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July 22, 2019
Benchmark Vintage Giacosa Barolo Falletto, and Meet Your New Go-To Red!
July 19, 2019
Brooding, Lush Aglianico from De Conciliis
One of the great winemakers of our time, Bruno Giacosa bought his 26-acre Falletto property in 1980, and in so doing, Giacosa made a match that would cement his legacy. Giacosa, who passed away in January 2018, crafted pure Piemontese wines with the passion and the protocol that his father and grandfather instilled in him. Driven by a respect for nature and for history, Giacosa's winemaking philosophy guided him towards a noninterventionist approach, traditional protocol, and the creation of authentic wines.
It's often been said that music tames the savage beast, and winemaker-owner Bruno De Conciliis plays jazz to his wines as they age. If you consider how much wine, a living thing, responds to vibrations, you can't dismiss the effect of the music on the maturing wines. They've got to feel it, and they've got to respond to the wild, strange, beautiful strains. Today's Aglianico is a sexy, full-throttle red that swaddles the palate with wild, unrestrained flavors--but for all its abandon, this wine feels refined and polished. It's a lot like jazz, and it'll complement so many wonderful dishes this summer, next fall, and long into the wintertime.
July 18, 2019
Les Demoiselles Grand Cru Two-Pack from Louis Jadot
July 17, 2019
Once-In-A-Lifetime Wine, 1971 Quintarelli Amarone Riserva
A few years ago, Lardière turned the estate over to his assistant, Frédéric Barnier, and he is a worthy successor, but there's nothing like the Burgundies made by Lardière himself. Today, I'm very excited to present a pair of Louis Jadot Chevalier-Montrachet Les Demoiselles Grand wines that date from Lardière's time, the succulent 2007 and the stately 2005. The terroir of Chevalier-Montrachet Les Demoiselles is very, very special. It's a tiny appellation, but its stony, minerally soils and its location on the Montrachet slope make it distinctive--the wines from this grand cru are almost ageless! Today's Chevalier-Montrachet Les Demoiselles duo is extraordinary, and I know you committed Burgundy lovers are going to love these wines!
Today, I'm very proud to announce that I've secured a very few bottles of Quintarelli's celestial 1971 Amarone Riserva. I imagine the late, great Bepi Quintarelli as he was when he made this wine: standing tall, with dark hair and bright eyes. Just 44, Bepi was in the prime of his life, and this wine bursts with energy, even as it flows like flocked velvet. Quintarelli's 1971 Amarone Riserva is a once-in-a-lifetime wine, but oh, what a lifetime it is!
July 16, 2019
Affordable, Delicious Livio Sassetti Pertimali Brunello
July 15, 2019
Meet Your New Summertime Red, Alberto Loi 2017 Nibaru Monica
These traits are embodied in the Brunello wines of Livio Sassetti Pertimali, which combine serious aromas and elegance with power and fruit in a wine that grabs you by the lapels and grips you close. 2013, as you likely know, was something of a Cinderella vintage--everyone in Montalcino expected its wines to be tight, flat, and forbidding, the products of a chilly, wet spring and summer. Then late July and August came with bright shiny days, and we ended up with a classic Brunello vintage that radiates a fine, luminous beauty. Located in northern Montalcino, Livio Sassetti Pertimali was blessed with ideal weather in 2013, and the estate's Brunello just about vibrates with life.
Today, I'm very proud to debut the Alberto Loi estate with one of its wild Sardinian wines, its 2017 Nibaru Monica di Sardegna. This is a succulent, savory, and seriously minerally red that screams its Sardinian roots. Run by his sons and their family, the Alberto Loi estate is a reminder that behind every tranquil island beach, there's a lot of insane, challenging weather. This mono-varietal Monica bottling makes the most of its rocky, windy, sandy, sunny and arid lands, and it very well could be your new go-to summer red.
July 12, 2019
Artisanal, Organic 2015 Barolo for $45 a Bottle!
July 11, 2019
Is Domaine Ponsot's 2011 Clos de la Roche VV the Wine of the Vintage?
An artisanal estate headquartered in Grinzane Cavour, Azienda Bruna Grimaldi is not an old estate. 1957 saw the estate's humble beginnings, when Giacomo Grimaldi began growing grapes to sell to winemakers. The modern age of this family-run estate began in 1990, when Giovanni's daughter, Bruna Grimaldi and her husband, Franco Fiorino, started buying land with an eye to crafting authentic, traditional Barolo wine.
Domaine Ponsot's wines both embody Burgundy's essential timeless elegance and translate their unique terroir with typicity and transparency--for these reasons, IWM's Burghead clients are devoted to the Ponsot wines. Laurent Ponsot, the owner-winemaker of the family-run estate, bases his practices on this simple, if impassioned, philosophy; he strictly makes his decisions with an eye to crafting wine that expresses his terroir.
July 10, 2019
Silky “Cinderella” Vintage Barolo Bussia From Aldo Conterno
July 9, 2019
Three Glorious Tuscan Reds from Castelvecchi!
Earning the nickname of the "King of Barolo," Aldo Conterno was a traditionalist who wasn't afraid of innovation. Aldo passed away about seven 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.
Since 1043, the lands of Castelvecchi have been growing vines and making wines in Chianti Classico's Radda hills, though the estate didn't get its current name until the seventeenth century. Now part of the Casa Paladin family of estates (which also includes Castello Bonomi and Bosco del Merlo), Castelvecchi spreads across almost 60 acres, and it makes wines from its eleven vineyards, all located in the heart of Chianti Classico.
July 8, 2019
$26 Alpine Pinot Noir from Cult Nals Margreid
July 4, 2019
Happy July 4th from the IWM Family to Yours!
Pinot Noir inspires devotion. One of the great grapes of the world, Pinot Noir is also one of the most difficult to grow well, but when it is carefully cultivated, Pinot Noir captivates the hearts and minds of wine-lovers. Cultivated most famously in Burgundy, Pinot Noir has made a home in certain pockets of Italy, including Alto Adige in Italy's mountainous North.
Happy July 4th! It's America's birthday, and our national celebration of life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness, and today, we're excited to present special pricing on IWM's wine clubs! The perfect way to explore your love of wine, IWM's three wine clubs are tailor-made to please individual palates; we offer the Exploration Club for novices, the Big Wine Club for connoisseurs, and Sergio's Cellar for ardent collectors.
July 3, 2019
Must-Have Riesling from Rock Star Karthäuserhof
July 2, 2019
Sale on Summertime’s Perfect Wine, Michelot 2015 Meursault
Founded in 1335, Karthäuserhof holds the respected position of being Rhineland-Palatinate's oldest winery, meaning that this German estate has been making fine Riesling wines for more than 800 years. Karthäuserhof gets its name from the Carthusian order of monks, who were the land's first owners, and the estate's modern era began in 1811, when the Leonardy family purchased the estate at auction.
For more than six generations, Domaine Michelot has been crafting terroir-driven wine in the heart of Meursault, the Burgundy appellation that's responsible for summertime's most ideal white wine. The beloved Michelot estate 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.
July 1, 2019
Sweet, Succulent Fontodi Vin Santo!
June 28, 2019
IWM's Sweet and Luscious Port Wine Sale!
A true Vin Santo acts like a juggler, spinning sweetness, acidity, nuttiness, fruitiness, and spiciness with remarkable ease. Fontodi crafts its Vin Santo with the same dedication to tradition, quality and typicity that it does in its Chianti Classico and its Super Tuscans, so it's no surprise that this rare wine is one of our favorites.
Say the words "Port wine" and you'll likely conjure the image of a dark, well-appointed study, the scent of fine cigars, and an attitude of luxury. In many ways, Port has earned these associations. Port is the most famous, most esteemed, and most hedonistic fortified wine in the world, and Port owes its place in the pantheon of wine to the British upper crust, who more or less put it on the map.
June 27, 2019
Under $30 Barbera from Antinori’s Historic Prunotto Estate!
June 26, 2019
Red Burgundy Flash Sale! Take 20% Off a Half-Case or More!
One of Piemonte's longest-lived and most historic estates, Prunotto got its start in 1904, when Alfred Prunotto helped to establish a wine collective in Serralunga; in 1922, this collective disbanded, so Alfred founded his own winery in its place. As 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.
Today, we're delighted to announce our Red Burgundy Flash Sale, and that means it's a special day for Burgundy lovers. You'll find more than 170 red Burgundy wines from 1978 to 2014, all offered with a cool 20% off when you buy a half-case or more! It's time to indulge in the wines that you love, explore the wines that have intrigued you, and stock your cellar with wines that'll keep your dinner parties drinking for decades.
June 25, 2019
Rare Alpine White from Les Crêtes
June 24, 2019
Valdicava’s Radiant 2010 Brunello Riserva Madonna del Piano Returns!
Located in the small northern region of the Valle d'Aosta, Les Crêtes was founded in 1989 and focuses on making wines at high altitudes. This tiny winemaking region has many challenges--mountainous lands, a super dry climate, lots of wind, and cool temperatures--but it also has a longstanding tradition of making wine that shows its French, Italian and Swiss influences.
Much been made of the five-star 2010 vintage of Brunello di Montalcino--and for good reason. The Brunello Consorzio likened 2010 to the classic benchmark 2006, saying they were "two of the best vintages ever," and time is beginning to show the greatness of these two classic Brunello years. Although producers in other parts of Toscana struggled with challenging weather, Montalcino's 2010 vintage saw a textbook perfect growing year: a cold, snowy winter led to a cool, nicely damp spring, and warm summer months ended in an ideal harvest.
June 21, 2019
Back By Client Demand: 2013 Aldo Conterno Barolo Bussia
June 20, 2019
Luscious, Nimble “Sleeper” Vintage Poggio di Sotto Brunello!
Aldo Conterno's entry-level Barolo Bussia is anything but ordinary--it's a beautifully complex wine that tells a detailed story about its terroir and this estate's trademark accessible yet complex style. Coming from the estate's 12 acres of plots in Bussia Soprano, Barolo Bussia was once called Aldo Conterno Barolo, but no matter its name, this Aldo Conterno wine has earned a reputation for being a generous, open, textured wine.
IWM's clients have long loved Poggio di Sotto's thoughtful, evocative Brunello wines. Perfumed and pure, these wines capture a Burgundian side to Brunello, showcase the finesse of Sangiovese Grosso, and convey the grape's underlying power. The past few years have seen two major changes at Poggio di Sotto--founder Piero Palmucci decided to sell the estate to ColleMassari, and Giulio Gambelli, the estate's great consulting enologist, passed away.
June 19, 2019
Two Must-Have Pinot Wines from Italy’s North!
June 18, 2019
Must-Have $50 Barbaresco from San Giuliano
Alto Adige's Nals Margreid is unlike most estates that IWM champions. A cooperative of 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."
If you're unfamiliar with San Giuliano's artisanal, umano Barbaresco, you're in good company. The family-owned-and-operated San Giuliano estate has been flying under the radar for years, and IWM considers it a true insider's Piemonte estate. Owner-enologist Giulio Pastura and his wife, Mariella Stupino, tend to keep their wines close to their Piemonte home, selling much of them to local restaurants, which means that not much reaches America.
June 17, 2019
Ancient Grapes, New Favorite Wines, Meet Vestini Campagnano!
June 14, 2019
Trio of Terrific Sleeper Vintage Burgundies from Nicolas Potel
For decades, people thought that the ancient, renowned Pallagrello grape had succumbed to the ravages of phylloxera in the early 20th century. That theory was scrapped in the 1980s when lawyer Peppe Mancini chanced upon some pre-phylloxera Pallagrello vines quietly being tended by a few low-profile owners. Mancini put his discovery into motion, founding the Vestini Campagnano estate in 1990 and becoming a full-time practitioner of the Pallagrellos, both Bianco and Nero, and their fellow Campanian, Casavecchia.
Just as Pinot Noir and Chardonnay are deceptively simple, so too is Burgundy--but it's also remarkably confusing. The history of Maison Nicolas Potel doesn't make Burgundy any easier. Nicolas Potel, son of the late, great Gérard Potel, who was director of the famed Pousse d'Or, founded his négoçiant house Maison Nicolas Potel in 1996. By 2009, Potel had found himself in a financial crunch and was forced to sell the estate; the new owners fired him shortly thereafter, and while the wines released since 2009 carry Potel's name, the estate is divorced from him (Potel founded his own estate, Domaine de Bellène in 2008, and it quickly gained a cult position with serious Burgheads).
June 13, 2019
Cantina Terlan’s Serious, Long-Aging Cult Collector White
June 12, 2019
Big, Beautiful Bottles of Powerful, Finessed Ponsot 2011 Clos de la Roche VV Grand Cru!
A legendary cooperative of more than 100 wine growers located in Alto Adige's Dolomite Mountains, Cantina Terlan may get its name from the nearest town, but this wine producer contains multitudes. This cooperative has more than 2,000 years of winemaking history on its side, as well as some extraordinary terroir, a combination that helps to explain the intensity, purity, and age-worthiness of Cantina Terlan's wines. Sheltered in a hollow of the Alps, Terlan's 300 acres boast south-facing vineyards that rise from 820-3,000 feet above sea level.
"My crusade," vigneron Laurent Ponsot has said, "is to produce the most authentic wines." It's fair to say that he succeeds. Ponsot, the owner and winemaker of the family-run Domaine Ponsot, bases his practices on one simple, impassioned philosophy: to make all of his decisions in the field and in the cellar with an eye to crafting wine that expresses his Burgundian terroir, no matter how disruptive and non-traditional those decisions may be. As a result, Ponsot grows its grapes in as non-interventionist a manner as possible and uses only old oak for aging.
June 11, 2019
A Pair of Perfect Italian Whites from Fontodi and Bruno Giacosa!
June 10, 2019
Perfect Summertime Red from Sassicaia’s Sardinian Outpost!
IWM loves our Italian whites. They may not be as famous as their robust red siblings, but Italian white wines have the same magical ability to speak their terroir that Italian reds do. Coastal Italian whites abound in fresh, savory salinity; mountain Italian whites burst with meadow-like freshness; volcanic Italian whites thrum with minerality; and every Italian wine region crafts wines that reflect their own traditions, dishes, and climates. These Italian whites, like their red counterparts, could come from no other place on earth--they're Italian through and through.
Sardegna has deep winemaking traditions and unusual indigenous varietals, and the wines of Agricola Punica show their land's untamed island spirit, imbued as they are with Sardegna's buffeting winds, rocky lands and almost arid dryness. These wines come from some serious winemakers because for years Agricola Punica was guided by the hand of master enologist Giacomo Tachis, the guiding force behind Super Tuscans like Sassicaia, Tignanello, and Solaia.
June 7, 2019
A New Super Tuscan from Ornellaia’s Creator!
June 6, 2019
Is the 2016 Flaccianello the Best Yet?
Marchese Lodovico Antinori has a storied winemaking history. A member of the 600-year-old Antinori winemaking dynasty, Lodovico was the founder of the iconic Super-Tuscan estate Ornellaia and he's responsible for the creation of the world-class Italian Merlot Masseto. Just these accomplishments would be enough to distinguish Lodovico, but after selling the Ornellaia estate, he took on a new project, Tenuta di Biserno, founded in 2002. Lodovico originally had considered purchasing new lands in 1995, when he was looking to expand Ornellaia, but he chose a different path.
Fontodi practices organic agriculture and non-interventionist protocol and relies on the estate's exceptional southern position, marl soil, and exceptional microclimates, which allow Fontodi's grapes to ripen perfectly. With its combination of geographical luck and its team's winemaking skills, Fontodi consistently creates wines of great character and structure--and this is especially true in an outstanding year like 2016, a vintage that ups the richness of 2015 by adding terrific freshness. Today, we're very excited to present special, time-sensitive pricing on Fontodi's breathtaking 2016 Flccianello.
June 5, 2019
IWM’s Big, Beautiful Magnum Flash Sale!
June 4, 2019
Tenuta San Guido’s Silky, Sexy 2017 Guidalberto and Le Difese
IWM's clients love being surprised by our flash sales, and today, we're dropping one of our best sales to date-- a list of beautiful wines--red, white, and sparkling--all in magnum and most at the BEST PRICE in the country! This list of almost 60 large-format wines includes IWM signature Italian producers, select French winemakers, and a special Spanish wine, but most importantly, all of these big, beautiful bottles come with the "IWM Difference," our assurance of straight-line provenance and perfect temperature-controlled care. You'll find special sale pricing on wines from Italian producers such as Angelo Gaja, Tua Rita, Montevertine, and Tenuta San Guido.
Tenuta San Guido changed the face of Italian wine--and shifted the landscape of international wine--when it released Sassicaia's inaugural 1968 vintage. However, the estate didn't rest with its game-changing flagship wine. Rather, Tenuta San Guido created two more wines along Sassicaia's aristocratic lines: Guidalberto, the estate's high-performing "second" wine, and Le Difese, the estate's exceptional entry-level wine. Today, we're very excited to announce a new allocation of the 2017 bottlings of Tenuta San Guido's Guidalberto and Le Difese, the most recent releases of these powerhouse wines.
June 3, 2019
Paolo Bea’s 2012 Arboreus Umbria Bianco, a Captivating Orange Wine
May 31, 2019
Back by Client Demand: Gaja's Triumphant 2013 Barbaresco Trio
Here in the States, we call them "orange wines," but Europeans refer to them as "skin-contact wines." Whichever terminology you use, these amber-hued white wines are all the rage. The sudden rise of orange wines is somewhat ironic when you consider that these wines date back thousands of years. Originating in Armenia and Georgia, orange wines appear in a range of colors from a pale caramel to a deep amber, a coloring achieved from macerating the white wine grapes on the skins for an extended period of time. This protocol does more than change the color of the wine; it also imbues the wine with characteristics usually found in reds: fuller bodies, deeper colors, more pronounced tannins, and unexpected complexity.
Today, I'm proud to bring you a new allocation of the 2013 Gaja Barbaresco: the cru trio of Sorì San Lorenzo, Sorì Tildìn, and Costa Russi. 2013 gave Gaja and his estate the raw materials for excellent wine, and these wines surpass expectations. They very well could be legendary--only time and your palate will tell.
May 30, 2019
Four Great Gallois Wines from the Sleeper 2016 Vintage
May 29, 2019
Beautiful, Affordable Big Red Duo from Clos Bellane!
If you've read about the 2016 Burgundy vintage, you might feel reluctant to stock up with wines from this very challenging year. But these Gallois releases have a few things in their favor. First, Gallois was fortunate to have its growing year end in sunny, warm harvest weather, and these wines glimmer with the beauty of that weather. Second, for all his modesty, Dominique himself is wildly talented, and these wines reflect it. Finally, IWM chooses our wines with care, and we won't sell anything we don't love. In short, these 2016 Gallois Burgundies are gorgeous--so gorgeous, in fact, that this is our second allotment!
Stéphane Vedeau bought Clos Bellane almost a decade ago, and he chose the estate because of its super-rare terroir. Surrounded by woods and fields, Clos Bellane sports the highest vineyards in all of the southern Rhône, and, even more, its steep, terraced vineyards all face east, so it naturally has a cool, classic climate that's made for finessed, fine-boned wines. I think you'll love the two Clos Bellane bottles offered today--they're gorgeous, they're unique, and they're under $55 a bottle, so you'll be able to enjoy these big reds early and often.
May 28, 2019
Fiorano Flash Sale: 20% Off the Prince’s Rare Gems
May 24, 2019
Captivating, Surprising Giacosa Barolo Falletto di Serralunga Duo!
Today, I'm excited to present eighteen different bottlings of Fiorano's rare, mature whites, both the mystical Bianco, a Malvasia, and the magical Sémillon. Each of these wines is its own entity, labeled with its aging barrel, and each is an unforgettable journey to a long ago time and a faraway land, ruled by a prince. Those who know and love these wines will be excited to learn that IWM is hosting Alessia Antinori for a dinner on Monday, June 10, when she will be pouring Fiorano's wines, along with the wines she's making from her portions of her legendary grandfather's estate. It'll be an enchanting night, and I hope you can make it!
Today, I'm very pleased to present a pair of wines from the late, great Barolo master Bruno Giacosa: his surprisingly great 2014 Barolo Falletto di Serralunga, a "sleeper" vintage, and his captivating 2015 Barolo Falletto di Serralunga, a benchmark year. Coming from the first vineyards that Bruno bought almost 40 years ago, these wines come from lands he knew like the backs of his hands, and the lands he taught his children, who now run the Giacosa estate, to know and to love. It helps to have that body of knowledge behind you to make really excellent wines, and these Giacosa wines dance in your mouth and linger in your memory. They are, like the man who created them, extraordinary.
May 23, 2019
Back by Client Demand: Canalicchio di Sopra 2013 Brunello di Montalcino Riserva
May 22, 2019
Polished, Silky Cru Silvio Nardi 2012 Brunello at Special Pricing!
There are many ways to look at winemakers. They're farmers. They're artists. They're alchemists, turning fruit and sunshine into wine. They're mad scientists with arcane obsessions about vat size, gravity displacement, cork composition, and bottle thickness. They're historians documenting the weather and the soil. They're mystics, harnessing the earth's energy to craft a potion that helps heal the soul, turns ordinary food into a banquet, and makes friends out of enemies.
Montalcino's Tenute Silvio Nardi is the story of an Italian immigrant who first succeeded in America. In 1893, Francesco Nardi left his family's farm to seek his fortune here in the States. Within a few years, Francesco had developed an innovative design for a plow, achieved great success, and returned to Toscana. In 1950, his son Silvio purchased Casale del Bosco in Montalcino; eight years later, after crafting his first Brunello, Silvio joined the newborn Consorzio del Vino Brunello, the ruling body of Brunello production to this day. Tenute Silvio Nardi entered its modern era in 1991 when Silvio's daughter Emilia assumed control of the estate.
May 21, 2019
Surprising, Bewitching Luciano Sandrone 2014 Barolo Le Vigne
May 20, 2019
Château Pontet-Canet’s Lush, Vivid 2008 Flagship
The fussy, low-production 2014 growing season in Piemonte 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 2014 Barolo releases, the continuing greatness of the Sandrone estate remains unchallenged. Aided by her father, the iconoclastic Luciano Sandrone, Barbara Sandrone is ably meeting the many tests of taking the helm of a beloved estate, and the estate's recent Barolo bottlings are beautiful, seamless evocations of their terroir and their house style. Today, we're delighted to present a new allocation of Sandrone's surprising, bewitching 2014 Barolo Le Vigne, a wine that IWM clients have been loving.
Founded in 1725, Pontet-Canet's modern era began when cognac merchant Guy Tesseron purchased the estate. Currently owned and operated by Alfred Tesseron, who is helped by director Jean-Michel Comme, Pontet-Canet's philosophy is that its wines are made in its gravel-rich vineyards, and the château chooses biodynamic agriculture for its 192 acres, which adjoin those of Mouton Rothschild. Makers of some of the most beloved, most sought-after Pauillac Bordeaux, Château Pontet-Canet has earned a reputation for crafting powerful, balanced and charming wines. Today, we're delighted to revisit the gorgeously dense and delineated 2008, which we present at special time-sensitive pricing.
May 17, 2019
Simply Superb 2016 Fontodi Chianti Classico
May 16, 2019
24-Hour Super Singles Flash Sale! Take 15% Off More Than 140 Wines!
Owned by his family since the mid-1960s and operated by Giovanni Manetti since 1979, Fontodi stands as a leader of fine Tuscan wines, and this organic winemaker is an all-time favorite of IWM clients and staff. Whether you're drinking Fontodi's legendary Flaccianello (one of the original Sangiovese Super Tuscans), the estate's Sauvignon Blanc Meriggio, its amphora aged Dino, its stellar Pinot Nero, or one of the estate's Chianti Classico bottlings, Fontodi's beautiful, evocative wines sing with tradition, terroir, and transparency. Today, we're delighted to present Fontodi's 2016 Chianti Classico, an out-of-this-world wine that embodies the greatness of Fontodi.
Today, we're delighted to present IWM's Super Singles Flash Sale, a celebration of one-of-a-kind wines! Collating more than 140 bottles from our temperature-controlled cellar, this sale lets you pick new wines to try, choose old wines you love, and experience a variety of singular bottlings. For just 24 hours, we're cutting a cool 15% from all of these in-stock wines, and each one comes with the "IWM Difference," our assurance of perfect care throughout the wine's lifespan. You'll find sumptuous Amarone, superb Super Tuscans, beautiful Brunello, and elegant Barolo, as well as Burgundy, Rioja, Bordeaux--and more. In addition to Italian and French wine, you'll find wines from Portugal, Lebanon, Argentina, and California, and there are vintage wines as well as recent releases.
May 15, 2019
Two Delicious Sides of Aldo Conterno Barolo Bussia!
May 14, 2019
Introducing Bruna Grimaldi and Her Beautiful $45 Benchmark Barolo
While he earned the nickname of the "King of Barolo," the late great Aldo Conterno was something of a paradox: a winemaking traditionalist who wasn't afraid of innovation. Descended from a long line of great Langhe winemakers, Aldo was one of those few Barolo producers whose wines could deliver both approachability and longevity. Few wines are able to stride the stylistic line between fruit-forward modernity and nuanced traditionalism, but Aldo Conterno's wines can, and over the past decade or so, Aldo Conterno's have wines moved ever more towards the classic, finessed and time-honored side of the spectrum.
Family, history, and tradition anchor Azienda Bruna Grimaldi, an artisanal estate headquartered in Grinzane Cavour, in the Langhe hills near Serralunga d'Alba. Bruna Grimaldi is not an old estate. 1957 saw the estate's humble beginnings, when Giacomo Grimaldi began growing grapes to sell to winemakers; by the 1960s, his son, Giovanni, started selling bulk wine, mostly Dolcetto, always with quality in mind. The modern age of this family-run estate began in 1990, when Giovanni's daughter, Bruna Grimaldi and her husband, Franco Fiorino, joined the estate and started buying land with an eye to crafting authentic, umano, traditional Barolo wine.
May 13, 2019
Antinori’s Rich, Vibrant 2017 Cervaro della Sala Chardonnay Debuts!
May 10, 2019
A Burgundian Rioja Reserva for Less Than $70? Yes!
Antinori's Umbrian Cervaro della Sala is one of Italy's great white wines--and, like Post-It Notes, Teflon or Play-Doh, it came about somewhat by accident. Piero Antinori wanted to create an Italian version of white Burgundy, so in 1979, he engaged Umbrian native Renzo Cotarella, who was then fresh out of enology school. Cotarella immediately began planting international white grapes like Chardonnay, Pinot Blanc, Pinot Gris and Sauvignon Blanc, a radical move in Umbria, a region not known for its whites.
IWM loves traditional Rioja, and CVNE makes some of our favorite bottlings. Founded in 1879 by the Real de Asúa brothers, Eusebio and Raimundo, CVNE (Compañía Vinícola del Norte de España) has been a touchstone for fine Rioja for almost 150 years. While the company has expanded to include three separate bodegas--CVNE, Viña Real, and Contino--CVNE still sits on the same plots of land as its original site, Barrio de la Estación, in Haro, Rioja Alta. In fact, the bodega sports exceptional architecture in its cellar designed by Alexandre-Gustave Eiffel, the French architect behind the tower that bears his name.
May 9, 2019
Back By Client Demand: Guigal 2013 Ermitage Ex Voto Blanc
May 8, 2019
Canalicchio’s Lush, Seductive 2017 “Baby Brunello”
Founded in 1946 in the ancient village of Ampuis in the Côte-Rôtie appellation in the Rhône, the Guigal estate is relatively young, especially when you consider that the wines of the northern Rhône have been famous for 2,400 years. Yet in that short period of time, Guigal has become beloved by global wine connoisseurs, and Guigal's wines are some of the world's most-sought after bottlings, including the estate's famous Côte-Rôtie crus--La Mouline, La Turque, La Landonne--as well as its Château d'Ampuis, and many more. Today, we're proud to present Guigal's rarely produced Ermitage Ex Voto Blanc from the critically acclaimed 2013 vintage.
Canalicchio di Sopra's winemaker, Francesco Rippacioli, says, "The Rosso di Montalcino is like our business card; we offer this to you as an introduction to our style, an introduction to us, before you enjoy our Brunello." Just as "second-tier" wines offer less expensive, easier and earlier drinking options to most estates' flagship wines, Rosso di Montalcino gives enthusiasts an opportunity to experience an estate's take on Brunello di Montalcino--and do it earlier, more easily, and less expensively. One of the original twelve Brunello estates, Canalicchio di Sopra has remained under the radar while consistently turning out classic, artisanal wines that speak of their unique terroir.
May 7, 2019
Fontodi’s Superb Summer-Worthy Sauvignon Blanc, Meriggio
May 6, 2019
Debuting the Dynamic, Lush 2016 Guado al Tasso
A producer that employs strict organic growing protocol, Fontodi makes wines that are all-time favorites of IWM clients and staff. Fontodi's full-throttle Sangiovese Super-Tuscan, Flaccianello, its traditional Chianti Classico, and its cru Chianti Classico Gran Selezione populate the cellars of Tuscan wine enthusiasts, but today we're not going to offer you the roaring red Fontodi wines that you know and love. Instead, we're going to turn to a lighter, unexpected side of Fontodi, and spotlight Fontodi's spellbinding 2018 Meriggio, the estate's Sauvignon Blanc. Deriving from Fontodi's north-facing La Rota vineyard, Meriggio is a rare white Super Tuscan.
The Antinori family founded Guado al Tasso in 1990, and this estate quickly rocketed to the top of the Super-Tuscan heap. Guado al Tasso's fast success demonstrated that the Antinori family had the skills, ambition and passion to craft tremendous wines in Bolgheri--and almost three decades later, Guado al Tasso shows no signs of slowing down. 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.
May 3, 2019
Fantastic Summertime Red from Sardegna, Albert Loi’s 2017 Nibaru Monica di Sardegna
May 2, 2019
Summer Staple, Château Pradeaux Bandol Rosé
Founded in the 1940s by its namesake, the Alberto Loi estate is a love song to Sardegna's rich viticultural traditions. Sardegna, Italy's remote, sun-drenched island, has a long, fascinating winemaking history that was nearly decimated by the phylloxera outbreak of the early twentieth century. Alberto's dad, Antonio Loi, grew Cannonau in Cardedu in the granite-laden hills around Ogliastra, Sardegna's mountainous commune located on the southeastern coast of the Tyrrhenian Sea. Alberto wanted more than to merely grow grapes--he wanted to estate-bottle wines that speak with Sardinian voices.
Just as sparkling wine is synonymous with Champagne, rosé is synonymous with Provence--some regions have their calling, and this is it. Château Pradeaux makes some of the most serious rosés available. Perhaps this seriousness has to do with history. The storied Pradeaux estate has been making wine on the Mediterranean since before the French Revolution, and this estate, owned and operated by the Portalis family, has survived numerous wars, vicissitudes of fashion, and bouts with phylloxera. Purchased by the Portalis family in 1752, the Pradeaux estate is located in Saint Cyr-sur-Mer, which sits on the Mediterranean Sea between Toulon and Marseilles.
May 1, 2019
Debuting Antinori’s Triumphant 2015 Matarocchio
April 30, 2019
Le Mortelle, the Antinori Family’s Best-Kept Super-Tuscan Secret!
Much in the way that Solaia came to be from the finest selection of Cabernet Sauvignon within the Tignanello vineyard, Matarocchio derives from just five rows of vines within the Antinori family's Guado al Tasso vineyard in Bolgheri. In fact, Piero Antinori personally selected this lot as the finest selection of Cabernet Franc, and he then created the cru Matarocchio bottling to celebrate it. Extremely rare and consistently outstanding, Matarocchio embodies Italy's pinnacle of Cabernet Franc wine, although only a select few have experienced it because Matarocchio is so hard to find. Today, we are extremely excited to debut the 2015 Matarocchio bottling.
The Antinori family may have centuries of winemaking history behind it, and it may be responsible for iconic wines like Tignanello and Solaia, but it also has holdings throughout Toscana, across Italy, and around the world! It's hard to believe that anything Antinori does can be under the radar, but its Le Mortelle estate remains a relatively undiscovered gem, at least in the States. Located on the Maremma Coast not far from the family's Bolgheri estate Guado al Tasso, the Le Mortelle estate was carved from a large property called La Badiola, which was created in the nineteenth century when the Duchy drained the marshy areas around Grosseto.
April 29, 2019
Is Giovanni Rosso’s $22 Barbera d'Alba Your New Go-To Red?
April 26, 2019
Meet Your New Favorite Summertime White, Laura Aschero 2017 Pigato
Barolo may be the "king of wines" but Barbera is the "people's wine," an early-drinking, thoroughly delicious, and absolutely traditional Piemonte bottling. Barbera has long filled the gap for Piemonte's producers who make long-aging Nebbiolo wines, Barolo and Barbaresco, but Barbera's appeal is universal. It's affordable, it's food-friendly, and, when it comes from a thoughtful producer, Barbera over-delivers on expectations and its modest price point. Today, we're delighted to present Giovanni Rosso's delectable, beautifully made 2015 Barbera d'Alba Donna Margherita. 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.
Just under ten terraced, sun-drenched acres snuggled into the Riviera Ligure di Ponente DOC, the Laura Aschero estate dedicates itself to crafting the best sea-swept, herb-laden whites this side of Liguria. The family-owned-and-operated Laura Aschero gets its name from the woman who, in the mid-1970s, felt that her soon-to-be-retired husband needed a hobby, so she planted grapevines on her family property. While Laura had intended to sell the grapes to local winemakers, she quickly abandoned this idea and, with the help of enologist Gianpaolo Ramò, dedicated herself to making her own estate-bottled wines.
April 25, 2019
Six Superlative Fontodi Debuts!
April 24, 2019
Sublime Pinot Bianco from Nals Margreid
Winemaking in the Chianti Classico region dates back to the eighth century, and wine called "Chianti" dates back to 1398; Tenuta Fontodi is one of the area's estates that can trace its lineage back to these historic times. An organic producer, Fontodi's full-throttle Flaccianello, its traditional Chianti Classico, and its cru Vigna del Sorbo Chianti Classico Gran Selezione are all-time favorites of IWM clients and staff. There's no question that Fontodi crafts beautiful, evocative wines that thrill Tuscan wine enthusiasts, and today we're excited to debut the new 2016 releases of these three beloved Fontodi wines.
A grape most often associated with Alsace, Austria and Germany, Pinot Bianco thrives in northern Italy. Pinot Bianco is, as its name suggests, a member of the Pinot grape family (other relatives are Pinot Nero and Pinot Grigio), and Pinot Bianco makes for a delicious, mineral-driven, surprisingly long-aging, and sophisticated 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 special, time-sensitive pricing on Nals Margreid 2013 Sirmian Pinot Bianco. Nals Margreid is unlike most estates IWM champions.
April 23, 2019
Back By Client Demand: Prunotto 2012 Barolo Bussia from the Antinori Family
April 22, 2019
Maltroye’s Must-Have 2016 Chassagne-Montrachet Rouge
IWM has long championed the Antinori family, a 600-year-old winemaking dynasty who makes wines that embody Italian tradition while still being approachable for wine-lovers new to Italian wine. Most of our clients have come to know Antinori through its Super-Tuscan greats, Solaia and Tignanello in Chianti Classico and Guado al Tasso in Bolgheri, but while the Tuscan roots of the Antinori family are long and deep, family members have expanded the Antinori tree far beyond the borders of Toscana--including Piemonte's Prunotto estate. Widely respected and venerable, the Prunotto estate got its start in 1904, when Alfred Prunotto helped to establish a wine collective in Serralunga; in 1922, this collective disbanded, and Alfred founded his own winery in its place.
Large for a family estate, Château de la Maltroye sprawls across 40 acres, but while it's large, Maltroye isn't very old for a Burgundy house--the estate dates back only to the eighteenth century--and its current owners, the Cornut family, have owned it since the mid-1950s. However, since the late 1990s when Jean-Pierre Cornut took the estate's helm, Château de la Maltroye has earned a reputation for crafting detailed, terroir-driven wines that over-perform their relatively modest pricing. Jean-Pierre has called the 2016 growing season "seriously difficult," but he has also expressed surprise at the high quality of the harvest, noting that the reds in particular are "outstanding."
April 19, 2019
Your New Go-To Summer Whites from San Salvatore! Just $20 to $23!
April 18, 2019
Exceptional “Baby Barolo” from Aldo Conterno Returns!
Many wine producers tout the beauty of their landscape, the range of their biodiversity, and the specialness of their microclimate, but only San Salvatore can claim that its acres sit in the middle of Cilento National Park. Founded in 1988 by Giuseppe Pagano, San Salvatore is a traditional love song to Campanian wine, Campanian nature, and Campanian tradition. The estate's 271 acres (58 under vine) hold about 450 head of buffalo, who provide milk for the estate's DOP buffalo mozzarella and whose dung fertilizes the estate's orchards, vegetable farms, olive groves, and, yes, grape vines, when needed.
The late, great Aldo Conterno was known as the "King of Barolo" in Italy, and his extraordinary legacy continues in the wines made by the estate that bears his name, yet despite that name, Aldo was famous for more than just his age-worthy Barolo wines. Poderi Aldo Conterno is situated in Monforte d'Alba on the prized Bussia Soprano vineyard in the heart of the Barolo region, where the Conterno family has been producing and aging the great Piemontese wines for more than five generations. Aldo left his legendary brother at his father's cellar (the Giacomo Conterno estate) in 1969 to pursue his own winemaking interests and reputation to create the wines of Poderi Aldo Conterno in the "Favot" cellar; these days, Aldo's sons run Aldo's estate, crafting mindful, delicious wines that speak with their namesake's voice.
April 17, 2019
Is the 2016 the Best Tignanello Ever? The Landmark Vintage Debuts!
April 16, 2019
Back By Client Demand: Brigaldara’s Dense, Muscular $75 Amarone!
The Antinori family had been making wine in Toscana for about 600 years before they created Tignanello, their first Super Tuscan, in 1971, hot on the heels of Sassicaia, Tenuta San Guido's groundbreaking wine that ignited the Super-Tuscan revolution. Unlike Sassicaia, which comes from Bolgheri, Tignanello comes from the heart of Chianti Classico, deriving from a single 140-acre southwestern-facing plot of limestone-rich soils. While Piero Antinori was influenced by his uncle, Marchese Mario Incisa della Rocchetta, the man behind Sassicaia, and guided by consulting enologist Giacomo Tachis, Piero didn't want to recreate a Bordeaux-style Super-Tuscan wine; rather, he wanted his Super-Tuscan wine to showcase Sangiovese's versatility and finesse.
Located on the slopes of the Marano Valley in the Valpolicella region of the Veneto, Brigaldara's almost 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 bottlings. Brigaldara believes the wine is made in the vineyards, and its team works hard to time the harvest for optimal grape ripeness, and its wines are evocative, transparent expressions--even better, they're extremely delicious and very affordable.
April 15, 2019
Big, Beautiful Bottles of Vintage Fontodi Chianti Classico Riserva Vigna del Sorbo
April 12, 2019
Five Fresh, Dense and Detailed 2017 Wines from Louis Jadot!
Fontodi's Super-Tuscan Flaccianello may claim the spotlight, but its Vigna del Sorbo Chianti Classico has long been an 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 perfectly aged magnums of 2004 Chianti Classico Riserva Vigna Del Sorbo. Fontodi first bottled its Vigna del Sorbo Chianti Classico Riserva with the 1985 vintage, just four years after Flaccianello, but while the wine is less than forty years old, its original vineyard plot dates back to the late 1800s.
Owned by the Koch family, who also owns Kobrand, an American wine importer, Louis Jadot is one of IWM's rare exceptions: a big Burgundy estate that we champion with the same enthusiasm we hold for family-owned domaines. Since its inception in 1856, Louis Jadot has crafted wines that speak volumes about their terroir. Jacques Lardière, Jadot's head winemaker for three decades, understood the primacy of Jadot's terroir. "Look at all the boring wines," Lardière has said, "many of them are technically impeccable, but they have no soul, no personality in them. They could have been manufactured by robots."
April 11, 2019
It's Rosé Season! Six Wonderful Rosé Wines for Springtime!
April 10, 2019
Tenuta di Biserno, An Aristocratic Super Tuscan from Ornellaia’s Founder
Rosé wines embody the evanescent pleasure of spring, the most delicate, optimistic and renewing season--but the cheery color, affordable pricing, and easy enjoyment of these wines might lead you to believe that making a really good rosé is a walk in the park. Most rosé wines are made solely from red wine grapes, and producers leave the skins in contact with the macerating juice for the briefest amount of time, as short as a few hours or as long as three days. After maceration, the juice moves to a vat to age--winemakers usually choose a very neutral tank, like one made out of cement or stainless steel. Then the wine is bottled and sent on its merry way. Although this protocol looks deceptively simple, it's not.
After founding the iconic Super-Tuscan estate Ornellaia and creating the world-class Italian Merlot Masseto, Marchese Lodovico Antinori could have rested on his laurels. He didn't. Instead, Lodovico decided to embark on what he called his "last winemaking project" and joining forces with his brother, Piero Antinori, founded Tenuta di Biserno, another Super-Tuscan powerhouse on the Maremma coast in 2002. Lodovico originally had come across the land for Biserno in 1995, when he was looking to expand Ornellaia. Long-time wine consultant Michel Rolland had pointed Lodovico toward Bibbona, an Upper Maremma commune to the north of Bolgheri, but Lodovico quickly realized that the terroir was so distinct that these lands necessitated their own estate.
April 9, 2019
Italian Spin on Champagne, Castello Bonomi Franciacorta Duo!
April 8, 2019
Vestini Campagnano Trio, Indigenous Grapes, Artisanal Style, Just $19 to $55 a Bottle!
The Bonomi team relies on intense green harvests, strict grape yields, and severe sorting to provide the natural products for their elegant, mineral-laden, and terroir-driven Franciacorta wines, which have won multiple awards as well as many hearts and minds around the globe. Today, we're delighted to present the BEST PRICE in the country on a pair of Castello Bonomi's Franciacorta bottlings, the estate's zesty, vibrant Franciacorta Brut Rosé NV, and its elegant, engaging 2012 Franciacorta CruPerdu. Recent hits at IWM's mini-grand tasting, these two Castello Bonomi sparkling wines offer a terrific, terroir-driven alternative to Champagne!
For decades, people thought that the ancient, renowned Pallagrello grape had succumbed to the ravages of phylloxera in the early 20th century. That theory was scrapped when lawyer Peppe Mancini chanced upon some pre-phylloxera Pallagrello vines quietly being tended by a few low-profile owners. Mancini put his discovery into motion, founding the Vestini Campagnano estate in 1990 and becoming a full-time practitioner of the Pallagrellos, both Bianco and Nero, and their fellow Campanian, Casavecchia. Vestini Campagnano was the first winery to dedicate itself to the study of the ancient Pallagrello and Casavecchia grape varietals--Pallagrello produces both white and black grapes, and the variety is thought to be a relation of the Pilleolata grape, used in the production of the famous Falerno, the wine of Bacchus.
April 5, 2019
Terrific $25 Duo from Alto Adige’s Nals Malgreid
April 4, 2019
Delectable $35 Graci 2016 Etna Rosso!
Alto Adige's Nals Margreid is unlike most estates that IWM champions. A cooperative of 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." Nals Margreid currently unites 140 growers who cultivate a wide range of local grape varietals in over 370 acres of vineyards.
Famous for its vacation attractions, Sicilia is a wine wonderland. Hot and dry, Sicilia makes it relatively easy to grow grapes without pesticides or chemical intervention. Sicilia's stable climate means that the wild vintage variation seen in Italy's North is greatly lessened; winemakers can generally count on one year to be very much like the next. The volcanic and sandy soils stress out the vines, causing them to produce flavorful, intense grapes. And the wealth of indigenous grape varieties--Nerello Mascalese, Nero d'Avola, and Frappato for noteworthy reds; Catarratto, Malvasia, and Inzolia for whites--makes the head swim and the tongue twitch.
April 3, 2019
The 2017 Debuts of Sassicaia's Siblings, Le Difese and Guidalberto!
April 2, 2019
Debuting Four Naturally Beautiful Wines from Paolo Bea!
Tenuta San Guido changed the face of Italian wine with the creation of its Super-Tuscan giant Sassicaia in 1968. However, the estate didn't rest on its game-changing flagship wine. It created two more wines along Sassicaia's aristocratic lines: Guidalberto, the estate's "second" wine, and Le Difese, the exceptional entry-level wine. Today, we're delighted to debut the 2017 vintage of these Sassicaia siblings. 2017 was, according to Tenuta San Guido, a "very special year." The driest in about 15 years, 2017 saw a hot, sere year, but daytime sea breezes and nighttime inland breezes cooled Tenuta San Guido's vineyards, mitigating the scorching heat.
We speak of Umbria's Paolo Bea in the same breath as Quintarelli, Valentini, Gravner, and Rinaldi; these Italian producers craft rustic, authentic wines that defy standards and draw few comparisons. Today, we're very proud to debut four glorious full-throttle Paolo Bea wines--two Sagrantino reds, one voluptuous orange wine, and one mind-bendingly delicious dessert wine. Paolo Bea is a standard bearer in Italy's natural wine movement and a signature producer here at IWM, and today's offer lets you fill your wine cellars with Bea's balanced and supple '12 Sagrantino di Montefalco Secco Pagliaro and its dense, explosive'12 Umbria Rosso Vigna San Valentino, both big red wines.
April 1, 2019
The “Sassicaia of Sardegna,” Agricola Punica’s Gorgeous 2013 Barrua
March 29, 2019
Graceful $55 Alpine Nebbiolo from Roberto Conterno!
IWM first started offering Agricola Punica's wines in 2008, and for more than a decade, our clients have loved them. It's not really a surprise. Although located in Sardegna, Agricola Punica is the collaboration of some serious wine all-stars. Spearheaded by Tenuta San Guido's Sebastiano Rosa and aided by Marchese Nicolò Incisa della Rocchetta, the 370-acre estate also boasts the efforts of the late, great Giacomo Tachis, the guiding hand behind Super-Tuscan greats Sassicaia, Tignanello, Solaia, and others. In fact, Tachis first saw the potential for Sardegnian wines while visiting on vacation. He convinced Rosa and Rocchetta to join him, and soon Agricola Punica was born as a joint venture between Tenuta San Guido and the Sardegnian cooperative Cantina Sociale di Santadi.
About a decade ago, Roberto Conterno, the owner-winemaker of the world-famous Giacomo Conterno estate in Barolo, wanted to discover something new about Nebbiolo, and he looked beyond Barolo for inspiration. In a bold move, Roberto purchased the Nervi estate, the oldest winery in Gattinara, thus becoming the first Barolo producer to expand their holdings into Alto Piemonte. Located 75 miles north of Alba, Alto Piemonte holds the highest elevations in all of Piemonte's winemaking regions--along with extraordinary terroir, unique soils, and old-vine Nebbiolo. The Conterno team has felt energized by Nervi's exceptional terroir, and they've been working hard to craft terroir-driven, full-throttle wines from the estate's vineyards.
March 28, 2019
Quintessential Warm Weather White from Sicilia’s Nino Barraco
March 27, 2019
Benchmark Artisanal Barbaresco from San Giuliano, Under $50!
As springtime weather warms our hearts, we can't help but think of warm-weather wines, and today we're delighted to bring you one of our new favorites: Nino Barraco 2017 Catarratto Terre Siciliane. While Marsala in the far west of Sicilia is best known for its sweet wines, Nino Barraco is devoted to crafting terroir-driven, intense, and dry wines that evoke their wild, sea-swept, sunny climate. Nino took the helm of his family estate in 2004, and among his first moves was to institute organic growing practices for the estate's 17 acres, and shortly thereafter, Nino also made his vinicultural protocol non-interventionist and wholly organic.
Nebbiolo lovers know how difficult it is to find affordable Barbaresco--and today, we're delighted to debut San Giuliano's gleaming, gorgeous 2015 Barbaresco, a steal at its under $50 price point. The Barbaresco region 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. Like its sibling, Barolo, Barbaresco is a labor-intensive, long-aging wine crafted from the fussy long-ripening Nebbiolo grape that requires a substantial amount of time and work before release. Like Barolo, Barbaresco commands a price that befits that labor and time.
March 26, 2019
Nine Groundbreaking Rocche dei Manzoni Barolo Wines at Very Special Pricing!
March 25, 2019
Debuting Valdicava’s Captivating, Classic 2013 Brunello Riserva Madonna del Piano
Renowned for its modernist bent, Rocche dei Manzoni has shockingly long roots in the Manzoni Soprani area of Monforte d'Alba--the estate began in the eighteenth century, which makes it one of the region's oldest. However venerable, Rocche dei Manzoni's modern era began in 1974 when Valentino Migliorini and his wife, Jolanda, purchased the estate. Valentino worked hard to craft wines that expressed his vision, to bring his Barolos to the world, and to raise the status of a region that wasn't then well known outside of Italy. Beyond that, he was the first to plant Chardonnay in the Langhe; he pioneered aging Nebbiolo in barriques; he championed cru Barolo production; and he produced some of the Langhe's premiere blends.
Valdicava's breakout Brunello Riserva Madonna del Piano, one of Montalcino's first single-vineyard Brunello wines, arguably sets the standard for cru Brunello. Its terroir is one reason. The vineyards of Valdicava, which gets its name from the Valdicava Valley, sit on a high plain in the coldest part of Toscana's Brunello zone. Wines from this sub-region show a signature balance between body and perfume, offering great structure combined with intoxicating aromatics. The Madonna del Piano vineyard occupies the middle of both the Valdicava Valley and the Valdicava estate--it's an exceptional location with terrific natural resources that provide the Valdicava team with the raw materials to craft an exceptional wine.
March 22, 2019
Breathtaking New Barbaresco and Barolo Releases from Bruno Giacosa
March 21, 2019
Five Big, Beautiful Chavy-Chouet 2017 Recent Releases!
Bruno Giacosa, who passed away in January 2018, still stands as one of the most respected producers of traditionally styled Barolo and Barbaresco. Learning from his father and grandfather, Giacosa crafted long-aging, nuanced wines that are beloved by aficionados and coveted by collectors. Bruno was influenced by Piemonte's winemaking traditions, and he found his inspiration in wines from the past, when there was less sophistication, fewer treatments, and less handling. In the old days, Bruno would point out, things were done more simply and with more care. As Bruno's forebears taught him, Bruno taught his children, and today, Bruno's daughter, Bruna, has taken the reins at her father's estate, which continues to create great, age-worthy, traditional wines.
Seventh-generation winemaker Hubert Chavy-Chouet sold the grapes he grew for decades, but then he decided he could do better. In the 1990s, Hubert started estate-bottling his own wines, devoting his labors to making exceptionally pure, unadulterated wines from his 37-acre estate. Comprising 70 parcels that span 15 appellations in Meursault, Puligny-Montrachet, Saint-Aubin, Volnay and Pommard, Chavy-Chouet is an "insider's" estate, and its dynamic, detailed wines are beloved by critics, connoisseurs, and even common Burgheads. Hubert sadly passed away in 2014, but his son Romaric has been running the estate since 2006.
March 20, 2019
Affordable, Incredible Clos Bellane Duo Debuts!
March 19, 2019
Bold, Beautiful Cult Classic from Edoardo Valentini
When third-generation winemaker Stéphane Vedeau began looking for his newest Rhône Valley project, he had two imperatives: go high and go North! After much searching, Vedeau (who also makes wines at Ferme du Mont in Châteauneuf-du-Pape and Jeannine Boutin, a northern Rhône estate named after his mother) settled on a 105-acre property located just outside Valréas, and in 2010, Clos Bellane was born. High up in the most northern section of the Southern Rhône, Clos Bellane is an organic wonderland with steeply pitched, eastern-facing vineyards ringed by truffle-rich woods and dotted with more than 120 beehives.
The late, great Edoardo Valentini was famously close-mouthed when it came to talking about his wines. He didn't divulge his secrets, he disdained talking to the press, and he really didn't care to market what he made. Instead, he kept quiet, tending his 170 acres, selecting from the harvest only 5-10% of his grapes to bottle, and using very traditional methods to make the wine, like fermentation in glass-lined cement tanks and extended aging in neutral oak botti. Each year, the Valentini estate crafts fewer than 40,000 bottles, or fewer than 4,000 cases for the estate's total production, so these wines aren't just high quality, they're hard to find.
March 18, 2019
Brilliant Benchmark $22 Barbera from Giovanni Rosso!
March 15, 2019
Debuting Montevertine’s 2015 Flagship, the Outstanding Montevertine Rosso!
Barolo may be the "king of wines" but Barbera is the "people's wine," an early-drinking, thoroughly delicious, and absolutely traditional Piemonte bottling. Barbera has long filled the gap for Piemonte's producers who make long-aging Nebbiolo wines, Barolo and Barbaresco, but Barbera's appeal is universal. It's affordable, it's food-friendly, and, when it comes from a thoughtful producer, Barbera over-delivers on expectations and its modest price point. Today, we're delighted to present Giovanni Rosso's delectable, beautifully made 2015 Barbera d'Alba Donna Margherita, a juicy and traditional Barbera bottling that packs a wallop at $22, while offering a tantalizing glimpse of the banner 2015 vintage, a classic ripe growing year in Piemonte.
Montevertine's Sergio Manetti redefined the Super-Tuscan revolution when he shifted the focus to his love, Sangiovese. A former steel manufacturer who started making wine as a hobby, Manetti turned his vacation home into his winery and devoted his life's work to Sangiovese. Manetti didn't like the way that other producers added "vitigni migliorativi," or grapes like Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, or Cabernet Franc, to Sangiovese in an attempt to produce a more "international" wine with broader appeal. In response to this adulteration, Manetti became a Sangiovese purist, debuting his mono-varietal Sangiovese Le Pergole Torte in 1977 and leaving the Chianti Consorzio in 1981.
March 14, 2019
Once-In-a-Lifetime Wine, Giacomo Conterno 1961 Barolo
March 13, 2019
IWM Flash Sale! Special Pricing on 110 Marvelous Magnums!
This fact may surprise the fans of Giacomo Conterno's world-famous Barolo wines, but until the 1970s, this estate owned no vineyards. Instead, Giacomo Conterno relied upon trusted farmers and purchased select old-vine grapes for their wines. But as farmers increasingly began bottling their own wine, the Giacomo Conterno estate felt the need to purchase its own land, and in 1974, the estate purchased the densely planted 40-acre Francia vineyard, one of Piemonte's great sites and the source of the estate's legendary Barolo Monfortino, as well as its Barolo Cascina Francia.
The only way to follow up yesterday's flash sale on single bottles is to announce a bigger, grander, and more luxurious flash sale. Today, we're excited to announce IWM's Marvelous Magnums Flash Sale, a roster of more than 100 wines in big bottles, all at very special time-sensitive pricing! This compelling list of red, white, and sparkling wines in large-format bottles includes IWM's signature Italian producers, select French winemakers, and a few special Spanish wines, all for 15% off their regular pricing when you pick a three-pack. You can choose from an array of wines for your cellar and your table, ensuring that your guests' glasses will never run dry!
March 12, 2019
Super Singles Flash Sale, More than 230 Wines at Special Pricing!
March 11, 2019
Superb $70 Brunello from Antinori’s Pian delle Vigne
A celebration of one-hit wonders and one-of-a-kind wines, IWM's Super Singles Flash Sale is a singular delight! You'll find more than 230 bottles of wine, all at special pricing, and each one comes with the "IWM Difference," our assurance of perfect care throughout the wine's lifespan. 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, Bordeaux, Champagne, and surprising bottles like old-vine Argentinian Pinot Noir or collector Bordeaux-style blends from California and Italy.
Pian delle Vigne, purchased by the Antinori family in 1995, illustrates how the Antinori excellence in Tuscany extends beyond the borders of Chianti Classico and Bolgheri and into the center of Montalcino. 470 acres in total, Pian delle Vigne sits south of Montalcino near the Orcia River Valley and has more than 160 acres planted to vine, about half of which date back to the estate's founding. A mix of clay and limestone, Pian delle Vigne's stony vineyards receive southwest exposure, ideal for ripening the estate's Sangiovese grapes. Today, we're delighted to present a new allocation of Pian delle Vigne's outstanding 2013 Brunello di Montalcino, a vibrant, layered and classic Brunello that encapsulates the excellence of the vintage!
March 8, 2019
Seductive, Superb Under $60 Il Poggione Brunello
March 7, 2019
Delicious, Dazzling $30 Il Bruciato from Antinori’s Guado al Tasso!
Founded at the close of the nineteenth century, Montalcino's Il Poggione began its modern era in 1958 when renowned enologist Pierluigi Talenti accepted the post of winemaker at the Franceschi family's estate. Il Poggione soon 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. Not just historic, Il Poggione is also fortuitously located, tucked in the southern Brunello di Montalcino zone near Sant'Angelo in Colle, where its microclimate encourages the vines to grow ripe, fresh, concentrated grapes. Winemaker Alessandro Bindocci (with a little help from his father, Fabrizio) crafts one of IWM's most beloved Brunello wines.
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 and under $30 a bottle, Il Bruciato is the Bolgheri Super Tuscan you'll want to enjoy every night of the week, and it lets you experience a new vintage years before you'll be able to enjoy the flagship Guado al Tasso. Today, we're delighted to present special, time-sensitive pricing on the dazzling, muscular 2016 Il Bruciato release.
March 6, 2019
Debuting Château de la Maltroye’s Surprising, Stellar 2016 Wines!
March 5, 2019
Two “Sleeper Vintage” Releases from Cult Canalicchio di Sopra
Today, we're excited to debut eight 2016 wines from Château de la Maltroye, one of IWM's signature Burgundy producers. Marked by hail, thunderstorms, mold, and frost, the 2016 growing season threw myriad challenges at Burgundy's vignerons, but Maltroye's unique microclimates, pure luck, and unquestionable skill turned the vintage's raw materials into a roster of radiant, must-have wines. Large for a family estate, Château de la Maltroye sprawls across 40 acres, but while it's large, Maltroye isn't very old for a Burgundy house--the estate dates back only to the eighteenth century--and its current owners, the Cornut family, have owned it since the mid-1950s.
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, and this location allows the estate to craft outstanding wines in challenging years because, sheltered by Monte Amiata and kissed by the sea, Canalicchio's special microclimates can spare its vineyards from excessive heat or rain, protect them from hail, and generally help the estate's grapes to ripen evenly when other producers are left high and dry.
March 4, 2019
IWM’s Favorite Under $76 Amarone!
March 1, 2019
Italian Merlot from Iconic Roberto Voerzio
It's hard to find affordable Amarone, but Brigaldara makes one of our favorites. Located on the slopes of the Marano Valley in the Valpolicella region of the Veneto, Brigaldara's scant 125 acres are owned by the Cesari family, who began making wine in the 1970's using their fifteenth-century villa's farmhouse as their cantina, fermenting the wines on the structure's top floor and aging them on the bottom. Brigaldara believes the wine is made in the vineyards, and its wines are evocative, transparent expressions. Today, IWM is delighted to present a new allocation of Brigaldara 2013 Amarone della Valpolicella, a gorgeous, classic Amarone that marries richness with detail. Best of all, this wine is priced at around $76 a bottle, making it a luxury you can't live without.
Roberto Voerzio, the mad scientist of Piemonte, is exacting, meticulous, and dedicated, almost to the point of lunacy. A believer in the value of cru wines, Voerzio produces Barolos and one Barbera Riserva from some of the most highly esteemed sites of the La Morra commune--Brunate, La Serra, Cerequio, Rocche dell'Annunziata, Vecchie Vite dei Capalot e dell Brunate, and Sarmassa. Voerzio's wines have garnered an ardent following of impassioned fans who excitedly await every new release. But while Voerzio is most famous for its cru Barolo wines, the estate also makes a serious Merlot, and today, we're delighted to present the BEST PRICE in the country on a complementary pair of Voerzio Langhe Merlot bottlings.
February 28, 2019
Paolo Bea’s Ageless, Bewitching Sagrantino Secco Vigneto Cerette
February 27, 2019
Lush, Vibrant Aldo Conterno Barolo Cicala Duo!
Thick-skinned, slow ripening Sagrantino has a murky history. Some claim the grape is indigenous to Umbria, others suggest it was brought to Umbria during the twelfth century, possibly by Franciscan friars, possibly by Saracens, possibly by the Spanish. What is clear is that the grape almost died out in the 1960s, rescued from the brink of annihilation by Marco Caprai, who dedicated himself to making it flourish. When you're talking about Sagrantino, however, flourishing is a relative term. Sagrantino may be the flagship grape of Umbria and a DOCG wine since 1992 in the Montefalco region, but even there it grows on only 250 acres, in the hands of fewer than thirty producers. Pretty limited, especially when stacked up against Piemonte's Nebbiolo or Toscana's Sangiovese.
The late, great Aldo Conterno was born into a legendary winemaking family. The Conterno home in Monforte d'Alba centers around the prized Bussia Soprano vineyard in the heart of the Barolo region of Serralunga, where the Conterno family has been producing and aging the 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. The more internationally styled of the two Conterno estates, Aldo Conterno's wines aren't considered modern, and, indeed, over the past decade, Aldo Conterno's wines have grown yet more traditional in style.
February 26, 2019
Stunning Ripe Vintage Barolo from Antinori’s Prunotto Estate
February 25, 2019
Nervi-Conterno 2015 Gattinara, Surprising Alpine Nebbiolo from a Barolo Great!
IWM has long championed the wines from the Antinori family, a 600-year-old winemaking dynasty who makes wines that embody Italian tradition while still being approachable for wine-lovers new to Italian wine. Most of our clients have come to know Antinori through its Super-Tuscan greats, Solaia and Tignanello in Chianti Classico and Guado al Tasso in Bolgheri, but while the Tuscan roots of the Antinori family are long and deep, family members have expanded the Antinori tree far beyond the borders of Toscana. Today, we're delighted to offer a wine that illustrates how well the family succeeds at crafting Barolo, the emblematic wine of Italy's North, and how completely they've taken to their historic Piemonte estate, Prunotto.
A region that has been making wine since Roman times, Gattinara sits hills that extend west from Novara and Vercelli toward the Alps of the northeastern corner of Piemonte. While under the modern wine world's radar, Gattinara was better known in the nineteenth century for its production of Nebbiolo wines--here called Spanna--than Barolo and Barbaresco are today. Nebbiolo struggles for ripeness on the mountainside vineyards of the Gattinara zone, whose primarily clay soils turn to a grittier composition of glacial moraine in higher elevations. Although Gattinara received DOC status in 1967, it languished in relative obscurity until its DOCG elevation in 1990. Now it is increasingly known for some of the supplest, longest-aging, and most delicate expressions of Nebbiolo you can find.
February 22, 2019
Quintarelli’s “Labor of Love” and Sergio Esposito Remembers Gianfranco Soldera
February 21, 2019
Affordable, Classic 2010 Barolo from Artisanal Scarzello!
Quintarelli always releases its wine on its own schedule, and that's just as true with its Recioto, which typically sees more than a decade of aging before it hits the market. Today, we're proud to present special, time-sensitive pricing on Quintarelli's powerful, nuanced and layered 2004 Recioto, a wine that debuted in 2016. Now with fifteen years of age on it, this Recioto is starting to fire on all cylinders, but it's still a young wine, and it'll drink for years--even decades--to come!
The small, unsung Scarzello estate dedicates itself to crafting great tasting, authentic Piemonte wines. Mixing some modern methods with its traditional winemaking protocol, Scarzello crafts elegant yet playful Barolo that, delicious as it is now, will be even better in a decade. Through idiosyncratic choices like aging its Barolo a year longer than DOCG law dictates, Scarzello makes wine that will please true Barolo fans. Our portfolio managers love to pour Scarzello Barolo at tastings, and our clients love the surprise of this little-known estate's Barolo--its lovely balance, its Piemonte terroir, and its unquestionable high quality.
February 20, 2019
Beautiful, Bubbly Less than $60 a Bottle!
February 19, 2019
Back by Client Demand: Antinori's 2011 Prunotto Barolo Bussia Vigna Colonnello Riserva
Billecart-Salmon has a discernable house style, one that relies heavily on really excellent grapes, most of which they grow themselves on 37 acres of vineyards, the rest deriving from very trusted farmers. More than merely a celebration in a bottle, a Billecart-Salmon Champagne is a perfect wine to toast to achievements, business ventures, or life-changing events, as well as a delightful complement to a wide variety of dishes, from roast veal, to seafood, to poached peaches, to brunch. Today, we are delighted to present special, time-sensitive pricing on Billecart-Salmon's always elegant, flinty and superb Brut Réserve Champagne.
Venerable and respected, Prunotto got its start in 1904, when Alfred Prunotto helped to establish a wine collective in Serralunga, and after the collective disbanded in 1922, Alfred founded his own winery in its place. Thirty years later, as Alfred looked to retire, he turned his winery over to enologist Beppe Colla, who ran it until retirement in the '90s. Along with Ceretto, Beppe launched the idea of single-vineyard bottlings of Barolo and Barbaresco, using Burgundy's model to create what many wine-lovers see as the region's grand crus. Antinori joined forces with Prunotto in 1989, and a year later, Albiera Antinori took control of the project.
February 15, 2019
Gaja’s Radiant, Crisp 2017 Chardonnay Rossj-Bass Debuts!
February 14, 2019
Giuseppe Rinaldi’s Serious, Spellbinding 2016 Barbera d’Alba
Gaja's penchant for innovation once had its detractors, but the estate has proven Angelo's visionary moves, for Gaja's wines are among the world's most acclaimed and sought-after bottlings, whether reds or whites. While Gaja's more famous white is his renowned Chardonnay Gaia & Rey, his Rossj-Bass, Chardonnay with a kiss of Sauvignon Blanc, is a delicious, complex, and approachable bottling that could only come from the lands of Gaja. Today, we're delighted to announce the release of the lush, crisp, and radiant 2017 Rossj-Bass, a perennial IWM favorite presented at the BEST PRICE in the States.
This past September, the wine world lost Giuseppe Rinaldi, one of the great Barolo traditionalists. Beppe, as he was known to his friends and family, was most famous for his age-worthy Barolo wines that he made in painstaking methods as his grandfather did--fermenting in tini, or tall oak vats, without temperature control and with only natural yeasts, and aging his wines in giant botti. Beppe trained his daughters, Carlotta, who tends to the vineyards, and Marta, who cares for the winery, in his traditional ways. These women have seamlessly assumed control of their father's estate, ensuring his legacy for future generations.
February 13, 2019
Brilliant $22 Barbera from the Genius Giovanni Rosso Estate
February 12, 2019
Glorious 2007 Guado al Tasso, a Benchmark Vintage of a Superb Super Tuscan!
Davide Rosso, the owner-winemaker at Giovanni Rosso, a 40-acre, family-owned-and-operated estate in the heart of Serralunga d'Alba, makes tremendous Barolo. You even could say that Barolo is in Rosso's blood--vinegrowers since the late nineteenth century, Giovanni Rosso began estate-bottling its 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 legends Domaine Jean Grivot and Domaine Denis Mortel, took control of the estate, ushering it into the modern age. However, like most Barolo makers (and most Barolo drinkers), Rosso can't live by Barolo alone, and that's why the ambitious, creative Davide Rosso also crafts his affordable, delectable Barbera d'Alba Donna Margherita.
Guado al Tasso, the Antinori family's flagship wine from its eponymous Bolgheri estate, is one of IWM's fastest selling wines--so much so that it's hard to secure back vintages of Guado al Tasso because the wine's many fans snapped up their bottles upon release. This means that Guado al Tasso enthusiasts who want to enjoy vintage bottles of their favorite wine are often out of luck, but today, we're excited to be able to provide an opportunity to enjoy the 2007 Guado al Tasso, a benchmark ripe vintage that marries intensity with energy, concentration with focus, and accessibility with longevity. Best of all, this wine's $129 pricing makes it an affordable, perfectly aged luxury.
February 11, 2019
Antonio Ferrari’s 60-Year-Old Puglian Gem
February 7, 2019
Bold, Beautiful 2016 Super Tuscan from Antinori’s Le Mortelle
Every important wine has a story, but few have a story as good as that of Antonio Ferrari. He didn't intend to be a winemaker, but when this Piemonte native visited Puglia in the late 1920s, he was struck by Cupid's arrow, fell in love with the land, and became obsessed with its grapes. Beginning in 1938, Ferrari became devoted to winemaking, and to Puglia's Primitivo, Negroamaro and Malvasia grapes. Ferrari didn't just want to make passable wine; he wanted to make amazing wine. He succeeded. In devotion to his winemaking, Ferrari lived a life that made him eat, sleep and drink wine.
Antinori may have centuries of winemaking history behind it, and it may be responsible for iconic wines like Tignanello and Solaia, but it also has holdings throughout Toscana, across Italy, and around the world! 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. Located on the Maremma Coast not far from the family's Bolgheri estate Guado al Tasso, the Antinori family's Le Mortelle, which gets its name from the wild myrrh that blankets the region, was once part of a larger estate called La Badiola that was born in the nineteenth century when the Duchy drained the marshy areas around Grosseto.
February 6, 2019
Benchmark Tignanello Chianti Classico Riserva in Mags and Double Mags!
February 5, 2019
Antinori’s Game-Changing Chardonnay, With Special Pricing!
A family with more than 600 years of winemaking history, Antinori has estates all over Toscana--and all over the world--but the family began in the area now known as Chianti Classico, the heart of the Chianti making regions. However entrenched the family's roots in the area, in 1975, Piero Antinori decided that his Tignanello estate would leave the Consorzio Vino Chianti Classico, the governing body of the eponymous wine, because he felt unhappy with the consortium's regulations, standards and lack of clarity. It was a bold move, and you have to imagine that the Consorzio keenly felt Piero's decision.
When wine-lovers are pressed to name Italy's outstanding wine regions, Umbria will most likely be absent. Though it abuts Toscana (and shares many of the same geographical features), Umbria is overshadowed by its more illustrious neighbor. Umbrian native Renzo Cotarella, the CEO and Chief Enologist at the Antinori family of estates, wanted to bring his homeland to the wine world's attention, and he did when he created Cervaro della Sala Chardonnay with the vision of estate owner Piero Antinori. Fresh out of enology school in 1979, Cotarella began making wines at the Antinori family's Umbrian outpost, Castello della Sala, and almost as immediately began planting international white grapes--Chardonnay, Pinot Blanc, Pinot Gris and Sauvignon Blanc.
February 4, 2019
Fiorano 1993 No. 32 Bianco, a Fairytale White from a Prince
February 1, 2019
Benchmark 2007 Quintarelli Amarone Riserva Debuts!
When Ludovisi came near the end of his life, he tore up his vineyards to ensure his unadulterated legacy, and he passed his private cellar to the iconoclastic Italian wine critic Luigi Veronelli, who left a portion to IWM's Sergio Esposito. 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. Today, we are proud to present the Fiorano 1993 No. 32 Bianco, offered with special, time-sensitive pricing. It's a remarkably fresh decades-old wine that will linger in your memory long after the bottle is empty.
Giuseppe Quintarelli stands as the Veneto's most significant producer, renowned for his mystical, cellar-worthy Amarone, Recioto, and Alzero. Quintarelli, who passed away in 2012, was an absolute traditionalist who never changed the techniques set by his father Silvio Quintarelli in the 1920s. Relying on his forbears' techniques, Quintarelli steadfastly held to a rigorous concept of vintage approval and strict grape selection. He patiently let his wines rest in large Slovenian oak casks until they finished their fermentations, and he released his wines only when he decided that it was time.
January 31, 2019
Davide Rosso’s Historic, Spellbinding 2015 Lange Nebbiolo Ester Canale Rosso
January 30, 2019
Drink Me Now: Gaja’s Juicy, Smoky 2007 Brunello Sugarille
A trained enologist who studied at Burgundy's Domaine Jean Grivot and Domaine Denis Mortel, Davide has the background to make the most of his eleven parcels of vines, and given that Giovanni Rosso's vineyards sit in prime Barolo vineyards of La Serra, Vigna Rionda and Cerretta, he has awesome raw materials. Wine insiders have long been calling Davide "ambitious," and now his ambition--and his very hard work--is paying off in terrific, terroir-driven wines that are exciting wine critics and wine connoisseurs alike. Today, we're delighted to present the BEST PRICE in the country on a new allocation of Giovanni Rosso's 2015 Langhe Nebbiolo Ester Canale Rosso, a true, traditionally crafted "baby Barolo" and the inaugural vintage of this wine.
The showpiece of Gaja's Pieve Santa Restituta holdings is undoubtedly its 12-acre Sugarille vineyard. Historical records show that this Sugarille plot has been growing grapes since 1541, and it's easy to understand why. This southwestern-facing parcel sports clayey soils that are studded with white rocks, a combination that gives excellent drainage while stressing the vines, making their roots dig deep to find nutrients in the soil. Wafted with breezes from the Tyrrhenian Sea, Sugarille's Sangiovese Grosso grapes are the perfect raw materials with which to craft long-aging, balanced, entrancing Brunelli, and Gaja's wine is exactly this.
January 29, 2019
Luscious, Layered and Savory, Antinori's Cru 2012 Brunello Riserva
January 28, 2019
Brilliant, Bold, Beautiful 2015 Le Pergole Torte Debuts!
Today, IWM is proud to present the BEST PRICE in the country on a new allocation of the lush, stylish 2012 vintage of Antinori's cru Pian Delle Vigne Brunello di Montalcino Riserva Ferrovia. This gorgeous and textured Brunello Riserva gets its name, "Ferrovia," from the nineteenth-century railway station on the estate's property, and it's a cru wine that puts its rich, mineral-laden terroir in the spotlight. Characterful yet approachable, this wine could only come from the hands of Antinori, and it evokes all the structure of its landmark vintage while embodying the caressing approachability that makes wines from the Antinori family so very beloved.
Founder Sergio Manetti may have started the Monteverine 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 the torch for Tuscan winemaking. Arguably the finest expression of Sangiovese, Le Pergole Torte is a darling among not only connoisseurs of that grape but wine-lovers around the world. Montevertine's flagship wine gives Sangiovese its due, placing it alongside Burgundy's Pinot Noir in terms of age-ability, finesse and nuance.
January 25, 2019
Il Palazzone 2001 Brunello, a Must-Have Sleeper Vintage
January 24, 2019
Revisiting Gaja's Triumphant 2013 Barbaresco Trio
The wines of Il Palazzone have long been a favorite of IWM's clients and staff. Il Palazzone rests on a beautiful prospect that overlooks the valley of Montalcino below. Upon buying the estate in 2000, Dick Parsons, the former Chairman of Citigroup and current CEO of the LA Clippers, hired enologist Paolo Vagaggini and agronomist Massimo Achilli to help him create the kind of Brunello--elegant, refined, aromatic, long-lived and intense--that he himself enjoys. Now headed by enologist Maurizio Castelli, the Il Palazzone team uses only natural, organic products in the vineyards; it relies on cover crops to nurture the soil and to retain water; and it employs painstaking manual techniques like green harvests to help the fussy Sangiovese Grosso ripen fully.
As Angelo has been turning over the estate to the hands of his children, Gaia, Rossana and Giovanni, the maverick Gaja estate has opted to drop the Barbera component and return its cru Barbaresco trio to its original DOCG status. Gaja also opted to label the wines "DOP," or Demoninazione Origine Protteta, the European Union equivalent to Italy's DOCG. These are subtle changes, but the make for outstanding--even monumental--Barbaresco wines. Gaja's 2013 bottlings of its Sorì San Lorenzo, Sorì Tildìn, and Costa Russi have much to offer their many fans--indeed, Gaja's cru Barbaresco bottlings from the 2013 vintage are likely to be legendary.
January 23, 2019
Super Syrah Flash Sale! 12 Northern Rhône Wines from Marquee Makers!
January 22, 2019
Vega Sicilia’s Glorious 2013 Valbuena 5º Debuts!
The famous slope of Hermitage, just above the village of Tain l'Hermitage in the northern Rhône, has a curious detail not found in most of the world's wine regions: big, bold, impossible to miss advertising. Not crass advertising, of course, rather something more akin to a vinous equivalent of the "Hollywood" sign. Utilizing brick walls in place to prevent slope erosion as their canvas, some of the most famous vintners in the region have painted their names in large block letters for all visitors to see. Guigal, Jaboulet, and M. Chapoutier are among of the most prominent, and their lush, powerful and intense wines have made the Syrah grape famous.
Vega Sicilia has a long, fascinating history. In 1864 Don Eloy Lecanda Chaves, a Spanish aristocrat whose father had gifted him with land for a vineyard, returned from Bordeaux carrying a plenitude of Bordelaise vine clippings: Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and others. The estate's early interpretations of Bordeaux-style blends were questionable, so the estate ripped up many of the imported vines, planting in their place Tinto Fino, a clone of Tempranillo and Spain's most emblematic grape, and a wine legend was born. In 1982, after a series of changing owners, Vega Sicilia came to rest in the hands of the Alvarez family, who continues to the tradition of crafting Spain's most collectable and sought-after wines.
January 21, 2019
Grattamacco’s Striking 2015 Flagship Returns!
January 18, 2019
Pop This $22 Wine with Chocolate, French Toast, Cheesecake and More!
The Super-Tuscan vintage of 2015 has been making wine insiders very excited ever since the hot, dry summer turned into a picture-perfect, temperate harvest. Now that the wines have been on the market for about a year, it's clear that the excitement was very justified. Today, we're delighted to present a new allocation of Grattamacco's stunning 2015 Bolgheri Rosso Superiore, a wine that will make you fall in love with this under-the-radar estate (assuming you haven't already). We've long said that Grattamacco makes the best Super Tuscans you haven't heard enough about, and the 2015 vintage of Grattamacco's flagship knocks it out of the park for less than $100 a bottle!
Crafted in small batches, the Brachetto d'Acqui DOC, which is located in Piemonte, is beloved for its light, elegant, frizzante wines that may be the best after-dinner drinks you've never heard of. With its slight sweetness, minimal fizz, and great bunches of berries, Brachetto d'Acqui is a perfect wine to accompany fruit and chocolate, two things Piemonte does best. Today, IWM is pleased to present a wine we love to serve with our dolci at our tasting events, Ca' dei Mandorli 2016 Brachetto d'Acqui Donne dei Boschi.
January 17, 2019
Spellbinding 2015 Aldo Conterno Nebbiolo for Under $70!
January 16, 2019
Luminous, Artisanal Livio Sassetti Brunello, Under $80 a Bottle!
Nebbiolo is Piemonte's best-known grape and the basis for its best-loved wines, Barolo and Barbaresco. A beautiful, black-skinned grape, Nebbiolo is indigenous to the hills surrounding Alba situated southeast of Turin, and its name is likely derivative of the Italian word for fog, nebbia, although it's unclear whether that fog refers to the white tinge that covers the grapes as they ripen or to the mist surrounding the Langhe hills in October or November. Two things are certain: not only is Nebbiolo a very old grape, but it's also one that has been recognized for centuries for its greatness.
IWM loves to champion family-owned estates that make artisanal wines, and this is why we love Livio Sassetti Pertimali. The Sassetti family has been farming for many generations, and winemaking has long been their livelihood--as well as their passion. Livio Sassetti inherited the winemaking tradition from his father, 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, located in northern Montalcino, and he founded the Pertimali estate, named for a cottage on the property.
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.
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