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Giacomo Conterno Barolo Monfortino Riserva 1955 750ml
The 1955 Barolo Monfortino Riserva embodies its vintage, which is one of the great classic years of the mid-twentieth century. Dried rose petals, subtle spice, touches of game and dusty earth, and kisses of brown sugar and soy frame the pure red fruits in this astonishingly ageless Monfortino. Graceful and silky, this Monfortino hangs in the mouth with an ethereal feel, even as it glides to a complex, surprising finish that balances power with delicacy. Giacomo Conterno crafts its Barolo Monfortino exclusively in vintages of the highest caliber; between the years of 1920 and 2009, Barolo Monfortino made only 47 out of a possible 89 appearances, averaging fewer than 600 cases in each vintage. Barolo Monfortino Riserva is unquestionably a standard-bearer in Barolo, and it consistently shows the deft hand of its maker in its mind-blowing complexity, nuance, power and ineffable beauty.
Cantina Conterno began in 1908 when Grandfather Giovanni Conterno started making wines. While not technically labeled Monfortino at the time, the now legendary riserva was born in 1915 when Giovanni placed emphasis on premium quality Barolo made only in great vintages with long fermentation and aging periods to create the best aging potential. This philosophy was inherited and taken to astronomical heights by his son Giacomo. The Conternos managed to stay afloat and even prosper over the years thanks to the Italian tradition of giving Barolo as a prestigious Christmas gift (the practice was quelled when Champagne became an international symbol for celebration): like just a few other producers, they had substantial orders from the likes of Fiat and Pirelli to feed their success. When his own work was done and the family operation had reached great heights, in the early sixties, Giacomo decided to pass the winery to his sons, Giovanni and Aldo. The credo they were taught. Only premium quality can bring prestige to the Langhe. Giovanni and Aldo worked together until 1969, when Aldo branched off and founded his own estate, the Poderi Aldo Conterno.
Until recently, this famed estate was run by Giacomo’s eldest son, Giovanni Conterno. With Giovanni’s recent passing, his son Roberto continues the traditional winemaking of the Langhe that has always been practiced here, resulting in the earthy kinds of wines with notes of roses and tar that made Barolo what it is.
Fanatics of quality known for their long-lived wines, this estate recently narrowed its focus strictly to Nebbiolo and Barbera. Only the highest quality grapes from Cascina Francia in Serralunga d’Alba are used for their two famed Barolos: the Cascina Francia’ and the legendary Monfortino' Riserva. The densely planted Francia vineyard has southwest exposure and is about 400 meters above sea level. Grapes gathered here offer deep tannins, creating ideal cellaring wines.
Breakdown of Varieties: Nebbiolo
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