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September 20, 2018
Nearly Perfect Comte Georges de Vogüé 2012 Musigny Vieilles Vignes
September 19, 2018
Silky, Powerful Under $80 Renzo Seghesio Barolo Ginestra!
Few Burgundy producers can trace their lineage back more than five hundred years, but Claire de Causans and Marie de Ladoucette, the granddaughters of the late Comte Georges de Vogüé and the owners of the estate that bear his name, can do exactly that. Comte Georges de Vogüé is an old, great, and inventive estate, one that reckons among its holdings nearly three quarters of the entire Musigny grand cru, and this renowned vineyard plot, along with the domaine's other stellar holdings, inspires winemaker François Millet and viticulturist Eric Bourgogne to do their utmost to make expressive, elegant and age-worthy Burgundies.
Today, IWM is very happy to present special, time-sensitive pricing on a new allocation of Renzo Seghesio 2011 Barolo Ginestra and estate's 2012 Barolo Ginestra! The grapes for Seghesio's Barolo Ginestra derive from the historic site of Pajana, a vineyard made famous by Domenico Clerico, whose grapes were in part supplied by Renzo Seghesio; in the past half-decade, Seghesio's interpretation of the Ginestra cru has been recognized for its consistency, terroir, and Burgundian finesse. A fabled combination of approachability, Piemonte tradition, and unique terroir, Seghesio's Barolo Ginestra is beloved by IWM clients and staff, and we're excited to present this duo with time-sensitive, special pricing.
September 18, 2018
21 Biondi-Santi Wines, All at Special Pricing!
September 17, 2018
The Antinori Family’s Plush, Electric Cru Barbera
We who love Brunello owe Biondi-Santi a great debt, for Il Greppo gave us Brunello. Estate founder Clemente Santi launched his family's wine business in the mid nineteenth century, but his son Ferruccio took a clone of the Sangiovese grape, known as Sangiovese Grosso, and produced the first Brunello in the late nineteenth century. Ferruccio's son, Tancredi Biondi-Santi, made Brunello famous, forever changing Italy's place in the wine industry. Tancredi's son Franco Biondi-Santi, who passed away in April 2015, brought the estate to greater heights, producing nearly 70,000 bottles a year and leaving a legacy that few winemakers can rival.
Prunotto got its start in 1904, when Alfred Prunotto aided in founding a wine collective in Serralunga; in 1922, this collective disbanded, and Alfred founded his own winery in its place. When Alfred looked to retire, he turned his winery over to enologist Beppe Colla, who ran it with his brother Tino until their retirement in the 1990s. Antinori joined forces with Prunotto in 1989, and a year later, Albiera Antinori took control of the project, aiming to fine-tune the wines of Prunotto. In 1994, Antinori assumed full control of the estate, and since then, Albiera and the Antinori team have quietly been crafting one knockout wine after another.
September 13, 2018
BEST PRICE in the US on 2013 Brunello from Il Poggione!
September 12, 2018
Debuting the “Perfect” 2015 Masseto
One of the oldest and most respected producers in Montalcino, Il Poggione began its modern era in 1958 when enologist Pierluigi Talenti accepted the post of winemaker at the Franceschi family's estate. Under the helm of the super-talented Talenti, Il Poggione's finessed, evocative Brunelli quickly came to the attention of the wine world, and by the time Il Poggione released its 1965 Brunello, the estate had emerged as one of the foremost producers of classic and elegant Brunello. In the past five decades, the estate has only gotten better. These days, the estate is in the hands of father-and-son-team Fabrizio and Alessandro Bindocci, who hew close to traditional methods to craft the estate's wines that are favorites of Sergio Esposito, IWM's founder.
If you are a Super-Tuscan aficionado, a hardcore fan of Merlot, or a connoisseur of Italian wine, you know Masseto. Once crafted as part of the Ornellaia family of wines, Masseto now stands alone. Indeed, the greatness of Masseto moved the Frescobaldi family, who own the Ornellaia estate, to build the iconic Italian Merlot its own home, high on the Masseto Hill. Today, we're delighted to debut the 2015 Masseto, a wine that will unite connoisseurs, critics, and common wine-lovers in unadulterated praise. And while wine critics argue among themselves about whether the '15 Masseto is most like the legendary 2004, 2006, 2007 or 2010 vintages, IWM believes that this towering achievement should be appreciated on its own terms. The 2015 Masseto is a spectacular wine--full stop.
September 11, 2018
Back By Client Demand: Davide Rosso's Genius Langhe Nebbiolo
September 10, 2018
François Gay 2016 Burgundy Debut!
"Wine should be a perfect copy of its terroir," says Davide Rosso, the owner-winemaker at Giovanni Rosso, a 40-acre, family-owned estate in the heart of Serralunga d'Alba. Vine-growers since the late nineteenth century, Giovanni Rosso began crafting estate-bottled wines in 1995, a good idea, since this small yet mighty estate's 11 parcels include holdings in the prime Barolo vineyards of La Serra, Vigna Rionda and Cerretta. In 2001, Davide, a trained enologist who studied at Burgundy's Domaine Jean Grivot and Domaine Denis Mortel, took control of the estate and over the past few years, Davide has moved to sustainable agriculture, built a new cellar that relies on natural wine production, replaced stainless steel tanks with concrete for Barolo production, and forgone fining and filtration.
François Gay is exactly the kind of winemaker that IWM likes to get behind. A favorite of Burgheads in the know, Gay's reputation is made not on critic's scores or extensive press; it's made on the estate's superbly crafted classic Burgundies. Gay's 17-acre Côte de Beaune estate produces fewer than 3,400 cases a year, and the domaine sells the majority of its wine to friends, family and restaurants, so only about 200 cases of Gay's terroir-driven Burgundies make it outside of France. The silver lining is that Gay's low production numbers keep the domaine relatively under the radar, and the price points of the estate's wines are remarkably affordable. In 2011, François' son Pascal rose to the position of head vigneron and now leads the estate's team, and ever since, Gay's wines have somehow grown even more expressive and fine.
September 6, 2018
Sandrone’s Breathtaking ’14 Barolo Debuts! Vintage Quintarelli! And Under $30 Sassicaia Sibling!
September 5, 2018
Elegant Delamotte Blanc de Blancs Brut! Le Boncie’s Tradition! And Sleeper Valdicava!
Luciano Sandrone began his winemaking career as a cellar-man working in the historic Marchesi di Barolo estate, saving his money until he could afford to buy his first parcel of land in Cannubi Boschis in 1977. Because he cleaned out his savings to buy this land, Sandrone made his wines at home in his parents' garage, quietly working and revising his techniques until he caught the wine world's notice with his 1989 and 1990 vintages--and the estate has seen an upward trajectory ever since. Looking towards his eventual retirement, Luciano raised his daughter, Barbara, to follow his winemaking philosophy and to make beautiful, long-aging Baroli that effortlessly straddle the line between modern and traditional.
Songs and poems have been written about it, wars have been fought in its name, and its image is so iconic as to immediately connote style, luxury and pleasure. Champagne is the most imitated, most unique, most recognized and most archetypal wine on the planet. No other wine inspires the kind of reaction that Champagne does; and no other wine embodies celebration like it. As we move into fall and the cold-weather holiday season, it's the time to think about Champagne, and today, we're delighted to spotlight Delamotte Blanc de Blancs Brut, a delicious, concentrated, and complex non-vintage Champagne.
September 4, 2018
Spanish Wine Flash Sale! More Than 40 Bottles at Special Pricing!
August 30, 2018
$37 Alpine Nebbiolo! Marvelous Méo-Camuzet Debut! And Cult Valentini Trebbiano Duo!
Spanish winemaking holds certain similarities to Italy's. Spain's the third biggest producer of wine on the planet; Italy's the second. Both countries have a wealth of indigenous, if little known, grapes, and each country also has millennia of winemaking traditions. In many respects, the global position of wines of Spain are a lot like the wines of Italy were ten years ago--there are spectacular producers and unsung regions that are just now hitting the global market. Within a decade, every in-the-know wine-lover will fill their cellar with Marqués de Murrieta or Artadi, just as they're now doing with wines from Giacomo Conterno or Angelo Gaja. Today, we're delighted to present a special flash sale on more than 40 wines from Spain, all at special pricing for a limited time.
Founded in 1906, Nervi is the oldest winery in Gattanara DOCG, the Nebbiolo wine region that's snuggled into the foothills around Piemonte's Monte Rosa, the second-highest peak in Europe. Nervi was recently purchased by Giacomo Conterno, and the Conterno team works hard to convey this new estate's exceptional terroir, engaging in mindful protocol, aging its wines longer than DOCG rules stipulate, and cutting no corners in order to craft high quality expressions that balance longevity with approachability. It's an exciting time to discover Nervi, and its benchmark 2013 Gattinara is an ideal place to start!
August 29, 2018
Giuseppe Rinaldi's 2014 Baroli Debut! Iconic Poggio di Sotto! And Charles Heidsieck Magnificent Mags!
August 28, 2018
New Releases from Tenuta San Guido and Biondi-Santi! And Meet Your New $25 Red!
For decades, Giuseppe, or Beppe, Rinaldi had released his iconic Barolo Brunate-Le Coste and Barolo Cannubi S. Lorenzo-Ravera, both blends he iconoclastically chose to call by the names of the cru vineyards. A 2009 law required that Beppe change this practice, so Beppe first adapted by bottling two new wines--Rinaldi Brunate, blended with 15% Le Coste, and Barolo Tre Tine, a blend of three crus (though mysteriously unnamed, these three crus are likely San Lorenzo, Ravera and a bit of Le Coste)--and then, Beppe chose to turn over the majority of his estate to his daughters, Marta and Carlotta. Change is often hard, but in the case of the Giuseppe Rinaldi estate, it not merely looks easy--it looks effortless.
The connection between Tenuta San Guido's flagship wine, Sassicaia, and its second wine, Guidalberto, is a palpable one. While not as aristocratic as its big-ticket sibling, Guidalberto hews ever closer to Sassicaia, as the accessible Guidalberto grows more refined, and polished. Today, we're delighted to debut the most recent release of this stellar "second" wine, the intense yet energetic 2016 Guidalberto, a benchmark vintage of this beloved Super-Tuscan wine. While Sassicaia is the most famous Tenuta San Guido bottling, Guidalberto is often the preferred wine for many Bordeaux lovers, and this recent bottling will definitely inflame that passion.
August 27, 2018
Chavy-Chouet New Release Duo! Soldera Brunello Riserva! And 2010 Tignanello!
August 23, 2018
A Trio of Superb Wines from Maison Leroy, Soldera, and Château La Mission Haut-Brion!
After selling his grapes for decades, sixth-generation winemaker Hubert Chavy-Chouet decided he could do better, and since the 1990s he devoted himself to making exceptionally pure, unadulterated wines from his 27-acre estate. Hubert turned over the running of the estate to his son Romaric in 2010, who has not only ensured the domaine's dynasty of saturated and detailed wines but has raised the quality every year. Today, we're delighted to debut the estate's 2017 Meursault Les Narvaux and Puligny-Montrachet Les Enseignères, two insider white Burgundies that will delight Burgheads (and any wine-lover who appreciates well-made Chardonnay).
While in her early 20s, Bize-Leroy began making wine at Maison Leroy, the négociant estate run by her father, Henri Leroy. In 1988, Bize-Leroy wanted to make estate-bottled wine, so she founded Domaine Leroy with vineyard holdings she bought from Domaine Noëllat, later expanding the estate to 54 acres with plots purchased from Philippe-Rémy. Today, Bize-Leroy helms a trio of winemaking enterprises: Maison Leroy, Domaine Leroy, and Domaine d'Auvenay. In the years of creating this empire, Bize-Leroy shocked, angered, elated, and stunned the world of Burgundy, all while crafting wines that have set the standard for their appellations.
August 22, 2018
Ornellaia's "Essential" 2014 Flagship, Top-of-the-Line Chianti Classico, and Lush Valdicava Brunello Riserva
August 21, 2018
Breathtaking Benchmark Redigaffi, 31-Year-Old Biondi-Santi Brunello, and $50 Silvio Nardi Brunello!
Building on Bolgheri's Super-Tuscan boom and choosing vines to showcase its natural, rocky terroir, Ornellaia planted its vineyards with grapes traditional to Bordeaux, forgoing Sangiovese that is so archetypal to Toscana. The estate's 190 acres of predominantly Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot, with small plantings of Cabernet Franc vines, lie on elevated parcels composed of clay, gravel, and loam soils, and its clones of diverse origins yield a rich, nuanced palate. Winemaker Axel Heinz and his team at the estate, owned by the Frescobaldi family for more than a decade, make the most of their raw materials, carefully crafting outstanding wines even in challenging vintages--indeed, Ornellaia wines are so consistently outstanding that it's uncanny.
Tua Rita's cult-inspiring Redigaffi is no ordinary Merlot. Opulent and rich, this Super-Tuscan Merlot derives from organically tended low-yielding vines grown on top of an ancient ocean, and remnants of this former sea imbue its soil with layers of clay, silt, iron and zinc, which impart mineral elements in the wine. These beautiful Merlot grapes enjoy a lengthy maceration period, and the wine receives a lavish aging regimen in new barrels, protocol that makes an accessible and structured wine with layers of lush fruit and deep texture. For these reasons, Redigaffi unites critics, connoisseurs and Italian wine newbies in unadulterated appreciation--and, along with Masseto and Messorio, it's one of Italy's most important Merlot wines.
August 20, 2018
Approachable ’14 Tignanello, Antinori’s Silky Aglianico, and Benchmark Biondi-Santi Brunello Riserva
August 16, 2018
Vietti Barolo! Lamarche Burgundy! And Talenti Brunello Riserva!
Many wine-lovers first fall in love with the Antinori family's wines when they drink the family's Super-Tuscan Tignanello. One of Italy's most famous cru wines, Tignanello derives from a single 140-acre southwestern-facing plot of limestone-rich soils. As one of the premiere Super-Tuscan wines, Tignanello's extraordinary high quality forced neighboring producers to up their games, helping to create a renaissance in the region's winemaking. Although the wine reflects its vintage, Tignanello is typified by soft, juicy red and black fruits laid atop a framework of spice, smoke, minerals and earth. It's a beguiling, elegant wine that ages beautifully and speaks with the soul of its Toscana terroir.
While Vietti winery began four generations ago, Alfredo Currado brought the estate into the modern era in the twentieth century. Currado was the first Barolo maker to release his wines in America, and among the first to bottle cru Barolo, and in many ways, he changed the way that staid Piemonte made, marketed, and conceived its wine. Today, Luca Currado leads the Vietti estate and employs a unique combination of modern and traditional winemaking with barriques, botti, and open-top fermenters to craft the estate's world-class, intense wines. Currado doesn't believe in tasting notes because he doesn't want to prejudice wine lovers with another's perceptions; he had relied upon his winemaking dedication and innovation--and his work has made Vietti Baroli the darlings of critics and connoisseurs alike.
August 15, 2018
Domaine Ponsot Flash Sale!
August 14, 2018
Must-Have La Rioja Alta Rioja Gran Reserva, Tignanello Chianti Classico, and Eroica Riesling!
Today, we're pleased to present special time-sensitive pricing on almost thirty Ponsot bottlings from 2011, 2012 and 2013 (and we're throwing in one spectacular Ponsot Morey-St-Denis 1er Cru Cuvée Alouettes from 2009 for good measure). Ranging from whites like Ponsot's exceptional Bourgogne Aligoté Blanc and collector Corton-Charlemagne Grand Cru to Ponsot's stable of grand cru red Burgundies, this special Ponsot offer has at least one wine to make discriminating Burgheads very, very happy. Allocations are strictly limited, and this offer's special pricing will last only 48 hours.
Formed in 1890 as a partnership of five quality-conscious growers seeking make high quality modern Rioja, La Rioja Alta is a standard bearer of Spanish wines. At the time, phylloxera was ravaging French vineyards, and connoisseurs had to look elsewhere for their fine wine. The region's only real disadvantage was its remoteness, cut off from the lucrative markets to the north by the same mountains that ensured its favorable climate. This problem was solved by construction of the rail link to Bilbao, and it's no coincidence that Bodegas La Rioja Alta was established next to the Haro railway station in the same year it opened. The rest, as they say, is delicious history.
August 13, 2018
Superb Giacosa Barolo Le Rocche del Falletto Riserva, Fontodi’s White, and Galardi Mini-Vertical
August 9, 2018
$30 Guado al Tasso! 1995 Quintarelli Amarone Riserva! And Rosé Flash Sale!
Whether a normale or a riserva bottling, Giacosa Barolo Le Rocche del Falletto is a special wine from its roots to its bottle. Not only does this wine come from select vines in Giacosa's legendary Falletto vineyard, but also the estate handpicks a tiny selection of grapes to make it. Produced only in the finest vintages, Barolo le Rocche del Falletto Riserva has appeared a total of only twelve times in the past half century; it's rare and it is exceptional. It's a wine that no true Barolo aficionado should miss, especially in 2012, an explosive and kaleidoscopic iteration of this legendary Barolo.
Every great estate needs a super introductory wine, and the absolutely delicious, wildly affordable Il Bruciato is Guado al Tasso's. Antinori's iconic Guado al Tasso bottling is often the first choice in Super-Tuscan wine for those in the know, and its silky, succulent profile sets the template for the estate's stellar entry-level wine, Il Bruciato. Absolutely delicious, Il Bruciato is a blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Syrah, and it's so charming, muscular and unique that you'll want to enjoy this Bolgheri Super Tuscan every night of the week. Fans of Guado al Tasso's flagship will love this entry-level wine, which gives tasty insight into vintage variations, terroir, and the Antinori house style.
August 8, 2018
Cult Cerbaiona, Rockstar Daniel Rion, and Renowned Domaine Lamarche!
August 7, 2018
Rare Fiorano Flash Sale!
Today, we're very excited to present a new allocation of the muscular, intense 2012 Cerbaiona Brunello, a remarkable bottling from this cult estate. 2012 began with a wet spring, peaked with a hot and dry summer, and culminated in a harvest with terrific diurnal temperature difference, which is ideal for wine grapes--the upshot is a low yield vintage of high quality wines that are structured, aromatic, and classy. More than a year after their release, IWM has had the time to share more than a few '12 Brunelli--including this outrageous Cerbaiona bottling--we can say that we love this radiant benchmark vintage and Cerbaiona's bottling is one of the very best.
Located in the Latium region in Lazio, Fiorano was the fabled wine estate of Alberico Boncompagni Ludovisi, the Prince of Venosa, whose avant-garde approach was way ahead of its time. His whites started a phenomenon for their ability to age, but they became a true rarity, for the prince was highly discriminating about selling his wines. After tearing up his vineyards to ensure his unadulterated legacy, Ludovisi passed his private cellar to the iconoclastic Italian wine critic Luigi Veronelli, who left a portion to IWM's Sergio Esposito. Like the amber wines from Josko Gravner, Fiorano's gems are not for everyone--they are enigmas for the enthusiast.
August 6, 2018
Startling Attems Pinot Grigio Ramato Rosé! “Perfect” Muffato della Sala, and Benchmark Aldo Conterno!
August 2, 2018
Benchmark Brunello from Talenti and Biondi-Santi! And Terriccio’s Super-Tuscan Gem!
Like Chianti and Soave, Italian Pinot Grigio has become so ubiquitous in American wine stores that wine-lovers overlook it. This is sad because Pinot Grigio, a variation of Pinot Noir, has great beauty when treated kindly. The grape's berries can range from grey (hence the name "grigio" in Italian and "gris" in French) to a delicate, pinky mauve, with various shades often found within a single bunch. Pinot Grigio wines can therefore vary in hue from straw to gold to copper, depending on how long the producers leave grapes macerating on the skins, and the wine can vary in style, ranging from light and zippy to rich and mouth-filling.
One of the founding fathers of Brunello di Montalcino Consortium, Pierluigi Talenti's wines resisted modern trends. Instead of new wood and jammy extraction, Talenti's wines privilege great complexity over super extraction and terrific finesse over impact. Riccardo Talenti, who now runs his father's Pian di Conte estate, has taken measures to bring his father's winemaking into the new millennium while retaining authenticity. It's a perfect convergence of tradition and modernity, and Talenti makes some of our favorite wines. Today, we're delighted to present special, time-sensitive pricing on magnum bottles of Talenti 2010 Brunello di Montalcino Pian di Conte Riserva, a triumphant bottling of a benchmark year.
August 1, 2018
Italian Icons: Ornellaia, Sassicaia, and Quintarelli!
July 31, 2018
Grattamacco’s Delicious Bolgheri Rosso, Antinori’s Go-To White, and Valdicava Brunello Riserva!
Yesterday, we were delighted to feature Grattamacco's "second" wine, its Bolgheri Rosso. Today, we're excited to follow up that offer with Ornellaia's "second" wine, its stellar 2015 Le Serre Nuove. Ornellaia makes two of the finest Super-Tuscans on the market--its eponymous flagship wine, a Bordeaux-style blend, as well as Masseto, its legendary mono-varietal Merlot. Capitalizing on its first two wines, Ornellaia added to the stellar line up with two other wines, Le Serre Nuove and Le Volte, and both are major crowd pleasers. In fact, Le Serre Nuove is a wine so beautifully made, so distinctive, and so aristocratic that, if it came from any other maker, it could be a flagship.
Grattamacco may get less notice than its neighboring Super-Tuscan producers, but this under-the-radar status is good news for enthusiasts. The estate quietly crafts some of the finest wines in Bolgheri, and Grattamacco's wines are as well made as they are delicious. Last February, IWM debuted Grattamacco's flagship 2015 wine, and it sold out in a matter of days. Today, we're very excited to present Grattamacco's "second" wine from the same vintage--the juicy, meaty, and food-friendly 2015 Grattamacco Bolgheri Rosso. Priced at less than $55 a bottle and enjoyable now or over the medium term, this Grattamacco wine is a terrific introduction to the estate and it punches well above its price point.
July 30, 2018
Canalicchio di Sopra Brunello Riserva, Delicious Campanian Red, and Michelot’s Superb Meursault!
July 26, 2018
Classy André Clouet Champagne! Seghesio Cru Barolo Duo! And Antinori's Amazing Aglianico!
One of the Brunello makers that IWM has championed for years, Canalicchio di Sopra is owned by the Pacenti family, former sharecroppers who have come to be a world-class winemaking force. Guided by the past and influenced by the present, Canalicchio's winemaking protocol picks the best of modern and traditional methods to craft an authentic Brunello that speaks of its vineyards' high altitude and north Montalcino terroir. Best of all, Canalicchio Brunello generally offers the Holy Grail of Brunello, a wine that's both drinkable now and capable of developing over time in the cellar.
IWM loves André Clouet Cuvée 1911 Champagne, a traditional wine that honors the history of its great region. While most Champagne houses have let this tradition slip, André Clouet has resurrected the protocol of Laurent-Perrier whose famed Cuvée Grand Siecle was, until 1990, a solera blend of vintages. Jean-François Clouet revived Laurent-Perrier's idea with his André Clouet Cuvée 1911, and he has done so with stunning success. André Clouet 1911 is a spellbinding blend of multiple vintages of grand cru Pinot Noir from Bouzy, making for a wine that is at once ethereally elegant and exotically rich. Today, we're proud to present André Clouet Cuvée 1911, one of IWM's signature Champagnes, at very competitive pricing.
July 25, 2018
A Trio of 2011 Wines from Paolo Bea, Talenti, and Angelo Gaja!
July 24, 2018
Latour-Giraud’s 2016 Gems, Artful Scarzello Barolo, and Vigna d’Alceo Vintage Trios!
Whether you call them "orange" or "skin-contact" wines, amber-hued whites with hefty, complex and surprising palates are all the rage. If a rosé is made by vinifying a red grape like a white grape, then an orange wine derives from vinifying a white grape like a red. This means that, as in red wine protocol, the grapes are left macerating on the skins for an extended period of time, something that imbues the white wine with characteristics usually attributable to reds: fuller bodies, deeper colors, more pronounced tannins, and unexpected complexity. Today, we're delighted to present one of our favorites from Paolo Bea, the estate's luscious, fresh and complex 2011 Arboreus Umbria Bianco.
Although Domaine Latour-Giraud has been an estate for many generations, and although its Burgundies garner accolades from both critics and connoisseurs, it's an estate that has flown very much under the radar. Jean-Pierre Latour, owner of Latour-Giraud since the '90s, makes his wines with a fervent, meticulous eye to detail. Since assuming control of the estate, he has revamped the protocol both in the vineyard and in the cellar, changes that have amounted to a delicious revolution. The result is wines that get better every year--powerful white Burgundies with brilliant mouth-watering acidity held upon a glorious core of minerality.
July 23, 2018
Three Italian Masters: Antinori, Quintarelli, and Tua Rita
July 19, 2018
Tremendous 2013 Brunelli from Il Poggione and Antinori! And Perfect 1945 Giacomo Conterno Barolo!
Antinori's Umbrian beauty Castello della Sala Cervaro is not merely one of Italy's great white wines; it's an exceptional wine that owes its existence to accident. Piero Antinori had a vision of an Italian version of white Burgundy, but he and his team couldn't quite capture it. Ready to give up on the project, they shut the door to the cellar where the wine was fermenting, allowing the temperature to rise slightly; this induced malolactic fermentation and created the wine's creamy mouth-feel. The result was the kind of happy accident that wine-lovers can celebrate for decades to come, and one that remains one of Italy's best-kept secrets. Today, we're delighted to present a new allocation of the sophisticated, luminous 2016 Castello della Sala Cervaro Chardonnay.
Founded at the close of the nineteenth century, Montalcino's Il Poggione began its modern era in 1958 when enologist Pierluigi Talenti accepted the post of winemaker at the Franceschi family's estate, and it didn't take long for his wines to come to the attention of the wine world. Il Poggione emerged as one of the foremost producers of classic and elegant Brunello with the release of its 1965 vintage, and the estate has never looked back. Today, the estate is in the hands of father-and-son-team Fabrizio and Alessandro Bindocci, who hew close to traditional methods to craft the estate's wines that are favorites of Sergio Esposito, IWM's founder.
July 18, 2018
A Salute to Prunotto with Two Beautiful Baroli and One Delicious Barbera!
July 17, 2018
Super Single Bottle Flash Sale!
Trail-blazing and respected, the Prunotto estate got its start in 1904, when Alfred Prunotto helped to found a wine collective in Serralunga; in 1922, this collective disbanded, and Alfred founded his own winery in its place. At Prunotto, Alfred and winemaker Beppe Colla began crafting some of the first cru wines in Piemonte, breaking the ground that winemakers like Angelo Gaja, Roberto Voerzio, Aldo Conterno and others would follow. In 1989, the Antinori family joined forces with Prunotto (then run by Beppe and his brother), and a year later, Albiera Antinori joined the estate, aiming to fine-tune the wines of Prunotto.
Searching our temperature-controlled cellars for in-stock single bottles of wine, we've amassed a list of sumptuous Amarone, superb Super Tuscans, beautiful Brunello, and elegant Barolo, as well as Burgundy, Rioja, Bordeaux, Champagne and more. In addition to Italian and French wine, you'll find wines from Austria, New Zealand, Portugal, and California, and there are bottles of rosé wines, sparkling wines, vintage wines and new releases. The more you buy, the more you save--get 8% off a single bottle and 15% off a case or more, so you'll want to mix, match, and make mates of your favorites.
July 16, 2018
Fairytale 2014 Le Pergole Torte! $30 Antinori Barbera! And Rare Pérez Barquero Sherry!
July 12, 2018
Italian Beauty from North to South with Nals Margreid, Le Macchiole, and Ferrari!
Arguably the finest expression of Sangiovese, Montevertine Le Pergole Torte is a darling among Super-Tuscan connoisseurs, Sangoivese fans, industry people, and even discriminating Burgheads. Montevertine's flagship wine's wide appeal stems from the estate's thoughtful viticulture and viniculture of the Sangiovese grape, which finds its pinnacle in Le Pergole Torte. Montevertine's founder, Sergio Manetti, aimed to craft Sangiovese wines that rivaled Burgundy's Pinot Noir in terms of age-worthiness, finesse and nuance, and in creating Le Pergole Torte, he succeeded.
A grape that makes for a delicious, mineral-driven summertime white, Pinot Bianco grows across northern Italy, but the grape is taken most seriously in Trentino-Alto Adige, where its Südtirol region sees a blending of terroir and tradition. Today, we're delighted to present Nals Margreid 2016 Sirmian Pinot Bianco, which derives from the Sirmian region, a part of the Terlano subzone. These high-altitude, mineral-rich vineyards are the source of Italy's very best Pinot Bianco wines, and the skills of Nals Margreid's cellar-master Harald Schraffl stand out in this pure, mineral-driven, intense and altogether delicious mono-varietal Pinot Bianco.
July 11, 2018
Red Burgundy Flash Sale! More Than 180 Wines at Special Pricing!
July 10, 2018
Mono-Varietal Marvels from Bruno Giacosa, Maltroye, and Penfolds Grange!
This list has something for every connoisseur of red Burgundy, from everyday favorites by Alain Gras or Louis Jadot to collector greats from Domaine Ponsot or Méo-Camuzet to cult bottles from Nicolas Rossignol, Pousse d'Or, and Jean Grivot. IWM's flash sales are the stuff of wine-lover legend, and there's no better time to stock your cellar with fine wines from iconic red Burgundy producers, all presented with IWM's assurance of care and provenance. But don't wait--this sale lasts only until 11:59pm EST on Friday, July 13th! Like summertime's warmth, fun, and sultry beauty, IWM's Red Burgundy Flash Sale will be over all too soon.
When we think of Bruno Giacosa, we think of intense, age-worthy and collectable Barolos and Barbarescos--Giacosa's cru Barbarescos Asili or Santo Stefano or the estate's Barolo Le Rocche Falletto Riserva justifiably sit in connoisseurs' cellars. However, Giacosa makes more than these age-worthy serious Nebbiolo wines. The estate also crafts approachable evocations of Piemonte's indigenous Dolcetto, Barbera, and Arneis, and it makes a terrific, festive Spumante.
July 9, 2018
Approachable, Authentic, and Delicious Wines from Pelissero, Antinori, and Mastrojanni!
July 5, 2018
Back By Client Demand: Gaja’s 2013 Barbaresco Trio, San Giuliano, and Massolino Barolo!
A trained enologist, owner-winemaker Giorgio Pelissero works tirelessly to craft terroir-driven wines that blend accessibility with tradition, and the estate's ardent fans testify to its success. "Vanotu" is the nickname for Giovanni in the Piemontese dialect, and today, we're delighted to present a new allocation of the 2014 Pelissero Barbaresco Vanotu, a wine that shines in this challenging Piemonte growing year--indeed, it might be the wine of the vintage!
The Gaja estate made history in 2013 when it made a significant change: it dropped the Barbera component in its famed trio of Sorì San Lorenzo, Sorì Tildìn, and Costa Russi, allowing for these wines to be labeled as Barbarescos. In 1996, Angelo Gaja had added the 5% Barbera to his cru Barbarescos to recapture the wines of his youth, before DOCG rules required them to be mono-varietal Nebbiolo, but as he's poised to turn the estate over to his children, Gaia, Rossana and Giovanni, this maverick winemaker and his team opted to make these cru wines pure Barbaresco.
July 3, 2018
Celebrate Independence With Aldo Conterno Barolo, Sassicaia, and Valentini!
July 2, 2018
Terroir-Driven Daniel Rion Burgundies, Vintage Gaunoux Pommard Gems, and Vietti’s Cuvée Barolo!
As much as Aldo Conterno was the "King of Barolo" during his lifetime, the estate that bears his name is doing much to keep Aldo's legend, his work, and his nickname alive. Aldo, who passed away in 2012, raised his three sons to do as he did: move just far away enough from convention to make great wines that express their own personal visions. More than a half-decade after the passing of the great Aldo Conterno, his namesake estate continues to show how important Aldo was as a winemaker and as a father in its stunning range of Barolos.
Founded in 1955, Domaine Daniel Rion started as a négociant house, selling its grapes grown on its five acres of vines to local Burgundy makers. But in 1978, Daniel Rion's two sons came to work with him, which allowed the estate to start bottling its own wines--and with this change, everything fell into place. These days, Daniel Rion is highly respected, if still somewhat under-the-radar, and the family-owned estate spans 45 acres of vineyards that are spread across eighteen different appellations, in six villages of the Côte des Nuits and the Hautes-Côtes, from which it crafts just 8,000 cases of its terroir-driven, traditional and enthralling wine each vintage.
June 28, 2018
Three Powerful Wines from Aldo Conterno, Badia a Passignano, and La Rioja Alta
June 27, 2018
Enthralling Cult Trio from Mastroberardino, Valentini, and Paolo Bea!
On Monday, we were delighted to present the silky Aldo Conterno 2011 Barolo Cicala, a wine that marries power with finesse. Today, we're proud to follow up that offer with the transparent yet intense 2011 Aldo Conterno Barolo Vigna Romirasco, a wine that while approachable almost upon release still has the structure to age for years. It's a beautiful Barolo bottling that shows that while "the King of Barolo," Aldo Conterno, may have passed away, the estate that bears his name continues to do him proud.
Very few wine regions can credit their existence to essentially one producer, but in the case of Campania, the credit goes to the Mastroberardino estate. After the one-two hits of phylloxera outbreak in the late nineteenth century and the destruction of WW II, Campania's vineyards were decimated, and many grape varietals sat on the precipice of extinction. Mastroberardino not only salvaged Fiano, Greco di Tufo, and Aglianico, but the estate also conducted extensive research to determine the best terroir and technique for each grape. In doing so, Mastroberardino effectively rescued Campania's grapes, traditions, and winemaking heritage, and the wine world is grateful.
June 26, 2018
Back by Client Demand: Aldo Conterno, Grattamacco, and Silvio Nardi!
June 25, 2018
Terrific 2015 Michelot Trio! Classic Biondi-Santi Brunello! And Glorious Pontet-Canet!
The late, great Aldo Conterno was born into a legendary winemaking family who has been crafting great Piemontese wines for more than five generations. Aldo left his brother, Giovanni, at their father's cellar, the legendary Giacomo Conterno estate, in 1969 to pursue his own winemaking interests at his own estate, Poderi Aldo Conterno in the "Favot" cellar. While Aldo began his winemaking career with a more modernist bent, over the past decade, the estate's wines have grown more traditional in style. Since Aldo's passing, his sons have continued in his footsteps, crafting layered, age-worthy wines beloved by connoisseurs, collectors and newbies alike.
For more than six generations, Domaine Michelot has been crafting terroir-driven wine in the heart of Meursault. This beloved domaine rose to prominence in the 1960s, when it was helmed by Bernard Michelot, and his magnetic, energetic spirit continues to guide the viticulture and the winemaking at the estate. Now spanning almost 47 acres of prime vineyard parcels, Michelot puts its terroir first and foremost, using lutte raisonnée growing practices, such as planting grasses between the rows to force the vines to struggle for nutrients, plowing for organic cover, and keeping treatments to a bare minimum.
June 21, 2018
Celebrating Sicilia’s COS! Pelissero’s ’06 Triumph! And Fontodi’s Full-Throttle Chianti Classico!
June 20, 2018
Latour-Giraud’s Brilliant 2016 Releases! The Prince’s Superb Sémillon! And Flawless 2013 Pingus!
Sicilian wines offer a rare combination of exciting terroir, enticing indigenous grapes, and exceptional value--and perhaps no estate embodies the nexus of these traits quite as completely as COS. Today, we're delighted to offer a baker's dozen of wines from COS, one of IWM's signature producers, and consistent standouts at IWM's tasting events. Both new releases and new allocations of old favorites, these thirteen COS bottlings span a range of complex, zesty reds and stellar, evocative whites--and there's even one unique, indescribable dessert wine. While offering tremendous value, these organic, natural wines each reflect the ascendance of Sicilia's modern era in winemaking, and all of them are as delicious as they are painstakingly made.
Although Domaine Latour-Giraud has been an estate for many generations, and although its Burgundies garner accolades from both critics and connoisseurs, it's an estate that has flown very much under the radar. Jean-Pierre Latour, owner of Latour-Giraud since the '90s, makes his wines with a fervent, meticulous eye to detail. Since assuming control of the estate, he has revamped the protocol both in the vineyard and in the cellar, changes that have amounted to a delicious revolution. The result is wines that get better every year--powerful white Burgundies with brilliant mouth-watering acidity held upon a glorious core of minerality.
June 19, 2018
Terrific Trios, 70+ Gorgeous Wine Three-Packs at Special Pricing!
June 18, 2018
Cerbaiona Brunello Vintage Quartet, Pelissero’s Great ‘01 Barbaresco Vanotu, and $35 Le Macchiole!
In this list of tremendous trios, you'll find value wines, collector wines, and cult wines, allowing everyone from newbie wine collectors to those with ample cellar space to find bottles that will make them very happy. Whether you're a Burghead, a Super-Tuscan fan, a Rioja aficionado, a Champagne enthusiast, or a wine-lover who enjoys wines from off the beaten path, this list has something that will hit your sweet spot. These 73 wine trios all come with special, time-sensitive pricing and the "IWM Difference," our assurance of pristine provenance and perfect care throughout the wines' lifespans. One bottle of fine wine is nice, two is great, but three is fabulous--don't miss this terrific trio flash sale!
IWM's clients and our staff share a love for Cerbaiona's evocative Brunello wines because of this estate's ability to create wines that marry unmistakable power with elegance. When he founded the estate in the 1970s, former Alitalia pilot Diego Molinari chose neighbor Franco Biondi-Santi as his role model, using vine clippings from Biondi-Santi's vineyards and adopting the master's traditional methods to craft concentrated, mineral-laden wines. Diego believed in honest wines of terroir and letting the grapes speak for themselves, and the wine world has loved Cerbaiona's cult-inspiring wines from their beginning.
June 14, 2018
The Gaja Collection, 85 Wines from 1962 to 2016
June 13, 2018
New Giacosa Releases--Including Barbaresco Asili Riserva! Plus Cerbaiona and Antinori!
For decades, Angelo Gaja set trends in Italian winemaking. Gaja's early innovations began with the 1961 vintage and included the choice to bottle only estate-grown wines, the reduction of crop size, shortened pruning of Nebbiolo vines, and decreased fermentation periods; 1967 saw Gaja's bottling of single-vineyard Barbarescos with his debut of Sorì San Lorenzo (Sorì Tildìn followed in 1970 and Costa Russi in 1978). Whether it was adding a small percentage of Barbera to his Barbaresco and Barolos (or dropping the grape in 2013), crafting the standard-bearers of Piemonte Chardonnay and Cabernet Sauvignon, or expanding into Toscana winemaking, Angelo Gaja has long been a rebel.
The wine world lost one of its icons when Bruno Giacosa passed away at the age of 88 at the end of January 2018. It's hard to overstate the importance of Bruno Giacosa. He stands as one of the most respected producers of traditionally styled Barolo and Barbaresco, crafting long-aging wines that are beloved by aficionados and coveted by collectors. A deeply iconoclastic producer, Giacosa adhered to his own rules, choosing when--or whether--he would release his coveted wines according to his own standards. This discriminating attitude and uncompromising devotion set Giacosa apart from the rest, and his traditionally minded wines set the standards for their genres.
June 12, 2018
Aldo Conterno Barolo Bussia, Giovani Rosso’s “Baby Barolo,” and Old-Vine Beaucastel Roussanne!
June 11, 2018
Sassicaia’s Sibling, Le Difese Redefines $30 Wine!
Earning the nickname of the "King of Barolo," the late great Aldo Conterno was a traditionalist who wasn't afraid of innovation. Aldo passed away in 2012, but his sons carry on Aldo's meticulous winemaking skills at Poderi Aldo Conterno, whose team maintains the unmistakable identity of Aldo Conterno Baroli, vintage after splendid vintage. Descended from a line of great Langhe winemakers, Aldo was one of those few producers who could deliver approachability with longevity. Few wines stride the line between modern and fruit-forward wines and those of nuance and finesse, but Aldo Conterno Barolos can, and over the past decade, Aldo Conterno's wines have grown more traditional in style, more nuanced and even more finessed.
In 1968, Bolgheri's Tenuta San Guido changed the face of Italian wine--and arguably the landscape of international wine--with its creation of Super-Tuscan giant Sassicaia. However, the estate didn't rest on its game-changing laurels; it went on to create two more wines along Sassicaia's aristocratic lines: Guidalberto, the estate's "second" wine, in 2000; and Le Difese, its exceptional entry-level wine, in 2002. Enjoyable years earlier than the estate's iconic Sassicaia bottling, Le Difese give Sassicaia lovers a glimpse at the future while offering outstanding drinking experiences right now. Today, we're delighted to present the recently released 2015 Le Difese and debut the benchmark 2016 vintage--two exceptional wines from the extraordinary Tenuta San Guido estate.
June 7, 2018
Gaja’s Great Brunello Sugarille, Damoy’s Star Chapelle-Chambertin, and Lush Dal Forno Amarone!
June 6, 2018
Must-Have Trio from Valdicava, Château de la Maltroye, and Antinori’s Badia a Passignano!
Pieve Santa Restituta, Angelo Gaja's Montalcino estate, began grabbing the attention of the wine world with its inaugural 1995 Brunello vintage, the year that Gaja assumed full creative control of the estate. In 2005, Gaja added 25 acres to his holdings, and these windy northeast vineyards give the grapes that comprise the estate's eponymous Brunello. The estate currently produces three beautiful wines: the cru Sugarille; Rennina, which draws from vineyards in Santo Pietro, Castagno, and Pian dei Cerri; and a traditional cuvée that derives from sites in Sugarille, Santo Pietro, Castagno, and Pian dei Cerri.
A wonderland of biodynamically grown vines rowed with indigenous flowers and grasses, the Valdicava estate gets its name from the Valdicava Valley, home of the greatest single-vineyard Brunello wines. Sitting on a high plane close to Montalcino in the coldest part of Toscana's Brunello zone, the wines of the Valdicava Valley balance their body and their perfume, offering great structure combined with intoxicating aromatics. Valdicava's Madonna del Piano vineyard sits in the middle of both the Valdicava Valley and the Valdicava estate, so it's no surprise that Valdicava's Madonna del Piano Riserva arguably sets the standard for cru Brunello. It's an exceptional wine that bursts with its extraordinary terroir.
June 5, 2018
Bruno Giacosa Barbaresco, Dugat-Py Burgundy, and André Clouet Champagne!
June 4, 2018
Italian Icons: Quintarelli, Fiorano, and Biondi-Santi
Last January, the wine world lost an icon when Bruno Giacosa passed away at the age of 88. Working with his father, Bruno became fascinated by traditional Piemonte grapes, particularly Nebbiolo, and this training formed the basis of the Giacosa philosophy that brought us wines like his iconic Barolo Le Rocche del Falletto and Barbaresco Asili, as well as his beloved Barbarasco Rabajá, Barolo Falletto, and other wines. Giacosa stands as one of the most respected producers of traditionally styled Barolo and Barbaresco, crafting long-aging wines that are beloved by aficionados and coveted by collectors.
The late, great Giuseppe Quintarelli still stands as the Veneto's most significant producer, renowned for his legendary, cellar-worthy Amarone, Recioto, and Alzero. Imagine being able to buy a Picasso for a couple hundred dollars because Pablo called it a "doodle" rather than a "line drawing." That renaming is essentially the scenario of Quintarelli Rosso del Bepi--and a consequence of Quintarelli's obsession with quality. Today, IWM is proud to present Quintarelli 2008 Rosso del Bepi, a wine that is in essence a declassified Amarone.
May 31, 2018
Must-Have Trio: Gaja '13 Barolo Conteisa, Vintage Biondi-Santi, and Sandrone '10 Barolo Le Vigne!
May 30, 2018
Fontodi’s Dynamic Dino, Soldera’s Radiant 2013 Rosso, and Jadot’s Superb Le Musigny
Almost a year ago, IWM debuted Angelo Gaja's 2013 Barolo Conteisa, one half of the pair of this visionary winemaker's "Barolos" (the other is Barolo Sperss). Just as Gaja had once tinkered with Barbaresco by adding Barbera to create wines that better fit his vision, so too did he play with Barolo's mono-varietal status, making the wines we've come to know and love as Conteisa and Sperss. In 2013, however, as Angelo continues to step away from the estate and turns the winemaking reins over to his daughter Gaia, the Gaja estate dropped the Barbera component in both its "Barbaresco" and "Barolo" wines. It was a surprising--and a delicious--decision.
Everything has a cycle--the earth, the water, the seasons, and life itself--and this cyclical nature is something that winemakers know well. Their winter-gray vines grow tender green sprouts in the spring; the sprouts shoot leaves and burst buds; the buds flower, and the flowers transform into tiny, green bunches of grapes that ripen, turn their blue-black or pellucid yellow-green. It's a wondrous thing that happens, weather and wellness permitting, every year until the vines grow too old to produce, and then it's time to start anew. Wine, I like to remind my clients, is a living thing, and this aliveness makes wine a very special, very unique thing, a thing that's bigger than itself, and a thing we treasure.

May 29, 2018
New 2015 Tignanello Chianti Release! Silky Prunotto Barbera! And Bea's Big Red!
May 24, 2018
Benchmark Alpine Nebbiolo! Classic Cult Cerbaiona Brunello! And Your Go-To Big Red!
Imagine being a family of winemakers with a 630-year legacy. More than six centuries of wine means that wine is more than what you drink or what you do--it's who you are. This is the history of the Antinori family, whose ancestors joined the Florentine Guild of Vintners in 1385. Back in the fourteenth century, this group was the governing body for the wine that in 1735 would become Chianti; these days, the group that regulates Toscana's most famous wine is the Consorzio Vino Chianti Classico. Look at it this way: the regulating bodies of Chianti's wines come and go, but the Antinori family has always made wine in the rolling hills of Toscana.

Piemonte's Nebbiolo is known for its long-aging and collectible Barolo and Barbaresco, but go farther north into the hills extending from Novara and Vercelli westward toward the Alps, and the Nebbiolo grape (also known here as Spanna) shows delicacy, elegance, acidity and reduced tannins. Grown on the mountainside vineyards of the Gattinara zone, Nebbiolo struggles for ripeness, creating wines that offer a distinctive personality to the beloved grape.
May 23, 2018
Must-Have ’13 Aldo Conterno Barolo, Surprising “Baby Barolo,” and Insider Burgundy!
May 22, 2018
Superb $59 Collemattoni Brunello! Antinori's Value White! And Stellar Le Pergole Torte!
Aldo Conterno was known as the "King of Barolo," and the wines made by this Piemonte winemaker, as well as those that hail from the estate that bears his name, are collector staples. Most famous is Aldo Conterno Granbussia, but the estate's three cru bottlings--Romirasco, Colonnello, and Cicala--as well as its cuvée Barolo Bussia are beloved by connoisseurs. In 1969, Aldo, who passed away in 2012, left his brother at his father's cellar (the legendary Giacomo Conterno estate) to pursue his own winemaking interests at Poderi Aldo Conterno in the "Favot" cellar.
Sandwiched between Talenti and Il Poggione near the village of Sant'Angelo in Colle, Collemattoni crafts beautiful, traditional wines. Collemattoni's 17 acres sit at elevations that average 1,200 feet, and this altitude gives the organically tended vines sunlight and warmth throughout the day and then cools them at night, offering the ideal environment to ripen the estate's Sangiovese Grosso grapes. Collemattoni has only been making wine since 1982, but the estate's polished, complex wines would make you think that it has been producing for a lot longer. Today, we're delighted to debut Collemattoni's new 2013 Brunello, a wine to buy by the case.
May 21, 2018
New Le Boncie Le Trame Release! Silky Scarzello 2010 Barolo! Cru Rivetti Barbera!
May 17, 2018
Superb Redigaffi Pair! Rare Vintage Pérez Barquero Sherry! And Ponsot’s Singular Grand Cru!
Summertime calls for fresh, mouth-watering reds--those wines that call out for sirloin burgers hot from the BBQ or steaks sizzling from the grill, those food-friendly reds that pull you back to the glass with every bite of food. There's no place like Toscana for this kind of red, and today, we're delighted to debut Poderie Le Boncie's brilliant and bold 2015 Le Trame, one of IWM's favorite recent Super-Tuscan discoveries. Elegant and inviting, this wine is enjoyable upon release, but it has the stuffing to age beautifully over the medium term.
Tua Rita's cult-inspiring Redigaffi is no ordinary Merlot. Opulent and rich, this Super-Tuscan Merlot is characterized by telltale red and black plums, tea leaves, mocha and minerals--silky tannins and lively acidity finish the profile. Redigaffi is one wine that unites critics, connoisseurs and Italian wine newbies in unadulterated appreciation--and, along with Masseto and Messorio, it is one of Italy's most important Merlot wines. Today, we're delighted to present half-case samplers of the classic and textured 2013 Redigaffi, a benchmark year, and the aromatic and lush 2014 Redigaffi, a shockingly worthy successor.
May 16, 2018
Brilliant Gaja Barbaresco, Les Crêtes’ Superb White, and $39 Rioja Reserva!
May 15, 2018
Back By Client Demand: Canalicchio Brunello Riserva, Braida Barbera, and Bea’s Golden Jewel
Purchased by the Gaja family in 1950, the Costa Russi plot is the source one of the most beloved, most famous, and most coveted Barbaresco wines. Getting its name from a combination of "Costa," the side of a hill that faces the sun, and "Russi," the name of the vineyard's former owners, the 11-acre, south-facing Costa Russi plot is situated in Barbaresco's Roncagliette sub-region, right alongside the Sorì Tildin site. First released with the 1978 vintage, Gaja's Barbaresco Costa Russi is the third single-vineyard wine of the Gaja portfolio.
Canalicchio di Sopra dedicates itself to crafting wines that make the most of its terroir, its old-vine grapes and the vintage itself. 2012 saw an unusual growing year, when a warm winter led to a cool spring that led to a blazing summer that led to a cool harvest. Timely rains and solid reserves of water saved the grapes from over-ripeness, and Canalicchio saw grapes that matched acidic freshness with sweet ripeness. This worthy estate set out to make a Brunello Riserva that matched its year--showing equal parts intensity and liveliness, sweet fruit and tannic strength.
May 14, 2018
Get Your Rosé On With 17 Blush Wines from France and Italy!
May 10, 2018
Back by Client Demand: Paul Pernot Volnay, Alberico Bianco, and Château Viranel!
Blush wines bloom in a dizzying array of pale pinks, fleshy salmons, bright cherries, and cheery melons, and like springtime flowers, rosés appear everywhere, in a wide variety of styles. We're delighted to offer seventeen rosé wines, and no two are exactly alike--five still rosé wines each from France and Italy, as well as four rosé Champagne bottlings and three vintages of Movia's show-stopping Puro Rosé, a biodynamic sparkling wine that derives from Brda, lands that span the border between Italy and Slovenia.
The common wisdom is that it's nearly impossible to find values in Burgundy, but IWM proves that thinking wrong with today's 2016 Volnay Carelle Sous La Chapelle from Domaine Paul Pernot et ses Fils. Paul Pernot's wines both over-deliver on their price points and transmit terroir with amazing transparency, features that make this media-shy, humble estate one of IWM's favorite Burgundy producers. While 2016 beset Burgundy with hail and frost, Paul Pernot says that his 2016 wines marry the richness of 2015 with the freshness of 2014.
May 9, 2018
Soldera’s Lush 2011 Rosso IGT, Debuting Fuligni’s 2016 “Baby Brunello,” and Nars Margreid!
May 8, 2018
Benchmark Valdicava Brunello Riserva, 1958 Bartolo Mascarello, and Cocchi Americano!
Gianfranco Soldera has the reputation of being Brunello's most accomplished craftsman--a fanatical, uncompromising perfectionist--and these points made the December 2012 loss of almost his entire production of wine from 2007-2012 all the more poignant. The victim of a vandal, Soldera walked into his cantina on December 3, 2012, to find the contents of his cellar's many botti, about 650 hectoliters in all, spilled on the cantina's tile floor. This loss meant that this Brunello master would be releasing little wine in the next few years, thus raising both the profile of this world-class winemaker and the demand for his wines.
One of Montalcino's first single-vineyard Brunelli, Madonna del Piano Brunello Riserva from Valdicava arguably sets the standard for cru Brunello. The 67 acres of Valdicava, which gets its name from the Valdicava Valley, sits on a high plane close to Montalcino in the coldest part of Toscana's Brunello zone. Wines from this area show a signature balance between body and perfume, offering great structure combined with intoxicating aromatics. This valley is where the greatest single-vineyard Brunellos derive, and the Madonna del Piano vineyard sits in the middle of both the Valdicava valley and the Valdicava estate.
May 7, 2018
25th Anniversary Guado al Tasso! Ca’ dei Mandorli Delight! And Collector Lamarche!
May 3, 2018
Salvioni Cerbaiola 2013 Brunello Debut! Rinaldi Barolo Mags! And 2015 Sassicaia!
The Antinori family founded its Guado al Tasso estate in 1990, and the estate's quick success demonstrated that this winemaking dynasty had the skills, ambition and passion to craft tremendous wines in Bolgheri. Capitalizing on the region's maritime climate that favors Cabernet and other Bordeaux grape varietals, Piero Antinori created Guado al Tasso with the help of famed enologist Giacomo Tachis, and he relied on renowned enologist Renzo Cotarella in perfecting it. 1990 saw the inaugural vintage of Guado al Tasso, which makes 2015 the 25th anniversary of this iconic Super Tuscan.
Salvioni Cerbaiola is an exacting, painstaking estate that spares nothing to craft intensely artisanal Brunello. The cult status of this producer burns brighter because its consulting enologist is Attilio Pagli, a star in the wine world who got his start with Brunello iconoclast Gianfranco Soldera. Salvioni Cerbaiola follows its own muse, its own highly individualized protocol, and its own inspiration--and it makes wines that devoted fans can't get enough of. These are true cult Brunelli; Salvioni Cerbaiola makes just 500 to 600 cases a year of its evocative, super-concentrated Brunello to satisfy its many fans.
May 2, 2018
Debuting Bea’s 2011 Flagship! Cerbaiona Brunello Mags! And Cult Voerzio Barolo!
May 1, 2018
Back by Client Demand: 2013 Gaja Brunello Trio, Graci Rosato, and Collector Guigal White!
Paolo Bea's wines are united by their excellence, but Bea's way with Sagrantino is something very special. Sagrantino is the emblematic grape of Umbria and one of the most tannic grapes in the world, and it's difficult to make well, but the all-natural Bea estate crafts Sagrantino wines that thrum with terroir, and sing with nuance. Today, we're delighted to debut the estate's 2011 Sagrantino di Montefalco Secco Pagliaro, a wine that revels in its opposites--it's hefty yet supple, concentrated yet precise, high in alcohol yet perfectly balanced, and enjoyable now but able to age for years.
We love the 2013 Brunello wines that we've tasted, and today, we're delighted to spotlight a new allocation of Angelo Gaja's superb 2013 Brunello wines from his Pieve Santa Restituta estate: the value-packed cuvée Brunello, the lush Brunello Rennina, and the racy, complex Brunello Sugarille. With its unstable weather and occasional hailstorms, 2013 held a lot of early drama for Montalcino's winemakers, yet it ended in a fairytale perfect harvest, and the vintage over-delivers on the four-star rating awarded by the Brunello Consortium.
April 30, 2018
Debuting Antinori's Elegant 2016 Cervaro della Sala Chardonnay!
April 26, 2018
IWM’s Super Singles Flash Sale--180 Wines at Special Pricing!
Umbria is not usually at the top of the list when you're talking about outstanding Italian wines, and its Orvieto almost wholly defines its whites. Umbrian native son Renzo Cotarella, the CEO and Chief Enologist at the Antinori family of estates, wanted to change this--and when he created Cervaro della Sala Chardonnay at the Antinori family's Castello della Sala estate, he did. Fresh out of enology school, Cotarella began making wines at Castello della Sala in 1979 and almost as immediately began planting international white grapes--Chardonnay, Pinot Blanc, Pinot Gris and Sauvignon Blanc.
Searching our temperature-controlled cellars for in-stock single bottles of wine, we've amassed a list of sumptuous Amarone, superb Super Tuscans, beautiful Brunello, and elegant Barolo, as well as Burgundy, Rioja, Bordeaux, Champagne and more. In addition to Italian and French wine, you'll find wines from Austria, New Zealand, and California, and there are bottles of rosé, sparkling, and dessert wines, as well as vintage wines and new releases. The more you buy, the more you save--get 8% off a single bottle and 15% off a case or more; mix, match, and make mates of your favorites.
April 25, 2018
Benchmark $70 Antinori Brunello! Classy Seghesio ’12 Barolo! And Unique Alpine Nebbiolo!
April 24, 2018
New Chavy-Chouet 2016 Debuts! Le Pergole Torte Vintage Dozen! And Antinori's Aglicanico!
IWM can't help being excited about the newly released 2013 Brunello di Montalcino bottlings. For one thing, the vintage is kind of a sleeper--even though the wines have been on the market for only a few months. The Brunello Consortium awarded 2013 only four out of five stars, but the quality we've seen has been so high that we'd call it a benchmark. For another, while the 2013 growing season challenged many of Montalcino's vine-growers, it's a vintage when microclimate plays a huge part. This emphasis on microclimate means that some producers had outstanding years.
Rugged and jaunty, sixth-generation winemaker Hubert Chavy-Chouet has deep roots in Meursault. After selling his grapes for decades, Hubert decided he could do better, and since the '90s he has devoted himself to making exceptionally pure, unadulterated wines that we love to pour for our Burgundy lovers. Hubert turned over the running of the estate to his son Romaric in 2010, who has not merely ensured the domaine's dynasty of saturated, detailed wines but has raised the quality every year. Sitting on almost thirty acres comprising 70 parcels and spanning 15 appellations in Meursault, Puligny-Montrachet, Saint-Aubin, Volnay and Pommard, Domaine Chavy-Chouet flies under the radar, but that makes it all the more special.
April 23, 2018
Big Reds, Natural Wines from Umbrian Paolo Bea
April 19, 2018
Gaja’s Lush ’11 Sorì San Lorenzo, Mastroberardino Trio, and Quintarelli’s “Baby Amarone”
It's time to praise Sagrantino, the defining grape of Umbria. Sagrantino holds the distinction of being Italy's most tannic grape, thus one of the most tannic grapes in the world. Sagrantino is also the grape with the highest quantity of phenolic compounds, the several hundred chemical compounds that occur in wine that give wine its taste, color and even its mouth-feel. What this combination of qualities means is that Sagrantino offers almost unparalleled aging possibilities, terrific power and complexity, and a texture that's otherworldly.
Angelo Gaja is a revolutionary, revelatory, and visionary figure in Italian wine, and for the last 50 years, he's made wine that's as thrilling as it is collectable. Bucking tradition, Angelo tinkered with the die-hard traditions of Piemonte. He planted international varietals, and he was one of the first in Piemonte to employ barriques, using both big wood botti and small wood vats to age his wines. He added Barbera to his Barolo and to his Barbaresco, and he made cru versions of both wines, which traditionally were cuvées, starting with Sorì San Lorenzo, in 1967, followed by Sorì Tildìn in 1970 and Costa Russi in 1978.
April 18, 2018
Spring for Rosé Wines! $28 Benchmark Super Tuscan! And Vintage La Rioja Alta!
April 17, 2018
2013 Brunello Review--Wines from Nine Iconic Producers!
Rosé embodies the evanescent pleasure of spring, the most delicate, optimistic and renewing season. Like springtime flowers, rosé wines bloom in a dizzying array of pale pinks, fleshy salmons, bright cherries, and cheery melons. Like springtime's flowers, rosés aren't meant to sit in the dark cellar--they demand to be enjoyed now. And like springtime's blossoms, rosés appear everywhere, in a wide variety of styles, from soft and sweet to steely and bright. It's time to drink rosé, and we're delighted to present a baker's dozen of beautiful rosé wines from both France and Italy--and from both 2016 and 2017!
Yesterday, we were proud to present a review of the superb 2015 Bolgheri vintage with a trio of Super-Tuscan wines. Today, we're following up that offer with nine outstanding Brunello releases from the surprising, elegant and terroir-driven 2013 vintage! For a variety of climatic reasons, 2013 saw a growing year when Montalcino's microclimates reigned supreme, and this means that it's worthwhile to experience a bevy of Brunello wines. Today's offers pulls together wines from Canalicchio di Sopra, Cerbaiona, Fuligni, Gaja's Pieve Santa Restituta, Il Poggione, Antinori's Pian delle Vigne, and Valdicava--it's a sweeping Brunello panorama!
April 16, 2018
A Trio of Flagship 2015 Super Tuscans from Bolgheri's Best!
April 12, 2018
Drink-Me-Now Cerbaiona Brunello, Rinaldi Barbera, and Méo-Camuzet Clos de Vougeot!
It's hard to imagine a more ideal environment for Bolgheri's Super-Tuscan wines than 2015. Starting with a rainy winter, 2015's temperate spring turned warm and dry in the summer, and just as it looked as if the grapes might grow too ripe, too dry and too raisined, the weather cooled. Harvest saw picture-perfect weather and a reduced yet very healthy bounty of fully ripe, balanced grapes. The upshot is that 2015 is one of the great Bolgheri vintages in recent memory--so we wanted to give our clients a shot at new allocations of the 2015 flagship wines from Grattamacco, Guado al Tasso, and Tenuta San Guido!
Former Alitalia pilot Diego Molinari chose Franco Biondi-Santi as his role model when he founded his seven-acre Cerbiaona estate in the 1970s. He used vine clippings from Biondi-Santi's vineyards and adopted the master's traditional methods to craft concentrated, mineral-laden wines. Diego believed in honest wines of terroir and letting the grapes speak for themselves; under his guidance, the grapes were picked, selected, and aged in large botti, as opposed to the more fashionable barrique, in order to create structured, deeply nuanced, and traditional Brunello and Rosso di Montalcino.
April 11, 2018
Three Power-Packed Value Wines from Valdicava, Guado al Tasso and Vilmart & Cie!
April 10, 2018
Ripe, Silky 2011 Biondi-Santi Brunello! Luminous Chianti Classico! And Selosse Champagne!
Brunello is years in the making, an issue both for the people who make it and the people who love to drink it. Montalcino producers needed a "bridge" wine, a bottle that would serve as an affordable, approachable, early release to sell while their Brunello bottles aged; and enthusiasts wanted an approachable, immediate bottle to enjoy. In 1983, the Consorzio di Vino Brunello di Montalcino solved the problem by creating Rosso di Montalcino, a wine that producers could release just two years after harvest. Even more than giving Brunello lovers instant gratification, Rosso di Montalcino gives us insight into the Brunello vintage to come.
Established in 1880, Biondi-Santi's Il Greppo is the birthplace of Brunello di Montalcino, and in the late nineteenth century, Ferruccio Santi took a clone of the Sangiovese grape, known as Sangiovese Grosso, and made the first Brunello. Ferruccio's grandson Tancredi Biondi-Santi made the wine famous, officially classifying it as Brunello, and Tancredi's son Franco Biondi-Santi brought the estate to greater heights. The estate's winemaking now rests in the hands of Franco's children, Jacopo and Alessandra, ensuring the legacy created more than 130 years ago. Today, we're very pleased to bring back Biondi-Santi's welcoming, broad-shouldered 2011 Brunello--it's a wine to drink now and years from now.
April 9, 2018
Brilliant White Wines from Sicily’s COS and Graci! Fairytale Il Poggione Brunello!
April 5, 2018
Debuting Two Brunello Releases from Antinori! And Acclaimed ’08 Único Returns!
From its very beginning, Sicilia's COS has embodied the best of Italy. For one thing, the estate, established in 1980, was started by three close friends--Giambattista Cilia, Giusto Occhipinti, and Pinuccia Strano--who each gave the first letters of their surname to form COS. An amicable cooperation between different entities that embraces Italian tradition even as it innovates, COS makes wines that are always amazing--pure, nuanced, vibrant and complex. Today, we're delighted to shine a spotlight on COS' vibrant 2015 Pithos Bianco, a delightful skin-contact white that offers breadth, complexity, and tension between its sweet fruits and savory minerality.
The makers behind the iconic Super Tuscans Tignanello, Solaia, and Guado al Tasso, the Antinori family can boast more than 600 years of winemaking, as well as estates across Italy and, indeed, all over the world. Antinori has made a reputation on crafting wines that seamlessly blend Italian tradition and terroir with international accessibility and sophistication, and for these reasons, it's not surprising that Antinori's Pian delle Vigne estate in Montalcino has met with success. Today, we're delighted to debut the newly released 2013 Brunello di Montalcino from Antinori's Pian delle Vigne estate.
April 4, 2018
Solaia Mini-Vertical Sampler Cases! Benchmark Cru Brunello Riserva! And $25 Ribera del Duero!
April 3, 2018
New Pelissero Barbaresco Release, Vintage Sassicaia, and Under $60 Brunello!
The Antinori family has been making wine for more than six centuries, but they're best known for their Super-Tuscan twins, Tignanello and Solaia. Almost mirror images of one another, Tignanello and Solaia are like siblings, both beloved, both equal in the eyes of their makers, and both unique in their own rights. Tignanello may have introduced Antinori's Super-Tuscan wines to the world, but Solaia has never been in its shadows--somewhat literally, for this cru gets its name, "the sunny one," from the 50-acre vineyard where its grapes derive. Aristocratic, elegant and finessed, Solaia is a Super-Tuscan icon, beloved by cognoscenti, critics, and newbies alike.
High quality Barbaresco is a wonderful thing. Barbaresco is smaller than Barolo--about a third of Barolo's size, so there are fewer producers--and while the two regions abut, Barbaresco's myriad microclimates pose a dizzying array of challenges to its producers. When IWM's founder, Sergio Esposito, finds a new Barbaresco that he can champion, he's very happy, and so are our clients! Today, we're delighted to debut the 2014 Pelissero Barbaresco Vanotu, a wine that shines in this challenging Piemonte growing year--indeed, it might be the wine of the vintage!
April 2, 2018
Under $60 Brunello! Mature Cru Barbaresco! And Benchmark Le Serre Nuove!
March 29, 2018
Debuting 8 Stellar Fontodi Wines! Big, Beautiful Brunello from Soldera and Il Poggione!
Founded at the close of the nineteenth century, Montalcino's Il Poggione began its modern era in 1958 when enologist Pierluigi Talenti accepted the post of winemaker at the Franceschi family's estate. Talenti was a winemaker of nearly unparalleled excellence, and it didn't take long for his wines to come to the attention of the wine world. Il Poggione emerged as one of the foremost producers of classic and elegant Brunello with the release of its 1965 vintage, and the estate has never looked back. Today, we're delighted to present a luscious bottling from this historic estate, the concentrated, brooding and altogether excellent 2011 Brunello di Montalcino.
Today, we're delighted to present special, time-sensitive pricing on six new 2015 Fontodi releases: the estate's compelling Chianti Classico, its powerful Chianti Classico Gran Selezione Vigna del Sorbo, its cult-making Chianti Classico Filetta di Lamole, its brooding Syrah Case Via, its iconic Super-Tuscan Flaccianello, and its superb Dino Amphora, a passion project that will impassion its fans. And as if that sextet wasn't enough to make Italian wine-lovers happy, we're upping the ante by debuting the estate's 2017 Meriggio, a rare white Super Tuscan, and its luscious, electric 2009 Vin Santo!
March 28, 2018
Must-Have Debut Wines from Il Poggione and Guado al Tasso! And Redigaffi Mags!
March 27, 2018
Great Vintages, Great Wines from Montevertine, Antinori and Eroica!
A beautiful Brunello gets under your skin in a way that few other wines can. A well-wrought Brunello is a matchless embodiment of compelling contrasts: seductive aromatics and age-worthy structure, ripe fruits and brooding Montalcino terroir, vibrant acidity and intense tannins. Americans drink more than a quarter of all Brunello produced, so it's fair to say that we know a good wine when we taste one.
Le Pergole Torte doesn't merely sit in the top echelon of Italian wines; it sits among the world's best wines--period. Montevertine's vineyards in Radda are among the very highest in Chianti Classico, offering a unique microclimate that's unusually cool for the region. The altitude and the temperature help the estate's Sangiovese grapes to retain unusual elegance, making Le Pergole Torte a rare mono-varietal Sangiovese wine and a collector staple.
March 26, 2018
Debuting the Brilliant 2013 Brunello from Cerbaiona
March 22, 2018
Three Pure, Powerful Italian Wines from Tua Rita, Antinori and Nicolis!
IWM's clients and our staff share a love for Cerbaiona's evocative wines that marry power with elegance, so we're very excited to debut Cerbaiona's outstanding 2013 Brunello di Montalcino. Exceptionally complex and spellbindingly precise, Cerbaiona's '13 Brunello embodies the traits that first turned wine-lovers into ardent devotees of the estate's wines. A couple of years ago, estate founded Diego Molinari sold Cerbaiona to an investment group spearheaded by Gary Reischel, Matthew Fioretti, and Maurizio Bovini.
When Rita Tua and Virgilio Bisti bought their Suvereto, Toscana, land in 1984, they just wanted a retirement spot, but they soon realized that their plots boasted soil that grew beautiful Bordeaux grape varietals. Capitalizing on their vineyards' healthy, mineral-laden bunches of Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot grapes, the couple began making wines, first for their friends, and then for release. By 1992, Rita and Virgilio had their first wine, the Giusto di Notri, under the name Tua Rita, and the estate's Redigaffi soon followed on its heels--along with unqualified critical success.
March 21, 2018
Debuts of Tignanello Chianti Classico and Aldo Conterno Langhe Rosso! And Vintage Fiorano!
March 20, 2018
Antinori’s Barolo Prowess! Quintarelli’s Timeless Amarone! And Springtime Rosato!
To most Italian wine-lovers, the name "Tignanello" symbolizes the iconic Super-Tuscan wine, but to the Antinori family, the name means much more than that. Tenuta Tignanello is an estate that sits in the heart of Chianti Classico; while the estate has been making wine since the late nineteenth century, the Antinori family has owned it since the early twentieth century. More than the site of the vineyards that give their names and their grapes to Tignanello and Solaia, both legendary Super-Tuscan wines, this 320-acre estate is also the home of Marchese Antinori Chianti Classico Riserva, a standard bearer of Toscana's most emblematic wine.
Venerable and respected, the Prunotto estate got its start in 1904, when Alfred Prunotto helped to found a wine collective in Serralunga; in 1922, this collective disbanded, and Alfred founded his own winery in its place. When Alfred looked to retire, he turned his winery over to enologist Beppe Colla, who ran it with his brother Tino until their retirement in the '90s. Antinori joined forces with Prunotto in 1989, and a year later, Albiera Antinori joined the estate, aiming to fine-tune the wines of Prunotto. In 1994, Antinori assumed full control, and since then, Albiera and the Antinori team have quietly been crafting one knockout wine after another.
March 19, 2018
Bartolo Mascarello and Canalicchio Recent Releases!
March 15, 2018
Introducing Bibi Graetz and His Wonderful, Wild Wines
IWM's clients know and love Ornellaia's outstanding flagship wine, Ornellaia; its high-performing "second" wine, Le Serre Nuove; and, of course, its cult Merlot, Masseto. In other words, Ornellaia is most famous for its Bordeaux-style reds that, alongside the world-famous wines from Tenuta San Guido, Grattamacco, and Guado al Tasso, made Bolgheri the world-famous home of the Super-Tuscan revolution. While Bolgheri rightly earned its fame for its outstanding Super-Tuscan reds, the region has not made as big a splash with its whites.
In the late 1990s, Bibi Graetz was faced with the decision of whether to renew the leases on the old-vine vineyards surrounding his family's castle in Fiesole, Toscana. Bibi was not a winemaker; he was an artist who had trained at Academia dell'Arte in Firenze. Bibi did the only thing he could: he became a winemaker. Aided by trained enologist Alberto Antonini, a world-famous consultant and the former head winemaker at the Antinori family of estates, Bibi's IGT wines quickly garnered notice.
March 14, 2018
Fontodi’s Outstanding ’05 Flaccianello! Two Must-Have Under $40 Wines!
March 13, 2018
The Superb 2015 Guado al Tasso Flagship Debuts!
Ringed by cypress trees and lined with vineyards, the Conca d'Oro is the golden beating heart of Toscana. The site of Fontodi, one of IWM's favorite producers, the Conca d'Oro makes for an intensely pretty estate; the panoramic views sweep down and up, revealing neat packages of parallel vines interspersed with olive trees, cypresses and swaths of meadow. If you've never been to Italy, Fontodi's location is probably how you imagine Italy's countryside and if you have been to Italy, it's exactly how you remember it.
Guado al Tasso, Piero Antinori's flagship wine from his family's eponymous Maremma estate, consistently stands as one of IWM's fastest selling wines. A thoughtful and complex Bordeaux-style blend, Guado al Tasso's flagship is often the first choice in Antinori for those in the know, but it's also one of the great values in the Super-Tuscan category. Today, we're delighted to debut the 2015 Guado al Tasso Bolgheri Superiore, a riveting bottling that marries vivid fruit with breathtaking structure, allowing its fans to enjoy it for decades to come.
March 12, 2018
Debuting Fuligni’s Must-Have 2013 Brunello! And Two Outstanding, Unique Antinori Wines!
March 8, 2018
Stellar Nals Margreid 2016 Pinot Bianco, New Braida Release, and Maltroye’s Marvelous Monopole
2013 held a lot of early drama for Montalcino winemakers. It started cool and wet but turned searing and hot; then September came and blessed winemakers with perfect warm days and crystalline cool nights, leading to a harvest that was an unabashed success for the wine's producers and its legion of fans. The upshot of the 2013 Brunello vintage is that it favors aromatic wines of great finesse, moderate alcohol levels, elegant acidity, and classic profiles--and it's the best year since 2010, echoing the classic, enduring and clean lines of that benchmark vintage.
Alto Adige's Nals Margreid is unlike most estates IWM champions. A cooperative of more than 100 small growers, Nals Margreid was formed in 1985 by the merging of The Cellars Nalles, established in 1932, and Magre-Niclara, established in 1954, two well-respected entities, both steeped in tradition. While cooperatives are typical in Alto Adige, where small vineyard parcels sit at high altitudes in mountainous terrain, Nals Margreid united some of the best wine growers from the Strada del Vino of Alto Adige into something of a "dream team."
March 7, 2018
Three Benchmark Wines: Pelissero Barbaresco, Antinori Brunello, and Fontodi Chianti Classico!
March 6, 2018
Canalicchio Brunello Riserva, Fontodi White Super Tuscan, and 50-Year-Old Taylor’s Port!
Although it flies under the wine world's radar, Pelissero deserves your attention. About 93 acres in the heart of Barbaresco DOCG, Azienda Agricola Pelissero began by growing grapes for local makers, but for more than fifty years, Pelissero has been bottling its own traditional Barbaresco, Dolcetto, and Barbera. A trained enologist, owner-winemaker Giorgio Pelissero works tirelessly to craft wines that embody his family's commitment to the Langhe, and this means using non-interventionist protocol in the vineyards and using a mixture of traditional and modern techniques in the cellar. Pelissero aims to create terroir-driven wines that blend accessibility with tradition, and the estate's ardent fans testify to its success.
One of the Brunello makers that IWM has championed for years, Canalicchio di Sopra is owned by a former sharecropping family that has come to be a world-class winemaking force. Guided by the past and influenced by the present, Canalicchio's winemaking protocol picks the best of modern and traditional methods to craft an authentic Brunello that speaks of its vineyards' high altitude and north Montalcino terroir, and the resulting wines possess rich cherry fruit layered with notes of smoke, minerals, and earth--as well as those telltale Montalcino aromatics. Best of all, Canalicchio Brunello generally offers the Holy Grail of Brunello, a wine that's both drinkable now and capable of developing over time in the cellar.
March 5, 2018
Debuting the Outstanding 2015 Sassicaia!
March 1, 2018
Drink This $33 Bourgogne Blanc! Antinori’s Earthy Aglianico! And Superb Vega-Sicilia Único!
2018 is a very special year for Tenuta San Guido because this year sees the fiftieth anniversary of the inaugural vintage of its Sassicaia, the most famous, most collectable, most important Super-Tuscan wine. More than merely being one of Italy's most iconic wines, Sassicaia is single-handedly responsible for launching the Super-Tuscan movement and it's one of the most sought-after wines in the world. Every new vintage of Sassicaia is a celebration for its many fans, and today, we're delighted to present the brooding, powerful and astonishingly detailed 2015 Sassicaia, a wine that begs you to drink it upon release (although it'll be even more delicious a decade down the road).
Founded in 1855, Domaine Henri Boillot has been in the family for five generations, and current vigneron Henri Boillot, who shares the work with his son, Guillaume, has made the estate one of the foremost producers of the Côte d'Or. Equally influential, though much more affordable, Maison Henri Boillot is the négociant arm that was founded in 1995. Ever committed to high quality wines, Maison Henri Boillot buys grapes only from farmers who grow sustainably, keep their yields low, and strive for quality over quantity. Both estates produce wines that are world-renowned, sought-after, and deeply satisfying. In fact, Boillot's entry-level wines sell as rapidly as his Corton Charlemagne or his monopole Puligny-Montrachet Mouchère, a premier cru that often surpasses or at least rivals grand crus in quality.
February 28, 2018
Three Classic Italians: 1998 Quintarelli Amarone, Antinori Barbera, and Benchmark Ornellaia
February 27, 2018
Grattamacco 2015 Flagship Debut! Seghesio Cru Barolo Duo! And Stylish Grower Champagne!
The late great Giuseppe Quintarelli was not just the most significant winemaker in the Veneto; he was also one of the most revolutionary winemakers in the world--a claim that runs counter-intuitive to his fanatical adherence to tradition. Quintarelli made his wine the way his forebears did, refusing to deviate from their protocol and choosing to accept new technology only when it didn't impinge on traditional practice. The proof of Quintarelli's wisdom rested in his limited-production wines--his Amarone, Valpolicella, Rosso del Bepi, Recioto and the cult sensation, Alzero. Today, we're proud to present Quintarelli 1998 Amarone della Valpolicella, a true collector jewel.
Grattamacco, founded by Piermario Meletti Cavallari, who has since sold the estate to ColleMassari, sits at the end of a long, winding drive. It's a land with a very unusual microclimate, a windy plain 100m above sea level, where the estate gets 300 sunny days a year and a steady breeze. Under the guidance of enologist Maurizio Castelli and winemaker Luca Maronna, Grattamacco crafts deeply finessed, profoundly enjoyable wines, and they do it by working hard, playing with their wines' formulas, and inventing technologies like their unique grape sorting table. We've long said that Grattamacco makes the best Super Tuscans you haven't heard of--but the 2015 vintage of Grattamacco's flagship might change that. The '15 bottling is good enough to focus the attention of the wine world!
February 26, 2018
Superb Giuseppe Rinaldi Barbera Duo! Benchmark Lamarche! And 22-Year-Old Gaja Costa Russi!
February 22, 2018
Debuting the Rich, Electric 2015 Tignanello!
Piemonte's Giuseppe Rinaldi is one of Italy's greatest winemaking traditionalists. One of the founders of ViniVeri, Italy's organization of natural winemakers, Giuseppe, or "Beppe," doesn't even certify his wines as organic. "I am an anarchist," he says, refusing any easy definitions. He makes his wines as his grandfather did--fermenting them in tini, tall oak vats, without temperature control and with only natural yeasts, and aging them in giant botti for upwards of two years. Beppe has trained his daughters, Carlotta, who tends to the vineyards, and Marta, who cares for the winery, in his traditional ways; they are poised to assume the control of the estate when Beppe retires, ensuring his legacy for future generations.
Our clients know Tignanello as the trailblazing Super Tuscan from the Antinori family, and since its inaugural 1971 vintage, Tignanello has acted as a standard bearer for fine Italian wines. Influenced by his uncle, Marchese Mario Incisa della Rocchetta, and guided by consulting enologist Giacomo Tachis, Piero Antinori didn't want to recreate a Bordeaux-style Super-Tuscan wine; he wanted to show Sangiovese's versatility and finesse. Antinori achieved his goals in Tignanello, a blend of Sangiovese, Cabernet Sauvignon and Cabernet Franc, and, with this wine, he changed the Super-Tuscan game.
February 21, 2018
New 2013 Gaja Brunello Trio! Miani's Cult White! And Ponsot Clos de la Roche Mini-Vertical!
February 20, 2018
Two Outstanding Bordeaux-Style Super Tuscans and One Superb Bordeaux!
Today, we keep rolling out the 2013 Brunello with three wines from Angelo Gaja's Montalcino estate, Pieve Santa Restituta. In this offer, Gaja's cuvée Pieve Santa Restituta Brunello di Montalcino is flanked with the estate's special Brunello Rennina and the single-vineyard Brunello Sugarille, giving a panoramic view of the 2013 vintage. A nail-biter of a growing year for Montalcino winemakers, 2013 held a lot of early drama, yet it ended in a fairytale success for the wine's producers and its legion of fans. The upshot of the 2013 Brunello vintage is that it favors aromatic wines of great finesse, moderate alcohol levels, elegant acidity, and classic profiles.
A couple of weeks ago, we were proud to debut a pair of 2015 Petrolo new releases, including its fantastic Merlot bottling, Galatrona. Today, we're delighted to follow up that offer with a new allocation of Petrolo's commanding 2006 Galatrona, a wine that's ready to drink right now (although it'll age beautifully over the next decade). Called the "Le Pin of Tuscany," Petrolo's Galatrona gleams with the sleek, silky, elegance of classic Merlot, and it marries these qualities with freshness, acidity, and that ineffable Tuscan terroir. Most Super-Tuscan fans drink their wines too early, so this perfectly aged '06 Galatrona is a rare opportunity to enjoy a wine with maturity.
February 15, 2018
From Italy's South to Its North--Wines from Graci, Poggio di Sotto and Sandrone!
February 14, 2018
Giacosa's Legendary Barbaresco, Maltroye's Marvel, and Moreau's Stellar Chablis
Estate owner Alberto Graci comes from a long line of Sicilian winemakers, but he turned his back on the family history, choosing to become an investment banker in Milan. In 2004, his grandfather died, and Alberto returned to Sicilia. He sold his family's lands located in the center of the island, and he bought property in Passopisciaro, on the slopes of Etna, an ancient winemaking site. The Graci estate now ranges across 52 acres, 36 planted to vine and the remainder dotted with olive and apple trees. Today we're proud to present three recent Graci releases, the estate's delicious 2016 Etna Bianco, its complex 2015 Etna Rosso, and its superb Graci 2015 Etna Bianco Arcurìa, a cru white that explodes with volcanic terroir.
The wine world lost one of its icons when Bruno Giacosa passed away at the end of January at the age of 88. It's hard to overstate the importance of Bruno Giacosa. He stands as one of the most respected producers of traditionally styled Barolo and Barbaresco, crafting long-aging wines that are beloved by aficionados and coveted by collectors. Working with his father, Bruno became fascinated by traditional Piemonte grapes, particularly Nebbiolo, and this training formed the basis of the Giacosa philosophy that brought us wines like his iconic Barolo Le Rocche del Falletto and Barbaresco Asili, as well as his beloved Barbarasco Rabajá, Barolo Falletto, and other wines.
February 13, 2018
Le Serre Nuove Quartet! Towering Rinaldi Barolo! And $27 Antinori Super Tuscan!
February 12, 2018
Debuting "Il Carisma," the Captivating 2015 Ornellaia Flagship
I don't have to tell you about the importance of Super-Tuscan great Tenuta dell'Ornellaia. One of the first estates to jump on the Bolgheri revolution started by Tenuta San Guido, Ornellaia has as storied a background as Sassicaia's maker. It's an aristocratic estate, both literally and metaphorically--founder Ludovico Antinori is both brother to Guado al Tasso's founder, Piero Antinori, and cousin to Tenuta San Guido's Nicolo Incisa della Rocchetta. Now owned for more than a decade by the Frescobaldi group, Ornellaia's wines are consistently effortless, elegant, and sophisticated. Since its first bottling of its flagship wine in 1985, Ornellaia has been making history--rich, delicious history.
Drive up the Aurelia and exit near the Colline Metallifere, or Metalliferous Hills, and you'll find the road to Bolgheri. Lined with stately cypress trees, the tarmac road seems to pull you back in time. When you hit the stone walls of the town, it feels like decades, even centuries have dropped away. Tiny, manicured, and jewel-box perfect, the town of Bolgheri acts like a Colonial Williamsburg for wine-lovers. It seems arrested in time, swept clean not only of litter but also of the digital, jangling noise of modern history. Walking around Bolgheri, it's easy to forget that the Super-Tuscan revolution is just under fifty years old; all the estates that dot the landscape were but dreams a couple decades ago, and incomprehensible a half-century, but the wines Bolgheri gives us are legendary.
February 8, 2018
Stellar 2015 Petrolo New Releases! $22 Riesling! And Collector Méo-Camuzet!
February 7, 2018
2014 Le Pergole Torte Debuts! Must-Have Amarone Mags! And Comte Georges de Vogüé!
Sitting in a historical area delimited in 1716 by the Grand Duke of Tuscany Cosimo III de' Medici as a particularly valuable land for wine and olive oil, Fattoria Petrolo possesses an idyllic elevation high above the Tuscan plain, a unique microclimate, and terrific galestra soils. Petrolo once crafted only two wines from its towering 620-acre estate (only 77 acres are under vine), but the estate has since branched out, yet its first two--Torrione and Galatrona--remain Petrolo's pride and joy. Torrione, Petrolo's "château" wine, is a joyful, ready-to-drink cuvée that debuted in the 1988 vintage, while Galatrona, a powerhouse cult Merlot, was created by Petrolo's owner-winemaker Luca Sanjust in 1994. Both have ardent fans across the globe.
Founder Sergio Manetti may have started his estate as a hobby in the mid-1960s, but under the guidance of this traditionalist, Tuscan grapes and Tuscan protocol became the beating heart of Montevertine. Sergio passed away in 2000, and since that time, his son Martino has carried torch for Tuscan winemaking, growing only Sangioveto (the local name for Sangiovese), Canaiolo and Colorino grapes, and using only cement and wood for fermentation and aging. It's not too strong a statement to say that Montevertine's iconic Le Pergole Torte sets the gold standard for elite Sangiovese Super Tuscans.
February 6, 2018
Bea’s Signature Sagrantino, Antinori’s Rare Matarocchio, and Billecart-Salmon’s Noble Champagne
February 5, 2018
Gaja Flash Sale! More Than 100 Wines at Special Pricing!
Sagrantino, Umbria's emblematic grape, has the distinction of being one of the most tannic grapes in the world, and it sports one of the highest quantities of phenolic compounds, the chemical compounds that occur in grapes that give wine its taste, color and even its texture. While many producers aren't sure how to handle a grape this muscular, jam-packed, and intense, Paolo Bea, the standard-bearer of natural Italian winemaking, is able to tame the Sagrantino grape's brawniness while retaining its sauvage beauty. Today, we're delighted to present a new allocation of Bea 2009 Sagrantino di Montefalco Secco Pagliaro, a client favorite that wows in this vintage.
There is no one quite like Angelo Gaja. A trendsetter, Gaja's early innovations began with the 1961 vintage and included the choice to bottle only estate-grown wines, the reduction of crop size, shortened pruning of Nebbiolo vines, and decreased fermentation periods; 1967 saw Gaja's bottling of single-vineyard Barbarescos with his debut of Sorì San Lorenzo (Sorì Tildìn followed in 1970 and Costa Russi in 1978); and the 1975 vintage marked his inaugural use of small French oak barrels. Even Gaja's restless work to market his wines to the world's elite was groundbreaking and, ultimately, very successful.
February 1, 2018
Pernot-Belicard Premier Cru Trio! $27 Antinori Super Tuscan! Benchmark Redigaffi
January 31, 2018
Gorgeous Guidalberto, Timeless Vosne-Romanée, and Sophisticated Brunello!
We've been saying for a few years that Pernot-Belicard's white Burgundies are poised to be the next big thing, and today we're delighted to spotlight a trio of Pernot-Belicard's extraordinary white Burgundies, all from the intense, low production 2015 vintage, and all at extremely competitive pricing. Philippe Pernot trained at the knee of Meursault great Paul Pernot, his grandfather, and Philippe continues to be guided by the practices of this legendary winemaker at his own estate, Pernot-Belicard. Philippe's wines are some of the purest, richest, freshest Meursault and Puligny-Montrachet that we've come across, and these 2015s knock it out of the park!
Debuting in 2000 as a blend of equal parts Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot with a kiss of Sangiovese, Guidalberto began its evolution with the 2005 vintage, and by the following year, it became the 60/40 Cabernet Sauvignon-Merlot blend we know and love. While Sassicaia may have been inspired by Bordeaux blends, Guidalberto is often the preferred wine for many Bordeaux lovers; there's no arguing taste, and the outstanding 2015 Guidalberto will please its many fans (and make some new ones).
January 30, 2018
New Giacomo Conterno Barbera, Vintage Super Tuscan, and Value-Packed Riesling
January 29, 2018
Benchmark Bottles from Domaine Lamarche, Fontodi and Tenuta dell’Ornellaia!
Historically known as "the people's wine," and currently recognized as the "fun" alternative to Piemonte's more austere Nebbiolo-based wines, the wines of Piemonte's Barbera DOCs have customarily offered an easy-going, very tasty way to experience the renowned region--however, some producers work to create high caliber Barbera wines, and today, we're spotlighting one of the best: Giacomo Conterno 2015 Barbera Francia, a high-performing Barbera that marries tradition with an explosive, joyful palate and offers an unparalleled opportunity to experience the beauty of Giacomo Conterno for under $60 a bottle.
The history of the Lamarche family in the village of Vosne-Romanée dates back to the mid-eighteenth century, and it's an important line for Burgundy lovers. While Henri Lamarche, a cooper, founded the estate that bears his name, the 27-acre domaine is run today by sixth-generation winemakers Nicole and Natalie, who are cousins and protégés of the late, great François Lamarche, who passed his talents and his estate on to them. Lamarche holds its place as a leading vigneron, producing wines that express themselves through their subtlety rather than their power, and bottlings that display ripe, high-toned fruit and strong sense of terroir.
January 25, 2018
Five Beautiful Brunello Wines from Gaja, Antinori and La Poderina!
January 24, 2018
Bea’s Winter White, Vintage Terriccio Super-Tuscan, and Robust $22 Barbera!
Regularly courted for involvement in joint ventures, Gaja wasn't going to sign onto something that he wasn't entirely behind. He found that Montalcino held the allure he was looking for: great terroir, terrific microclimates, and a profound connection to Piemonte's wine culture. Most significantly, Gaja had found an estate that interested him: Pieve Santa Restituta. The rest, as they say, has been history--delicious, terroir-driven history.
Not all winter wines are red--some are white and some, like today's featured wine, are a luminous amber. Weighty yet supple, Paolo Bea's terrific and unique Santa Chiara is a complex and seductive white wine that drinks with the heft and the tannic bite of a red. Today, we're proud to present Paolo Bea's beautifully complex 2015 Bianco Santa Chiara. A blend of white grapes vinified with extended contact with their skins, Bianco Santa Chiara is as delicious in cold weather as it is in warm, making it a true all-weather wine. An IWM favorite in any vintage, the '15 Bianco Santa Chiara has been a blockbuster, and today's offer is our third allocation of this in-demand wine.
January 23, 2018
Italy from South to North: Graci Rosso, Biondi-Santi Brunello, and Nicolis Valpolicella!
January 22, 2018
International Superstars: Pernot-Belicard, Roberto Voerzio, and Vega-Sicilia
Enologists believe Nerello Mascalese originated on the slopes of Mt. Etna, yet for all its history and all its widespread cultivation in Sicilia, Nerello Mascalese has only recently stepped out of the shadows as a blending grape to become a star in its own right. Today, we're delighted to shine a spotlight on one of our favorite Nerello Mascalese wines from one of our favorite Sicilian producers, Graci 2015 Etna Rosso. Deriving from old vines grown high on the slopes of Mt. Etna, this wine is pure and natural--vinified without temperature control or added yeasts, and aged in traditional tini (traditional Sicilian vertical barrels). It's a wild, wonderful taste of Sicilia, and it is delicious.
Trained at the knee of his grandfather, Meursault legend Paul Pernot, Philippe Pernot continues his grandfather's trend-setting winemaking traditions at his own estate, Pernot-Belicard. Founded after Philippe married his wife and assumed control of his father-in-law's vineyards, Pernot-Belicard's fourteen-acres are an organically grown wonderland--Philippe handpicks his grapes at peak maturity, and he never fines or filters his wines, ensuring terroir-driven expressions.
January 18, 2018
Le Boncie Le Trame, Castello dei Rampolla Chianti Classico, and Vintage Monfortino!
January 17, 2018
Five New Releases from Quintarelli! And Two Under-The-Radar Big Reds You’ll Love!
One of our recent favorites comes from family owned-and-operated Podere Le Boncie, located in the heart of Chianti Classico, that uses mindful organic agriculture and traditional viticulture to craft wines with a pure Tuscan soul. Today, we're delighted to debut the elegant yet wild 2014 Le Trame Rosso IGT. Priced at under $45, this seductive, aromatic Rosso is sure to bring a smile to your face--and have your guests reaching for more!
The late, great Giuseppe Quintarelli stands as the Veneto's most significant producer, renowned for his legendary, cellar-worthy Amarone, Valpolicella, Recioto, and Alzero. Bepi earned the moniker of the "Master of the Veneto" with his complex, bewitching wines that he made in traditional ways, according to protocol handed down from his father and grandfather. 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 present five recent Quintarelli releases.
January 16, 2018
Superstar Italian Trio: Giacomo Conterno Barolo, Alberico Bianco, and Vintage Quintarelli
January 11, 2018
Three Lustrous Valdicava New Releases! La Sala Chianti Classico! And Gratien Rosé Champagne!
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; indeed, this vineyard is the source of the estate's legendary Barolo Monfortino, as well as the wine we offer today, Barolo Cascina Francia. Today, we're proud to present 2005 Barolo Cascina Francia, pristine bottles that come with the "IWM Difference," our assurance of perfect provenance and perfect temperature-controlled care throughout the wine's lifespan.
Vincenzo Abbruzzese is a perfectionist. Abbruzzese, the owner-winemaker at Valdicava, takes painstaking care of his 67 acres under vine so that each grape will enjoy the perfect amount of sun while avoiding rot and disease, growing his vines organically and using indigenous plants as groundcover. Located in Montosoli, the coldest part of the Brunello zone, Abbruzzesse's Valdicava is a biodynamic wonderland, and as ideal as its vines are, its cantina is equally spic and span. Abbruzzese's dedication shows in his elegant, suave, velvety Brunelli that have won the hearts of wine-lovers around the globe.
January 10, 2018
Dal Forno Amarone, Bartolo Mascarello Barolo, and Pernot-Belicard Meursault!
January 9, 2018
Must-Have Canalicchio New Releases! And Collector Wines from Quintarelli and Chapoutier!
The "Grape King of the Veneto," Romano Dal Forno takes remarkable pains in his vineyards. Romano grows his vines densely, thereby creating competition between the vines for essential nutrients, and challenging the plants to grow more concentrated berries, and he keeps his yields to an astounding 11 oz. of grapes per vine, thus engineering the raw materials for making concentrated, intense wines. The Dal Forno team takes care in the cellar as well, designing and constructing a computerized ventilation system for its grapes as they dry in the appassimento method, the protocol that creates the richness, complexity and heft of Amarone.
Founded in 1962 by former sharecropper Primo Pacenti and now run by his grandson Francesco, 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, and its unique terroir endows the estate's wines with special properties. Influenced by the past and the present, the estate works to craft an authentic Brunello that speaks of its vineyards' high altitude and north Montalcino terroir. Best of all, Canalicchio Brunello generally offers the Holy Grail of Brunello, a wine that's both drinkable now and capable of developing over time in the cellar.
January 8, 2018
López de Heredia’s $39 Rioja Reserva, Antinori’s Pinot Nero, and Leflaive Puligny-Montrachet Les Pucelles
January 4, 2018
Vintage Review: 7 Guado al Tasso, 9 Barolo Monfortino, and One Superb Soldera Brunello Riserva!
López de Heredia and its winemaking has 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.
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 seven vintages of Guado al Tasso, all at very competitive pricing. We've managed to secure Guado al Tasso from the ethereal 1995 vintage, the intense 1997, the caressing 2000, the vibrant 2001, the majestic 2007, the ripe 2009, and the luminous 2013.
January 3, 2018
Seductive 2014 Solaia Returns, Stealthy Salcheto, and Benchmark $30 Burgundy
January 2, 2018
Stock Your Cellar with 2013 Piemonte Wines!
Antinori's Tignanello introduced the estate's Super-Tuscan wines to the world, but its Solaia has never been in its shadows--somewhat literally, for this cru gets its name, "the sunny one," from the sunlit vineyard where its grapes derive. Debuting in 1978, Solaia was initially a blend of Cabernet Sauvignon touched with Cabernet Franc, but in 1982, Piero Antinori and his star enologist, Giacomo Tachis, added Sangiovese. Within a couple of years of tinkering with the blend to reflect vintage shifts, the pair had arrived at its current incarnation.
It's 2018, a new year! If you made a resolution to stock your cellar with delicious, high performing, collectable, or simply tasty Piemonte wines, then this offer sets you up for success. Today, we're delighted to present special, time-sensitive pricing on more than 30 wines from some of Piemonte's best producers with Barolo and Barbaresco wines, as well as a few select Barbera and Nebbiolo bottlings. We can't praise Piemonte's 2013 wines highly enough--they're structured, complex and nuanced wines of great age-worthiness. Even before they hit the shelves, the 2013 wines from Piemonte had serious buzz, and now that these Barolo and Barbaresco wines have been experienced, we can say that the hype was justified.
December 29, 2017
Beautiful Wines for the New Year from Castello dei Rampolla, Fiorano, and Valdicava!
December 28, 2017
Aldo’s Seductive ‘12 Barolo Colonnello! IWM Gift Card Gives Back! And Antinori’s Meursault in Umbria!
It's hard to find Castello dei Rampolla. A tangle of confusing signs sits at the top of a one-lane dirt road; each sign points to a different estate, and none of them say "Castello dei Rampolla." At the bottom of this narrow dirt road, though, sits a cluster of stone buildings on a small stone piazza canopied by tall trees and surrounded by spectacular Tuscan vines. It's an ideal spot for winemaking, and Castello dei Rampolla makes some ideal wines.
As much as Aldo Conterno was the "King of Barolo" during his lifetime, the estate that bears his name is doing much to keep Aldo's legend, his work, and his nickname alive. Aldo, who passed away in 2012, raised his three sons to do as he did: move just far away enough from convention to make great wines that express their own personal visions. Five years after the passing of the great Aldo Conterno, his namesake estate continues to show how important Aldo was as a winemaker and as a father in its stunning range of Barolos.
December 27, 2017
Really Big Bottles of Super Italian Wine! And One Vintage Collectable from Álvaro Palacios!
December 26, 2017
Happy Holidays! It’s IWM’s Amarone Flash Sale!
Sangiovese's nose of violets and crushed berries entices you; its acidity makes your mouth water; and its palate of smoke, leather, earth and coffee rewards you in the wine's velvety finish. Sangiovese goes by many names for its many clones--Sangiovese Grosso, the clone responsible for Brunello, is perhaps its most famous. Growing virtually everywhere in Italy, Sangiovese's finest expressions are unquestionably from Toscana. Today, we're very proud to present four different Sangiovese wines from Toscana--Fèlsina's epic 1997 Fontalloro, four vintages of Fontodi's esteemed Flaccianello, three vintages of Valdicava's Brunello, and one benchmark year of Valdicava's cru Brunello Riserva--all in really big bottles!
A finely made Amarone is a wine that confounds, confuses and ultimately rewards the senses. Ripe, almost sweet at the beginning, an Amarone can run through an almost infinite array of descriptors before it culminates in its nearly eternal finish. High in alcohol, rich in flavors, decadent in texture, Amarone is a wine of delicious exaggerations that needs to be experienced to be believed. An exaggeration of flavors and structure, Amarone's high alcohol levels exceed 15%, but Amarone is remarkably balanced, getting its structure and weight through a technique called appassimento, where carefully selected grapes are spread out in single layers to dry on straw or plastic mats for 60 to 100 days.
December 22, 2017
Great Italian Wines from Gianfranco Soldera, Giuseppi Rinaldi, and Collemattoni!
December 21, 2017
Rhône Valley Flash Sale, Chianti Classico’s Crème de la Crème, and Stellar Grappa from Berta!
Case Basse di Soldera is an Edenic wonderland bursting with more than 1,500 kinds of roses; a night-blooming garden of white blossoms; many kinds of trees including olive, juniper, holly oak and dogwood; running streams; and a wooded berm to keep the winds from buffeting the vineyards. This biodiversity contributes to the terroir of Gianfranco Soldera's wines, and, along with the vineyards' unusual schist soils, it helps to make Soldera's wines very, very special.
The North specializes in one red grape, Syrah, while the South specializes in red blends--primarily Grenache, Syrah, and Mourvèdre, which Americans often call "GSM" blends for short. The second largest AOC after Bordeaux, the Rhône Valley region is geographically and viticulturally vast, comprising 27 appellations with 27 red and white grape varieties that are grown in land that's hot, dry, terraced, windy and cold by turns. Rhône wines reflect their history and their wide-ranging territory: they're big, they're bold, and they're extremely delicious.
December 20, 2017
Twelve Holiday Whites! Large Format Pelissero Barbaresco! And Antinori's Aglianico!
December 19, 2017
IWM's Sparkler Flash Sale! Big Canalicchio Brunello! And Perfect '85 Sassicaia!
IWM loves our white wines. They may not be as famous as their robust red siblings, but white wines have the same magical ability to speak their terroir that reds do. Coastal Italian whites abound in fresh, savory salinity; mountain Italian whites burst with meadow-like freshness; volcanic Italian whites thrum with minerality; and each region crafts beloved white wines that reflect their regions' traditions, dishes, and climate. Likewise, French whites--especially white Burgundies--articulate their terroir with precision and clarity. A well-wrought white wine makes food taste better than it would on its own, it thrills the senses, and it immediately transports you to its region.
Sparkling wines make holidays glisten; from New Year's Eve to anniversaries, 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 celebration like this category of wines. In the spirit of the season, we're highlighting the great producers of Champagnes, Prosecco and other classic sparkling wines, and today, we're proud to present special, time-sensitive pricing on more than 40 different sparkling wines, all in stock and ready to ship for your holiday season delight!
December 18, 2017
“Baby Brunello” from Valdicava! Biondi-Santi Vintage Great! And Superb 2007 d’Yquem!
December 14, 2017
Juicy, Round $29 Aldo Conterno Rosso! Drink-Me Seghesio Barolo! And IWM’s Biggest Sale!
Valdicava's Vincenzo Abbruzzese is an exacting, painstaking producer, who meticulously manages his estate in Montosoli, the coldest part of the Brunello zone. Growing all of his vines organically and using indigenous plants as groundcover Vinenzo ensures that each grape will enjoy the perfect amount of sun while avoiding rot and disease. Vincenzo shows a rare understanding of his wines, and his winemaking has brought him accolades from wine critics and cognoscenti alike. In 2014, Vincenzo opted against crafting any of his textured, aromatic Brunello--a rare move by a singular winemaker.
As tempting as Aldo Conterno Baroli are in their youth, it's a shame to drink them too early, and you don't necessarily want to pour Barolo on a Tuesday pizza night. Enter Poderi Aldo Conterno's Langhe Rosso, the perfect value wine from the consummate Barolo producer. Juicy, fleshy, and genial, Aldo Conterno's entry-level Langhe Rosso, which has replaced the estate's famed Quartetto, is a terrific everyday red that is flexible, unexpected and affordable. Today, we're delighted to present a new allocation of Poderi Aldo Conterno's vivacious 2013 Langhe Rosso. At less than $30 a bottle, this wine is an ideal anytime red to have on hand throughout the holidays!
December 13, 2017
Powerful Canalicchio ’06 Brunello Riserva! Antinori’s $27 Red! And Super Singles Flash Sale!
December 12, 2017
Red Burgundy Flash Sale!
2006 promised much to Brunello lovers. Hot and wet yet ending in a gorgeous harvest of ripe, fresh grapes, 2006 promised the perfect raw materials for rich, aromatic Brunelli, and industry insiders were quick to hail the vintage as a benchmark year. Indeed, the vintage's perfectly ripened grapes led the Brunello Consorzio to give 2006 a five-star rating, and the year's wines, which have only recently entered their drinking windows, have been rewarding Brunello lovers for the past couple of years. Today, we're delighted to present one of our favorites from the standout 2006 vintage, Canalicchio di Sopra's textured, aromatic Brunello Riserva.
Burgundy lovers, time to celebrate--with wines to enjoy this holiday season and into the New Year! Today, we're presenting you with more than 200 Burgundies, offered at 8 to 15% off our usual retail price when you buy a case or more! Mix yourself a case or two of the wines that you love, the wines that have intrigued you, or the wines that call out to you, and keep your cellar stocked and your dinner parties drinking for decades. You can choose red wines from producers like Domaine de Montille, Drouhin-Laroze, Comte Georges de Vogüé, Bouchard Père et Fils, and Lignier Michelot--and so many more! This list has something for every connoisseur of red Burgundy.
December 11, 2017
Rare Aldo Conterno Baroli Sale!
December 7, 2017
Introducing Tenute Dettori's Stellar Wines! Terriccio Super Tuscan and Giacosa Dolcetto Return!
Aldo Conterno was known as the "King of Barolo," and the wines made by this Piemonte winemaker, as well as those that hail from the estate that bears his name, are collector staples. Most famous is Aldo Conterno Granbussia, but the estate's three cru bottlings--Romirasco, Colonnello, and Cicala--as well as its cuvée Barolo Bussia are beloved by connoisseurs. Situated in Monforte d'Alba in the prized Bussia Soprano vineyard in the heart of the Barolo region of Serralunga, the Conterno family has been producing great Piemontese wines for more than five generations. Aldo, who passed away in 2012, left his brother at his father's cellar (the legendary Giacomo Conterno estate) in 1969 to pursue his own winemaking interests and to create the wines of Poderi Aldo Conterno in the "Favot" cellar.
Whatever else you might call the wines of Tenute Dettori--magical, long-aging, complex, and dancing with life come to mind--one thing you can say about them is that they are unique. Hailing from calcium-rich vineyards in sea-swept Sardegna, Tenute Dettori's wines are already unusual, but the uncompromising work of owner-winemaker Alessandro Dettori sets them even further apart. Alessandro says, "I do not follow the market, I produce wines that I like, wines from my territory, wines Sennori. They are what they are and not what you want them to be." Crafted of indigenous grapes and released according to their own individual timeframes, Dettori's wines are immensely evocative expressions of their land.
December 6, 2017
2007 Alzero Returns! Your New Go-To White! 2016 Moreau Chablis Duo Debuts!
December 5, 2017
Ornellaia’s Unmistakable Elegance, Drink-Me-Now Barbera, and Jacques Selosse Champagne!
Alzero is a massive--and massively delicious--wine. Hotly sought-after and intensely collectable, Alzero inspires a kind of frenzied devotion most often seen in the hearts of impassioned pop music fans. While these phrases may sound melodramatic, the fact that this wine comes from Quintarelli puts it all into perspective. IWM Founder Sergio Esposito says of Quintarelli Alzero, "I can only describe this rare and brilliant take on Cabernet Franc as Cheval Blanc on steroids." Simply put, Quintarelli Alzero is one of our fastest selling, most beloved collector wines, and today, we're proud to announce a new allocation of the 2007 vintage.
Yesterday, we put the 2015 Le Serre Nuove debut in the spotlight. Today, we're delighted to follow up that offer with a return of a benchmark vintage of Tenuta dell'Ornellaia's flagship wine, Tenuta dell'Ornellaia 2013 Ornellaia. Winemaker Axel Heinz gave the 2013 Ornellaia the name "L'Eleganza," or the elegance, because of its classic, balanced and sophisticated palate. If you're a fan of wines that transmit their terroir with transparency, wines that privilege structure and finesse over extraction and power, or wines that balance their elegance with fleshiness, the '13 Ornellaia hits all your sweet spots.
December 4, 2017
2015 Le Serre Nuove Debut! Fiorano’s Malvasia Marvel! And Legendary 2001 Vigna d’Alceo!
November 30, 2017
Larger-Than-Life Charles Heidsieck Champagne, Big-Hearted ‘14 Solaia, and Stellar ‘12 Cerbaiona Brunello
It's fairly customary for a flagship wine to be remarkable. We expect the first wines of estates to be great--an estate's flagship bottle is, after all, the wine that builds a producer's reputation. It's more unusual when an estate's second-tier wine is something to get excited about, but when that wine comes from Tenuta dell'Ornellaia, any excitement makes sense. Today, we're delighted to present the new 2015 release of Le Serre Nuove, Ornellaia's second wine and a bottle that would be a flagship were it to come from any other estate.
Founded by its namesake in 1851, Domaine Charles Heidsieck isn't just a famous Champagne house; it's a Champagne house with profoundly American roots. A visionary for his time, Charles Heidsieck recognized the American market for Champagne and crossed the Atlantic with his Champagne in 1852, just a year after establishing his estate. Charles wowed the elite East Coast society crowd with his bubblies, and nineteenth-century New York society responded by giving Charles his nickname "Champagne Charlie." From New York to New Orleans, high society believed that Heidsieck, the man, and Heidsieck, the sparkling wine, were inextricable--both opened the doors to adventure, to style, to French chic, and to the kind of inimitable sophistication that only Champagne can provide.
November 29, 2017
IWM's 2017 Holiday Gift Guide
November 28, 2017
2013 Matarocchio Debuts! The Prince’s White Diamond! And Must-Have Rioja!
It's the holiday season, the most wonderful time of the year! IWM wants to help you celebrate the holidays in delicious style with our 2017 Holiday Gift Guide, a collection of our most exciting, most delicious, and most luxurious wines. Whether you're looking to give your favorite wine-lovers treasured single bottles, thrilling wine duos, tasty triples, sumptuous half cases, or expansive full collections, this Gift Guide will help you make the 2017 holiday season memorable. In this Gift Guide, available both online and as a PDF to download, you'll find a wine for every feast, party, and quiet meal, as well as bottles that will please the palates of all wine-lovers, from newbie to connoisseur. 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! IWM wants to make your gift giving a delight, and we promise not to tell if you can't help but choose something for your cellar too!
Since Sassicaia's inaugural 1968 vintage, many Super Tuscans have hit the market, but few have garnered cult status. There's no doubt that Tenuta San Guido's Sassicaia, Antinori's Tignanello and Solaia, Montevertine's Le Pergole Torte and Ornellaia's Masseto have become legendary, but they are the exceptions that prove the rule, and while unquestionably iconic, none of these wines is a mono-varietal Cabernet Franc. Enter Antinori's Matarocchio, a bottling that's poised to be the new cult Super Tuscan.
November 22, 2017
Return of Aldo Conterno 2012 Barolo Cicala, Antinori’s Pinot Nero and Brigaldara’s Amarone!
November 21, 2017
Introducing Two New Italian Producers (with Four Great Wines)! And Gaja’s ’11 Costa Russi!
The late, great Aldo Conterno was born into a legendary winemaking family. From the Conterno home in Monforte d'Alba in the prized Bussia Soprano vineyard in the heart of the Barolo region of Serralunga, the Conterno family has been producing and aging the great Piemontese wines for more than five generations. 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.
"Wine should be a perfect copy of its terroir," says Davide Rosso, the owner-winemaker at Giovanni Rosso, a 40-acre, family-owned-and-operated estate in the heart of Serralunga d'Alba. 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.
November 20, 2017
Two Under $60 Grower Champagnes! Indigenous Campania Reds! And Historic Giacosa Barbaresco!
November 16, 2017
Sandrone Barolo for the Holidays? Super-Tuscan Star Chianti Classico! And Flawless Sherry!
Champagne is the most imitated, most unique, most recognized and most archetypal wine on the planet. Songs and poems celebrate it, and literature glorifies it. Champagne symbolizes celebration, achievement, romance and luxury (and it's one of the most flexible, food-friendly wines available). Even if it's crafted in only one area in France from just a couple of grape varietals, Champagne comes in a dizzying range of styles, flavor profiles and textures, and today we're delighted to present two wines that both evoke Champagne's mystery and its scope, Vilmart & Cie Champagne Grande Réserve NV and Marc Hébrart Champagne Brut Rosé NV. More than just delicious, these grower Champagnes are priced at less than $60 a bottle, making them indispensable and affordable luxuries.
Luciano Sandrone always wanted to be a winemaker. He began his career as a cellar-man working in the historic Marchesi di Barolo estate, saving his money until he could afford to buy his first parcel of land in Cannubi Boschis in 1977, and, having spent all his savings to buy his land, Sandrone began making his wines in his parents' garage. Sandrone quietly worked, revising his techniques, until he caught the wine world's attention with his 1989 and 1990 vintages. Since then, nothing has slowed down for Sandrone, and that's just fine with this winemaker's many ardent fans. A master winemaker, Sandrone boasts holdings in some of the most legendary plots in Barolo, and his highly sought-after Barolos sit among the elite wines of Piemonte, if not the world.
November 15, 2017
Paolo Bea’s Winter White, Historic Antinori Chianti Classico, and Benchmark Vietti Barolo!
November 14, 2017
IWM’s Favorite Organic Prosecco! Sleeper Barbaresco Vintages from Dante Rivetti and Giacosa!
Cold weather is here on the East Coast, and while you may be reaching for your Barolo and Brunello, we want to remind you that not all winter wines are red. In fact, "skin-contact" or "orange" wines are the whites that drink like reds--textured, weighty, complex, and hefty enough to warm you from the inside. Today, we're proud to present Paolo Bea's beautifully complex 2015 Bianco Santa Chiara. A blend of white grapes vinified with extended contact with their skins, Bianco Santa Chiara is as delicious in cold weather as it is in warm. And as food-friendly as it is unique, this weighty, satisfying amber wine offers a complement to a wide range of foods from antipasto to seafood to roasted white meats.
Prosecco is Italy's most emblematic sparkling wine. Beloved for its refreshing acidity, pleasant aromatics and delicate flavors of peach and green apple, Prosecco is a perfect sparkler for food from antipasti to dessert--and its reasonable price point and easy-drinking nature makes it a favorite in Italy and abroad. Crafted from the indigenous Prosecco grape (though sometimes grapes from the Pinot family appear), the very best Prosecco comes from the hilly region in the Veneto's Conegliano-Valdobbiadene zone, whose steep slopes require most producers to do most operations by hand.
November 13, 2017
Canalicchio di Sopra's Radiant '12 Brunello! Plus $55 Rivetti Barbaresco, and Tignanello Splits!
November 9, 2017
High Performing, Full-Throttle Reds from Livio Sassetti Pertimali, La Sala and Maltroye!
One of the Brunello makers that IWM has championed for years, Canalicchio di Sopra is a former sharecropping family that has come to be a world-class winemaking force. Guided by the past and influenced by the present, Canalicchio's winemaking protocol picks the best of modern and traditional methods to craft an authentic Brunello that speaks of its vineyards' high altitude and north Montalcino terroir, and the resulting wines possess rich cherry fruit layered with notes of smoke, minerals, and earth--as well as those telltale Montalcino aromatics. Best of all, Canalicchio Brunello generally offers the Holy Grail of Brunello, a wine that's both drinkable now and capable of developing over time in the cellar.
IWM loves to champion family-owned estates that make artisanal wines, and this is why we love Livio Sassetti Pertimali. The Sassetti family has been farming for many generations, and winemaking has long been their livelihood--and their passion. Livio Sassetti inherited the winemaking tradition, but he wanted to make his own mark in the wine world, so in the early 1970's he followed his ambition to Montalcino, where he purchased land in Montosoli and founded the Pertimali estate, named for a cottage on the property. The 39-acre estate now rests in the hands of Livio and his sons, Lorenzo and Luciano, who join him in the production of elegant, complex, and aromatic wines that marry the distinctive Montalcino terroir with the structure of Burgundy.
November 8, 2017
Benchmark Wines from Aldo Conterno, Poggio di Sotto, and Didier Dagueneau!
November 7, 2017
Beautiful Bottles of Fall’s Ideal Wine, Barolo! And One Must-Have Puligny-Montrachet!
Called the "King of Barolo," Aldo Conterno was a traditionalist who wasn't afraid of innovation. Descended from a line of Langhe winemakers who took great pride in growing the highest quality Nebbiolo and crafting the best Piemonte wines, Aldo became one of those few producers who could deliver approachability with longevity. While Aldo passed away about five years ago, his meticulous winemaking skills carry on at Poderi Aldo Conterno, and the estate's team, led by Aldo's sons, maintains the unmistakable identity of an Aldo Conterno Barolo, vintage after superb vintage. Today, we're very proud to present the newly released 2013 Aldo Conterno Barolo Bussia, the estate's traditional blended Barolo that is radiant, expressive and simply superb and, priced at less than $83, is an affordable luxury.
Along with Bartolo Mascarello and Giacomo Conterno, Bruno Giacosa is one of the greatest producers of traditionally styled Barolo. Surprisingly, Giacosa himself is not an enologist; he learned by working with his father and grandfather, who taught him traditional winemaking. Today, we're delighted to offer special time-sensitive pricing on Bruno Giacosa 2012 Barolo Falletto di Serralunga, a wine that offers unusually early accessibility, yet holds the structure to age beautifully for years to come. 2012 was an atypical growing year for Piemonte--a snowy winter led to a warm summer, but harvest saw cool temperatures--but this radiant Barolo from Bruno Giacosa embodies the grace of the vintage in its open-knit, aromatic profile.
November 6, 2017
Celebrating Antinori and Tenuta San Guido’s Lesser-Known Wines
November 2, 2017
Big, Beautiful Bottles of Sassicaia and Rinaldi Brunello! And Cult Cru Brunello from Silvio Nardi!
Pian delle Vigne, purchased by the Antinori family in 1995, illustrates how the Antinori excellence in Tuscany extends beyond the borders of Chianti Classico and Bolgheri and into the center of Montalcino. 470 acres in total, Pian delle Vigne sits south of Montalcino near the Orcia River Valley and has more than 160 acres planted to vine, about half of which date back to the estate's founding. A mix of clay and limestone, Pian delle Vigne's stony vineyards are ideal for ripening the estate's Sangiovese grapes, and the estate's Brunelli are luminous embodiments of their vintages. Today, we're delighted to present the welcoming, muscular 2012 Brunello from Pian delle Vigne. Antinori's Pian Delle Vigne Brunello always punches far above its price point, and this creamy, vibrant, and aromatic bottling is simply stellar.
Important wines deserve big bottles. For one thing, wine matures better in large formats because the lower air-to-wine ratio means that the wine ages more slowly, allowing its various elements to mellow more harmoniously, more seamlessly and more completely. For another, large format bottles provide visual impact, a symbol for your large heart and generosity. Finally, big bottles of wine are better because no one wants to run out of wine, and that's especially true when the wine in question is Sassicaia. Today, we're delighted to present big, beautiful double magnums of 2014 Sassicaia, the most recent release of the original Super-Tuscan.
November 1, 2017
Rare Quintarelli Alzero Sale! Under $30 Dante Rivetti Barbera! And Mastroberardino Magic!
October 31, 2017
New 2012 Biondi-Santi Brunello Release! New Cult Alberico! And Affordable Aldo Conterno!
The wine that IWM Founder Sergio Esposito calls "Cheval Blanc on steroids," Quintarelli Alzero has earned a collectability rivaled only by the estate's Amarone. A blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc and Merlot, Alzero is a massive--and massively delicious--wine that Quintarelli makes only in the very best years, solely from fruit derived from old vines. Vintage after vintage, Alzero impresses with its kaleidoscopic palate and indescribably textured mouth-feel. Today, we're proud to present nine vintages of Quintarelli Alzero, spanning 1984 to 2007, at special, time-sensitive pricing.
Even before its release, Biondi-Santi's 2012 Brunello Annata was garnering praise--some industry insiders have already cast the estate's release as a contender for wine of the vintage. 2012 began with a wet spring, peaked with a hot and dry summer, and culminated in a harvest with terrific diurnal temperature difference, which is ideal for ripening Sangiovese Grosso grapes. Challenging yet rewarding to wine-growers, 2012 saw the lowest Sangiovese Grosso production level in Montalcino since 1947, and the '12 Brunello vintage blends power with finesse in its extraordinary wines--and while this is true for average Brunelli, the vintage reaches its apogee in the hands of the Il Greppo estate. Today, we're proud to present Biondi-Santi Il Greppo 2012 Brunello di Montalcino.
October 30, 2017
Unexpected, Affordable and Delicious Trio from Italy’s South! And $90 Cru Brunello Riserva
October 26, 2017
Stunning 2013 Bartolo Mascarello Barolo! Montevertine Rosso! And Your Go-To White!
Despite Sicily's thousands of years of winemaking history, its winemakers have only recently come into their own. Until the last few decades, Sicilia, whose hot and dry stable climate makes the island a kind of wine wonderland, primarily produced grapes of great quantity--not quality. However, the past few decades have seen the rise of boutique Sicilian producers, winemakers who honor the island's winemaking history with organic growing, traditional vinification, and deliberate, mindful focus on the island's indigenous grapes--like Nerello Mascalese, Nero d'Avola, and Frappato for noteworthy reds, and Catarratto, Malvasia, and Inzolia for whites. One of our favorites in this new breed of thoughtful Sicilian winemakers is Graci, a family-owned-and-operated estate high on the slopes of Mount Etna.
Since assuming control of the estate named for her father, Bartolo Mascarello, Maria Teresa Mascarello has been on a roll. Each new vintage of Mascarello Barolo seems finer, purer, more expressive and more stunning, and, if today's wine is any indication, Maria Teresa's upward trajectory is endless. Even before its release Bartolo Mascarello's 2013 Barolo was gaining buzz for its sheer, breathtaking beauty. The hype was not wrong. Today, we're delighted to announce the release of Bartolo Mascarello's highly anticipated 2013 Barolo, a benchmark vintage that Maria Teresa interpreted with unquestionable winemaking prowess.
October 25, 2017
Nebbiolo Favorites, Prunotto’s Silky Barolo and Seghesio’s “Baby Barolo”! And Cru Brunello!
October 24, 2017
Cerbaiona’s Last Super Tuscan! Two Divine Chianti Classico Wines! And André Clouet Cuvée 1911!
Venerable and respected, the Prunotto estate got its start in 1904, when Alfred Prunotto helped to found a wine collective in Serralunga; in 1922, this collective disbanded, and Alfred founded his own winery in its place. When Alfred looked to retire, he turned his winery over to enologist Beppe Colla, who ran it with his brother Tino until their retirement in the '90s. Antinori joined forces with Prunotto in 1989, and a year later, Albiera Antinori joined the estate, aiming to fine-tune the wines of Prunotto. In 1994, Antinori assumed full control, and since then, Albiera and the Antinori team have quietly been crafting one knockout wine after another.
When he founded the Cerbaiona estate in the '70s, former Alitalia pilot Diego Molinari chose neighbor Franco Biondi-Santi as his role model, using vine clippings from Biondi-Santi's vineyards and adopting the master's traditional methods to craft concentrated, mineral-laden wines. In 2015, Diego sold his cult estate to a high-powered group of investors and wine connoisseurs, and, now helmed by Gary Rieschel and Matthew Fioretti, Cerbaiona is upping the bar on its wines with every vintage. Our clients have come to know and love Cerbaiona for its Brunello and Rosso di Montalcino, but the estate also makes a Super-Tuscan gem; today we're happy to offer the BEST PRICE in the country on Cerbaiona 2014 Rosso IGT.
October 23, 2017
Begali’s $80 Cru Amarone, Superb 1970 Bartolo Mascarello Barolo, and Ada Nada’s $45 Barbaresco!
October 19, 2017
30 Aldo Conterno Wines, All On Sale! And Two Delicious Under $30 Antinori Super Tuscans!
Sitting among the cherry orchards on the colorful Alpine hillsides of Valpolicella near Verona and Lake Garda, Begali's 19-acre vineyards in Ca'Bianca is one of IWM's favorite unsung producers. This committed winemaking family bottles only its best grapes, selling the rest to merchants, meaning that what wine-lovers get are high quality wines. Concentrating on indigenous Corvina, Corvinone, Rondinella and Molinara, the basis for the estate's normale Amarone and its cru Monte Ca' Bianca, Begali is a producer that IWM has championed for years. Today, we're delighted to present a new allocation of Begali 2012 Amarone Monte Ca' Bianca, a bottling that's just beginning to enter its drinking window.
Barolo, they say, is the "King of Wines," and Aldo Conterno was called the "King of Barolo." While Aldo himself passed away five years ago, his legacy continues in the wines he made during his lifetime, in the estate that bears his name, and in the traditions he left behind. Today, we're delighted to present thirty Aldo Conterno wines, all at special, time-sensitive pricing. You'll find multiple vintages of Aldo Conterno's iconic Baroli Bussia, Cicala, Colonello, and Vigna Romirasco; and you'll find benchmark vintages of the estate's legendary Barolo Granbussia Riserva. But the beauty of Aldo Conterno extends into everyday wines, and this offer also has Conterno's Barbera, Langhe Nebbiolo Il Favot, Chardonnay Bussiador and Langhe Rosso.
October 18, 2017
Ornellaia’s “Essential” 2014 Flagship, Cru Prunotto Barbera, and Value-Packed Château de la Maltroye
October 17, 2017
Full-Throttle Fall Reds: Bea Sagrantino, 2004 Brunello Riserva, and Tignanello Chianti Classico
A signature IWM producer, Tenuta dell'Ornellaia is a remarkable estate, capable of crafting collector wines, everyday wines, and wines that appeal to a broad range of palates. Building on Bolgheri's Super-Tuscan boom and choosing vines to showcase its natural, rocky terroir, Ornellaia planted its vineyards with grapes traditional to Bordeaux, forgoing Sangiovese that is so archetypal to Toscana. The estate's 190 acres of predominantly Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot, with small plantings of Cabernet Franc vines, lie on elevated parcels composed of clay, gravel, and loam soils, and its clones of diverse origins yield a rich, nuanced palate.
Umbria's Sagrantino has the distinction of being one of the world's most tannic grapes. Most likely brought to Umbria during the twelfth century, Sagrantino was until fairly recently solely vinified in the passito method to make a desert wine. In the past few decades, however, winemakers like Paolo Bea, an IWM signature producer and a standard bearer for the natural wine movement, have realized that they can also use the grape to make superlatively balanced, ruby-colored, long-aging wines. Today, we're delighted to bring back Paolo Bea's outstanding 2009 Rosso de Véo, a delicious, multi-layered, and textured Sagrantino wine that's just beginning to hit its stride.
October 16, 2017
Exploring Toscana’s Magic with Terriccio’s Super-Tuscan Gems
October 12, 2017
Voerzio’s 2013 Barolo Releases! Debuting 2014 Grattamacco! And Benchmark Vega-Sicilia!
Although only founded in the 1980s, Castello del Terriccio has agricultural history that stretches back to the Middle Ages, and today, the estate crafts beautiful Super-Tuscan wines from its 148 acres in Maremma that range along the Tyrrhenian Sea. Terricio's wines are hard to secure, but, working with our European sources, IWM managed to score a range of Terriccio wines, both recent releases and mature bottlings, including the estate's twin flagship wines, Lupicaia and Castello del Terriccio. This offer presents 17 different bottlings, all at special, time-sensitive pricing. It's a fantastic opportunity to thrill your palate with undiscovered Super Tuscans, to fill your cellar with a mixed case or two, or simply to indulge your excellent taste, both now and down the road!
Roberto Voerzio, the mad scientist of Piemonte, is exacting, meticulous, and dedicated, almost to the point of lunacy. A believer in the value of cru wines, Voerzio produces Barolos and one Barbera Riserva from the most highly esteemed sites of the La Morra commune--Brunate, La Serra, Cerequio, Rocche dell'Annunziata, Vecchie Vite dei Capalot e dell Brunate, and Sarmassa. Voerzio's wines have garnered an ardent following of impassioned fans who excitedly await every new release. Today, we're going to make these fans very happy with a trio of outstanding 2013 cru Baroli from Roberto Voerzio, the estate's ethereal yet vibrant Barolo Brunate, the aromatic and textured Barolo Cerequio, and the muscular but elegant Barolo La Serra.
October 11, 2017
21-Bottle Tenuta dell’Ornellaia Salute! Go-To Riesling! And 2015 Chateauneuf-du-Pape!
October 10, 2017
Paolo Bea Gems in Red and White! Scarzello’s Lush $70 Barolo! And Must-Have d’YQuem!
Tenuta dell'Ornellaia, the makers of Masseto, Le Serre Nuove, Le Volte and its flagship wine, Ornellaia, is no stranger to IWM's clients. This estate, established in 1981, gets its name from the grove of flowering ash trees surrounding the winery. Although founded by Lodovico Antinori, nephew of Sassicaia's maker and brother to Piero Antinori, Tenuta dell'Ornellaia has been owned by the Frescobaldi group for almost two decades, and its head winemaker, Axel Heinz, has earned a reputation for excellence with the estate's range of consistently great wines. Today, we're excited to give you a 21-bottle salute to Tenuta dell'Ornellaia, a fantastic opportunity to indulge in--or stock up on--wines from an IWM signature producer.
We speak of Umbria's Paolo Bea in the same breath as Quintarelli, Valentini, Gravner and Rinaldi; they are producers of rustic, handcrafted wines that defy standards and draw few comparisons. Today, we're very proud to present five glorious full-throttle Paolo Bea reds and one debut appearance of the estate's voluptuous Santa Chiara Umbria Bianco, a must-have orange wine. Umbria's Paolo Bea is a standard bearer in Italy's natural wine movement and a signature producer here at IWM, and today's offer gives clients a chance to secure double magnums of Sagrantino di Montefalco Secco Pagliaro from 2010, 2009, 2008 and 2000, as well as normal-sized bottles of its '10 of Sagrantino di Montefalco Secco Pagliaro, its 2010 Rosso di Montefalco Riserva Pipparello, and its 2015 Santa Chiara, a brand new release!
October 9, 2017
Pop the Billecart-Salmon Corks! It's IWM's Anniversary!
October 5, 2017
Debuting Sandrone’s Superb 2013 Baroli! Antinori’s Pinot Noir! 20-Year-Old Quintarelli!
Billecart-Salmon Champagne was the first wine IWM carried that came from outside Italy. It's a testament to this Champagne house that it was the first, and that all these years later IWM still champions it. One of the few remaining family-owned-and-operated, medium-sized Champagne houses, Billecart-Salmon, which got its name when Nicolas François Billecart married Elisabeth Salmon, is located in the renowned Champagne area of Mareuil-sur-Aÿ, France. Billecart-Salmon has a discernable house style, one that relies heavily on really excellent grapes, most of which they grow themselves on 37 acres of vineyards, the rest deriving from very trusted farmers.
Luciano Sandrone might have been born into a family of carpenters, but since he was a teen, he wanted to be a winemaker. Luciano began his career as a cellar-man working in the historic Marchesi di Barolo estate, saving his money until he could afford to buy his first parcel of land, 2.5 acres in Cannubi Boschis in 1977. Sandrone made his wines in his parents' garage, quietly working and revising his techniques until he caught the wine world's attention with his 1989 and 1990 vintages. Since then, nothing has slowed down for Sandrone, and it would seem that neither he nor his fans would want it to.
October 4, 2017
Super Tuscans from Petrolo and Castello dei Rampolla! And Antinori’s Spin on Aglianico!
October 3, 2017
Debuting the 2014 Masseto! Cantina Terlano’s White Diamond! And La Rioja Alta Gem!
Called the "Le Pin of Tuscany," Petrolo makes wines with the sleek, silky, elegance of classic Merlot--and then imbues these qualities with freshness, acidity, and that ineffable Tuscan terroir. Sitting in a historical winemaking area, Petrolo possesses an idyllic elevation high above the Tuscan plain, a unique microclimate, and terrific galestra soils. A powerhouse of a wine with lots of structure and age-worthiness, Galatrona was first created by Luca Sanjust in 1994, and this spectacular wine consistently garners rave reviews from critics and passion from cognoscenti. Today, we're proud to present the 2006 Petrolo Galatrona, a wine that's ready to drink right now (although it'll age beautifully over the next decade).
Masseto is a wine so great that it compelled its makers to give it its own home. Originally part of the Tenuta dell'Ornellaia estate located in the Bolgheri region of Tuscany, Masseto is now its own entity, a testament to the Italian Merlot that challenges the best of Pomerol, and right now Masseto's own cantina is under construction, slated to be finished in time for Winemaker and Estate Director Axel Heinz and his staff to craft the 2018 release! Today, IWM is proud to announce the release of the 2014 vintage of Masseto, a wine that has sustained its collector status since its inaugural 1986 vintage. Masseto is consistently great, but 2014--an anomalously wet, cool and long vintage--sees a remarkably sophisticated yet intense Masseto release.
October 2, 2017
Three Benchmark Vintages, Three Superb Wines: Canalicchio di Sopra, Biondi-Santi and López de Heredia
September 28, 2017
Nine Spectacular 2016 Paul Pernot Burgundy Debuts
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.
At almost 57 acres, Domaine Paul Pernot is big for Pugliny-Montrachet, and it sports the largest holdings in several important vineyards, including, among others, Bienvenues Bâtard-Montrachet. Pernot's marl-and-gravel premier and grand cru plots are planted with vines as old as sixty years, and even the newest plantings have upwards of twenty years, helping to give the estate its well-deserved sterling reputation. But as much as the estate's location creates the foundation for success, its careful tending by the semi-retired Paul Pernot, along with his sons Michel and Paul (and Paul's son Phillipe, who also owns and runs Pernot Belicard), deserves much of the credit. Laser-precise, detailed, refreshing, layered, and lingering, the wines of Paul Pernot have long been a staple of Burgundy lovers who are in the know.
September 27, 2017
Two New Montevertine Releases! Fontodi’s Historic Cru Chianti! And CVNE Imperial Gran Reserva
September 26, 2017
Dal Forno 2011 Duo Debut! The Prince’s White Diamond! And Paolo Bea’s Amber Beauty!
Sergio Manetti redefined the Super-Tuscan revolution when he shifted the focus to his love, Sangiovese. Displeased with the way that other producers added "vitigni migliorativi," or international grapes, to Sangiovese in an attempt to produce wines with broader appeal, Manetti became a Sangiovese purist. A former steel manufacturer who turned his vacation home into his winery, Manetti debuted his mono-varietal Sangiovese Le Pergole Torte in 1977 and left the Chianti Consorzio in 1981. Though Manetti died in 2000, leaving the estate to his son, Martino, he changed the wine world and the way we understand Sangiovese.
Hometown hero Romano Dal Forno, the "Grape King of the Veneto," was born in a house a few kilometers away from the place where he would later found his estate. Romano apprenticed at the side of the late, great Giuseppe Quintarelli, where he learned to privilege quality over quantity, to use a philosophy of honoring the land as a foundation, and to work tirelessly to create excellence. This dedication has driven Romano to constantly strive harder to make extraordinary, age-worthy wines, and it has kept the estate at the pinnacle of Amarone production since its founding in 1983.
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