It's hard to imagine a more formidable group of winemakers than Giuseppe Quintarelli, Bruno Giacosa and Aldo Conterno, whose wines we offer today. The first two, Quintarelli and Giacosa, stand as stanchions of tradition, making wines in ways that their great-grandfathers would recognize, and while "Barolo Boy" Aldo Conterno originally rebelled against tradition, he grew closer to it as he got older. All three of these men have made the luster of Italian wines glow, and to drink their wines is to experience a master class in winemaking--and to enjoy a seriously good bottle.
Although Aldo and Giuseppe passed away in 2012, Bruno lives and makes wine. Now in his mid-80s, Bruno has turned most of the work over to his daughter Bruna, and she's doing beautiful work at the estate, though Bruno still works too. Like Bruno, Aldo and Bepi instructed their children in the ways of making wine, and both estates are doing their namesakes proud--it's the way things have always worked in Italian wine; the secrets, the traditions, and the style passes from one winemaking generation to another, like the way familial smiles, laughs and gestures do.
Today, I'm proud to present three extraordinary wines from these three extraordinary men: the last large allotment of 2004 Quintarelli Amarone, a small group of collectable 2007 Barbaresco Asili Riserva, and a few pristine bottles of 1982 Aldo Conterno Bussia Soprana in magnum. I really can't say enough about the importance of these three bottles; the first two are more than the last bottlings to come from great winemakers--they are masterpieces in their own right, collectable wines that dazzle the senses. The last bottling comes from Aldo Conterno's prime, and it's a vintage that will stun you. Together, these three wines present a compelling picture of Italian wine, and together they make me very proud to have known these men, to have drunk their wines, and to have the honor of offering them to you.