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    33
  • Producer ranking ?

    11
  • Decanting time

    2h
  • When to drink

    Now

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Conterno’s Monfortino is a heavyweight contender for the best Barolo around, and it definitely has our vote. It’s a matchless experience of power paired with subtlety and the effect is quite seductive. As it opens, you’ll experience classic hints of rose, earthy black truffles, cigar box, and anise in a boldly structured wine that’s still quite fresh. 

Antonio Galloni of Vinous said it’s a “magnificent” wine that “explodes from the glass with a luxurious, expansive personality that leaves me speechless.” The lucky people who share this bottle with you likely will never forget it.

 

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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But our night was not over, and it was time for a bonus round.  All the contestants were still in the game and ready for more!  So there was this case of  1955 Giacomo Conterno Barolo Monfortino Riserva , a couple of six-pack ocb’s that were absolutely perfect.  They had great provenance, but they were so pristine and perfect that they got flagged by our third party inspector and put into the penalty box.  It wasn’t that he thought they were necessarily wrong, but he wasn’t sure they were right either.  So we reached out to Roberto Conterno, who said he didn’t see anything wrong, but that he couldn’t 100% vouch for it either as it was so old.  There was only one way to settle this, so I brought a bottle since BJ was one of the potential buyers.  One sip is all it took for him to immediately insist he got the rest!  This was a both a treat and a treasure, possibly the best example of older, well-preserved Monfortino that I have ever had.  Its bricked amber notes permeated its nose.  This wine was so good and so delicious in that special old Barolo way, while still maintaining a vigorous freshness.  Pitts found ‘rose petals,’ and I was deep into its leather and savory notes.  The length here was something special (98). 

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Ornati, Piedmont

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