Giacosa's Superb 2014 Barbaresco Asili Riserva--in Double Mags!

October 11, 2019
A Note from Sergio

Bruno Giacosa had a profound vision and pursued it, and in the process, he delighted many people with his remarkable, heady wines. Whether it was Bruno's collector Barolo and Barbaresco wines or his entry-level Barbera, Arneis, Dolcetto (and others), Bruno made his wines in the old ways, and he crafted wines that would feel familiar to his forebearers. Though Giacosa made many wines, he was best loved for his Barbaresco and Barolo bottlings, wines that require an intimate understanding of Nebbiolo, its fussiness, its potential and its tricks--as well as an almost preternatural understanding of Piemonte's microclimates. Giacosa had the knowledge and the alchemical skill that turns grape juice into extraordinary experiences.

To my thinking, Bruno stands as a god among producers, and his wines are stunning. Today, I'm very proud to present double magnum bottles of a recent Giacosa release, the estate's 2014 Barbaresco Asili Riserva, a wine that even before it hit the shelves was being hailed as the wine of the vintage. Maybe it's too soon to give it this award--this Barbaresco Riserva still very, very young, but I believe that this wine's greatness will stand the test of time. I do know that today's Barbaresco Riserva is an important link in the chain of history; it's a traditional Barbaresco that could only come from the hands of Bruno Giacosa, and that makes it astonishingly good.

Finally, I managed to scare up a few bottles of Quintarelli's 1990 Amarone Riserva; this wine should be on your bucket list--and in your cellar!

Today's Featured Sections Include:

1. Spotlight on Excellence: Giacosa's Outstanding '14 Barbaresco Asili Riserva in Rare Large Formats
2. Time Sensitive Offer: Quintarelli's Timeless 1990 Amarone della Valpolicella Riserva
3. Wine Events: Upcoming October Wine Tasting Events

My Best,

Sergio Esposito

For more than six decades, Bruno Giacosa worked to set the standards for traditional Barolo and Barbaresco with his age-worthy, nuanced wines. A deeply iconoclastic producer, Bruno adhered to his own rules, choosing when--or whether--he would release his wines according to his own standards. This discriminating attitude set Giacosa apart from the rest, and it shaped the Langhe's past and its future. Bruno's beliefs in hardcore traditionalism and the primacy of Piemontese grapes brought us wines like his iconic Barolo Le Rocche del Falletto and Barbaresco Asili, as well as his beloved Barbarasco Rabajá, Barolo Falletto, and others. Although Bruno passed away in January 2018, his legacy lives on.

Today, we're delighted to announce a new allocation of double magnums of Bruno Giacosa's aromatic, architectural 2014 Barbaresco Asili Riserva. While Bruno's much-lauded Santo Stefano is his signature Barbaresco, his Asili was his personal favorite, and today's bottling illustrates why it deserves this honor. While Barolo saw challenges in 2014, Barbaresco saw an excellent year, and Giacosa's '14 Barbaresco Asili Riserva gleams with purity and incandescent transparency. Giacosa's '14 Barbaresco Asili Riserva wafts with kaleidoscopic scents: juicy red fruits, brambly berries, freshly tilled loam, crushed violet petals, and sprinklings of herbs, crushed rocks and baking spices. The wine's palate echoes this mesmerizing complexity, shifting with every moment to reveal a progression of intense, detailed notes.

Giacosa's Barbaresco Asili Riserva is a perennial collector favorite, and today's 2014 bottling is a gleaming testament to the continued prowess of Bruno Giacosa, a winemaking icon whose elegant wines hold the incredible ability of combining power with finesse. Offering fine-grained yet substantial tannins, solid acidity, and a linear structure, today's '14 Barbaresco Asili Riserva will age gloriously, especially coming from these double magnum bottles. Giacosa's 2014 Barbaresco Asili Riserva is an astonishing wine--contact your portfolio manager to secure your double magnums from our very limited allocation.

Bruno Giacosa 2014 Barbaresco Asili Riserva (3L)
(Italy, Piemonte - Nebbiolo)
$1,799.00 Regular Price/btl
$1,595.00 Special Price/btl

Giuseppe Quintarelli wasn't just the most significant winemaker in the Veneto; he was also one of the most revolutionary winemakers in the world. A fierce traditionalist, Quintarelli made his wine the way his forebears did, stringently adhering to their protocol and only choosing to accept new technology when it didn't impinge on traditional practice. Today, we're proud to present an extraordinary vintage Quintarelli Amarone Riserva bottling, the velvety, kaleidoscopic 1990, a true collector jewel.

Why Buy This Wine:

- 1990 was heralded as one of the great Veneto vintages of the late twentieth century, and upon release this Quintarelli Amarone Riserva was praised for its complexity, its velvety mouth-feel, its seductive power, and its electric energy.

- Now with almost thirty years of perfect maturity, this wine is stunning, unfurling myriad layers of flavors--juicy red and blue fruits, dried plums, Christmas cake, incense, tarry earth, warm leather, umami, black tea, and so many more.

- Rich and complex, this wine is nonetheless vibrant, shimmering across the palate to a lingering, resonant crescendo; it must be sipped to be believed.

- IWM is pleased to present this exceptional Amarone Riserva with special, time-sensitive pricing; contact your portfolio manager to secure yours from our limited allocation.

Giuseppe Quintarelli 1990 Amarone della Valpolicella Riserva
(Italy, Veneto - Corvina, Rondinella, Molinara)
$1,499.00 Regular Price/btl
$1,299.00 Special Price/btl

This offer will expire in 48 hours on October 13th at 11:59pm ET.

Saturday, October 19 | 1:00-4:00 pm | New York, NY
A Sit-Down Lunch Tasting

Regular Ticket Price: $279.00/person
Early Bird Price: $229.00/person

Guest Host: Franco Conterno, Winemaker
IWM Host: Will Di Nunzio, President

The late, great Aldo Conterno was more than a master winemaker: he was a legend. Aldo Conterno's wines invite you to linger over them and to attend to their every change as they reveal themselves in the glass, an ever-evolving kaleidoscope of flavors. Join IWM as we host Franco Conterno, winemaker at Poderi Aldo Conterno and the son of Aldo Conterno, "The King of Barolo." Aldo Conterno's wines have earned their reputation for complexity, nuance, and finesse; they're mysterious, and this event gives you a chance to learn why--and how. IWM's own Chef Michael Marcelli will create a sumptuous lunch designed to complement Conterno's wines. A treat for the senses, for the mind, and for the spirit, this event will help you love Aldo Conterno's wines even more as you enjoy an intimate conversation with the man who creates them. Space is limited, so do reserve early.

Featured Wines:

Antipasti / Welcome
Bonomi Franciacorta Brut CruPerdu 2011
Aldo Conterno Il Bussiador Langhe Chardonnay 2016

Aldo Conterno Langhe Rosso 2016
Aldo Conterno Conca Tre Pile Barbera 2016

Carne I
Aldo Conterno Il Favot Langhe Nebbiolo 2016
Aldo Conterno Barolo Bussia 2015

Carne II
Aldo Conterno Barolo Cicala 2015
Aldo Conterno Barolo Colonnello 2015

Aldo Conterno Barolo Romirasco 2015

*Wines may be subject to change; menu to be announced.
IWM will do our best to accommodate guests' dietary restrictions with advanced notice.

Saturday, October 26 | 1:00-3:00 pm | New York, NY
A Sit-Down Tasting

Regular Ticket Price: $129.00/person
Early Bird Price: $109.00/person

IWM Host: Francesco Vigorito, Vice President of Sales

IWM's popular "Killer B's" tasting breaks Italian wine down to its simplest--and most iconic--parts. Just Barolo, Brunello, Barbaresco and Barbera form the core of this casual, delicious event that is a perennial client favorite. Let IWM's knowledgeable sommelier fill your glass with these important Italian reds and your head with delicious knowledge as you experience what makes each of these wines the most sought-after, popular and representative wines of Italy. Featuring beautiful Barolo, brooding Brunello, regal Barbaresco, and vibrant Barbera, this special sit-down tasting, accompanied by regional meats and cheeses, will help you get to know, appreciate, and love these legendary wines just a little bit better. There's a lot of buzz around these killer B's--spend a Saturday with IWM to see why.

*Wines to be announced.

Saturday, November 2 | 1:00-3:00 pm | New York, NY
A Walk-Around Tasting

Regular Ticket Price: $99.00/person
Early Bird Price: $50.00/person

IWM Hosts: IWM Sales Team

It's a return of one of IWM's favorite tastings, the Mini-Grand, featuring wines from across Italy and around the world. This mini-grand tasting of global wines features bottles from our best-loved countries, including Italy, France and Spain. Join us and let IWM's team of sommeliers will fill your glass with wines from some of the finest producers on the face of the planet. Complemented by meats and cheeses, and sweetened by preferential pricing on the featured wines, this tasting is a rare treat. Join us and travel the world of wine, without ever leaving glamorous New York City.

*Wines to be announced.

Friday, November 15 | 7:00-10:00 pm | New York, NY
A Sit-Down Dinner Tasting

Regular Ticket Price: $489.00/person
Early Bird Price: $399.00/person

IWM Host: Will Di Nunzio, President

Italy's white truffles, or tartufo bianco, are known as white diamonds for their delicacy, rarity, and demand. IWM invites you to join us for our annual white truffle dinner, when we'll celebrate Piemonte's white truffles with Barolo, Brunello, Franciacorta and other carefully selected wines at our highly anticipated white truffle event. Truffles flown from Piemonte will be at the centerpiece of this special event as IWM's own Chef Michael Marcelli and his in-house kitchen staff design a dazzling multi-course menu, carefully paired with fantastic wines from cult-inspiring estates, all rounded out with antipasti before and dolci after. Knowledgeable IWM sommeliers will pour Baroli and Brunelli, and with other beloved Italian wines, all while explaining the ins and outs of food pairing, regional terroir, and Italian tradition. It's the most wonderful time of the year--truffle season--and we invite you to celebrate it in style with IWM.

*Wines & menu to be announced.
IWM will do our best to accommodate guests' dietary restrictions with advanced notice.

Saturday, November 16 | 1:00-3:00 pm | New York, NY
A Sit-Down Tasting

Regular Ticket Price: $129.00/person
Early Bird Price: $109.00/person

IWM Host: Michael Adler, Portfolio Manager

Of all its 20 winemaking regions, two Italian regions reign supreme--Toscana and Piemonte. The homes of Chianti Classico and Super Tuscans on one side, and Barbaresco, Barbera and Super-Piemontese blends on the other, Toscana and Piemonte make a lot of wines to love, but this tasting focuses on just two: Toscana's Brunello and Piemonte's Barolo. IWM invites you as we explore Brunello di Montalcino and Barolo--and Sangiovese Grosso and Nebbiolo, the grapes that made these two Italian wines famous. Accompanied by regional meats and cheeses and guided by a knowledgeable IWM sommelier, this tasting will provide insight into the winemaking styles, sub-regions, and traditions that make Brunello and Barolo so beloved. Drawing on wines from both traditional and modernist producers, this tasting will give foundational knowledge to new enthusiasts, and it will add a gloss of sophistication to experienced wine-lovers. Delicious and educational, this tasting puts Brunello and Barolo in the spotlight!

*Wines to be announced.

For more information, please visit our website Wine Events Page.

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