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  • Country ranking ?

    27
  • Producer ranking ?

    7
  • Decanting time

    2h
  • When to drink

    2020-2035

The Story

Monfortino is the very first Barolo made in what has come to be known as the classic style. Earlier Barolos were generally sold in either cask or demijohn, and meant for early drinking. Giacomo decided to create a Barolo with great aging potential. His first wine wine was a 120 Barolo Riserva, and he soon adopted the name Monfortino in honor of his home village Montorte d'Alba.
In 1959 Giovanni Conterno began making the wine at his family domaine, taking over from his father Giacomo. The legendary Barolos he made in 1964, 1971, 1978, 1985 and 1990 have left their mark in Italian wine history.
 

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Vintage 1990

Barolo Riserva Monfortino – Giacomo Conterno


The family-led “Conterno Giacomo” wine company has been working in the ambit of wine-making for ages, since 1770, as shown by a delivery bill, which traces back to that year. It is a passion which has always been passed on from fathers to sons.
Nowadays, all the grapes used for wine-making come from "Cascina Francia" vineyard, a small estate on a single plot located in Serralunga d'Alba countryside.

At present, their production focuses exclusively on two grapes typologies: Nebbiolo-da-Barolo and Barbera. All of their wines are made in full respect of the traditional method.
Only for very good vintages, the selection of the best Nebbiolo-da-Barolo grapes are kept apart to produce "Barolo Riserva Monfortino". This wine variety undergoes a different fermentation (not temperature controlled and the maceration is longer) and a longer aging in classic Slavonian large oak barrels.
After wine-making, the wines so produced are decanted into oak large barrels, where they rest before bottling. The aging for Monfortino is minimum 7 years.

Monfortino is the very first Barolo made in what has come to be known as the classic style. Earlier Barolos were generally sold in either cask or demijohn, and meant for early drinking. Giacomo decided to create a Barolo with great aging potential. His first wine wine was a 120 Barolo Riserva, and he soon adopted the name Monfortino in honor of his home village Montorte d'Alba.
In 1959 Giovanni Conterno began making the wine at his family domaine, taking over from his father Giacomo. The legendary Barolos he made in 1964, 1971, 1978, 1985 and 1990 have left their mark in Italian wine history.

Today Giovanni's son Roberto continues the traditions of his father and grandfather.
The company takes the greatest care of both the winery and “Cascina Francia” vineyard, because without this lovely accuracy it isn’t possible to get good wines at all!




Ageing: minimum 7 years in oak barrels



Conterno Giacomo
Azienda Vitinicola
12065 Monforte d’Alba loc. Ornati

Tel. +39 01737 8221
Fax. +39 01737 87190

www.conterno.it

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was spectacular. 'What a nose,' I wrote. It was incredible - the fruit, the finish, the layers - the wine had it all. Roberto called 1990 'one of the great vintages of all time.' There were also bricks, minerals, cedar, thick black fruits and a touch of syrup and liqueur. The palate was huge with great t 'n a and a long and fine finish full of more cedar and minerals. Ray got 'licorice' in the nose and Jim picked up on some 'peppermint'
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This was a highly enjoyable wine, with a bouquet wafting from the glass with roses, cherries and chestnuts. It opens with dark fruit, cedar, a little cherry liqueur on the palate. You get some earthiness, a touch of anise at and past the mid palate. There is a gripping core of integrated sweet fruit and tannin that is so enticing. Vivid and rich, it is a relatively uncomplicated wine, and perhaps doesn’t bespeak the terroir as vividly as in other vintages. Towards the finish, the rustic charm encased in the violet laced velvet glove becomes more apparent, and the lack of “complications” is not necessarily a deficit when a wine is suffused with such succulence on such a nicely palate pampering finish. 95 Points

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 Omar Khan, Wine Writer (United States)  tasted  Barolo Monfortino Riserva 1990  ( Giacomo Conterno )

This was a highly enjoyable wine, with a bouquet wafting from the glass with roses, cherries and chestnuts. It opens with dark fruit, cedar, a little cherry liqueur on the palate. You get some earthiness, a touch of anise at and past the mid palate. There is a gripping core of integrated sweet fruit and tannin that is so enticing. Vivid and rich, it is a relatively uncomplicated wine, and perhaps doesn’t bespeak the terroir as vividly as in other vintages. Towards the finish, the rustic charm encased in the violet laced velvet glove becomes more apparent, and the lack of “complications” is not necessarily a deficit when a wine is suffused with such succulence on such a nicely palate pampering finish. 95 Points

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 John Kapon / CEO / Ackerr Merrall & Condit, Pro (United States)  tasted  Barolo Monfortino Riserva 1990  ( Giacomo Conterno )

"was spectacular. 'What a nose,' I wrote. It was incredible - the fruit, the finish, the layers - the wine had it all. Roberto called 1990 'one of the great vintages of all time.' There were also bricks, minerals, cedar, thick black fruits and a touch of syrup and liqueur. The palate was huge with great t 'n a and a long and fine finish full of more cedar and minerals. Ray got 'licorice' in the nose and Jim picked up on some 'peppermint' "

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