all about gracious invitation, and these large format bottles welcome you and your guests to a delightful, delicious Super-Tuscan experience. One of Italy's most famous cru wines, Tignanello derives from a single 140-acre southwestern-facing plot of limestone-rich soils.
May 1, 2017
Debuting the 2013 Aldo Conterno Barolo Bussia!
April 27, 2017
Baricci's Authentic, Incredible Brunello and Brunello Riserva! And Classic Bandol Rosé!
Aldo Conterno was known as the "King of Barolo," and the wines made by this Piemonte winemaker, as well as those that hail from the estate that bears his name, are collector staples. Most famous is Aldo Conterno Granbussia, but the estate's three cru bottlings--Romirasco, Colonnello, and Cicala--as well as its cuvée Barolo Bussia are beloved by connoisseurs. Situated in Monforte d'Alba in the prized Bussia Soprano vineyard in the heart of the Barolo region of Serralunga, the Conterno family has been producing great Piemontese wines for more than five generations.
Baricci is under the radar, but it's a mighty estate. One of the original members of the Consorzio del Vino Brunello di Montalcino, the governing body that sets the quality maintaining standards and practices for Brunello, estate founder Nello Baricci passed the 29-acre estate to his son-in-law, Pietro Buffo, who now runs Baricci with his two sons, Federico and Francesco. Together, this family makes wines that are true to type, honest and real. IWM loves the wines of Baricci, and our clients do too.
April 26, 2017
Discover Castello del Terriccio’s Super Tuscans!
April 25, 2017
New 2015 Releases of Guidalberto and Latour-Giraud! And Antinori’s Aristocratic Barbera!
Today, IWM is pleased to present time-sensitive, special pricing on fourteen Castello del Terriccio wines, from entry-level Merlot Capannino, to the estate's affordable Bordeaux-style blend Tassinaia, to its collector Lupicaia, to the flagship Castello del Terriccio. IWM's clients love Super-Tuscan wines, and we love introducing new wines to Super-Tuscan enthusiasts. Castello del Terriccio's four reds are hard to find but easy to love, especially for wine lovers who already adore Bolgheri's superstar bottlings--and this special pricing means there's no time like the present to discover Castello del Terriccio's terrific Super Tuscans!
Guidalberto is the second wine of Sassicaia's maker Tenuta San Guido, and as you'd expect from the estate that ignited the Super-Tuscan revolution with its superstar Sassicaia, it's an IWM client favorite, vintage after vintage. Originally a blend of equal parts Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot with a kiss of Sangiovese, Guidalberto began its evolution with the 2005 vintage, and by the following year, it achieved the proportions it has kept to this day: a 60/40 Cabernet Sauvignon-Merlot blend. Today, we're delighted to present the most recent release of this stellar "second" wine, the crisply acidic yet nicely round 2015 Guidalberto.
April 24, 2017
1978-2010, Biondi-Santi Brunello 27-Vintage Vertical
April 20, 2017
Debuting the 2014 Solaia Release!
In 2013, the wine world lost one of its icons when Franco Biondi-Santi passed away at the age of 91, but the legacy of the "Gentleman of Montalcino" lives on in his wines. Brunello di Montalcino began at Il Greppo, the Biondi-Santi estate, in the nineteenth century. Through the hard work and dedication of Tancredi Biondi-Santi, the wine became the international icon it is today, and in doing so, it lifted Montalcino out of poverty and obscurity and into prosperity and fame. The birthplace of Brunello di Montalcino, Il Greppo is not only a historical site in Italian winemaking; it also holds the greatest Brunello produced, and Italy's most accomplished wines. Today, we're delighted to present a rare Biondi-Santi vintage vertical, 27 different bottlings dating from 1978 to 2010.
The Antinori family has been making wine for more than six centuries, but they're best known for their Super-Tuscan twins, Tignanello and Solaia. Almost mirror images of one another, Tignanello and Solaia are like siblings, both beloved, both equal in the eyes of their makers, and both unique in their own rights. Today, we're proud to present the BEST PRICE in the country the new 2014 release of Antinori Solaia. 2014 was an odd growing year in Toscana; a mild winter morphed into a warm, dry spring that saw an early bud break. Summer turned cool and occasionally violent with hailstorms, but a dry and sunny fall turned what could have been a disastrous vintage into a surprisingly good, if low production, harvest.
April 19, 2017
2015 Beauties from Le Mortelle and François Gay! And 2005 Giacosa Barbaresco Rabajà Returns!
April 18, 2017
Antinori’s Tignanello Chianti Classico Riserva and Franciacorta! And Rare Soldera “Brunello”!
The Antinori family has centuries of winemaking history behind it, and it has holdings throughout Toscana, across Italy, and around the world! While the family's iconic, collector Super Tuscans like Tignanello, Solaia, and Guado al Tasso may garner all the attention from Italian wine enthusiasts and the press, Antinori also makes wines that you can enjoy any night of the week. Today, we're delighted to spotlight one of these wallet-friendly, palate-pleasing wines, Le Mortelle 2015 Vivia Maremma Toscana, a vibrant, mineral-laden white.
Antinori's Tenuta Tignanello sits in the heart of Chianti Classico, and while the estate has likely been making wine for hundreds of years, it came into the hands of the Antinori family in the mid-nineteenth century, and there the various members of this aristocratic winemaking family have practiced crafting the wine that it began making more than 600 years ago: Chianti. The 320-acre Tignanello estate is home to the vineyards that give their names and their grapes to Tignanello and Solaia, both legendary Super-Tuscan wines, but it's also the home of Marchese Antinori Chianti Classico Riserva, a contemporary standard bearer of Toscana's most emblematic wine.
April 17, 2017
Giacomo Conterno Flash Sale!
April 13, 2017
Trio of Heroes: ’09 Château Pontet-Canet, ’12 Le Macchiole Scrio, and Bryant Family ’13 Bettina
These days, Giacomo Conterno is owned and operated by Giacomo's son, Roberto. Two major plots comprise the Giacomo Conterno estate: Cascina Francia, the 35-acre vineyard owned by the estate since 1974, is synonymous with Giacomo Conterno--in fact, its legendary Monfortino, its Barolo Francia, its Barbera Cascina Francia derive from it. In 2008, Roberto purchased the 7.4-acre Cerretta vineyard in Serralunga, and 2010 saw its first Barolo bottling, and the plot also produces Barbera. Today, we're delighted to offer more than two-dozen Giacomo Conterno wines, from Barberas to Barolos, all with special, time-sensitive pricing!
Ask Bordeaux connoisseurs about their favorite Pauillac wines, and they will likely name Mouton, Latour, and Lafite. These three Bordeaux premier cru châteaux have earned their status, but today we'd like to shine a spotlight on a strong contender, Château Pontet-Canet. Makers of some of the most beloved, most sought-after Pauillac Bordeaux, Château Pontet-Canet has earned a reputation for crafting powerful, balanced and charming wines. Today, we're delighted to revisit the energetic yet delineated 2009, which we present at special time-sensitive pricing.
April 12, 2017
Two Artisanal, Affordable Amarone, One New and One Vintage! And Soaring '05 Gaja Sorì San Lorenzo!
April 11, 2017
Back By Client Demand: 2010 Messorio and Clerico Barolo! And Two Cerbaiona Debuts!
We rightfully think of Amarone as a cold weather wine, but as much as this "big red" makes a delicious complement to roast pork or wintertime stews, it's also a terrific wine to enjoy with springtime rack of lamb or summertime steaks. While Amarone is a powerhouse of a wine, its alcohol content--typically somewhere between 14 and 16 percent--makes it food-friendly, and its concentrated, opulent palate bursting with fruit, earth, spice and pepper makes it a perfect partner for meat. Today, we're delighted to debut the darkly delicious 2012 Begali Amarone Monte Ca' Bianca, a new release of an IWM client favorite.
People who know Merlot know a few Italian wines are consistently great. Masseto, Italy's most famous Merlot, is on those collectors' lists, so too is Messorio, the flagship mono-varietal Merlot from Le Macchiole, an estate that defines itself by focusing on its mono-varietal bottlings. While the estate's Syrah Scrio and its Cabernet Franc Paleo Rosso are beloved by enthusiasts and lauded by critics, the estate's Messorio stands as a towering testament to its Bolgheri terroir and the skill of its makers. Today, we're delighted to present a new allocation of the Le Macchiole 2010 Messorio, a wine we've brought back more than once because our clients just can't get enough.
April 10, 2017
Mastroberardino’s “Barolo of the South,” Majestic CVNE Rioja Gran Reserva, and Giacosa Barolo Falletto
April 6, 2017
$38 Giacosa "Baby Barolo," Collector Cantina Terlano Whites, and 2011 Burgundy Flash Sale!
After the one-two hits of phylloxera outbreak in the late nineteenth century and the destruction of WW II, Campania's vineyards were decimated, and many grape varietals sat on the precipice of extinction. Mastroberardino not only salvaged Fiano, Greco di Tufa, and Aglianico, but the estate also conducted extensive research to determine the best terroir and technique for each grape. When Antonio Mastroberardino, the estate's patriarch, passed away at the age of 86 in 2014, he left behind a legacy that includes the family estate, now in the hands of his sons Piero and Carlo, and its family of wines, as well as a long and illustrious winemaking history.
Nebbiolo, a beautiful, black-skinned grape, is indigenous to Piemonte's sandy hills, where the region's long summer allows the grapes to ripen fully and express the full character of the land and the microclimate. While Barolo and Barbaresco are the most collectable and famous Nebbiolo expressions, these two wines require patience and they can be expensive. But fortunately for Nebbiolo lovers, there are early-drinking, affordable wines that let fans of the grape indulge their passions any night of the week. Today, we're delighted to present a value Nebbiolo from one of IWM's favorite staunch traditionalists, Bruno Giacosa, the estate's Casa Vinicola Bruno Giacosa 2014 Nebbiolo d'Alba Valmaggiore.
April 5, 2017
Vintage Prunotto Barbera Trio, New Tignanello Release in Magnum, and Gaja’s Spellbinding Barbaresco
April 4, 2017
New 2014 Guado al Tasso Release! Vintage Cru Amarone! And Must-Have Vigna d’Alceo!
Prunotto got its start in 1904, when Alfred Prunotto helped to found a wine collective in Serralunga; in 1922, this collective disbanded, and Alfred founded his own winery in its place. When Alfred looked to retire, he turned his winery over to enologist Beppe Colla, who ran it with his brother Tino until their retirement in the 1990s. Antinori joined forces with Prunotto in 1989, and a year later, Albiera Antinori took control of the project, aiming to fine-tune the wines of Prunotto.
Antinori might have come late to the Bolgheri party--the family founded Guado al Tasso in 1990--but Piero and his daughters have made up for lost time. Capitalizing on the precedence for growing Bordeaux grapes in Bolgheri, along with the region's maritime climate that Cabernet favors, Antinori also called upon the help of famed enologist Giacomo Tachis in creating its flagship Guado al Tasso Bolgheri Superiore, and it has relied on renowned enologist Renzo Cotarella in perfecting it. Guado al Tasso consistently stands as one of IWM's fastest selling wines, and today, we're delighted to announce the release of the 2014 Guado al Tasso Bolgheri Superiore at very competitive pricing.
April 3, 2017
International Gems: 2015 Pernot-Belicard, 1964 Dom Pérignon, and Collector Spanish Whites!
March 30, 2017
Value Wines: 2015 Chavy-Chouet Trio, Singular Cru Amarone, and Barbaresco Riserva!
We've been saying for a few years that Pernot-Belicard's white Burgundies are poised to be the next big thing, and these wines knock it out of the park. Pernot-Belicard's Puligny-Montrachet and Meursault are very likely the best white Burgundies you've never heard of, but ranging in prices from $49.99 to $84.99, these Chardonnays clamor to be enjoyed. Today, we're very proud to showcase the release of four of Pernot-Belicard's extraordinary white Burgundies, all from the intense, low production 2015 vintage, and all at extremely competitive pricing.
A favorite of Burgheads in the know, Domaine Chavy-Chouet sits on almost thirty acres comprising 70 parcels and spanning 15 appellations in Meursault, Puligny-Montrachet, Saint-Aubin, Volnay and Pommard. Rugged and jaunty, sixth-generation winemaker Hubert Chavy-Chouet has deep roots in Meursault. After selling his grapes for decades, Hubert decided he could do better, and since the '90s he has devoted himself to making exceptionally pure, unadulterated wines from his 27-acre estate.
March 29, 2017
Debuting the “Essential” 2014 Ornellaia!
March 28, 2017
Salvioni Cerbaiola Brunello Release! Vintage Cru Scavino Barolo! And Giacomo Conterno Barbera Duo!
Tenuta dell'Ornellaia came to Bolgheri in 1981, making it a relative upstart in Toscana, but it swiftly made up for lost time. Although founded by Lodovico Antinori, nephew of Sassicaia's maker and brother to Piero Antinori, Tenuta dell'Ornellaia has been owned by the Frescobaldi family for almost two decades, and under winemaker Axel Heinz, the estate continues its long-standing record of crafting world-class wines, including its flagship Ornellaia, which gets its name from a grove of flowering ash trees, as well as its Le Serre Nuove and Le Volte.
It's the most wonderful time of the year--the time we roll out the new vintage of Brunello di Montalcino. We started with Fuligni, Antinori's Pian delle Vigne, Cerbiona, Talenti, Gianni Brunelli, and more--today, we're delighted to follow up those offers with a new release from Giulio Salvioni's La Cerbaiola estate, the refined, powerful 2012 Cerbaiola Brunello di Montalcino. Presented at competitive pricing, Cerbaiola's '12 Brunello offers a reserved profile to the vintage, and it's ideal for wine-lovers with some cellar space (and some patience).
March 27, 2017
A Case of Springtime Rosés! Benchmark Collemattoni Brunello! And Standout Solaia!
March 23, 2017
Debuting the Finessed 2012 Cerbaiona Brunello!
Last week brought the vernal equinox, the official beginning of spring, and there is no wine that embodies the evanescent pleasure of springtime better than rosé. Like springtime flowers, rosé wines bloom in a dizzying array of pale pinks, fleshy salmons, bright cherries, and cheery melons. Like springtime's flowers, rosés aren't meant to sit in the dark cellar--they demand to be enjoyed now. And like springtime's blossoms, rosés appear everywhere, in a wide variety of styles, from soft and sweet to steely and bright.
Cerbaiona's Diego Molinari chose neighbor Franco Biondi-Santi as his role model when he founded his seven-acre estate in the '70s, using vine clippings from Biondi-Santi's vineyards and adopting the master's traditional methods to craft concentrated, mineral-laden wines. Diego believed in honest wines of terroir and letting the grapes speak for themselves; the grapes are picked, selected, and aged for four or more years in large botti in order to create structured, deeply nuanced, traditional Brunello and Rosso di Montalcino.
March 22, 2017
Knockout Silvio Nardi Brunello Duo! Undiscovered Super-Tuscan Gem! And La Rioja Alta Stars!
March 21, 2017
Announcing the 2014 Release of Tignanello!
Brunello's diversity lies in the astounding range of microclimates found in Montalcino, and Tenute Silvio Nardi embodies this range. Two major parcels comprise Silvio Nardi's holdings--Casale del Bosco, whose five vineyards offer western exposure and soils of schist, shale, clay and jasper, and Manachiara, whose east-facing three parcels sport marly, sandy soils laced with limestone. Crafting wines that evoke these various terroirs is Silvio Nardi's specialty, and today, we're delighted to present a pair of recent Tenute Silvio Nardi releases: 2012 Brunello di Montalcino, a cuvée of the estate's holdings, and 2010 Brunello di Montalcino Riserva Manachiara, a cru bottling from the flagship vineyard of the Manachiara holdings.
Rare is the IWM client who doesn't know Tignanello. While Tenuta San Guido's Sassicaia may have ignited the Super-Tuscan revolution, Piero Antinori's Tignanello spread the Super-Tuscan passion. Influenced by his uncle, the great Marchese Mario Incisa della Rocchetta, and guided by Giacomo Tachis, Antinori didn't want to recreate a Bordeaux-style Claret; he wanted to show Sangiovese's versatility and finesse. The result of Piero's vision was the second important Super-Tuscan, Tignanello, a blend of Sangiovese, Cabernet Sauvignon and Cabernet Franc, and since its inaugural vintage in 1970, Tignanello has been beloved by Italian wine aficionados.
March 20, 2017
Superb 2015 Gevrey-Chambertin from Gallois and Leclerc
March 16, 2017
Benchmark 2015 Burgundies of Château de la Maltroye, Must-Have Wines!
Located at the northern end of the Côte d'Or, Gevrey-Chambertin's steep limestone slopes give Pinot Noir ideal conditions--in fact Gevrey-Chambertin holds more premier cru and grand cru vineyards than any other area in the Côte d'Or. Indeed, the region has so many old vines at the village level that many producers forego the Gevrey-Chambertin title and bottle the wine as Bourgogne Rouge, something that occurs almost solely in Gevrey-Chambertin. Today, we're delighted to follow up last week's roll out of 2015's superb Burgundies with eight Gevrey-Chambertin wines from two cult producers, Domaine Gallois and Domaine René Leclerc.
Today, we're delighted to present our first full offer of 2015 Burgundies, ten glorious wines from Château de la Maltroye. Three red and seven white, these wines span price points from just under $30 a bottle for its compelling Bourgogne Rouge to just under $300 for its exquisite Bâtard-Montrachet (the estate crafted just 1.5 barrels in 2015!). Regardless of whether you're a longtime Burghead or a wine-lover just beginning to explore France's most rewarding wine region, Château de la Maltroye has wines that will fit your palate, cellar and lifestyle, and these 2015 wines are not to be missed.
March 15, 2017
Affordable Aldo Conterno Duo! IWM Exclusive Barbaresco! And Paolo Bea Dessert Wine!
March 14, 2017
Go-To Aglianico from De Conciliis, Affordable "Baby Barolo," and Rare Century-Old Sherry!
The late, great Aldo Conterno was a visionary winemaker, and although his Barolo bottlings steal the limelight, Poderi Aldo Conterno has always been committed to crafting a full range of wines--including the two delicious wines we're spotlighting today. Presented at the BEST PRICE in the country, Aldo Conterno's 2013 Conca Tre Pile Barbera d'Alba and Langhe Nebbiolo Il Favot are the best reason to experience the beauty of Aldo Conterno any night of the week. Completely approachable and thoroughly enjoyable, this Aldo Conterno duo puts the magical winemaking of the "King of Barolo" on your table at very affordable pricing.
Today, we're delighted to introduce you to a wine that might be your new go-to red, De Conciliis 2014 Aglianico Donnaluna, a delicious value red that over-performs its modest $25 price point. While the estate also crafts a piquant Fiano and a sprightly Spumante, Selim, De Conciliis' best known wines are its Aglianico bottlings. In growing its Aglianico, De Conciliis capitalizes on its vineyards' southern exposure and their ancient soils to produce full-bodied, fruit-driven expressions of the grape that are approachable yet evocative of the region.
March 13, 2017
It’s a New Sassicaia Release! Introducing the Aromatic, Approachable 2014!
March 9, 2017
Wines That Scream "Italy": $60 Barbaresco Riserva, Cerbaiona Super Tuscan and Terriccio Lupicaia
Sassicaia is single-handedly responsible for launching the Super-Tuscan movement and it's one of the most sought-after wines in the world. Marchese Nicolò Incisa della Rocchetta continues the tradition at the Tenuta San Guido estate with the spirit and dedication that drove his late father, Mario, to create Sassicaia, a wine inspired by the similarity of the soil in Bordeaux's Graves to that of Bolgheri. Committed to the evolution of Tuscan wines, Mario had planted a small vineyard of Cabernet Sauvignon in the Bolgheri hills in 1944. This parcel would become his estate, Tenuta San Guido, and the 1968 release of Sassicaia would forever change history.
2007 was a warm, weird growing year in Piemonte. Winter was mild; hail hit in spring; summer saw a heat wave; and rain fell hard just before harvest. The upshot was that careful winegrowers ushered in reduced bounty of very healthy grapes that balanced their ripeness with freshness. Today, we're delighted to present one of our favorite 2007 Barbaresco wines, Produttori del Barbaresco Barbaresco Rio Sordo Riserva. This cru bottling is usually graceful and stylish; 2007 adds a bit of fleshiness to that winsome profile, resulting in a riserva wine that marries approachability with longevity.
March 8, 2017
Sleek, Sophisticated Chianti Classico Duo, Under $45 Cru Barbaresco, and Classic André Clouet
March 7, 2017
Rare Matarocchio Duo! Under $50 Cru Barbaresco! And Gravner’s Historic Rosso!
Chianti is likely the first Italian wine that most people come to know by name, but Chianti is also mightily misunderstood. Part of this misunderstanding comes from the way that Chianti became synonymous with cheap, bad wine in fiasco, or straw-covered bottles. However, thoughtful producers have worked hard to revamp not only the wine's reputation but also the wine itself, crafting mindful, authentic evocations of Sangiovese that speak to the rolling Tuscan hills where it grew. Today, we're delighted to present a pair of La Sala Chianti Classicos.
Cabernet Franc is the less famous progenitor of Cabernet Sauvignon (the other parent grape is Sauvignon Blanc), and while this red grape varietal hails from France, it has flourished in Italy for more than two hundred years. Indeed, some of Italy's most collected, most beloved wines--Quintarelli Alzero and Le Macchiole's Paleo Rosso--owe their following to Cabernet Franc. Today, IWM is delighted to present two vintages of Matarocchio, Antinori's addition to the pantheon of collector Italian Cabernet Franc. It's difficult to secure even one vintage of the low production cult Matarocchio, and this is the first time that IWM has been able to offer two.
March 6, 2017
Refined 2014 Tua Rita Flagship, Must-Have Serious Rosato, and Classic Guigal Ex-Voto Blanc
March 2, 2017
Knockout 1997 Cult Barbera, Poggio di Sotto Trio, and Under $90 Brunello Riserva!
The Maremma region along the Tuscan coast was still quite sparse when Rita Tua and Virgilio Bisti purchased their Suvereto vacation home in 1984, wanting to spend their retirement tending some vines to make wine for themselves and their friends. In 1988, the couple planted the international varietals Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon, which do well in Maremma soils rich in clay and silt--so well, in fact, that the couple soon caved to the demand and began selling their wines to the public.
Everyone who loved Poggio di Sotto worried--but they didn't need to. Poggio di Sotto, now in the hands of ColleMassari is still making those wonderful Brunelli, and there's a mixed case of three recent vintages spanning the Palmucci past and the ColleMassari present. Finally, I found a $90 bottle of Brunello Riserva that will knock your socks off. Don't miss the La Poderina bottle below!
March 1, 2017
Superb 2014 Redigaffi Returns! Sassicaia's Patagonian Partner! And Lush Gianni Brunelli Brunello!
February 28, 2017
Perfect Vintage Valdicava Brunello! Benchmark Cult Cupano! And Must-Have Aldo Conterno!
Along with this special anniversary edition Redigaffi, I'm delighted to offer two more wines you might have missed when we've had them previously: Bodega Chacra 2010 Pinot Noir Rio Negro Cincuenta y Cinco, a gorgeous Patagonian Pinot Noir made by Sassicaia's own Piero Incisa della Rocchetta, and Gianni Brunelli 2011 Brunello di Montalcino, a really nice embodiment of its ripe vintage. Spring is almost here--find a friend, and celebrate with a bottle of one of these wines!
"When I speak of Valdicava, I speak about enjoyment," said Vincenzo Abbruzzese during a visit to Italian Wine Merchants. "I produce wine for the place, the land." Clearly, he's doing something right. Valdicava Brunello di Montalcino stands as one of the great IWM client favorites--we can't keep them in stock. Today, we're delighted to spotlight the vintage 2005 bottling of Valdicava Brunello di Montalcino. Offered with the "IWM Difference," our promise of straight-line provenance and perfect care, this competitively priced bottle is perfect for Brunello fans with more love than patience.
February 27, 2017
New Release 2009 Quintarelli Valpolicella, a True "Baby Amarone"
February 23, 2017
Rare Soldera '09 Rosso, Benchmark Querciabella Batàr, and d'Yquem Sauternes Quartet
You can't overestimate Giuseppe Quintarelli's impact on Valpolicella, the red wine zone located in the northeast corridor of the Veneto--almost singlehandedly, Quintarelli forever changed the game. Before Quintarelli, Valpolicella was a light and quaffable wine, but a trip to Burgundy in the 1980s convinced Quintarelli that Valpolicella could be a wine of serious interest. Burgundy's soils reminded Quintarelli of the soils of his almost 30-acre estate situated in the Po Valley, and he was convinced that he could create long-aging, masterful, complex Valpolicella wines--so he did, using protocol that mimicked that of his age-worthy, intense Amarone.
Gianfranco Soldera has the reputation of being Brunello's most accomplished craftsman--a fanatical, uncompromising perfectionist--and these points made the December 2012 loss of almost his entire production of wine from 2007-2012 all the more poignant. The victim of a vandal, Soldera walked into his cantina on December 3, 2012, to find the contents of his cellar's many botti, about 650 hectoliters in all, spilled on the cantina's tile floor.
February 22, 2017
2012 Must-Have Trio: Epic Fontodi Flaccianello, Towering Mastroberardino, and Crisp William Fèvre
February 21, 2017
2012 Brunello Roundup Continues! Talenti, Livio Sassetti, La Magia, Il Marroneto and San Filippo!
Today, we're very proud to present one of our favorite mono-varietal Sangiovese Super Tuscans from one of our favorite organic winemakers, Fontodi, the estate's outrageous 2013 Flaccianello. Fontodi's winemakers have called 2013 "truly epic," and this Flaccianello embodies the beauty that this great estate can make from an indisputably great vintage. Balancing its succulent fruit with brooding, savory notes, the '13 Flaccianello is a study in delicious contrasts. Ripe red and blue fruits dance on a bed of graphite, smoke, worn leather, cedar and cigar wrapper in this beautifully delineated wine.
Last week, we presented our first 2012 Brunello roundup with wines from Angelo Gaja's Pieve di Santa Restituta, Poggio di Sotto, Valdicava, Canalicchio di Sopra and Gianni Brunelli. Today, we're delighted to follow that offer with six new 2012 Brunelli from Talenti, Livio Sassetti, La Magia, Il Marroneto and San Filippo! 2012 began with a wet spring, peaked with a hot and dry summer, and culminated in a harvest with terrific diurnal temperature difference, which is ideal for wine grapes. Indeed, 2012 is a year when terroir and technique shine, and while this year had the lowest grape production since 1947, it's extraordinary.
February 20, 2017
Back by Client Demand: Cru Paolo Bea Sagrantino, $22 Valpolicella, and Luscious Vigna d'Alceo
February 16, 2017
Great 50 & 50 Super Tuscan! Pristine Vintage Valdicava! And Classic Fontodi Chianti Classico!
Today, we're proud to announce the release of the 2008 Paolo Bea Montefalco Sagrantino Secco Pagliaro! The wines of Paolo Bea are united by their excellence, but this dense, dark and delicious beauty sets the bar yet higher. Hand crafted from organically grown Sagrantino grapes, Bea's cru Montefalco Sagrantino Secco Pagliaro unites wildness with elegance, marries serious structure with sophistication, and joins terroir and style in one unique bottling.
A cooperation between two Tuscan winemakers, Avignonesi & Capannelle 50 & 50 is a unique Super Tuscan. It blends Merlot from Avignonesi in Montepulciano, located in the southeast of Toscana, with Sangiovese from Capannelle in Chianti, located smack in Toscana's middle. Together these two winemakers craft an outstanding, unusual Super Tuscan that deserves a place in your cellar, on your table and in your glass. Today, we're delighted to offer the 2012 vintage of Avignonesi & Capannelle 50 & 50 at very competitive pricing.
February 15, 2017
New C. Moreau ’15 Chablis! Quintarelli Valpolicella Quartet! And Must-Have Gallois Charmes-Chambertin!
February 14, 2017
Four “Big Reds” from Paolo Bea! Two New Único Releases! And One Great Champagne!
Hot and dry, the summer of 2015 gave Burgundy growers plenty of challenges, and when hail hit in August, many feared for the worst. However, Domaine Christian Moreau's winemakers, namesake Christian and his son Fabien, showed their prowess in the vineyards and in the cellar by crafting wines that package the ripeness of the year with unexpected acidity, making for fleshy wines with plenty of energy. Today, we're delighted to feature Christian Moreau 2015 Chablis, a zesty yet expressive village wine that over-performs its modest $33 price point.
Sagrantino, Umbria's emblematic grape, has the distinction of being Italy's most tannic grape, and among the most tannic in the world. Interestingly, it's also the grape with the highest quantity of phenolic compounds, the several hundred chemical compounds that occur in wine that give wine its taste, color and even its mouth-feel. What this combination of qualities means is that a mono-varietal Sagrantino wine potentially could age forever--and this combination also means that a Sagrantino wine sometimes can come over like a great, burly brute--unless, of course, that wine comes from the hands of Paolo Bea, IWM's favorite Umbrian producer.
February 13, 2017
New 2012 Release Brunelli from Gaja, Poggio di Sotto, Valdicava and More!
February 9, 2017
Silvio Nardi’s Dazzling 2012 Brunello Duo! And Aglianico Two Ways!
Indeed, 2012 is a year when terroir and technique shine, and while this year had the lowest grape production since 1947, it's extraordinary. Many people are likening 2012 to the great vintages of 2004 and 2010, saying that this Brunello vintage blends power with finesse in its extraordinary wines. Today, IWM is proud to present five of these new 2012 Brunello releases from five of our favorite producers: Angelo Gaja's Pieve di Santa Restituta, Poggio di Sotto, Valdicava, Canalicchio di Sopra and Gianni Brunelli! 2012 Brunelli show a rare blend of approachability, finesse and longevity--these are ideal wines to buy by the case to enjoy now and years down the road!
In many ways, Montalcino's Tenute Silvio Nardi is the story of an Italian immigrant who first succeeded in America. In 1893, Francesco Nardi left his family's farm to seek his fortune here in the States. Within a couple of years, Francesco had developed an innovative design for a plow, achieved great success, and returned to Toscana to start his own farm design business. In 1950, son Silvio purchased Casale del Bosco in Montalcino, then a charming yet obscure town in Toscana. Eight years later, after crafting his first Brunello, Silvio was among the first members of the newborn Consorzio del Vino Brunello, the ruling body of Brunello production to this day.
February 8, 2017
Quintet of Recent Gravner Releases! And a Remarkable Antinori Duo!
February 7, 2017
New $70 Fuligni Brunello! Antinori’s Italian”Meursault,” and Benchmark Talenti Brunello Riserva!
Humans have been enjoying wine for millennia, long before there was stainless steel, electricity to control temperature, wine critics to give scores, or even a science of winemaking. Anthropologists and historians believe that the ancient method of using anfora, giant clay pots that were lined with beeswax and buried in the ground, date back at least 4,000 years; documents from Georgia (formerly part of the USSR) appear to verify that these big pots were the first tanks humans used to vinify wine. It makes sense. The naturally insulated ground regulated the temperature and the clay provided a neutral environment for the wine to develop.
Today, we're very pleased to present the BEST PRICE in the country on the 2012 Fuligni Brunello, a wine that shows the graceful side of the Fuligni estate. Aromatic and elegant, the '12 Brunello from Fuligni is a pure, lithe and enchanting evocation of its interesting growing year, and given that this beautifully made Brunello clocks in at just under $70 a bottle, there's little reason for you not to enjoy it now--and later!
February 6, 2017
New Le Macchiole Paleo Rosso Release! Under $70 Benchmark Brunello! Collector Napa Cabernet!
February 2, 2017
Nine Beautiful 1990s Brunelli to Drink Now!
Its origins might be in Bordeaux, but Cabernet Franc has been growing in Italy for almost two hundred years. Like its more famous child Cabernet Sauvignon (the other parent grape to Cabernet Sauvignon is Sauvignon Blanc), Cabernet Franc provides wines with great structure and balance; however, it's lower in tannins and acidity and tends to be more aromatic and herbal. While Cabernet Franc grows all over Italy, primarily in Friuli, you could make a strong argument that it grows nowhere better than Bolgheri, where the warm climate enables it to sufficiently ripen, keeping it from the greenness it can exhibit in cooler areas and helping it to achieve complexity.
Americans love Brunello. In fact, we drink more than a quarter of all Brunelli made! But while Americans love Brunello, most of us lack the cellar space and the patience to drink it as it's meant to be enjoyed: with maturity. Here's a list of nine beautiful 1990s Brunello wines that are mature, and still kicking! Coming from under-the-radar estates like Livio Sassetti Pertimali, Fuligni, and Poggio Antico, these Brunelli arrive with pristine provenance and perfect care throughout their lifespan--they're bottles that could only come from IWM, the world's leading authority in Italian wine. Ranging in prices from under $90 to just over $160, these beautiful Brunelli let fans experience some of the wine's benchmark vintages of the 1990s. It's an extravaganza of Brunello that's ready to drink, and all it needs is you!
February 1, 2017
New Sandrone Barolo Duo! Acclaimed CVNE Rioja! And Delicious Canalicchio "Baby Brunello"!
January 31, 2017
New Releases of Antinori Brunello and Cru Barbera! And IWM’s Biggest Sale!
Spending all his savings to buy his land, Sandrone made his wines in his parents' garage, quietly working and revising his techniques until he caught the wine world's attention with his 1989 and 1990 vintages. Since then, nothing has slowed down for Sandrone, and it would seem that neither he nor his fans would want it to. Sandrone is a master winemaker with holdings in some of the most legendary plots in Barolo, and his highly sought-after Barolos sit among the elite wines of Piemonte, if not the world.
It's hard to find a beautifully made, thoroughly authentic, and entirely delicious Brunello for less than $65, but we've done it--and this wine comes from Antinori, the aristocratic family that boasts more than 600 years of winemaking, the creation of Super-Tuscan greats Tignanello and Solaia, and more than twenty wineries located in six countries. Today, we're delighted to present the BEST PRICE in the country on the 2012 Brunello from Pian delle Vigne. Antinori's Pian Delle Vigne Brunello always punches far above its price point, and this creamy, vibrant, and aromatic bottling is simply stellar.
January 30, 2017
New 2013 Le Pergole Torte! Two Vintage Canalicchio Brunelli! And Miani’s Must-Have Rosso!
January 26, 2017
Canalicchio “Baby Brunello,” “Bucket List” Bodegas Toro Albala, and 1959 Château Canon!
IWM's clients and our portfolio managers have been united in excitement over the new 2013 Tuscan releases, and rightly so. Temperate, sunny and lingering, 2013 saw a return to classic Tuscan weather, and it gave Tuscan winemakers ideal conditions with which to craft superstar wines. No broad-shouldered fruit bombs, these '13 Tuscan wines reward wine-lovers who appreciate grace, structure, age-worthiness, and complexity. Today, we're very proud to present Montevertine's astounding 2013 Le Pergole Torte, a collector staple for mono-varietal Sangiovese Super Tuscans.
Canalicchio di Sopra's winemaker, Francesco Rippacioli says, "The Rosso di Montalcino is like our business card; we offer this to you as an introduction to our style, an introduction to us, before you enjoy our Brunello." Rippacioli's view doesn't stray far from IWM's own. Just as "second-tier" wines offer less expensive, easier and earlier drinking options to most estates' flagship wines, so too does Rosso di Montalcino give enthusiasts an opportunity to experience an estate's take on its Brunello di Montalcino--and do it earlier, more easily and less expensively.
January 25, 2017
"Legendary" Giacosa 2011 Barbaresco Asili, Perfect Mature Prunotto Barolo, and $22 Gavi!
January 24, 2017
Two Sides of Pinot Nero, Sassicaia’s South American Cousin, and Cupano’s World-Changing Brunello
2011 was a warm vintage in Piemonte, as it was throughout most of Italy, but while the heat caused issues for many makers of Barolo and Barbaresco, Bruno Giacosa has a reputation for crafting outstanding wines from ripe vintages. The 2011 wines from this master winemaker show that this reputation is well earned. Critics, connoisseurs and industry people lauded Giacosa's 2011 Barolo and Barbaresco releases, and today, we're delighted to present the best of Giacosa's best: the towering Bruno Giacosa 2011 Barbaresco Asili Riserva, a wine that is already gaining legendary status.
Today we're delighted to present two of our favorite Pinot Nero bottlings--and neither is exactly what you'd expect. Pinot Nero is cultivated across Italy, and more and more winemakers are showing a concerted effort in vinifying the grape to create ageable and important expressions. Today's offer combines a classic 2014 Pinot Nero from Castello della Sala, Antinori's Umbrian estate, and a rare white 2015 Pinot Nero from Frecciarossa, one of our favorite estates in Oltrepò Pavese; together this red Pinot Nero and this white Pinot Nero offer a delicious contrast in expressions.
January 23, 2017
Antinori’s Towering 2013 Solaia, Vintage Vietti Barolo, and Fontodi’s Classic 2013 Chianti Classico!
January 19, 2017
Big, Beautiful 2009 Cerbaiona Brunello! Vintage Quintarelli Amarone! And 2006 Vigna d’Alceo!
The Antinori family of estates has been making wine for more than six centuries, but they're perhaps best known for their Super-Tuscan twins, Tignanello and Solaia. While Tignanello introduced Antinori's Super-Tuscan wines to the world, Solaia has never been in its shadows--somewhat literally, for this cru gets its name, "the sunny one," from the vineyard where its grapes derive. Almost like mirror images of one another, Tignanello and Solaia are like siblings, both beloved, both equal in the eyes of their makers, and both unique in their own rights. Today, we're very proud to present a new allocation of the 2013 release of Antinori Solaia.
Year in and year out, Cerbaiona's wines impress us, but we think you'll love the 2009 Brunello, which is drinking gorgeously now. This sleek, elegant '09 Brunello embodies its ripe vintage in its expressiveness, welcoming you with an explosive nose and a caressing palate, yet this wine retains a seductive balance that pulls you back to the glass. Dark and brooding, the '09 tumbles juicy red and black fruits with tar, earth, and exotic spices in a silky wine that finishes with bitter almond, minerals and wildflowers.
January 18, 2017
Quintarelli’s Sweet Labor of Love! Antinori’s “Meursault in Italy” and Benchmark Tig!
January 17, 2017
Ornellaia’s Masterpieces, Rare Vintage Valentini Gem, and Must-Have $16 Verdicchio!
Quintarelli's Recioto has earned its place next to Chateau d'Yquem and Quinta do Noval Vintage Port as an unparalleled end to a memorable evening. In fact, when IWM held an Italy vs. France tasting with IWM founder Sergio Esposito and esteemed wine critic Jancis Robinson, Quintarelli's Recioto was arguably the wine of the night; even when lined up next to the great Sauternes, this Recioto made Jancis awe-struck. Today, we're proud to present Quintarelli 2004 Recioto, the most recent bottling of this iconic wine.
From its driveway to its interior to its bottle labels, Tenuta dell'Ornellaia shows an uncommon devotion to the arts. Since the 2006 vintage, this estate has commemorated the vintage by commissioning artwork to adorn large-format bottles of its flagship wine, Ornellaia, in its Vendemmia dell'Artista project. In the hands of winemaker Axel Heinz and the Frescobaldi Group, Ornellaia continues its stellar record of world-class wines. The estate's 244 acres of vineyards lie on elevated parcels composed of clay, gravel, and loam, and like the winery, the estate's flagship wine Ornellaia gets its name from its grove of flowering ash trees.
January 16, 2017
Alfred Gratien's Affordable Luxury, Rosé Brut Champagne
January 12, 2017
Two Beautiful Wines from Affordable, Artisanal Begali! And Singular Pouilly-Fumé!
Founded in 1864, Alfred Gratien is one of IWM's favorite Champagne houses. Fourth-generation winemaker Nicolas Jaeger uses techniques that his forebears would recognize: careful selection in the vineyards, vinifying in small oak casks without malolactic fermentation to retain terroir, careful blending of Chardonnay, Pinot Meunier, and Pinot Noir from the crus to create the house's signature cuvées, and aging at least three years in bottle before release. Today, we're delighted to present Alfred Gratien Brut Rosé at time-sensitive special pricing.
Everyone loves Amarone, and for good reasons. Amarone is a powerhouse of a wine, but its alcohol content--typically somewhere between 14 and 16 percent--makes it food-friendly, and its concentrated, opulent palate bursting with fruit, earth, spice and pepper makes it a perfect partner for meat dishes. Today, we're delighted to present a new allocation of the darkly delicious 2012 Begali Amarone Classico. Priced at under $70, this Begali Amarone offers a terrific value.
January 11, 2017
Caressing 2011 Aldo Conterno Barolo, Gaja’s Must-Have White, and 18-Year-Old Amarone
January 10, 2017
Silky 2011 Domenico Clerico Barolo Ginestra! Under $50 Artisanal Barolo! And Prosecco Everyday!
Yesterday, we were delighted to present the opulent Domenico Clerico 2011 Barolo Ciabot Mentin Ginestra, a wine that marries power with finesse. Today, we're proud to follow up that offer with the transparent yet intense 2011 Aldo Conterno Barolo Vigna Romirasco, a wine that while approachable almost upon release still has the structure to age for years. It's a beautiful Barolo bottling that shows that while "the King of Barolo," Aldo Conterno, may have passed away, the estate that bears his name continues to do him proud.
Domenico Clerico began producing wine in 1979, when he gleefully joined the band of progressive winemakers known as the "Barolo Boys," those experimental winemakers like Luciano Sandrone, Paolo Scavino, and Roberto Voerzio who broke from traditional Barolo protocol. But as this winemaker has matured, his wines have slowly edged toward the traditional end of the spectrum. Today, we're pleased to present the 2011 release of Clerico's Barolo Ciabot Mentin Ginestra.
January 9, 2017
Two Beautiful Sassicaias! Antinori’s Affordable Dessert Wine, and Silky Ornellaia!
January 5, 2017
Under $60 Antinori Brunello! 20-Year-Old Barolo Monfortino! And Louis Jadot Sale!
Today, we're proud to revisit Sassicaia's history with a set of complementary vintages, the benchmark, opulent 2004 and the restrained, elegant 2005. IWM Founder Sergio Esposito worked with our European sources to secure these wines that offer impeccable provenance and unparalleled care, and together, these two vintages of Sassicaia give Super-Tuscan enthusiasts a detailed view into the legendary wine.
It's hard to find a beautifully made, thoroughly authentic and entirely delicious Brunello for less than $60, but we've done it--and this wine comes from Antinori, the aristocratic family that boasts more than 600 years of winemaking, the creation of Super-Tuscan greats Tignanello and Solaia, and more than twenty wineries located in six countries. Today, we're delighted to present the BEST PRICE in the country on the 2011 Brunello from Pian delle Vigne. Antinori's Pian Delle Vigne Brunello always punches far above its price point.
January 4, 2017
Restock Your Cellar with Piemonte Wines! Montalcino Super-Tuscan! And Affordable Burgundy!
January 3, 2017
Stock Your Cellar with 2010 Brunelli! Antinori’s Cult Cabernet! And Approachable Biondi-Santi!
Yesterday, we offered a roster of benchmark 2010 Brunello di Montalcino. Today, we want to spotlight the 2012 vintage from Piemonte, a ripe year that privileges an open-knit personality, succulent fruits, and silky texture--while still retaining enough tannic and acidic structure for wine-lovers who are in it for the long haul. You'll find fifteen beautiful wines, both Barbaresco and Barolo (with some Langhe Nebbiolo, Barbera, and even Gaja's Super-Piemonte blend, Darmagi, for good measure), and ranging in price points between under $40 to more than $400.
Beyond being a benchmark vintage, 2010 reset the entire scale for the producers and the fans of Montalcino's best-loved wine. Indeed, this vintage made Montalcino's winemakers reconsider their understanding of how good a growing year can be. After a snowy winter, 2010's rainy spring delayed bud-break; however, the cool yet lovely summer helped the grapes achieve ripening, perfect maturity, and balance. The resulting 2010 Brunelli gift their many fans with an ideal combination of richness, intensity and acidity.
January 2, 2017
IWM Wine Club Sale! And Begali’s Affordable, Delicious Amarone and Valpolicella!
December 29, 2016
Value-Packed Giacosa Barolo Le Rocche Falletto, Valdicava’s “Best” Rosso, and Emmanual Rouget
IWM's wine clubs are the perfect last-minute gift that keeps on giving, and this online sale gives you 15% off a six-month or 20% off a twelve-month subscription to the wine club of your choice. While other merchants' wine clubs rely on overstock or less desirable wines, IWM mindfully chooses each month's three bottle selections with the same level of care, provenance and diligence that we take in our selections for our shop and website. These handpicked wines show your excellent taste, month after month.
Bruno Giacosa is one of the most respected producers of traditional style Barolo, but surprisingly, Giacosa himself is not a trained enologist; he learned by working with his father and grandfather, who taught him traditional winemaking. In 1982, he bought the Falletto vineyard in Serralunga, and Giacosa's first estate-bottled Barolo came from this very vineyard. Honoring the importance of this vineyard, Giacosa's Le Rocche del Falletto di Serralunga d'Alba derives from a small plot of Falletto vines that's situated at the vineyard's apex.
December 28, 2016
Italian Icons: Gaja’s 2013 Barbaresco Quartet, Unknown Antinori, and Gravner’s Liquid Gold
December 27, 2016
Under $20 Artisanal Valpolicella, Poggio di Sotto "Baby Brunello," and Super Singles Flash Sale!
Today, we're delighted to present a new allocation of Angelo Gaja's 2013 Barbaresco quartet. The Gaja estate made history in 2013 when it made a significant change: it dropped the Barbera component in its famed trio of Sorì San Lorenzo, Sorì Tildìn, and Costa Russi, allowing for these wines to be labeled as Barbarescos. In 1996, Angelo Gaja had added the 5% Barbera to his cru Barbarescos to recapture the wines of his youth, before DOCG rules required them to be mono-varietal Nebbiolo, but as he's poised to turn the estate over to his children, Gaia, Rossana and Giovanni, this maverick winemaker and his team opted to make these cru wines pure Barbaresco.
The iconic wines of the Veneto--Valpolicella and Amarone--might be the perfect complement to cold weather. But while Amarone is a definite luxury item, Valpolicella can be a terrific everyday wine. Today, we're delighted to present the pure, classic, structured, food-friendly 2014 Valpolicella from Nicolis; best of all, this wine is under $20 a bottle! While most of our clients connect these wines to the icons of the Veneto, Romano Dal Forno and his mentor the great Giuseppe Quintarelli, family-owned-and-operated Nicolis makes authentic and affordable wines, and this '14 Valpolicella is delicious.
December 26, 2016
Sicilian Gems from COS, Antinori’s Glorious Aglianico, and Sparkling Wine Flash Sale!
December 22, 2016
Silky Tua Rita Super Tuscan, Cupano Brunello Trio, and Faiveley Chambertin Clos de Bèze
Sicilian wines offer a rare combination of exciting terroir, enticing indigenous grapes, and exceptional value--and perhaps no estate embodies the nexus of these traits quite as completely as COS. Today, we're delighted to offer some of our favorite wines from COS, one of IWM's signature producers, and consistent standouts at our tastings. These nine COS bottlings span a range of complex, zesty reds and stellar, evocative whites, and, while offering tremendous value, these wines each reflect the ascendance of Sicilia's modern era in winemaking.
When Rita Tua and Virgilio Bisti bought their Suvereto, Toscana land in 1984, they just wanted a retirement spot, but they soon realized that their land held soils that were very hospitable for Bordeaux varieties like Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot. They began making wines, first for their friends, and then for release. By 1992, Rita and Virgilio had their first wine, the Giusto di Notri, under the name Tua Rita, and the estate's Redigaffi soon followed on its heels--along with unqualified critical success. Today, the estate, whose vineyards sit atop an ancient ocean, encompasses more than 100 acres and produces 110,000 bottles each year.
December 21, 2016
Festive André Clouet Cuvée 1911, Historic Fiorano White, and Alain Burguet Beauty
December 20, 2016
Stellar 2013 Wines from Ornellaia, Anne & Sébastien Bidault, and Domaine Lamarche
The Clouet family has a long history in the region--in fact, current owner-operator Jean-François Clouet still lives in the house built by his ancestors, and he ages the estate's wines in the seventeenth-century cellar under the house. Clouet's spellbinding 1911 Cuvée adheres to the Champagne tradition of blending multiple vintages to create a balanced, powerful wine--it's a favorite at IWM, and today, we're delighted to present very competitive pricing on the mesmerizing André Clouet Cuvée 1911, just in time for your New Year's celebration.
Today, we're proud to shine a spotlight on Tenuta dell'Ornellaia 2013 Ornellaia, one of the best iterations of Ornellaia's flagship wine that we've ever seen. If you're a fan of wines that transmit their terroir with transparency, wines that privilege structure and finesse over extraction and power, or wines that balance their elegance with fleshiness, today's Ornellaia bottling hits all your sweet spots--indeed, winemaker Axel Heinz gave the 2013 Ornellaia the name "L'Eleganza," or "elegance," because of its classic, balanced and sophisticated palate. Tenuta dell'Ornellaia 2013 Ornellaia is an exquisite bottle that will remind you Super-Tuscan fans what made you fall in love with Ornellaia, and it'll pull you back to the glass with every sip.
December 19, 2016
Buone Feste! The Perfect Holiday Case, Artisanal Olive Oil, and Under $60 Brunello!
December 15, 2016
Under $50 Artisanal Barolo! Pristine, Historical Barolo Monfortino! And Krug Champagne!
The holidays are upon us, and IWM wants to make them easy for you with the perfect holiday mixed case. We've chosen twelve wines to take you from the piquant beginning of your meal--apperitivi--to its sweet end, the dolce. Specially priced and absolutely decadent, these are bottles that IWM's own portfolio managers are proud to pour at their holiday tables, and together, this beautiful dozen will turn your holiday meals into Italian feasts.
Today, we want to spotlight the under $50 Brovia 2012 Barolo. Caressing yet vibrant, Brovia's Barolo will entice new enthusiasts and satisfy experienced palates. Stylistically, Brovia straddles traditional and modern winemaking, striving to make wines that speak of Piemonte's history while allowing for accessibility. Brovia crafts terrific interpretations of some of Piemonte's most renowned sites, and the estate's '12 Barolo blends together the fruits of these vineyards to make a remarkably balanced and seductive wine.
December 14, 2016
Barolo Bounty: Bruno Giacosa Barolo Falletto and Five Under $100 Baroli! And Billecart-Salmon Champagne!
December 13, 2016
Must-Have 2013 Solaia Mags, Vendemmia dell'Artista Collection, and Canalicchio “Baby Brunello”
A quiet, modest, and brilliant winemaker, Bruno Giacosa nurtures the passion for Piemontese wine that his father and grandfather instilled in him, and his winemaking philosophy guides him towards a noninterventionist approach, traditional protocol, and the creation of authentic Piemontese wines. The first estate-bottled Barolo from the iconic Bruno Giacosa winery came from the Falleto vineyard; years later, Bruno would craft Barolo Rocche del Falletto, the historic cru wine from this same vineyard.
Today, we're proud to follow up that offer with magnums of the estate's outrageously good 2013 Solaia. While Tignanello introduced Antinori's Super-Tuscan wines to the world, Solaia has never been in its shadows--somewhat literally, for this cru gets its name, Solaia or "the sunny one," from the vineyard where its grapes derive. Aristocratic, elegant and finessed yet carrying that trademark Antinori approachability, this '13 Solaia bottling is stunning, and we're offering it at very competitive pricing.
December 12, 2016
Big, Beautiful Mags of Classic 2013 Tignanello! Gift Card Gives Back! And Vintage Brunello!
December 8, 2016
Four Affordable Nebbiolo Wines! Two Great Whites! And the 2016 Holiday Gift Guide!
Our clients know Tignanello as the trailblazing Super Tuscan from Antinori. Influenced by his uncle, Marchese Mario Incisa della Rocchetta, and guided by Giacomo Tachis, Piero Antinori didn't want to recreate a Bordeaux-style Claret; he wanted to show Sangiovese's versatility and finesse. Certainly the first Sangiovese bottling to be aged in small oak barrels, Tignanello is also likely the first modern red wine to feature Sangiovese in a blend that included international grapes. The result is a Super-Tuscan wine that announces its heritage while looking to the international wine world for inspiration. Today, IWM is proud to present magnum bottles of the 2013 vintage of Tignanello.
Piemonte's best-known grape and the basis for its best-known wines, Barolo and Barbaresco, Nebbiolo is a beautiful, black-skinned grape. It's indigenous to the hills surrounding Alba situated southeast of Turin, and its name is likely derivative of the Italian word for fog, nebbia, although whether that fog refers to the white tinge that covers the varietal's black grapes as they ripen or to the mist surrounding the Langhe hills in October or November during harvest, no one is entirely sure. One thing is certain: not only is Nebbiolo a very old grape, but it is also one that has been recognized for centuries for its greatness.
December 7, 2016
Classic 2013 Barbaresco from Gaja! Red Burgundy Flash Sale! And Louis Jadot’s Mazis-Chambertin!
December 6, 2016
Wonderful Antinori Winter White, Collector Toro Albala, and Slinky, Graceful Drouhin-Laroze
We've already seen that 2013 gave Tuscan winemakers a gift, but we're only now beginning to get a glimpse of the greatness of 2013 in Piemonte. As was the case in Toscana, 2013 blessed vine-growers with a classic, even-tempered season culminating in a September marked by great diurnal swings between warm days and cool nights. The weather was perfect for an ideal harvest, in short, and growers of the very fussy Nebbiolo grape have been rejoicing ever since--as have wine lovers who feel passionately about Barolo and Barbaresco.
Antinori's Umbrian beauty Castello della Sala Cervaro is not merely one of Italy's great white wines; it's an exceptional wine that owes its existence to accident. Piero Antinori had a vision of an Italian version of white Burgundy, but he and his team couldn't quite capture it. Ready to give up on the project, they shut the door to the cellar where the wine was fermenting, allowing the temperature to rise slightly; this induced malolactic fermentation and created the wine's creamy mouth-feel.
December 5, 2016
Antinori’s Benchmark Brunello Riserva, Aldo Conterno Barolo Mags, and $18 Old-Vine Beaujolais Villages!
December 1, 2016
Antinori's Cult Cabernet Franc, Classic Guado al Tasso, and Ripe Cerbaiona Brunello
Pian delle Vigne, purchased by the Antinori family in 1995, illustrates how the Antinori excellence in Tuscany extends beyond the borders of Chianti Classico and Bolgheri and into the center of Montalcino. 470 acres in total, Pian delle Vigne sits south of Montalcino near the Orcia River Valley and has more than 160 acres planted to vine, about half of which date back to the estate's founding. A mix of clay and limestone, Pian delle Vigne's stony vineyards receive southwest exposure, ideal for ripening the estate's Sangiovese grapes.
Since the inaugural vintage of Sassicaia in 1968, many Super Tuscans have entered the global wine consciousness, but few have garnered cult status. Tenuta San Guido's Sassicaia, Antinori's Tignanello and Solaia, Montevertine's Le Pergole Torte and Ornellaia's Masseto have become legendary, but they are exceptions. Today, we're delighted to present a new release of a wine that we believe is perched on the cusp of legendary status, Antinori's 2012 Matarocchio.
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