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April 26, 2018
IWM’s Super Singles Flash Sale--180 Wines at Special Pricing!
April 25, 2018
Benchmark $70 Antinori Brunello! Classy Seghesio ’12 Barolo! And Unique Alpine Nebbiolo!
Searching our temperature-controlled cellars for in-stock single bottles of wine, we've amassed a list of sumptuous Amarone, superb Super Tuscans, beautiful Brunello, and elegant Barolo, as well as Burgundy, Rioja, Bordeaux, Champagne and more. In addition to Italian and French wine, you'll find wines from Austria, New Zealand, and California, and there are bottles of rosé, sparkling, and dessert wines, as well as vintage wines and new releases. The more you buy, the more you save--get 8% off a single bottle and 15% off a case or more; mix, match, and make mates of your favorites.
IWM can't help being excited about the newly released 2013 Brunello di Montalcino bottlings. For one thing, the vintage is kind of a sleeper--even though the wines have been on the market for only a few months. The Brunello Consortium awarded 2013 only four out of five stars, but the quality we've seen has been so high that we'd call it a benchmark. For another, while the 2013 growing season challenged many of Montalcino's vine-growers, it's a vintage when microclimate plays a huge part. This emphasis on microclimate means that some producers had outstanding years.
April 24, 2018
New Chavy-Chouet 2016 Debuts! Le Pergole Torte Vintage Dozen! And Antinori's Aglicanico!
April 23, 2018
Big Reds, Natural Wines from Umbrian Paolo Bea
Rugged and jaunty, sixth-generation winemaker Hubert Chavy-Chouet has deep roots in Meursault. After selling his grapes for decades, Hubert decided he could do better, and since the '90s he has devoted himself to making exceptionally pure, unadulterated wines that we love to pour for our Burgundy lovers. Hubert turned over the running of the estate to his son Romaric in 2010, who has not merely ensured the domaine's dynasty of saturated, detailed wines but has raised the quality every year. Sitting on almost thirty acres comprising 70 parcels and spanning 15 appellations in Meursault, Puligny-Montrachet, Saint-Aubin, Volnay and Pommard, Domaine Chavy-Chouet flies under the radar, but that makes it all the more special.
It's time to praise Sagrantino, the defining grape of Umbria. Sagrantino holds the distinction of being Italy's most tannic grape, thus one of the most tannic grapes in the world. Sagrantino is also the grape with the highest quantity of phenolic compounds, the several hundred chemical compounds that occur in wine that give wine its taste, color and even its mouth-feel. What this combination of qualities means is that Sagrantino offers almost unparalleled aging possibilities, terrific power and complexity, and a texture that's otherworldly.
April 19, 2018
Gaja’s Lush ’11 Sorì San Lorenzo, Mastroberardino Trio, and Quintarelli’s “Baby Amarone”
April 18, 2018
Spring for Rosé Wines! $28 Benchmark Super Tuscan! And Vintage La Rioja Alta!
Angelo Gaja is a revolutionary, revelatory, and visionary figure in Italian wine, and for the last 50 years, he's made wine that's as thrilling as it is collectable. Bucking tradition, Angelo tinkered with the die-hard traditions of Piemonte. He planted international varietals, and he was one of the first in Piemonte to employ barriques, using both big wood botti and small wood vats to age his wines. He added Barbera to his Barolo and to his Barbaresco, and he made cru versions of both wines, which traditionally were cuvées, starting with Sorì San Lorenzo, in 1967, followed by Sorì Tildìn in 1970 and Costa Russi in 1978.
Rosé embodies the evanescent pleasure of spring, the most delicate, optimistic and renewing season. Like springtime flowers, rosé wines bloom in a dizzying array of pale pinks, fleshy salmons, bright cherries, and cheery melons. Like springtime's flowers, rosés aren't meant to sit in the dark cellar--they demand to be enjoyed now. And like springtime's blossoms, rosés appear everywhere, in a wide variety of styles, from soft and sweet to steely and bright. It's time to drink rosé, and we're delighted to present a baker's dozen of beautiful rosé wines from both France and Italy--and from both 2016 and 2017!
April 17, 2018
2013 Brunello Review--Wines from Nine Iconic Producers!
April 16, 2018
A Trio of Flagship 2015 Super Tuscans from Bolgheri's Best!
Yesterday, we were proud to present a review of the superb 2015 Bolgheri vintage with a trio of Super-Tuscan wines. Today, we're following up that offer with nine outstanding Brunello releases from the surprising, elegant and terroir-driven 2013 vintage! For a variety of climatic reasons, 2013 saw a growing year when Montalcino's microclimates reigned supreme, and this means that it's worthwhile to experience a bevy of Brunello wines. Today's offers pulls together wines from Canalicchio di Sopra, Cerbaiona, Fuligni, Gaja's Pieve Santa Restituta, Il Poggione, Antinori's Pian delle Vigne, and Valdicava--it's a sweeping Brunello panorama!
It's hard to imagine a more ideal environment for Bolgheri's Super-Tuscan wines than 2015. Starting with a rainy winter, 2015's temperate spring turned warm and dry in the summer, and just as it looked as if the grapes might grow too ripe, too dry and too raisined, the weather cooled. Harvest saw picture-perfect weather and a reduced yet very healthy bounty of fully ripe, balanced grapes. The upshot is that 2015 is one of the great Bolgheri vintages in recent memory--so we wanted to give our clients a shot at new allocations of the 2015 flagship wines from Grattamacco, Guado al Tasso, and Tenuta San Guido!
April 12, 2018
Drink-Me-Now Cerbaiona Brunello, Rinaldi Barbera, and Méo-Camuzet Clos de Vougeot!
April 11, 2018
Three Power-Packed Value Wines from Valdicava, Guado al Tasso and Vilmart & Cie!
Former Alitalia pilot Diego Molinari chose Franco Biondi-Santi as his role model when he founded his seven-acre Cerbiaona estate in the 1970s. He used vine clippings from Biondi-Santi's vineyards and adopted the master's traditional methods to craft concentrated, mineral-laden wines. Diego believed in honest wines of terroir and letting the grapes speak for themselves; under his guidance, the grapes were picked, selected, and aged in large botti, as opposed to the more fashionable barrique, in order to create structured, deeply nuanced, and traditional Brunello and Rosso di Montalcino.
Brunello is years in the making, an issue both for the people who make it and the people who love to drink it. Montalcino producers needed a "bridge" wine, a bottle that would serve as an affordable, approachable, early release to sell while their Brunello bottles aged; and enthusiasts wanted an approachable, immediate bottle to enjoy. In 1983, the Consorzio di Vino Brunello di Montalcino solved the problem by creating Rosso di Montalcino, a wine that producers could release just two years after harvest. Even more than giving Brunello lovers instant gratification, Rosso di Montalcino gives us insight into the Brunello vintage to come.
April 10, 2018
Ripe, Silky 2011 Biondi-Santi Brunello! Luminous Chianti Classico! And Selosse Champagne!
April 9, 2018
Brilliant White Wines from Sicily’s COS and Graci! Fairytale Il Poggione Brunello!
Established in 1880, Biondi-Santi's Il Greppo is the birthplace of Brunello di Montalcino, and in the late nineteenth century, Ferruccio Santi took a clone of the Sangiovese grape, known as Sangiovese Grosso, and made the first Brunello. Ferruccio's grandson Tancredi Biondi-Santi made the wine famous, officially classifying it as Brunello, and Tancredi's son Franco Biondi-Santi brought the estate to greater heights. The estate's winemaking now rests in the hands of Franco's children, Jacopo and Alessandra, ensuring the legacy created more than 130 years ago. Today, we're very pleased to bring back Biondi-Santi's welcoming, broad-shouldered 2011 Brunello--it's a wine to drink now and years from now.
From its very beginning, Sicilia's COS has embodied the best of Italy. For one thing, the estate, established in 1980, was started by three close friends--Giambattista Cilia, Giusto Occhipinti, and Pinuccia Strano--who each gave the first letters of their surname to form COS. An amicable cooperation between different entities that embraces Italian tradition even as it innovates, COS makes wines that are always amazing--pure, nuanced, vibrant and complex. Today, we're delighted to shine a spotlight on COS' vibrant 2015 Pithos Bianco, a delightful skin-contact white that offers breadth, complexity, and tension between its sweet fruits and savory minerality.
April 5, 2018
Debuting Two Brunello Releases from Antinori! And Acclaimed ’08 Único Returns!
April 4, 2018
Solaia Mini-Vertical Sampler Cases! Benchmark Cru Brunello Riserva! And $25 Ribera del Duero!
The makers behind the iconic Super Tuscans Tignanello, Solaia, and Guado al Tasso, the Antinori family can boast more than 600 years of winemaking, as well as estates across Italy and, indeed, all over the world. Antinori has made a reputation on crafting wines that seamlessly blend Italian tradition and terroir with international accessibility and sophistication, and for these reasons, it's not surprising that Antinori's Pian delle Vigne estate in Montalcino has met with success. Today, we're delighted to debut the newly released 2013 Brunello di Montalcino from Antinori's Pian delle Vigne estate.
The Antinori family has been making wine for more than six centuries, but they're best known for their Super-Tuscan twins, Tignanello and Solaia. Almost mirror images of one another, Tignanello and Solaia are like siblings, both beloved, both equal in the eyes of their makers, and both unique in their own rights. Tignanello may have introduced Antinori's Super-Tuscan wines to the world, but Solaia has never been in its shadows--somewhat literally, for this cru gets its name, "the sunny one," from the 50-acre vineyard where its grapes derive. Aristocratic, elegant and finessed, Solaia is a Super-Tuscan icon, beloved by cognoscenti, critics, and newbies alike.
April 3, 2018
New Pelissero Barbaresco Release, Vintage Sassicaia, and Under $60 Brunello!
April 2, 2018
Under $60 Brunello! Mature Cru Barbaresco! And Benchmark Le Serre Nuove!
High quality Barbaresco is a wonderful thing. Barbaresco is smaller than Barolo--about a third of Barolo's size, so there are fewer producers--and while the two regions abut, Barbaresco's myriad microclimates pose a dizzying array of challenges to its producers. When IWM's founder, Sergio Esposito, finds a new Barbaresco that he can champion, he's very happy, and so are our clients! Today, we're delighted to debut the 2014 Pelissero Barbaresco Vanotu, a wine that shines in this challenging Piemonte growing year--indeed, it might be the wine of the vintage!
Founded at the close of the nineteenth century, Montalcino's Il Poggione began its modern era in 1958 when enologist Pierluigi Talenti accepted the post of winemaker at the Franceschi family's estate. Talenti was a winemaker of nearly unparalleled excellence, and it didn't take long for his wines to come to the attention of the wine world. Il Poggione emerged as one of the foremost producers of classic and elegant Brunello with the release of its 1965 vintage, and the estate has never looked back. Today, we're delighted to present a luscious bottling from this historic estate, the concentrated, brooding and altogether excellent 2011 Brunello di Montalcino.
March 29, 2018
Debuting 8 Stellar Fontodi Wines! Big, Beautiful Brunello from Soldera and Il Poggione!
March 28, 2018
Must-Have Debut Wines from Il Poggione and Guado al Tasso! And Redigaffi Mags!
Today, we're delighted to present special, time-sensitive pricing on six new 2015 Fontodi releases: the estate's compelling Chianti Classico, its powerful Chianti Classico Gran Selezione Vigna del Sorbo, its cult-making Chianti Classico Filetta di Lamole, its brooding Syrah Case Via, its iconic Super-Tuscan Flaccianello, and its superb Dino Amphora, a passion project that will impassion its fans. And as if that sextet wasn't enough to make Italian wine-lovers happy, we're upping the ante by debuting the estate's 2017 Meriggio, a rare white Super Tuscan, and its luscious, electric 2009 Vin Santo!
A beautiful Brunello gets under your skin in a way that few other wines can. A well-wrought Brunello is a matchless embodiment of compelling contrasts: seductive aromatics and age-worthy structure, ripe fruits and brooding Montalcino terroir, vibrant acidity and intense tannins. Americans drink more than a quarter of all Brunello produced, so it's fair to say that we know a good wine when we taste one.
March 27, 2018
Great Vintages, Great Wines from Montevertine, Antinori and Eroica!
March 26, 2018
Debuting the Brilliant 2013 Brunello from Cerbaiona
Le Pergole Torte doesn't merely sit in the top echelon of Italian wines; it sits among the world's best wines--period. Montevertine's vineyards in Radda are among the very highest in Chianti Classico, offering a unique microclimate that's unusually cool for the region. The altitude and the temperature help the estate's Sangiovese grapes to retain unusual elegance, making Le Pergole Torte a rare mono-varietal Sangiovese wine and a collector staple.
IWM's clients and our staff share a love for Cerbaiona's evocative wines that marry power with elegance, so we're very excited to debut Cerbaiona's outstanding 2013 Brunello di Montalcino. Exceptionally complex and spellbindingly precise, Cerbaiona's '13 Brunello embodies the traits that first turned wine-lovers into ardent devotees of the estate's wines. A couple of years ago, estate founded Diego Molinari sold Cerbaiona to an investment group spearheaded by Gary Reischel, Matthew Fioretti, and Maurizio Bovini.
March 22, 2018
Three Pure, Powerful Italian Wines from Tua Rita, Antinori and Nicolis!
March 21, 2018
Debuts of Tignanello Chianti Classico and Aldo Conterno Langhe Rosso! And Vintage Fiorano!
When Rita Tua and Virgilio Bisti bought their Suvereto, Toscana, land in 1984, they just wanted a retirement spot, but they soon realized that their plots boasted soil that grew beautiful Bordeaux grape varietals. Capitalizing on their vineyards' healthy, mineral-laden bunches of Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot grapes, the couple began making wines, first for their friends, and then for release. By 1992, Rita and Virgilio had their first wine, the Giusto di Notri, under the name Tua Rita, and the estate's Redigaffi soon followed on its heels--along with unqualified critical success.
To most Italian wine-lovers, the name "Tignanello" symbolizes the iconic Super-Tuscan wine, but to the Antinori family, the name means much more than that. Tenuta Tignanello is an estate that sits in the heart of Chianti Classico; while the estate has been making wine since the late nineteenth century, the Antinori family has owned it since the early twentieth century. More than the site of the vineyards that give their names and their grapes to Tignanello and Solaia, both legendary Super-Tuscan wines, this 320-acre estate is also the home of Marchese Antinori Chianti Classico Riserva, a standard bearer of Toscana's most emblematic wine.
March 20, 2018
Antinori’s Barolo Prowess! Quintarelli’s Timeless Amarone! And Springtime Rosato!
March 19, 2018
Bartolo Mascarello and Canalicchio Recent Releases!
Venerable and respected, the Prunotto estate got its start in 1904, when Alfred Prunotto helped to found a wine collective in Serralunga; in 1922, this collective disbanded, and Alfred founded his own winery in its place. When Alfred looked to retire, he turned his winery over to enologist Beppe Colla, who ran it with his brother Tino until their retirement in the '90s. Antinori joined forces with Prunotto in 1989, and a year later, Albiera Antinori joined the estate, aiming to fine-tune the wines of Prunotto. In 1994, Antinori assumed full control, and since then, Albiera and the Antinori team have quietly been crafting one knockout wine after another.
IWM's clients know and love Ornellaia's outstanding flagship wine, Ornellaia; its high-performing "second" wine, Le Serre Nuove; and, of course, its cult Merlot, Masseto. In other words, Ornellaia is most famous for its Bordeaux-style reds that, alongside the world-famous wines from Tenuta San Guido, Grattamacco, and Guado al Tasso, made Bolgheri the world-famous home of the Super-Tuscan revolution. While Bolgheri rightly earned its fame for its outstanding Super-Tuscan reds, the region has not made as big a splash with its whites.
March 15, 2018
Introducing Bibi Graetz and His Wonderful, Wild Wines
March 14, 2018
Fontodi’s Outstanding ’05 Flaccianello! Two Must-Have Under $40 Wines!
In the late 1990s, Bibi Graetz was faced with the decision of whether to renew the leases on the old-vine vineyards surrounding his family's castle in Fiesole, Toscana. Bibi was not a winemaker; he was an artist who had trained at Academia dell'Arte in Firenze. Bibi did the only thing he could: he became a winemaker. Aided by trained enologist Alberto Antonini, a world-famous consultant and the former head winemaker at the Antinori family of estates, Bibi's IGT wines quickly garnered notice.
Ringed by cypress trees and lined with vineyards, the Conca d'Oro is the golden beating heart of Toscana. The site of Fontodi, one of IWM's favorite producers, the Conca d'Oro makes for an intensely pretty estate; the panoramic views sweep down and up, revealing neat packages of parallel vines interspersed with olive trees, cypresses and swaths of meadow. If you've never been to Italy, Fontodi's location is probably how you imagine Italy's countryside and if you have been to Italy, it's exactly how you remember it.
March 13, 2018
The Superb 2015 Guado al Tasso Flagship Debuts!
March 12, 2018
Debuting Fuligni’s Must-Have 2013 Brunello! And Two Outstanding, Unique Antinori Wines!
Guado al Tasso, Piero Antinori's flagship wine from his family's eponymous Maremma estate, consistently stands as one of IWM's fastest selling wines. A thoughtful and complex Bordeaux-style blend, Guado al Tasso's flagship is often the first choice in Antinori for those in the know, but it's also one of the great values in the Super-Tuscan category. Today, we're delighted to debut the 2015 Guado al Tasso Bolgheri Superiore, a riveting bottling that marries vivid fruit with breathtaking structure, allowing its fans to enjoy it for decades to come.
2013 held a lot of early drama for Montalcino winemakers. It started cool and wet but turned searing and hot; then September came and blessed winemakers with perfect warm days and crystalline cool nights, leading to a harvest that was an unabashed success for the wine's producers and its legion of fans. The upshot of the 2013 Brunello vintage is that it favors aromatic wines of great finesse, moderate alcohol levels, elegant acidity, and classic profiles--and it's the best year since 2010, echoing the classic, enduring and clean lines of that benchmark vintage.
March 8, 2018
Stellar Nals Margreid 2016 Pinot Bianco, New Braida Release, and Maltroye’s Marvelous Monopole
March 7, 2018
Three Benchmark Wines: Pelissero Barbaresco, Antinori Brunello, and Fontodi Chianti Classico!
Alto Adige's Nals Margreid is unlike most estates IWM champions. A cooperative of more than 100 small growers, Nals Margreid was formed in 1985 by the merging of The Cellars Nalles, established in 1932, and Magre-Niclara, established in 1954, two well-respected entities, both steeped in tradition. While cooperatives are typical in Alto Adige, where small vineyard parcels sit at high altitudes in mountainous terrain, Nals Margreid united some of the best wine growers from the Strada del Vino of Alto Adige into something of a "dream team."
Although it flies under the wine world's radar, Pelissero deserves your attention. About 93 acres in the heart of Barbaresco DOCG, Azienda Agricola Pelissero began by growing grapes for local makers, but for more than fifty years, Pelissero has been bottling its own traditional Barbaresco, Dolcetto, and Barbera. A trained enologist, owner-winemaker Giorgio Pelissero works tirelessly to craft wines that embody his family's commitment to the Langhe, and this means using non-interventionist protocol in the vineyards and using a mixture of traditional and modern techniques in the cellar. Pelissero aims to create terroir-driven wines that blend accessibility with tradition, and the estate's ardent fans testify to its success.
March 6, 2018
Canalicchio Brunello Riserva, Fontodi White Super Tuscan, and 50-Year-Old Taylor’s Port!
March 5, 2018
Debuting the Outstanding 2015 Sassicaia!
One of the Brunello makers that IWM has championed for years, Canalicchio di Sopra is owned by a former sharecropping family that has come to be a world-class winemaking force. Guided by the past and influenced by the present, Canalicchio's winemaking protocol picks the best of modern and traditional methods to craft an authentic Brunello that speaks of its vineyards' high altitude and north Montalcino terroir, and the resulting wines possess rich cherry fruit layered with notes of smoke, minerals, and earth--as well as those telltale Montalcino aromatics. Best of all, Canalicchio Brunello generally offers the Holy Grail of Brunello, a wine that's both drinkable now and capable of developing over time in the cellar.
2018 is a very special year for Tenuta San Guido because this year sees the fiftieth anniversary of the inaugural vintage of its Sassicaia, the most famous, most collectable, most important Super-Tuscan wine. More than merely being one of Italy's most iconic wines, Sassicaia is single-handedly responsible for launching the Super-Tuscan movement and it's one of the most sought-after wines in the world. Every new vintage of Sassicaia is a celebration for its many fans, and today, we're delighted to present the brooding, powerful and astonishingly detailed 2015 Sassicaia, a wine that begs you to drink it upon release (although it'll be even more delicious a decade down the road).
March 1, 2018
Drink This $33 Bourgogne Blanc! Antinori’s Earthy Aglianico! And Superb Vega-Sicilia Único!
February 28, 2018
Three Classic Italians: 1998 Quintarelli Amarone, Antinori Barbera, and Benchmark Ornellaia
Founded in 1855, Domaine Henri Boillot has been in the family for five generations, and current vigneron Henri Boillot, who shares the work with his son, Guillaume, has made the estate one of the foremost producers of the Côte d'Or. Equally influential, though much more affordable, Maison Henri Boillot is the négociant arm that was founded in 1995. Ever committed to high quality wines, Maison Henri Boillot buys grapes only from farmers who grow sustainably, keep their yields low, and strive for quality over quantity. Both estates produce wines that are world-renowned, sought-after, and deeply satisfying. In fact, Boillot's entry-level wines sell as rapidly as his Corton Charlemagne or his monopole Puligny-Montrachet Mouchère, a premier cru that often surpasses or at least rivals grand crus in quality.
The late great Giuseppe Quintarelli was not just the most significant winemaker in the Veneto; he was also one of the most revolutionary winemakers in the world--a claim that runs counter-intuitive to his fanatical adherence to tradition. Quintarelli made his wine the way his forebears did, refusing to deviate from their protocol and choosing to accept new technology only when it didn't impinge on traditional practice. The proof of Quintarelli's wisdom rested in his limited-production wines--his Amarone, Valpolicella, Rosso del Bepi, Recioto and the cult sensation, Alzero. Today, we're proud to present Quintarelli 1998 Amarone della Valpolicella, a true collector jewel.
February 27, 2018
Grattamacco 2015 Flagship Debut! Seghesio Cru Barolo Duo! And Stylish Grower Champagne!
February 26, 2018
Superb Giuseppe Rinaldi Barbera Duo! Benchmark Lamarche! And 22-Year-Old Gaja Costa Russi!
Grattamacco, founded by Piermario Meletti Cavallari, who has since sold the estate to ColleMassari, sits at the end of a long, winding drive. It's a land with a very unusual microclimate, a windy plain 100m above sea level, where the estate gets 300 sunny days a year and a steady breeze. Under the guidance of enologist Maurizio Castelli and winemaker Luca Maronna, Grattamacco crafts deeply finessed, profoundly enjoyable wines, and they do it by working hard, playing with their wines' formulas, and inventing technologies like their unique grape sorting table. We've long said that Grattamacco makes the best Super Tuscans you haven't heard of--but the 2015 vintage of Grattamacco's flagship might change that. The '15 bottling is good enough to focus the attention of the wine world!
Piemonte's Giuseppe Rinaldi is one of Italy's greatest winemaking traditionalists. One of the founders of ViniVeri, Italy's organization of natural winemakers, Giuseppe, or "Beppe," doesn't even certify his wines as organic. "I am an anarchist," he says, refusing any easy definitions. He makes his wines as his grandfather did--fermenting them in tini, tall oak vats, without temperature control and with only natural yeasts, and aging them in giant botti for upwards of two years. Beppe has trained his daughters, Carlotta, who tends to the vineyards, and Marta, who cares for the winery, in his traditional ways; they are poised to assume the control of the estate when Beppe retires, ensuring his legacy for future generations.
February 22, 2018
Debuting the Rich, Electric 2015 Tignanello!
February 21, 2018
New 2013 Gaja Brunello Trio! Miani's Cult White! And Ponsot Clos de la Roche Mini-Vertical!
Our clients know Tignanello as the trailblazing Super Tuscan from the Antinori family, and since its inaugural 1971 vintage, Tignanello has acted as a standard bearer for fine Italian wines. Influenced by his uncle, Marchese Mario Incisa della Rocchetta, and guided by consulting enologist Giacomo Tachis, Piero Antinori didn't want to recreate a Bordeaux-style Super-Tuscan wine; he wanted to show Sangiovese's versatility and finesse. Antinori achieved his goals in Tignanello, a blend of Sangiovese, Cabernet Sauvignon and Cabernet Franc, and, with this wine, he changed the Super-Tuscan game.
Today, we keep rolling out the 2013 Brunello with three wines from Angelo Gaja's Montalcino estate, Pieve Santa Restituta. In this offer, Gaja's cuvée Pieve Santa Restituta Brunello di Montalcino is flanked with the estate's special Brunello Rennina and the single-vineyard Brunello Sugarille, giving a panoramic view of the 2013 vintage. A nail-biter of a growing year for Montalcino winemakers, 2013 held a lot of early drama, yet it ended in a fairytale success for the wine's producers and its legion of fans. The upshot of the 2013 Brunello vintage is that it favors aromatic wines of great finesse, moderate alcohol levels, elegant acidity, and classic profiles.
February 20, 2018
Two Outstanding Bordeaux-Style Super Tuscans and One Superb Bordeaux!
February 15, 2018
From Italy's South to Its North--Wines from Graci, Poggio di Sotto and Sandrone!
A couple of weeks ago, we were proud to debut a pair of 2015 Petrolo new releases, including its fantastic Merlot bottling, Galatrona. Today, we're delighted to follow up that offer with a new allocation of Petrolo's commanding 2006 Galatrona, a wine that's ready to drink right now (although it'll age beautifully over the next decade). Called the "Le Pin of Tuscany," Petrolo's Galatrona gleams with the sleek, silky, elegance of classic Merlot, and it marries these qualities with freshness, acidity, and that ineffable Tuscan terroir. Most Super-Tuscan fans drink their wines too early, so this perfectly aged '06 Galatrona is a rare opportunity to enjoy a wine with maturity.
Estate owner Alberto Graci comes from a long line of Sicilian winemakers, but he turned his back on the family history, choosing to become an investment banker in Milan. In 2004, his grandfather died, and Alberto returned to Sicilia. He sold his family's lands located in the center of the island, and he bought property in Passopisciaro, on the slopes of Etna, an ancient winemaking site. The Graci estate now ranges across 52 acres, 36 planted to vine and the remainder dotted with olive and apple trees. Today we're proud to present three recent Graci releases, the estate's delicious 2016 Etna Bianco, its complex 2015 Etna Rosso, and its superb Graci 2015 Etna Bianco Arcurìa, a cru white that explodes with volcanic terroir.
February 14, 2018
Giacosa's Legendary Barbaresco, Maltroye's Marvel, and Moreau's Stellar Chablis
February 13, 2018
Le Serre Nuove Quartet! Towering Rinaldi Barolo! And $27 Antinori Super Tuscan!
The wine world lost one of its icons when Bruno Giacosa passed away at the end of January at the age of 88. It's hard to overstate the importance of Bruno Giacosa. He stands as one of the most respected producers of traditionally styled Barolo and Barbaresco, crafting long-aging wines that are beloved by aficionados and coveted by collectors. Working with his father, Bruno became fascinated by traditional Piemonte grapes, particularly Nebbiolo, and this training formed the basis of the Giacosa philosophy that brought us wines like his iconic Barolo Le Rocche del Falletto and Barbaresco Asili, as well as his beloved Barbarasco Rabajá, Barolo Falletto, and other wines.
I don't have to tell you about the importance of Super-Tuscan great Tenuta dell'Ornellaia. One of the first estates to jump on the Bolgheri revolution started by Tenuta San Guido, Ornellaia has as storied a background as Sassicaia's maker. It's an aristocratic estate, both literally and metaphorically--founder Ludovico Antinori is both brother to Guado al Tasso's founder, Piero Antinori, and cousin to Tenuta San Guido's Nicolo Incisa della Rocchetta. Now owned for more than a decade by the Frescobaldi group, Ornellaia's wines are consistently effortless, elegant, and sophisticated. Since its first bottling of its flagship wine in 1985, Ornellaia has been making history--rich, delicious history.
February 12, 2018
Debuting "Il Carisma," the Captivating 2015 Ornellaia Flagship
February 8, 2018
Stellar 2015 Petrolo New Releases! $22 Riesling! And Collector Méo-Camuzet!
Drive up the Aurelia and exit near the Colline Metallifere, or Metalliferous Hills, and you'll find the road to Bolgheri. Lined with stately cypress trees, the tarmac road seems to pull you back in time. When you hit the stone walls of the town, it feels like decades, even centuries have dropped away. Tiny, manicured, and jewel-box perfect, the town of Bolgheri acts like a Colonial Williamsburg for wine-lovers. It seems arrested in time, swept clean not only of litter but also of the digital, jangling noise of modern history. Walking around Bolgheri, it's easy to forget that the Super-Tuscan revolution is just under fifty years old; all the estates that dot the landscape were but dreams a couple decades ago, and incomprehensible a half-century, but the wines Bolgheri gives us are legendary.
Sitting in a historical area delimited in 1716 by the Grand Duke of Tuscany Cosimo III de' Medici as a particularly valuable land for wine and olive oil, Fattoria Petrolo possesses an idyllic elevation high above the Tuscan plain, a unique microclimate, and terrific galestra soils. Petrolo once crafted only two wines from its towering 620-acre estate (only 77 acres are under vine), but the estate has since branched out, yet its first two--Torrione and Galatrona--remain Petrolo's pride and joy. Torrione, Petrolo's "château" wine, is a joyful, ready-to-drink cuvée that debuted in the 1988 vintage, while Galatrona, a powerhouse cult Merlot, was created by Petrolo's owner-winemaker Luca Sanjust in 1994. Both have ardent fans across the globe.
February 7, 2018
2014 Le Pergole Torte Debuts! Must-Have Amarone Mags! And Comte Georges de Vogüé!
February 6, 2018
Bea’s Signature Sagrantino, Antinori’s Rare Matarocchio, and Billecart-Salmon’s Noble Champagne
Founder Sergio Manetti may have started his estate as a hobby in the mid-1960s, but under the guidance of this traditionalist, Tuscan grapes and Tuscan protocol became the beating heart of Montevertine. Sergio passed away in 2000, and since that time, his son Martino has carried torch for Tuscan winemaking, growing only Sangioveto (the local name for Sangiovese), Canaiolo and Colorino grapes, and using only cement and wood for fermentation and aging. It's not too strong a statement to say that Montevertine's iconic Le Pergole Torte sets the gold standard for elite Sangiovese Super Tuscans.
Sagrantino, Umbria's emblematic grape, has the distinction of being one of the most tannic grapes in the world, and it sports one of the highest quantities of phenolic compounds, the chemical compounds that occur in grapes that give wine its taste, color and even its texture. While many producers aren't sure how to handle a grape this muscular, jam-packed, and intense, Paolo Bea, the standard-bearer of natural Italian winemaking, is able to tame the Sagrantino grape's brawniness while retaining its sauvage beauty. Today, we're delighted to present a new allocation of Bea 2009 Sagrantino di Montefalco Secco Pagliaro, a client favorite that wows in this vintage.
February 5, 2018
Gaja Flash Sale! More Than 100 Wines at Special Pricing!
February 1, 2018
Pernot-Belicard Premier Cru Trio! $27 Antinori Super Tuscan! Benchmark Redigaffi
There is no one quite like Angelo Gaja. A trendsetter, Gaja's early innovations began with the 1961 vintage and included the choice to bottle only estate-grown wines, the reduction of crop size, shortened pruning of Nebbiolo vines, and decreased fermentation periods; 1967 saw Gaja's bottling of single-vineyard Barbarescos with his debut of Sorì San Lorenzo (Sorì Tildìn followed in 1970 and Costa Russi in 1978); and the 1975 vintage marked his inaugural use of small French oak barrels. Even Gaja's restless work to market his wines to the world's elite was groundbreaking and, ultimately, very successful.
We've been saying for a few years that Pernot-Belicard's white Burgundies are poised to be the next big thing, and today we're delighted to spotlight a trio of Pernot-Belicard's extraordinary white Burgundies, all from the intense, low production 2015 vintage, and all at extremely competitive pricing. Philippe Pernot trained at the knee of Meursault great Paul Pernot, his grandfather, and Philippe continues to be guided by the practices of this legendary winemaker at his own estate, Pernot-Belicard. Philippe's wines are some of the purest, richest, freshest Meursault and Puligny-Montrachet that we've come across, and these 2015s knock it out of the park!
January 31, 2018
Gorgeous Guidalberto, Timeless Vosne-Romanée, and Sophisticated Brunello!
January 30, 2018
New Giacomo Conterno Barbera, Vintage Super Tuscan, and Value-Packed Riesling
Debuting in 2000 as a blend of equal parts Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot with a kiss of Sangiovese, Guidalberto began its evolution with the 2005 vintage, and by the following year, it became the 60/40 Cabernet Sauvignon-Merlot blend we know and love. While Sassicaia may have been inspired by Bordeaux blends, Guidalberto is often the preferred wine for many Bordeaux lovers; there's no arguing taste, and the outstanding 2015 Guidalberto will please its many fans (and make some new ones).
Historically known as "the people's wine," and currently recognized as the "fun" alternative to Piemonte's more austere Nebbiolo-based wines, the wines of Piemonte's Barbera DOCs have customarily offered an easy-going, very tasty way to experience the renowned region--however, some producers work to create high caliber Barbera wines, and today, we're spotlighting one of the best: Giacomo Conterno 2015 Barbera Francia, a high-performing Barbera that marries tradition with an explosive, joyful palate and offers an unparalleled opportunity to experience the beauty of Giacomo Conterno for under $60 a bottle.
January 29, 2018
Benchmark Bottles from Domaine Lamarche, Fontodi and Tenuta dell’Ornellaia!
January 25, 2018
Five Beautiful Brunello Wines from Gaja, Antinori and La Poderina!
The history of the Lamarche family in the village of Vosne-Romanée dates back to the mid-eighteenth century, and it's an important line for Burgundy lovers. While Henri Lamarche, a cooper, founded the estate that bears his name, the 27-acre domaine is run today by sixth-generation winemakers Nicole and Natalie, who are cousins and protégés of the late, great François Lamarche, who passed his talents and his estate on to them. Lamarche holds its place as a leading vigneron, producing wines that express themselves through their subtlety rather than their power, and bottlings that display ripe, high-toned fruit and strong sense of terroir.
Regularly courted for involvement in joint ventures, Gaja wasn't going to sign onto something that he wasn't entirely behind. He found that Montalcino held the allure he was looking for: great terroir, terrific microclimates, and a profound connection to Piemonte's wine culture. Most significantly, Gaja had found an estate that interested him: Pieve Santa Restituta. The rest, as they say, has been history--delicious, terroir-driven history.
January 24, 2018
Bea’s Winter White, Vintage Terriccio Super-Tuscan, and Robust $22 Barbera!
January 23, 2018
Italy from South to North: Graci Rosso, Biondi-Santi Brunello, and Nicolis Valpolicella!
Not all winter wines are red--some are white and some, like today's featured wine, are a luminous amber. Weighty yet supple, Paolo Bea's terrific and unique Santa Chiara is a complex and seductive white wine that drinks with the heft and the tannic bite of a red. Today, we're proud to present Paolo Bea's beautifully complex 2015 Bianco Santa Chiara. A blend of white grapes vinified with extended contact with their skins, Bianco Santa Chiara is as delicious in cold weather as it is in warm, making it a true all-weather wine. An IWM favorite in any vintage, the '15 Bianco Santa Chiara has been a blockbuster, and today's offer is our third allocation of this in-demand wine.
Enologists believe Nerello Mascalese originated on the slopes of Mt. Etna, yet for all its history and all its widespread cultivation in Sicilia, Nerello Mascalese has only recently stepped out of the shadows as a blending grape to become a star in its own right. Today, we're delighted to shine a spotlight on one of our favorite Nerello Mascalese wines from one of our favorite Sicilian producers, Graci 2015 Etna Rosso. Deriving from old vines grown high on the slopes of Mt. Etna, this wine is pure and natural--vinified without temperature control or added yeasts, and aged in traditional tini (traditional Sicilian vertical barrels). It's a wild, wonderful taste of Sicilia, and it is delicious.
January 22, 2018
International Superstars: Pernot-Belicard, Roberto Voerzio, and Vega-Sicilia
January 18, 2018
Le Boncie Le Trame, Castello dei Rampolla Chianti Classico, and Vintage Monfortino!
Trained at the knee of his grandfather, Meursault legend Paul Pernot, Philippe Pernot continues his grandfather's trend-setting winemaking traditions at his own estate, Pernot-Belicard. Founded after Philippe married his wife and assumed control of his father-in-law's vineyards, Pernot-Belicard's fourteen-acres are an organically grown wonderland--Philippe handpicks his grapes at peak maturity, and he never fines or filters his wines, ensuring terroir-driven expressions.
One of our recent favorites comes from family owned-and-operated Podere Le Boncie, located in the heart of Chianti Classico, that uses mindful organic agriculture and traditional viticulture to craft wines with a pure Tuscan soul. Today, we're delighted to debut the elegant yet wild 2014 Le Trame Rosso IGT. Priced at under $45, this seductive, aromatic Rosso is sure to bring a smile to your face--and have your guests reaching for more!
January 17, 2018
Five New Releases from Quintarelli! And Two Under-The-Radar Big Reds You’ll Love!
January 16, 2018
Superstar Italian Trio: Giacomo Conterno Barolo, Alberico Bianco, and Vintage Quintarelli
The late, great Giuseppe Quintarelli stands as the Veneto's most significant producer, renowned for his legendary, cellar-worthy Amarone, Valpolicella, Recioto, and Alzero. Bepi earned the moniker of the "Master of the Veneto" with his complex, bewitching wines that he made in traditional ways, according to protocol handed down from his father and grandfather. While Bepi passed away in 2012, his estate is now run by his children, who carry on the esoteric, painstaking techniques they learned from their father, ensuring Bepi's legacy. Today, we're proud to present five recent Quintarelli releases.
As farmers increasingly began bottling their own wine, the Giacomo Conterno estate felt the need to purchase its own land, and in 1974, the estate purchased the densely planted 40-acre Francia vineyard, one of Piemonte's great sites; indeed, this vineyard is the source of the estate's legendary Barolo Monfortino, as well as the wine we offer today, Barolo Cascina Francia. Today, we're proud to present 2005 Barolo Cascina Francia, pristine bottles that come with the "IWM Difference," our assurance of perfect provenance and perfect temperature-controlled care throughout the wine's lifespan.
January 11, 2018
Three Lustrous Valdicava New Releases! La Sala Chianti Classico! And Gratien Rosé Champagne!
January 10, 2018
Dal Forno Amarone, Bartolo Mascarello Barolo, and Pernot-Belicard Meursault!
Vincenzo Abbruzzese is a perfectionist. Abbruzzese, the owner-winemaker at Valdicava, takes painstaking care of his 67 acres under vine so that each grape will enjoy the perfect amount of sun while avoiding rot and disease, growing his vines organically and using indigenous plants as groundcover. Located in Montosoli, the coldest part of the Brunello zone, Abbruzzesse's Valdicava is a biodynamic wonderland, and as ideal as its vines are, its cantina is equally spic and span. Abbruzzese's dedication shows in his elegant, suave, velvety Brunelli that have won the hearts of wine-lovers around the globe.
The "Grape King of the Veneto," Romano Dal Forno takes remarkable pains in his vineyards. Romano grows his vines densely, thereby creating competition between the vines for essential nutrients, and challenging the plants to grow more concentrated berries, and he keeps his yields to an astounding 11 oz. of grapes per vine, thus engineering the raw materials for making concentrated, intense wines. The Dal Forno team takes care in the cellar as well, designing and constructing a computerized ventilation system for its grapes as they dry in the appassimento method, the protocol that creates the richness, complexity and heft of Amarone.
January 9, 2018
Must-Have Canalicchio New Releases! And Collector Wines from Quintarelli and Chapoutier!
January 8, 2018
López de Heredia’s $39 Rioja Reserva, Antinori’s Pinot Nero, and Leflaive Puligny-Montrachet Les Pucelles
Founded in 1962 by former sharecropper Primo Pacenti and now run by his grandson Francesco, Canalicchio di Sopra adheres to an authentic model of Brunello--a wine of longevity, thoughtfulness and terroir. Canalicchio's 37 acres lie at some of the highest altitude in Montalcino, receiving limited exposure to the influence of the Mediterranean Sea, and its unique terroir endows the estate's wines with special properties. Influenced by the past and the present, the estate works to craft an authentic Brunello that speaks of its vineyards' high altitude and north Montalcino terroir. Best of all, Canalicchio Brunello generally offers the Holy Grail of Brunello, a wine that's both drinkable now and capable of developing over time in the cellar.
López de Heredia and its winemaking has changed very little since its 1877 founding in Haro, Spain; the same family that founded the estate still owns it, and they adhere to a doctrine blueprinted in the 1880s, still making wine only from their own vineyards with extremely traditional protocol. This iconic estate now spans about 420 acres, with four major vineyards: Tondonia, the largest and most famous; Bosconia; Cubillo; and Gravano. Whether making white, red or rosé Rioja, the estate takes care to transmit terroir and typicity, and the results are some of the finest wines in Spain--and contenders for the greatest wines on a global scale.
January 4, 2018
Vintage Review: 7 Guado al Tasso, 9 Barolo Monfortino, and One Superb Soldera Brunello Riserva!
January 3, 2018
Seductive 2014 Solaia Returns, Stealthy Salcheto, and Benchmark $30 Burgundy
Guado al Tasso, the Antinori family's flagship wine from its eponymous Bolgheri estate, is one of IWM's fastest selling wines--so much so that it's hard to secure back vintages of Guado al Tasso because the wine's many fans snapped up their bottles upon release. This means that Guado al Tasso enthusiasts who want to enjoy vintage bottles of their favorite wine are often out of luck, but today, we're excited to be able to provide an opportunity to enjoy seven vintages of Guado al Tasso, all at very competitive pricing. We've managed to secure Guado al Tasso from the ethereal 1995 vintage, the intense 1997, the caressing 2000, the vibrant 2001, the majestic 2007, the ripe 2009, and the luminous 2013.
Antinori's Tignanello introduced the estate's Super-Tuscan wines to the world, but its Solaia has never been in its shadows--somewhat literally, for this cru gets its name, "the sunny one," from the sunlit vineyard where its grapes derive. Debuting in 1978, Solaia was initially a blend of Cabernet Sauvignon touched with Cabernet Franc, but in 1982, Piero Antinori and his star enologist, Giacomo Tachis, added Sangiovese. Within a couple of years of tinkering with the blend to reflect vintage shifts, the pair had arrived at its current incarnation.
January 2, 2018
Stock Your Cellar with 2013 Piemonte Wines!
December 29, 2017
Beautiful Wines for the New Year from Castello dei Rampolla, Fiorano, and Valdicava!
It's 2018, a new year! If you made a resolution to stock your cellar with delicious, high performing, collectable, or simply tasty Piemonte wines, then this offer sets you up for success. Today, we're delighted to present special, time-sensitive pricing on more than 30 wines from some of Piemonte's best producers with Barolo and Barbaresco wines, as well as a few select Barbera and Nebbiolo bottlings. We can't praise Piemonte's 2013 wines highly enough--they're structured, complex and nuanced wines of great age-worthiness. Even before they hit the shelves, the 2013 wines from Piemonte had serious buzz, and now that these Barolo and Barbaresco wines have been experienced, we can say that the hype was justified.
It's hard to find Castello dei Rampolla. A tangle of confusing signs sits at the top of a one-lane dirt road; each sign points to a different estate, and none of them say "Castello dei Rampolla." At the bottom of this narrow dirt road, though, sits a cluster of stone buildings on a small stone piazza canopied by tall trees and surrounded by spectacular Tuscan vines. It's an ideal spot for winemaking, and Castello dei Rampolla makes some ideal wines.
December 28, 2017
Aldo’s Seductive ‘12 Barolo Colonnello! IWM Gift Card Gives Back! And Antinori’s Meursault in Umbria!
December 27, 2017
Really Big Bottles of Super Italian Wine! And One Vintage Collectable from Álvaro Palacios!
As much as Aldo Conterno was the "King of Barolo" during his lifetime, the estate that bears his name is doing much to keep Aldo's legend, his work, and his nickname alive. Aldo, who passed away in 2012, raised his three sons to do as he did: move just far away enough from convention to make great wines that express their own personal visions. Five years after the passing of the great Aldo Conterno, his namesake estate continues to show how important Aldo was as a winemaker and as a father in its stunning range of Barolos.
Sangiovese's nose of violets and crushed berries entices you; its acidity makes your mouth water; and its palate of smoke, leather, earth and coffee rewards you in the wine's velvety finish. Sangiovese goes by many names for its many clones--Sangiovese Grosso, the clone responsible for Brunello, is perhaps its most famous. Growing virtually everywhere in Italy, Sangiovese's finest expressions are unquestionably from Toscana. Today, we're very proud to present four different Sangiovese wines from Toscana--Fèlsina's epic 1997 Fontalloro, four vintages of Fontodi's esteemed Flaccianello, three vintages of Valdicava's Brunello, and one benchmark year of Valdicava's cru Brunello Riserva--all in really big bottles!
December 26, 2017
Happy Holidays! It’s IWM’s Amarone Flash Sale!
December 22, 2017
Great Italian Wines from Gianfranco Soldera, Giuseppi Rinaldi, and Collemattoni!
A finely made Amarone is a wine that confounds, confuses and ultimately rewards the senses. Ripe, almost sweet at the beginning, an Amarone can run through an almost infinite array of descriptors before it culminates in its nearly eternal finish. High in alcohol, rich in flavors, decadent in texture, Amarone is a wine of delicious exaggerations that needs to be experienced to be believed. An exaggeration of flavors and structure, Amarone's high alcohol levels exceed 15%, but Amarone is remarkably balanced, getting its structure and weight through a technique called appassimento, where carefully selected grapes are spread out in single layers to dry on straw or plastic mats for 60 to 100 days.
Case Basse di Soldera is an Edenic wonderland bursting with more than 1,500 kinds of roses; a night-blooming garden of white blossoms; many kinds of trees including olive, juniper, holly oak and dogwood; running streams; and a wooded berm to keep the winds from buffeting the vineyards. This biodiversity contributes to the terroir of Gianfranco Soldera's wines, and, along with the vineyards' unusual schist soils, it helps to make Soldera's wines very, very special.
December 21, 2017
Rhône Valley Flash Sale, Chianti Classico’s Crème de la Crème, and Stellar Grappa from Berta!
December 20, 2017
Twelve Holiday Whites! Large Format Pelissero Barbaresco! And Antinori's Aglianico!
The North specializes in one red grape, Syrah, while the South specializes in red blends--primarily Grenache, Syrah, and Mourvèdre, which Americans often call "GSM" blends for short. The second largest AOC after Bordeaux, the Rhône Valley region is geographically and viticulturally vast, comprising 27 appellations with 27 red and white grape varieties that are grown in land that's hot, dry, terraced, windy and cold by turns. Rhône wines reflect their history and their wide-ranging territory: they're big, they're bold, and they're extremely delicious.
IWM loves our white wines. They may not be as famous as their robust red siblings, but white wines have the same magical ability to speak their terroir that reds do. Coastal Italian whites abound in fresh, savory salinity; mountain Italian whites burst with meadow-like freshness; volcanic Italian whites thrum with minerality; and each region crafts beloved white wines that reflect their regions' traditions, dishes, and climate. Likewise, French whites--especially white Burgundies--articulate their terroir with precision and clarity. A well-wrought white wine makes food taste better than it would on its own, it thrills the senses, and it immediately transports you to its region.
December 19, 2017
IWM's Sparkler Flash Sale! Big Canalicchio Brunello! And Perfect '85 Sassicaia!
December 18, 2017
“Baby Brunello” from Valdicava! Biondi-Santi Vintage Great! And Superb 2007 d’Yquem!
Sparkling wines make holidays glisten; from New Year's Eve to anniversaries, bubblies are the go-to symbol for celebration. No other wine inspires the kind of reaction that sparkling wines do; and no other wine embodies celebration like this category of wines. In the spirit of the season, we're highlighting the great producers of Champagnes, Prosecco and other classic sparkling wines, and today, we're proud to present special, time-sensitive pricing on more than 40 different sparkling wines, all in stock and ready to ship for your holiday season delight!
Valdicava's Vincenzo Abbruzzese is an exacting, painstaking producer, who meticulously manages his estate in Montosoli, the coldest part of the Brunello zone. Growing all of his vines organically and using indigenous plants as groundcover Vinenzo ensures that each grape will enjoy the perfect amount of sun while avoiding rot and disease. Vincenzo shows a rare understanding of his wines, and his winemaking has brought him accolades from wine critics and cognoscenti alike. In 2014, Vincenzo opted against crafting any of his textured, aromatic Brunello--a rare move by a singular winemaker.
December 14, 2017
Juicy, Round $29 Aldo Conterno Rosso! Drink-Me Seghesio Barolo! And IWM’s Biggest Sale!
December 13, 2017
Powerful Canalicchio ’06 Brunello Riserva! Antinori’s $27 Red! And Super Singles Flash Sale!
As tempting as Aldo Conterno Baroli are in their youth, it's a shame to drink them too early, and you don't necessarily want to pour Barolo on a Tuesday pizza night. Enter Poderi Aldo Conterno's Langhe Rosso, the perfect value wine from the consummate Barolo producer. Juicy, fleshy, and genial, Aldo Conterno's entry-level Langhe Rosso, which has replaced the estate's famed Quartetto, is a terrific everyday red that is flexible, unexpected and affordable. Today, we're delighted to present a new allocation of Poderi Aldo Conterno's vivacious 2013 Langhe Rosso. At less than $30 a bottle, this wine is an ideal anytime red to have on hand throughout the holidays!
2006 promised much to Brunello lovers. Hot and wet yet ending in a gorgeous harvest of ripe, fresh grapes, 2006 promised the perfect raw materials for rich, aromatic Brunelli, and industry insiders were quick to hail the vintage as a benchmark year. Indeed, the vintage's perfectly ripened grapes led the Brunello Consorzio to give 2006 a five-star rating, and the year's wines, which have only recently entered their drinking windows, have been rewarding Brunello lovers for the past couple of years. Today, we're delighted to present one of our favorites from the standout 2006 vintage, Canalicchio di Sopra's textured, aromatic Brunello Riserva.
December 12, 2017
Red Burgundy Flash Sale!
December 11, 2017
Rare Aldo Conterno Baroli Sale!
Burgundy lovers, time to celebrate--with wines to enjoy this holiday season and into the New Year! Today, we're presenting you with more than 200 Burgundies, offered at 8 to 15% off our usual retail price when you buy a case or more! Mix yourself a case or two of the wines that you love, the wines that have intrigued you, or the wines that call out to you, and keep your cellar stocked and your dinner parties drinking for decades. You can choose red wines from producers like Domaine de Montille, Drouhin-Laroze, Comte Georges de Vogüé, Bouchard Père et Fils, and Lignier Michelot--and so many more! This list has something for every connoisseur of red Burgundy.
Aldo Conterno was known as the "King of Barolo," and the wines made by this Piemonte winemaker, as well as those that hail from the estate that bears his name, are collector staples. Most famous is Aldo Conterno Granbussia, but the estate's three cru bottlings--Romirasco, Colonnello, and Cicala--as well as its cuvée Barolo Bussia are beloved by connoisseurs. Situated in Monforte d'Alba in the prized Bussia Soprano vineyard in the heart of the Barolo region of Serralunga, the Conterno family has been producing great Piemontese wines for more than five generations. Aldo, who passed away in 2012, left his brother at his father's cellar (the legendary Giacomo Conterno estate) in 1969 to pursue his own winemaking interests and to create the wines of Poderi Aldo Conterno in the "Favot" cellar.
December 7, 2017
Introducing Tenute Dettori's Stellar Wines! Terriccio Super Tuscan and Giacosa Dolcetto Return!
December 6, 2017
2007 Alzero Returns! Your New Go-To White! 2016 Moreau Chablis Duo Debuts!
Whatever else you might call the wines of Tenute Dettori--magical, long-aging, complex, and dancing with life come to mind--one thing you can say about them is that they are unique. Hailing from calcium-rich vineyards in sea-swept Sardegna, Tenute Dettori's wines are already unusual, but the uncompromising work of owner-winemaker Alessandro Dettori sets them even further apart. Alessandro says, "I do not follow the market, I produce wines that I like, wines from my territory, wines Sennori. They are what they are and not what you want them to be." Crafted of indigenous grapes and released according to their own individual timeframes, Dettori's wines are immensely evocative expressions of their land.
Alzero is a massive--and massively delicious--wine. Hotly sought-after and intensely collectable, Alzero inspires a kind of frenzied devotion most often seen in the hearts of impassioned pop music fans. While these phrases may sound melodramatic, the fact that this wine comes from Quintarelli puts it all into perspective. IWM Founder Sergio Esposito says of Quintarelli Alzero, "I can only describe this rare and brilliant take on Cabernet Franc as Cheval Blanc on steroids." Simply put, Quintarelli Alzero is one of our fastest selling, most beloved collector wines, and today, we're proud to announce a new allocation of the 2007 vintage.
December 5, 2017
Ornellaia’s Unmistakable Elegance, Drink-Me-Now Barbera, and Jacques Selosse Champagne!
December 4, 2017
2015 Le Serre Nuove Debut! Fiorano’s Malvasia Marvel! And Legendary 2001 Vigna d’Alceo!
Yesterday, we put the 2015 Le Serre Nuove debut in the spotlight. Today, we're delighted to follow up that offer with a return of a benchmark vintage of Tenuta dell'Ornellaia's flagship wine, Tenuta dell'Ornellaia 2013 Ornellaia. Winemaker Axel Heinz gave the 2013 Ornellaia the name "L'Eleganza," or the elegance, because of its classic, balanced and sophisticated palate. If you're a fan of wines that transmit their terroir with transparency, wines that privilege structure and finesse over extraction and power, or wines that balance their elegance with fleshiness, the '13 Ornellaia hits all your sweet spots.
It's fairly customary for a flagship wine to be remarkable. We expect the first wines of estates to be great--an estate's flagship bottle is, after all, the wine that builds a producer's reputation. It's more unusual when an estate's second-tier wine is something to get excited about, but when that wine comes from Tenuta dell'Ornellaia, any excitement makes sense. Today, we're delighted to present the new 2015 release of Le Serre Nuove, Ornellaia's second wine and a bottle that would be a flagship were it to come from any other estate.
November 30, 2017
Larger-Than-Life Charles Heidsieck Champagne, Big-Hearted ‘14 Solaia, and Stellar ‘12 Cerbaiona Brunello
November 29, 2017
IWM's 2017 Holiday Gift Guide
Founded by its namesake in 1851, Domaine Charles Heidsieck isn't just a famous Champagne house; it's a Champagne house with profoundly American roots. A visionary for his time, Charles Heidsieck recognized the American market for Champagne and crossed the Atlantic with his Champagne in 1852, just a year after establishing his estate. Charles wowed the elite East Coast society crowd with his bubblies, and nineteenth-century New York society responded by giving Charles his nickname "Champagne Charlie." From New York to New Orleans, high society believed that Heidsieck, the man, and Heidsieck, the sparkling wine, were inextricable--both opened the doors to adventure, to style, to French chic, and to the kind of inimitable sophistication that only Champagne can provide.
It's the holiday season, the most wonderful time of the year! IWM wants to help you celebrate the holidays in delicious style with our 2017 Holiday Gift Guide, a collection of our most exciting, most delicious, and most luxurious wines. Whether you're looking to give your favorite wine-lovers treasured single bottles, thrilling wine duos, tasty triples, sumptuous half cases, or expansive full collections, this Gift Guide will help you make the 2017 holiday season memorable. In this Gift Guide, available both online and as a PDF to download, you'll find a wine for every feast, party, and quiet meal, as well as bottles that will please the palates of all wine-lovers, from newbie to connoisseur. But don't hesitate to ask one of our portfolio managers for help if you need it--or select a gift card and let your wine-lovers choose their favorite wines! IWM wants to make your gift giving a delight, and we promise not to tell if you can't help but choose something for your cellar too!
November 28, 2017
2013 Matarocchio Debuts! The Prince’s White Diamond! And Must-Have Rioja!
November 22, 2017
Return of Aldo Conterno 2012 Barolo Cicala, Antinori’s Pinot Nero and Brigaldara’s Amarone!
Since Sassicaia's inaugural 1968 vintage, many Super Tuscans have hit the market, but few have garnered cult status. There's no doubt that Tenuta San Guido's Sassicaia, Antinori's Tignanello and Solaia, Montevertine's Le Pergole Torte and Ornellaia's Masseto have become legendary, but they are the exceptions that prove the rule, and while unquestionably iconic, none of these wines is a mono-varietal Cabernet Franc. Enter Antinori's Matarocchio, a bottling that's poised to be the new cult Super Tuscan.
The late, great Aldo Conterno was born into a legendary winemaking family. From the Conterno home in Monforte d'Alba in the prized Bussia Soprano vineyard in the heart of the Barolo region of Serralunga, the Conterno family has been producing and aging the great Piemontese wines for more than five generations. Aldo left his brother, Giovanni, at their father's cellar, the legendary Giacomo Conterno estate, in 1969 to pursue his own winemaking interests at his own estate, Poderi Aldo Conterno in the "Favot" cellar.
November 21, 2017
Introducing Two New Italian Producers (with Four Great Wines)! And Gaja’s ’11 Costa Russi!
November 20, 2017
Two Under $60 Grower Champagnes! Indigenous Campania Reds! And Historic Giacosa Barbaresco!
"Wine should be a perfect copy of its terroir," says Davide Rosso, the owner-winemaker at Giovanni Rosso, a 40-acre, family-owned-and-operated estate in the heart of Serralunga d'Alba. Vinegrowers since the late nineteenth century, Giovanni Rosso began estate-bottling its wines in 1995, a good idea, since this small yet mighty estate's 11 parcels include holdings in the prime Barolo vineyards of La Serra, Vigna Rionda and Cerretta. In 2001, Davide, a trained enologist who studied at Burgundy legends Domaine Jean Grivot and Domaine Denis Mortel, took control of the estate, ushering it into the modern age.
Champagne is the most imitated, most unique, most recognized and most archetypal wine on the planet. Songs and poems celebrate it, and literature glorifies it. Champagne symbolizes celebration, achievement, romance and luxury (and it's one of the most flexible, food-friendly wines available). Even if it's crafted in only one area in France from just a couple of grape varietals, Champagne comes in a dizzying range of styles, flavor profiles and textures, and today we're delighted to present two wines that both evoke Champagne's mystery and its scope, Vilmart & Cie Champagne Grande Réserve NV and Marc Hébrart Champagne Brut Rosé NV. More than just delicious, these grower Champagnes are priced at less than $60 a bottle, making them indispensable and affordable luxuries.
November 16, 2017
Sandrone Barolo for the Holidays? Super-Tuscan Star Chianti Classico! And Flawless Sherry!
November 15, 2017
Paolo Bea’s Winter White, Historic Antinori Chianti Classico, and Benchmark Vietti Barolo!
Luciano Sandrone always wanted to be a winemaker. He began his career as a cellar-man working in the historic Marchesi di Barolo estate, saving his money until he could afford to buy his first parcel of land in Cannubi Boschis in 1977, and, having spent all his savings to buy his land, Sandrone began making his wines in his parents' garage. Sandrone quietly worked, revising his techniques, until he caught the wine world's attention with his 1989 and 1990 vintages. Since then, nothing has slowed down for Sandrone, and that's just fine with this winemaker's many ardent fans. A master winemaker, Sandrone boasts holdings in some of the most legendary plots in Barolo, and his highly sought-after Barolos sit among the elite wines of Piemonte, if not the world.
Cold weather is here on the East Coast, and while you may be reaching for your Barolo and Brunello, we want to remind you that not all winter wines are red. In fact, "skin-contact" or "orange" wines are the whites that drink like reds--textured, weighty, complex, and hefty enough to warm you from the inside. Today, we're proud to present Paolo Bea's beautifully complex 2015 Bianco Santa Chiara. A blend of white grapes vinified with extended contact with their skins, Bianco Santa Chiara is as delicious in cold weather as it is in warm. And as food-friendly as it is unique, this weighty, satisfying amber wine offers a complement to a wide range of foods from antipasto to seafood to roasted white meats.
November 14, 2017
IWM’s Favorite Organic Prosecco! Sleeper Barbaresco Vintages from Dante Rivetti and Giacosa!
November 13, 2017
Canalicchio di Sopra's Radiant '12 Brunello! Plus $55 Rivetti Barbaresco, and Tignanello Splits!
Prosecco is Italy's most emblematic sparkling wine. Beloved for its refreshing acidity, pleasant aromatics and delicate flavors of peach and green apple, Prosecco is a perfect sparkler for food from antipasti to dessert--and its reasonable price point and easy-drinking nature makes it a favorite in Italy and abroad. Crafted from the indigenous Prosecco grape (though sometimes grapes from the Pinot family appear), the very best Prosecco comes from the hilly region in the Veneto's Conegliano-Valdobbiadene zone, whose steep slopes require most producers to do most operations by hand.
One of the Brunello makers that IWM has championed for years, Canalicchio di Sopra is a former sharecropping family that has come to be a world-class winemaking force. Guided by the past and influenced by the present, Canalicchio's winemaking protocol picks the best of modern and traditional methods to craft an authentic Brunello that speaks of its vineyards' high altitude and north Montalcino terroir, and the resulting wines possess rich cherry fruit layered with notes of smoke, minerals, and earth--as well as those telltale Montalcino aromatics. Best of all, Canalicchio Brunello generally offers the Holy Grail of Brunello, a wine that's both drinkable now and capable of developing over time in the cellar.
November 9, 2017
High Performing, Full-Throttle Reds from Livio Sassetti Pertimali, La Sala and Maltroye!
November 8, 2017
Benchmark Wines from Aldo Conterno, Poggio di Sotto, and Didier Dagueneau!
IWM loves to champion family-owned estates that make artisanal wines, and this is why we love Livio Sassetti Pertimali. The Sassetti family has been farming for many generations, and winemaking has long been their livelihood--and their passion. Livio Sassetti inherited the winemaking tradition, but he wanted to make his own mark in the wine world, so in the early 1970's he followed his ambition to Montalcino, where he purchased land in Montosoli and founded the Pertimali estate, named for a cottage on the property. The 39-acre estate now rests in the hands of Livio and his sons, Lorenzo and Luciano, who join him in the production of elegant, complex, and aromatic wines that marry the distinctive Montalcino terroir with the structure of Burgundy.
Called the "King of Barolo," Aldo Conterno was a traditionalist who wasn't afraid of innovation. Descended from a line of Langhe winemakers who took great pride in growing the highest quality Nebbiolo and crafting the best Piemonte wines, Aldo became one of those few producers who could deliver approachability with longevity. While Aldo passed away about five years ago, his meticulous winemaking skills carry on at Poderi Aldo Conterno, and the estate's team, led by Aldo's sons, maintains the unmistakable identity of an Aldo Conterno Barolo, vintage after superb vintage. Today, we're very proud to present the newly released 2013 Aldo Conterno Barolo Bussia, the estate's traditional blended Barolo that is radiant, expressive and simply superb and, priced at less than $83, is an affordable luxury.
November 7, 2017
Beautiful Bottles of Fall’s Ideal Wine, Barolo! And One Must-Have Puligny-Montrachet!
November 6, 2017
Celebrating Antinori and Tenuta San Guido’s Lesser-Known Wines
Along with Bartolo Mascarello and Giacomo Conterno, Bruno Giacosa is one of the greatest producers of traditionally styled Barolo. Surprisingly, Giacosa himself is not an enologist; he learned by working with his father and grandfather, who taught him traditional winemaking. Today, we're delighted to offer special time-sensitive pricing on Bruno Giacosa 2012 Barolo Falletto di Serralunga, a wine that offers unusually early accessibility, yet holds the structure to age beautifully for years to come. 2012 was an atypical growing year for Piemonte--a snowy winter led to a warm summer, but harvest saw cool temperatures--but this radiant Barolo from Bruno Giacosa embodies the grace of the vintage in its open-knit, aromatic profile.
Pian delle Vigne, purchased by the Antinori family in 1995, illustrates how the Antinori excellence in Tuscany extends beyond the borders of Chianti Classico and Bolgheri and into the center of Montalcino. 470 acres in total, Pian delle Vigne sits south of Montalcino near the Orcia River Valley and has more than 160 acres planted to vine, about half of which date back to the estate's founding. A mix of clay and limestone, Pian delle Vigne's stony vineyards are ideal for ripening the estate's Sangiovese grapes, and the estate's Brunelli are luminous embodiments of their vintages. Today, we're delighted to present the welcoming, muscular 2012 Brunello from Pian delle Vigne. Antinori's Pian Delle Vigne Brunello always punches far above its price point, and this creamy, vibrant, and aromatic bottling is simply stellar.
November 2, 2017
Big, Beautiful Bottles of Sassicaia and Rinaldi Brunello! And Cult Cru Brunello from Silvio Nardi!
November 1, 2017
Rare Quintarelli Alzero Sale! Under $30 Dante Rivetti Barbera! And Mastroberardino Magic!
Important wines deserve big bottles. For one thing, wine matures better in large formats because the lower air-to-wine ratio means that the wine ages more slowly, allowing its various elements to mellow more harmoniously, more seamlessly and more completely. For another, large format bottles provide visual impact, a symbol for your large heart and generosity. Finally, big bottles of wine are better because no one wants to run out of wine, and that's especially true when the wine in question is Sassicaia. Today, we're delighted to present big, beautiful double magnums of 2014 Sassicaia, the most recent release of the original Super-Tuscan.
The wine that IWM Founder Sergio Esposito calls "Cheval Blanc on steroids," Quintarelli Alzero has earned a collectability rivaled only by the estate's Amarone. A blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc and Merlot, Alzero is a massive--and massively delicious--wine that Quintarelli makes only in the very best years, solely from fruit derived from old vines. Vintage after vintage, Alzero impresses with its kaleidoscopic palate and indescribably textured mouth-feel. Today, we're proud to present nine vintages of Quintarelli Alzero, spanning 1984 to 2007, at special, time-sensitive pricing.
October 31, 2017
New 2012 Biondi-Santi Brunello Release! New Cult Alberico! And Affordable Aldo Conterno!
October 30, 2017
Unexpected, Affordable and Delicious Trio from Italy’s South! And $90 Cru Brunello Riserva
Even before its release, Biondi-Santi's 2012 Brunello Annata was garnering praise--some industry insiders have already cast the estate's release as a contender for wine of the vintage. 2012 began with a wet spring, peaked with a hot and dry summer, and culminated in a harvest with terrific diurnal temperature difference, which is ideal for ripening Sangiovese Grosso grapes. Challenging yet rewarding to wine-growers, 2012 saw the lowest Sangiovese Grosso production level in Montalcino since 1947, and the '12 Brunello vintage blends power with finesse in its extraordinary wines--and while this is true for average Brunelli, the vintage reaches its apogee in the hands of the Il Greppo estate. Today, we're proud to present Biondi-Santi Il Greppo 2012 Brunello di Montalcino.
Despite Sicily's thousands of years of winemaking history, its winemakers have only recently come into their own. Until the last few decades, Sicilia, whose hot and dry stable climate makes the island a kind of wine wonderland, primarily produced grapes of great quantity--not quality. However, the past few decades have seen the rise of boutique Sicilian producers, winemakers who honor the island's winemaking history with organic growing, traditional vinification, and deliberate, mindful focus on the island's indigenous grapes--like Nerello Mascalese, Nero d'Avola, and Frappato for noteworthy reds, and Catarratto, Malvasia, and Inzolia for whites. One of our favorites in this new breed of thoughtful Sicilian winemakers is Graci, a family-owned-and-operated estate high on the slopes of Mount Etna.
October 26, 2017
Stunning 2013 Bartolo Mascarello Barolo! Montevertine Rosso! And Your Go-To White!
October 25, 2017
Nebbiolo Favorites, Prunotto’s Silky Barolo and Seghesio’s “Baby Barolo”! And Cru Brunello!
Since assuming control of the estate named for her father, Bartolo Mascarello, Maria Teresa Mascarello has been on a roll. Each new vintage of Mascarello Barolo seems finer, purer, more expressive and more stunning, and, if today's wine is any indication, Maria Teresa's upward trajectory is endless. Even before its release Bartolo Mascarello's 2013 Barolo was gaining buzz for its sheer, breathtaking beauty. The hype was not wrong. Today, we're delighted to announce the release of Bartolo Mascarello's highly anticipated 2013 Barolo, a benchmark vintage that Maria Teresa interpreted with unquestionable winemaking prowess.
Venerable and respected, the Prunotto estate got its start in 1904, when Alfred Prunotto helped to found a wine collective in Serralunga; in 1922, this collective disbanded, and Alfred founded his own winery in its place. When Alfred looked to retire, he turned his winery over to enologist Beppe Colla, who ran it with his brother Tino until their retirement in the '90s. Antinori joined forces with Prunotto in 1989, and a year later, Albiera Antinori joined the estate, aiming to fine-tune the wines of Prunotto. In 1994, Antinori assumed full control, and since then, Albiera and the Antinori team have quietly been crafting one knockout wine after another.
October 24, 2017
Cerbaiona’s Last Super Tuscan! Two Divine Chianti Classico Wines! And André Clouet Cuvée 1911!
October 23, 2017
Begali’s $80 Cru Amarone, Superb 1970 Bartolo Mascarello Barolo, and Ada Nada’s $45 Barbaresco!
When he founded the Cerbaiona estate in the '70s, former Alitalia pilot Diego Molinari chose neighbor Franco Biondi-Santi as his role model, using vine clippings from Biondi-Santi's vineyards and adopting the master's traditional methods to craft concentrated, mineral-laden wines. In 2015, Diego sold his cult estate to a high-powered group of investors and wine connoisseurs, and, now helmed by Gary Rieschel and Matthew Fioretti, Cerbaiona is upping the bar on its wines with every vintage. Our clients have come to know and love Cerbaiona for its Brunello and Rosso di Montalcino, but the estate also makes a Super-Tuscan gem; today we're happy to offer the BEST PRICE in the country on Cerbaiona 2014 Rosso IGT.
Sitting among the cherry orchards on the colorful Alpine hillsides of Valpolicella near Verona and Lake Garda, Begali's 19-acre vineyards in Ca'Bianca is one of IWM's favorite unsung producers. This committed winemaking family bottles only its best grapes, selling the rest to merchants, meaning that what wine-lovers get are high quality wines. Concentrating on indigenous Corvina, Corvinone, Rondinella and Molinara, the basis for the estate's normale Amarone and its cru Monte Ca' Bianca, Begali is a producer that IWM has championed for years. Today, we're delighted to present a new allocation of Begali 2012 Amarone Monte Ca' Bianca, a bottling that's just beginning to enter its drinking window.
October 19, 2017
30 Aldo Conterno Wines, All On Sale! And Two Delicious Under $30 Antinori Super Tuscans!
October 18, 2017
Ornellaia’s “Essential” 2014 Flagship, Cru Prunotto Barbera, and Value-Packed Château de la Maltroye
Barolo, they say, is the "King of Wines," and Aldo Conterno was called the "King of Barolo." While Aldo himself passed away five years ago, his legacy continues in the wines he made during his lifetime, in the estate that bears his name, and in the traditions he left behind. Today, we're delighted to present thirty Aldo Conterno wines, all at special, time-sensitive pricing. You'll find multiple vintages of Aldo Conterno's iconic Baroli Bussia, Cicala, Colonello, and Vigna Romirasco; and you'll find benchmark vintages of the estate's legendary Barolo Granbussia Riserva. But the beauty of Aldo Conterno extends into everyday wines, and this offer also has Conterno's Barbera, Langhe Nebbiolo Il Favot, Chardonnay Bussiador and Langhe Rosso.
A signature IWM producer, Tenuta dell'Ornellaia is a remarkable estate, capable of crafting collector wines, everyday wines, and wines that appeal to a broad range of palates. Building on Bolgheri's Super-Tuscan boom and choosing vines to showcase its natural, rocky terroir, Ornellaia planted its vineyards with grapes traditional to Bordeaux, forgoing Sangiovese that is so archetypal to Toscana. The estate's 190 acres of predominantly Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot, with small plantings of Cabernet Franc vines, lie on elevated parcels composed of clay, gravel, and loam soils, and its clones of diverse origins yield a rich, nuanced palate.
October 17, 2017
Full-Throttle Fall Reds: Bea Sagrantino, 2004 Brunello Riserva, and Tignanello Chianti Classico
October 16, 2017
Exploring Toscana’s Magic with Terriccio’s Super-Tuscan Gems
Umbria's Sagrantino has the distinction of being one of the world's most tannic grapes. Most likely brought to Umbria during the twelfth century, Sagrantino was until fairly recently solely vinified in the passito method to make a desert wine. In the past few decades, however, winemakers like Paolo Bea, an IWM signature producer and a standard bearer for the natural wine movement, have realized that they can also use the grape to make superlatively balanced, ruby-colored, long-aging wines. Today, we're delighted to bring back Paolo Bea's outstanding 2009 Rosso de Véo, a delicious, multi-layered, and textured Sagrantino wine that's just beginning to hit its stride.
Although only founded in the 1980s, Castello del Terriccio has agricultural history that stretches back to the Middle Ages, and today, the estate crafts beautiful Super-Tuscan wines from its 148 acres in Maremma that range along the Tyrrhenian Sea. Terricio's wines are hard to secure, but, working with our European sources, IWM managed to score a range of Terriccio wines, both recent releases and mature bottlings, including the estate's twin flagship wines, Lupicaia and Castello del Terriccio. This offer presents 17 different bottlings, all at special, time-sensitive pricing. It's a fantastic opportunity to thrill your palate with undiscovered Super Tuscans, to fill your cellar with a mixed case or two, or simply to indulge your excellent taste, both now and down the road!
October 12, 2017
Voerzio’s 2013 Barolo Releases! Debuting 2014 Grattamacco! And Benchmark Vega-Sicilia!
October 11, 2017
21-Bottle Tenuta dell’Ornellaia Salute! Go-To Riesling! And 2015 Chateauneuf-du-Pape!
Roberto Voerzio, the mad scientist of Piemonte, is exacting, meticulous, and dedicated, almost to the point of lunacy. A believer in the value of cru wines, Voerzio produces Barolos and one Barbera Riserva from the most highly esteemed sites of the La Morra commune--Brunate, La Serra, Cerequio, Rocche dell'Annunziata, Vecchie Vite dei Capalot e dell Brunate, and Sarmassa. Voerzio's wines have garnered an ardent following of impassioned fans who excitedly await every new release. Today, we're going to make these fans very happy with a trio of outstanding 2013 cru Baroli from Roberto Voerzio, the estate's ethereal yet vibrant Barolo Brunate, the aromatic and textured Barolo Cerequio, and the muscular but elegant Barolo La Serra.
Tenuta dell'Ornellaia, the makers of Masseto, Le Serre Nuove, Le Volte and its flagship wine, Ornellaia, is no stranger to IWM's clients. This estate, established in 1981, gets its name from the grove of flowering ash trees surrounding the winery. Although founded by Lodovico Antinori, nephew of Sassicaia's maker and brother to Piero Antinori, Tenuta dell'Ornellaia has been owned by the Frescobaldi group for almost two decades, and its head winemaker, Axel Heinz, has earned a reputation for excellence with the estate's range of consistently great wines. Today, we're excited to give you a 21-bottle salute to Tenuta dell'Ornellaia, a fantastic opportunity to indulge in--or stock up on--wines from an IWM signature producer.
October 10, 2017
Paolo Bea Gems in Red and White! Scarzello’s Lush $70 Barolo! And Must-Have d’YQuem!
October 9, 2017
Pop the Billecart-Salmon Corks! It's IWM's Anniversary!
We speak of Umbria's Paolo Bea in the same breath as Quintarelli, Valentini, Gravner and Rinaldi; they are producers of rustic, handcrafted wines that defy standards and draw few comparisons. Today, we're very proud to present five glorious full-throttle Paolo Bea reds and one debut appearance of the estate's voluptuous Santa Chiara Umbria Bianco, a must-have orange wine. Umbria's Paolo Bea is a standard bearer in Italy's natural wine movement and a signature producer here at IWM, and today's offer gives clients a chance to secure double magnums of Sagrantino di Montefalco Secco Pagliaro from 2010, 2009, 2008 and 2000, as well as normal-sized bottles of its '10 of Sagrantino di Montefalco Secco Pagliaro, its 2010 Rosso di Montefalco Riserva Pipparello, and its 2015 Santa Chiara, a brand new release!
Billecart-Salmon Champagne was the first wine IWM carried that came from outside Italy. It's a testament to this Champagne house that it was the first, and that all these years later IWM still champions it. One of the few remaining family-owned-and-operated, medium-sized Champagne houses, Billecart-Salmon, which got its name when Nicolas François Billecart married Elisabeth Salmon, is located in the renowned Champagne area of Mareuil-sur-Aÿ, France. Billecart-Salmon has a discernable house style, one that relies heavily on really excellent grapes, most of which they grow themselves on 37 acres of vineyards, the rest deriving from very trusted farmers.
October 5, 2017
Debuting Sandrone’s Superb 2013 Baroli! Antinori’s Pinot Noir! 20-Year-Old Quintarelli!
October 4, 2017
Super Tuscans from Petrolo and Castello dei Rampolla! And Antinori’s Spin on Aglianico!
Luciano Sandrone might have been born into a family of carpenters, but since he was a teen, he wanted to be a winemaker. Luciano began his career as a cellar-man working in the historic Marchesi di Barolo estate, saving his money until he could afford to buy his first parcel of land, 2.5 acres in Cannubi Boschis in 1977. Sandrone made his wines in his parents' garage, quietly working and revising his techniques until he caught the wine world's attention with his 1989 and 1990 vintages. Since then, nothing has slowed down for Sandrone, and it would seem that neither he nor his fans would want it to.
Called the "Le Pin of Tuscany," Petrolo makes wines with the sleek, silky, elegance of classic Merlot--and then imbues these qualities with freshness, acidity, and that ineffable Tuscan terroir. Sitting in a historical winemaking area, Petrolo possesses an idyllic elevation high above the Tuscan plain, a unique microclimate, and terrific galestra soils. A powerhouse of a wine with lots of structure and age-worthiness, Galatrona was first created by Luca Sanjust in 1994, and this spectacular wine consistently garners rave reviews from critics and passion from cognoscenti. Today, we're proud to present the 2006 Petrolo Galatrona, a wine that's ready to drink right now (although it'll age beautifully over the next decade).
October 3, 2017
Debuting the 2014 Masseto! Cantina Terlano’s White Diamond! And La Rioja Alta Gem!
October 2, 2017
Three Benchmark Vintages, Three Superb Wines: Canalicchio di Sopra, Biondi-Santi and López de Heredia
Masseto is a wine so great that it compelled its makers to give it its own home. Originally part of the Tenuta dell'Ornellaia estate located in the Bolgheri region of Tuscany, Masseto is now its own entity, a testament to the Italian Merlot that challenges the best of Pomerol, and right now Masseto's own cantina is under construction, slated to be finished in time for Winemaker and Estate Director Axel Heinz and his staff to craft the 2018 release! Today, IWM is proud to announce the release of the 2014 vintage of Masseto, a wine that has sustained its collector status since its inaugural 1986 vintage. Masseto is consistently great, but 2014--an anomalously wet, cool and long vintage--sees a remarkably sophisticated yet intense Masseto release.
One of the Brunello makers that IWM has championed for years, Canalicchio di Sopra is a former sharecropping family that has come to be a world-class winemaking force. Influenced by the past and the present, the estate's winemaking protocol picks the best of modern and traditional methods to craft an authentic Brunello that speaks of its vineyards' high altitude and north Montalcino terroir. Canalicchio di Sopra Brunello possesses rich cherry fruit layered with notes of smoke, minerals, and earth--as well as those telltale Montalcino aromatics. Best of all, Canalicchio Brunello generally offers the Holy Grail of Brunello, a wine that's both drinkable now and capable of developing over time in the cellar.
September 28, 2017
Nine Spectacular 2016 Paul Pernot Burgundy Debuts
September 27, 2017
Two New Montevertine Releases! Fontodi’s Historic Cru Chianti! And CVNE Imperial Gran Reserva
At almost 57 acres, Domaine Paul Pernot is big for Pugliny-Montrachet, and it sports the largest holdings in several important vineyards, including, among others, Bienvenues Bâtard-Montrachet. Pernot's marl-and-gravel premier and grand cru plots are planted with vines as old as sixty years, and even the newest plantings have upwards of twenty years, helping to give the estate its well-deserved sterling reputation. But as much as the estate's location creates the foundation for success, its careful tending by the semi-retired Paul Pernot, along with his sons Michel and Paul (and Paul's son Phillipe, who also owns and runs Pernot Belicard), deserves much of the credit. Laser-precise, detailed, refreshing, layered, and lingering, the wines of Paul Pernot have long been a staple of Burgundy lovers who are in the know.
Sergio Manetti redefined the Super-Tuscan revolution when he shifted the focus to his love, Sangiovese. Displeased with the way that other producers added "vitigni migliorativi," or international grapes, to Sangiovese in an attempt to produce wines with broader appeal, Manetti became a Sangiovese purist. A former steel manufacturer who turned his vacation home into his winery, Manetti debuted his mono-varietal Sangiovese Le Pergole Torte in 1977 and left the Chianti Consorzio in 1981. Though Manetti died in 2000, leaving the estate to his son, Martino, he changed the wine world and the way we understand Sangiovese.
September 26, 2017
Dal Forno 2011 Duo Debut! The Prince’s White Diamond! And Paolo Bea’s Amber Beauty!
September 25, 2017
Debuting Aldo Conterno’s 2013 Barolo Trio and 2014 Chardonnay Bussiador
Hometown hero Romano Dal Forno, the "Grape King of the Veneto," was born in a house a few kilometers away from the place where he would later found his estate. Romano apprenticed at the side of the late, great Giuseppe Quintarelli, where he learned to privilege quality over quantity, to use a philosophy of honoring the land as a foundation, and to work tirelessly to create excellence. This dedication has driven Romano to constantly strive harder to make extraordinary, age-worthy wines, and it has kept the estate at the pinnacle of Amarone production since its founding in 1983.
Earning the nickname of the "King of Barolo," Aldo Conterno was a traditionalist who wasn't afraid of innovation. Aldo passed away about five years ago, but his meticulous winemaking skills carry on at Poderi Aldo Conterno, and the estate's team, led by Aldo's sons, maintains the unmistakable identity of an Aldo Conterno Barolo, vintage after superb vintage. Descended from a line of Langhe winemakers who have always taken great pride in their craft and in growing the highest quality Nebbiolo within Piemonte, Aldo was one of those few producers who could deliver approachability with longevity. Few wines stride the line between modern and fruit-forward wines and those of nuance and finesse, but Aldo Conterno Barolos can.
September 21, 2017
Gaja’s Tremendous ‘14 Barbaresco Debuti, Bea’s Beautiful Sagrantino, and Valdicava “Baby Brunello”
September 20, 2017
2015 Burgundy Flash Sale!
We think of Angelo Gaja as a trendsetter. His early innovations began with the 1961 vintage and included the choice to bottle only estate-grown wines, the reduction of crop size, shortened pruning of Nebbiolo vines, and decreased fermentation periods; 1967 saw Gaja's bottling of single-vineyard Barbarescos with his debut of Sorì San Lorenzo; and the 1975 vintage marked his inaugural use of small French oak barrels. Gaja's restless work to market his wines to the world's elite was groundbreaking and very successful. Still very busy in the vineyard, Gaja looks toward retirement, and he has trained his children to be as restless, innovative and mindful as he.
Even before the release of its wines, 2015 was gaining buzz as a benchmark Burgundy vintage--possibly one of the great vintages of our lifetime. Marked by a warm, dry summer and one of the earliest harvests on record, the 2015 growing season ended with ripe, luscious wines with phenolic intensity that retained sprightly acidity. While the many challenges of 2015's growing season required vigilance in the vineyards to handle its poor bud break, "shatter," hail and powdery mildew, winemaking was relatively easy because of the high quality of the grapes--indeed, Dominique Gallois, vigneron at Domaine Gallois, said that the grapes were so delicious he had to tell his pickers to stop eating them.
September 19, 2017
Dal Forno’s 1990 Amarone Gem, Cerbaiona’s Introductory Trio, and Vintage Álvaro Palacios
September 18, 2017
La Spinetta 2013 Barbaresco Quartet Debuts, $22 Dessert Wine, and Superb Fontodi Chianti Classico
Romano Dal Forno holds the nickname of the "Grape King of the Veneto," but, while well-earned, that name is a little misleading. True, this world-class winemaker takes remarkable pains in his vineyards, keeping his yield to an astounding 11 oz. of grapes per vine. Certainly, Romano's choice to grow his vines densely, creating competition between the vines for essential nutrients, challenges the plants to grow more concentrated berries and thus creates a dense, opulent wine from its beginning.
Even before many wines have hit the shelves, 2013 is gaining a reputation for stellar Piemonte wines. We've offered a select few of the '13 Baroli, and today we're debuting the first of the 2013 Barbaresco, selecting four cru wines from cult winemaker La Spinetta: the estate's refined yet welcoming Barbaresco Bordini, its radiant and muscular Barbaresco Gallina, its classic and structured Barbaresco Starderi, and its burly and power-packed Barbaresco Valeirano, all offered at very competitive pricing.
September 14, 2017
Antinori’s Umbrian Meursault! 2013 Tignanello Splits! The Last of Il Poggione’s 2009 Brunello?
September 13, 2017
Benchmark Valdicava Brunello Riserva, Structured Sassicaia Splits, and Guigal’s Collector White!
IWM's portfolio managers love to surprise their clients with Antinori's Umbrian Chardonnay. It's a unique Italian white that resonates with Chardonnay's fragrant, kinetic profile--but with an unexpected Italian twist. Today, we're delighted to announce the imminent arrival of Antinori's 2015 Cervaro della Sala Chardonnay by offering time-sensitive pricing on this textured, enchanting wine. According to the Antinori team, 2015 was a temperate, sunny, and altogether "optimal" year at Cervaro della Sala. You couldn't ask for better weather, in short, and year's Cervaro della Sala Chardonnay reflects its gentle climate in its open-knit profile.
One of Montalcino's first single-vineyard Brunellos, Valdicava's Madonna del Piano Riserva arguably set the standard for cru Brunello wines. The 67 acres of Valdicava, which gets its name from the Valdicava Valley, sit on a high plane close to Montalcino in the coldest part of Toscana's Brunello zone. Wines from this area show a signature balance between body and perfume, offering great structure combined with intoxicating aromatics. Valdicava's Madonna del Piano vineyard sits in the middle of both the Valdicava valley and the biodynamically maintained Valdicava estate, so it's no surprise that the cru Brunello that comes from this site is an exceptional wine that bursts with its extraordinary terroir.
September 12, 2017
Three Benchmark Wines Return: 2013 Solaia, 2015 Giacosa Barbera, and 2009 Pontet-Canet Pauillac
September 11, 2017
The Ornellaia Collection, a Six Bottle Sampler! And Two Great Go-To Reds for Fall!
Tignanello may have introduced Antinori's Super-Tuscan wines to the world, but Solaia has never been in its shadows--somewhat literally, for this cru gets its name, Solaia or "the sunny one," from the vineyard where its grapes derive. Today, we're very proud to present a new allocation of the 2013 release of Antinori Solaia, a gorgeous representation of the benchmark Super-Tuscan growing vintage. Elegant and finessed yet carrying that trademark Antinori approachability, the 2013 Solaia bottling is stunning, and we're offering it at very competitive pricing. This classic Solaia bottling is just beginning to enter its drinking window with some decanting, but it has the breeding and the structure to drink for decades.
Tenuta dell'Ornellaia came to the tiny coastal DOC of Bolgheri in 1981, making it a relative upstart in Toscana in specific and the world of Italian wine in general. But Tenuta dell'Ornellaia quickly made up for lost time, becoming famous for its eponymous Bordeaux-blend Super Tuscan, its internationally beloved Merlot Masseto, its highly regarded second wine, Le Serre Nuove, and its entry-level Le Volte. Today, we're delighted to present the Ornellaia Collection, a curated group of six Tenuta dell'Ornellaia wines. This half-case sampler includes the 2011, 2012, 2013 and 2014 of its flagship Ornellaia, and one bottle each of its 2014 Le Serre Nuove and 2015 Le Volte!
September 7, 2017
Stellar 2013 Rinaldi Barolo Pair, Antinori's Umbrian Gold, and Must-Have 2008 Pomerol
September 6, 2017
Back by Client Demand: 2012 Masseto, Cru Silvio Nardi Brunello, and Bea's Amber Beauty!
For decades, Giuseppe, or Beppe, Rinaldi had long released two wines, Barolo Brunate-Le Coste and Barolo Cannubi S. Lorenzo-Ravera, both blends he iconoclastically chose to call by the names of the cru vineyards. A 2009 law, created as response to European-wide wine standards, allowed for the name of only one vineyard, which had to comprise at least 85% of the wine in the bottle, to be on the label--just one name, or none at all. This labeling issue presented a problem for producers like Rinaldi, one of the great standard bearers of traditional Barolo. Ultimately, Rinaldi adapted by bottling two new wines: a Rinaldi Brunate, blended with 15% Le Coste, and Barolo Tre Tine, a blend of three crus (though mysteriously unnamed, these three crus are likely San Lorenzo, Ravera and a bit of Le Coste).
If you are a Super-Tuscan aficionado, a hardcore fan of Merlot, or a connoisseur of Italian wine, you know Masseto. Once crafted as part of the Tenuta dell'Ornellaia family of wines, Masseto is so great, so singular and so celebrated that it compelled its makers to give it its own home. Masseto, whose grapes come from a 16-acre vineyard located on Bolgheri's Masseto hill, is now its own entity, a testament to the Italian Merlot that challenges the best of Pomerol. Today, we're delighted to announce a new allocation of the exceptional 2012 Masseto, a wine that our clients have repeatedly requested.
September 5, 2017
Ready to Drink Valdicava Brunello, $25 Transitional White, and d'Yquem Sauternes Flash Sale!
September 4, 2017
Get Ready for Wine Season--With IWM’s Wine Clubs! It’s a Flash Sale!
Whether it's the estate's normale Brunello, outstanding Madonna del Piano Brunello Riserva, or its Rosso di Montalcino, Valdicava makes wines that are intense, finessed, and fruit-laden. Balancing captivating acidity and age-worthy structure, Valdicava achieves remarkable elegance in its Brunelli that embody the Burgundian adage of "an iron fist in a velvet glove." There is one main reason for the consistent greatness of Valdicava's wines: winemaker Vincenzo Abbruzzese is a perfectionist. His organically maintained vineyards are idyllic wonderlands, and his spick-and-span wine cellar makes the most of modern and tradition techniques. For these reasons, Valdicava's suave, velvety Brunello wines have won the hearts of wine-lovers around the globe.
There is no one quite like Angelo Gaja, a winemaker who galvanized winemaking in Piemonte with his radical, even controversial viticultural techniques. Gaja's early innovations began with the 1961 vintage and included the choice to bottle only estate-grown wines, the reduction of crop size, shortened pruning of Nebbiolo vines, and decreased fermentation periods; 1967 saw Gaja's decision to bottle his iconic single-vineyard Barbarescos; and 1975 marked his inaugural use of small French oak barrels. But Gaja's innovation didn't begin and end with Barbaresco or even red wines. Gaia & Rey, the estate's flagship Chardonnay bottling, is a groundbreaking wine, and in the 1990s, Angelo would pour this Chardonnay to entice skeptical industry people to embrace his Barbarescos!
August 31, 2017
Barolo Retrospective, 1941 to 2013, All on Sale!
August 30, 2017
Legendary ’61 Barolo Monfortino, Cult Miani Pair, and $55 Capanna Brunello
Yesterday, we were proud to offer you one of the greatest vintages of the greatest Barolo made, Giacomo Conterno's masterful 1961 Barolo Riserva Monfortino. Today, we're following up that offer with special, time-sensitive pricing on more than 160 Barolo bottlings, spanning vintages from 1941 to 2013. Called the "King of Wines and the Wine of Kings," Barolo is the most collectible, important Italian wine. Deriving from the prized vineyards in the Langhe Hills of the Piemonte region, just southwest of the town of Alba, Barolo is a full-bodied yet ethereal wine that should display elegance, depth, and a wealth of tastes and aromas. It is, along with Barbaresco, the defining expression of Nebbiolo, a thin-skinned grape that, much like the noble Pinot Noir, is fussy to grow yet capable of wines that transparently reflect their terroir.
Giacomo Conterno's legendary, inspiring Barolo Monfortino Riserva is a breathtaking wine. It's easy to categorize this Barolo as "collectable"; it is a collector staple whose appreciation on the market is unerring. But to simply understand Barolo Monfortino as a collector wine is to do its ineffable beauty an injustice. While Barolo Monfortino is a standard bearer for Barolo, it is also a wine that inspires winemakers--including its own--to raise their standards to do better, and to create a wine that shows its individual personality while reflecting its vintage and its ever-changing terroir. Today, we're very proud to present Barolo lovers with a once-in-a-lifetime wine, the harmonious, momentous and unforgettable Giacomo Conterno 1961 Barolo Monfortino Riserva.
August 29, 2017
Burgundy Flash Sale, More Than 300 wines 15%-70% off
August 28, 2017
Gaja’s Stellar ’12 Brunello, $75 Classic Barolo Riserva, and “Baby Brunello” from Canalicchio di Sopra
Burgundy lovers, it's your lucky day! Today, we're presenting you with more than 300 Burgundies, offered at 20 to 40% off our usual retail price when you buy a case or more! Mix yourself a case or two of the wines that you love, the wines that have intrigued you, or the wines that call out to you, and keep your cellar stocked and your dinner parties drinking for decades. You can choose red wines from producers like Domaine de Montille, Joseph Drouhin, Comte Georges de Vogüé, Bouchard Père et Fils, and Louis Jadot, or you can select white Burgundies from Domaine Faiveley, Girardin, or William Fèvre--and so many more!
After revolutionizing Piemonte winemaking, Angelo Gaja set his sights on Toscana, founding estates first in Bolgheri at the Ca' Marcanda estate and then in Montalcino at Pieve Santa Restituta. As you might expect from this maverick winemaker, Gaja's Pieve Santa Restituta Brunelli began garnering attention since the estate's inaugural 1995 vintage, the year when Gaja assumed full creative control of the estate. Gaja and his team craft the multi-site Brunello Rennina that blends from three vineyards closest to the parish church, pieve in Italian, and the single-vineyard Brunello Sugarille. In 2005, Gaja added 25 acres to his holdings, and these windy northeast vineyards give the grapes that comprise the estate's eponymous cuvée Brunello.
August 24, 2017
Cerbaiona’s ’12 Brunello Triumph Arrives! New Cru Barbera! And Crisp William Fèvre!
August 23, 2017
San Filippo’s Lush Brunello, Antinori’s Seaside White, and Lamarche Burgundy Sale!
When he founded his Cerbaiona estate in the '70s, Diego Molinari chose neighbor Franco Biondi-Santi as his role model, using vine clippings from Biondi-Santi's vineyards and adopting the master's traditional methods to craft powerful, mineral-laden wines. Diego believed in honest wines of terroir and letting the grapes speak for themselves, and the wine world has loved Cerbaiona's cult-inspiring wines from their beginning. Diego recently sold the estate, and these days, Cerbaiona's high-quality winemaking continues in the skilled hands of Gary Rieschel and Matthew Fioretti, who are upping the Cerbaiona quality level in making wines that are even more age-worthy, precise and beautiful.
Founded in 1972, the San Filippo estate has, in the past few years, found its footing among Montalcino's winemaking elite. Recently purchased by Roberto Gianelli, San Filippo enjoyed a renovation both inside and out, and together with its physical transformation, this 54-acre estate (27 under vine) has revamped its winemaking protocol with the help of Paolo Caciorgna. In addition to relying on primarily non-interventionist methods in the vineyards, San Filippo practices rigorous protocol in the cellar that includes a prolix aging process in a combination of vats, barriques, botti, and yet more vats before bottling.
August 22, 2017
Stunning Clerico Barolo, $27 Antinori Super Tuscan, and Benchmark Bouchard Volnay!
August 21, 2017
Lustrous Valdicava Brunello Riserva, New Antinori Chianti Release, and Benchmark Bordeaux!
One of the renegade band of winemakers known as the "Barolo Boys," Domenico Clerico started his career as a progressive winemaker, breaking from traditional Barolo protocol. But as Clerico matured, his wines moved toward the traditional end of the spectrum. When Domenico took control of his father's Piemonte estate in 1976, he recognized the innate value of these vineyards and shifted the focus of the family business from growing and selling grapes to growing grapes and making wine. In 1977, Domenico acquired his first plot in the Bussia district of Barolo, and he bought his first eight acres in Ginestra in 1981, enlarging his holdings in 2001 with an additional 13 acres.
A wonderland of biodynamically grown vines rowed with indigenous flowers and grasses, the Valdicava estate gets its name from the Valdicava Valley, home of the greatest single-vineyard Brunello wines. Sitting on a high plane close to Montalcino in the coldest part of Toscana's Brunello zone, the wines of the Valdicava Valley balance their body and their perfume, offering great structure combined with intoxicating aromatics. Valdicava's Madonna del Piano vineyard sits in the middle of both the Valdicava Valley and the Valdicava estate, so it's no surprise that Valdicava's Madonna del Piano Riserva arguably sets the standard for cru Brunello. It's an exceptional wine that bursts with its extraordinary terroir.
August 17, 2017
Under $70 Benchmark Ornellaia, Collector Barolo from Antinori, and Outrageous Sammarco
August 16, 2017
Aldo Conterno’s Silky 2011 Trio, 1990s Prunotto Barbaresco, and Mastroberardino’s Marvel
Today, we're delighted to bring back Tenuta dell'Ornellaia 2013 Le Serre Nuove, one of the best iterations of Ornellaia's second wine we've ever seen. While Ornellaia's flagship wine is a remarkable Super Tuscan, its second-tier Le Serre Nuove is in some ways even more noteworthy. It's expected for flagship wines to be stunning, but it's rare when estates' "second" wines are absolutely first rate. Le Serre Nuove consistently is. IWM's staff gets legitimately excited when new shipments of Le Serre Nuove arrive; it's often the wine that we stockpile in our cellars, in no small part because it's a bottle that would be a flagship were it to come from any other estate.
IWM's clients love Aldo Conterno's Barolo Bussia, Barolo Cicala, and Barolo Colonello, and today, we're delighted to revisit this trio from 2011. Challenging to some producers, 2011 was a warm season for Piemonte, but Aldo's '11 Barolo releases spotlight the vintage's ripeness and fruit-forward character while also imparting the wines with sophistication and structure. These Aldo Conterno Baroli offer early approachability combined with terrific aromatics and structure, and they're studded with silky, polished tannins. This trio has been a big hit with IWM's clients, and we're happy to be able to offer a new allocation.
August 15, 2017
Giacomo Conterno Barolo Sale! Antinori’s Awesome Aglianico! And Super-Tuscan Gem!
August 14, 2017
Quintarelli Amarone Riserva Sale! Towering Rinaldi Barolo! Cru Fontodi Sangiovese!
In any vintage, Giacomo Conterno's Barolo Cascina Francia is the quintessence of Barolo. It's not just a classic expression; it is the very definition of Barolo, a wine that presents "good body, alcohol, and tannins, plus that certain something that gives longevity," elements that represent the pillars of a serious wine in the philosophy of Giacomo Conterno's maker, Roberto Conterno. Today, we're very pleased to present nine vintages of Giacomo Conterno Barolo Cascina Francia, all at special, time-sensitive pricing. Spanning the benchmark 2000 vintage to the remarkably approachable 2012 vintage, this offer is a dream collection for Barolo enthusiasts.
Giuseppe Quintarelli stands as the Veneto's most significant producer, renowned for his mystical, cellar-worthy Amarone, Recioto, and Alzero. Quintarelli, who passed away in 2012, was an absolute traditionalist who never changed the techniques set by his father Silvio Quintarelli in the 1920s. Relying on his forbears' techniques, Quintarelli steadfastly held to a rigorous concept of vintage approval and strict grape selection. He patiently let his wines rest in large Slovenian oak casks until they finished their fermentations, and he released his wines only when he decided that it was time. The end result of this equation is that Quintarelli's wines are unlike any others in the world.
August 10, 2017
$27 Guado al Tasso New Release, Vintage Quintarelli Gem, and Solaia Mini-Vertical!
August 9, 2017
Wines for Peak Experiences from Dal Forno, La Sala and Louis Jadot!
Guado al Tasso, Piero Antinori's flagship bottling from his eponymous Maremma estate, is one of IWM's fastest selling Super-Tuscan wines. It's often the first choice in Antinori wine for those in the know, and its fans eagerly await each new release. IWM clients love Guado al Tasso for its silky tannins, succulent fruits, subtle earth and sophisticated style, and this profile sets the template for the estate's stellar entry-level wine Il Bruciato. Absolutely delicious and under $27 a bottle, Il Bruciato acts as a calling card for the Guado al Tasso estate. It's the Bolgheri Super Tuscan you'll want to enjoy every night of the week!
Born in a house just a few kilometers away from the land that would become his estate, Romano Dal Forno is a hometown hero. Now called the "Grape King of the Veneto," Romano began his winemaking career as an apprentice for the late, great Giuseppe Quintarelli. At this storied Veneto estate, Romano learned to privilege quality over quantity, to use a philosophy of honoring the land as a foundation, and to work tirelessly to create excellence. This dedication has driven Romano to constantly strive harder to make extraordinary, age-worthy wines, and it has kept his estate at the pinnacle of Amarone production since its founding in 1983.
August 8, 2017
30 Wines Under $30! Collector Vintage Dom Pérignon, and Affordable Cru Amarone
August 7, 2017
Three Great Italian Reds from Aldo Conterno, Paolo Bea and Valdicava!
Some nights call for a delicious, easy-drinking, and authentic bottle of wine. Here's an offer that will give you all that--and more! We've handpicked thirty wines, each less than $30, and all stamped with the IWM seal of approval. Boasting beloved sparklers, vibrant whites, artisanal rosés, full-throttle reds, and one dessert wine that's outstanding with chocolate, this list has something for every wine enthusiast. These bottles may be affordable, but don't let these price points fool you--these wines were made with passion, sourced impeccably, and brought with care to your table.
Situated in Monforte d'Alba in the prized Bussia Soprano vineyard in the heart of the Barolo region of Serralunga, the Conterno family has been producing and aging the great Piemontese wines for more than five generations. The late Aldo left his brother at his father's cellar (the legendary Giacomo Conterno estate) in 1969 to pursue his own winemaking interests and to create the wines of Poderi Aldo Conterno in the "Favot" cellar, and over the past decade, Aldo Conterno's wines have grown more traditional in style. Today, we're proud to present the transparent yet intense 2011 Aldo Conterno Barolo Vigna Romirasco, a wine that while approachable almost upon release still has the structure to age for years.
August 3, 2017
Chavy-Chouet Insider Burgundy, Benchmark Haut Brion, and Pristine Vintage Giacosa Barbaresco!
August 2, 2017
Seductive ’14 Guado al Tasso, Must-Have Piemonte White, and Big, Beautiful ’13 Solaia!
Rugged and jaunty, sixth-generation winemaker Hubert Chavy-Chouet has deep roots in Meursault. After selling his grapes for decades, Hubert decided he could do better, and since the '90s he has devoted himself to making exceptionally pure, unadulterated wines that we love to pour for our Burgundy lovers. Hubert turned over the running of the estate to his son Romaric in 2010, who has not merely ensured the domaine's dynasty of saturated, detailed wines but has raised the quality every year. Sitting on almost thirty acres comprising 70 parcels and spanning 15 appellations in Meursault, Puligny-Montrachet, Saint-Aubin, Volnay and Pommard, Domaine Chavy-Chouet flies under the radar, but that makes it all the more special.
Sometimes beauty springs from strangeness. 2014 was an odd growing year in Toscana, and it was especially weird in the coastal town of Bolgheri. A mild winter morphed into a warm yet dry spring that gave an early bud break. Summer turned cool and wet, but a dry and sunny fall turned what could have been a disastrous vintage into a surprisingly good, if low production, harvest. At Guado al Tasso, the Antinori team, led by longtime enologist and CEO Renzo Cotarella, met the myriad challenges with aplomb, and the resulting '14 Guado al Tasso is aromatic, lithe, and balanced. Today, we're delighted to announce a new allocation of the 2014 Guado al Tasso release.
August 1, 2017
Brunello Education, 150 Wines, 38 Producers, All at Special Pricing!
July 31, 2017
The Unforgettable '14 Flaccianello, Delicious Chianti Classico Duo, and Provençal Rosé Pair!
America loves Brunello. More than a quarter of total Brunello production is exported to America--and it makes sense. The Brunello region is responsible for profound, complex wines with nuances that rival those of Burgundy. According to the Brunello Consorzio, the region possesses over 24 distinct microclimates, each defined by a distinct amalgam of altitude, soil composition, and weather. It's easiest to break the Brunello region into three parts, central, north, and south. The areas of Canalicchio, Pianelli, and Montosoli form the northern zone; its lower altitudes and modified Mediterranean climate create wines that marry ripeness and structure, such as the wines of Canlicchio di Sopra, Sassetti Pertimali, Cupano and Valdicava do.
Ringed by cypress trees and lined with vineyards, the Conca d'Oro is the golden beating heart of Toscana. It's also the site of Fontodi, one of IWM's favorite producers. If you've never been to Italy, Fontodi's location is probably how you imagine Italy's countryside and if you have been to Italy, it's exactly how you remember it. It's not only a really lovely prospect; it's also a perfect one for growing Sangiovese. Today, we're delighted to announce a new allocation of the seamless, finessed 2014 Fontodi Flaccianello. This mono-varietal Sangiovese has long been a darling of connoisseurs and critics alike, and the '14 bottling will do nothing to dissuade the wine's ardent fans.
July 27, 2017
Sassicaia’s Little Brother! Seghesio’s “Baby Barolo”! And All of Meursault On Sale!
July 26, 2017
Back by Client Demand: $27 Ornellaia Super Tuscan, Vintage Soldera, and Grower Champagne!
IWM Founder Sergio Esposito has often said that if Guidalberto came from any estate other than Tenuta San Guido, the legendary makers of Sassicaia, it would be a flagship wine. The 2015 Guidalberto certainly testifies to this claim. A wonderfully enjoyable wine over the medium term, the '15 Guidalberto combines freshness with succulence, marrying jaunty acidity with ripe fruit, and accenting both qualities with polished, fine-grained tannins. Today, we're delighted to present the '15 Guidalberto, a wine we call "Sassicaia's little brother," at competitive pricing, and this recent vintage is so delicious that you might want to buy it by the case.
There are many reasons to love Le Volte. The third wine of Tenuta dell'Ornellaia, Le Volte is the estate's answer to immediate gratification, and this delicious Super Tuscan blends approachability with affordability, allowing you to drink it now, and to drink it every day. We've often said that if this wine came from any estate other than Super-Tuscan great Tenuta dell'Ornellaia, makers of Merlot wonder Masseto and its flagship Bordeaux-style blend, Ornellaia, you'd think Le Volte was first tier. Drinkable and delicious, Le Volte allows you to enjoy Ornellaia's beauty at a fraction of the price.
July 25, 2017
IWM Debuts Benchmark 2013 Releases from Castello dei Rampolla!
July 24, 2017
All of Gevrey-Chambertin at Special Pricing!
Today, we're delighted to present special, time-sensitive pricing on the benchmark 2013 Vigna d'Alceo and 2013 Sammarco. This power-packed Super-Tuscan duo from the biodynamic Castello dei Rampolla estate is ideal for wine-lovers looking for a change from Sassicaia or Ornellaia. We're always excited to debut new vintages of these beloved Super-Tuscan wines, and IWM is excited to be able to present the radiant, stellar and unforgettable 2013 vintage of Sammarco and Vigna d'Alceo to our clients first! The products of love, tenacity, and care, Castello dei Rampolla's wines compete with Super Tuscans from larger estates, but both Sammarco and Vigna d'Alceo are consistent favorites with IWM staff and our clients.
Gevrey-Chambertin is special. Located at the north end of the Côte d'Or, Gevrey-Chambertin's steep limestone slopes give it propitious growing conditions for the fussy Pinot Noir, the only grape grown in this region. So fantastic is the area for Pinot that Gevrey-Chambertin holds more premier and grand cru designations than any other area in the Côte d'Or--indeed, the region has so many old vines at the village level that producers forego the "Village" title and bottle the wine as a domaine Bourgogne Rouge, something that occurs almost solely in Gevrey-Chambertin. Rich, earthy, warming and wild, the wines of Gevrey-Chambertin grab you by the lapels and don't let go, and it's this reach-for-the-viscera quality that sets them apart.
July 20, 2017
Under-the-Radar Sangiovese Super Tuscan, Granbussia Trio, and Collector Georges de Vogüé
July 19, 2017
29-Year-Old Sassicaia, New Gaja Barolo Release, and Benchmark Gaja Brunello!
Dating back to the ninth century when it was built as a monastery, San Giusto a Rentennano is the epitome of a historic estate. It served as a military fortress and it also was home to Baron Bettino Ricasoli, who created the original formula for Chianti in 1874. Purchased by the Cigala family in the mid-twentieth century, this 395-hectare estate nestled in the Siena foothills currently is held in the capable and humble hands of Luca Cigala, along with his siblings Francesco and Elisabetta. Organic since 2008, San Giusto a Rentennano crafts a full range of traditional Tuscan wines with grace, élan and beauty--including the Super-Tuscan La Ricolma, one of Italy's finest Merlots.
Sassicaia is the standard bearer for elite Super Tuscans, but more than that, it's also an outstanding wine. Who wants to wait to enjoy it? Today, we're delighted to give you a chance to drink Sassicaia the way its makers intended: with perfect maturity. We're delighted to present magnums of 1988 Tenuta San Guido Sassicaia, a vintage that offers all the magic of a perfectly aged Sassicaia bottling. In fact, the "Sassicaia 8's" of 1988, 1998, and 2008 are the preferred vintages of the Incisa della Rocchetta family, and we're excited to offer this '88 Sassicaia with the "IWM Difference," our assurance of pristine provenance and perfect care throughout the wine's lifespan.
July 18, 2017
Back by Client Demand: Benchmark Paleo Rosso, Superb Soldera, and Cult Grower Champagne!
July 17, 2017
Six Vintages of Fontodi’s Hard-to-Find Cru Pinot Nero
When hometown Bolgheri winemaker Eugenio Campolmi founded Le Macchiole, he was embarking on a passion project, spurred by the desire to expand his family's restaurant business with winemaking. Since Eugenio's passing more than a decade ago, Le Macchiole has rested in the hands of his wife, Cinzia Merli, whose team works devotedly in the vineyards to make wines that speak eloquently of their unique Bolgheri terroir. Today, we're delighted to present the benchmark 2013 Paleo Rosso, the outstanding mono-varietal Cabernet Franc from Le Macchiole. As special as Le Macchiole's other mono-varietal wines are, there's something unique about its Cabernet Franc Paleo Rosso.
Today's wine is Pinot Nero Case Via, and it comes from Fontodi, an IWM signature producer. Clients who love Super Tuscans will know Fontodi as the winemaking force behind Flaccianello, one of the great mono-varietal Sangiovese Super Tuscans. Giovanni Manetti, Fontodi's owner-winemaker, sees his Pinot Nero Case Via as a labor of love; it's a wine he makes with his own hands in an effort to use a unique grape to convey the Tuscan terroir he loves. Manetti says of his Pinot Nero Case Via, "You taste the wine, you can feel Tuscany. You can feel the terroir, acidity--the bones of Tuscan wine."
July 13, 2017
Celebrating the Benchmark 2015 Burgundy Vintage with Special Pricing!
July 12, 2017
Sassetti Pertimali Brunello Trio! Fontodi’s New Cru Chianti Classico! And Under $20 Rosé Sparkler!
Marked by a warm, dry summer and one of the earliest harvests on record, the 2015 growing season ended with ripe, luscious wines with phenolic intensity that retained sprightly acidity. Indeed, 2015's red Burgundies are getting compared to the legendary 2005s, while the year's best white Burgundies marry energy with opulence and detail. The many challenges of 2015's growing season required vigilance in the vineyards to handle its poor bud break, "shatter," hail and powdery mildew; however, winemaking was relatively easy because of the high quality of the harvest--and the payoff is huge for Burgheads, who have an array of beautiful wines to enjoy both now and years down the road. Today, we're delighted to celebrate the 2015 Burgundy vintage with more than sixty beautiful bottles.
To the Sassetti family winemaking is not just a means to their livelihood--it's a passion. Livio Sassetti inherited the winemaking tradition from his forbears, but he wanted to make his own mark in the wine world, so in the early 1970's he followed his ambition to Montalcino, where he purchased land in Montosoli and founded the Pertimali estate, named for a cottage on the property. Today, the 39-acre estate rests in the hands of Livio and his sons, Lorenzo and Luciano, who join him in the production of elegant, complex, and aromatic wines that hold the structure of Burgundy and the distinctive Montalcino terroir.
July 11, 2017
Super-Tuscan Celebration: '11 Sammarco, '06 Paleo Rosso and '13 Redigaffi
July 10, 2017
The Paolo Scavino Collection, a Vintage Tribute to a Barolo Great
Last week, we were delighted to give our clients another chance to secure Castello dei Rampolla's luscious 2011 Vigna d'Alceo. Today, we're very happy to follow up that offer with the estate's outstanding 2011 Sammarco. Until recently, Castello dei Rampolla has remained slightly under the radar of Super-Tuscan enthusiasts, but its recent string of excellent vintages has brought this biodynamic winemaker more and more notice. Family-owned-and-operated, the small Castello dei Rampolla estate, which sits in the heart of Chianti Classico's Conca d'Oro, crafts terrific alternatives to iconic Super Tuscans Sassicaia and Solaia, and we've been saying for a few years that owner-winemaker Alceo di Napoli might very well have made the wines of the 2011 vintage with his two Super-Tuscan reds.
Paolo Scavino is a rare modernist Barolo maker. Unlike the wines of many modernist barolisti, Scavino's manage to blend approachability with tremendous longevity. Moreover, Scavino's wines appeal to international palates, but diehard lovers of traditional Barolo can still appreciate them. This ability to bridge so many dichotomies of old and new may stem from the fact that the roots of the Paolo Scavino estate stretch back to the nineteenth century, so Paolo Scavino has a sense of history. Indeed, the estate's modernity owes much to Enrico Scavino, who, as happened with many winemakers who inherited estates in the '70s, wanted to break with tradition.
July 6, 2017
Antinori’s Puglian Estate, Trio of Italian Whites, and Sleeper Vintage Valdicava!
July 5, 2017
Back By Client Demand: Castello dei Rampolla, Il Poggione, and Tua Rita!
For more than two years, IWM's clients have been enjoying Tormaresca Bocca di Lupo Castel del Monte, the mono-varietal Aglianico from Antinori's Puglian estate. Today, we're delighted to introduce you to four more wines from this unique estate, Tormaresca's sappy 2013 Chardonnay Pietrabianca, aromatic 2013 Calafuria Rosato, brooding 2013 Primitivo Torcicoda, and peppery 2012 Castel del Monte Rosso Trentangeli, an Aglianico, Cabernet Sauvignon and Syrah blend. To round out this offer, we've also brought back the estate's caressing 2011 Bocca di Lupo Castel del Monte, and its round yet structured 2010 bottling of the same wine. These six wines punch well above their price points, and each is a terrific representation of its special terroir.
Tucked into a valley near the Conca d'Oro in the heart of Toscana, Castello dei Rampolla sits in an ideal spot for winemaking, and indeed this estate makes ideal wines. Its biodynamic Super Tuscans Sammarco and Vigna d'Alceo have wowed IWM clients for years, and its textured Chianti Classico is a master class. Flying somewhat below the radar of other superstar Super Tuscans, those from biodynamically farmed, family-owned-and-operated Castello dei Rampolla offer terrific value--along with outrageously good drinking. Today, we're delighted to present special, time-sensitive pricing on a new allocation of the estate's stellar 2011 Vigna d'Alceo, a genial wine with energy, focus and drive.
July 3, 2017
The Cerbaiona Collection: Recent Releases from the Cult Montalcino Estate
June 29, 2017
Rare Aldo Conterno Sale! Antinori’s Affordable Super Tuscans! And Collector Scavino Barolo!
Today, Cerbaiona's winemaking tradition continues in the skilled hands of Gary Rieschel and Matthew Fioretti, and they're upping the Cerbaiona quality level in making wines that are even more age-worthy, precise and beautiful. Today, we're delighted to present special time-sensitive pricing on a quartet of Cerbaiona recent releases--you can buy these wines individually, or you can purchase the Cerbaiona Collection, a group of 54 wines that will keep you and your guests drinking beautifully for years to come.
Barolo, they say, is the "King of Wines," and Aldo Conterno was called the "King of Barolo." While Aldo himself passed away five years ago, his legacy continues in the wines he made during his lifetime, in the estate that bears his name, and in the traditions he left behind. Today, we're delighted to present more than twenty Aldo Conterno wines, all at special, time-sensitive pricing. You'll find multiple vintages of Aldo Conterno's iconic Baroli Bussia, Cicala, Colonello, and Romirasco; and you'll find two benchmark vintages of the estate's legendary Barolo Granbussia Riserva. But the beauty of Aldo Conterno extends into everyday wines, and this offer also has Conterno's Barbera, Langhe Nebbiolo Il Favot and Langhe Rosso.
June 28, 2017
Rare Wines: New Vega-Sicilia Único Reserva Especial, Fontodi Vin Santo, and Miani Collection
June 27, 2017
Exploring Sagrantino with Paolo Bea, Maltroye’s Bourgognes, and Summer Whites!
There are great wines, and then there are wines of great mystique, great tradition and great myth. The wines of Vega-Sicilia--arguably the most collectable and most historical estate in Spain's Ribera del Duero--hold all of these elusive traits. Today, we're delighted to present the most recent 2017 release of Vega-Sicilia Único Reserva Especial, the estate's coveted and rare non-vintage wine. A blend of the 2003, 2004 and 2006 vintages, the 2017 bottling of Único Reserva Especial is a tour-de-force of Spanish winemaking--and the only thing more special than the wine itself is the history behind it.
Sagrantino, Umbria's emblematic grape, has the distinction of being one of the most tannic grapes in the world. Interestingly, it also sports one of the highest quantities of phenolic compounds, the chemical compounds that occur in grapes that give wine its taste, color and even its mouth-feel. What this combination of qualities means is that Sagrantino wines potentially could age forever--but this combination also means that a Sagrantino wine sometimes can come over like a great, burly brute, unless, of course, that wine comes from the hands of Paolo Bea, IWM's favorite Umbrian producer.
June 26, 2017
Magnificent Magnums, IWM’s Biggest Sale!
June 22, 2017
Trio of Giacosa New Releases! The Prince’s Sémillon! And Our Favorite Warm Weather Red!
IWM's clients love being surprised by our flash sales, and today, we're dropping one of our biggest sales to date-- a list of beautiful wines--red, white, sparkling and dessert--all in magnum! Comprising almost 150 large-format wines, this offer includes IWM's signature Italian producers, select French winemakers, and a few special Spanish wines. You can choose from an array of wines for your cellar and your table, ensuring that your guests' glasses will never run dry! You'll find special sale pricing on wines from Italian producers like Aldo Conterno, Bruno Giacosa, Gaja, Tua Rita, and Tenuta San Guido. You'll also special sale pricing on French wines from producers like William Fèvre, Bonneau du Martray, Domaine Ponsot, Hubert Lignier, and Louis Jadot!
As our longtime clients know, Bruno Giacosa stands as one of the most respected producers of traditionally styled Barolo and Barbaresco, long-aging wines that are beloved by aficionados and coveted by collectors. Giacosa learned by working with his father and grandfather and became fascinated by what he could create from the Nebbiolo grape, especially when treated with viticultural techniques that are time-honored and true. Giacosa believes that in the past, winemakers worked more simply and with more care, and in doing so, they created wines that transcended their time while embodying their place and their tradition.
June 21, 2017
Bea’s Full-Figured Beauty! Big Bottles of Drink-Me Brunello! And Meet Your Go-To Red!
June 20, 2017
Three Stellar 2014 Fontodi Release Debuts: Flaccianello, Vigna del Sorbo and Chianti Classico
In the US, they're called "orange wines," in Europe "skin-contact wines." Whichever terminology you use, they are in demand. If a rosé is made by vinifying a red grape like a white grape, then an orange wine derives from vinifying a white grape like a red. This means that, as in red wine protocol, the grapes are left macerating on the skins for an extended period of time, something that imbues the white wine with characteristics usually attributable to reds: fuller bodies, deeper colors, more pronounced tannins, and unexpected complexity. Today, we're delighted to present the new 2011 release of one of our favorite "orange" wines, Paolo Bea Arboreus Umbria Bianco.
IWM's clients, our portfolio managers, and our dinner guests all love the wines of Fontodi. It's hard not to! Giovanni Manetti's team at Fontodi crafts wines both thoughtfully and passionately. Today, we're delighted to present special, time-sensitive pricing on a trio of new 2014 Fontodi releases: the estate's Chianti Classico, its cru Chianti Classico Riserva Gran Selezione Vigna del Sorbo, and its iconic Super-Tuscan Flaccianello. Resting near Panzano in the epicenter of Toscana's viticulture, Fontodi's vines sit in the Conca d'Oro, the natural amphitheater that is the beating heart of Chianti Classico. This ideal location of Fontodi's vineyards makes for perfection in winemaking.
June 19, 2017
Quintarelli Amarone Retrospective, 1971-2007
June 15, 2017
Amarone Two Ways, Affordable Brigaldara and Collectable Quintarelli! And Insider Burgundy!
Giuseppe Quintarelli, who passed away in 2012, was one of the world's greatest winemakers. He was a man whose concept of vintage approval and strict grape selection rivals the great chateaux of Sauternes, and he patiently let his wines rest in large Slovenian oak casks until they finished their maturation, only releasing his wines when he decided that it was time. The talent of the "Master of the Veneto," the inherent quality of the estate's terroir, and that ineffable magic peculiar to the world's great winemakers worked in concert to explain the extraordinary nature of Quintarelli's wines.
It's hard to find affordable Amarone, but Brigaldara makes one of our favorites. Located on the slopes of the Marano Valley in the Valpolicella region of the Veneto, Brigaldara's scant 125 acres are owned by the Cesari family, who began making wine in the 1970's using their fifteenth-century villa's farmhouse as their cantina, fermenting the wines on the structure's top floor and aging them on the bottom. Brigaldara believes the wine is made in the vineyards, and its wines are evocative, transparent expressions. IWM is pleased to present special, time-sensitive pricing on Brigaldara's concentrated and textured 2011 Amarone Case Vecie. This velvety, terroir-driven cru Amarone has been a standout at IWM's tasting events!
June 14, 2017
Surprising Italians: Tignanello Chianti Classico, Guado al Tasso Rosato, and Giacomo Conterno Barbera!
June 13, 2017
Vintage Rinaldi Barolo, the Sassicaia of Patagonia, and 30 Under $30!
Marchese Piero Antinori, the winemaking visionary behind Super-Tuscan icons Tignanello, Solaia, and Guado al Tasso, has always believed that quality is more important than strict adherence to tradition--or to rules that don't make wine better. For example, Antinori left the Consorzio Vino Chianti Classico, the governing body of the eponymous wine, in 1975; he was unsatisfied with the consortium's regulations, standards and lack of clarity. Four years ago, Antinori rejoined the Consorzio after a 37-year absence. Spurred by Chianti Classico's renaissance, Antinori saw a change in the Consorzio that bettered the profile of Tuscany's most famous wine, and, it's worth noting, the Consorzio sees Antinori's choice to rejoin as a validation of the work that it has done to make Chianti Classico a world-class wine.
Called "Citrico," or the acid one, by his peers, Giuseppe Rinaldi has always marched to his own drummer, and we wouldn't have it any other way. One of the founders of the Italian natural wine consortium ViniVeri, or True Wine Group, Beppe doesn't even certify his low production wines as organic. "I am an anarchist," he says, refusing any easy definitions. He makes his wines as his grandfather did--fermenting them in tini, tall oak vats, without temperature control and with only natural yeasts, and aging them in giant botti for upwards of two years. The resulting wines are age-worthy Baroli that stand the test of time.
June 12, 2017
Stellar $30 Le Volte from Ornellaia, Terriccio's Super-Tuscan Gem, and Rosé Quartet!
June 9, 2017
Debuting Eight Gaja New Releases! Magic from the Piemonte Master
IWM loves Tenuta dell'Ornellaia's full range of wines, and right now we have a passion for the estate's entry-level Le Volte. A taste of iconic Super-Tuscan Ornellaia for under $30 a bottle, Le Volte offers Ornellaia's exceptional union of Bordeaux's Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon with Tuscan Sangiovese. An approachable wine of vibrant crimson color displaying ripe red and dark berry fruits, Le Volte offers a gentle, round palate, impeccable balance, and a delightfully lingering finish. The product of a "textbook" vintage, according to winemaker Axel Heinz, the 2015 Le Volte straddles the line between "drink every day" and "drink on special occasions," and today, we're delighted to give our clients a first look!
There is no one quite like Angelo Gaja, a winemaker who galvanized winemaking in Piemonte with his radical, even controversial viticultural techniques. Gaja's early innovations began with the 1961 vintage and included the choice to bottle only estate-grown wines, the reduction of crop size, shortened pruning of Nebbiolo vines, and decreased fermentation periods; 1967 saw Gaja's decision to bottle his iconic single-vineyard Barbarescos; and 1975 marked his inaugural use of small French oak barrels. But Gaja's innovation didn't begin and end with Barbaresco or even red wines. Gaia & Rey, the estate's flagship Chardonnay bottling, is a groundbreaking wine, and in the 1990s, Angelo would pour this Chardonnay to entice skeptical industry people to embrace his Barbarescos!
June 8, 2017
New Antinori Chardonnay! New 2015 Fichet White Burgundies! And Benchmark Flaccianello!
June 7, 2017
The Best of the Best, Benchmark Gravner, Benchmark Cerbaiona, and Benchmark Grattamacco
Antinori's Umbrian beauty Castello della Sala Chardonnay is not merely one of Italy's great white wines; it came about by accident. Piero Antinori wanted to create an Italian version of white Burgundy, but he and his team couldn't quite capture his vision. Ready to give up on the project, they shut the door to the cellar where the wine was fermenting, allowing the temperature to rise slightly, which induced malolactic fermentation and created this wine's creamy mouth-feel.
Rainy weather is challenging to most vine-growers and winemakers. Rain can saturate the vines and the grapes with water, diluting the dry extract that gives wine its flavor. Rainy weather means clouds, and clouds mean less sun, which means that grapes can have a hard time ripening from their skins through to their pips. Mold and mildew proliferate in rainy weather, and this is not always a condition that winemakers want. But some winemakers excel in rainy seasons. They want a touch of botrytis, the "noble rot" that makes Sauternes special, and they know how to manage their vine canopies to get the best from their grapes. Rather than bemoan a rainy vintage, these winemakers embrace it.
June 6, 2017
Gorgeous Valdicava Brunello Riserva, Antinori Super-Tuscan Find, and Benchmark White Burgundy!
June 5, 2017
Three Cult Sensations: Petrolo, Valentini, and Dal Forno Romano
Valdicava is an IWM client favorite Brunello maker. Founded in 1953, Valdicava rose to international attention in 1987 when Vincenzo Abbruzzese took control of the family-owned-and-operated estate. Thirty years later, Abbruzzese has earned the reputation of being a single-minded, exacting and meticulous producer, growing organic grapes and crafting wines with minimal intervention. Today, IWM is proud to offer a new allocation of two of Valdicava's hard-to-find, beautifully made and altogether riveting Brunello di Montalcino Madonna del Piano Riserva bottlings, the benchmark 2007 and the sleeper 2003.
It's true: Merlot is not the first grape you usually think of when you think of Italian wine, yet Tuscan producers are crafting the French grape Merlot into some of the world's best expressions. Tenuta dell'Ornellaia's legendary Masseto, Le Macchiole's singular Messorio, and Tua Rita's iconic Redigaffi, are all standout Merlot bottlings, so too is the wine we're offering today, Petrolo's cult-inspiring Galatrona, a remarkable, age-worthy and muscular Merlot. IWM believes that most people drink their Super Tuscans too early, and today, we're proud to present the 2006 Petrolo Galatrona.
June 1, 2017
Gravner’s “Holy Grail” of Whites, Cerbaiona’s “Baby Brunello,” and Le Macchiole’s Seductive Scrio
May 31, 2017
Celebrate 2013 with Three Wines--Le Macchiole, Le Mortelle and Guigal!
The iconic wines of the Veneto--Valpolicella and Amarone--might be the perfect complement to cold weather. But while Amarone is a definite luxury item, Valpolicella can be a terrific everyday wine. Today, we're delighted to present the pure, classic, structured, food-friendly 2014 Valpolicella from Nicolis; best of all, this wine is under $20 a bottle! While most of our clients connect these wines to the icons of the Veneto, Romano Dal Forno and his mentor the great Giuseppe Quintarelli, family-owned-and-operated Nicolis makes authentic and affordable wines, and this '14 Valpolicella is delicious.
Its origins might be in Bordeaux, but Cabernet Franc has been growing in Italy for almost two hundred years. Like its more famous child Cabernet Sauvignon (the other parent grape to Cabernet Sauvignon is Sauvignon Blanc), Cabernet Franc provides wines with great structure and balance; however, it's lower in tannins and acidity and tends to be more aromatic and herbal. While Cabernet Franc grows all over Italy, primarily in Friuli, you could make a strong argument that it grows nowhere better than in Bolgheri, where the warm climate enables it to sufficiently ripen, keeping it from the greenness it can exhibit in cooler areas and helping it to achieve complexity.
May 30, 2017
Explore Ancient Italian Grapes with Paolo Bea, Mastroberardino and Paolo Scavino
May 25, 2017
Seven Different Barbarescos, All Under $70! And One Great Pugliny-Montrachet Les Perrières!
Bold, racy, and dark, Paolo Bea Montefalco Riserva Pipparello is one of our favorite wines in any vintage. In 2009, this beloved Bea blend takes your palate on a ride atop a velvety magic carpet--it's one of our favorite vintages, and we are delighted to be able to offer you a new allocation of this outstanding Bea Bottling. Not only did we score more of this low production wine, but we're also proud to present this silky yet wild '09 Riserva Pipparello at exceptionally competitive pricing. Bea's Pipparello has long been one of our very favorite big reds, and this Pipparello flows like brocade across the palate, leaving a scattering of brooding flavor notes in its wake.
To find quality Barbaresco for under $60 a bottle is almost unheard of--until you hear of Produttori del Barbaresco. As its name implies, Produttori del Barbaresco is a collective of producers, and it is a true hero of Italian wine. Started at the turn of the nineteenth century, this collective began with just nine producers, but now its numbers have grown to 51 growers, who represent more than 250 acres in the Barbaresco district. A longtime favorite of Sergio Esposito, this collective makes some of the finest expressions of Barbaresco that you've likely yet to drink.
May 24, 2017
Explore IWM’s Private Cellar Collection! Special Sale Pricing on 500 In-Stock Wines!
May 23, 2017
Back by Client Demand: Talenti, Terriccio and Tenuta San Guido Sassicaia
IWM invites you inside our private cellar and to discover the gems that await you inside our collection of wines. You'll find 500 different wines in a range of styles, grapes, price points and age-worthiness, ensuring that every wine-lover's palate will be pleased. From Italian reds to French whites, from Lebanese Bordeaux-style blends to Patagonian Pinot Noirs, from Prosecco to Cava or Champagne, from Rioja to Burgundy, and from so-called "orange" wines to so-called Super-Piemontese wines, this list has something for everybody, whether wine connoisseur or wine newbie. For a limited time only, take a cool 8% off cases, mixed or not, on all these in-stock wines; they'll ship directly from our temperature-controlled cellar to yours.
IWM's clients have long appreciated the Talenti house style with its impeccable balance between structure and concentration. Today, we're delighted to present the latest offering; from acclaimed vintage of 2012, this Talenti Brunello is sure to please the palates of everyone from Italian wine newbies to longtime aficionados. Best of all, priced at under $60, this wine is an affordable way to experience the benchmark 2012 vintage.
May 22, 2017
Under $20 Antinori Rosato, Benchmark Antinori Brunello, and Historic Redigaffi!
May 18, 2017
Mature Benchmark Gaja Brunello, Benchmark Chavy-Chouet, and IWM’s Singles Flash Sale
Summer arrives next week, and that means it's officially rosé season. Not many Super-Tuscan rosés hit America's shores, and Antinori's Scalabrone, which hails from the family's Guado al Tasso estate, is so delicious you can't help wonder if Italian wine-lovers are keeping them all to themselves. Today, we're delighted to spotlight the beautiful, affordable Guado al Tasso 2015 Bolgheri Scalabrone Rosato, a superb rosé to enjoy all summer long. Antinori's brilliant salmon-hued Scalabrone bursts with Bolgheri terroir, bristles with acidity, and floods the palate with delicate texture and juicy dry extract.
When time passes and a wine matures, that wine requires us to revisit it, and today's Spotlight section revisits a wine that is truly fulfilling its promise: Gaja Pieve Santa Restituta 2007 Brunello di Montalcino Sugarille. It's always hard for a vintage following a benchmark year, but 2007 succeeded admirably, presenting a radiant, open-knit complement to the linear, classic Brunello vintage of 2006. While many '07 Brunelli were enjoyable soon after release, some, like Angelo Gaja's cru Sugarille, needed a little more time.
May 17, 2017
Two New Releases from Soldera! Must-Have Wines from a Master
May 16, 2017
Paolo Bea’s Signature Sagrantino, Cerbaiona’s Super Tuscan, and Artisanal Cru Amarone!
IWM Founder Sergio Esposito has often claimed that Gianfranco Soldera, Montalcino's iconoclastic producer, is the finest winemaker in Italy--if not the world. Soldera grows his vines and makes his wine with the fanatical attention of an uncompromising perfectionist, and this intensity of effort makes the December 2012 loss of almost his entire production of wine from 2007-2012 all the more poignant. The victim of a vandal, Soldera walked into his cantina on December 3, 2012, to find the contents of his cellar's many botti, about 650 hectoliters in all, spilled on the cantina's tile floor.
IWM and our clients always love the wines of Paolo Bea, but as consistently great as they always are, the cru Sagrantino we offer today is one of our best selling bottles. We've had to bring back this wine twice before, and now we're delighted to announce the third--and likely last--allocation of the estate's Sagrantino di Montefalco Secco Pagliaro from the sleeper vintage of 2008. Handcrafted from organically grown Sagrantino grapes, this wine is like a perfectly balanced sword--sturdy, weighty, dense in feel and yet capable of delicacy and nuance.
May 15, 2017
Beautiful, Mature Louis Remy Burgundies at Affordable Pricing!
May 11, 2017
Collemattoni’s Standout ’11 Brunello! Giacosa’s Radiant Barbera! And Valdicava’s “Baby Brunello”!
This domaine's expansive holdings in the outstanding grand crus of Latricières-Chambertin, Le Chambertin, and Clos de la Roche meant that Remy sat among the most important houses in the Côte de Nuits. Without a clear heir for the entire property, Madame Marie-Louise Remy sold her Latricières and Chambertin holdings to Francois Feuillet, while Madame Remy's daughter, Chantal, has continued to make wine from the Clos de la Roche property, renamed Domaine Chantal Remy in 2009. Chantal is slowly releasing a very substantial quantity of the Domaine Louis Remy library reserves, and today, we're proud to be able to offer a beautiful selection of 22 Louis Remy wines.
It's hard to follow a Brunello vintage like 2010. More than a benchmark year, 2010 reset the entire scale for Montalcino's wines, and no matter how great 2011 was, it would have been hard to surpass 2010. Almost by default, 2011 was destined to be a sleeper vintage. The good news is that 2011 was warm and dry, and while harvest was down about a third across Toscana, the late-ripening Sangiovese Grosso fared exceptionally well in the heat. Today, we'd like to spotlight a wine we're loving right now: Collemattoni 2011 Brunello di Montalcino.
May 10, 2017
Classic Castello dei Rampolla Chianti, New Prunotto Barolo Riserva, and Gaja’s Sensuous Trio
May 9, 2017
Celebrating Italian White Wines, Double Mag Flash Sale, and Ornellaia’s Artistic Gems
You might know Castello dei Rampolla best for its Super-Tuscan wines Sammarco and Vigna d'Alceo, but these are not the only reds we love from this biodynamic estate. While Castello dei Rampolla is most famous for its two Super Tuscans, when Alceo di Napoli began making wine in 1970, he began by making Chianti, and today, we're delighted to present Castello dei Rampolla's 2013 Chianti Classico, a seductive and bewitching bottling. Presented at under $30 a bottle, this wine packs a wallop at its price point, and as delicious as it is right now, it's going to grow even more beautiful with a few years in the cellar.
IWM loves our Italian whites. They may not be as famous as their robust red siblings, but Italian white wines have the same magical ability to speak their terroir that Italian reds do. Coastal Italian whites abound in fresh, savory salinity; mountain Italian whites burst with meadow-like freshness; volcanic Italian whites thrum with minerality; and each region crafts beloved white wines that reflect their regions' traditions, dishes, and climate. These Italian whites, like their red counterparts, could come from no other place on earth--they're Italian through and through.
May 8, 2017
Flash Sale on 2012 Red Burgundy! And Beautiful “Baby Barolo” and “Baby Brunello” Wines!
May 4, 2017
Is This $25 Rosso Your New Go-To Red? Quintarelli Flash Sale! And Antinori’s Rosato!
IWM's clients love our flash sales, and today, we've got a luscious one: more than 85 beautiful 2012 red Burgundies, all in stock and ready to ship. These wines will keep your cellar stocked and your dinner parties drinking for decades. Selecting in-stock red wines from the ripe yet structured 2012 vintage, this list has something for every connoisseur of red Burgundy, from everyday favorites by Louis Jadot or Michèle et Patrice Rion to collector greats from Comte Georges de Vogüé or Georges Roumier. Best of all, the more you buy, the more you save--but hurry!
Today, we're delighted to introduce you to a bottling that might be your new favorite go-to red, Tormaresca 2012 Castel del Monte Rosso Trentangeli. Hailing from Tormaresca, which sits in the heart of Puglia's Salento, Trentangeli clocks in at under $25 a bottle, and it far over-delivers on its modest price point. A blend of organically grown 70% Aglianico, 20% Cabernet Sauvignon, and 10% Syrah, this wine marries Super-Tuscan elegance with Aglianico's brooding profile. It's an explosive wine that carries its power with Antinori's trademark elegance.
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