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The Story

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 wi...


Wine Information

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 countr...


Tasting note




Long, Pure and Spicy


Blackcurrant, Voluptuous, Coffee, Cedar, Mushrooms and Earthy


Open, Complex and Refined




Perfectly balanced, Complex, Vigor and Ripe

Written Notes

A flight of Monfortino started with a corked 1990 Giacomo Conterno Barolo Monfortino Riserva (DQ).  Today’s session was a bit more unlucky than usual, I thought to myself.  The next two made up for it, beginning with a delicious 1964 Giacomo Conterno Barolo Monfortino Riserva.  This wine was ready and there, with a nice leather finish and excellent caramel with a dry, salty toffee edge.  This was classic and on its plateau, and much better than the last bottle I had of this (95).

  • 95p

Bottle was in excellent condition with top-shoulder level. Decanted one hour. Scenic nose: delicate, eerie notes of cedar and chocolate, earth and game, with wild violet notes and a subtle black fruit core. Fabulous sweetness of fruit on the palate with super-ripe cassis, spices, coffee, and mushrooms. Lots of energy. Complex and multi-layered wine with a great balance and pure, vigorous ending. A wonderful wine drinking perfectly now, and one of our greatest Barolo experiences.

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Ornati, Piedmont

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