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Six Superb Hard-to-Find Aldo Contero Barolo Wines, 1974 to 2009!
February 11, 2020
A Note from Sergio

Aldo Conterno was one of the great masters of Barolo, which makes sense given that his brother, Giovanni, and their father, Giacomo, also held that honor. Aldo, who passed away in 2012, spent his whole life in Barolo and knew it intimately. While often called a modernist, Aldo 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. Aldo's wines and his continuing estate ensure Aldo's legacy. The wines of Poderi Aldo Conterno show how, just as Aldo's dad trained him, he trained his sons. From vintages past to vintages current, Aldo Conterno's wines are true to the estate and to the integrity of this great producer.

Today, I'm very proud to present six wines that represent 35 years of great Aldo Conterno Baroli. This list includes a rare 1974 Barolo Cicala Granbussia Riserva (a unique vintage when Aldo bottled his Cicala and Colonnello plots separately to make two different Granbussia bottlings) as well as the most recent Granbussia from 2009. It has a gorgeously aged 1978 Barolo Bussia Soprana as well as a succulent 1995, and it has a pair of Barolo Colonnello that dates from 1990 and 2004, letting you experience profound aromatics in the former and polished refinement in the latter. If you're the kind of Barolo connoisseur who enjoys comparing perfectly mature wines with newer vintages, this offer is tailor-made for you!

Enjoy!

Today's Featured Sections Include:

1. Time Sensitive Offer: 35 Years of Rare, Sublime Aldo Conterno Barolos!
2. Wine Events: Upcoming February Wine Tasting Events

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Poderi Aldo Conterno Barolo Bussia Soprana 1995 750ml
Poderi Aldo Conterno Barolo Bussia Soprana 1995 750ml
Price: $169.00

1995 saw a low-production, high quality vintage, and this ’95 Barolo Bussia Soprana embraces its vintage with juiciness, freshness, and intensity. This mature Barolo retains an impressive concentration of primary fruits; succulent cherries and berries mingle with forest floor, warm earth, licorice, rose petals, mocha and spices, while tertiary notes of tea, truffles, and leather offer a tantalizing backdrop. Dusty tannins meld seamlessly with mellowed acidity as the wine’s copious dry extract feels both powerful and nuanced--this is a beautiful mature Barolo! Deriving from 12 acres of plots in Bussia Soprana, carefully selected grapes ferment for thirty days, and the wine ages for 27 months in cask, followed by twelve months in bottle before release. more info
Poderi Aldo Conterno Barolo Colonnello 2004 750ml
Poderi Aldo Conterno Barolo Colonnello 2004 750ml
Price: $259.00

Upon release, Aldo Conterno’s ’04 Barolo Colonnello was praised for its abundant sweet fruits, its enticing aromatics, its beautiful concentration, and its soaring structure. Now with more than 15 years of maturity, this Barolo is coming into its own, layering its succulent fruits with warm baking spices, iron ore, pressed rose petals, forest floor, and touches of umami and tea. This mature Barolo is all about refinement and subtle power, unfolding its generous layers with a nuanced touch, as fine-grained tannins cling to the cheeks; twin engines of savory minerals and keen acidity drive this wine to a resonant, impressive finish. Made from grapes grown on 40 to 45-year-old vines, the third "cru" from Bussia Soprana, the gracious Colonnello is the deepest in color and consistently the most approachable of Aldo Conterno’s single-vineyard Barolos. Grapes ferment for about 30 days, and the wine spends about 28 months in oak casks and about two years in bottle before release. more info
Poderi Aldo Conterno Barolo Colonnello Bussia 1990 750ml
Poderi Aldo Conterno Barolo Colonnello Bussia 1990 750ml
Price: $449.99
Special Price: $389.99

1990 gifted barolisti with a powerful, aromatic, and age-worthy vintage, and Aldo Conterno’s towering ’90 Barolo Colonnello Bussia embodies all these traits. Smoky minerals, crushed rose petals, warm baking spices, balsamic herbs, black tea, leather and licorice frame this wine’s juicy black cherries and sumptuous plums. Elegant and muscular, this wine glides across the palate with kaleidoscopic power, showing ever-changing notes backed by fine-grained tannins, fleshy fruits, keen acidity, and savory minerals. Made from grapes grown on 40 to 45-year-old vines, the third "cru" from Bussia Soprana, the gracious Colonnello is the deepest in color and consistently the most approachable of Aldo Conterno’s single-vineyard Barolos. Grapes ferment for about 30 days, and the wine spends about 28 months in oak casks and about two years in bottle before release. more info
Poderi Aldo Conterno Barolo Riserva Granbussia 2009 750ml
Poderi Aldo Conterno Barolo Riserva Granbussia 2009 750ml
Price: $649.00

Aromatic and powerful, the ’09 Granbussia enmeshes its pure dark cherries and blue fruits with a deeply perfumed nose of exotic woods, tarry earth, new leather, truffles, and potpourri. Lush, chewy tannins snuggle the palate as electric acidity propels this profound Granbussia, unleashing complex, earthy and minerally flavors. A sustained complex finish reveals this wine to be at once lush and ethereal--it’s fantastic, and it’ll drink for decades. The estate's special reserve bottling, produced only in great vintages, the iconic Granbussia is a traditional cuvée of grapes grown in the prime Bussia plots Romirasco (70%) with the remainder split between Cicala and Colonnello. Crafted in large Slavonian oak botti, the 2006 Granbussia spent just over two months on the skins and 44 months in cask. more info
Poderi Aldo Conterno Barolo Cicala Granbussia 1974 750ml
Poderi Aldo Conterno Barolo Cicala Granbussia 1974 750ml
Price: $799.99
Special Price: $649.99

Beautifully mature, the ’74 Barolo Cicala Granbussia revels in its tertiary notes, ethereal mouthfeel, and elegant refinement. Black tea, licorice, stewed plums, espresso beans, white truffles, and roasted game surround the wine’s dark cherries, iron flakes, and rose petals. Fully resolved tannins and lingering acidity support this Barolo’s mesmerizing mouthfeel; time in the glass allows this wine to open up and reveal its subtle, nuanced, and sneaky power. While Aldo Conterno sourced its 1970 debut Granbussia bottling from both the Colonnello and Cicala vineyards, in 1974, Conterno chose to bottle the two vineyards separately to craft a pair of complementary wines. more info