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Giacomo Conterno Barolo Monfortino Riserva:
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Barolo Monfortino Riserva is widely regarded as the most significant Barolo on the collector’s market. The 1971 Barolo Monfortino is legendary, and this landmark vintage Barolo is classed among Italy’s definitive cellaring wines.

Cantina Conterno originated in 1908 when Giovanni Conterno began making wines. While not technically labeled Monfortino at the time—the name constituted Giovanni’s homage to his home village of Monforte d’Alba—the now legendary riserva was born in 1912, the product and tangible evocation of Giovanni's emphasis on premium quality Barolo. He regarded the latter as being the exclusive province of great vintages—the wines of which realize prime aging potential through long fermentation and aging periods. His son, Giacomo, not only inherited this philosophy, but afforded it heightened expression.

Barolo Monfortino is crafted exclusively in vintages of the highest caliber. Between the years of 1959 and 2000, it has made only 22 out of a possible 41 appearances, averaging less than 600 cases in each vintage. Monfortino undergoes longer maceration (an average of 35 days, in contrast to the typical 14-day provision) and maturation periods than those of any other Barolo. While it typically sees six or seven years in Slavonian oak (DOCG regulations require only two years), certain vintages have realized 10 years in oak. A wine of superior structure and ethereal qualities, Monfortino is the most tannic and longest-lived of all Piemonte’s Barolos.

Only the highest quality Nebbiolo grapes from Cascina Francia in Serralunga d’Alba are utilized for Giacomo Conterno’s renowned Barolo Monfortino Riserva. The densely planted Francia vineyard features a southwest exposure and rests approximately 500 meters above sea level. The grapes derived from this site possess tannic depth, creating wines that possess ideal structure for the cellar.

Wine: Barolo Riserva
Producer: Giacomo Conterno
Varietal(s): Nebbiolo
Region: Piemonte
Province: Cuneo
Commune: Serralunga d'Alba
Vineyard(s): Cascina Francia
Altitude: 500 meters
Exposure: Southwest
Classification: Barolo DOCG
First Year: 1912
Bottle Production: 5,000 - 7,000 bottles in choice years

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