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Aldo Conterno was born in 1931, the second son of Giacomo Conterno; his family had been winegrowers in Piemonte for five generations. He left Italy in 1954 with the intention of establishing a winery in the Napa Valley with two uncles who lived in San Francisco. Instead he was drafted into the US Army soon after his arrival, spending two years in Korea and returning to Italy after being honorably discharged. He and his older brother Giovanni took over the Giacomo Conterno estate in 1961; in...
Delicate and elegant with aromas of cherry, cassis, blueberry and raspberry as well hints of menthol, herb and dried ginger. 26 months on oak lends notes of vanilla, toast and spice. This iteration of Aldo Conterno’s Barolo Bussia is full of fruit on the palate with cherries and plums and a fine silken mouthfeel. Straight forward and fresh with bright acidity, well rounded tannins and a fleeting impression of mint in the length of the finish.
The vineyards are in Bussia of Monforte d’Alba, the heart of Barolo country. The Nebbiolo vines are from various vineyards which have an average age of 15-20 years. A true expression of Langa Terroir, soils are limestone with sand & clayey-calcareous layers, rich with calcium carbonate & iron. The vineyard is 350-400 m. above sea level with South & South/West aspects. Hand harvest occurs in Mid-October with careful fruit selection.
To obtain the rich complexion of the wine the must is kept in contact with skins for 20-30 days in stainless steel vats. During this time fermentation is completed at a range of temperatures with a peak of 32̊ Celsius. The new wine is decanted several times before being moved to oak casks for ageing and refining. Following a strict family tradition, red wines are neither clarified nor filtered.
- 94 Points -
Cherry and plum fruit highlight this rich red, with supporting notes of vanilla, toast, blueberry, iron and tobacco. Brooding tannins mark the finish, yet this has all the elements.See detailed press review
- 93 Points -
On the nose this may not be a dramatic wine, but it's fresh and floral. It has a quiet confidence that is missing in many of the 2014 Barolos. On the palate, the turbocharger kicks in. The wine's impressive tannic power leaves most of the competition behind it, but there's real finesse at the long finish.
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- 92 Points -
Poderi Aldo Conterno's 2014 Barolo Bussia is a transparent wine, and I don't mean to use that word to describe the wine's appearance or its light color saturation. This Barolo is transparent in terms of its elegance and fragility. The wine offers a silky, fine texture that acts as a springboard to aromas of dried blueberry, cassis, menthol, herb and dried ginger. These aromas are ethereal and fleeting. This Barolo sees 26 months in oak and completes its final stage of integration in stainless steel before bottling. This vintage saw longer maceration times, up to six weeks in the case of this Barolo. That extended time on the skins is meant to protect the wine against the fragile nature of the vintage. A fresh and fruit-filled mouthfeel makes for an open and immediate wine.See detailed press review