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Aldo Conterno’s Silky 2011 Trio, 1990s Prunotto Barbaresco, and Mastroberardino’s Marvel
August 16, 2017
A Note from Sergio

Yesterday's offer gave you a chance at multiple vintages of Giacomo Conterno's Barolo Francia. Today's offer lets you stock your cellar with three Aldo Conterno 2011 Barolos. Like his brother Giovanni, who stayed at Giacomo Conterno, their father's estate, Aldo Conterno was a winemaker who spent his whole life in Piemonte. Called the "King of Barolo," Aldo intimately knew his wines and his terroir, and he passed his knowledge down to his sons, who continue in his footsteps at Poderi Aldo Conterno, the home of the famed Barolo Granbussia, Chardonnay Bussiador, and the three stellar Baroli offered today, among others. Aldo remains a winemaking legend, and today's wines celebrate, honor, and recall his mastery.

Aldo, who passed away in 2012, was one of those winemakers who defied easy categorization--he was neither strictly traditional, nor was he modernist--and whose wines have been so good that easy definitions cease to matter. In any vintage, Aldo's wines are true to his estate and to his legacy. In 2011, a warm year, Aldo's wines gleam with the sun's light, but because he was such an exacting winemaker, these Baroli keep the muscular structure of a middleweight boxer. My clients have asked repeatedly for me to get more of these drink-me-now (or later) 2011 Baroli, and I'm delighted to be able to answer their pleas.

Along with this Aldo Conterno trio, I'm happy to bring you three more great Italian wines from iconic Italian producers. First, there's a pair of vintage Barbaresco wines from Prunotto, the historic estate owned and operated by the Antinori family since the mid-1990s. It's hard to find untouched, pristine 20-year-old Barbaresco, but I managed to score these 1996 and 1997 wines for you. These traditional cuvée Barbaresco wines have known only loving care, and, priced at less than $100 a bottle, they're outrageous. Finally, Mastroberardino is no stranger to my longtime clients--this Campanian estate essentially rescued Aglianico from extinction. There's a gorgeous 2007 Mastroberardino Taurasi Riserva below that's a steal at $60.

Enjoy!

Today's Featured Sections Include:

1. Spotlight on Excellence:
Aldo Conterno's Drink-Me-Now (or Later) 2011 Barolo
2. Only At IWM:
Perfectly Aged 1990s Prunotto Barbaresco Pair
3. Time Sensitive Offer: Majestic Mastroberardino 2007 Taurasi Riserva
4. Wine Events: Upcoming August Wine Tasting Events

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Mastroberardino Taurasi Radici Riserva 2007 750ml
Mastroberardino Taurasi Radici Riserva 2007 750ml
Price: $69.99

Brambly wild berries, succulent black fruits, and juicy cherries waft with peppery spices, warm saddle leather, roasted game, incense and underbrush in this stunning ’07 Taurasi Radici Riserva. This wine oozes silkily across the palate while chewy, polished tannins cling to the cheeks; a sweet inner perfume finds its complement in savory bass notes, making for an entrancing combination. Deriving from vines averaging 30 years of age grown in the mineral-laden, volcanic soiled Montemarano vineyard, the grapes for this wine ferment in temperature-controlled stainless steel for about ten days; the wine ages in a combination of barrique (20% new) and cask for 30 months, followed by at least three years in bottle before release. While this wine is structured for aging, it’s still very accessible--Aglianico lovers won’t want to miss this must-have Mastroberardino bottle! more info
Poderi Aldo Conterno Barolo 2011 750ml
Poderi Aldo Conterno Barolo 2011 750ml
Price: $82.99
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Enchanting red fruit, baking spices, crushed rose petals, and a touch of earth make the ’11 Barolo Bussia captivating. A product of warm weather, this Barolo offers tremendous near-term drinking, and its seamless structure, silky mouth-feel and polished tannins will have you reaching for another bottle. Now called Barolo “Bussia,” even the basic Barolo of Aldo Conterno has garnered a reputation for being a generous, open, genial wine, and now with a half-decade of age, this wine is entering its drinking window. Crafted from grapes grown on twenty-year-old vines and spending three years in Slavonian oak followed by twelve months in bottle before release, this “basic” Barolo is anything but simple. more info
Prunotto Barbaresco 1996 750ml
Prunotto Barbaresco 1996 750ml
Price: $99.00

1996 saw a benchmark Barbaresco vintage--it was also the first bottling that Antinori made after taking over the Prunotto estate. Perfectly aged and mellow, this ’96 Barbaresco layers its red and blue fruits with tarry earth, crushed violet petals, warm saddle leather, pressed herbs, licorice, black tea and truffles in a rustic yet graceful wine. Time has tamed the wine’s chewy tannins, and now with more than two decades of maturity, this Barbaresco shows the true beauty of its vintage. Deriving from vineyards located in Barbaresco, Treiso and Neive with mineral-rich clay soils, the grapes for this wine ferment in temperature-controlled vats, and the wine ages in vats of varying sizes for one year, followed by ten months in bottle before release. more info
Prunotto Barbaresco 1997 750ml
Prunotto Barbaresco 1997 750ml
Price: $99.00

While 1997 was a hot vintage, this Barbaresco shows acidic verve, and all these years later, it’s still vibrant and energized. Ripe red and blue fruits dance with smoky minerals, sun-warmed earth, pressed flower petals, licorice, baking spices and underbrush in this remarkably precise, delineated wine. A savory truffle bass-line finds its complement in a sweet inner perfume as this wine whooshes to a finish that’s filled with chewy, fine-grained tannins. Deriving from vineyards located in Barbaresco, Treiso and Neive with mineral-rich clay soils, the grapes for this wine ferment in temperature-controlled vats, and the wine ages in vats of varying sizes for one year, followed by ten months in bottle before release. more info
Poderi Aldo Conterno Barolo Cicala 2011 750ml
Poderi Aldo Conterno Barolo Cicala 2011 750ml
Price: $149.99

Sappy, fleshy and silky, the ’11 Barolo Cicala puts its ripe, succulent fruit front and center. Black cherries, cassis and frutti di bosco are framed by tar, black licorice and exotic spices, but this wine holds its ripe fruit in check with its chewy tannins and electric acidity. While nicely structured for enjoyment over the next decade or so, this ripe vintage ’11 Barolo Cicala allows for early approachability. The second "cru" from Bussia Soprana, Barolo Cicala is the most fruit-driven, but also the most tannic and most age-worthy of the estate’s trio of single-vineyard Barolos. Crafted from grapes grown on vines between 40-45 years old, this wine spends 28 months in Slavonian oak casks before bottling. more info
Poderi Aldo Conterno Barolo Colonnello 2011 750ml
Poderi Aldo Conterno Barolo Colonnello 2011 750ml
Price: $149.99

Complex and multifaceted, the ’11 Barolo Colonnello changes every moment--this is a rich, structured wine that shifts with kaleidoscopic beauty. Dark fruit dances with fresh-cut herbs, balsam, black licorice, rose petals, warm saddle leather, and cigar wrapper in this intense, evocative wine. Chewy tannins and a fine acidic spine provide an age-worthy structure, but even now, this wine floods the mouth with nuanced notes as it builds to a mineral-laden finish that’s accented by new leather and violets. Made from grapes grown on 40 to 45-year-old vines, the third "cru" from Bussia Soprana, the Colonnello is the deepest in color and often the most approachable of Aldo Conterno’s single-vineyard Barolos; after fermenting on the skins for about five weeks, this wine ages for 28 months in botti before bottling. Powerful and vibrant, this ’11 Barolo needs a couple of years in the cellar before it drinks for decades. more info