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Rare Aldo Conterno Sale! Antinori’s Affordable Super Tuscans! And Collector Scavino Barolo!
June 29, 2017
A Note from Sergio

One thing about Aldo Conterno: he had patience. You can taste his patience in his famed Barolo Granbussia Riserva, his cru Barolo, or his traditional cuvée. The same is true with his Bussiador Chardonnay, his Barbera, his Nebbiolo or his Rosso. Aldo passed away a few years ago, but his dedication continues in Aldo's children, who have stayed true to the work of their great father. For generations, the Conterno family has been producing and aging some of the great Piemontese wines, but Aldo left his brother at his father's cellar, the Giacomo Conterno estate, to pursue his own winemaking interests. In 1969, he founded Poderi Aldo Conterno, which exclusively vinifies its own 62 acres of grapes, and all these years later, the family-run Aldo Conterno estate wears its founder's name well.

Today, I'm very proud to present more than twenty different wines from Poderi Aldo Conterno. You'll find two vintages of Aldo's Barolo Granbussia, and both of them date from the 1990s, the height of Aldo's winemaking prowess. You'll find multiple vintages of this three single-vineyard Barolo wines, as well as his more traditional cuvée Barolo. But you'll also find affordable wines like Aldo's Conca Tre Pile Barbera d'Alba, Langhe Nebbiolo Il Favot and Langhe Rosso. It's a terrific list of Aldo Conterno red wines, and it honors the memory of the man who made this estate--even as it celebrates its brilliant future. Now's the time to fill your cellar with Aldo Conterno's gorgeous wines!

If you love Aldo Conterno's Barolo Granbussia, it's very likely you also love Paolo Scavino's Barolo Bric dël Fiasc Riserva. 2008 saw the thirtieth anniversary of this iconic cru Barolo, and today's eLetter has the commemorative bottling. It's incredibly early in this wine's life, so if you can wait to open it, if you have the self-restraint and the vision, you can look forward to drinking a gorgeous, velvety symphony. (And if you can't wait, no one will blame you). Finally, I have two new releases from Antinori's Le Mortelle estate on the Maremma Coast--one Super-Tuscan white, one Super-Tuscan red, both under $27 and each absolutely delicious.

Enjoy!

Today's Featured Sections Include:

1. Spotlight on Excellence:
Special Pricing on 20+ Aldo Conterno Wines!
2. Only At IWM:
Under $27 Antinori Super Tuscans!
3. Time Sensitive Offer: Collector, Commemorative Scavino Barolo Bric dël Fiasc Riserva
4. Wine Events: Upcoming July Wine Tasting Events

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Le Mortelle Vivia Maremma Toscana DOC 2016 750ml
Le Mortelle Vivia Maremma Toscana DOC 2016 750ml
Price: $24.99

Reflective of its warm, dry year that ended in an ideal harvest, the ’16 Vivia Maremma Toscana is a lively, explosive and intense wine. Juicy tropical and stone fruits dance on a foundation of fresh-cut herbs, white wildflowers, citrus zest and crushed rocks in this straw-yellow wine. Bright acidity keeps this wine nimble, and its rich texture makes it a pure pleasure to drink. A blend of 50% Vermentino, 40% Viognier and 10% Ansonica, the grapes for this wine fermented in temperature-controlled stainless steel, and the wine aged for about three months in vat followed by three more months in bottle before release, making for a drinking experience that punches well above its $25 price point. more info
Le Mortelle Botrosecco Maremma Toscana IGT 2014 750ml
Le Mortelle Botrosecco Maremma Toscana IGT 2014 750ml
Price: $26.99

A mild, cool 2014 growing season gave the grapes for this Bordeaux-style blend a long hang time, allowing them to ripen fully while retaining freshness. This is an exceptionally elegant Botrosecco bottling, layering its succulent red and black fruits with forest floor, peppery spices, saline minerals, cigar wrapper and fresh loam. Caressing yet vibrant, this wine unfurls savory notes on the palate, complemented by sweet tannins and a velvety mouth-feel. This blend of 60% Cabernet Sauvignon and 40% Cabernet Franc ferments in temperature-controlled stainless steel tanks; the wine ages for a year in oak barrels and rests in bottle for a few months before release. more info
Poderi Aldo Conterno Langhe Rosso 2013 750ml
Poderi Aldo Conterno Langhe Rosso 2013 750ml
Price: $29.99
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2013 is a banner vintage in Piemonte, and this Langhe Rosso affords you an early taste of the benchmark vintage! Tarry earth, crushed flower petals, spice and underbrush frame the red and blue fruits in this gracious ’13 Rosso; it’s a food-friendly wine that pulls you back to the glass with every sip. Firm, fine-grained tannins and vibrant acidity propel this balanced and seamless wine to a thrilling, lingering finish. A blend of 80% old-vine Freisa, 10% Cabernet Sauvignon and 10% Merlot, Aldo Conterno’s Langhe Rosso, which has replaced the estate's famed Quartetto, is an incredible bottle of everyday red. Conterno harvests the grapes from vineyards in Bussia, then vinifies the wine in temperature-controlled stainless steel, and ages it in barriques for a year before bottling. more info
Poderi Aldo Conterno Conca Tre Pile Barbera d'Alba 2013 750ml
Poderi Aldo Conterno Conca Tre Pile Barbera d'Alba 2013 750ml
Price: $36.99
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Rustic yet elegant, Aldo Conterno’s 2013 Barbera is a delicious study in contradictions. Black and blue fruits, crushed wildflowers, licorice, graphite and baking spices swirl in this sophisticated ’13 Barbera from Barolo master Aldo Conterno. Inky purple in the glass and silky smooth on the palate, this wine is deeply tasty, very complex and thoroughly enjoyable. Deriving from Aldo Conterno’s Conca Tre Pile vineyard in Monforte d’Alba, the grapes ferment in stainless steel for about ten days, and the wine ages for two months in stainless steel, followed by a year in barrique, all new.
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Poderi Aldo Conterno Langhe Nebbiolo Il Favot 2013 750ml
Poderi Aldo Conterno Langhe Nebbiolo Il Favot 2013 750ml
Price: $64.99
Currently Unavailable.

This calling card wine from Aldo Conterno looks, smells, feels and tastes more like a “Baby Barolo” than like a Nebbiolo d’Alba. Rain-spattered violets and lavender, fistfuls of plums and red currants, a dusting of chestnut and a waft of smoke burst from the glass of this ’13 Nebbiolo. Sophisticated tannins uncurl on the palate of this remarkably intense wine, and its lush mouth-feel makes it drink like a very approachable, barrique-aged Barolo at a fraction of the price. Deriving from younger Nebbiolo vines grown in various vineyards in Monforte d’Alba, the grapes ferment in stainless steel for about eight days, and the wine ages for five or six months months in stainless steel, followed by eighteen months in barrique, all new. more info
Poderi Aldo Conterno Barolo 2011 750ml
Poderi Aldo Conterno Barolo 2011 750ml
Price: $82.99
Currently Unavailable.

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
Poderi Aldo Conterno Barolo Bussia 2013 750ml
Poderi Aldo Conterno Barolo Bussia 2013 750ml
Price: $82.99

Radiant and succulent red and blue fruits, new saddle leather, cigar wrapper, violet petals, baking spices and loam waft from the glass of this spellbinding ’13 Barolo Bussia. This wine shows impeccable balance, unfurling on the palate with energy and focus to reveal a seamless structure and silky texture. While you’ll want to drink this wine right away, time in the cellar will make it more harmonious and refined. Once simply Aldo Conterno Barolo and now called Barolo Bussia, this entry-level Barolo from Aldo Conterno has garnered a reputation for being a generous, open, genial wine; it’s a perennial IWM client favorite. Deriving from 12 acres of plots in Bussia Soprano with vines aging between 35 and 40 years, the 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 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
Poderi Aldo Conterno Barolo Colonnello 2012 750ml
Poderi Aldo Conterno Barolo Colonnello 2012 750ml
Price: $149.99

Brooding Nebbiolo fruit rests on a bed of underbrush, smoky minerals, warm cigar wrapper, Christmas cake and herbs in this warm weather 2012 Barolo Colonello. This intense wine oozes across the palate, powered by thrumming acidity and scattering chewy tannins as it builds to a lingering, herbal 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. Powerful and darkly beautiful, this ’12 Barolo will be approachable almost upon release, but it will drink nicely over the medium term. more info