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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...
The introduction to this vintage is aromatic - vanilla, cinnamon, and dried flowers along with deep cherry notes. Hints of chocolate are detectable. Juicy dark plums and black cherry segue into tobacco, leather, and spices on the palate. Full bodied with firm tannins that are balanced nicely by the acidity. A heady and concentrated Barolo, this wine drinks nicely now and will only improve after more time in the bottle.
The Colonello vineyard is in Bussia of Monforte d’Alba, the heart of Barolo country. The Nebbiolo vines are primarily Michet variety and most are 40-45 years old. A true expression of Langa Terroir, soils are limestone with sand & clayey-calcareous layers, rich with calcium carbonate & iron. The vineyard is 350-400 meters above sea level with South & South/West aspects. Harvest occurs in Mid-October exclusively by hand with careful fruit selection.
To obtain the rich complexion of the wine, the must and skin are kept in contact for 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.
- 95 Points -
Notes of cinnamon, cherry, sandalwood and vanilla introduce this dense, brooding red. Darker fruit flavors of black cherry and plum mingle with leather, tobacco and spice details as this plays out on the palate. Powerful and complex, yet needs time to absorb the new oak.See detailed press review
- 93 Points -
Cherry and berry aromas with dried flowers. Some chocolate, too. Full-bodied, layered and rich for a 2014. Plenty of fruit and a juicy finish. Drink or hold.See detailed press review
- 91 Points -
The 2014 Barolo Bussia Colonnello lags behind the other cru expressions at this early point in its drinking window. The bouquet offers less intensity, although the wine does ultimately build forward momentum and power in the mouth. Fruit aromas are well represented in the 2014 vintage, although the nose is still timid and closed at this point. This wine saw 29 months in oak, which is three months more than average, and the extended oak aging is directed at building that aromatic intensity. Anise seed and balsam herb rise to the top. Colonnello requires more oxygen and bottle aging.See detailed press review
- 91 Points -
Charming, floral red fruit aromas are followed by a fresh but concentrated attack on the palate, with firm tannins and ample assertiveness…See detailed press review