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.