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July 20, 2017
Under-the-Radar Sangiovese Super Tuscan, Granbussia Trio, and Collector Georges de Vogüé
July 19, 2017
29-Year-Old Sassicaia, New Gaja Barolo Release, and Benchmark Gaja Brunello!
Dating back to the ninth century when it was built as a monastery, San Giusto a Rentennano is the epitome of a historic estate. It served as a military fortress and it also was home to Baron Bettino Ricasoli, who created the original formula for Chianti in 1874. Purchased by the Cigala family in the mid-twentieth century, this 395-hectare estate nestled in the Siena foothills currently is held in the capable and humble hands of Luca Cigala, along with his siblings Francesco and Elisabetta. Organic since 2008, San Giusto a Rentennano crafts a full range of traditional Tuscan wines with grace, élan and beauty--including the Super-Tuscan La Ricolma, one of Italy's finest Merlots.
Sassicaia is the standard bearer for elite Super Tuscans, but more than that, it's also an outstanding wine. Who wants to wait to enjoy it? Today, we're delighted to give you a chance to drink Sassicaia the way its makers intended: with perfect maturity. We're delighted to present magnums of 1988 Tenuta San Guido Sassicaia, a vintage that offers all the magic of a perfectly aged Sassicaia bottling. In fact, the "Sassicaia 8's" of 1988, 1998, and 2008 are the preferred vintages of the Incisa della Rocchetta family, and we're excited to offer this '88 Sassicaia with the "IWM Difference," our assurance of pristine provenance and perfect care throughout the wine's lifespan.
July 18, 2017
Back by Client Demand: Benchmark Paleo Rosso, Superb Soldera, and Cult Grower Champagne!
July 17, 2017
Six Vintages of Fontodi’s Hard-to-Find Cru Pinot Nero
When hometown Bolgheri winemaker Eugenio Campolmi founded Le Macchiole, he was embarking on a passion project, spurred by the desire to expand his family's restaurant business with winemaking. Since Eugenio's passing more than a decade ago, Le Macchiole has rested in the hands of his wife, Cinzia Merli, whose team works devotedly in the vineyards to make wines that speak eloquently of their unique Bolgheri terroir. Today, we're delighted to present the benchmark 2013 Paleo Rosso, the outstanding mono-varietal Cabernet Franc from Le Macchiole. As special as Le Macchiole's other mono-varietal wines are, there's something unique about its Cabernet Franc Paleo Rosso.
Today's wine is Pinot Nero Case Via, and it comes from Fontodi, an IWM signature producer. Clients who love Super Tuscans will know Fontodi as the winemaking force behind Flaccianello, one of the great mono-varietal Sangiovese Super Tuscans. Giovanni Manetti, Fontodi's owner-winemaker, sees his Pinot Nero Case Via as a labor of love; it's a wine he makes with his own hands in an effort to use a unique grape to convey the Tuscan terroir he loves. Manetti says of his Pinot Nero Case Via, "You taste the wine, you can feel Tuscany. You can feel the terroir, acidity--the bones of Tuscan wine."
July 13, 2017
Celebrating the Benchmark 2015 Burgundy Vintage with Special Pricing!
July 12, 2017
Sassetti Pertimali Brunello Trio! Fontodi’s New Cru Chianti Classico! And Under $20 Rosé Sparkler!
Marked by a warm, dry summer and one of the earliest harvests on record, the 2015 growing season ended with ripe, luscious wines with phenolic intensity that retained sprightly acidity. Indeed, 2015's red Burgundies are getting compared to the legendary 2005s, while the year's best white Burgundies marry energy with opulence and detail. The many challenges of 2015's growing season required vigilance in the vineyards to handle its poor bud break, "shatter," hail and powdery mildew; however, winemaking was relatively easy because of the high quality of the harvest--and the payoff is huge for Burgheads, who have an array of beautiful wines to enjoy both now and years down the road. Today, we're delighted to celebrate the 2015 Burgundy vintage with more than sixty beautiful bottles.
To the Sassetti family winemaking is not just a means to their livelihood--it's a passion. Livio Sassetti inherited the winemaking tradition from his forbears, but he wanted to make his own mark in the wine world, so in the early 1970's he followed his ambition to Montalcino, where he purchased land in Montosoli and founded the Pertimali estate, named for a cottage on the property. Today, the 39-acre estate rests in the hands of Livio and his sons, Lorenzo and Luciano, who join him in the production of elegant, complex, and aromatic wines that hold the structure of Burgundy and the distinctive Montalcino terroir.
July 11, 2017
Super-Tuscan Celebration: '11 Sammarco, '06 Paleo Rosso and '13 Redigaffi
July 10, 2017
The Paolo Scavino Collection, a Vintage Tribute to a Barolo Great
Last week, we were delighted to give our clients another chance to secure Castello dei Rampolla's luscious 2011 Vigna d'Alceo. Today, we're very happy to follow up that offer with the estate's outstanding 2011 Sammarco. Until recently, Castello dei Rampolla has remained slightly under the radar of Super-Tuscan enthusiasts, but its recent string of excellent vintages has brought this biodynamic winemaker more and more notice. Family-owned-and-operated, the small Castello dei Rampolla estate, which sits in the heart of Chianti Classico's Conca d'Oro, crafts terrific alternatives to iconic Super Tuscans Sassicaia and Solaia, and we've been saying for a few years that owner-winemaker Alceo di Napoli might very well have made the wines of the 2011 vintage with his two Super-Tuscan reds.
Paolo Scavino is a rare modernist Barolo maker. Unlike the wines of many modernist barolisti, Scavino's manage to blend approachability with tremendous longevity. Moreover, Scavino's wines appeal to international palates, but diehard lovers of traditional Barolo can still appreciate them. This ability to bridge so many dichotomies of old and new may stem from the fact that the roots of the Paolo Scavino estate stretch back to the nineteenth century, so Paolo Scavino has a sense of history. Indeed, the estate's modernity owes much to Enrico Scavino, who, as happened with many winemakers who inherited estates in the '70s, wanted to break with tradition.
July 6, 2017
Antinori’s Puglian Estate, Trio of Italian Whites, and Sleeper Vintage Valdicava!
July 5, 2017
Back By Client Demand: Castello dei Rampolla, Il Poggione, and Tua Rita!
For more than two years, IWM's clients have been enjoying Tormaresca Bocca di Lupo Castel del Monte, the mono-varietal Aglianico from Antinori's Puglian estate. Today, we're delighted to introduce you to four more wines from this unique estate, Tormaresca's sappy 2013 Chardonnay Pietrabianca, aromatic 2013 Calafuria Rosato, brooding 2013 Primitivo Torcicoda, and peppery 2012 Castel del Monte Rosso Trentangeli, an Aglianico, Cabernet Sauvignon and Syrah blend. To round out this offer, we've also brought back the estate's caressing 2011 Bocca di Lupo Castel del Monte, and its round yet structured 2010 bottling of the same wine. These six wines punch well above their price points, and each is a terrific representation of its special terroir.
Tucked into a valley near the Conca d'Oro in the heart of Toscana, Castello dei Rampolla sits in an ideal spot for winemaking, and indeed this estate makes ideal wines. Its biodynamic Super Tuscans Sammarco and Vigna d'Alceo have wowed IWM clients for years, and its textured Chianti Classico is a master class. Flying somewhat below the radar of other superstar Super Tuscans, those from biodynamically farmed, family-owned-and-operated Castello dei Rampolla offer terrific value--along with outrageously good drinking. Today, we're delighted to present special, time-sensitive pricing on a new allocation of the estate's stellar 2011 Vigna d'Alceo, a genial wine with energy, focus and drive.
July 3, 2017
The Cerbaiona Collection: Recent Releases from the Cult Montalcino Estate
June 29, 2017
Rare Aldo Conterno Sale! Antinori’s Affordable Super Tuscans! And Collector Scavino Barolo!
Today, Cerbaiona's winemaking tradition continues in the skilled hands of Gary Rieschel and Matthew Fioretti, and they're upping the Cerbaiona quality level in making wines that are even more age-worthy, precise and beautiful. Today, we're delighted to present special time-sensitive pricing on a quartet of Cerbaiona recent releases--you can buy these wines individually, or you can purchase the Cerbaiona Collection, a group of 54 wines that will keep you and your guests drinking beautifully for years to come.
Barolo, they say, is the "King of Wines," and Aldo Conterno was called the "King of Barolo." While Aldo himself passed away five years ago, his legacy continues in the wines he made during his lifetime, in the estate that bears his name, and in the traditions he left behind. Today, we're delighted to present more than twenty Aldo Conterno wines, all at special, time-sensitive pricing. You'll find multiple vintages of Aldo Conterno's iconic Baroli Bussia, Cicala, Colonello, and Romirasco; and you'll find two benchmark vintages of the estate's legendary Barolo Granbussia Riserva. But the beauty of Aldo Conterno extends into everyday wines, and this offer also has Conterno's Barbera, Langhe Nebbiolo Il Favot and Langhe Rosso.
June 28, 2017
Rare Wines: New Vega-Sicilia Único Reserva Especial, Fontodi Vin Santo, and Miani Collection
June 27, 2017
Exploring Sagrantino with Paolo Bea, Maltroye’s Bourgognes, and Summer Whites!
There are great wines, and then there are wines of great mystique, great tradition and great myth. The wines of Vega-Sicilia--arguably the most collectable and most historical estate in Spain's Ribera del Duero--hold all of these elusive traits. Today, we're delighted to present the most recent 2017 release of Vega-Sicilia Único Reserva Especial, the estate's coveted and rare non-vintage wine. A blend of the 2003, 2004 and 2006 vintages, the 2017 bottling of Único Reserva Especial is a tour-de-force of Spanish winemaking--and the only thing more special than the wine itself is the history behind it.
Sagrantino, Umbria's emblematic grape, has the distinction of being one of the most tannic grapes in the world. Interestingly, it also sports one of the highest quantities of phenolic compounds, the chemical compounds that occur in grapes that give wine its taste, color and even its mouth-feel. What this combination of qualities means is that Sagrantino wines potentially could age forever--but this combination also means that a Sagrantino wine sometimes can come over like a great, burly brute, unless, of course, that wine comes from the hands of Paolo Bea, IWM's favorite Umbrian producer.
June 26, 2017
Magnificent Magnums, IWM’s Biggest Sale!
June 22, 2017
Trio of Giacosa New Releases! The Prince’s Sémillon! And Our Favorite Warm Weather Red!
IWM's clients love being surprised by our flash sales, and today, we're dropping one of our biggest sales to date-- a list of beautiful wines--red, white, sparkling and dessert--all in magnum! Comprising almost 150 large-format wines, this offer includes IWM's signature Italian producers, select French winemakers, and a few special Spanish wines. You can choose from an array of wines for your cellar and your table, ensuring that your guests' glasses will never run dry! You'll find special sale pricing on wines from Italian producers like Aldo Conterno, Bruno Giacosa, Gaja, Tua Rita, and Tenuta San Guido. You'll also special sale pricing on French wines from producers like William Fèvre, Bonneau du Martray, Domaine Ponsot, Hubert Lignier, and Louis Jadot!
As our longtime clients know, Bruno Giacosa stands as one of the most respected producers of traditionally styled Barolo and Barbaresco, long-aging wines that are beloved by aficionados and coveted by collectors. Giacosa learned by working with his father and grandfather and became fascinated by what he could create from the Nebbiolo grape, especially when treated with viticultural techniques that are time-honored and true. Giacosa believes that in the past, winemakers worked more simply and with more care, and in doing so, they created wines that transcended their time while embodying their place and their tradition.
June 21, 2017
Bea’s Full-Figured Beauty! Big Bottles of Drink-Me Brunello! And Meet Your Go-To Red!
June 20, 2017
Three Stellar 2014 Fontodi Release Debuts: Flaccianello, Vigna del Sorbo and Chianti Classico
In the US, they're called "orange wines," in Europe "skin-contact wines." Whichever terminology you use, they are in demand. If a rosé is made by vinifying a red grape like a white grape, then an orange wine derives from vinifying a white grape like a red. This means that, as in red wine protocol, the grapes are left macerating on the skins for an extended period of time, something that imbues the white wine with characteristics usually attributable to reds: fuller bodies, deeper colors, more pronounced tannins, and unexpected complexity. Today, we're delighted to present the new 2011 release of one of our favorite "orange" wines, Paolo Bea Arboreus Umbria Bianco.
IWM's clients, our portfolio managers, and our dinner guests all love the wines of Fontodi. It's hard not to! Giovanni Manetti's team at Fontodi crafts wines both thoughtfully and passionately. Today, we're delighted to present special, time-sensitive pricing on a trio of new 2014 Fontodi releases: the estate's Chianti Classico, its cru Chianti Classico Riserva Gran Selezione Vigna del Sorbo, and its iconic Super-Tuscan Flaccianello. Resting near Panzano in the epicenter of Toscana's viticulture, Fontodi's vines sit in the Conca d'Oro, the natural amphitheater that is the beating heart of Chianti Classico. This ideal location of Fontodi's vineyards makes for perfection in winemaking.
June 19, 2017
Quintarelli Amarone Retrospective, 1971-2007
June 15, 2017
Amarone Two Ways, Affordable Brigaldara and Collectable Quintarelli! And Insider Burgundy!
Giuseppe Quintarelli, who passed away in 2012, was one of the world's greatest winemakers. He was a man whose concept of vintage approval and strict grape selection rivals the great chateaux of Sauternes, and he patiently let his wines rest in large Slovenian oak casks until they finished their maturation, only releasing his wines when he decided that it was time. The talent of the "Master of the Veneto," the inherent quality of the estate's terroir, and that ineffable magic peculiar to the world's great winemakers worked in concert to explain the extraordinary nature of Quintarelli's wines.
It's hard to find affordable Amarone, but Brigaldara makes one of our favorites. Located on the slopes of the Marano Valley in the Valpolicella region of the Veneto, Brigaldara's scant 125 acres are owned by the Cesari family, who began making wine in the 1970's using their fifteenth-century villa's farmhouse as their cantina, fermenting the wines on the structure's top floor and aging them on the bottom. Brigaldara believes the wine is made in the vineyards, and its wines are evocative, transparent expressions. IWM is pleased to present special, time-sensitive pricing on Brigaldara's concentrated and textured 2011 Amarone Case Vecie. This velvety, terroir-driven cru Amarone has been a standout at IWM's tasting events!
June 14, 2017
Surprising Italians: Tignanello Chianti Classico, Guado al Tasso Rosato, and Giacomo Conterno Barbera!
June 13, 2017
Vintage Rinaldi Barolo, the Sassicaia of Patagonia, and 30 Under $30!
Marchese Piero Antinori, the winemaking visionary behind Super-Tuscan icons Tignanello, Solaia, and Guado al Tasso, has always believed that quality is more important than strict adherence to tradition--or to rules that don't make wine better. For example, Antinori left the Consorzio Vino Chianti Classico, the governing body of the eponymous wine, in 1975; he was unsatisfied with the consortium's regulations, standards and lack of clarity. Four years ago, Antinori rejoined the Consorzio after a 37-year absence. Spurred by Chianti Classico's renaissance, Antinori saw a change in the Consorzio that bettered the profile of Tuscany's most famous wine, and, it's worth noting, the Consorzio sees Antinori's choice to rejoin as a validation of the work that it has done to make Chianti Classico a world-class wine.
Called "Citrico," or the acid one, by his peers, Giuseppe Rinaldi has always marched to his own drummer, and we wouldn't have it any other way. One of the founders of the Italian natural wine consortium ViniVeri, or True Wine Group, Beppe doesn't even certify his low production wines as organic. "I am an anarchist," he says, refusing any easy definitions. He makes his wines as his grandfather did--fermenting them in tini, tall oak vats, without temperature control and with only natural yeasts, and aging them in giant botti for upwards of two years. The resulting wines are age-worthy Baroli that stand the test of time.
June 12, 2017
Stellar $30 Le Volte from Ornellaia, Terriccio's Super-Tuscan Gem, and Rosé Quartet!
June 9, 2017
Debuting Eight Gaja New Releases! Magic from the Piemonte Master
IWM loves Tenuta dell'Ornellaia's full range of wines, and right now we have a passion for the estate's entry-level Le Volte. A taste of iconic Super-Tuscan Ornellaia for under $30 a bottle, Le Volte offers Ornellaia's exceptional union of Bordeaux's Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon with Tuscan Sangiovese. An approachable wine of vibrant crimson color displaying ripe red and dark berry fruits, Le Volte offers a gentle, round palate, impeccable balance, and a delightfully lingering finish. The product of a "textbook" vintage, according to winemaker Axel Heinz, the 2015 Le Volte straddles the line between "drink every day" and "drink on special occasions," and today, we're delighted to give our clients a first look!
There is no one quite like Angelo Gaja, a winemaker who galvanized winemaking in Piemonte with his radical, even controversial viticultural techniques. Gaja's early innovations began with the 1961 vintage and included the choice to bottle only estate-grown wines, the reduction of crop size, shortened pruning of Nebbiolo vines, and decreased fermentation periods; 1967 saw Gaja's decision to bottle his iconic single-vineyard Barbarescos; and 1975 marked his inaugural use of small French oak barrels. But Gaja's innovation didn't begin and end with Barbaresco or even red wines. Gaia & Rey, the estate's flagship Chardonnay bottling, is a groundbreaking wine, and in the 1990s, Angelo would pour this Chardonnay to entice skeptical industry people to embrace his Barbarescos!
June 8, 2017
New Antinori Chardonnay! New 2015 Fichet White Burgundies! And Benchmark Flaccianello!
June 7, 2017
The Best of the Best, Benchmark Gravner, Benchmark Cerbaiona, and Benchmark Grattamacco
Antinori's Umbrian beauty Castello della Sala Chardonnay is not merely one of Italy's great white wines; it came about by accident. Piero Antinori wanted to create an Italian version of white Burgundy, but he and his team couldn't quite capture his vision. Ready to give up on the project, they shut the door to the cellar where the wine was fermenting, allowing the temperature to rise slightly, which induced malolactic fermentation and created this wine's creamy mouth-feel.
Rainy weather is challenging to most vine-growers and winemakers. Rain can saturate the vines and the grapes with water, diluting the dry extract that gives wine its flavor. Rainy weather means clouds, and clouds mean less sun, which means that grapes can have a hard time ripening from their skins through to their pips. Mold and mildew proliferate in rainy weather, and this is not always a condition that winemakers want. But some winemakers excel in rainy seasons. They want a touch of botrytis, the "noble rot" that makes Sauternes special, and they know how to manage their vine canopies to get the best from their grapes. Rather than bemoan a rainy vintage, these winemakers embrace it.
June 6, 2017
Gorgeous Valdicava Brunello Riserva, Antinori Super-Tuscan Find, and Benchmark White Burgundy!
June 5, 2017
Three Cult Sensations: Petrolo, Valentini, and Dal Forno Romano
Valdicava is an IWM client favorite Brunello maker. Founded in 1953, Valdicava rose to international attention in 1987 when Vincenzo Abbruzzese took control of the family-owned-and-operated estate. Thirty years later, Abbruzzese has earned the reputation of being a single-minded, exacting and meticulous producer, growing organic grapes and crafting wines with minimal intervention. Today, IWM is proud to offer a new allocation of two of Valdicava's hard-to-find, beautifully made and altogether riveting Brunello di Montalcino Madonna del Piano Riserva bottlings, the benchmark 2007 and the sleeper 2003.
It's true: Merlot is not the first grape you usually think of when you think of Italian wine, yet Tuscan producers are crafting the French grape Merlot into some of the world's best expressions. Tenuta dell'Ornellaia's legendary Masseto, Le Macchiole's singular Messorio, and Tua Rita's iconic Redigaffi, are all standout Merlot bottlings, so too is the wine we're offering today, Petrolo's cult-inspiring Galatrona, a remarkable, age-worthy and muscular Merlot. IWM believes that most people drink their Super Tuscans too early, and today, we're proud to present the 2006 Petrolo Galatrona.
June 1, 2017
Gravner’s “Holy Grail” of Whites, Cerbaiona’s “Baby Brunello,” and Le Macchiole’s Seductive Scrio
May 31, 2017
Celebrate 2013 with Three Wines--Le Macchiole, Le Mortelle and Guigal!
The iconic wines of the Veneto--Valpolicella and Amarone--might be the perfect complement to cold weather. But while Amarone is a definite luxury item, Valpolicella can be a terrific everyday wine. Today, we're delighted to present the pure, classic, structured, food-friendly 2014 Valpolicella from Nicolis; best of all, this wine is under $20 a bottle! While most of our clients connect these wines to the icons of the Veneto, Romano Dal Forno and his mentor the great Giuseppe Quintarelli, family-owned-and-operated Nicolis makes authentic and affordable wines, and this '14 Valpolicella is delicious.
Its origins might be in Bordeaux, but Cabernet Franc has been growing in Italy for almost two hundred years. Like its more famous child Cabernet Sauvignon (the other parent grape to Cabernet Sauvignon is Sauvignon Blanc), Cabernet Franc provides wines with great structure and balance; however, it's lower in tannins and acidity and tends to be more aromatic and herbal. While Cabernet Franc grows all over Italy, primarily in Friuli, you could make a strong argument that it grows nowhere better than in Bolgheri, where the warm climate enables it to sufficiently ripen, keeping it from the greenness it can exhibit in cooler areas and helping it to achieve complexity.
May 30, 2017
Explore Ancient Italian Grapes with Paolo Bea, Mastroberardino and Paolo Scavino
May 25, 2017
Seven Different Barbarescos, All Under $70! And One Great Pugliny-Montrachet Les Perrières!
Bold, racy, and dark, Paolo Bea Montefalco Riserva Pipparello is one of our favorite wines in any vintage. In 2009, this beloved Bea blend takes your palate on a ride atop a velvety magic carpet--it's one of our favorite vintages, and we are delighted to be able to offer you a new allocation of this outstanding Bea Bottling. Not only did we score more of this low production wine, but we're also proud to present this silky yet wild '09 Riserva Pipparello at exceptionally competitive pricing. Bea's Pipparello has long been one of our very favorite big reds, and this Pipparello flows like brocade across the palate, leaving a scattering of brooding flavor notes in its wake.
To find quality Barbaresco for under $60 a bottle is almost unheard of--until you hear of Produttori del Barbaresco. As its name implies, Produttori del Barbaresco is a collective of producers, and it is a true hero of Italian wine. Started at the turn of the nineteenth century, this collective began with just nine producers, but now its numbers have grown to 51 growers, who represent more than 250 acres in the Barbaresco district. A longtime favorite of Sergio Esposito, this collective makes some of the finest expressions of Barbaresco that you've likely yet to drink.
May 24, 2017
Explore IWM’s Private Cellar Collection! Special Sale Pricing on 500 In-Stock Wines!
May 23, 2017
Back by Client Demand: Talenti, Terriccio and Tenuta San Guido Sassicaia
IWM invites you inside our private cellar and to discover the gems that await you inside our collection of wines. You'll find 500 different wines in a range of styles, grapes, price points and age-worthiness, ensuring that every wine-lover's palate will be pleased. From Italian reds to French whites, from Lebanese Bordeaux-style blends to Patagonian Pinot Noirs, from Prosecco to Cava or Champagne, from Rioja to Burgundy, and from so-called "orange" wines to so-called Super-Piemontese wines, this list has something for everybody, whether wine connoisseur or wine newbie. For a limited time only, take a cool 8% off cases, mixed or not, on all these in-stock wines; they'll ship directly from our temperature-controlled cellar to yours.
IWM's clients have long appreciated the Talenti house style with its impeccable balance between structure and concentration. Today, we're delighted to present the latest offering; from acclaimed vintage of 2012, this Talenti Brunello is sure to please the palates of everyone from Italian wine newbies to longtime aficionados. Best of all, priced at under $60, this wine is an affordable way to experience the benchmark 2012 vintage.
May 22, 2017
Under $20 Antinori Rosato, Benchmark Antinori Brunello, and Historic Redigaffi!
May 18, 2017
Mature Benchmark Gaja Brunello, Benchmark Chavy-Chouet, and IWM’s Singles Flash Sale
Summer arrives next week, and that means it's officially rosé season. Not many Super-Tuscan rosés hit America's shores, and Antinori's Scalabrone, which hails from the family's Guado al Tasso estate, is so delicious you can't help wonder if Italian wine-lovers are keeping them all to themselves. Today, we're delighted to spotlight the beautiful, affordable Guado al Tasso 2015 Bolgheri Scalabrone Rosato, a superb rosé to enjoy all summer long. Antinori's brilliant salmon-hued Scalabrone bursts with Bolgheri terroir, bristles with acidity, and floods the palate with delicate texture and juicy dry extract.
When time passes and a wine matures, that wine requires us to revisit it, and today's Spotlight section revisits a wine that is truly fulfilling its promise: Gaja Pieve Santa Restituta 2007 Brunello di Montalcino Sugarille. It's always hard for a vintage following a benchmark year, but 2007 succeeded admirably, presenting a radiant, open-knit complement to the linear, classic Brunello vintage of 2006. While many '07 Brunelli were enjoyable soon after release, some, like Angelo Gaja's cru Sugarille, needed a little more time.
May 17, 2017
Two New Releases from Soldera! Must-Have Wines from a Master
May 16, 2017
Paolo Bea’s Signature Sagrantino, Cerbaiona’s Super Tuscan, and Artisanal Cru Amarone!
IWM Founder Sergio Esposito has often claimed that Gianfranco Soldera, Montalcino's iconoclastic producer, is the finest winemaker in Italy--if not the world. Soldera grows his vines and makes his wine with the fanatical attention of an uncompromising perfectionist, and this intensity of effort makes the December 2012 loss of almost his entire production of wine from 2007-2012 all the more poignant. The victim of a vandal, Soldera walked into his cantina on December 3, 2012, to find the contents of his cellar's many botti, about 650 hectoliters in all, spilled on the cantina's tile floor.
IWM and our clients always love the wines of Paolo Bea, but as consistently great as they always are, the cru Sagrantino we offer today is one of our best selling bottles. We've had to bring back this wine twice before, and now we're delighted to announce the third--and likely last--allocation of the estate's Sagrantino di Montefalco Secco Pagliaro from the sleeper vintage of 2008. Handcrafted from organically grown Sagrantino grapes, this wine is like a perfectly balanced sword--sturdy, weighty, dense in feel and yet capable of delicacy and nuance.
May 15, 2017
Beautiful, Mature Louis Remy Burgundies at Affordable Pricing!
May 11, 2017
Collemattoni’s Standout ’11 Brunello! Giacosa’s Radiant Barbera! And Valdicava’s “Baby Brunello”!
This domaine's expansive holdings in the outstanding grand crus of Latricières-Chambertin, Le Chambertin, and Clos de la Roche meant that Remy sat among the most important houses in the Côte de Nuits. Without a clear heir for the entire property, Madame Marie-Louise Remy sold her Latricières and Chambertin holdings to Francois Feuillet, while Madame Remy's daughter, Chantal, has continued to make wine from the Clos de la Roche property, renamed Domaine Chantal Remy in 2009. Chantal is slowly releasing a very substantial quantity of the Domaine Louis Remy library reserves, and today, we're proud to be able to offer a beautiful selection of 22 Louis Remy wines.
It's hard to follow a Brunello vintage like 2010. More than a benchmark year, 2010 reset the entire scale for Montalcino's wines, and no matter how great 2011 was, it would have been hard to surpass 2010. Almost by default, 2011 was destined to be a sleeper vintage. The good news is that 2011 was warm and dry, and while harvest was down about a third across Toscana, the late-ripening Sangiovese Grosso fared exceptionally well in the heat. Today, we'd like to spotlight a wine we're loving right now: Collemattoni 2011 Brunello di Montalcino.
May 10, 2017
Classic Castello dei Rampolla Chianti, New Prunotto Barolo Riserva, and Gaja’s Sensuous Trio
May 9, 2017
Celebrating Italian White Wines, Double Mag Flash Sale, and Ornellaia’s Artistic Gems
You might know Castello dei Rampolla best for its Super-Tuscan wines Sammarco and Vigna d'Alceo, but these are not the only reds we love from this biodynamic estate. While Castello dei Rampolla is most famous for its two Super Tuscans, when Alceo di Napoli began making wine in 1970, he began by making Chianti, and today, we're delighted to present Castello dei Rampolla's 2013 Chianti Classico, a seductive and bewitching bottling. Presented at under $30 a bottle, this wine packs a wallop at its price point, and as delicious as it is right now, it's going to grow even more beautiful with a few years in the cellar.
IWM loves our Italian whites. They may not be as famous as their robust red siblings, but Italian white wines have the same magical ability to speak their terroir that Italian reds do. Coastal Italian whites abound in fresh, savory salinity; mountain Italian whites burst with meadow-like freshness; volcanic Italian whites thrum with minerality; and each region crafts beloved white wines that reflect their regions' traditions, dishes, and climate. These Italian whites, like their red counterparts, could come from no other place on earth--they're Italian through and through.
May 8, 2017
Flash Sale on 2012 Red Burgundy! And Beautiful “Baby Barolo” and “Baby Brunello” Wines!
May 4, 2017
Is This $25 Rosso Your New Go-To Red? Quintarelli Flash Sale! And Antinori’s Rosato!
IWM's clients love our flash sales, and today, we've got a luscious one: more than 85 beautiful 2012 red Burgundies, all in stock and ready to ship. These wines will keep your cellar stocked and your dinner parties drinking for decades. Selecting in-stock red wines from the ripe yet structured 2012 vintage, this list has something for every connoisseur of red Burgundy, from everyday favorites by Louis Jadot or Michèle et Patrice Rion to collector greats from Comte Georges de Vogüé or Georges Roumier. Best of all, the more you buy, the more you save--but hurry!
Today, we're delighted to introduce you to a bottling that might be your new favorite go-to red, Tormaresca 2012 Castel del Monte Rosso Trentangeli. Hailing from Tormaresca, which sits in the heart of Puglia's Salento, Trentangeli clocks in at under $25 a bottle, and it far over-delivers on its modest price point. A blend of organically grown 70% Aglianico, 20% Cabernet Sauvignon, and 10% Syrah, this wine marries Super-Tuscan elegance with Aglianico's brooding profile. It's an explosive wine that carries its power with Antinori's trademark elegance.
May 3, 2017
Two Surprising Fontodi Releases! Perfect Prosecco! And Benchmark Castello dei Rampolla!
May 2, 2017
Big, Beautiful 2014 Tignanello! Rare Organic Fiano! And La Fornace Brunello Trio!
Fontodi's full-throttle Sangiovese Super-Tuscan, Flaccianello, its traditional Chianti Classico, and its cru Chianti Classico Riserva Vigna del Sorbo are all-time favorites of IWM clients and staff. There's no question that Fontodi crafts beautiful, evocative wines that populate the cellars of Tuscan wine enthusiasts, but today we're not going to offer you Fontodi wines that you know and love. Rather, we're going to present a pair of Fontodi wines you likely have never heard of: Fontodi 2015 Meriggio the estate's Sauvignon Blanc, and its 2014 La Filetta di Lamole Chianti Classico.
It's tough to follow a breakout benchmark vintage like 2013, but we think the recent 2014 Tignanello does an excellent job. In fact, we love this wine so much that today we're featuring it in magnum! Where the '13 Tignanello is all about classic, age-worthy style, the 2014 is all about gracious invitation, and these large format bottles welcome you and your guests to a delightful, delicious Super-Tuscan experience. One of Italy's most famous cru wines, Tignanello derives from a single 140-acre southwestern-facing plot of limestone-rich soils.
May 1, 2017
Debuting the 2013 Aldo Conterno Barolo Bussia!
April 27, 2017
Baricci's Authentic, Incredible Brunello and Brunello Riserva! And Classic Bandol Rosé!
Aldo Conterno was known as the "King of Barolo," and the wines made by this Piemonte winemaker, as well as those that hail from the estate that bears his name, are collector staples. Most famous is Aldo Conterno Granbussia, but the estate's three cru bottlings--Romirasco, Colonnello, and Cicala--as well as its cuvée Barolo Bussia are beloved by connoisseurs. Situated in Monforte d'Alba in the prized Bussia Soprano vineyard in the heart of the Barolo region of Serralunga, the Conterno family has been producing great Piemontese wines for more than five generations.
Baricci is under the radar, but it's a mighty estate. One of the original members of the Consorzio del Vino Brunello di Montalcino, the governing body that sets the quality maintaining standards and practices for Brunello, estate founder Nello Baricci passed the 29-acre estate to his son-in-law, Pietro Buffo, who now runs Baricci with his two sons, Federico and Francesco. Together, this family makes wines that are true to type, honest and real. IWM loves the wines of Baricci, and our clients do too.
April 26, 2017
Discover Castello del Terriccio’s Super Tuscans!
April 25, 2017
New 2015 Releases of Guidalberto and Latour-Giraud! And Antinori’s Aristocratic Barbera!
Today, IWM is pleased to present time-sensitive, special pricing on fourteen Castello del Terriccio wines, from entry-level Merlot Capannino, to the estate's affordable Bordeaux-style blend Tassinaia, to its collector Lupicaia, to the flagship Castello del Terriccio. IWM's clients love Super-Tuscan wines, and we love introducing new wines to Super-Tuscan enthusiasts. Castello del Terriccio's four reds are hard to find but easy to love, especially for wine lovers who already adore Bolgheri's superstar bottlings--and this special pricing means there's no time like the present to discover Castello del Terriccio's terrific Super Tuscans!
Guidalberto is the second wine of Sassicaia's maker Tenuta San Guido, and as you'd expect from the estate that ignited the Super-Tuscan revolution with its superstar Sassicaia, it's an IWM client favorite, vintage after vintage. Originally a blend of equal parts Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot with a kiss of Sangiovese, Guidalberto began its evolution with the 2005 vintage, and by the following year, it achieved the proportions it has kept to this day: a 60/40 Cabernet Sauvignon-Merlot blend. Today, we're delighted to present the most recent release of this stellar "second" wine, the crisply acidic yet nicely round 2015 Guidalberto.
April 24, 2017
1978-2010, Biondi-Santi Brunello 27-Vintage Vertical
April 20, 2017
Debuting the 2014 Solaia Release!
In 2013, the wine world lost one of its icons when Franco Biondi-Santi passed away at the age of 91, but the legacy of the "Gentleman of Montalcino" lives on in his wines. Brunello di Montalcino began at Il Greppo, the Biondi-Santi estate, in the nineteenth century. Through the hard work and dedication of Tancredi Biondi-Santi, the wine became the international icon it is today, and in doing so, it lifted Montalcino out of poverty and obscurity and into prosperity and fame. The birthplace of Brunello di Montalcino, Il Greppo is not only a historical site in Italian winemaking; it also holds the greatest Brunello produced, and Italy's most accomplished wines. Today, we're delighted to present a rare Biondi-Santi vintage vertical, 27 different bottlings dating from 1978 to 2010.
The Antinori family has been making wine for more than six centuries, but they're best known for their Super-Tuscan twins, Tignanello and Solaia. Almost mirror images of one another, Tignanello and Solaia are like siblings, both beloved, both equal in the eyes of their makers, and both unique in their own rights. Today, we're proud to present the BEST PRICE in the country the new 2014 release of Antinori Solaia. 2014 was an odd growing year in Toscana; a mild winter morphed into a warm, dry spring that saw an early bud break. Summer turned cool and occasionally violent with hailstorms, but a dry and sunny fall turned what could have been a disastrous vintage into a surprisingly good, if low production, harvest.
April 19, 2017
2015 Beauties from Le Mortelle and François Gay! And 2005 Giacosa Barbaresco Rabajà Returns!
April 18, 2017
Antinori’s Tignanello Chianti Classico Riserva and Franciacorta! And Rare Soldera “Brunello”!
The Antinori family has centuries of winemaking history behind it, and it has holdings throughout Toscana, across Italy, and around the world! While the family's iconic, collector Super Tuscans like Tignanello, Solaia, and Guado al Tasso may garner all the attention from Italian wine enthusiasts and the press, Antinori also makes wines that you can enjoy any night of the week. Today, we're delighted to spotlight one of these wallet-friendly, palate-pleasing wines, Le Mortelle 2015 Vivia Maremma Toscana, a vibrant, mineral-laden white.
Antinori's Tenuta Tignanello sits in the heart of Chianti Classico, and while the estate has likely been making wine for hundreds of years, it came into the hands of the Antinori family in the mid-nineteenth century, and there the various members of this aristocratic winemaking family have practiced crafting the wine that it began making more than 600 years ago: Chianti. The 320-acre Tignanello estate is home to the vineyards that give their names and their grapes to Tignanello and Solaia, both legendary Super-Tuscan wines, but it's also the home of Marchese Antinori Chianti Classico Riserva, a contemporary standard bearer of Toscana's most emblematic wine.
April 17, 2017
Giacomo Conterno Flash Sale!
April 13, 2017
Trio of Heroes: ’09 Château Pontet-Canet, ’12 Le Macchiole Scrio, and Bryant Family ’13 Bettina
These days, Giacomo Conterno is owned and operated by Giacomo's son, Roberto. Two major plots comprise the Giacomo Conterno estate: Cascina Francia, the 35-acre vineyard owned by the estate since 1974, is synonymous with Giacomo Conterno--in fact, its legendary Monfortino, its Barolo Francia, its Barbera Cascina Francia derive from it. In 2008, Roberto purchased the 7.4-acre Cerretta vineyard in Serralunga, and 2010 saw its first Barolo bottling, and the plot also produces Barbera. Today, we're delighted to offer more than two-dozen Giacomo Conterno wines, from Barberas to Barolos, all with special, time-sensitive pricing!
Ask Bordeaux connoisseurs about their favorite Pauillac wines, and they will likely name Mouton, Latour, and Lafite. These three Bordeaux premier cru châteaux have earned their status, but today we'd like to shine a spotlight on a strong contender, Château Pontet-Canet. Makers of some of the most beloved, most sought-after Pauillac Bordeaux, Château Pontet-Canet has earned a reputation for crafting powerful, balanced and charming wines. Today, we're delighted to revisit the energetic yet delineated 2009, which we present at special time-sensitive pricing.
April 12, 2017
Two Artisanal, Affordable Amarone, One New and One Vintage! And Soaring '05 Gaja Sorì San Lorenzo!
April 11, 2017
Back By Client Demand: 2010 Messorio and Clerico Barolo! And Two Cerbaiona Debuts!
We rightfully think of Amarone as a cold weather wine, but as much as this "big red" makes a delicious complement to roast pork or wintertime stews, it's also a terrific wine to enjoy with springtime rack of lamb or summertime steaks. While Amarone is a powerhouse of a wine, its alcohol content--typically somewhere between 14 and 16 percent--makes it food-friendly, and its concentrated, opulent palate bursting with fruit, earth, spice and pepper makes it a perfect partner for meat. Today, we're delighted to debut the darkly delicious 2012 Begali Amarone Monte Ca' Bianca, a new release of an IWM client favorite.
People who know Merlot know a few Italian wines are consistently great. Masseto, Italy's most famous Merlot, is on those collectors' lists, so too is Messorio, the flagship mono-varietal Merlot from Le Macchiole, an estate that defines itself by focusing on its mono-varietal bottlings. While the estate's Syrah Scrio and its Cabernet Franc Paleo Rosso are beloved by enthusiasts and lauded by critics, the estate's Messorio stands as a towering testament to its Bolgheri terroir and the skill of its makers. Today, we're delighted to present a new allocation of the Le Macchiole 2010 Messorio, a wine we've brought back more than once because our clients just can't get enough.
April 10, 2017
Mastroberardino’s “Barolo of the South,” Majestic CVNE Rioja Gran Reserva, and Giacosa Barolo Falletto
April 6, 2017
$38 Giacosa "Baby Barolo," Collector Cantina Terlano Whites, and 2011 Burgundy Flash Sale!
After the one-two hits of phylloxera outbreak in the late nineteenth century and the destruction of WW II, Campania's vineyards were decimated, and many grape varietals sat on the precipice of extinction. Mastroberardino not only salvaged Fiano, Greco di Tufa, and Aglianico, but the estate also conducted extensive research to determine the best terroir and technique for each grape. When Antonio Mastroberardino, the estate's patriarch, passed away at the age of 86 in 2014, he left behind a legacy that includes the family estate, now in the hands of his sons Piero and Carlo, and its family of wines, as well as a long and illustrious winemaking history.
Nebbiolo, a beautiful, black-skinned grape, is indigenous to Piemonte's sandy hills, where the region's long summer allows the grapes to ripen fully and express the full character of the land and the microclimate. While Barolo and Barbaresco are the most collectable and famous Nebbiolo expressions, these two wines require patience and they can be expensive. But fortunately for Nebbiolo lovers, there are early-drinking, affordable wines that let fans of the grape indulge their passions any night of the week. Today, we're delighted to present a value Nebbiolo from one of IWM's favorite staunch traditionalists, Bruno Giacosa, the estate's Casa Vinicola Bruno Giacosa 2014 Nebbiolo d'Alba Valmaggiore.
April 5, 2017
Vintage Prunotto Barbera Trio, New Tignanello Release in Magnum, and Gaja’s Spellbinding Barbaresco
April 4, 2017
New 2014 Guado al Tasso Release! Vintage Cru Amarone! And Must-Have Vigna d’Alceo!
Prunotto got its start in 1904, when Alfred Prunotto helped to found a wine collective in Serralunga; in 1922, this collective disbanded, and Alfred founded his own winery in its place. When Alfred looked to retire, he turned his winery over to enologist Beppe Colla, who ran it with his brother Tino until their retirement in the 1990s. Antinori joined forces with Prunotto in 1989, and a year later, Albiera Antinori took control of the project, aiming to fine-tune the wines of Prunotto.
Antinori might have come late to the Bolgheri party--the family founded Guado al Tasso in 1990--but Piero and his daughters have made up for lost time. Capitalizing on the precedence for growing Bordeaux grapes in Bolgheri, along with the region's maritime climate that Cabernet favors, Antinori also called upon the help of famed enologist Giacomo Tachis in creating its flagship Guado al Tasso Bolgheri Superiore, and it has relied on renowned enologist Renzo Cotarella in perfecting it. Guado al Tasso consistently stands as one of IWM's fastest selling wines, and today, we're delighted to announce the release of the 2014 Guado al Tasso Bolgheri Superiore at very competitive pricing.
April 3, 2017
International Gems: 2015 Pernot-Belicard, 1964 Dom Pérignon, and Collector Spanish Whites!
March 30, 2017
Value Wines: 2015 Chavy-Chouet Trio, Singular Cru Amarone, and Barbaresco Riserva!
We've been saying for a few years that Pernot-Belicard's white Burgundies are poised to be the next big thing, and these wines knock it out of the park. Pernot-Belicard's Puligny-Montrachet and Meursault are very likely the best white Burgundies you've never heard of, but ranging in prices from $49.99 to $84.99, these Chardonnays clamor to be enjoyed. Today, we're very proud to showcase the release of four of Pernot-Belicard's extraordinary white Burgundies, all from the intense, low production 2015 vintage, and all at extremely competitive pricing.
A favorite of Burgheads in the know, Domaine Chavy-Chouet sits on almost thirty acres comprising 70 parcels and spanning 15 appellations in Meursault, Puligny-Montrachet, Saint-Aubin, Volnay and Pommard. Rugged and jaunty, sixth-generation winemaker Hubert Chavy-Chouet has deep roots in Meursault. After selling his grapes for decades, Hubert decided he could do better, and since the '90s he has devoted himself to making exceptionally pure, unadulterated wines from his 27-acre estate.
March 29, 2017
Debuting the “Essential” 2014 Ornellaia!
March 28, 2017
Salvioni Cerbaiola Brunello Release! Vintage Cru Scavino Barolo! And Giacomo Conterno Barbera Duo!
Tenuta dell'Ornellaia came to Bolgheri in 1981, making it a relative upstart in Toscana, but it swiftly made up for lost time. Although founded by Lodovico Antinori, nephew of Sassicaia's maker and brother to Piero Antinori, Tenuta dell'Ornellaia has been owned by the Frescobaldi family for almost two decades, and under winemaker Axel Heinz, the estate continues its long-standing record of crafting world-class wines, including its flagship Ornellaia, which gets its name from a grove of flowering ash trees, as well as its Le Serre Nuove and Le Volte.
It's the most wonderful time of the year--the time we roll out the new vintage of Brunello di Montalcino. We started with Fuligni, Antinori's Pian delle Vigne, Cerbiona, Talenti, Gianni Brunelli, and more--today, we're delighted to follow up those offers with a new release from Giulio Salvioni's La Cerbaiola estate, the refined, powerful 2012 Cerbaiola Brunello di Montalcino. Presented at competitive pricing, Cerbaiola's '12 Brunello offers a reserved profile to the vintage, and it's ideal for wine-lovers with some cellar space (and some patience).
March 27, 2017
A Case of Springtime Rosés! Benchmark Collemattoni Brunello! And Standout Solaia!
March 23, 2017
Debuting the Finessed 2012 Cerbaiona Brunello!
Last week brought the vernal equinox, the official beginning of spring, and there is no wine that embodies the evanescent pleasure of springtime better than rosé. Like springtime flowers, rosé wines bloom in a dizzying array of pale pinks, fleshy salmons, bright cherries, and cheery melons. Like springtime's flowers, rosés aren't meant to sit in the dark cellar--they demand to be enjoyed now. And like springtime's blossoms, rosés appear everywhere, in a wide variety of styles, from soft and sweet to steely and bright.
Cerbaiona's Diego Molinari chose neighbor Franco Biondi-Santi as his role model when he founded his seven-acre estate in the '70s, using vine clippings from Biondi-Santi's vineyards and adopting the master's traditional methods to craft concentrated, mineral-laden wines. Diego believed in honest wines of terroir and letting the grapes speak for themselves; the grapes are picked, selected, and aged for four or more years in large botti in order to create structured, deeply nuanced, traditional Brunello and Rosso di Montalcino.
March 22, 2017
Knockout Silvio Nardi Brunello Duo! Undiscovered Super-Tuscan Gem! And La Rioja Alta Stars!
March 21, 2017
Announcing the 2014 Release of Tignanello!
Brunello's diversity lies in the astounding range of microclimates found in Montalcino, and Tenute Silvio Nardi embodies this range. Two major parcels comprise Silvio Nardi's holdings--Casale del Bosco, whose five vineyards offer western exposure and soils of schist, shale, clay and jasper, and Manachiara, whose east-facing three parcels sport marly, sandy soils laced with limestone. Crafting wines that evoke these various terroirs is Silvio Nardi's specialty, and today, we're delighted to present a pair of recent Tenute Silvio Nardi releases: 2012 Brunello di Montalcino, a cuvée of the estate's holdings, and 2010 Brunello di Montalcino Riserva Manachiara, a cru bottling from the flagship vineyard of the Manachiara holdings.
Rare is the IWM client who doesn't know Tignanello. While Tenuta San Guido's Sassicaia may have ignited the Super-Tuscan revolution, Piero Antinori's Tignanello spread the Super-Tuscan passion. Influenced by his uncle, the great Marchese Mario Incisa della Rocchetta, and guided by Giacomo Tachis, Antinori didn't want to recreate a Bordeaux-style Claret; he wanted to show Sangiovese's versatility and finesse. The result of Piero's vision was the second important Super-Tuscan, Tignanello, a blend of Sangiovese, Cabernet Sauvignon and Cabernet Franc, and since its inaugural vintage in 1970, Tignanello has been beloved by Italian wine aficionados.
March 20, 2017
Superb 2015 Gevrey-Chambertin from Gallois and Leclerc
March 16, 2017
Benchmark 2015 Burgundies of Château de la Maltroye, Must-Have Wines!
Located at the northern end of the Côte d'Or, Gevrey-Chambertin's steep limestone slopes give Pinot Noir ideal conditions--in fact Gevrey-Chambertin holds more premier cru and grand cru vineyards than any other area in the Côte d'Or. Indeed, the region has so many old vines at the village level that many producers forego the Gevrey-Chambertin title and bottle the wine as Bourgogne Rouge, something that occurs almost solely in Gevrey-Chambertin. Today, we're delighted to follow up last week's roll out of 2015's superb Burgundies with eight Gevrey-Chambertin wines from two cult producers, Domaine Gallois and Domaine René Leclerc.
Today, we're delighted to present our first full offer of 2015 Burgundies, ten glorious wines from Château de la Maltroye. Three red and seven white, these wines span price points from just under $30 a bottle for its compelling Bourgogne Rouge to just under $300 for its exquisite Bâtard-Montrachet (the estate crafted just 1.5 barrels in 2015!). Regardless of whether you're a longtime Burghead or a wine-lover just beginning to explore France's most rewarding wine region, Château de la Maltroye has wines that will fit your palate, cellar and lifestyle, and these 2015 wines are not to be missed.
March 15, 2017
Affordable Aldo Conterno Duo! IWM Exclusive Barbaresco! And Paolo Bea Dessert Wine!
March 14, 2017
Go-To Aglianico from De Conciliis, Affordable "Baby Barolo," and Rare Century-Old Sherry!
The late, great Aldo Conterno was a visionary winemaker, and although his Barolo bottlings steal the limelight, Poderi Aldo Conterno has always been committed to crafting a full range of wines--including the two delicious wines we're spotlighting today. Presented at the BEST PRICE in the country, Aldo Conterno's 2013 Conca Tre Pile Barbera d'Alba and Langhe Nebbiolo Il Favot are the best reason to experience the beauty of Aldo Conterno any night of the week. Completely approachable and thoroughly enjoyable, this Aldo Conterno duo puts the magical winemaking of the "King of Barolo" on your table at very affordable pricing.
Today, we're delighted to introduce you to a wine that might be your new go-to red, De Conciliis 2014 Aglianico Donnaluna, a delicious value red that over-performs its modest $25 price point. While the estate also crafts a piquant Fiano and a sprightly Spumante, Selim, De Conciliis' best known wines are its Aglianico bottlings. In growing its Aglianico, De Conciliis capitalizes on its vineyards' southern exposure and their ancient soils to produce full-bodied, fruit-driven expressions of the grape that are approachable yet evocative of the region.
March 13, 2017
It’s a New Sassicaia Release! Introducing the Aromatic, Approachable 2014!
March 9, 2017
Wines That Scream "Italy": $60 Barbaresco Riserva, Cerbaiona Super Tuscan and Terriccio Lupicaia
Sassicaia is single-handedly responsible for launching the Super-Tuscan movement and it's one of the most sought-after wines in the world. Marchese Nicolò Incisa della Rocchetta continues the tradition at the Tenuta San Guido estate with the spirit and dedication that drove his late father, Mario, to create Sassicaia, a wine inspired by the similarity of the soil in Bordeaux's Graves to that of Bolgheri. Committed to the evolution of Tuscan wines, Mario had planted a small vineyard of Cabernet Sauvignon in the Bolgheri hills in 1944. This parcel would become his estate, Tenuta San Guido, and the 1968 release of Sassicaia would forever change history.
2007 was a warm, weird growing year in Piemonte. Winter was mild; hail hit in spring; summer saw a heat wave; and rain fell hard just before harvest. The upshot was that careful winegrowers ushered in reduced bounty of very healthy grapes that balanced their ripeness with freshness. Today, we're delighted to present one of our favorite 2007 Barbaresco wines, Produttori del Barbaresco Barbaresco Rio Sordo Riserva. This cru bottling is usually graceful and stylish; 2007 adds a bit of fleshiness to that winsome profile, resulting in a riserva wine that marries approachability with longevity.
March 8, 2017
Sleek, Sophisticated Chianti Classico Duo, Under $45 Cru Barbaresco, and Classic André Clouet
March 7, 2017
Rare Matarocchio Duo! Under $50 Cru Barbaresco! And Gravner’s Historic Rosso!
Chianti is likely the first Italian wine that most people come to know by name, but Chianti is also mightily misunderstood. Part of this misunderstanding comes from the way that Chianti became synonymous with cheap, bad wine in fiasco, or straw-covered bottles. However, thoughtful producers have worked hard to revamp not only the wine's reputation but also the wine itself, crafting mindful, authentic evocations of Sangiovese that speak to the rolling Tuscan hills where it grew. Today, we're delighted to present a pair of La Sala Chianti Classicos.
Cabernet Franc is the less famous progenitor of Cabernet Sauvignon (the other parent grape is Sauvignon Blanc), and while this red grape varietal hails from France, it has flourished in Italy for more than two hundred years. Indeed, some of Italy's most collected, most beloved wines--Quintarelli Alzero and Le Macchiole's Paleo Rosso--owe their following to Cabernet Franc. Today, IWM is delighted to present two vintages of Matarocchio, Antinori's addition to the pantheon of collector Italian Cabernet Franc. It's difficult to secure even one vintage of the low production cult Matarocchio, and this is the first time that IWM has been able to offer two.
March 6, 2017
Refined 2014 Tua Rita Flagship, Must-Have Serious Rosato, and Classic Guigal Ex-Voto Blanc
March 2, 2017
Knockout 1997 Cult Barbera, Poggio di Sotto Trio, and Under $90 Brunello Riserva!
The Maremma region along the Tuscan coast was still quite sparse when Rita Tua and Virgilio Bisti purchased their Suvereto vacation home in 1984, wanting to spend their retirement tending some vines to make wine for themselves and their friends. In 1988, the couple planted the international varietals Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon, which do well in Maremma soils rich in clay and silt--so well, in fact, that the couple soon caved to the demand and began selling their wines to the public.
Everyone who loved Poggio di Sotto worried--but they didn't need to. Poggio di Sotto, now in the hands of ColleMassari is still making those wonderful Brunelli, and there's a mixed case of three recent vintages spanning the Palmucci past and the ColleMassari present. Finally, I found a $90 bottle of Brunello Riserva that will knock your socks off. Don't miss the La Poderina bottle below!
March 1, 2017
Superb 2014 Redigaffi Returns! Sassicaia's Patagonian Partner! And Lush Gianni Brunelli Brunello!
February 28, 2017
Perfect Vintage Valdicava Brunello! Benchmark Cult Cupano! And Must-Have Aldo Conterno!
Along with this special anniversary edition Redigaffi, I'm delighted to offer two more wines you might have missed when we've had them previously: Bodega Chacra 2010 Pinot Noir Rio Negro Cincuenta y Cinco, a gorgeous Patagonian Pinot Noir made by Sassicaia's own Piero Incisa della Rocchetta, and Gianni Brunelli 2011 Brunello di Montalcino, a really nice embodiment of its ripe vintage. Spring is almost here--find a friend, and celebrate with a bottle of one of these wines!
"When I speak of Valdicava, I speak about enjoyment," said Vincenzo Abbruzzese during a visit to Italian Wine Merchants. "I produce wine for the place, the land." Clearly, he's doing something right. Valdicava Brunello di Montalcino stands as one of the great IWM client favorites--we can't keep them in stock. Today, we're delighted to spotlight the vintage 2005 bottling of Valdicava Brunello di Montalcino. Offered with the "IWM Difference," our promise of straight-line provenance and perfect care, this competitively priced bottle is perfect for Brunello fans with more love than patience.
February 27, 2017
New Release 2009 Quintarelli Valpolicella, a True "Baby Amarone"
February 23, 2017
Rare Soldera '09 Rosso, Benchmark Querciabella Batàr, and d'Yquem Sauternes Quartet
You can't overestimate Giuseppe Quintarelli's impact on Valpolicella, the red wine zone located in the northeast corridor of the Veneto--almost singlehandedly, Quintarelli forever changed the game. Before Quintarelli, Valpolicella was a light and quaffable wine, but a trip to Burgundy in the 1980s convinced Quintarelli that Valpolicella could be a wine of serious interest. Burgundy's soils reminded Quintarelli of the soils of his almost 30-acre estate situated in the Po Valley, and he was convinced that he could create long-aging, masterful, complex Valpolicella wines--so he did, using protocol that mimicked that of his age-worthy, intense Amarone.
Gianfranco Soldera has the reputation of being Brunello's most accomplished craftsman--a fanatical, uncompromising perfectionist--and these points made the December 2012 loss of almost his entire production of wine from 2007-2012 all the more poignant. The victim of a vandal, Soldera walked into his cantina on December 3, 2012, to find the contents of his cellar's many botti, about 650 hectoliters in all, spilled on the cantina's tile floor.
February 22, 2017
2012 Must-Have Trio: Epic Fontodi Flaccianello, Towering Mastroberardino, and Crisp William Fèvre
February 21, 2017
2012 Brunello Roundup Continues! Talenti, Livio Sassetti, La Magia, Il Marroneto and San Filippo!
Today, we're very proud to present one of our favorite mono-varietal Sangiovese Super Tuscans from one of our favorite organic winemakers, Fontodi, the estate's outrageous 2013 Flaccianello. Fontodi's winemakers have called 2013 "truly epic," and this Flaccianello embodies the beauty that this great estate can make from an indisputably great vintage. Balancing its succulent fruit with brooding, savory notes, the '13 Flaccianello is a study in delicious contrasts. Ripe red and blue fruits dance on a bed of graphite, smoke, worn leather, cedar and cigar wrapper in this beautifully delineated wine.
Last week, we presented our first 2012 Brunello roundup with wines from Angelo Gaja's Pieve di Santa Restituta, Poggio di Sotto, Valdicava, Canalicchio di Sopra and Gianni Brunelli. Today, we're delighted to follow that offer with six new 2012 Brunelli from Talenti, Livio Sassetti, La Magia, Il Marroneto and San Filippo! 2012 began with a wet spring, peaked with a hot and dry summer, and culminated in a harvest with terrific diurnal temperature difference, which is ideal for wine grapes. Indeed, 2012 is a year when terroir and technique shine, and while this year had the lowest grape production since 1947, it's extraordinary.
February 20, 2017
Back by Client Demand: Cru Paolo Bea Sagrantino, $22 Valpolicella, and Luscious Vigna d'Alceo
February 16, 2017
Great 50 & 50 Super Tuscan! Pristine Vintage Valdicava! And Classic Fontodi Chianti Classico!
Today, we're proud to announce the release of the 2008 Paolo Bea Montefalco Sagrantino Secco Pagliaro! The wines of Paolo Bea are united by their excellence, but this dense, dark and delicious beauty sets the bar yet higher. Hand crafted from organically grown Sagrantino grapes, Bea's cru Montefalco Sagrantino Secco Pagliaro unites wildness with elegance, marries serious structure with sophistication, and joins terroir and style in one unique bottling.
A cooperation between two Tuscan winemakers, Avignonesi & Capannelle 50 & 50 is a unique Super Tuscan. It blends Merlot from Avignonesi in Montepulciano, located in the southeast of Toscana, with Sangiovese from Capannelle in Chianti, located smack in Toscana's middle. Together these two winemakers craft an outstanding, unusual Super Tuscan that deserves a place in your cellar, on your table and in your glass. Today, we're delighted to offer the 2012 vintage of Avignonesi & Capannelle 50 & 50 at very competitive pricing.
February 15, 2017
New C. Moreau ’15 Chablis! Quintarelli Valpolicella Quartet! And Must-Have Gallois Charmes-Chambertin!
February 14, 2017
Four “Big Reds” from Paolo Bea! Two New Único Releases! And One Great Champagne!
Hot and dry, the summer of 2015 gave Burgundy growers plenty of challenges, and when hail hit in August, many feared for the worst. However, Domaine Christian Moreau's winemakers, namesake Christian and his son Fabien, showed their prowess in the vineyards and in the cellar by crafting wines that package the ripeness of the year with unexpected acidity, making for fleshy wines with plenty of energy. Today, we're delighted to feature Christian Moreau 2015 Chablis, a zesty yet expressive village wine that over-performs its modest $33 price point.
Sagrantino, Umbria's emblematic grape, has the distinction of being Italy's most tannic grape, and among the most tannic in the world. Interestingly, it's also the grape with the highest quantity of phenolic compounds, the several hundred chemical compounds that occur in wine that give wine its taste, color and even its mouth-feel. What this combination of qualities means is that a mono-varietal Sagrantino wine potentially could age forever--and this combination also means that a Sagrantino wine sometimes can come over like a great, burly brute--unless, of course, that wine comes from the hands of Paolo Bea, IWM's favorite Umbrian producer.
February 13, 2017
New 2012 Release Brunelli from Gaja, Poggio di Sotto, Valdicava and More!
February 9, 2017
Silvio Nardi’s Dazzling 2012 Brunello Duo! And Aglianico Two Ways!
Indeed, 2012 is a year when terroir and technique shine, and while this year had the lowest grape production since 1947, it's extraordinary. Many people are likening 2012 to the great vintages of 2004 and 2010, saying that this Brunello vintage blends power with finesse in its extraordinary wines. Today, IWM is proud to present five of these new 2012 Brunello releases from five of our favorite producers: Angelo Gaja's Pieve di Santa Restituta, Poggio di Sotto, Valdicava, Canalicchio di Sopra and Gianni Brunelli! 2012 Brunelli show a rare blend of approachability, finesse and longevity--these are ideal wines to buy by the case to enjoy now and years down the road!
In many ways, Montalcino's Tenute Silvio Nardi is the story of an Italian immigrant who first succeeded in America. In 1893, Francesco Nardi left his family's farm to seek his fortune here in the States. Within a couple of years, Francesco had developed an innovative design for a plow, achieved great success, and returned to Toscana to start his own farm design business. In 1950, son Silvio purchased Casale del Bosco in Montalcino, then a charming yet obscure town in Toscana. Eight years later, after crafting his first Brunello, Silvio was among the first members of the newborn Consorzio del Vino Brunello, the ruling body of Brunello production to this day.
February 8, 2017
Quintet of Recent Gravner Releases! And a Remarkable Antinori Duo!
February 7, 2017
New $70 Fuligni Brunello! Antinori’s Italian”Meursault,” and Benchmark Talenti Brunello Riserva!
Humans have been enjoying wine for millennia, long before there was stainless steel, electricity to control temperature, wine critics to give scores, or even a science of winemaking. Anthropologists and historians believe that the ancient method of using anfora, giant clay pots that were lined with beeswax and buried in the ground, date back at least 4,000 years; documents from Georgia (formerly part of the USSR) appear to verify that these big pots were the first tanks humans used to vinify wine. It makes sense. The naturally insulated ground regulated the temperature and the clay provided a neutral environment for the wine to develop.
Today, we're very pleased to present the BEST PRICE in the country on the 2012 Fuligni Brunello, a wine that shows the graceful side of the Fuligni estate. Aromatic and elegant, the '12 Brunello from Fuligni is a pure, lithe and enchanting evocation of its interesting growing year, and given that this beautifully made Brunello clocks in at just under $70 a bottle, there's little reason for you not to enjoy it now--and later!
February 6, 2017
New Le Macchiole Paleo Rosso Release! Under $70 Benchmark Brunello! Collector Napa Cabernet!
February 2, 2017
Nine Beautiful 1990s Brunelli to Drink Now!
Its origins might be in Bordeaux, but Cabernet Franc has been growing in Italy for almost two hundred years. Like its more famous child Cabernet Sauvignon (the other parent grape to Cabernet Sauvignon is Sauvignon Blanc), Cabernet Franc provides wines with great structure and balance; however, it's lower in tannins and acidity and tends to be more aromatic and herbal. While Cabernet Franc grows all over Italy, primarily in Friuli, you could make a strong argument that it grows nowhere better than Bolgheri, where the warm climate enables it to sufficiently ripen, keeping it from the greenness it can exhibit in cooler areas and helping it to achieve complexity.
Americans love Brunello. In fact, we drink more than a quarter of all Brunelli made! But while Americans love Brunello, most of us lack the cellar space and the patience to drink it as it's meant to be enjoyed: with maturity. Here's a list of nine beautiful 1990s Brunello wines that are mature, and still kicking! Coming from under-the-radar estates like Livio Sassetti Pertimali, Fuligni, and Poggio Antico, these Brunelli arrive with pristine provenance and perfect care throughout their lifespan--they're bottles that could only come from IWM, the world's leading authority in Italian wine. Ranging in prices from under $90 to just over $160, these beautiful Brunelli let fans experience some of the wine's benchmark vintages of the 1990s. It's an extravaganza of Brunello that's ready to drink, and all it needs is you!
February 1, 2017
New Sandrone Barolo Duo! Acclaimed CVNE Rioja! And Delicious Canalicchio "Baby Brunello"!
January 31, 2017
New Releases of Antinori Brunello and Cru Barbera! And IWM’s Biggest Sale!
Spending all his savings to buy his land, Sandrone made his wines in his parents' garage, quietly working and revising his techniques until he caught the wine world's attention with his 1989 and 1990 vintages. Since then, nothing has slowed down for Sandrone, and it would seem that neither he nor his fans would want it to. Sandrone is a master winemaker with holdings in some of the most legendary plots in Barolo, and his highly sought-after Barolos sit among the elite wines of Piemonte, if not the world.
It's hard to find a beautifully made, thoroughly authentic, and entirely delicious Brunello for less than $65, but we've done it--and this wine comes from Antinori, the aristocratic family that boasts more than 600 years of winemaking, the creation of Super-Tuscan greats Tignanello and Solaia, and more than twenty wineries located in six countries. Today, we're delighted to present the BEST PRICE in the country on the 2012 Brunello from Pian delle Vigne. Antinori's Pian Delle Vigne Brunello always punches far above its price point, and this creamy, vibrant, and aromatic bottling is simply stellar.
January 30, 2017
New 2013 Le Pergole Torte! Two Vintage Canalicchio Brunelli! And Miani’s Must-Have Rosso!
January 26, 2017
Canalicchio “Baby Brunello,” “Bucket List” Bodegas Toro Albala, and 1959 Château Canon!
IWM's clients and our portfolio managers have been united in excitement over the new 2013 Tuscan releases, and rightly so. Temperate, sunny and lingering, 2013 saw a return to classic Tuscan weather, and it gave Tuscan winemakers ideal conditions with which to craft superstar wines. No broad-shouldered fruit bombs, these '13 Tuscan wines reward wine-lovers who appreciate grace, structure, age-worthiness, and complexity. Today, we're very proud to present Montevertine's astounding 2013 Le Pergole Torte, a collector staple for mono-varietal Sangiovese Super Tuscans.
Canalicchio di Sopra's winemaker, Francesco Rippacioli says, "The Rosso di Montalcino is like our business card; we offer this to you as an introduction to our style, an introduction to us, before you enjoy our Brunello." Rippacioli's view doesn't stray far from IWM's own. Just as "second-tier" wines offer less expensive, easier and earlier drinking options to most estates' flagship wines, so too does Rosso di Montalcino give enthusiasts an opportunity to experience an estate's take on its Brunello di Montalcino--and do it earlier, more easily and less expensively.
January 25, 2017
"Legendary" Giacosa 2011 Barbaresco Asili, Perfect Mature Prunotto Barolo, and $22 Gavi!
January 24, 2017
Two Sides of Pinot Nero, Sassicaia’s South American Cousin, and Cupano’s World-Changing Brunello
2011 was a warm vintage in Piemonte, as it was throughout most of Italy, but while the heat caused issues for many makers of Barolo and Barbaresco, Bruno Giacosa has a reputation for crafting outstanding wines from ripe vintages. The 2011 wines from this master winemaker show that this reputation is well earned. Critics, connoisseurs and industry people lauded Giacosa's 2011 Barolo and Barbaresco releases, and today, we're delighted to present the best of Giacosa's best: the towering Bruno Giacosa 2011 Barbaresco Asili Riserva, a wine that is already gaining legendary status.
Today we're delighted to present two of our favorite Pinot Nero bottlings--and neither is exactly what you'd expect. Pinot Nero is cultivated across Italy, and more and more winemakers are showing a concerted effort in vinifying the grape to create ageable and important expressions. Today's offer combines a classic 2014 Pinot Nero from Castello della Sala, Antinori's Umbrian estate, and a rare white 2015 Pinot Nero from Frecciarossa, one of our favorite estates in Oltrepò Pavese; together this red Pinot Nero and this white Pinot Nero offer a delicious contrast in expressions.
January 23, 2017
Antinori’s Towering 2013 Solaia, Vintage Vietti Barolo, and Fontodi’s Classic 2013 Chianti Classico!
January 19, 2017
Big, Beautiful 2009 Cerbaiona Brunello! Vintage Quintarelli Amarone! And 2006 Vigna d’Alceo!
The Antinori family of estates has been making wine for more than six centuries, but they're perhaps best known for their Super-Tuscan twins, Tignanello and Solaia. While Tignanello introduced Antinori's Super-Tuscan wines to the world, Solaia has never been in its shadows--somewhat literally, for this cru gets its name, "the sunny one," from the vineyard where its grapes derive. Almost like mirror images of one another, Tignanello and Solaia are like siblings, both beloved, both equal in the eyes of their makers, and both unique in their own rights. Today, we're very proud to present a new allocation of the 2013 release of Antinori Solaia.
Year in and year out, Cerbaiona's wines impress us, but we think you'll love the 2009 Brunello, which is drinking gorgeously now. This sleek, elegant '09 Brunello embodies its ripe vintage in its expressiveness, welcoming you with an explosive nose and a caressing palate, yet this wine retains a seductive balance that pulls you back to the glass. Dark and brooding, the '09 tumbles juicy red and black fruits with tar, earth, and exotic spices in a silky wine that finishes with bitter almond, minerals and wildflowers.
January 18, 2017
Quintarelli’s Sweet Labor of Love! Antinori’s “Meursault in Italy” and Benchmark Tig!
January 17, 2017
Ornellaia’s Masterpieces, Rare Vintage Valentini Gem, and Must-Have $16 Verdicchio!
Quintarelli's Recioto has earned its place next to Chateau d'Yquem and Quinta do Noval Vintage Port as an unparalleled end to a memorable evening. In fact, when IWM held an Italy vs. France tasting with IWM founder Sergio Esposito and esteemed wine critic Jancis Robinson, Quintarelli's Recioto was arguably the wine of the night; even when lined up next to the great Sauternes, this Recioto made Jancis awe-struck. Today, we're proud to present Quintarelli 2004 Recioto, the most recent bottling of this iconic wine.
From its driveway to its interior to its bottle labels, Tenuta dell'Ornellaia shows an uncommon devotion to the arts. Since the 2006 vintage, this estate has commemorated the vintage by commissioning artwork to adorn large-format bottles of its flagship wine, Ornellaia, in its Vendemmia dell'Artista project. In the hands of winemaker Axel Heinz and the Frescobaldi Group, Ornellaia continues its stellar record of world-class wines. The estate's 244 acres of vineyards lie on elevated parcels composed of clay, gravel, and loam, and like the winery, the estate's flagship wine Ornellaia gets its name from its grove of flowering ash trees.
January 16, 2017
Alfred Gratien's Affordable Luxury, Rosé Brut Champagne
January 12, 2017
Two Beautiful Wines from Affordable, Artisanal Begali! And Singular Pouilly-Fumé!
Founded in 1864, Alfred Gratien is one of IWM's favorite Champagne houses. Fourth-generation winemaker Nicolas Jaeger uses techniques that his forebears would recognize: careful selection in the vineyards, vinifying in small oak casks without malolactic fermentation to retain terroir, careful blending of Chardonnay, Pinot Meunier, and Pinot Noir from the crus to create the house's signature cuvées, and aging at least three years in bottle before release. Today, we're delighted to present Alfred Gratien Brut Rosé at time-sensitive special pricing.
Everyone loves Amarone, and for good reasons. Amarone is a powerhouse of a wine, but its alcohol content--typically somewhere between 14 and 16 percent--makes it food-friendly, and its concentrated, opulent palate bursting with fruit, earth, spice and pepper makes it a perfect partner for meat dishes. Today, we're delighted to present a new allocation of the darkly delicious 2012 Begali Amarone Classico. Priced at under $70, this Begali Amarone offers a terrific value.
January 11, 2017
Caressing 2011 Aldo Conterno Barolo, Gaja’s Must-Have White, and 18-Year-Old Amarone
January 10, 2017
Silky 2011 Domenico Clerico Barolo Ginestra! Under $50 Artisanal Barolo! And Prosecco Everyday!
Yesterday, we were delighted to present the opulent Domenico Clerico 2011 Barolo Ciabot Mentin Ginestra, a wine that marries power with finesse. Today, we're proud to follow up that offer with the transparent yet intense 2011 Aldo Conterno Barolo Vigna Romirasco, a wine that while approachable almost upon release still has the structure to age for years. It's a beautiful Barolo bottling that shows that while "the King of Barolo," Aldo Conterno, may have passed away, the estate that bears his name continues to do him proud.
Domenico Clerico began producing wine in 1979, when he gleefully joined the band of progressive winemakers known as the "Barolo Boys," those experimental winemakers like Luciano Sandrone, Paolo Scavino, and Roberto Voerzio who broke from traditional Barolo protocol. But as this winemaker has matured, his wines have slowly edged toward the traditional end of the spectrum. Today, we're pleased to present the 2011 release of Clerico's Barolo Ciabot Mentin Ginestra.
January 9, 2017
Two Beautiful Sassicaias! Antinori’s Affordable Dessert Wine, and Silky Ornellaia!
January 5, 2017
Under $60 Antinori Brunello! 20-Year-Old Barolo Monfortino! And Louis Jadot Sale!
Today, we're proud to revisit Sassicaia's history with a set of complementary vintages, the benchmark, opulent 2004 and the restrained, elegant 2005. IWM Founder Sergio Esposito worked with our European sources to secure these wines that offer impeccable provenance and unparalleled care, and together, these two vintages of Sassicaia give Super-Tuscan enthusiasts a detailed view into the legendary wine.
It's hard to find a beautifully made, thoroughly authentic and entirely delicious Brunello for less than $60, but we've done it--and this wine comes from Antinori, the aristocratic family that boasts more than 600 years of winemaking, the creation of Super-Tuscan greats Tignanello and Solaia, and more than twenty wineries located in six countries. Today, we're delighted to present the BEST PRICE in the country on the 2011 Brunello from Pian delle Vigne. Antinori's Pian Delle Vigne Brunello always punches far above its price point.
January 4, 2017
Restock Your Cellar with Piemonte Wines! Montalcino Super-Tuscan! And Affordable Burgundy!
January 3, 2017
Stock Your Cellar with 2010 Brunelli! Antinori’s Cult Cabernet! And Approachable Biondi-Santi!
Yesterday, we offered a roster of benchmark 2010 Brunello di Montalcino. Today, we want to spotlight the 2012 vintage from Piemonte, a ripe year that privileges an open-knit personality, succulent fruits, and silky texture--while still retaining enough tannic and acidic structure for wine-lovers who are in it for the long haul. You'll find fifteen beautiful wines, both Barbaresco and Barolo (with some Langhe Nebbiolo, Barbera, and even Gaja's Super-Piemonte blend, Darmagi, for good measure), and ranging in price points between under $40 to more than $400.
Beyond being a benchmark vintage, 2010 reset the entire scale for the producers and the fans of Montalcino's best-loved wine. Indeed, this vintage made Montalcino's winemakers reconsider their understanding of how good a growing year can be. After a snowy winter, 2010's rainy spring delayed bud-break; however, the cool yet lovely summer helped the grapes achieve ripening, perfect maturity, and balance. The resulting 2010 Brunelli gift their many fans with an ideal combination of richness, intensity and acidity.
January 2, 2017
IWM Wine Club Sale! And Begali’s Affordable, Delicious Amarone and Valpolicella!
December 29, 2016
Value-Packed Giacosa Barolo Le Rocche Falletto, Valdicava’s “Best” Rosso, and Emmanual Rouget
IWM's wine clubs are the perfect last-minute gift that keeps on giving, and this online sale gives you 15% off a six-month or 20% off a twelve-month subscription to the wine club of your choice. While other merchants' wine clubs rely on overstock or less desirable wines, IWM mindfully chooses each month's three bottle selections with the same level of care, provenance and diligence that we take in our selections for our shop and website. These handpicked wines show your excellent taste, month after month.
Bruno Giacosa is one of the most respected producers of traditional style Barolo, but surprisingly, Giacosa himself is not a trained enologist; he learned by working with his father and grandfather, who taught him traditional winemaking. In 1982, he bought the Falletto vineyard in Serralunga, and Giacosa's first estate-bottled Barolo came from this very vineyard. Honoring the importance of this vineyard, Giacosa's Le Rocche del Falletto di Serralunga d'Alba derives from a small plot of Falletto vines that's situated at the vineyard's apex.
December 28, 2016
Italian Icons: Gaja’s 2013 Barbaresco Quartet, Unknown Antinori, and Gravner’s Liquid Gold
December 27, 2016
Under $20 Artisanal Valpolicella, Poggio di Sotto "Baby Brunello," and Super Singles Flash Sale!
Today, we're delighted to present a new allocation of Angelo Gaja's 2013 Barbaresco quartet. The Gaja estate made history in 2013 when it made a significant change: it dropped the Barbera component in its famed trio of Sorì San Lorenzo, Sorì Tildìn, and Costa Russi, allowing for these wines to be labeled as Barbarescos. In 1996, Angelo Gaja had added the 5% Barbera to his cru Barbarescos to recapture the wines of his youth, before DOCG rules required them to be mono-varietal Nebbiolo, but as he's poised to turn the estate over to his children, Gaia, Rossana and Giovanni, this maverick winemaker and his team opted to make these cru wines pure Barbaresco.
The iconic wines of the Veneto--Valpolicella and Amarone--might be the perfect complement to cold weather. But while Amarone is a definite luxury item, Valpolicella can be a terrific everyday wine. Today, we're delighted to present the pure, classic, structured, food-friendly 2014 Valpolicella from Nicolis; best of all, this wine is under $20 a bottle! While most of our clients connect these wines to the icons of the Veneto, Romano Dal Forno and his mentor the great Giuseppe Quintarelli, family-owned-and-operated Nicolis makes authentic and affordable wines, and this '14 Valpolicella is delicious.
December 26, 2016
Sicilian Gems from COS, Antinori’s Glorious Aglianico, and Sparkling Wine Flash Sale!
December 22, 2016
Silky Tua Rita Super Tuscan, Cupano Brunello Trio, and Faiveley Chambertin Clos de Bèze
Sicilian wines offer a rare combination of exciting terroir, enticing indigenous grapes, and exceptional value--and perhaps no estate embodies the nexus of these traits quite as completely as COS. Today, we're delighted to offer some of our favorite wines from COS, one of IWM's signature producers, and consistent standouts at our tastings. These nine COS bottlings span a range of complex, zesty reds and stellar, evocative whites, and, while offering tremendous value, these wines each reflect the ascendance of Sicilia's modern era in winemaking.
When Rita Tua and Virgilio Bisti bought their Suvereto, Toscana land in 1984, they just wanted a retirement spot, but they soon realized that their land held soils that were very hospitable for Bordeaux varieties like Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot. They began making wines, first for their friends, and then for release. By 1992, Rita and Virgilio had their first wine, the Giusto di Notri, under the name Tua Rita, and the estate's Redigaffi soon followed on its heels--along with unqualified critical success. Today, the estate, whose vineyards sit atop an ancient ocean, encompasses more than 100 acres and produces 110,000 bottles each year.
December 21, 2016
Festive André Clouet Cuvée 1911, Historic Fiorano White, and Alain Burguet Beauty
December 20, 2016
Stellar 2013 Wines from Ornellaia, Anne & Sébastien Bidault, and Domaine Lamarche
The Clouet family has a long history in the region--in fact, current owner-operator Jean-François Clouet still lives in the house built by his ancestors, and he ages the estate's wines in the seventeenth-century cellar under the house. Clouet's spellbinding 1911 Cuvée adheres to the Champagne tradition of blending multiple vintages to create a balanced, powerful wine--it's a favorite at IWM, and today, we're delighted to present very competitive pricing on the mesmerizing André Clouet Cuvée 1911, just in time for your New Year's celebration.
Today, we're proud to shine a spotlight on Tenuta dell'Ornellaia 2013 Ornellaia, one of the best iterations of Ornellaia's flagship wine that we've ever seen. If you're a fan of wines that transmit their terroir with transparency, wines that privilege structure and finesse over extraction and power, or wines that balance their elegance with fleshiness, today's Ornellaia bottling hits all your sweet spots--indeed, winemaker Axel Heinz gave the 2013 Ornellaia the name "L'Eleganza," or "elegance," because of its classic, balanced and sophisticated palate. Tenuta dell'Ornellaia 2013 Ornellaia is an exquisite bottle that will remind you Super-Tuscan fans what made you fall in love with Ornellaia, and it'll pull you back to the glass with every sip.
December 19, 2016
Buone Feste! The Perfect Holiday Case, Artisanal Olive Oil, and Under $60 Brunello!
December 15, 2016
Under $50 Artisanal Barolo! Pristine, Historical Barolo Monfortino! And Krug Champagne!
The holidays are upon us, and IWM wants to make them easy for you with the perfect holiday mixed case. We've chosen twelve wines to take you from the piquant beginning of your meal--apperitivi--to its sweet end, the dolce. Specially priced and absolutely decadent, these are bottles that IWM's own portfolio managers are proud to pour at their holiday tables, and together, this beautiful dozen will turn your holiday meals into Italian feasts.
Today, we want to spotlight the under $50 Brovia 2012 Barolo. Caressing yet vibrant, Brovia's Barolo will entice new enthusiasts and satisfy experienced palates. Stylistically, Brovia straddles traditional and modern winemaking, striving to make wines that speak of Piemonte's history while allowing for accessibility. Brovia crafts terrific interpretations of some of Piemonte's most renowned sites, and the estate's '12 Barolo blends together the fruits of these vineyards to make a remarkably balanced and seductive wine.
December 14, 2016
Barolo Bounty: Bruno Giacosa Barolo Falletto and Five Under $100 Baroli! And Billecart-Salmon Champagne!
December 13, 2016
Must-Have 2013 Solaia Mags, Vendemmia dell'Artista Collection, and Canalicchio “Baby Brunello”
A quiet, modest, and brilliant winemaker, Bruno Giacosa nurtures the passion for Piemontese wine that his father and grandfather instilled in him, and his winemaking philosophy guides him towards a noninterventionist approach, traditional protocol, and the creation of authentic Piemontese wines. The first estate-bottled Barolo from the iconic Bruno Giacosa winery came from the Falleto vineyard; years later, Bruno would craft Barolo Rocche del Falletto, the historic cru wine from this same vineyard.
Today, we're proud to follow up that offer with magnums of the estate's outrageously good 2013 Solaia. While Tignanello introduced Antinori's Super-Tuscan wines to the world, Solaia has never been in its shadows--somewhat literally, for this cru gets its name, Solaia or "the sunny one," from the vineyard where its grapes derive. Aristocratic, elegant and finessed yet carrying that trademark Antinori approachability, this '13 Solaia bottling is stunning, and we're offering it at very competitive pricing.
December 12, 2016
Big, Beautiful Mags of Classic 2013 Tignanello! Gift Card Gives Back! And Vintage Brunello!
December 8, 2016
Four Affordable Nebbiolo Wines! Two Great Whites! And the 2016 Holiday Gift Guide!
Our clients know Tignanello as the trailblazing Super Tuscan from Antinori. Influenced by his uncle, Marchese Mario Incisa della Rocchetta, and guided by Giacomo Tachis, Piero Antinori didn't want to recreate a Bordeaux-style Claret; he wanted to show Sangiovese's versatility and finesse. Certainly the first Sangiovese bottling to be aged in small oak barrels, Tignanello is also likely the first modern red wine to feature Sangiovese in a blend that included international grapes. The result is a Super-Tuscan wine that announces its heritage while looking to the international wine world for inspiration. Today, IWM is proud to present magnum bottles of the 2013 vintage of Tignanello.
Piemonte's best-known grape and the basis for its best-known wines, Barolo and Barbaresco, Nebbiolo is a beautiful, black-skinned grape. It's indigenous to the hills surrounding Alba situated southeast of Turin, and its name is likely derivative of the Italian word for fog, nebbia, although whether that fog refers to the white tinge that covers the varietal's black grapes as they ripen or to the mist surrounding the Langhe hills in October or November during harvest, no one is entirely sure. One thing is certain: not only is Nebbiolo a very old grape, but it is also one that has been recognized for centuries for its greatness.
December 7, 2016
Classic 2013 Barbaresco from Gaja! Red Burgundy Flash Sale! And Louis Jadot’s Mazis-Chambertin!
December 6, 2016
Wonderful Antinori Winter White, Collector Toro Albala, and Slinky, Graceful Drouhin-Laroze
We've already seen that 2013 gave Tuscan winemakers a gift, but we're only now beginning to get a glimpse of the greatness of 2013 in Piemonte. As was the case in Toscana, 2013 blessed vine-growers with a classic, even-tempered season culminating in a September marked by great diurnal swings between warm days and cool nights. The weather was perfect for an ideal harvest, in short, and growers of the very fussy Nebbiolo grape have been rejoicing ever since--as have wine lovers who feel passionately about Barolo and Barbaresco.
Antinori's Umbrian beauty Castello della Sala Cervaro is not merely one of Italy's great white wines; it's an exceptional wine that owes its existence to accident. Piero Antinori had a vision of an Italian version of white Burgundy, but he and his team couldn't quite capture it. Ready to give up on the project, they shut the door to the cellar where the wine was fermenting, allowing the temperature to rise slightly; this induced malolactic fermentation and created the wine's creamy mouth-feel.
December 5, 2016
Antinori’s Benchmark Brunello Riserva, Aldo Conterno Barolo Mags, and $18 Old-Vine Beaujolais Villages!
December 1, 2016
Antinori's Cult Cabernet Franc, Classic Guado al Tasso, and Ripe Cerbaiona Brunello
Pian delle Vigne, purchased by the Antinori family in 1995, illustrates how the Antinori excellence in Tuscany extends beyond the borders of Chianti Classico and Bolgheri and into the center of Montalcino. 470 acres in total, Pian delle Vigne sits south of Montalcino near the Orcia River Valley and has more than 160 acres planted to vine, about half of which date back to the estate's founding. A mix of clay and limestone, Pian delle Vigne's stony vineyards receive southwest exposure, ideal for ripening the estate's Sangiovese grapes.
Since the inaugural vintage of Sassicaia in 1968, many Super Tuscans have entered the global wine consciousness, but few have garnered cult status. Tenuta San Guido's Sassicaia, Antinori's Tignanello and Solaia, Montevertine's Le Pergole Torte and Ornellaia's Masseto have become legendary, but they are exceptions. Today, we're delighted to present a new release of a wine that we believe is perched on the cusp of legendary status, Antinori's 2012 Matarocchio.
November 30, 2016
Quintarelli’s “Baby Amarone,” Antinori’s Stellar Pinot Nero, and Le Macchiole’s Must-Have Cabernet Franc
November 29, 2016
Classic 2013 Solaia Returns! Sassicaia in Patagonia! And Glorious ’08 Guado al Tasso!
You can't overestimate Giuseppe Quintarelli's impact on Valpolicella, the red wine zone located in the northeast corridor of the Veneto--almost singlehandedly, Quintarelli forever changed the game. Before Quintarelli, Valpolicella was a light and quaffable wine, but a trip to Burgundy in the 1980s convinced Quintarelli that Valpolicella could be a wine of serious interest. Burgundy's soils reminded Quintarelli of the soils of his almost 30-acre estate situated in the Po Valley, and he was convinced that he could create long-aging, masterful, complex Valpolicella wines--so he did, using protocol that mimicked that of his age-worthy, intense Amarone.
The Antinori family of estates has been making wine for more than six centuries, but they're perhaps best known for their Super-Tuscan twins, Tignanello and Solaia. While Tignanello introduced Antinori's Super-Tuscan wines to the world, Solaia has never been in its shadows--somewhat literally, for this cru gets its name, "the sunny one," from the vineyard where its grapes derive. Almost like mirror images of one another, Tignanello and Solaia are like siblings, both beloved, both equal in the eyes of their makers, and both unique in their own rights.
November 25-28, 2016
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November 23, 2016
Everyday Bruno Giacosa! Flash Sale on Palari's Sicilian Gems! And Silver Lining Humbert Fréres!
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When we think of Bruno Giacosa, we tend to think of highly collectable Barolos and Barbarescos--intense, age-worthy expressions that rank among the most prized wines in the world. Giacosa's cru Barbarescos Asili or Santa Stefano or the estate's Barolo Le Rocche Falletto Riserva justifiably command high price tags. 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 spumante that adds festivity to any occasion.
November 22, 2016
Seductive Under $60 Il Poggione Brunello, Antinori’s Gran Selezione, and Ripe Giacosa Barolo!
November 21, 2016
Under $25 Food-Friendly De Conciliis! Aleatico from Antinori! And Latour-Giraud Meursault!
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 new release from this historic estate, the concentrated, brooding and altogether excellent 2012 Brunello di Montalcino.
Founded in 1996 by three siblings, Bruno De Conciliis capitalizes on southern exposure and ancient soils in the ripe climate of the Cilento zone of Campania to produce full-bodied, fruit-driven wines that are approachable, age-worthy, or affordable--or all three. De Conciliis' best known wines are its Aglianico bottlings, but the estate also produces outstanding wines from Fiano, Campania's most significant white grape. And IWM portfolio managers and our clients love the estate's spumante, Selim, a delightful and complex sparkler.
November 17, 2016
Historic Vintage Barolos from Giacomo Conterno and Giuseppe Mascarello! And Jaboulet Hermitage!
November 16, 2016
Veneto Values from Begali, Italy’s Answer to Vintage Champagne, and Fèvre Chablis Sale!
Some wines invoke the earth the vines grew in, the rain that fell, the sun that shone, and all of nature, great and small. Other wines are made of memories, the hands of the men and women who made them, those long, lingering shadows of the humans who touched them and shaped them into being. Still others seem to exist in another realm altogether--these are the wines that change lives with a sip. Giacomo Conterno Barolo Monfortino Riserva is one of the few wines that does all of that--and more. Today, we're very proud to present Giacomo Conterno 1943 Barolo Monfortino Riserva, a historic wine that is an indisputable jewel in any collector's cellar.
Begali is the story of a small family pursuing their passion--and creating a cult sensation. The estate was born at the end of WWII when Giordano Begali began pursuing his passion for grapes, though the estate didn't start marketing its wines until 1986. Begali remains in the family, currently helmed by Giordano's son Lorenzo and his wife, Adriana, and their children, Giordano and Tiliana. Producing wines from its 19-acre vineyard in Ca'Bianca near Verona and Lake Garda, Begali crafts a scant 6,000 bottles annually because this committed winemaking family bottles only its best grapes, selling the rest to merchants.
November 15, 2016
Our “Biggest” Gaja Sale! Vintage Piancornello Brunello! And Louis Jadot Grands Échézeaux!
November 14, 2016
Chionetti’s Stellar Cru Dolcettos, Magnums of Lush Gravner “White,” and Collector Jean Grivot!
There is no one quite like Angelo Gaja. A trendsetter, Gaja's early innovations began with the 1961 vintage when he chose to bottle only estate-grown wines, reduce his crop size, shorten pruning of Nebbiolo vines, and decrease 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.
Its name translates to the "little sweet one," but Dolcetto is a deceptive little grape. Those who expect a sweet red wine from Dolcetto will likely be disappointed. Although its name suggests sweetness, it's the grape--not the wine--that is sweet. In fact, a common characteristic of Dolcetto is its satisfying slight bitterness, a result of fermentation of the fruit's high level of sugar, and its low acidity that emphasizes the sweetness in this dry wine. However tricky the name, there's no denying that Dolcetto is a Piemontese treasure, and IWM loves well-made versions of this everyday wine.
November 10, 2016
Must-Have Wines: Stellar 2012 Messorio, Feral 2014 François Gay, and Cult Sylvain Cathiard!
November 9, 2016
Sassicaia’s Standout Sibling, Guidalberto! Affordable Barbaresco! And Collector Ponsot!
Le Macchiole defines its self by focusing on terroir in its mono-varietal bottlings. While the estate's Syrah Scrio and its Cabernet Franc Paleo Rosso are beloved by enthusiasts and lauded by critics, Messorio, the estate's mono-varietal Merlot, stands as a towering testament to its Bolgheri terroir and the skill of its makers. Today, we're delighted to offer a new allocation of Le Macchiole 2012 Messorio. 2012 saw a return to classic weather in the Tuscan region of Bolgheri, and this vintage of Le Macchiole's cult Merlot is pure class. It's a stunning wine that will only get better with time.
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 close to Sassicaia, and even as Guidalberto holds to one of its defining ideals--namely, accessibility upon release--it has grown more refined, polished and elegant. Today, we're delighted to present the most recent release of this stellar "second" wine, the intense and caressing 2014 Guidalberto. While Sassicaia may have been inspired by Bordeaux blends, Guidalberto is often the preferred wine for many Bordeaux lovers, and this recent bottling will definitely inflame that passion.
November 8, 2016
$27 Guado al Tasso Red, Benchmark La Fornace Brunello and Vintage Benchmark Barbaresco!
November 7, 2016
Affordable Barolo Duo! Under $60 Benchmark Brunello! And Collector Georges Roumier!
It's one of IWM's fastest selling Italian wines, and it's often the first choice in Antinori wine for those in the know. While people love Guado al Tasso's silkiness, its succulent palate and sophisticated style, these fans don't know that the flagship wine isn't the beginning and the end of Antinori's famed Maremma estate. Antinori's Guado al Tasso crafts a perfect complement to its flagship in its stellar entry-level wine Il Bruciato. Absolutely delicious and under $30 a bottle, Il Bruciato acts as a calling card for the Guado al Tasso estate; it's the Bolgheri Super Tuscan you'll want to enjoy every night of the week.
It's rare to find a Barolo that you can drink in its youth, that has the stuffing to sit in the cellar for years, and that's priced at under $80 a bottle. This combination is, in many ways, the unicorn of Italian winemaking--something so improbable as to be mythic. Today, IWM is proud to present a pair of 2009 Barolos that fit this improbable paradigm: Renzo Seghesio 2009 Barolo and Scarzello 2009 Barolo. Both traditional cuvée wines, these two Barolos come from very small family-owned-and-operated estates. Together, they are exactly what your palate is calling for on these chilly autumn nights.
November 3, 2016
Cerbaiona’s Super-Tuscan Surprise! Vintage Bodegas Muga Rioja! And Vintage Giacosa!
November 2, 2016
Antinori’s Must-Have Chardonnay Release, Vintage Mastroberardino, and Faiveley Chambolle-Musigny!
A former Alitalia pilot, Cerbaiona's Diego Molinari chose neighbor Franco Biondi-Santi as his role model when he founded his seven-acre estate in the '70s, using vine clippings from Biondi-Santi's vineyards and adopting the master's traditional methods to craft a concentrated, mineral-laden wine. Diego believes in honest wines of terroir and letting the grapes speak for themselves; the grapes are picked, selected, and aged for years in large botti in order to create structured, deeply nuanced, terroir-driven wines.
Umbria is not usually at the top of the list when you're talking Italian wines. For that matter, Italian Chardonnay generally doesn't make the wine world sit up and take notice--unless you're talking about Angelo Gaja's Gaia & Rey and a few other cult wines. It would be natural to feel suspicious that an Umbrian Chardonnay is one of Italy's great wines, but when we reveal that it's Antinori's wine, carefully crafted by Umbrian native son Renzo Cotarella, and that the wine is Castello della Sala Cervaro della Sala, it all begins to make sense.
November 1, 2016
“Truly Epic” 2013 Fontodi Flaccianello, Vintage Tignanello, and Paolo Bea Dessert Wine
October 31, 2016
Under $70 Barbaresco Magnums! Antinori’s Stellar Pinot Nero, and Vega-Sicilia Flash Sale!
Much has been made about the new 2013 Tuscan releases, and for excellent reasons. Cool, temperate, sunny and lingering, 2013 saw a return to classic Tuscan weather, and it therefore gave Tuscan winemakers ideal conditions to craft superstar wines. No broad-shouldered fruit bombs, these '13 Tuscan wines reward wine-lovers who appreciate grace, structure, transparency and complexity. Today, we're very proud to present one of our favorite mono-varietal Sangiovese Super Tuscans from one of our favorite organic winemakers, Fontodi, the estate's outrageous 2013 Flaccianello.
It's one of those times when we have to be straightforward: it's hard to find a better value than $70 for magnum bottles of traditionally crafted, beautiful Barbaresco. In fact, it's hard to find a wine better than this at two or three times the price! Today, we're very pleased to announce the release of the 2012 Barbaresco from Produttori del Barbaresco, and it is extraordinary. This wine will fly out of our cellars before it arrives--make no mistake: this traditional cuvée Barbaresco is a wine to secure by the half-case or more.
October 27, 2016
Brovia’s Under $50 Barolo! Cupano’s Big Red! And Tua Rita’s Cult Merlot!
October 26, 2016
Five Vintage Biondi-Santi Brunelli, Rich 2009 Grattamacco, and Must-Have Arnoux-Lachaux!
Today, we're delighted to present Brovia 2012 Barolo, a caressing but vibrant Barolo that will entice new enthusiasts and satisfy experienced palates. Stylistically, Brovia straddles traditional and modern winemaking, striving to make wines that speak of Piemonte's history while allowing for accessibility. Known for its terroir-expressive work, Brovia crafts terrific interpretations of some of Piemonte's most renowned sites, and the estate's '12 Barolo blends together the fruits of these vineyards to make a remarkably balanced and seductive wine.
Aromatic, elegant and remarkable, Biondi-Santi's Brunelli Riserva are best known for their incredible ability to age--even a 100-year-old Brunello Riserva from Biondi-Santi shows remarkably well. You can attribute Biondi-Santi Brunello's trademark aromatics, longevity and acidity to the vineyard's altitude that ranges between 1,300-1,600 feet above sea level, the estate's exacting vinification regimen, or its perfectly maintained bottles, but that would be shortsighted. Biondi-Santi's Il Greppo estate is the birthplace of Brunello, and its wines hold an undisputed magic that defies any easy explanation.
October 25, 2016
Five-Vintage Cupano Brunello Retrospective! And Sassicaia in Patagonia!
October 24, 2016
New 2008 Barolo Granbussia Release, Classic Poggio di Sotto, and Bryant Family Duo!
Sometimes it's hard to believe the hype, but Cupano's wines do more than make you believe the hype; they make you come up with new superlatives. Montalcino, home of Brunello, is a beautiful place, but it's hard to find an estate that's more romantic than Cupano, one Montalcino's rare certified organic estates. Housed in an ancient stone villa, Cupano sits alone on a rolling plain at the far edges of Montalcino. Off in the distance is the Banfi castle; to the left, the medieval hilltop town of Camigliano--and that's it.
Poderi Aldo Conterno crafts many collector wines, but the most important is its Barolo Granbussia Riserva. The estate crafts this legendary Barolo Riserva only in worthy vintages, and the years that Aldo Conterno chooses to make its Barolo Granbussia are special ones. Aficionados of the wine love it for its boldness, its age-worthiness, and the way its heady aromas of roses, earth, and herbs are buoyed by its palate of sour cherries, tar, minerals, and smoke. Most of all, this wine's fans appreciate it for transmitting that elusive Piemonte magic that is intrinsic to serious Barolos.
October 20, 2016
New Aldo Conterno Barolo Releases! Franciacorta Splits! Collector Comte Georges de Vogüé!
October 19, 2016
Biondi-Santi Brunello Trio, Aldo Conterno Chardonnay, and Under $50 Barbaresco
Aldo Conterno was known as the "King of Barolo" in Italy, and upon his passing in May 2012, the wine world lost not only a pioneer and a visionary but also a man of great dignity and grace. Fortunately, Aldo trained his three sons in his footsteps so that his eponymous estate will not merely perpetuate but flourish, as befits Aldo's legacy. Today, IWM is proud to present a trio of Poderi Aldo Conterno's new Barolo releases: the 2012 Barolo Cicala, Barolo Colonnello, and Barolo Romirasco, all at very enticing pricing.
Established in 1880, Biondi-Santi Il Greppo created Brunello. Founder Clemente Santi launched his family's name in the wine business, and in the late nineteenth century, his son Ferruccio took a clone of the Sangiovese grape known as Sangiovese Grosso and produced the first Brunello. Ferruccio's grandson Tancredi Biondi-Santi made the wine famous, officially classifying it as Brunello, 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.
October 18, 2016
Cerbaiona 2011 Brunello Returns! Vintage Quintarelli Amarone, and Classic Chablis from Christian Moreau
October 17, 2016
Terrific Artisanal Valle d’Aosta White! Biondi-Santi Brunello! And Our Signature Prosecco!
Yesterday, we offered the velvety 2011 Brunello from Biondi-Santi; today, we're following up that offer with the brooding, opulent 2011 bottling from Cerbaiona, Biondi-Santi's neighbor. For decades, Cerbaiona has been among the standard-bearers of great traditionally made Brunello di Montalcino. Like Soldera, Poggio di Sotto, and Salvioni, Cerbaiona makes traditionally styled Brunellos that reward enthusiasts with consistent excellence and longevity.
Perched in the Italian Alps in Valle d'Aosta, the vineyards of Ermes Pavese are among the highest in all of Europe. Located just minutes away from the summit of Mont Blanc in Morgex near Italy's border, Pavese founded his estate with only five acres of vineyards in 1999 (it has since grown to almost 7.5 acres), and he devotes himself to a single grape varietal: Privé Blanc. Today, we're delighted to present Ermes Pavese 2014 Blanc de Morgex et de La Salle, the most recent release of Pavese's extraordinary entry-level wine.
October 13, 2016
Six Paolo Bea Recent Releases! Vintage Viberti Barolo! And Must-Have Jadot Corton-Charlemagne!
October 12, 2016
New 2013 Masseto Release! Artisanal $27 White! And Louis Jadot Grands Echézeaux!
Today, we're very proud to present six recent releases from Umbria's Paolo Bea, a standard bearer in Italy's natural wine movement and a signature producer here at IWM. You'll find two of Bea's Sagrantino wines, 2009 Sagrantino di Montefalco Secco Pagliaro and 2009 Sagrantino di Montefalco Passito; two "orange" or skin-contact white wines, 2010 Arboreus Umbria Bianco and the newly released 2014 Santa Chiara; and two red wine blends, 2009 Montefalco Riserva Pipparello and 2010 Umbria Rosso Vigna San Valentino, all presented at very competitive pricing.
Over the last couple of decades, Toscana has emerged as a bastion of high caliber Merlot. At the top of the list sits Masseto, the cru Merlot coming from the 16-acre plot bearing the same name. Crafted by the team at Tenuta dell'Ornellaia, Masseto is a wine so great that it compelled its makers to give it its own home, website, and cellar, a testament to the Italian Merlot that challenges the best of Pomerol. Today, IWM is proud to announce the release of the 2013 vintage of Masseto, a wine that is already garnering tremendous response, months before its arrival to the States.
October 11, 2016
André Clouet Celebrates with Style! Radikon’s Game-Changing 2000 Merlot, and Collector Lamarche!
October 6, 2016
New Quintarelli 2008 Release! Guidalberto Splits! And Benchmark Collemattoni Brunello!
IWM loves Andre 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.
The late, great Giuseppe Quintarelli stands as the Veneto's most significant producer, renowned for his legendary, cellar-worthy Amarone, Recioto, and Alzero. Now four years after his passing, wines that were touched Quintarelli's hands are increasingly hard to find, making this offering all the more special. Today, we're delighted to present the estate's 2008 Rosso Ca' del Merlo, an IGT wine that embodies the meticulous, patient approach that made Giuseppe the "Master of the Veneto." Only being released now, a full eight years after the vintage, this '08 Ca' del Merlo is a fitting testament to the iconoclastic patriarch of the Quintarelli estate.
October 5, 2016
Ornellaia’s Flagship Wine Triumphs in 2013, Delicious $22 Dessert Wine, and Majestic Meursault
October 4, 2016
The Prince’s Singular White, Cult Collector Barbera, and Sappy Nuits-Saint-Georges!
If you're a fan of wines that transmit their terroir with transparency, wines that privilege structure and finesse over extraction and power, or wines that balance their elegance with fleshiness, today's Spotlight wine hits all your sweet spots. Tenuta dell'Ornellaia 2013 Ornellaia is an exquisite bottle that will remind you Super-Tuscan fans what made you fall in love with Ornellaia, and it'll pull you back to the glass with every sip. Winemaker Axl Heinz gave the 2013 Ornellaia the name "L'Eleganza," or the elegance, because of its classic, balanced and sophisticated palate.
To have sampled the wines of the fabled Fiorano estate would put you in the elite few, for these nearly impossible-to-get wines are the product of a dedicated and passionate prince whose avant-garde approach was way ahead of its time. After tearing up his vineyards to ensure his unadulterated legacy, Alberico Boncompagni Ludovisi, the Prince of Venosa, passed his private cellar to the iconoclastic Italian wine critic Luigi Veronelli, who left a portion to IWM's Sergio Esposito--a true honor. Today, we're delighted to spotlight Fiorano 1992 No. 26 Bianco, a remarkable mature mono-varietal Malvasia bottling.
October 3, 2016
Under $70 Artisanal Scarzello Barolo, Poggio di Sotto “Baby Brunello,” and Domaine Lamarche
September 29, 2016
Soldera Retrospective, 1978-1996, Gravner’s “Holy Grail,” and Stellar Faiveley Corton-Charlemagne
It's rare that IWM finds a Barolo in the $70 range that we can stand behind, but when we do, we like to ensure that our clients know about it. Scarzello makes Baroli that our portfolio managers love to pour at tastings, especially the classic 2008 Barolo, a product of a long, cool growing season; our clients love the surprise of this wine, and we love this energetic wine's authentic Barolo experience, its lovely balance, its Piemonte terroir--and its unquestionable value. Today, we're delighted to present the estate's 2008 Barolo, an artful blending of Scarzello's prime vineyards; even better, we're offering it at very competitive pricing.
Even before the 2012 act of vandalism that decimated more than six years of winemaking, Gianfranco Soldera held the distinction of being IWM's most talked about producer. His perfection in the vineyard and cellar makes him one of Italy's greatest producers, and his iconoclasm makes him one of the most controversial. Whether because of his iconoclasm or in spite of it, Soldera's wines sit among Italy's most revered wines as well as some of IWM's fastest-selling collector wines. A Soldera Brunello is a work of art; it's a wine that offers unparalleled purity, finesse and elegance.
September 28, 2016
New Vega-Sicilia Único Release! Vintage Noëllat Vosne-Romanée, and We Love the 2011 Brunello
September 27, 2016
New 2013 Grattamacco Release! Rare Pérez Barquero! And All of Chambolle-Musigny!
There are great wines, and then there are wines of great mystique, great tradition and great myth. The wines of Vega-Sicilia--arguably the most collectable and most historical estate in Spain's Ribera del Duero--hold all of these elusive traits and they do it with élan. Today, we're delighted to present a new release of Vega-Sicilia Único, the 2008. A wine of terrific energy and exquisite finesse, this '08 Único illustrates how great winemakers can wrest astounding beauty from challenging years. Ravaged by a severe frost just before harvest, Vega-Sicilia rescued its grapes with anti-frost burners. The result is a very low production, atypical, and altogether remarkable Único bottling.
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, the estate makes these deeply finessed, profoundly enjoyable wines, and they do it by working hard, playing with their wines' formulas, inventing technologies, and making the best Super Tuscans you've not heard enough about.
September 26, 2016
Le Macchiole ’11 Messorio Returns, Baricci “Baby Brunello” Arrives, and Delicious Latour-Giraud
September 22, 2016
Vintage Power: 1997 Brunello Riserva, 2001 Franciacorta, and Glorious 1980s Wines
Merlot is unquestionably one of the world's most grown and most beloved grapes--and for good reason. Its velvety mouth-feel and concentration of fruit that's tempered with elegance and balance makes Merlot instantly recognizable. However, Merlot is also a grape that very much expresses terroir, and Bolgheri's terroir is responsible for some of the world's most beloved Merlot expressions. Today, we're delighted to bring back a recent IWM client favorite Merlot from one of our signature Bolgheri producers, Le Macchiole 2011 Messorio.
Put into historical perspective, 1997 shone as something very special. It had an unusual, magical growing season, one that began with naturally reduced yields and ended with a hot harvest that delivered super-concentrated, almost dehydrated berries. The result was that critic after critic gave one Italian wine after another impossibly high scores in the press, and, quite rightfully, people enjoyed drinking them. What's not to love about a well-made, rich wine?
September 21, 2016
Big Bottles for Big Wines: Gaja Cru Brunello, Vintage Dal Forno Amarone and Ponsot Monopole!
September 20, 2016
New 2010 Brunello Riserva Release, Vintage Tignanello, and Fall for Blush Wines
Angelo Gaja has always been a restless soul. While most wine-lovers come to know Gaja in the context of his game-changing Barbaresco, Barolo and other Piemonte bottlings, in 1994 Gaja entered into a partnership with vineyard owner Roberto Bellini to rebuild Toscana's Pieve di Santa Restituta (the original estate neighbors the famed Case Basse di Gianfranco Soldera). Bellini stayed through the '95 vintage; afterward, Gaja assumed full creative control of the estate, and it has been on an upward trajectory ever since.
Today, we're delighted to present the San Polo 2010 Brunello Riserva. Intense and full-bodied, this wine strides the line between the concentration and sappiness that you see in "modern" Brunellos and the terroir-driven verve and structure that typify traditional bottles, making it perfect for both Brunello newbies and those who already know and love the wine. Brooding and complex, this Brunello Riserva explodes with the Montalcino aromatics of a classic Brunello, and, best of all, we're presenting it at the BEST PRICE in the States.
September 19, 2016
The Delicious ’08 Guado al Tasso Returns! 2006 Guidalberto Mags! And Lignier-Michelot Sale!
September 15, 2016
Giacosa Retrospective, Le Mortelle Value White, and Antinori Brunello Trio!
You asked, and we brought it back: 2008 Guado Al Tasso Bolgheri Superiore. This flagship bottling from the Antinori family's Bolgheri estate is consistently excellent, but it reached greater heights in 2008. Antinori's Guado al Tasso never stands still, never rests, and never stops changing--and with each new vintage, it somehow manages to surpass itself. Rare is the wine that makes critics and connoisseurs stop to say, "This is the best vintage yet," but Guado al Tasso manages to do that almost every new release. This '08 bottling, now with almost a decade of maturity, is simply breathtaking.
This past Monday, we were delighted to present Bruno Giacosa's extraordinary 2012 Barbaresco Asili, a favorite of both IWM and our clients. Today, we're proud to end the week with a retrospective of this iconic producer. We've curated a list of 25 of Giacosa's wines, selecting not only Giacosa's iconic "red label" riserva Barolo and Barbaresco, but also his "white label" bottlings, and even his affordable Dolcetto. This big, beautiful roster of Giacosa wines spans vintages from 1967 to 2012, and it offers wines in standard bottles, magnums, and double magnums.
September 14, 2016
New Poggio di Sotto Brunello Riserva! Your New Go-To White! And Vintage Mastroberardino!
September 13, 2016
Delicious Salvioni Recent Release Duo! Feral François Gay! And Syrah Sale!
Next to Gianfranco Soldera, Poggio di Sotto makes the fastest selling collector Brunello at IWM; both estates capture a Burgundian side to Montalcino and both showcase the elegance of Sangiovese Grosso, along with its underlying power. Today, we're delighted to present a new release from the iconic Poggio di Sotto estate, the benchmark 2010 Brunello di Montalcino Riserva. IWM has long claimed that Poggio di Sotto's Brunellos are a league apart, and that claim is rarely more true than in this '10 Brunello Riserva.
It's time to get very, very excited. Fall isn't just about New York Fashion Week, back to school and NBA announcements. It's also about the arrival of new wine releases, and today, we're delighted to announce the imminent arrival of a pair of Salvioni Cerbaiola wines, Salvioni Cerbaiola 2011 Brunello di Montalcino and 2014 Rosso di Montalcino. Both of these wines show how an excellent winemaker can make terrific wines from challenging vintages. Indeed, each of these wines reflects its vintage with exceptional grace and transparency, and together, this duo gives Sangiovese Grosso enthusiasts a lot to celebrate.
September 12, 2016
Return of IWM Favorite Giacosa Barbaresco, Great Fiorano White, and William Fèvre Sale!
September 8, 2016
Guidalberto, Sassicaia's Stellar Sibling! Vintage Brunellos from Piancornello and Soldera!
While Bruno Giacosa's much-lauded Santo Stefano is his signature Barbaresco, his Asili is his personal favorite, and the 2012 embodies why. It's intense, dense and concentrated, and it shows the beauty that comes from putting the love that Giacosa has for his Barbaresco Asili with his magical ability with warm vintages. The '12 Giacosa Barbaresco Asili was an immediate hit when we first announced its release last year, and client demand has been so great that we just had to acquire more.
Guidalberto is the second wine of Sassicaia's maker Tenuta San Guido, and as you'd expect from the estate that ignited the Super-Tuscan revolution with its superstar Sassicaia, it's an IWM client favorite, vintage after vintage. Originally a blend of equal parts Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot with a kiss of Sangiovese, Guidalberto began its evolution with the 2005 vintage, and by the following year, it achieved the proportions it has kept to this day: a 60/40 Cabernet Sauvignon-Merlot blend.
September 7, 2016
Lush, Under $60 Brunello! Historic Montevertine! And Must-Have Champagne!
September 6, 2016
Three Great Wines to Fall For! Le Serre Nuove, Biondi-Santi Brunello and Salicerchi!
The 2011 vintage of Brunello offers remarkable lushness, approachability and texture. It's a compelling contrast to the structured, stellar 2010 releases, and unlike that benchmark vintage, the ripe 2011 vintage allows for very early drinking. Today, we're delighted to present a new allocation of 2011 Gianni Brunelli Brunello di Montalcino. It's always exciting to find a stellar Brunello, but Gianni Brunelli's is biodynamically grown, traditionally made, and under $60, making it a sheer delight.
It's fairly customary for a flagship wine to be remarkable. We expect the first wines of estates to be great--flagships are, after all, the wines that build producers' reputations. 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 a new allocation of 2013 Le Serre Nuove, Ornellaia's second wine and a bottle that would be a flagship were it to come from any other estate.
August 31, 2016
Under $65 Aldo Conterno New Releases! Old-Vine Bidault Burgundy and "Perfect" Châteauneuf-du-Pape
August 30, 2016
Is Fiano Your New Go-To White? Antinori's Cru Barbara, and Vintage Soldera!
Today, I'm very proud to present a trio of new Aldo Conterno releases, 2013 Langhe Rosso, Conca Tre Pile Barbera d'Alba, and Langhe Nebbiolo Il Favot. Each of these wines embodies the attention to detail that distinguish the wines of Poderi Aldo Conterno, and each of these wines is affordable--prices range between $30 and $65!
Along with this great southern transitional white, I'm very proud to feature two more wines that are made from grapes indigenous to Italy: Antinori's Prunotto 2013 Pian Romualdo Barbera d'Alba and Soldera's 1992 Intistieti. The first is obviously Barbera, the "People's Grape," which Barolo producers have grown alongside their Nebbiolo and poured at their tables for generations; the second is Sangiovese Grosso, and it's a declassified Brunello and a wine that could only come from Gianfranco Soldera.
August 29, 2016
Stellar $65 Brunello from Antinori! The Prince's Singular Sémillon! And Outrageous Corton-Charlemagne!
August 25, 2016
New 2014 Latour-Giraud Meursault! Historic Cru Barbera! Benchmark Valdicava Magnums!
Today, I've chosen three beautiful wines that will help you make the most out of the last of summertime-and usher you wonderfully into fall: Antinori's benchmark 2010 Brunello from the family's Pian delle Vigne estate in Montalcino, one very special vintage Sémillon from Fiorano, and magnums of outrageously good Bonneau du Martray 2009 Corton-Charlemagne.
Today, we're delighted to announce the release of five Domaine Latour-Giraud Meursaults from the intensely concentrated, very low production year of 2014--and to sweeten the offer, we're also presenting the domaine's Bourgogne Blanc, a stellar entry-level white Burgundy made of declassified Meursault fruit. Best of all, we're presenting these wines--the '14 Bourgogne Blanc, Meursault Cuvée Charles Maxime, Meursault Les Narvaux, Meursault Genevrières, Meursault Charmes, and Meursault Perrières--at very competitive pricing.
August 24, 2016
Poggio Scalette’s Way with Sangiovese, the Prince’s Sémillon, and Vintage Sassicaia
August 23, 2016
Back By IWM Client Demand: Benchmark Antinori Brunello and Pinot Nero, and Jean Grivot Échézeaux
Sangiovese is Italy's most cultivated grape. Like a spy, this grape goes by many names: Sangiovese Grosso, Montepulciano, Prugnolo Gentile, Sangioveto, Scansano, and Morellino, to name a few. Just as Sangiovese has many names, it also has many clones--Sangiovese Grosso, the grape you love for its Brunello, is one, but the most widespread is Sangiovese Piccolo, the grape responsible for most Chianti Classicos. Growing in tight bunches, Sangiovese requires a very long season to ripen with warm, sunny days that extend into mid-to-late October, so hills with southern exposure do it well; it also prefers soil with generous limestone.
IWM loves Antinori. This aristocratic family boasts more than 600 years of winemaking, the creation of Super-Tuscan greats Tignanello and Solaia, and more than twenty wineries located in six countries--and it shows no sign of slowing down. Pian delle Vigne, purchased by Antinori in 1995, shows how the Antinori excellence in Tuscany extends beyond the borders of Chianti Classico and Bolgheri and into the center of Montalcino. Today, we're delighted to spotlight the benchmark 2010 Brunello from Pian delle Vigne.
August 22, 2016
Two Great Everyday Wines from Antinori and One Stellar Dal Forno Amarone!
August 18, 2016
Racy Quintarelli Valpolicella Returns! Vintage Lafite-Rothschild! And Comte Georges de Vogüé!
Guado al Tasso, Piero Antinori's flagship wine from his eponymous Maremma estate, consistently stands as one of IWM's fastest selling Super Tuscans. It's often the first choice in Antinori wine for those in the know, and its fans eagerly await each new release. IWM clients love Guado al Tasso for its silky tannins, succulent fruits, subtle earth and sophisticated style, and this profile sets the template for the estate's stellar entry-level wine Il Bruciato. Absolutely delicious and under $30 a bottle.
Giuseppe Quintarelli was the Veneto's most significant producer, renowned for his myth-making and cellar-worthy Amarone, Recioto, and Alzero. Since Quintarelli's passing in 2012, the estate that bears his name has been ably run by his children, whom Quintarelli trained at his knee, as his father had trained him. Today, we're delighted to present a new allocation of the '08 Quintarelli Valpolicella Superiore, a wine that would rightly be called a "baby Amarone." Quintarelli's Valpolicella isn't merely an extraordinary, game-changing wine; it's also an opportunity to experience the world-famous Quintarelli magic at a fraction of the price of the estate's Amarone.
August 17, 2016
New Under $60 Montevertine Releases! Vintage Cult Barbera and Bartolo Mascarello Barolo!
August 16, 2016
"Classic" 2012 Solaia Returns! Vintage Cult Cru Barbera! And Last of the Giacosa Santa Stefano?
An age-worthy wine of dizzying complexity and astonishing grace, Le Pergole Torte has, since its inaugural vintage in 1977, redefined wine-lovers' expectations of Tuscany's most emblematic grape. You'd expect Le Pergole Torte to command a high price, and you'd be right. But Montevertine's winemaking prowess doesn't begin and end with its most famous, most expensive wine. The family-owned-and-operated estate crafts two more reds, the flagship Montevertine Rosso and the entry-level Pian del Ciampolo, both stellar Sangiovese wines.
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. Today's Solaia is a blend of 75% Cabernet Sauvignon with 20% Sangiovese, and the remainder Cabernet Franc, making it essentially the mirror image of Tignanello.
August 15, 2016
Cult Valdicava “Baby Brunello,” Antinori’s Dessert Sensation, and Ferragosto Whites Sale!
August 11, 2016
Return of Classic 2012 Messorio, Vintage Aldo Conterno Barolo, and Your New Go-To Red!
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.
Le Macchiole defines itself by focusing on terroir in its mono-varietal bottlings. While the estate's Syrah Scrio and its Cabernet Franc Paleo Rosso are beloved by enthusiasts and lauded by critics, Messorio, the estate's mono-varietal Merlot, stands as a towering testament to its Bolgheri terroir and the skill of its makers. Today, we're delighted to offer a new allocation of Le Macchiole 2012 Messorio. 2012 saw a return to classic weather in the Tuscan region of Bolgheri, and this vintage of Le Macchiole's cult Merlot is pure class.
August 10, 2016
Two Sassicaia Siblings to Enjoy Everyday! Vintage Mastroberardino! And $40 Benchmark Brunello!
August 9, 2016
Return of Triumphant Sandrone Barolo! And Stellar Vintage Soldera and Sassicaia!
Tenuta San Guido changed the face of Italian wine--and arguable the landscape of international wine--with its creation of Super-Tuscan giant Sassicaia in 1968. However, the estate didn't rest on its game-changing flagship wine. It created two more wines along Sassicaia's aristocratic lines: Guidalberto, the estate's "second" wine, and Le Difese, the exceptional entry-level wine. Today, we're delighted to spotlight the 2014 vintage of these Sassicaia siblings. 2014 was a challenging year in Toscana, but these Tenuta San Guido wines illustrate how great winemakers can find the silver linings in the clouds.
For the past twenty years, the highly sought-after Barolos of Luciano Sandrone have sat among the elite wines of Piemonte. A master winemaker with holdings in some of the most legendary plots in Barolo, including Cannubi Boschis, Sandrone's wines are client favorites at IWM, and that is as it should be. While this winemaker has a reputation for being a modernist, Sandrone is more of an iconoclast, crafting wines that stride the line between traditional and modern. Today, we're delighted to present new allocations of Sandrone's 2011 Barolo Le Vigne, a cuvée bottling that in this vintage wraps the palate with a velvety, satisfying feel.
August 8, 2016
International Wines: Spain, Italy and France for the Win!
August 4, 2016
New Release of Gaja’s Barbaresco Trio! 2006 Gaja Barbaresco Mags! And Rosé Wine Sale!
Spain's Vega-Sicilia Único is in a class almost by itself--though its sibling Único Reserva Especial is a contender. Long before there was ever a Super Tuscan, Vega-Sicilia was using a similar concept to craft wines in the Ribera del Duero countryside. Beginning in 1864, the estate placed Spain's indigenous Tempranillo in a Bordeaux-influenced blend, and in 1915, it released its iconic Único Reserva, making history. These wines have since become Spain's most collected, most prized wines--going back generations when the wine was reserved exclusively for royalty. IWM is pleased to present a new allocation of the Vega-Sicilia Único.
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; and the 1975 vintage marked his inaugural use of small French oak barrels. Gaja's restless work to market his wines to the world's elite was groundbreaking and very successful.
August 3, 2016
IWM Client Favorite Brunello Riserva, Vintage Biondi-Santi, and Old-Vine Pousse d'Or!
August 2, 2016
New 2014 Redigaffi Release! And Large Format Guidalberto and Domaine Ponsot!
Last week, we were delighted to bring you a new allocation of Livio Sassetti Pertimali's extraordinary 2011 Brunello, and today, we're following up that offer with the estate's Brunello Riserva from the benchmark 2010 vintage. With more complexity, more intensity, more structure, and more of those brooding notes that make Livio Sassetti's wines so special, this '10 Brunello Riserva ups the ante. It's a towering wine in an exceptional vintage made by an artisanal producer, and Brunello enthusiasts are going to love it.
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 was very hospitable for Bordeaux varieties like Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot. 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. These days, Tua Rita's wines are cult favorites, and fans eagerly await each new vintage of the estate's Merlot Redigaffi.
August 1, 2016
Must-Have 2013 Ornellaia, the Prince’s Fairytale Sémillon, and Great Fèvre 2009 Chablis
July 28, 2016
Almost “Perfect” Sugarille Brunello Returns! And Vintage Gaja & Rey and Barolo Monfortino!
Today, we're proud to shine a spotlight on Tenuta dell'Ornellaia 2013 Ornellaia, one of the best iterations of Ornellaia's flagship wine that we've ever seen. 2013 was an atypical growing season for Bolgheri's Tenuta dell'Ornellaia. A rainy, mild winter brought a delayed yet extended bud break during the cold, rainy spring, but summer was dry, sunny and, according to the estate, "perfect." Harvest was slightly later than average, but its warm, temperate weather gave the grapes a long hang time, allowing them to ripen fully yet retain acidity. This 2013 Ornellaia is a terrific bottling, and it's enjoyable right upon release.
Today, we're delighted to bring back a wine that stuns us every time we open a bottle, Gaja Pieve Santa Restituta 2010 Brunello di Montalcino Sugarille. Angelo Gaja's Brunello Sugarille has earned a reputation of a being powerful, structured and aromatic wine with appealing notes of violets, frutti di bosco, spices and tobacco. In 2010, however, this wine is so much more than approachable: it's a benchmark bottling! IWM doesn't put a lot of stock in critics' reviews of Italian wines, but they definitely got it right with their high marks on this '10 Brunello Sugarille from the iconoclastic Angelo Gaja.
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