Benchmark Vintage Giacosa Barolo Falletto, and Meet Your New Go-To Red!

July 22, 2019
A Note from Sergio

Bruno Giacosa, who passed away at the beginning of 2018, was famously quiet and humble. He grew up making wine with his father, who was taught by his father, so his love for Piemonte's traditions, its grapes, its soil, and its wines was in his blood. You could argue that Giacosa was born into his magic with traditional Barolo and Barbaresco, but I think it's more a mix of his upbringing, his own rare talents, and the land where he grew his grapes. Bruno's daughter, Bruna, trained at her father's side (as Bruno trained at his father's), so the Giacosa legacy will continue. Bruno's wines help set the standard for traditional Barolo and Barbaresco, and I'm glad to know that I can look forward to a long, beautiful future of Giacosa's authentic wines.

Regardless of whether you want to understand the Giacosa family's amazing abilities as stemming from nature or nurture, it's easy to love Giacosa's wines--especially the estate's 2015 Barolo Falletto di Serralunga, which I chose for today's eLetter. Coming from the first vineyards that Bruno bought almost 40 years ago, this wine embodies the lands that Bruno knew like the backs of his hands, and the lands he taught his children to know and to love. 2015 saw a standout year in Piemonte, and Giacosa's 2015 Barolo Falletto dances, glides, suffuses and lingers. This is Giacosa's most basic Barolo bottling but it is mesmerizing. This wine is, like the man who created it, extraordinary.

Finally, don't miss the super sale pricing on Antinori's accessible, vivid 2016 Il Bruciato, which comes from the family's landmark Bolgheri estate, Guado al Tasso! It's a terrific anytime Super Tuscan.


Today's Featured Sections Include:

1. Spotlight on Excellence: Giacosa's Must-Have 2015 Barolo Falletto di Serralunga
2. Time Sensitive Offer: Lush Under $30 Super Tuscan from Antinori!
3. Wine Events: Upcoming July / August Wine Tasting Events

My Best,

Sergio Esposito

One of the great winemakers of our time, Bruno Giacosa bought his 26-acre Falletto property in 1980, and in so doing, Giacosa made a match that would cement his legacy. Giacosa, who passed away in January 2018, crafted pure Piemontese wines with the passion and the protocol that his father and grandfather instilled in him. Driven by a respect for nature and for history, Giacosa's winemaking philosophy guided him towards a noninterventionist approach, traditional protocol, and the creation of authentic wines. Today, we're very proud to present a new allocation of Giacosa's 2015 Barolo Falletto di Serralunga, a benchmark bottling that resounds with its superb terroir, with the history of Barolo, and with the storied winemaking prowess of its maker.

While it may be the estate's "basic" Barolo, Giacosa's Barolo Falletto di Serralunga derives from a hallowed site. The Falletto vineyard reaches 420 meters above sea level, making it an ideal site for warm years, yet its southwestern exposure, calcareous soils, and steep incline also mean that this site performs well in cool vintages and in rainy years. In other words, it's hard to find better land for growing grapes than Giacosa's Falletto property, and today's 2015 bottling proves it. While Barolo Falletto is always an IWM client favorite, this resplendent 2015 bottling is a gleaming testament to the continued excellence of the Giacosa estate, and it's an outstanding representation of its terrific vintage.

2015 blessed Piemonte winemakers with ideal ripe vintage weather that started temperate, grew warm, and always had just enough water for thirsty vines, and Giacosa's '15 Barolo Falletto di Serralunga reflects its banner vintage in its super-ripe aromatics, polished tannins and sheer class. This wine explodes with scents of dark cherries and brambly berries, violet petals, crushed river rocks, licorice, and kisses of mocha and underbrush. At once energetic and silky, this wine glides across the palate with textured, chewy tannins that are complemented by lovely acidity, a terrific sweet inner lift, and a nice mineral core--structured yet full-bodied, this wine is a triumph! Contact your portfolio manager to secure your '15 Barolo Falletto di Serralunga from our newest allocation.

Bruno Giacosa 2015 Barolo Falletto di Serralunga*
(Italy, Piemonte - Nebbiolo)
$215.00 Regular Price/btl
$195.00 Half-Case Price/btl

*Pre-Arrival, Autumn

Every great estate needs a delicious introductory wine, and Il Bruciato is Guado al Tasso's. The entry-level bottling from the Antinori family's iconic Bolgheri estate, Il Bruciato is the Super Tuscan you'll want to enjoy every night of the week. Today, we're delighted to present special, time-sensitive pricing on the dazzling, muscular 2016 Il Bruciato release. In any vintage, Il Bruciato is an ideal anytime wine, but from a benchmark year like 2016, it almost gleams!

Why Buy This Wine!

- Brambly berries and juicy cherries mingle with scents of new leather, espresso, warm baking spices, cigar wrapper and terracotta in the silky, expressive '16 Il Bruciato.

- This wine shows impeccable balance between its robust acidity and its fine-grained tannins, complementing its sweet fruits with savory minerals that linger on the sustained finish.

- A blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Syrah, Il Bruciato packs a punch at its price point--this 2016 bottling might be your new "house" red!

- Enjoyable upon release, the '16 Il Bruciato is a terrific, tasty, and elegant Super Tuscan--contact your portfolio manager to secure this Guado al Tasso release at special, time-sensitive pricing.

Antinori Guado Al Tasso 2016 Il Bruciato
(Italy, Toscana - Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Syrah)
$29.00 Regular Price/btl
$22.99 Case Price/btl

This offer will expire in 24 hours on July 23rd at 11:59pm ET.

Saturday, July 27 | 1:00-3:00 pm | New York, NY
A Sit-Down Tasting

Regular Ticket Price: $99.00/person
Early Bird Price: $79.00/person

IWM Host: Francesco Vigorito, Vice President of Sales

Not even summertime's heat will part some wine-lovers from their red wines--nor should it! Summer is the time of BBQs, grilling, and burgers, and these foods demand a red wine partner, but not all reds work well in summertime heat. How do you keep your hot weather cool while indulging in your favorite red wines? IWM's own Francesco Vigorito will help you answer this question with international style and unquestionable taste. Join us as we guide you through a landscape of summer-worthy reds, from light, bubbly wines to zingy, go-for-the-gusto reds that will make your steak sing. Accompanied by regional meats and cheeses, this sit-down tasting will keep you in the red--red wine, that is!

*Wines to be announced.

Tuesday, July 30 | 6:30-9:30 pm | New York, NY
A Sit-Down Dinner Tasting

Regular Ticket Price: $229.00/person
Early Bird Price: $199.00/person

IWM Host: Will Di Nunzio, President

IWM's Wine-Lover's Dinner Series celebrates delicious dishes with wines that make them sing. Seafood, fish, and all that the oceans, rivers and lakes give us are perfect summertime fare. IWM invites you to join us for a special Wine-Lover's Dinner featuring seafood and fish dishes-all complemented by perfectly selected wines. Celebrating the special union of seafood and wine with courses invoking Italy's coastal regions, from its North (Friuli, Liguria and the Veneto) to its South (Campania and Abruzzo), IWM's own Chef Michael Marcelli and his in-house kitchen staff will craft a five-course dinner, while knowledgeable IWM sommeliers show you that there's more to finding the perfect pairing than merely pouring white wines. Explore your passion for aquatic food and wine while learning how to make mindful wine pairings at your own table. It's a win-win-wine dinner at IWM, and the only thing that can make it better is you!

Featured Menu:

Antipasti di stagione
Assorted Seasonal Hors d'Oeuvres

Risotto al nero
Risotto of Grilled Eggplant, Squid Ink, Coriander & Parsley

Mezzi rigatoni al tonno
Bronze-cut Short Pasta with Olive Oil Poached Wild Tuna, Caper, Garlic, Oregano & Basil

Seppia con piselli alla fiorentina
Grilled Cuttlefish with Pea, Pancetta, Garlic & Chicken Stock

Pesce passero arrosto
Roasted Long Island Fluke with Grilled Plum Tomato & Bottarga Aioli

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

Saturday, August 10 | 1:00-3:00 pm | New York, NY
A Sit-Down Tasting

Regular Ticket Price: $79.00/person
Early Bird Price: $69.00/person

IWM Host: Michael Adler, Portfolio Manager

When Americans fall in love with Italian wines, they almost always fall in love with Chianti Classico first. Juicy, thrumming with terroir, and utterly delicious, food-friendly Chianti Classico is a logical point of seduction for Italian wine newbies--but it's far from the final wine destination! Join IWM as a knowledgeable sommelier leads you on an exploration of Chianti Classico and takes you down the many trails that this iconic Tuscan wine can take you. This tasting, complemented by regional meats and cheeses, will center on Chianti's emblematic Sangiovese grape, but Chianti Classico will only be a launching pad. With a wine glass in your hand, you'll journey to the far reaches of Toscana, enjoying Brunello, Rosso di Montalcino, and many other Super-Tuscan delights. Italian wine is a delicious adventure, and it's waiting for you--at IWM!

*Wines to be announced.

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

Regular Ticket Price: $229.00/person
Early Bird Price: $179.00/person

IWM Host: Francesco Vigorito, Vice President of Sales

Italians celebrate Ferragosto on August 15, when just about the whole country shuts down as families enjoy a day at the beach or in the mountains. Join IWM as we celebrate this quintessential Italian summer holiday with a beautiful five-course meal, handmade by our own Chef Michael Marcelli and his in-house kitchen staff. IWM's own Francesco Vigorito will help you celebrate this Italian holiday with handpicked Italian wines and give you an insider's view of Ferragosto, iconic producers, and Italian traditions. Tantalize your taste buds, expand your pairing expertise, and enjoy summer the Italian way at this delicious food-and-wine event. It's like a holiday in Italy, but without the travel!

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

Saturday, August 24 | 1:00-3:00 pm | New York, NY
A Sit-Down Tasting

Regular Ticket Price: $89.00/person
Early Bird Price: $79.00/person

IWM Host: Morgan Howard, Portfolio Manager

Italian wine can be confusing. Italy's 2,000 indigenous grapes, thousands of years of winemaking history, and hard-to-pronounce wine names can make Italian wine feel intimidating--but it doesn't need to be. IWM wants to help you learn Italian wine's basics by drinking its ABC's: Amarone, Brunello, Barolo and Chianti Classico (along with surprise bottles that will thrill your palate, regardless of whether you're an Italian wine newbie or a seasoned collector). Featuring delicious, easy-to-love Italian bottles, this tasting, led by IWM knowledgeable sommeliers and accompanied by regional meats and cheeses, will help you walk away with a greater appreciation of Italy's vino. Come and taste Italy, all without leaving the comfort and beauty of Union Square!

*Wines to be announced.

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

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