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January 15, 2019
Benchmark 2015 Le Serre Nuove from Ornellaia!
January 14, 2019
Canalicchio di Sopra New Release Trio! Rosso, Brunello and Brunello Riserva!
Ornellaia makes two of the finest Super-Tuscans on the market--its eponymous flagship wine, a Bordeaux-style blend, as well as Masseto, its legendary mono-varietal Merlot. Capitalizing on its first two wines, Ornellaia added to the stellar lineup with its "second" wine Le Serre Nuove and entry-level Le Volte, and both are major crowd pleasers. In fact, Le Serre Nuove is a wine so beautifully made, so distinctive, and so aristocratic that, if it came from any other maker, it would be a flagship. A blend that changes every vintage, Le Serre Nuove echoes its growing year in its ever-changing aromatics, texture and palate.
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. Founded in 1962 by Primo Pacenti and now owned by his son Pier Luigi Ripaccioli and his children, Canalicchio di Sopra adheres to an authentic model of Brunello as a wine of longevity, thoughtfulness and terroir. Canalicchio's 37 acres lie at some of the highest altitude in Montalcino, receiving limited exposure to the influence of the Mediterranean Sea.
January 11, 2019
Pristine, Perfect Dante Rivetti 1998 Barbaresco Bricco di Neive Riserva
January 10, 2019
Gorgeous, Mature 2005 Canalicchio di Sopra Brunello
Calling its Neive township home since the mid-nineteenth century, the Rivetti family has solid roots in the Langhe. In the 1950s, Giuseppe Rivetti founded his estate, Fratelli Rivetti, in Bricco di Neive, near the land of Barbaresco great Bruno Giacosa, and in the late 1970s, Dante Rivetti assumed control of the winemaking enterprise, formalizing his leadership by changing the estate's name. The Dante Rivetti estate is currently helmed by Ivan Rivetti, Dante's son, who uses sustainable agriculture to farm the estate's four vineyards and traditional practices to craft the estate's wines. Today, we're very proud to present perfect, pristine bottles of Dante Rivetti 1998 Barbaresco Bricco di Neive Riserva, an offer that gives Barbaresco fans a chance to experience a wine from one of the great "sleeper" vintages of the last few decades.
IWM's clients love Canalicchio di Sopra's Brunello because of its rich cherry fruits that layer with notes of smoke, minerals, and earth--as well as its abundant telltale Montalcino aromatics. Founded in 1962 by former sharecropper Primo Pacenti and now owned by his son Pier Luigi Ripaccioli and his children, Canalicchio di Sopra adheres to an authentic model of Brunello--a wine of longevity, thoughtfulness and terroir. Canalicchio's 37 acres lie at some of the highest altitude in Montalcino, receiving limited exposure to the influence of the Mediterranean Sea. This location is very important in challenging years like 2005; indeed, Canalicchio di Sopra's altitude helped the estate coax the best out of its grapes in this anomalous vintage.
January 9, 2019
Three Must-Have François Gay Burgundies, All Under $75!
January 8, 2019
Wild, Delicious and Elegant, Nino Barraco’s 2015 Nero d’Avola
Domaine François Gay is exactly the kind of winemaker that IWM likes to get behind. A favorite of Burgheads in the know, Gay's reputation is made not on critic's scores or extensive press; it's made on the estate's superbly crafted classic Burgundies. Gay's 17-acre Côte de Beaune estate produces fewer than 3,400 cases a year, and the domaine sells the majority of its wine to friends, family and restaurants, so only about 200 cases of Gay's terroir-driven Burgundies make it outside of France. The silver lining is that Gay's low production numbers keep the domaine relatively under the radar, and the price points of the estate's wines are remarkably affordable. Today, we're proud to present three of Gay's extraordinary, intense and classic 2016 Burgundies, all priced at less than $80 a bottle!
Today, we're delighted to present the BEST PRICE in the country on Nino Barraco's powerful, elegant 2015 Nero d'Avola, a captivating introduction to this cult-inspiring estate. Nino took the helm of his family estate in 2004, and among his first moves was to take the estate's 17 acres organic and to have his viniculture follow suit. Since that time, Nino has added another eight acres to his holdings, and the estate now bottles nine wines (five white and four red), all crafted from indigenous grapes, fermented with natural yeasts with extended time on the lees and limited use of sulfur. The resulting wines sing with their Sicilian terroir, heritage, and tradition--and today's Nero d'Avola is a must-have bottling for aficionados of big reds!
January 7, 2019
Affordable, Delicious Amarone from Artisanal Nicolis!
January 4, 2019
Meet Mirella Buscemi and Her Elegant Sicilian White!
A favorite of IWM clients in the know, Nicolis crafts undeniably delicious and absolutely affordable Valpolicella and Amarone wines. The Nicolis family has cultivated its 87 acres situated in the heart of the Veneto's Valpolicella's Classico district for generations, but they only began marketing their wine in 1951. The winery currently operates under the enterprising intuition of Natalia Nicolis and her three sons, who are trained in enology and business management and who work closely together to craft traditional, terroir-driven Veneto bottlings. Family owned and operated, Nicolis makes an Amarone with a distinct chiseled style, and today, we're very happy to present the Nicolis Amarone della Valpolicella Classico 2012, a super enjoyable Amarone that's under $50!
Mirella Buscemi, a chemist by profession and a winemaker through passion, was born near Siracusa in Sicilia. While Mirella's grandparents made wine for themselves, she wasn't born into a winemaking family. Rather, Mirella married into it when she wed Alberto Graci, the owner-winemaker of the Graci Etna estate, who gifted her the revered 3.7-acre Tartaraci vineyard, a plot with very old vines and a very illustrious history. Presented to Admiral Horatio Nelson on October 10, 1799, to honor him for his work in defeating Napoleon Bonaparte and his army, the Tartaraci plot sits low on Mount Etna, and its rare soils of black clay and red stones lend its wines a distinct mineral profile.
January 3, 2019
Breathtaking, Game-Changing 2013 Gaja Costa Russi Barbaresco
January 2, 2019
Under $30 Antinori Recent Release Duo!
The Gaja family bought its Costa Russi plot in 1950, and ever since the inaugural 1978 vintage of Costa Russi Barbaresco, this vineyard has been the source one of the most beloved, most famous, and most coveted wines. Getting its name from a combination of "Costa," the side of a hill that faces the sun, and "Russi," the name of the vineyard's former owners, the 11-acre, south-facing Costa Russi plot is situated in Barbaresco's Roncagliette sub-region, right alongside Gaja's famed Sorì Tildin site. Today, we're very pleased to present a new allocation of Gaja's superb, polished and complex 2013 Costa Russi, a stunning Barbaresco that, once it enters its drinking window, will drink beautifully for decades.
It's hard to believe that anything Antinori does can be under the radar, but the family has managed to keep its Le Mortelle estate under wraps, at least in the States. Le Mortelle, located on the Maremma Coast not far from the family's Bolgheri estate Guado al Tasso, once was part of a larger estate called La Badiola, created in the nineteenth century when the Duchy drained the marshy areas around Grosseto. Purchased by the Antinori family in 1999, Le Mortelle gets its name from the wild myrrh that blankets the region, and since taking ownership, Antinori has devoted itself to crafting fine wines from both international grape varietals like Viognier and Cabernets Sauvignon and Franc, as well as Sangiovese, Vermentino and Ansonica, all organically grown.
December 31, 2018
Happy New Year from IWM! Enjoy the “Best” Flaccianello Yet!
December 28, 2018
Surprising, Bewitching Luciano Sandrone 2014 Barolo Le Vigne
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--it's the kind of Tuscan landscape made famous by painters, photographers, and cinematographers. But it's not just a really lovely prospect; it's also perfect for growing Sangiovese. Today, we're delighted to present the seamless, finessed 2015 Fontodi Flaccianello. This mono-varietal Sangiovese has long been a darling of connoisseurs and critics alike, and the 2015 is a vintage that will please the wine's many fans--and make many new ones.
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.
December 27, 2018
Delicious Renzo Seghesio '12 Barolo Ginestra, Under $80!
December 26, 2018
It's IWM's Sparkling Flash Sale! Special Pricing on Champagne, Prosecco and More!
Renzo Seghesio comes from a long line of Piemonte winemakers, and his family has been growing grapes in Barolo's famed Monforte d'Alba for more than a century. While the Renzo Seghesio estate didn't start releasing wines under its own name until 1968, over the past five decades, this family-owned-and-operated estate has established a sterling reputation for crafting evocative, terroir-driven and approachable wines. IWM's clients love Renzo Seghesio's wines because they know that it's a rare thing to find a Barolo that you can drink in its youth, that has the stuffing to sit in the cellar for years, that effortlessly straddles the line between traditional and modern, and that is priced to be an affordable luxury.
Sparkling wines make the holidays glisten! Whether it's New Year's Eve, a special anniversary, or a private moment that needs to be captured with something a little "extra," bubblies are the go-to symbol for celebration. No other wine inspires the kind of reaction that sparkling wines do, and no other wine embodies festive merrymaking like sparkling wines. In the spirit of the season, we're highlighting the great producers of classic, elegant and timeless bubbly wines, and today, we're proud to present IWM's Sparkling Flash Sale, and to offer you special, time-sensitive pricing on almost two dozen different sparkling wines, all in stock and ready to ship for your holiday season delight!
December 24, 2018
Happy Holidays! And Spread the Cheer with IWM’s Gift Certificate Special!
December 21, 2018
Classic, Captivating 2013 Cerbaiona Brunello!
It's never too late to give the gift of wine! Today, we're delighted to give you a chance to spread the holiday cheer with a special holiday offer on an IWM Gift Certificate. Take advantage of this holiday offer, and we'll send your lucky recipient an eGift Certificate, according to your preferences, and if you order IWM Holiday Season Gift Certificates totaling $500 or more, you'll receive a special gift of store credit. Sometimes it's impossible to know if your friends, family, or colleagues favor Barolo or Brunello, Chianti or Champagne, or would actually rather have a Super Tuscan instead. This endless flexibility is the beauty of the IWM Gift Certificate--it shows that you care enough to let your recipients choose their wines for themselves! Available in $25.00 increments, an IWM Gift Certificate is the perfect size for all wine-lovers, and it's good for all of IWM's merchandise, from bottles of wine, to glassware, to wine events!
Former Alitalia pilot Diego Molinari founded his Cerbaiona estate in the 1970s, choosing his 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. 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 may have sold his beloved estate, but Cerbaiona's winemaking traditions have continued in the skilled hands of Gary Rieschel and Matthew Fioretti, and their aim is to craft Brunello wines that are yet more age-worthy, precise and beautiful.
December 20, 2018
1995 to 2008 Canalicchio di Sopra Brunello, All at Special Pricing!
December 19, 2018
Two Glorious 2016 Rioja Debuts from López de Heredia, Under $50!
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.
López de Heredia and its winemaking have changed very little since its 1877 founding in Haro, Spain; the same family that founded the estate still owns it, and they adhere to a doctrine blueprinted in the 1880s, still making wine only from their own vineyards with extremely traditional protocol. This iconic estate now spans about 420 acres, with four major vineyards: Tondonia, the largest and most famous; Bosconia; Cubillo; and Gravano. Whether making white, red or rosé Rioja, the estate takes care to transmit terroir and typicity, and the results are some of the finest wines in Spain--and contenders for the greatest wines on a global scale.
December 18, 2018
The Bartolo Mascarello Collection: 20 Historic, Remarkable Barolo Wines
December 17, 2018
Isole e Olena’s Triumphant 2015 Cepparello, a Trailblazing Sangiovese
Bartolo Mascarello holds the proud distinction of being one of the most traditional Barolo houses (the other is Giuseppe Rinaldi, Bartolo's cousin). Maria Teresa Mascarello, Bartolo's daughter, owns and operates Bartolo Mascarello as Bartolo had done before her, and his father, Giulio, had done before him. The estate's approach is simple: low yields and ripe fruit from some of Barolo's best vines, blended for consistent quality and style. First, Maria Teresa and her team select the best Nebbiolo from the estate's vineyards in Canubbi, San Lorenzo and Rué in the commune of Barolo and from Rocche in the commune of La Morra.
In the 1950s the Piemontese de Marchi family bought two separate Chianti Classico estates, "Isole" and "Olena," and united them to create Isole e Olena. This family-owned estate rested in relative sleepy obscurity until Paolo de Marchi, a fourth-generation winemaker, took the helm in 1976, transforming Isole e Olena into the powerhouse of Tuscan winemaking it is today. While Paolo grew up in Piemonte, he spent his childhoods in Toscana, and he fell in love with the land. Paolo was completing his enology degree when his father decided he wanted to sell Isole e Olena.
December 14, 2018
Debuting Conterno's Pure, Precise 2015 Gattinara
December 13, 2018
Affordable, Approachable Livio Sassetti Pertimali Debut Duo!
Founded in 1906, Nervi is the oldest winery in Gattinara DOCG, the Nebbiolo wine region that's snuggled into the foothills around Piemonte's Monte Rosa, the second-highest peak in Europe. Earlier this year, Roberto Conterno, the owner-winemaker of the world-famous Giacomo Conterno estate in Barolo, purchased Nervi, becoming the first Barolo producer to expand their holdings into Alto Piemonte, the winemaking region just north of Barolo and Barbaresco. Located 75 miles north of Alba, Alto Piemonte holds extraordinary terroir, unique soils, and old-vine Nebbiolo (here called Spanna), and the Conterno team is energized by Nervi's exceptional terroir, working hard to craft terroir-driven, full-throttle wines from the estate's vineyards.
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.
December 12, 2018
New IWM Producer! Sicilia’s Nino Barraco!
December 11, 2018
Give the Gift of Brilliant, Bold Nebbiolo from Giovanni Rosso
Savory Cataratto, full-bodied Grillo, spicy Zibibbo, and succulent Nero d'Avola may not be mono-varietals at the top of your lists, but, when these wines come from a dedicated winemaker, these important Sicilian grapes make a compelling argument for a place on your table. We'd like to introduce you to one of those serious and skilled winemakers, Sicilia's Nino Barraco, who makes wine with profound commitment to terroir, typicity, and grape. Located in Marsala in the far west of Sicilia, a region that's best known for its sweet wines, the Nino Barraco estate defies the regional norm, choosing instead to make intense, dry wines that evoke their wild, sea-swept, and sunny climate.
Davide Rosso, the owner-winemaker at Giovanni Rosso, a 40-acre, family-owned estate in the heart of Serralunga d'Alba, is a rising star in Piemonte. Davide says, "Wine should be a perfect copy of its terroir," and judging from Rosso's recent releases, his wines are as good as his words. Vine-growers since the late nineteenth century, Giovanni Rosso began crafting estate-bottled wines in 1995, a good idea, since this small yet mighty estate's 11 parcels include holdings in the prime Barolo vineyards of La Serra, Vigna Rionda and Cerretta.
December 10, 2018
Super Singles Flash Sale! Take 25% Off More Than 160 Wines!
December 6, 2018
Radiant 2012 Brunello Sampler Case! One Banner Vintage from Four Great Makers!
Searching our temperature-controlled cellars for in-stock single bottles of wine, we've amassed a list of superb Super Tuscans, beautiful Brunello, and elegant Barolo, as well as Burgundy, Rioja, Bordeaux, Champagne and more. In addition to Italian and French wine, you'll find wines from Austria, New Zealand, and California, and there are bottles of rosé, sparkling, and dessert wines, as well as vintage wines and new releases. Take a cool 25% off any half-case of wine; mix, match, and make mates of your favorites, and be sure to email your portfolio manager with your choices as soon as you make them. However you choose your wines, take advantage of this Super Singles Flash Sale before midnight EST on Wednesday, December 12, because after that you're on your own!
Indeed, 2012 is a year when terroir and technique shine, and today's sampler of four 2012 Brunelli offers a panoramic view of Montalcino's landscapes, protocols, and microclimates! This sampler case includes three bottles of each of these 2012 wines: Mastrojanni's explosive Brunello, Silvio Nardi's electric Brunello Manachiara, Canalicchio di Sopra's captivating Brunello Riserva, and Pian delle Vigne's silky and harmonious Brunello Riserva Ferrovia! In stock and ready to ship, this Brunello case is ideal to pour for your holiday festivities, to give as gifts, or to cellar for future enjoyment. Presented with special, time-sensitive pricing, these four wines give Brunello-lovers a lot to enjoy now, soon and years down the road!
December 5, 2018
Benchmark 2015 Super Tuscans: Sassicaia, Ornellaia, Solaia, and More!
December 4, 2018
Affordable Luxuries from Brigaldara! New Valpolicella, Valpolicella Ripasso and Amarone!
A truly great vintage deserves a truly bold move, and today, IWM has collected a sextet of marquee Super Tuscans to celebrate the banner 2015 vintage. This spectacular 2015 collection includes Antinori's Solaia and Tignanello, Fontodi's mono-varietal Flaccianello, the flagship wines from both Ornellaia and Guado al Tasso, and Tenuta San Guido's Sassicaia, the wine that ignited the Super-Tuscan revolution. A benchmark vintage, 2015 saw a textbook ripe growing season in Toscana--a wet and cold winter turned to a temperate spring; a sunny summer with cool nights followed, and these conditions led to a harvest of perfect, healthy, balanced, and mature grapes.
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 1970s 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 floor. While the Brigaldara team chooses to age some of its wines in barrique, it's otherwise very traditional in crafting its authentic Amarone, Valpolicella, and Soave expressions.
December 3, 2018
Benchmark 2015 Tignanello Chianti Classico Riserva!
November 29, 2018
Pristine, Perfect Vintage Valdicava Brunello Riserva Trio!
To most Italian wine-lovers, the name "Tignanello" conjures the eponymous iconic Super Tuscan, but to the Antinori family, the name means much more. 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 Classico.
Valdicava is one of IWM's favorite Montalcino estates--and for good reason. Valdicava's cult-inspiring Brunello wines set a perennially high bar with their evocative, terroir-driven, lush profiles. Indeed, terroir is the name of the game at Valdacava. This 67-acre estate gets its name from the Valdicava Valley, and it sits 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, and they offer great structure combined with intoxicating aromatics, especially in ripe vintages. Founded in 1953, Valdicava rose to international attention when Vincenzo Abbruzzese took control in 1987 and upped Valdicava's quality with a single-minded pursuit of extraordinarily high quality.
November 28, 2018
Debuting Three Superb, Affordable Quintarelli Wines!
November 27, 2018
Announcing the 2018 IWM Gift Guide!
The late, great Giuseppe Quintarelli stands as the Veneto's most significant producer, renowned for his legendary, cellar-worthy Amarone, Valpolicella, Recioto, and Alzero. While Bepi passed away in 2012, his estate is now run by his children, who carry on the esoteric, painstaking techniques they learned from their father, ensuring Bepi's legacy. Today, we're proud to debut three new Quintarelli releases: the seductive 2017 Bianco Secco, a surprisingly weighty and food-friendly white; the estate's 2015 Primofiore, an affordable and beguiling first look at the 2015 vintage; and the superb 2011 Valpolicella, an appassimento wine that drinks like a "baby Amarone." It's a luminous trio of Quintarelli releases that the estate's many fans will want to drink again and again.
This Gift Guide, available both online and as a PDF to download, sports more than 50 different wine gifts in categories that range from Hills of Piemonte Sampler, to Basket of Bubbles, to singular bottles of Super Tuscans, biodynamic wines, or vintage Priorat--as well as half and full cases that will fill cellars with expansive joy. You'll find wines for every feast, party, and quiet meal, as well as bottles that will please the palates of all wine-lovers, from newbie to connoisseur, all delivered in beautiful presentation boxes or baskets. But don't hesitate to ask one of our portfolio managers for help if you need it--or select a gift card and let your wine-lovers choose their favorite wines!
November 26, 2018
Superb 2015 Sassicaia Returns!
November 22, 2018
Happy Thanksgiving from IWM's Family to Yours!
Sassicaia was born of love and luck. Marchese Mario Incisa della Rocchetta felt inspired by his wife's love of Bordeaux and the stony ground of his Bolgheri lands, so in 1944, he planted a small vineyard of Cabernet Sauvignon. In time, this small parcel would become his estate, Tenuta San Guido, whose release of its 1968 Sassicaia would change wine history. These days, Marchese Nicolò Incisa della Rocchetta follows in his father's footsteps. He continues Mario's fine winemaking traditions at the Tenuta San Guido estate, and Sassicaia continues to be one of the most sought-after wines in the world.
I'm thankful for a lot. I'm thankful for my beautiful wife, my talented and healthy children, my life that connects me to so many wonderful people, and my work that gives me the great privilege of putting delicious bottles of wine in the hands of people who appreciate them. You, my clients, keep me thinking of new ways that I can serve you better, always by bringing great wine to you, and always by bringing great people together. You make my work meaningful, and I'm grateful for you not just on Thanksgiving but every day.
November 21, 2018
Black Friday Comes Early with Special Pricing on 600+ Wines!
November 20, 2018
Black Friday Comes Early with IWM’s Super Singles Flash Sale!
For a limited time, cases of these IWM wines come with special pricing, and most wines offer the BEST PRICE in the country; these in-stock wines will ship directly from our temperature-controlled cellar to yours, ready to drink, cellar, or share during this holiday season. It's a rare opportunity to secure vintage Giacomo Conterno Barolo, Castello dei Rampolla Sammarco, Château Latour Premier Grand Cru Classé or Gaja Barbaresco; large format bottles of Soldera Brunello, Antinori Solaia, Bonneau du Martray Corton Rouge, or Sassicaia; or rare bottlings from Giuseppe Quintarelli, Salon Champagne, Georges Roumier, Philip Togni, or Ornellaia--and so many more exciting wines!
You'll find sumptuous Amarone, superb Super Tuscans, beautiful Brunello, and elegant Barolo, as well as Burgundy, Rioja, Bordeaux, Champagne--and more. In addition to Italian and French wine, you'll find wines from Austria, New Zealand, and California, and there are bottles of rosé, sparkling, and dessert wines, as well as vintage wines and new releases. This sale gives you a chance to get creative: mix, match, and make mates of your favorite wines, or experiment with undiscovered gems. However you choose your wines, take advantage of this Super Singles Flash Sale before midnight EST on Thursday, November 22, 2018, because after that you're on your own!
November 19, 2018
Black Friday Comes Early with IWM’s “Biggest” Flash Sale!
November 16, 2018
Antinori’s $45 Crème de la Crème of Chianti Classico
IWM's clients love being surprised by our flash sales, and today, we're excited to get a jump on Black Friday's traditional sales with a list of big, beautiful wines--red, white, and sparkling--all in magnum or double magnums! Comprising more than 90 large-format wines, this offer includes IWM's signature Italian producers, select French winemakers, and a few special delights from California and Spain. You can choose from an array of wines for your table and your cellar, ensuring that your guests' glasses will never run dry this Thanksgiving (or next)! You'll find special sale pricing on wines from Italian producers like Aldo Conterno, Bruno Giacosa, Gaja, Tua Rita, and Tenuta San Guido.
Chianti Classico has a long, storied and complex history that began in 1716 when Cosimo III, Grand Duke of Tuscany, delimited the Chianti production zone to the nine communes between the provinces of Florence and Siena. In 1932, a ministerial decree distinguished the Chianti wines that derived from this zone by adding the suffix "Classico," and today's Chianti Classico production zone still lies between the provinces of Florence and Siena. While Chianti, Chianti Classico and Chianti Classico Riserva DOCG designations had been around for decades, in 2010 the Chianti Consortium created a new designation, Chianti Classico Gran Selezione, the new pinnacle of Chianti Classico expressions.
November 15, 2018
Pristine, Perfect 1997 Quintarelli Alzero, an Extraordinary Wine
November 14, 2018
Six Under $30 Must-Have Wines!
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 shine a spotlight on the extraordinary 1997 Alzero, a wine that stands as a testament to its maker, the late, great Giuseppe Quinterelli, a winemaker known as the "Master of the Veneto."
Thanksgiving is next week, and that means that it's time for a bounty of beautiful, high-performing, affordable wines. Whether you're prepping your table for your Thanksgiving feast, powering up for the holiday season, or getting ready for wintertime's delicious home-cooked meals, you need to have a supply of food-friendly, flexible wines. We've handpicked six wines, each less than $30, and all stamped with the IWM seal of approval. Spanning a range from beloved sparklers, to vibrant whites, to luscious reds, this list has something for every wine enthusiast.
November 13, 2018
Vintage Piemonte Gems, 1926 to 1999 Barolo and Barbaresco!
November 12, 2018
Rare Fiorano Flash Sale! Twenty Fiorano Gems at 20% Off!
Piemonte's Barolo and Barbaresco show two very different sides of Nebbiolo, yet both are fascinating and unique reds that reveal unmatchable power and aromatic complexity with age. Requiring prolonged summer sun to ripen, Nebbiolo shows extreme sensitivity to soil variations and climatic nuances, so it's a fussy, discriminating and taxing grape to grow. Nebbiolo's high-maintenance ways, however, make Barolo and Barbaresco fascinating and alluring, but these wines' longevity makes them special.
Fiorano's peerless whites have a luxurious maturity that allows these wines to show their full grace and to continue the story of their maker's dedication and passion, but like Josko Gravner's amber wines, Fiorano's gems are not for everyone--they are enigmas for the enthusiast. Today, we're proud to announce special pricing on twenty different bottlings of our Fiorano Bianco and Fiorano Sémillon wines. IWM is pleased to present these hard-to-find, organic whites with time-sensitive special pricing of 20% off a half-case or more, making this an offer that few serious collectors can resist.
November 9, 2018
Domaine François Lamarche’s Superb 2016 La Grande Rue Grand Cru!
November 8, 2018
Domaine Michelot Meursault Trio, Just $27 to $70 a Bottle!
Domaine François Lamarche sets high standards by crafting Burgundy wines that express themselves through their subtlety rather than their power, and bottlings that display ripe, high-toned fruit and a strong sense of terroir. The Lamarche family dates back to the mid-eighteenth century, and it's an important line for Burgundy lovers. Henri Lamarche, a cooper, founded the family's estate in the village of Vosne-Romanée, while namesake François Lamarche brought the domaine's Burgundy to worldwide renown.
For more than six generations, Domaine Michelot has been crafting terroir-driven wine in the heart of Meursault. This beloved domaine rose to prominence in the 1960s, when it was helmed by Bernard Michelot, and his magnetic, energetic spirit continues to guide the viticulture and the winemaking at the estate. Today, we're delighted to shine a spotlight on a trio of Domaine Michelot's 2015 releases, wines that seriously over-deliver on their modest price points: the estate's vivacious Bourgogne Blanc, its tantalizing Meursault, and its luscious Meursault Sous la Velle.
November 7, 2018
Must-Have Sangiovese from Fontodi!
November 6, 2018
Is Fuligni’s 2012 Brunello Riserva the Wine of the Vintage?
Fontodi's Super-Tuscan Flaccianello may claim the spotlight, but its Vigna del Sorbo Chianti Classico Gran Selezione is an insider's gem. This Fontodi wine acts like quiet underdog, consistently delivering a high quality-to-price ratio and pleasing the palates of Sangiovese wine-lovers who love Flaccianello or Montevertine's Le Pergole Torte. Today, IWM is proud to present a new allocation of the 2014 Chianti Classico Gran Selezione Vigna del Sorbo, a stylish, polished and sneakily powerful bottling of this beloved Sangiovese wine.
IWM has long championed family-owned-and-operated Fuligni, an estate whose style straddles "traditional" and "modern" and whose wine shows a rare combination of approachability and longevity--and the outstanding wine we're featuring today embodies why. Fuligni has staked its reputation on producing fruit-driven Brunelli that balance concentration with finesse. Fuligni's 25 acres of vineyards sit just outside the medieval village of Montalcino, not far from the iconic vineyards of Biondi-Santi and Salvioni, at 380-450 meters above sea level, some of the highest vineyards in the region.
November 5, 2018
Under $30 Sassicaia Sibling, Le Difese Duo!
November 2, 2018
Thrilling, Intense 2016 Gevrey-Chambertin Debuts from René Leclerc
In 1968, Bolgheri's Tenuta San Guido changed the face of Italian wine with the first commercial vintage of its Super-Tuscan giant, Sassicaia. However, this iconic estate didn't rest on its game-changing laurels; Tenuta San Guido went on to create two more wines along Sassicaia's aristocratic lines: Guidalberto, the estate's "second" wine, in 2000; and Le Difese, the exceptional entry-level wine, in 2002. Today's offer focuses on Le Difese, a beautifully wrought wine that's priced at less than $30 a bottle! The third label of Tenuta San Guido, Le Difese provides a rare opportunity to experience a taste of the legendary Sassicaia at an affordable price tag, and to get an early glimpse of upcoming Sassicaia vintages.
René Leclerc inherited his eponymous estate when his father split his vineyard holdings between his two sons, the levelheaded René and the wild Philippe; while still involved in winemaking, René has since passed the reins to his son François, who is proving to be a worthy, talented heir. Leclerc's 30-acre property covers some of Gevrey's best premier crus: Champeaux, Lavaux-St-Jacques, and Combe Aux Moines, as well as the prized grand cru Griotte-Chambertin. The estate relies on traditional practices like using indigenous yeasts, barrels made from once or twice used oak, and gravity-flow racking. It's all in the pursuit of crafting wine that's pure, elegant, ripe, and speaking eloquently of its fruit and its terroir.
November 1, 2018
1988 Biondi-Santi Brunello Riserva, a Bucket-List Wine
October 31, 2018
Three New Fine Wines from the Veneto’s Maculan, All Under $40!
Aromatic, elegant, and profound, Biondi-Santi Brunellos are best known for their incredible ability to age--even a 100-year-old Biondi-Santi Brunello Riserva shows remarkably well. You can attribute Biondi-Santi Brunello's trademark aromatics, longevity and acidity to the vineyard's altitude that ranges between 1,300-1,600 feet above sea level, but it's Biondi-Santi's traditional protocol, old botti, and indefinable magic that endows the estate's wines with their exceptional longevity. Crafted with the intent that it will live longer than the cellar that houses it, a Biondi-Santi Brunello is extraordinarily age-worthy, balanced, and beautiful, a wine that's akin to Brunello's answer to Burgundy.
Tucked away in the Dolomite hills at the bottom of the Asiago plain in northwest Veneto, Italy's Breganze wine region is small, ancient, and fascinating. Breganze winemaking is dominated by a mix of both indigenous and international grapes, typifying the region's much-traveled, multicultural history. Founded in 1947, Maculan is one of Breganze's foremost winemakers, and the estate's wines revel in the mixture of cultures that typify this winemaking region. Aided by their father, Fausto Maculan, Angela and Maria Vittoria helm the Maculan estate, and together they work in their cantina to craft wines of great typicity, terroir, and tradition from their limestone-rich, volcanic soil vineyards.
October 30, 2018
IWM’s Biggest Flash Sale--Magnificent Magnums!
October 29, 2018
Debuting Dominique Gallois’ Outstanding 2016 Burgundies!
Boo! It's all treats and no tricks with today's offer. IWM's clients love being surprised by our flash sales, and today, we're dropping one of our biggest sales to date--78 specially priced wines, all in magnum! Presenting a compelling list of red, white, sparkling and dessert wines in large-format bottles, this offer includes IWM's signature Italian producers, select French winemakers, and a few special Spanish wines, and every in-stock magnum is 10% off its regular price. You can choose from an array of wines for your cellar and your table, ensuring that your guests' glasses will never run dry!
The Gallois family has been crafting inspiring reds from its ten-acre estate since 1901. While Domaine Dominique Gallois' motto is "Respect and Modesty," the fervor that the estate's wines inspire in Burgundy-lovers in the know is anything but small--and that fervor is fed by the estate's minuscule output, just 170-250 cases per label for premier and grand cru appellations on average. Gallois has managed to stride the line between cult producer and relative obscurity, but its recent releases suggest it'll attain serious stardom.
October 25, 2018
Talenti Trio Debut: 2016 Rosso di Montalcino, 2013 Brunello, and 2012 Brunello Riserva!
October 24, 2018
Three Outstanding Giovanni Rosso Wines, Barbera to Barolo!
One of the founding fathers of the Brunello di Montalcino Consortium, Pierluigi Talenti's wines resisted modern trends. While crafted with a thoughtful marriage of traditional and international protocol, Talenti's wines privilege complexity over extraction and finesse over fruit-forwardness. Riccardo Talenti, who now runs his father's Pian di Conte estate, has taken measures to bring his father's winemaking into the new millennium while retaining authenticity. It's a perfect convergence of tradition and modernity, and Talenti makes some of our favorite wines.
A 40-acre, family-owned-and-operated estate in the heart of Serralunga d'Alba, Giovanni Rosso got its start as vine-growers in the late nineteenth century, and it began estate-bottling its wines in 1995. Today, this small yet mighty estate boasts just 11 parcels of vines, but they include holdings in the prime Barolo vineyards of La Serra, Vigna Rionda and Cerretta. In 2001, Davide Rosso, a trained enologist, took control of the estate, ushering it into the modern age. Wine insiders have long been calling Davide "ambitious," and now his ambition--and his very hard work--is paying off in terrific, value-conscious, and terroir-driven wines.
October 23, 2018
Cult Avignonesi & Capannelle 50 & 50, a Beautiful Blend
October 22, 2018
Must-Have Cerbaiona 2016 “Baby Brunello” Debut!
In general, winemakers tend to be territorial, choosing to craft the very best from their own vineyards in an effort to capture the land they love. But wonderful things happen when people share, and today's spotlight wine is an example of beautiful cooperation. A joint venture 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, to create an outstanding, unusual Super Tuscan that deserves a place in your cellar, on your table and in your glass.
Like Soldera, Poggio di Sotto, and Salvioni, Cerbaiona makes traditionally styled Brunelli that are consistently excellent. A former Alitalia pilot, Diego Molinari, Cerbaiona's founder, 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 a concentrated, mineral-laden wine. Diego believed in honest wines of terroir and letting the grapes speak for themselves, and the investment group who purchased the Cerbaiona estate a couple of years ago are using these traditionalist principles as their guidance in creating the new Cerbaiona releases.
October 18, 2018
Affordable Dinner Party Wines! Six Under $40 Italian Gems
October 17, 2018
Superb Under-the-Radar Burgundy from Daniel Rion
To Italians, wine isn't a mere accompaniment to dinner: it's integral to the meal. IWM believes that dinner is incomplete without a great bottle of wine, so we've chosen a half-dozen of our favorite wines that will take you and your guests from appetizers through your main course, and each one will make your home-cooked dishes taste even more delicious. Offering perfect complements to your autumn and winter feasts, today's specially priced sampler presents six food-friendly wines: a beautiful Prosecco from Cima da Conegliano, a terrific Super-Tuscan white from the iconic Fontodi estate, a charming new Rosso di Montalcino release from Talenti, the Antinori family's tasty Botrosecco, a delicious Aldo Conterno Rosso, and a big, beautiful cru Barbera!
Founded in 1955 as a négociant house, Domaine Daniel Rion had only five acres of vineyards, and it sold its grapes to local Burgundy makers. But in 1978, Daniel Rion's two sons came to work with him, which allowed the estate to start bottling its own wines--and with this change, everything fell into place. These days, Daniel Rion is highly respected, and while still a little under the radar, the family-owned estate spans 45 acres of vineyards that are spread across eighteen different appellations, in six villages of the Côte des Nuits and the Hautes-Côtes.
October 16, 2018
Classic, Captivating 2013 Cerbaiona Brunello
October 15, 2018
Perfect, Pristine Dante Rivetti 1998 Barbaresco Riserva
When former Alitalia pilot Diego Molinari founded his Cerbaiona estate in the 1970s, he chose his 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. 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 may have sold the estate, but Cerbaiona's winemaking traditions have continued in the skilled hands of Gary Rieschel and Matthew Fioretti, and their aim is to craft Brunello wines that are yet more age-worthy, precise and beautiful.
Calling its Neive township home since the mid-nineteenth century, the Rivetti family has long roots in the Langhe. In the 1950s, Giuseppe Rivetti founded his estate, Fratelli Rivetti, in Bricco di Neive, near the land of Barbaresco great Bruno Giacosa, and in the late 1970s, Dante Rivetti assumed control of the winemaking enterprise, formalizing his leadership by changing the estate's name. The Dante Rivetti estate is currently helmed by Ivan Rivetti, Dante's son, who uses sustainable agriculture to farm the estate's four vineyards and traditional practices to craft the estate's wines.
October 11, 2018
Four Affordable, Outstanding Aldo Conterno Wines!
October 10, 2018
Two Tasty Under $30 Super Tuscans from Antinori!
A visionary winemaker best known for his Baroli, the late, great Aldo Conterno was committed to crafting wines that would express his unique perspective on his lands' terroir and the Langhe's traditions. Although Aldo passed away a few years ago, the estate that bears his name continues in his footsteps. Aldo's sons learned at their father's side, and they are dedicated to making wines that their father would love. A few weeks ago, we were delighted to debut Poderi Aldo Conterno's excellent 2014 Barolo quartet, and today, we're delighted to follow up that offer with three 2015 debuts--the estate's Conca Tre Pile Barbera d'Alba, Langhe Nebbiolo Il Favot, and Langhe Chardonnay Bussiador--along with a new allocation of Aldo Conterno 2014 Langhe Rosso.
It's hard to find tasty, high quality Super Tuscans for less than $30, but here are two of our favorites, Le Mortelle 2015 Botrosecco Maremma Toscana and Le Mortelle 2016 Vivia Maremma Toscana, one red and one white--both from the Antinori family. Le Mortelle, located on the Maremma Coast not far from the family's Guado al Tasso estate in Bolgheri, was once part of a larger estate called La Badiola, created in the nineteenth century when the Duchy drained the marshy areas around Grosseto. Purchased by the Antinori family in 1999, Le Mortelle gets its name from the wild myrrh that blankets the region, and since taking ownership, Antinori has devoted itself to crafting fine wines from both international grape varietals like Viognier and Cabernets Sauvignon and Franc, as well as Sangiovese, Vermentino and Ansonica, all organically grown.
October 9, 2018
Luciano Sandrone’s Standout 2014 Barolo Duo Have Arrived!
October 8, 2018
It’s IWM’s Anniversary! Celebrate with IWM’s Wine Clubs!
Today, we're delighted to announce the arrival of Sandrone's 2014 Barolo duo, the estate's lush and silky '14 Barolo Le Vigne and its muscular, polished '14 Barolo Aleste. These two wines are standouts in the fussy, low-production 2014 growing season in Piemonte, which threw everything from a cool, wet spring to July hailstorms at the region's barolisti. Challenging vintages separate the great winemakers from the good, and judging from Sandrone's two '14 Barolo releases, the continuing greatness of the Sandrone estate goes unchallenged. Aided by her father, Barbara Sandrone, who hosted an IWM winemaker last month, is meeting the many tests of taking the helm of a beloved estate with aplomb, and these two '14 Baroli are beautiful.
We've long said that our wine club members are the real insiders of IWM--they're the first IWM clients to be introduced to our favorite wines, so they get the scoop on IWM's new acquisitions. IWM has created three different clubs to please individual palates; we offer the Exploration Club for novices, the Big Wine Club for connoisseurs, and Sergio's Cellar for ardent collectors. From Barolo to Brunello, Super Tuscans to orange wines, and Chianti Classico to Primitivo, we select prime bottles for IWM's three wine clubs, choosing bottles we'd love to drink ourselves! We've designed our wine clubs to fit different types of wine-lovers, but each offers three beautiful bottles of carefully selected wine, and right now your six or twelve-month subscription comes with a cool 15% off!
October 4, 2018
Two Winter Whites from Paolo Bea, Umbria’s Finest Winemaker
October 3, 2018
Three Faces of Aldo Conterno’s Legendary Barolo Colonnello
In the US, they're called "orange wines," in Europe "skin-contact wines." Whichever terminology you use, they are in fashion, which is a little ironic considering that this deeply colored wine made from white wine grapes dates back thousands of years. Originating in Armenia and Georgia, orange wines aren't really orange, appearing in a range of hues from a pale caramel to a deep amber. If a rosé is made by vinifying a red grape as you would a white grape, then an orange wine is made by vinifying a white grape as you would 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.
Aldo Conterno, who passed away in 2012, was a traditionalist who wasn't afraid of innovation. 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 whose wines could deliver approachability with longevity, and he taught his three sons to follow in his footsteps, ensuring that his legion of fans will be able to enjoy the Baroli that they've come to love. Aldo left his legendary brother Giovanni at his father's cellar (the Giacomo Conterno estate) in 1969 to pursue his own winemaking interests and reputation, creating the wines of Poderi Aldo Conterno in the "Favot" cellar.
October 2, 2018
Back By Client Demand: Valdicava 2010 Brunello Riserva Madonna del Piano
October 1, 2018
Montrachet Flash Sale! Almost 40 Wines with Special Pricing!
Although producers in other parts of Toscana struggled with challenging weather, Montalcino's 2010 vintage was textbook perfect: a cold, snowy winter led to a cool, nicely damp spring, and warm summer months ended in an ideal harvest. Valdicava, located in Montosoli, one of the coldest Brunello subzones, meticulously crafts a beautiful, aristocratic Brunello in any year, but in 2010, it's a classic bottling that will drink for decades. Vincenzo Abbruzzese, owner and operator of Valdicava, works passionately, growing his grapes without pesticides, coaxing very high quality, very low yielding berries from his vines, which he then vinifies very traditionally with minimal use of barriques--choices that reveal the natural beauty of the vintage.
A family of five grand cru appellations, Montrachet is home to some of finest white wines in the world (as well as a few, select, and unique reds). Montrachet sets the standard for long-aging, complex, and well-wrought Chardonnay, and the rest of the wine world scrambles to catch up, hoping to evoke the region's mystical way with the beloved white grape. Resting in the south of the Côte de Beaune, between Meursault to the north and Santenay to the south, Montrachet's holdings are split between the two villages of Puligny-Montrachet and Chassagne-Montrachet, where Montrachet and Bâtard-Montrachet appellations straddle both towns; Chevalier-Montrachet and Bienvenues-Bâtard-Montrachet sit in the village of Puligny-Montrachet; and Criots-Bâtard-Montrachet sits in the village of Chassagne-Montrachet.
September 28, 2018
Silvio Nardi’s Classic, Compelling Cru Brunello
September 27, 2018
Debuting Aldo Conterno’s Excellent 2014 Baroli!
In 1893, Francesco Nardi left his family's farm to seek his fortune here in America. 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, becoming one of the first members of the newborn Consorzio del Vino Brunello, the ruling body of Brunello. Tenute Silvio Nardi entered its modern era in 1991 when Silvio's daughter Emilia assumed control of the estate. Nardi now covers about 200 acres in two different locations, and its wines bear distinct trademarks of elegance, longevity, and silky-smooth texture.
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, Franco, Stefano and Giacomo, maintains the unmistakable, approachable, and age-worthy identity of an Aldo Conterno Barolo, vintage after superb vintage. Prized for its ability to craft Barolo wines that marry New World juiciness with traditional Italian precision and structure, Poderi Aldo Conterno has seen an uptick in the classiness, longevity, and complexity of its Baroli in the past few years, traits that stem from the estate's firm adherence to low production, strict green harvests, meticulous grape sorting, and a philosophy that always privileges quality over quantity.
September 26, 2018
Under $70 Chavy-Chouet Meursault and Puligny-Montrachet!
September 25, 2018
Seventeen Nebbiolo Gems Under $100!
After selling his grapes for decades, seventh-generation winemaker Hubert Chavy-Chouet decided he could do better, and beginning in the 1990s, he devoted himself to making exceptionally pure, unadulterated wines from his 37-acre estate. Hubert, who passed away in 2014, turned over the running of the estate to his son Romaric in 2006, and Romaric has done more than ensure the domaine's tradition of saturated and detailed wines--he has upped the quality every vintage and raised the estate's profile in the eyes of critics, connoisseurs, and even common Burgheads.
Today, we celebrate Nebbiolo, Piemonte's best-known grape and the basis for its most loved wines, Barolo and Barbaresco. A beautiful, black-skinned grape, Nebbiolo is indigenous to the hills surrounding Alba, and its name is most likely derivative of the Italian word for fog, nebbia, although no one is sure 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 during harvest. One thing is for sure: not only is Nebbiolo a very old grape, but it is also one whose greatness has been lauded for centuries. For example, ripping out a Nebbiolo vine was a crime punishable by lopping off a hand in Medieval times, and repeat offenders were hanged. Today's Nebbiolo fans are only a little less ardent.
September 24, 2018
Antinori’s Delicious, Bighearted Way with Aglianico
September 20, 2018
Nearly Perfect Comte Georges de Vogüé 2012 Musigny Vieilles Vignes
Owned and operated by the Antinori family, Puglia's Tormaresca estate, founded in 1998, has two locations: the 247-acre Tenuta Bocca di Lupo in Castel del Monte, and the 1,235-acre satellite called Masseria Maime in Salento, close to the Adriatic sea. Tormaresca draws from these two locations to create wines that offer a panoramic view of Puglia. As with all of Antinori's estates, Tormaresca rests in the capable hands of CEO, enologist and winemaker Renzo Cotarella and his team, who work to craft wines that transmit the region's unusual volcanic terroir. Today, we're delighted to present the BEST PRICE in the country on two vintages of Tormaresca's Bocca di Lupo, a mono-varietal wine from the Castel del Monte side of the estate.
Few Burgundy producers can trace their lineage back more than five hundred years, but Claire de Causans and Marie de Ladoucette, the granddaughters of the late Comte Georges de Vogüé and the owners of the estate that bear his name, can do exactly that. Comte Georges de Vogüé is an old, great, and inventive estate, one that reckons among its holdings nearly three quarters of the entire Musigny grand cru, and this renowned vineyard plot, along with the domaine's other stellar holdings, inspires winemaker François Millet and viticulturist Eric Bourgogne to do their utmost to make expressive, elegant and age-worthy Burgundies.
September 19, 2018
Silky, Powerful Under $80 Renzo Seghesio Barolo Ginestra!
September 18, 2018
21 Biondi-Santi Wines, All at Special Pricing!
Today, IWM is very happy to present special, time-sensitive pricing on a new allocation of Renzo Seghesio 2011 Barolo Ginestra and estate's 2012 Barolo Ginestra! The grapes for Seghesio's Barolo Ginestra derive from the historic site of Pajana, a vineyard made famous by Domenico Clerico, whose grapes were in part supplied by Renzo Seghesio; in the past half-decade, Seghesio's interpretation of the Ginestra cru has been recognized for its consistency, terroir, and Burgundian finesse. A fabled combination of approachability, Piemonte tradition, and unique terroir, Seghesio's Barolo Ginestra is beloved by IWM clients and staff, and we're excited to present this duo with time-sensitive, special pricing.
We who love Brunello owe Biondi-Santi a great debt, for Il Greppo gave us Brunello. Estate founder Clemente Santi launched his family's wine business in the mid nineteenth century, but his son Ferruccio took a clone of the Sangiovese grape, known as Sangiovese Grosso, and produced the first Brunello in the late nineteenth century. Ferruccio's son, Tancredi Biondi-Santi, made Brunello famous, forever changing Italy's place in the wine industry. Tancredi's son Franco Biondi-Santi, who passed away in April 2015, brought the estate to greater heights, producing nearly 70,000 bottles a year and leaving a legacy that few winemakers can rival.
September 17, 2018
The Antinori Family’s Plush, Electric Cru Barbera
September 13, 2018
BEST PRICE in the US on 2013 Brunello from Il Poggione!
Prunotto got its start in 1904, when Alfred Prunotto aided in founding 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. In 1994, Antinori assumed full control of the estate, and since then, Albiera and the Antinori team have quietly been crafting one knockout wine after another.
One of the oldest and most respected producers in Montalcino, Il Poggione began its modern era in 1958 when enologist Pierluigi Talenti accepted the post of winemaker at the Franceschi family's estate. Under the helm of the super-talented Talenti, Il Poggione's finessed, evocative Brunelli quickly came to the attention of the wine world, and by the time Il Poggione released its 1965 Brunello, the estate had emerged as one of the foremost producers of classic and elegant Brunello. In the past five decades, the estate has only gotten better. These days, the estate is in the hands of father-and-son-team Fabrizio and Alessandro Bindocci, who hew close to traditional methods to craft the estate's wines that are favorites of Sergio Esposito, IWM's founder.
September 12, 2018
Debuting the “Perfect” 2015 Masseto
September 11, 2018
Back By Client Demand: Davide Rosso's Genius Langhe Nebbiolo
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 Ornellaia family of wines, Masseto now stands alone. Indeed, the greatness of Masseto moved the Frescobaldi family, who own the Ornellaia estate, to build the iconic Italian Merlot its own home, high on the Masseto Hill. Today, we're delighted to debut the 2015 Masseto, a wine that will unite connoisseurs, critics, and common wine-lovers in unadulterated praise. And while wine critics argue among themselves about whether the '15 Masseto is most like the legendary 2004, 2006, 2007 or 2010 vintages, IWM believes that this towering achievement should be appreciated on its own terms. The 2015 Masseto is a spectacular wine--full stop.
"Wine should be a perfect copy of its terroir," says Davide Rosso, the owner-winemaker at Giovanni Rosso, a 40-acre, family-owned estate in the heart of Serralunga d'Alba. Vine-growers since the late nineteenth century, Giovanni Rosso began crafting estate-bottled wines in 1995, a good idea, since this small yet mighty estate's 11 parcels include holdings in the prime Barolo vineyards of La Serra, Vigna Rionda and Cerretta. In 2001, Davide, a trained enologist who studied at Burgundy's Domaine Jean Grivot and Domaine Denis Mortel, took control of the estate and over the past few years, Davide has moved to sustainable agriculture, built a new cellar that relies on natural wine production, replaced stainless steel tanks with concrete for Barolo production, and forgone fining and filtration.
September 10, 2018
François Gay 2016 Burgundy Debut!
September 6, 2018
Sandrone’s Breathtaking ’14 Barolo Debuts! Vintage Quintarelli! And Under $30 Sassicaia Sibling!
François Gay is exactly the kind of winemaker that IWM likes to get behind. A favorite of Burgheads in the know, Gay's reputation is made not on critic's scores or extensive press; it's made on the estate's superbly crafted classic Burgundies. Gay's 17-acre Côte de Beaune estate produces fewer than 3,400 cases a year, and the domaine sells the majority of its wine to friends, family and restaurants, so only about 200 cases of Gay's terroir-driven Burgundies make it outside of France. The silver lining is that Gay's low production numbers keep the domaine relatively under the radar, and the price points of the estate's wines are remarkably affordable. In 2011, François' son Pascal rose to the position of head vigneron and now leads the estate's team, and ever since, Gay's wines have somehow grown even more expressive and fine.
Luciano Sandrone began his winemaking 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. Because he cleaned out his savings to buy this land, Sandrone made his wines at home in his parents' garage, quietly working and revising his techniques until he caught the wine world's notice with his 1989 and 1990 vintages--and the estate has seen an upward trajectory ever since. Looking towards his eventual retirement, Luciano raised his daughter, Barbara, to follow his winemaking philosophy and to make beautiful, long-aging Baroli that effortlessly straddle the line between modern and traditional.
September 5, 2018
Elegant Delamotte Blanc de Blancs Brut! Le Boncie’s Tradition! And Sleeper Valdicava!
September 4, 2018
Spanish Wine Flash Sale! More Than 40 Bottles at Special Pricing!
Songs and poems have been written about it, wars have been fought in its name, and its image is so iconic as to immediately connote style, luxury and pleasure. Champagne is the most imitated, most unique, most recognized and most archetypal wine on the planet. No other wine inspires the kind of reaction that Champagne does; and no other wine embodies celebration like it. As we move into fall and the cold-weather holiday season, it's the time to think about Champagne, and today, we're delighted to spotlight Delamotte Blanc de Blancs Brut, a delicious, concentrated, and complex non-vintage Champagne.
Spanish winemaking holds certain similarities to Italy's. Spain's the third biggest producer of wine on the planet; Italy's the second. Both countries have a wealth of indigenous, if little known, grapes, and each country also has millennia of winemaking traditions. In many respects, the global position of wines of Spain are a lot like the wines of Italy were ten years ago--there are spectacular producers and unsung regions that are just now hitting the global market. Within a decade, every in-the-know wine-lover will fill their cellar with Marqués de Murrieta or Artadi, just as they're now doing with wines from Giacomo Conterno or Angelo Gaja. Today, we're delighted to present a special flash sale on more than 40 wines from Spain, all at special pricing for a limited time.
August 30, 2018
$37 Alpine Nebbiolo! Marvelous Méo-Camuzet Debut! And Cult Valentini Trebbiano Duo!
August 29, 2018
Giuseppe Rinaldi's 2014 Baroli Debut! Iconic Poggio di Sotto! And Charles Heidsieck Magnificent Mags!
Founded in 1906, Nervi is the oldest winery in Gattanara DOCG, the Nebbiolo wine region that's snuggled into the foothills around Piemonte's Monte Rosa, the second-highest peak in Europe. Nervi was recently purchased by Giacomo Conterno, and the Conterno team works hard to convey this new estate's exceptional terroir, engaging in mindful protocol, aging its wines longer than DOCG rules stipulate, and cutting no corners in order to craft high quality expressions that balance longevity with approachability. It's an exciting time to discover Nervi, and its benchmark 2013 Gattinara is an ideal place to start!
For decades, Giuseppe, or Beppe, Rinaldi had released his iconic 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 required that Beppe change this practice, so Beppe first adapted by bottling two new wines--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)--and then, Beppe chose to turn over the majority of his estate to his daughters, Marta and Carlotta. Change is often hard, but in the case of the Giuseppe Rinaldi estate, it not merely looks easy--it looks effortless.
August 28, 2018
New Releases from Tenuta San Guido and Biondi-Santi! And Meet Your New $25 Red!
August 27, 2018
Chavy-Chouet New Release Duo! Soldera Brunello Riserva! And 2010 Tignanello!
The connection between Tenuta San Guido's flagship wine, Sassicaia, and its second wine, Guidalberto, is a palpable one. While not as aristocratic as its big-ticket sibling, Guidalberto hews ever closer to Sassicaia, as the accessible Guidalberto grows more refined, and polished. Today, we're delighted to debut the most recent release of this stellar "second" wine, the intense yet energetic 2016 Guidalberto, a benchmark vintage of this beloved Super-Tuscan wine. While Sassicaia is the most famous Tenuta San Guido bottling, Guidalberto is often the preferred wine for many Bordeaux lovers, and this recent bottling will definitely inflame that passion.
After selling his grapes for decades, sixth-generation winemaker Hubert Chavy-Chouet decided he could do better, and since the 1990s he devoted himself to making exceptionally pure, unadulterated wines from his 27-acre estate. Hubert turned over the running of the estate to his son Romaric in 2010, who has not only ensured the domaine's dynasty of saturated and detailed wines but has raised the quality every year. Today, we're delighted to debut the estate's 2017 Meursault Les Narvaux and Puligny-Montrachet Les Enseignères, two insider white Burgundies that will delight Burgheads (and any wine-lover who appreciates well-made Chardonnay).
August 23, 2018
A Trio of Superb Wines from Maison Leroy, Soldera, and Château La Mission Haut-Brion!
August 22, 2018
Ornellaia's "Essential" 2014 Flagship, Top-of-the-Line Chianti Classico, and Lush Valdicava Brunello Riserva
While in her early 20s, Bize-Leroy began making wine at Maison Leroy, the négociant estate run by her father, Henri Leroy. In 1988, Bize-Leroy wanted to make estate-bottled wine, so she founded Domaine Leroy with vineyard holdings she bought from Domaine Noëllat, later expanding the estate to 54 acres with plots purchased from Philippe-Rémy. Today, Bize-Leroy helms a trio of winemaking enterprises: Maison Leroy, Domaine Leroy, and Domaine d'Auvenay. In the years of creating this empire, Bize-Leroy shocked, angered, elated, and stunned the world of Burgundy, all while crafting wines that have set the standard for their appellations.
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. Winemaker Axel Heinz and his team at the estate, owned by the Frescobaldi family for more than a decade, make the most of their raw materials, carefully crafting outstanding wines even in challenging vintages--indeed, Ornellaia wines are so consistently outstanding that it's uncanny.
August 21, 2018
Breathtaking Benchmark Redigaffi, 31-Year-Old Biondi-Santi Brunello, and $50 Silvio Nardi Brunello!
August 20, 2018
Approachable ’14 Tignanello, Antinori’s Silky Aglianico, and Benchmark Biondi-Santi Brunello Riserva
Tua Rita's cult-inspiring Redigaffi is no ordinary Merlot. Opulent and rich, this Super-Tuscan Merlot derives from organically tended low-yielding vines grown on top of an ancient ocean, and remnants of this former sea imbue its soil with layers of clay, silt, iron and zinc, which impart mineral elements in the wine. These beautiful Merlot grapes enjoy a lengthy maceration period, and the wine receives a lavish aging regimen in new barrels, protocol that makes an accessible and structured wine with layers of lush fruit and deep texture. For these reasons, Redigaffi unites critics, connoisseurs and Italian wine newbies in unadulterated appreciation--and, along with Masseto and Messorio, it's one of Italy's most important Merlot wines.
Many wine-lovers first fall in love with the Antinori family's wines when they drink the family's Super-Tuscan Tignanello. One of Italy's most famous cru wines, Tignanello derives from a single 140-acre southwestern-facing plot of limestone-rich soils. As one of the premiere Super-Tuscan wines, Tignanello's extraordinary high quality forced neighboring producers to up their games, helping to create a renaissance in the region's winemaking. Although the wine reflects its vintage, Tignanello is typified by soft, juicy red and black fruits laid atop a framework of spice, smoke, minerals and earth. It's a beguiling, elegant wine that ages beautifully and speaks with the soul of its Toscana terroir.
August 16, 2018
Vietti Barolo! Lamarche Burgundy! And Talenti Brunello Riserva!
August 15, 2018
Domaine Ponsot Flash Sale!
While Vietti winery began four generations ago, Alfredo Currado brought the estate into the modern era in the twentieth century. Currado was the first Barolo maker to release his wines in America, and among the first to bottle cru Barolo, and in many ways, he changed the way that staid Piemonte made, marketed, and conceived its wine. Today, Luca Currado leads the Vietti estate and employs a unique combination of modern and traditional winemaking with barriques, botti, and open-top fermenters to craft the estate's world-class, intense wines. Currado doesn't believe in tasting notes because he doesn't want to prejudice wine lovers with another's perceptions; he had relied upon his winemaking dedication and innovation--and his work has made Vietti Baroli the darlings of critics and connoisseurs alike.
Today, we're pleased to present special time-sensitive pricing on almost thirty Ponsot bottlings from 2011, 2012 and 2013 (and we're throwing in one spectacular Ponsot Morey-St-Denis 1er Cru Cuvée Alouettes from 2009 for good measure). Ranging from whites like Ponsot's exceptional Bourgogne Aligoté Blanc and collector Corton-Charlemagne Grand Cru to Ponsot's stable of grand cru red Burgundies, this special Ponsot offer has at least one wine to make discriminating Burgheads very, very happy. Allocations are strictly limited, and this offer's special pricing will last only 48 hours.
August 14, 2018
Must-Have La Rioja Alta Rioja Gran Reserva, Tignanello Chianti Classico, and Eroica Riesling!
August 13, 2018
Superb Giacosa Barolo Le Rocche del Falletto Riserva, Fontodi’s White, and Galardi Mini-Vertical
Formed in 1890 as a partnership of five quality-conscious growers seeking make high quality modern Rioja, La Rioja Alta is a standard bearer of Spanish wines. At the time, phylloxera was ravaging French vineyards, and connoisseurs had to look elsewhere for their fine wine. The region's only real disadvantage was its remoteness, cut off from the lucrative markets to the north by the same mountains that ensured its favorable climate. This problem was solved by construction of the rail link to Bilbao, and it's no coincidence that Bodegas La Rioja Alta was established next to the Haro railway station in the same year it opened. The rest, as they say, is delicious history.
Whether a normale or a riserva bottling, Giacosa Barolo Le Rocche del Falletto is a special wine from its roots to its bottle. Not only does this wine come from select vines in Giacosa's legendary Falletto vineyard, but also the estate handpicks a tiny selection of grapes to make it. Produced only in the finest vintages, Barolo le Rocche del Falletto Riserva has appeared a total of only twelve times in the past half century; it's rare and it is exceptional. It's a wine that no true Barolo aficionado should miss, especially in 2012, an explosive and kaleidoscopic iteration of this legendary Barolo.
August 9, 2018
$30 Guado al Tasso! 1995 Quintarelli Amarone Riserva! And Rosé Flash Sale!
August 8, 2018
Cult Cerbaiona, Rockstar Daniel Rion, and Renowned Domaine Lamarche!
Every great estate needs a super introductory wine, and the absolutely delicious, wildly affordable Il Bruciato is Guado al Tasso's. Antinori's iconic Guado al Tasso bottling is often the first choice in Super-Tuscan wine for those in the know, and its silky, succulent profile sets the template for the estate's stellar entry-level wine, Il Bruciato. Absolutely delicious, Il Bruciato is a blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Syrah, and it's so charming, muscular and unique that you'll want to enjoy this Bolgheri Super Tuscan every night of the week. Fans of Guado al Tasso's flagship will love this entry-level wine, which gives tasty insight into vintage variations, terroir, and the Antinori house style.
Today, we're very excited to present a new allocation of the muscular, intense 2012 Cerbaiona Brunello, a remarkable bottling from this cult estate. 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--the upshot is a low yield vintage of high quality wines that are structured, aromatic, and classy. More than a year after their release, IWM has had the time to share more than a few '12 Brunelli--including this outrageous Cerbaiona bottling--we can say that we love this radiant benchmark vintage and Cerbaiona's bottling is one of the very best.
August 7, 2018
Rare Fiorano Flash Sale!
August 6, 2018
Startling Attems Pinot Grigio Ramato Rosé! “Perfect” Muffato della Sala, and Benchmark Aldo Conterno!
Located in the Latium region in Lazio, Fiorano was the fabled wine estate of Alberico Boncompagni Ludovisi, the Prince of Venosa, whose avant-garde approach was way ahead of its time. His whites started a phenomenon for their ability to age, but they became a true rarity, for the prince was highly discriminating about selling his wines. After tearing up his vineyards to ensure his unadulterated legacy, Ludovisi passed his private cellar to the iconoclastic Italian wine critic Luigi Veronelli, who left a portion to IWM's Sergio Esposito. Like the amber wines from Josko Gravner, Fiorano's gems are not for everyone--they are enigmas for the enthusiast.
Like Chianti and Soave, Italian Pinot Grigio has become so ubiquitous in American wine stores that wine-lovers overlook it. This is sad because Pinot Grigio, a variation of Pinot Noir, has great beauty when treated kindly. The grape's berries can range from grey (hence the name "grigio" in Italian and "gris" in French) to a delicate, pinky mauve, with various shades often found within a single bunch. Pinot Grigio wines can therefore vary in hue from straw to gold to copper, depending on how long the producers leave grapes macerating on the skins, and the wine can vary in style, ranging from light and zippy to rich and mouth-filling.
August 2, 2018
Benchmark Brunello from Talenti and Biondi-Santi! And Terriccio’s Super-Tuscan Gem!
August 1, 2018
Italian Icons: Ornellaia, Sassicaia, and Quintarelli!
One of the founding fathers of Brunello di Montalcino Consortium, Pierluigi Talenti's wines resisted modern trends. Instead of new wood and jammy extraction, Talenti's wines privilege great complexity over super extraction and terrific finesse over impact. Riccardo Talenti, who now runs his father's Pian di Conte estate, has taken measures to bring his father's winemaking into the new millennium while retaining authenticity. It's a perfect convergence of tradition and modernity, and Talenti makes some of our favorite wines. Today, we're delighted to present special, time-sensitive pricing on magnum bottles of Talenti 2010 Brunello di Montalcino Pian di Conte Riserva, a triumphant bottling of a benchmark year.
Yesterday, we were delighted to feature Grattamacco's "second" wine, its Bolgheri Rosso. Today, we're excited to follow up that offer with Ornellaia's "second" wine, its stellar 2015 Le Serre Nuove. Ornellaia makes two of the finest Super-Tuscans on the market--its eponymous flagship wine, a Bordeaux-style blend, as well as Masseto, its legendary mono-varietal Merlot. Capitalizing on its first two wines, Ornellaia added to the stellar line up with two other wines, Le Serre Nuove and Le Volte, and both are major crowd pleasers. In fact, Le Serre Nuove is a wine so beautifully made, so distinctive, and so aristocratic that, if it came from any other maker, it could be a flagship.
July 31, 2018
Grattamacco’s Delicious Bolgheri Rosso, Antinori’s Go-To White, and Valdicava Brunello Riserva!
July 30, 2018
Canalicchio di Sopra Brunello Riserva, Delicious Campanian Red, and Michelot’s Superb Meursault!
Grattamacco may get less notice than its neighboring Super-Tuscan producers, but this under-the-radar status is good news for enthusiasts. The estate quietly crafts some of the finest wines in Bolgheri, and Grattamacco's wines are as well made as they are delicious. Last February, IWM debuted Grattamacco's flagship 2015 wine, and it sold out in a matter of days. Today, we're very excited to present Grattamacco's "second" wine from the same vintage--the juicy, meaty, and food-friendly 2015 Grattamacco Bolgheri Rosso. Priced at less than $55 a bottle and enjoyable now or over the medium term, this Grattamacco wine is a terrific introduction to the estate and it punches well above its price point.
One of the Brunello makers that IWM has championed for years, Canalicchio di Sopra is owned by the Pacenti family, former sharecroppers who have 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. 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.
July 26, 2018
Classy André Clouet Champagne! Seghesio Cru Barolo Duo! And Antinori's Amazing Aglianico!
July 25, 2018
A Trio of 2011 Wines from Paolo Bea, Talenti, and Angelo Gaja!
IWM loves André Clouet Cuvée 1911 Champagne, a traditional wine that honors the history of its great region. While most Champagne houses have let this tradition slip, André Clouet has resurrected the protocol of Laurent-Perrier whose famed Cuvée Grand Siecle was, until 1990, a solera blend of vintages. Jean-François Clouet revived Laurent-Perrier's idea with his André Clouet Cuvée 1911, and he has done so with stunning success. André Clouet 1911 is a spellbinding blend of multiple vintages of grand cru Pinot Noir from Bouzy, making for a wine that is at once ethereally elegant and exotically rich. Today, we're proud to present André Clouet Cuvée 1911, one of IWM's signature Champagnes, at very competitive pricing.
Whether you call them "orange" or "skin-contact" wines, amber-hued whites with hefty, complex and surprising palates are all the rage. 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 one of our favorites from Paolo Bea, the estate's luscious, fresh and complex 2011 Arboreus Umbria Bianco.
July 24, 2018
Latour-Giraud’s 2016 Gems, Artful Scarzello Barolo, and Vigna d’Alceo Vintage Trios!
July 23, 2018
Three Italian Masters: Antinori, Quintarelli, and Tua Rita
Although Domaine Latour-Giraud has been an estate for many generations, and although its Burgundies garner accolades from both critics and connoisseurs, it's an estate that has flown very much under the radar. Jean-Pierre Latour, owner of Latour-Giraud since the '90s, makes his wines with a fervent, meticulous eye to detail. Since assuming control of the estate, he has revamped the protocol both in the vineyard and in the cellar, changes that have amounted to a delicious revolution. The result is wines that get better every year--powerful white Burgundies with brilliant mouth-watering acidity held upon a glorious core of minerality.
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. The result was the kind of happy accident that wine-lovers can celebrate for decades to come, and one that remains one of Italy's best-kept secrets. Today, we're delighted to present a new allocation of the sophisticated, luminous 2016 Castello della Sala Cervaro Chardonnay.
July 19, 2018
Tremendous 2013 Brunelli from Il Poggione and Antinori! And Perfect 1945 Giacomo Conterno Barolo!
July 18, 2018
A Salute to Prunotto with Two Beautiful Baroli and One Delicious Barbera!
Founded at the close of the nineteenth century, Montalcino's Il Poggione began its modern era in 1958 when enologist Pierluigi Talenti accepted the post of winemaker at the Franceschi family's estate, and it didn't take long for his wines to come to the attention of the wine world. Il Poggione emerged as one of the foremost producers of classic and elegant Brunello with the release of its 1965 vintage, and the estate has never looked back. Today, the estate is in the hands of father-and-son-team Fabrizio and Alessandro Bindocci, who hew close to traditional methods to craft the estate's wines that are favorites of Sergio Esposito, IWM's founder.
Trail-blazing 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. At Prunotto, Alfred and winemaker Beppe Colla began crafting some of the first cru wines in Piemonte, breaking the ground that winemakers like Angelo Gaja, Roberto Voerzio, Aldo Conterno and others would follow. In 1989, the Antinori family joined forces with Prunotto (then run by Beppe and his brother), and a year later, Albiera Antinori joined the estate, aiming to fine-tune the wines of Prunotto.
July 17, 2018
Super Single Bottle Flash Sale!
July 16, 2018
Fairytale 2014 Le Pergole Torte! $30 Antinori Barbera! And Rare Pérez Barquero Sherry!
Searching our temperature-controlled cellars for in-stock single bottles of wine, we've amassed a list of sumptuous Amarone, superb Super Tuscans, beautiful Brunello, and elegant Barolo, as well as Burgundy, Rioja, Bordeaux, Champagne and more. In addition to Italian and French wine, you'll find wines from Austria, New Zealand, Portugal, and California, and there are bottles of rosé wines, sparkling wines, vintage wines and new releases. The more you buy, the more you save--get 8% off a single bottle and 15% off a case or more, so you'll want to mix, match, and make mates of your favorites.
Arguably the finest expression of Sangiovese, Montevertine Le Pergole Torte is a darling among Super-Tuscan connoisseurs, Sangoivese fans, industry people, and even discriminating Burgheads. Montevertine's flagship wine's wide appeal stems from the estate's thoughtful viticulture and viniculture of the Sangiovese grape, which finds its pinnacle in Le Pergole Torte. Montevertine's founder, Sergio Manetti, aimed to craft Sangiovese wines that rivaled Burgundy's Pinot Noir in terms of age-worthiness, finesse and nuance, and in creating Le Pergole Torte, he succeeded.
July 12, 2018
Italian Beauty from North to South with Nals Margreid, Le Macchiole, and Ferrari!
July 11, 2018
Red Burgundy Flash Sale! More Than 180 Wines at Special Pricing!
A grape that makes for a delicious, mineral-driven summertime white, Pinot Bianco grows across northern Italy, but the grape is taken most seriously in Trentino-Alto Adige, where its Südtirol region sees a blending of terroir and tradition. Today, we're delighted to present Nals Margreid 2016 Sirmian Pinot Bianco, which derives from the Sirmian region, a part of the Terlano subzone. These high-altitude, mineral-rich vineyards are the source of Italy's very best Pinot Bianco wines, and the skills of Nals Margreid's cellar-master Harald Schraffl stand out in this pure, mineral-driven, intense and altogether delicious mono-varietal Pinot Bianco.
This list has something for every connoisseur of red Burgundy, from everyday favorites by Alain Gras or Louis Jadot to collector greats from Domaine Ponsot or Méo-Camuzet to cult bottles from Nicolas Rossignol, Pousse d'Or, and Jean Grivot. IWM's flash sales are the stuff of wine-lover legend, and there's no better time to stock your cellar with fine wines from iconic red Burgundy producers, all presented with IWM's assurance of care and provenance. But don't wait--this sale lasts only until 11:59pm EST on Friday, July 13th! Like summertime's warmth, fun, and sultry beauty, IWM's Red Burgundy Flash Sale will be over all too soon.
July 10, 2018
Mono-Varietal Marvels from Bruno Giacosa, Maltroye, and Penfolds Grange!
July 9, 2018
Approachable, Authentic, and Delicious Wines from Pelissero, Antinori, and Mastrojanni!
When we think of Bruno Giacosa, we think of intense, age-worthy and collectable Barolos and Barbarescos--Giacosa's cru Barbarescos Asili or Santo Stefano or the estate's Barolo Le Rocche Falletto Riserva justifiably sit in connoisseurs' cellars. However, Giacosa makes more than these age-worthy serious Nebbiolo wines. The estate also crafts approachable evocations of Piemonte's indigenous Dolcetto, Barbera, and Arneis, and it makes a terrific, festive Spumante.
A trained enologist, owner-winemaker Giorgio Pelissero works tirelessly to craft terroir-driven wines that blend accessibility with tradition, and the estate's ardent fans testify to its success. "Vanotu" is the nickname for Giovanni in the Piemontese dialect, and today, we're delighted to present a new allocation of the 2014 Pelissero Barbaresco Vanotu, a wine that shines in this challenging Piemonte growing year--indeed, it might be the wine of the vintage!
July 5, 2018
Back By Client Demand: Gaja’s 2013 Barbaresco Trio, San Giuliano, and Massolino Barolo!
July 3, 2018
Celebrate Independence With Aldo Conterno Barolo, Sassicaia, and Valentini!
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.
As much as Aldo Conterno was the "King of Barolo" during his lifetime, the estate that bears his name is doing much to keep Aldo's legend, his work, and his nickname alive. Aldo, who passed away in 2012, raised his three sons to do as he did: move just far away enough from convention to make great wines that express their own personal visions. More than a half-decade after the passing of the great Aldo Conterno, his namesake estate continues to show how important Aldo was as a winemaker and as a father in its stunning range of Barolos.
July 2, 2018
Terroir-Driven Daniel Rion Burgundies, Vintage Gaunoux Pommard Gems, and Vietti’s Cuvée Barolo!
June 28, 2018
Three Powerful Wines from Aldo Conterno, Badia a Passignano, and La Rioja Alta
Founded in 1955, Domaine Daniel Rion started as a négociant house, selling its grapes grown on its five acres of vines to local Burgundy makers. But in 1978, Daniel Rion's two sons came to work with him, which allowed the estate to start bottling its own wines--and with this change, everything fell into place. These days, Daniel Rion is highly respected, if still somewhat under-the-radar, and the family-owned estate spans 45 acres of vineyards that are spread across eighteen different appellations, in six villages of the Côte des Nuits and the Hautes-Côtes, from which it crafts just 8,000 cases of its terroir-driven, traditional and enthralling wine each vintage.
On Monday, we were delighted to present the silky Aldo Conterno 2011 Barolo Cicala, 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.
June 27, 2018
Enthralling Cult Trio from Mastroberardino, Valentini, and Paolo Bea!
June 26, 2018
Back by Client Demand: Aldo Conterno, Grattamacco, and Silvio Nardi!
Very few wine regions can credit their existence to essentially one producer, but in the case of Campania, the credit goes to the Mastroberardino estate. 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 Tufo, and Aglianico, but the estate also conducted extensive research to determine the best terroir and technique for each grape. In doing so, Mastroberardino effectively rescued Campania's grapes, traditions, and winemaking heritage, and the wine world is grateful.
The late, great Aldo Conterno was born into a legendary winemaking family who has been crafting great Piemontese wines for more than five generations. Aldo left his brother, Giovanni, at their father's cellar, the legendary Giacomo Conterno estate, in 1969 to pursue his own winemaking interests at his own estate, Poderi Aldo Conterno in the "Favot" cellar. While Aldo began his winemaking career with a more modernist bent, over the past decade, the estate's wines have grown more traditional in style. Since Aldo's passing, his sons have continued in his footsteps, crafting layered, age-worthy wines beloved by connoisseurs, collectors and newbies alike.
June 25, 2018
Terrific 2015 Michelot Trio! Classic Biondi-Santi Brunello! And Glorious Pontet-Canet!
June 21, 2018
Celebrating Sicilia’s COS! Pelissero’s ’06 Triumph! And Fontodi’s Full-Throttle Chianti Classico!
For more than six generations, Domaine Michelot has been crafting terroir-driven wine in the heart of Meursault. This beloved domaine rose to prominence in the 1960s, when it was helmed by Bernard Michelot, and his magnetic, energetic spirit continues to guide the viticulture and the winemaking at the estate. Now spanning almost 47 acres of prime vineyard parcels, Michelot puts its terroir first and foremost, using lutte raisonnée growing practices, such as planting grasses between the rows to force the vines to struggle for nutrients, plowing for organic cover, and keeping treatments to a bare minimum.
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 a baker's dozen of wines from COS, one of IWM's signature producers, and consistent standouts at IWM's tasting events. Both new releases and new allocations of old favorites, these thirteen COS bottlings span a range of complex, zesty reds and stellar, evocative whites--and there's even one unique, indescribable dessert wine. While offering tremendous value, these organic, natural wines each reflect the ascendance of Sicilia's modern era in winemaking, and all of them are as delicious as they are painstakingly made.
June 20, 2018
Latour-Giraud’s Brilliant 2016 Releases! The Prince’s Superb Sémillon! And Flawless 2013 Pingus!
June 19, 2018
Terrific Trios, 70+ Gorgeous Wine Three-Packs at Special Pricing!
Although Domaine Latour-Giraud has been an estate for many generations, and although its Burgundies garner accolades from both critics and connoisseurs, it's an estate that has flown very much under the radar. Jean-Pierre Latour, owner of Latour-Giraud since the '90s, makes his wines with a fervent, meticulous eye to detail. Since assuming control of the estate, he has revamped the protocol both in the vineyard and in the cellar, changes that have amounted to a delicious revolution. The result is wines that get better every year--powerful white Burgundies with brilliant mouth-watering acidity held upon a glorious core of minerality.
In this list of tremendous trios, you'll find value wines, collector wines, and cult wines, allowing everyone from newbie wine collectors to those with ample cellar space to find bottles that will make them very happy. Whether you're a Burghead, a Super-Tuscan fan, a Rioja aficionado, a Champagne enthusiast, or a wine-lover who enjoys wines from off the beaten path, this list has something that will hit your sweet spot. These 73 wine trios all come with special, time-sensitive pricing and the "IWM Difference," our assurance of pristine provenance and perfect care throughout the wines' lifespans. One bottle of fine wine is nice, two is great, but three is fabulous--don't miss this terrific trio flash sale!
June 18, 2018
Cerbaiona Brunello Vintage Quartet, Pelissero’s Great ‘01 Barbaresco Vanotu, and $35 Le Macchiole!
June 14, 2018
The Gaja Collection, 85 Wines from 1962 to 2016
IWM's clients and our staff share a love for Cerbaiona's evocative Brunello wines because of this estate's ability to create wines that marry unmistakable power with elegance. When he founded the estate in the 1970s, 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. 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.
For decades, Angelo Gaja set trends in Italian winemaking. 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 bottling of single-vineyard Barbarescos with his debut of Sorì San Lorenzo (Sorì Tildìn followed in 1970 and Costa Russi in 1978). Whether it was adding a small percentage of Barbera to his Barbaresco and Barolos (or dropping the grape in 2013), crafting the standard-bearers of Piemonte Chardonnay and Cabernet Sauvignon, or expanding into Toscana winemaking, Angelo Gaja has long been a rebel.
June 13, 2018
New Giacosa Releases--Including Barbaresco Asili Riserva! Plus Cerbaiona and Antinori!
June 12, 2018
Aldo Conterno Barolo Bussia, Giovani Rosso’s “Baby Barolo,” and Old-Vine Beaucastel Roussanne!
The wine world lost one of its icons when Bruno Giacosa passed away at the age of 88 at the end of January 2018. It's hard to overstate the importance of Bruno Giacosa. He stands as one of the most respected producers of traditionally styled Barolo and Barbaresco, crafting long-aging wines that are beloved by aficionados and coveted by collectors. A deeply iconoclastic producer, Giacosa adhered to his own rules, choosing when--or whether--he would release his coveted wines according to his own standards. This discriminating attitude and uncompromising devotion set Giacosa apart from the rest, and his traditionally minded wines set the standards for their genres.
Earning the nickname of the "King of Barolo," the late great Aldo Conterno was a traditionalist who wasn't afraid of innovation. Aldo passed away in 2012, but his sons carry on Aldo's meticulous winemaking skills at Poderi Aldo Conterno, whose team maintains the unmistakable identity of Aldo Conterno Baroli, vintage after splendid vintage. Descended from a line of great Langhe winemakers, 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, and over the past decade, Aldo Conterno's wines have grown more traditional in style, more nuanced and even more finessed.
June 11, 2018
Sassicaia’s Sibling, Le Difese Redefines $30 Wine!
June 7, 2018
Gaja’s Great Brunello Sugarille, Damoy’s Star Chapelle-Chambertin, and Lush Dal Forno Amarone!
In 1968, Bolgheri's Tenuta San Guido changed the face of Italian wine--and arguably the landscape of international wine--with its creation of Super-Tuscan giant Sassicaia. However, the estate didn't rest on its game-changing laurels; it went on to create two more wines along Sassicaia's aristocratic lines: Guidalberto, the estate's "second" wine, in 2000; and Le Difese, its exceptional entry-level wine, in 2002. Enjoyable years earlier than the estate's iconic Sassicaia bottling, Le Difese give Sassicaia lovers a glimpse at the future while offering outstanding drinking experiences right now. Today, we're delighted to present the recently released 2015 Le Difese and debut the benchmark 2016 vintage--two exceptional wines from the extraordinary Tenuta San Guido estate.
Pieve Santa Restituta, Angelo Gaja's Montalcino estate, began grabbing the attention of the wine world with its inaugural 1995 Brunello vintage, the year that Gaja assumed full creative control of the estate. In 2005, Gaja added 25 acres to his holdings, and these windy northeast vineyards give the grapes that comprise the estate's eponymous Brunello. The estate currently produces three beautiful wines: the cru Sugarille; Rennina, which draws from vineyards in Santo Pietro, Castagno, and Pian dei Cerri; and a traditional cuvée that derives from sites in Sugarille, Santo Pietro, Castagno, and Pian dei Cerri.
June 6, 2018
Must-Have Trio from Valdicava, Château de la Maltroye, and Antinori’s Badia a Passignano!
June 5, 2018
Bruno Giacosa Barbaresco, Dugat-Py Burgundy, and André Clouet Champagne!
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.
Last January, the wine world lost an icon when Bruno Giacosa passed away at the age of 88. Working with his father, Bruno became fascinated by traditional Piemonte grapes, particularly Nebbiolo, and this training formed the basis of the Giacosa philosophy that brought us wines like his iconic Barolo Le Rocche del Falletto and Barbaresco Asili, as well as his beloved Barbarasco Rabajá, Barolo Falletto, and other wines. Giacosa stands as one of the most respected producers of traditionally styled Barolo and Barbaresco, crafting long-aging wines that are beloved by aficionados and coveted by collectors.
June 4, 2018
Italian Icons: Quintarelli, Fiorano, and Biondi-Santi
May 31, 2018
Must-Have Trio: Gaja '13 Barolo Conteisa, Vintage Biondi-Santi, and Sandrone '10 Barolo Le Vigne!
The late, great Giuseppe Quintarelli still stands as the Veneto's most significant producer, renowned for his legendary, cellar-worthy Amarone, Recioto, and Alzero. Imagine being able to buy a Picasso for a couple hundred dollars because Pablo called it a "doodle" rather than a "line drawing." That renaming is essentially the scenario of Quintarelli Rosso del Bepi--and a consequence of Quintarelli's obsession with quality. Today, IWM is proud to present Quintarelli 2008 Rosso del Bepi, a wine that is in essence a declassified Amarone.
Almost a year ago, IWM debuted Angelo Gaja's 2013 Barolo Conteisa, one half of the pair of this visionary winemaker's "Barolos" (the other is Barolo Sperss). Just as Gaja had once tinkered with Barbaresco by adding Barbera to create wines that better fit his vision, so too did he play with Barolo's mono-varietal status, making the wines we've come to know and love as Conteisa and Sperss. In 2013, however, as Angelo continues to step away from the estate and turns the winemaking reins over to his daughter Gaia, the Gaja estate dropped the Barbera component in both its "Barbaresco" and "Barolo" wines. It was a surprising--and a delicious--decision.
May 30, 2018
Fontodi’s Dynamic Dino, Soldera’s Radiant 2013 Rosso, and Jadot’s Superb Le Musigny
May 29, 2018
New 2015 Tignanello Chianti Release! Silky Prunotto Barbera! And Bea's Big Red!
Everything has a cycle--the earth, the water, the seasons, and life itself--and this cyclical nature is something that winemakers know well. Their winter-gray vines grow tender green sprouts in the spring; the sprouts shoot leaves and burst buds; the buds flower, and the flowers transform into tiny, green bunches of grapes that ripen, turn their blue-black or pellucid yellow-green. It's a wondrous thing that happens, weather and wellness permitting, every year until the vines grow too old to produce, and then it's time to start anew. Wine, I like to remind my clients, is a living thing, and this aliveness makes wine a very special, very unique thing, a thing that's bigger than itself, and a thing we treasure.

Imagine being a family of winemakers with a 630-year legacy. More than six centuries of wine means that wine is more than what you drink or what you do--it's who you are. This is the history of the Antinori family, whose ancestors joined the Florentine Guild of Vintners in 1385. Back in the fourteenth century, this group was the governing body for the wine that in 1735 would become Chianti; these days, the group that regulates Toscana's most famous wine is the Consorzio Vino Chianti Classico. Look at it this way: the regulating bodies of Chianti's wines come and go, but the Antinori family has always made wine in the rolling hills of Toscana.

May 24, 2018
Benchmark Alpine Nebbiolo! Classic Cult Cerbaiona Brunello! And Your Go-To Big Red!
May 23, 2018
Must-Have ’13 Aldo Conterno Barolo, Surprising “Baby Barolo,” and Insider Burgundy!
Piemonte's Nebbiolo is known for its long-aging and collectible Barolo and Barbaresco, but go farther north into the hills extending from Novara and Vercelli westward toward the Alps, and the Nebbiolo grape (also known here as Spanna) shows delicacy, elegance, acidity and reduced tannins. Grown on the mountainside vineyards of the Gattinara zone, Nebbiolo struggles for ripeness, creating wines that offer a distinctive personality to the beloved grape.
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. In 1969, Aldo, who passed away in 2012, left his brother at his father's cellar (the legendary Giacomo Conterno estate) to pursue his own winemaking interests at Poderi Aldo Conterno in the "Favot" cellar.
May 22, 2018
Superb $59 Collemattoni Brunello! Antinori's Value White! And Stellar Le Pergole Torte!
May 21, 2018
New Le Boncie Le Trame Release! Silky Scarzello 2010 Barolo! Cru Rivetti Barbera!
Sandwiched between Talenti and Il Poggione near the village of Sant'Angelo in Colle, Collemattoni crafts beautiful, traditional wines. Collemattoni's 17 acres sit at elevations that average 1,200 feet, and this altitude gives the organically tended vines sunlight and warmth throughout the day and then cools them at night, offering the ideal environment to ripen the estate's Sangiovese Grosso grapes. Collemattoni has only been making wine since 1982, but the estate's polished, complex wines would make you think that it has been producing for a lot longer. Today, we're delighted to debut Collemattoni's new 2013 Brunello, a wine to buy by the case.
Summertime calls for fresh, mouth-watering reds--those wines that call out for sirloin burgers hot from the BBQ or steaks sizzling from the grill, those food-friendly reds that pull you back to the glass with every bite of food. There's no place like Toscana for this kind of red, and today, we're delighted to debut Poderie Le Boncie's brilliant and bold 2015 Le Trame, one of IWM's favorite recent Super-Tuscan discoveries. Elegant and inviting, this wine is enjoyable upon release, but it has the stuffing to age beautifully over the medium term.
May 17, 2018
Superb Redigaffi Pair! Rare Vintage Pérez Barquero Sherry! And Ponsot’s Singular Grand Cru!
May 16, 2018
Brilliant Gaja Barbaresco, Les Crêtes’ Superb White, and $39 Rioja Reserva!
Tua Rita's cult-inspiring Redigaffi is no ordinary Merlot. Opulent and rich, this Super-Tuscan Merlot is characterized by telltale red and black plums, tea leaves, mocha and minerals--silky tannins and lively acidity finish the profile. Redigaffi is one wine that unites critics, connoisseurs and Italian wine newbies in unadulterated appreciation--and, along with Masseto and Messorio, it is one of Italy's most important Merlot wines. Today, we're delighted to present half-case samplers of the classic and textured 2013 Redigaffi, a benchmark year, and the aromatic and lush 2014 Redigaffi, a shockingly worthy successor.
Purchased by the Gaja family in 1950, the Costa Russi plot is the source one of the most beloved, most famous, and most coveted Barbaresco wines. Getting its name from a combination of "Costa," the side of a hill that faces the sun, and "Russi," the name of the vineyard's former owners, the 11-acre, south-facing Costa Russi plot is situated in Barbaresco's Roncagliette sub-region, right alongside the Sorì Tildin site. First released with the 1978 vintage, Gaja's Barbaresco Costa Russi is the third single-vineyard wine of the Gaja portfolio.
May 15, 2018
Back By Client Demand: Canalicchio Brunello Riserva, Braida Barbera, and Bea’s Golden Jewel
May 14, 2018
Get Your Rosé On With 17 Blush Wines from France and Italy!
Canalicchio di Sopra dedicates itself to crafting wines that make the most of its terroir, its old-vine grapes and the vintage itself. 2012 saw an unusual growing year, when a warm winter led to a cool spring that led to a blazing summer that led to a cool harvest. Timely rains and solid reserves of water saved the grapes from over-ripeness, and Canalicchio saw grapes that matched acidic freshness with sweet ripeness. This worthy estate set out to make a Brunello Riserva that matched its year--showing equal parts intensity and liveliness, sweet fruit and tannic strength.
Blush wines bloom in a dizzying array of pale pinks, fleshy salmons, bright cherries, and cheery melons, and like springtime flowers, rosés appear everywhere, in a wide variety of styles. We're delighted to offer seventeen rosé wines, and no two are exactly alike--five still rosé wines each from France and Italy, as well as four rosé Champagne bottlings and three vintages of Movia's show-stopping Puro Rosé, a biodynamic sparkling wine that derives from Brda, lands that span the border between Italy and Slovenia.
May 10, 2018
Back by Client Demand: Paul Pernot Volnay, Alberico Bianco, and Château Viranel!
May 9, 2018
Soldera’s Lush 2011 Rosso IGT, Debuting Fuligni’s 2016 “Baby Brunello,” and Nars Margreid!
The common wisdom is that it's nearly impossible to find values in Burgundy, but IWM proves that thinking wrong with today's 2016 Volnay Carelle Sous La Chapelle from Domaine Paul Pernot et ses Fils. Paul Pernot's wines both over-deliver on their price points and transmit terroir with amazing transparency, features that make this media-shy, humble estate one of IWM's favorite Burgundy producers. While 2016 beset Burgundy with hail and frost, Paul Pernot says that his 2016 wines marry the richness of 2015 with the freshness of 2014.
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. This loss meant that this Brunello master would be releasing little wine in the next few years, thus raising both the profile of this world-class winemaker and the demand for his wines.
May 8, 2018
Benchmark Valdicava Brunello Riserva, 1958 Bartolo Mascarello, and Cocchi Americano!
May 7, 2018
25th Anniversary Guado al Tasso! Ca’ dei Mandorli Delight! And Collector Lamarche!
One of Montalcino's first single-vineyard Brunelli, Madonna del Piano Brunello Riserva from Valdicava arguably sets the standard for cru Brunello. The 67 acres of Valdicava, which gets its name from the Valdicava Valley, sits 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. This valley is where the greatest single-vineyard Brunellos derive, and the Madonna del Piano vineyard sits in the middle of both the Valdicava valley and the Valdicava estate.
The Antinori family founded its Guado al Tasso estate in 1990, and the estate's quick success demonstrated that this winemaking dynasty had the skills, ambition and passion to craft tremendous wines in Bolgheri. Capitalizing on the region's maritime climate that favors Cabernet and other Bordeaux grape varietals, Piero Antinori created Guado al Tasso with the help of famed enologist Giacomo Tachis, and he relied on renowned enologist Renzo Cotarella in perfecting it. 1990 saw the inaugural vintage of Guado al Tasso, which makes 2015 the 25th anniversary of this iconic Super Tuscan.
May 3, 2018
Salvioni Cerbaiola 2013 Brunello Debut! Rinaldi Barolo Mags! And 2015 Sassicaia!
May 2, 2018
Debuting Bea’s 2011 Flagship! Cerbaiona Brunello Mags! And Cult Voerzio Barolo!
Salvioni Cerbaiola is an exacting, painstaking estate that spares nothing to craft intensely artisanal Brunello. The cult status of this producer burns brighter because its consulting enologist is Attilio Pagli, a star in the wine world who got his start with Brunello iconoclast Gianfranco Soldera. Salvioni Cerbaiola follows its own muse, its own highly individualized protocol, and its own inspiration--and it makes wines that devoted fans can't get enough of. These are true cult Brunelli; Salvioni Cerbaiola makes just 500 to 600 cases a year of its evocative, super-concentrated Brunello to satisfy its many fans.
Paolo Bea's wines are united by their excellence, but Bea's way with Sagrantino is something very special. Sagrantino is the emblematic grape of Umbria and one of the most tannic grapes in the world, and it's difficult to make well, but the all-natural Bea estate crafts Sagrantino wines that thrum with terroir, and sing with nuance. Today, we're delighted to debut the estate's 2011 Sagrantino di Montefalco Secco Pagliaro, a wine that revels in its opposites--it's hefty yet supple, concentrated yet precise, high in alcohol yet perfectly balanced, and enjoyable now but able to age for years.
May 1, 2018
Back by Client Demand: 2013 Gaja Brunello Trio, Graci Rosato, and Collector Guigal White!
April 30, 2018
Debuting Antinori's Elegant 2016 Cervaro della Sala Chardonnay!
We love the 2013 Brunello wines that we've tasted, and today, we're delighted to spotlight a new allocation of Angelo Gaja's superb 2013 Brunello wines from his Pieve Santa Restituta estate: the value-packed cuvée Brunello, the lush Brunello Rennina, and the racy, complex Brunello Sugarille. With its unstable weather and occasional hailstorms, 2013 held a lot of early drama for Montalcino's winemakers, yet it ended in a fairytale perfect harvest, and the vintage over-delivers on the four-star rating awarded by the Brunello Consortium.
Umbria is not usually at the top of the list when you're talking about outstanding Italian wines, and its Orvieto almost wholly defines its whites. Umbrian native son Renzo Cotarella, the CEO and Chief Enologist at the Antinori family of estates, wanted to change this--and when he created Cervaro della Sala Chardonnay at the Antinori family's Castello della Sala estate, he did. Fresh out of enology school, Cotarella began making wines at Castello della Sala in 1979 and almost as immediately began planting international white grapes--Chardonnay, Pinot Blanc, Pinot Gris and Sauvignon Blanc.
April 26, 2018
IWM’s Super Singles Flash Sale--180 Wines at Special Pricing!
April 25, 2018
Benchmark $70 Antinori Brunello! Classy Seghesio ’12 Barolo! And Unique Alpine Nebbiolo!
Searching our temperature-controlled cellars for in-stock single bottles of wine, we've amassed a list of sumptuous Amarone, superb Super Tuscans, beautiful Brunello, and elegant Barolo, as well as Burgundy, Rioja, Bordeaux, Champagne and more. In addition to Italian and French wine, you'll find wines from Austria, New Zealand, and California, and there are bottles of rosé, sparkling, and dessert wines, as well as vintage wines and new releases. The more you buy, the more you save--get 8% off a single bottle and 15% off a case or more; mix, match, and make mates of your favorites.
IWM can't help being excited about the newly released 2013 Brunello di Montalcino bottlings. For one thing, the vintage is kind of a sleeper--even though the wines have been on the market for only a few months. The Brunello Consortium awarded 2013 only four out of five stars, but the quality we've seen has been so high that we'd call it a benchmark. For another, while the 2013 growing season challenged many of Montalcino's vine-growers, it's a vintage when microclimate plays a huge part. This emphasis on microclimate means that some producers had outstanding years.
April 24, 2018
New Chavy-Chouet 2016 Debuts! Le Pergole Torte Vintage Dozen! And Antinori's Aglicanico!
April 23, 2018
Big Reds, Natural Wines from Umbrian Paolo Bea
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.
It's time to praise Sagrantino, the defining grape of Umbria. Sagrantino holds the distinction of being Italy's most tannic grape, thus one of the most tannic grapes in the world. Sagrantino is 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 Sagrantino offers almost unparalleled aging possibilities, terrific power and complexity, and a texture that's otherworldly.
April 19, 2018
Gaja’s Lush ’11 Sorì San Lorenzo, Mastroberardino Trio, and Quintarelli’s “Baby Amarone”
April 18, 2018
Spring for Rosé Wines! $28 Benchmark Super Tuscan! And Vintage La Rioja Alta!
Angelo Gaja is a revolutionary, revelatory, and visionary figure in Italian wine, and for the last 50 years, he's made wine that's as thrilling as it is collectable. Bucking tradition, Angelo tinkered with the die-hard traditions of Piemonte. He planted international varietals, and he was one of the first in Piemonte to employ barriques, using both big wood botti and small wood vats to age his wines. He added Barbera to his Barolo and to his Barbaresco, and he made cru versions of both wines, which traditionally were cuvées, starting with Sorì San Lorenzo, in 1967, followed by Sorì Tildìn in 1970 and Costa Russi in 1978.
Rosé embodies the evanescent pleasure of spring, the most delicate, optimistic and renewing season. 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. It's time to drink rosé, and we're delighted to present a baker's dozen of beautiful rosé wines from both France and Italy--and from both 2016 and 2017!
April 17, 2018
2013 Brunello Review--Wines from Nine Iconic Producers!
April 16, 2018
A Trio of Flagship 2015 Super Tuscans from Bolgheri's Best!
Yesterday, we were proud to present a review of the superb 2015 Bolgheri vintage with a trio of Super-Tuscan wines. Today, we're following up that offer with nine outstanding Brunello releases from the surprising, elegant and terroir-driven 2013 vintage! For a variety of climatic reasons, 2013 saw a growing year when Montalcino's microclimates reigned supreme, and this means that it's worthwhile to experience a bevy of Brunello wines. Today's offers pulls together wines from Canalicchio di Sopra, Cerbaiona, Fuligni, Gaja's Pieve Santa Restituta, Il Poggione, Antinori's Pian delle Vigne, and Valdicava--it's a sweeping Brunello panorama!
It's hard to imagine a more ideal environment for Bolgheri's Super-Tuscan wines than 2015. Starting with a rainy winter, 2015's temperate spring turned warm and dry in the summer, and just as it looked as if the grapes might grow too ripe, too dry and too raisined, the weather cooled. Harvest saw picture-perfect weather and a reduced yet very healthy bounty of fully ripe, balanced grapes. The upshot is that 2015 is one of the great Bolgheri vintages in recent memory--so we wanted to give our clients a shot at new allocations of the 2015 flagship wines from Grattamacco, Guado al Tasso, and Tenuta San Guido!
April 12, 2018
Drink-Me-Now Cerbaiona Brunello, Rinaldi Barbera, and Méo-Camuzet Clos de Vougeot!
April 11, 2018
Three Power-Packed Value Wines from Valdicava, Guado al Tasso and Vilmart & Cie!
Former Alitalia pilot Diego Molinari chose Franco Biondi-Santi as his role model when he founded his seven-acre Cerbiaona estate in the 1970s. He used vine clippings from Biondi-Santi's vineyards and adopted 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; under his guidance, the grapes were picked, selected, and aged in large botti, as opposed to the more fashionable barrique, in order to create structured, deeply nuanced, and traditional Brunello and Rosso di Montalcino.
Brunello is years in the making, an issue both for the people who make it and the people who love to drink it. Montalcino producers needed a "bridge" wine, a bottle that would serve as an affordable, approachable, early release to sell while their Brunello bottles aged; and enthusiasts wanted an approachable, immediate bottle to enjoy. In 1983, the Consorzio di Vino Brunello di Montalcino solved the problem by creating Rosso di Montalcino, a wine that producers could release just two years after harvest. Even more than giving Brunello lovers instant gratification, Rosso di Montalcino gives us insight into the Brunello vintage to come.
April 10, 2018
Ripe, Silky 2011 Biondi-Santi Brunello! Luminous Chianti Classico! And Selosse Champagne!
April 9, 2018
Brilliant White Wines from Sicily’s COS and Graci! Fairytale Il Poggione Brunello!
Established in 1880, Biondi-Santi's Il Greppo is the birthplace of Brunello di Montalcino, and in the late nineteenth century, Ferruccio Santi took a clone of the Sangiovese grape, known as Sangiovese Grosso, and made the first Brunello. Ferruccio's grandson Tancredi Biondi-Santi made the wine famous, officially classifying it as Brunello, and Tancredi's son Franco Biondi-Santi brought the estate to greater heights. The estate's winemaking now rests in the hands of Franco's children, Jacopo and Alessandra, ensuring the legacy created more than 130 years ago. Today, we're very pleased to bring back Biondi-Santi's welcoming, broad-shouldered 2011 Brunello--it's a wine to drink now and years from now.
From its very beginning, Sicilia's COS has embodied the best of Italy. For one thing, the estate, established in 1980, was started by three close friends--Giambattista Cilia, Giusto Occhipinti, and Pinuccia Strano--who each gave the first letters of their surname to form COS. An amicable cooperation between different entities that embraces Italian tradition even as it innovates, COS makes wines that are always amazing--pure, nuanced, vibrant and complex. Today, we're delighted to shine a spotlight on COS' vibrant 2015 Pithos Bianco, a delightful skin-contact white that offers breadth, complexity, and tension between its sweet fruits and savory minerality.
April 5, 2018
Debuting Two Brunello Releases from Antinori! And Acclaimed ’08 Único Returns!
April 4, 2018
Solaia Mini-Vertical Sampler Cases! Benchmark Cru Brunello Riserva! And $25 Ribera del Duero!
The makers behind the iconic Super Tuscans Tignanello, Solaia, and Guado al Tasso, the Antinori family can boast more than 600 years of winemaking, as well as estates across Italy and, indeed, all over the world. Antinori has made a reputation on crafting wines that seamlessly blend Italian tradition and terroir with international accessibility and sophistication, and for these reasons, it's not surprising that Antinori's Pian delle Vigne estate in Montalcino has met with success. Today, we're delighted to debut the newly released 2013 Brunello di Montalcino from Antinori's Pian delle Vigne estate.
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. 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, "the sunny one," from the 50-acre vineyard where its grapes derive. Aristocratic, elegant and finessed, Solaia is a Super-Tuscan icon, beloved by cognoscenti, critics, and newbies alike.
April 3, 2018
New Pelissero Barbaresco Release, Vintage Sassicaia, and Under $60 Brunello!
April 2, 2018
Under $60 Brunello! Mature Cru Barbaresco! And Benchmark Le Serre Nuove!
High quality Barbaresco is a wonderful thing. Barbaresco is smaller than Barolo--about a third of Barolo's size, so there are fewer producers--and while the two regions abut, Barbaresco's myriad microclimates pose a dizzying array of challenges to its producers. When IWM's founder, Sergio Esposito, finds a new Barbaresco that he can champion, he's very happy, and so are our clients! Today, we're delighted to debut the 2014 Pelissero Barbaresco Vanotu, a wine that shines in this challenging Piemonte growing year--indeed, it might be the wine of the vintage!
Founded at the close of the nineteenth century, Montalcino's Il Poggione began its modern era in 1958 when enologist Pierluigi Talenti accepted the post of winemaker at the Franceschi family's estate. Talenti was a winemaker of nearly unparalleled excellence, and it didn't take long for his wines to come to the attention of the wine world. Il Poggione emerged as one of the foremost producers of classic and elegant Brunello with the release of its 1965 vintage, and the estate has never looked back. Today, we're delighted to present a luscious bottling from this historic estate, the concentrated, brooding and altogether excellent 2011 Brunello di Montalcino.
March 29, 2018
Debuting 8 Stellar Fontodi Wines! Big, Beautiful Brunello from Soldera and Il Poggione!
March 28, 2018
Must-Have Debut Wines from Il Poggione and Guado al Tasso! And Redigaffi Mags!
Today, we're delighted to present special, time-sensitive pricing on six new 2015 Fontodi releases: the estate's compelling Chianti Classico, its powerful Chianti Classico Gran Selezione Vigna del Sorbo, its cult-making Chianti Classico Filetta di Lamole, its brooding Syrah Case Via, its iconic Super-Tuscan Flaccianello, and its superb Dino Amphora, a passion project that will impassion its fans. And as if that sextet wasn't enough to make Italian wine-lovers happy, we're upping the ante by debuting the estate's 2017 Meriggio, a rare white Super Tuscan, and its luscious, electric 2009 Vin Santo!
A beautiful Brunello gets under your skin in a way that few other wines can. A well-wrought Brunello is a matchless embodiment of compelling contrasts: seductive aromatics and age-worthy structure, ripe fruits and brooding Montalcino terroir, vibrant acidity and intense tannins. Americans drink more than a quarter of all Brunello produced, so it's fair to say that we know a good wine when we taste one.
March 27, 2018
Great Vintages, Great Wines from Montevertine, Antinori and Eroica!
March 26, 2018
Debuting the Brilliant 2013 Brunello from Cerbaiona
Le Pergole Torte doesn't merely sit in the top echelon of Italian wines; it sits among the world's best wines--period. Montevertine's vineyards in Radda are among the very highest in Chianti Classico, offering a unique microclimate that's unusually cool for the region. The altitude and the temperature help the estate's Sangiovese grapes to retain unusual elegance, making Le Pergole Torte a rare mono-varietal Sangiovese wine and a collector staple.
IWM's clients and our staff share a love for Cerbaiona's evocative wines that marry power with elegance, so we're very excited to debut Cerbaiona's outstanding 2013 Brunello di Montalcino. Exceptionally complex and spellbindingly precise, Cerbaiona's '13 Brunello embodies the traits that first turned wine-lovers into ardent devotees of the estate's wines. A couple of years ago, estate founded Diego Molinari sold Cerbaiona to an investment group spearheaded by Gary Reischel, Matthew Fioretti, and Maurizio Bovini.
March 22, 2018
Three Pure, Powerful Italian Wines from Tua Rita, Antinori and Nicolis!
March 21, 2018
Debuts of Tignanello Chianti Classico and Aldo Conterno Langhe Rosso! And Vintage Fiorano!
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 plots boasted soil that grew beautiful Bordeaux grape varietals. Capitalizing on their vineyards' healthy, mineral-laden bunches of Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot grapes, the couple 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.
To most Italian wine-lovers, the name "Tignanello" symbolizes the iconic Super-Tuscan wine, but to the Antinori family, the name means much more than that. Tenuta Tignanello is an estate that sits in the heart of Chianti Classico; while the estate has been making wine since the late nineteenth century, the Antinori family has owned it since the early twentieth century. More than the site of the vineyards that give their names and their grapes to Tignanello and Solaia, both legendary Super-Tuscan wines, this 320-acre estate is also the home of Marchese Antinori Chianti Classico Riserva, a standard bearer of Toscana's most emblematic wine.
March 20, 2018
Antinori’s Barolo Prowess! Quintarelli’s Timeless Amarone! And Springtime Rosato!
March 19, 2018
Bartolo Mascarello and Canalicchio Recent Releases!
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.
IWM's clients know and love Ornellaia's outstanding flagship wine, Ornellaia; its high-performing "second" wine, Le Serre Nuove; and, of course, its cult Merlot, Masseto. In other words, Ornellaia is most famous for its Bordeaux-style reds that, alongside the world-famous wines from Tenuta San Guido, Grattamacco, and Guado al Tasso, made Bolgheri the world-famous home of the Super-Tuscan revolution. While Bolgheri rightly earned its fame for its outstanding Super-Tuscan reds, the region has not made as big a splash with its whites.
March 15, 2018
Introducing Bibi Graetz and His Wonderful, Wild Wines
March 14, 2018
Fontodi’s Outstanding ’05 Flaccianello! Two Must-Have Under $40 Wines!
In the late 1990s, Bibi Graetz was faced with the decision of whether to renew the leases on the old-vine vineyards surrounding his family's castle in Fiesole, Toscana. Bibi was not a winemaker; he was an artist who had trained at Academia dell'Arte in Firenze. Bibi did the only thing he could: he became a winemaker. Aided by trained enologist Alberto Antonini, a world-famous consultant and the former head winemaker at the Antinori family of estates, Bibi's IGT wines quickly garnered notice.
Ringed by cypress trees and lined with vineyards, the Conca d'Oro is the golden beating heart of Toscana. The site of Fontodi, one of IWM's favorite producers, the Conca d'Oro makes for an intensely pretty estate; the panoramic views sweep down and up, revealing neat packages of parallel vines interspersed with olive trees, cypresses and swaths of meadow. 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.
March 13, 2018
The Superb 2015 Guado al Tasso Flagship Debuts!
March 12, 2018
Debuting Fuligni’s Must-Have 2013 Brunello! And Two Outstanding, Unique Antinori Wines!
Guado al Tasso, Piero Antinori's flagship wine from his family's eponymous Maremma estate, consistently stands as one of IWM's fastest selling wines. A thoughtful and complex Bordeaux-style blend, Guado al Tasso's flagship is often the first choice in Antinori for those in the know, but it's also one of the great values in the Super-Tuscan category. Today, we're delighted to debut the 2015 Guado al Tasso Bolgheri Superiore, a riveting bottling that marries vivid fruit with breathtaking structure, allowing its fans to enjoy it for decades to come.
2013 held a lot of early drama for Montalcino winemakers. It started cool and wet but turned searing and hot; then September came and blessed winemakers with perfect warm days and crystalline cool nights, leading to a harvest that was an unabashed success for the wine's producers and its legion of fans. The upshot of the 2013 Brunello vintage is that it favors aromatic wines of great finesse, moderate alcohol levels, elegant acidity, and classic profiles--and it's the best year since 2010, echoing the classic, enduring and clean lines of that benchmark vintage.
March 8, 2018
Stellar Nals Margreid 2016 Pinot Bianco, New Braida Release, and Maltroye’s Marvelous Monopole
March 7, 2018
Three Benchmark Wines: Pelissero Barbaresco, Antinori Brunello, and Fontodi Chianti Classico!
Alto Adige's Nals Margreid is unlike most estates IWM champions. A cooperative of more than 100 small growers, Nals Margreid was formed in 1985 by the merging of The Cellars Nalles, established in 1932, and Magre-Niclara, established in 1954, two well-respected entities, both steeped in tradition. While cooperatives are typical in Alto Adige, where small vineyard parcels sit at high altitudes in mountainous terrain, Nals Margreid united some of the best wine growers from the Strada del Vino of Alto Adige into something of a "dream team."
Although it flies under the wine world's radar, Pelissero deserves your attention. About 93 acres in the heart of Barbaresco DOCG, Azienda Agricola Pelissero began by growing grapes for local makers, but for more than fifty years, Pelissero has been bottling its own traditional Barbaresco, Dolcetto, and Barbera. A trained enologist, owner-winemaker Giorgio Pelissero works tirelessly to craft wines that embody his family's commitment to the Langhe, and this means using non-interventionist protocol in the vineyards and using a mixture of traditional and modern techniques in the cellar. Pelissero aims to create terroir-driven wines that blend accessibility with tradition, and the estate's ardent fans testify to its success.
March 6, 2018
Canalicchio Brunello Riserva, Fontodi White Super Tuscan, and 50-Year-Old Taylor’s Port!
March 5, 2018
Debuting the Outstanding 2015 Sassicaia!
One of the Brunello makers that IWM has championed for years, Canalicchio di Sopra is owned by 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.
2018 is a very special year for Tenuta San Guido because this year sees the fiftieth anniversary of the inaugural vintage of its Sassicaia, the most famous, most collectable, most important Super-Tuscan wine. More than merely being one of Italy's most iconic wines, Sassicaia is single-handedly responsible for launching the Super-Tuscan movement and it's one of the most sought-after wines in the world. Every new vintage of Sassicaia is a celebration for its many fans, and today, we're delighted to present the brooding, powerful and astonishingly detailed 2015 Sassicaia, a wine that begs you to drink it upon release (although it'll be even more delicious a decade down the road).
March 1, 2018
Drink This $33 Bourgogne Blanc! Antinori’s Earthy Aglianico! And Superb Vega-Sicilia Único!
February 28, 2018
Three Classic Italians: 1998 Quintarelli Amarone, Antinori Barbera, and Benchmark Ornellaia
Founded in 1855, Domaine Henri Boillot has been in the family for five generations, and current vigneron Henri Boillot, who shares the work with his son, Guillaume, has made the estate one of the foremost producers of the Côte d'Or. Equally influential, though much more affordable, Maison Henri Boillot is the négociant arm that was founded in 1995. Ever committed to high quality wines, Maison Henri Boillot buys grapes only from farmers who grow sustainably, keep their yields low, and strive for quality over quantity. Both estates produce wines that are world-renowned, sought-after, and deeply satisfying. In fact, Boillot's entry-level wines sell as rapidly as his Corton Charlemagne or his monopole Puligny-Montrachet Mouchère, a premier cru that often surpasses or at least rivals grand crus in quality.
The late great Giuseppe Quintarelli was not just the most significant winemaker in the Veneto; he was also one of the most revolutionary winemakers in the world--a claim that runs counter-intuitive to his fanatical adherence to tradition. Quintarelli made his wine the way his forebears did, refusing to deviate from their protocol and choosing to accept new technology only when it didn't impinge on traditional practice. The proof of Quintarelli's wisdom rested in his limited-production wines--his Amarone, Valpolicella, Rosso del Bepi, Recioto and the cult sensation, Alzero. Today, we're proud to present Quintarelli 1998 Amarone della Valpolicella, a true collector jewel.
February 27, 2018
Grattamacco 2015 Flagship Debut! Seghesio Cru Barolo Duo! And Stylish Grower Champagne!
February 26, 2018
Superb Giuseppe Rinaldi Barbera Duo! Benchmark Lamarche! And 22-Year-Old Gaja Costa Russi!
Grattamacco, founded by Piermario Meletti Cavallari, who has since sold the estate to ColleMassari, sits at the end of a long, winding drive. It's a land with a very unusual microclimate, a windy plain 100m above sea level, where the estate gets 300 sunny days a year and a steady breeze. Under the guidance of enologist Maurizio Castelli and winemaker Luca Maronna, Grattamacco crafts deeply finessed, profoundly enjoyable wines, and they do it by working hard, playing with their wines' formulas, and inventing technologies like their unique grape sorting table. We've long said that Grattamacco makes the best Super Tuscans you haven't heard of--but the 2015 vintage of Grattamacco's flagship might change that. The '15 bottling is good enough to focus the attention of the wine world!
Piemonte's Giuseppe Rinaldi is one of Italy's greatest winemaking traditionalists. One of the founders of ViniVeri, Italy's organization of natural winemakers, Giuseppe, or "Beppe," doesn't even certify his 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. Beppe has trained his daughters, Carlotta, who tends to the vineyards, and Marta, who cares for the winery, in his traditional ways; they are poised to assume the control of the estate when Beppe retires, ensuring his legacy for future generations.
February 22, 2018
Debuting the Rich, Electric 2015 Tignanello!
February 21, 2018
New 2013 Gaja Brunello Trio! Miani's Cult White! And Ponsot Clos de la Roche Mini-Vertical!
Our clients know Tignanello as the trailblazing Super Tuscan from the Antinori family, and since its inaugural 1971 vintage, Tignanello has acted as a standard bearer for fine Italian wines. Influenced by his uncle, Marchese Mario Incisa della Rocchetta, and guided by consulting enologist Giacomo Tachis, Piero Antinori didn't want to recreate a Bordeaux-style Super-Tuscan wine; he wanted to show Sangiovese's versatility and finesse. Antinori achieved his goals in Tignanello, a blend of Sangiovese, Cabernet Sauvignon and Cabernet Franc, and, with this wine, he changed the Super-Tuscan game.
Today, we keep rolling out the 2013 Brunello with three wines from Angelo Gaja's Montalcino estate, Pieve Santa Restituta. In this offer, Gaja's cuvée Pieve Santa Restituta Brunello di Montalcino is flanked with the estate's special Brunello Rennina and the single-vineyard Brunello Sugarille, giving a panoramic view of the 2013 vintage. A nail-biter of a growing year for Montalcino winemakers, 2013 held a lot of early drama, yet it ended in a fairytale success for the wine's producers and its legion of fans. The upshot of the 2013 Brunello vintage is that it favors aromatic wines of great finesse, moderate alcohol levels, elegant acidity, and classic profiles.
February 20, 2018
Two Outstanding Bordeaux-Style Super Tuscans and One Superb Bordeaux!
February 15, 2018
From Italy's South to Its North--Wines from Graci, Poggio di Sotto and Sandrone!
A couple of weeks ago, we were proud to debut a pair of 2015 Petrolo new releases, including its fantastic Merlot bottling, Galatrona. Today, we're delighted to follow up that offer with a new allocation of Petrolo's commanding 2006 Galatrona, a wine that's ready to drink right now (although it'll age beautifully over the next decade). Called the "Le Pin of Tuscany," Petrolo's Galatrona gleams with the sleek, silky, elegance of classic Merlot, and it marries these qualities with freshness, acidity, and that ineffable Tuscan terroir. Most Super-Tuscan fans drink their wines too early, so this perfectly aged '06 Galatrona is a rare opportunity to enjoy a wine with maturity.
Estate owner Alberto Graci comes from a long line of Sicilian winemakers, but he turned his back on the family history, choosing to become an investment banker in Milan. In 2004, his grandfather died, and Alberto returned to Sicilia. He sold his family's lands located in the center of the island, and he bought property in Passopisciaro, on the slopes of Etna, an ancient winemaking site. The Graci estate now ranges across 52 acres, 36 planted to vine and the remainder dotted with olive and apple trees. Today we're proud to present three recent Graci releases, the estate's delicious 2016 Etna Bianco, its complex 2015 Etna Rosso, and its superb Graci 2015 Etna Bianco Arcurìa, a cru white that explodes with volcanic terroir.
February 14, 2018
Giacosa's Legendary Barbaresco, Maltroye's Marvel, and Moreau's Stellar Chablis
February 13, 2018
Le Serre Nuove Quartet! Towering Rinaldi Barolo! And $27 Antinori Super Tuscan!
The wine world lost one of its icons when Bruno Giacosa passed away at the end of January at the age of 88. It's hard to overstate the importance of Bruno Giacosa. He stands as one of the most respected producers of traditionally styled Barolo and Barbaresco, crafting long-aging wines that are beloved by aficionados and coveted by collectors. Working with his father, Bruno became fascinated by traditional Piemonte grapes, particularly Nebbiolo, and this training formed the basis of the Giacosa philosophy that brought us wines like his iconic Barolo Le Rocche del Falletto and Barbaresco Asili, as well as his beloved Barbarasco Rabajá, Barolo Falletto, and other wines.
I don't have to tell you about the importance of Super-Tuscan great Tenuta dell'Ornellaia. One of the first estates to jump on the Bolgheri revolution started by Tenuta San Guido, Ornellaia has as storied a background as Sassicaia's maker. It's an aristocratic estate, both literally and metaphorically--founder Ludovico Antinori is both brother to Guado al Tasso's founder, Piero Antinori, and cousin to Tenuta San Guido's Nicolo Incisa della Rocchetta. Now owned for more than a decade by the Frescobaldi group, Ornellaia's wines are consistently effortless, elegant, and sophisticated. Since its first bottling of its flagship wine in 1985, Ornellaia has been making history--rich, delicious history.
February 12, 2018
Debuting "Il Carisma," the Captivating 2015 Ornellaia Flagship
February 8, 2018
Stellar 2015 Petrolo New Releases! $22 Riesling! And Collector Méo-Camuzet!
Drive up the Aurelia and exit near the Colline Metallifere, or Metalliferous Hills, and you'll find the road to Bolgheri. Lined with stately cypress trees, the tarmac road seems to pull you back in time. When you hit the stone walls of the town, it feels like decades, even centuries have dropped away. Tiny, manicured, and jewel-box perfect, the town of Bolgheri acts like a Colonial Williamsburg for wine-lovers. It seems arrested in time, swept clean not only of litter but also of the digital, jangling noise of modern history. Walking around Bolgheri, it's easy to forget that the Super-Tuscan revolution is just under fifty years old; all the estates that dot the landscape were but dreams a couple decades ago, and incomprehensible a half-century, but the wines Bolgheri gives us are legendary.
Sitting in a historical area delimited in 1716 by the Grand Duke of Tuscany Cosimo III de' Medici as a particularly valuable land for wine and olive oil, Fattoria Petrolo possesses an idyllic elevation high above the Tuscan plain, a unique microclimate, and terrific galestra soils. Petrolo once crafted only two wines from its towering 620-acre estate (only 77 acres are under vine), but the estate has since branched out, yet its first two--Torrione and Galatrona--remain Petrolo's pride and joy. Torrione, Petrolo's "château" wine, is a joyful, ready-to-drink cuvée that debuted in the 1988 vintage, while Galatrona, a powerhouse cult Merlot, was created by Petrolo's owner-winemaker Luca Sanjust in 1994. Both have ardent fans across the globe.
February 7, 2018
2014 Le Pergole Torte Debuts! Must-Have Amarone Mags! And Comte Georges de Vogüé!
February 6, 2018
Bea’s Signature Sagrantino, Antinori’s Rare Matarocchio, and Billecart-Salmon’s Noble Champagne
Founder Sergio Manetti may have started his estate as a hobby in the mid-1960s, but under the guidance of this traditionalist, Tuscan grapes and Tuscan protocol became the beating heart of Montevertine. Sergio passed away in 2000, and since that time, his son Martino has carried torch for Tuscan winemaking, growing only Sangioveto (the local name for Sangiovese), Canaiolo and Colorino grapes, and using only cement and wood for fermentation and aging. It's not too strong a statement to say that Montevertine's iconic Le Pergole Torte sets the gold standard for elite Sangiovese Super Tuscans.
Sagrantino, Umbria's emblematic grape, has the distinction of being one of the most tannic grapes in the world, and it 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 texture. While many producers aren't sure how to handle a grape this muscular, jam-packed, and intense, Paolo Bea, the standard-bearer of natural Italian winemaking, is able to tame the Sagrantino grape's brawniness while retaining its sauvage beauty. Today, we're delighted to present a new allocation of Bea 2009 Sagrantino di Montefalco Secco Pagliaro, a client favorite that wows in this vintage.
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