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30 Aldo Conterno Wines, All On Sale! And Two Delicious Under $30 Antinori Super Tuscans!
October 19, 2017
A Note from Sergio

Almost twenty years ago, I took my winemaker friend Steve Clifton on his first trip to Barolo. I remember he was amazed how uniform the vines were. It's usually easy to distinguish a good producer from a bad one because a bad producer lets his vines grow tall and wild, so he doesn't have to bend while picking them or tend to them often, while a good producer has neat, orderly rows of uniform vines that are tended to perfection. But not in Barolo. Here, the vast differences in the taste of the fruit comes not from how the vines are grown but from the dramatically diverse microclimates. Each rolling hill possesses its own microclimate-in some spots, you can walk 20 yards down a hill and feel the temperature drop 10 degrees; the soil composition changes with each foot. All winemakers in Barolo understand their land intricately, and each yields great fruit from it. Some choose to destroy this beauty because they feel the world could never understand it. Others, like Aldo Conterno, choose to illuminate it.

At Poderi Aldo Conterno, Steve and I toured the vineyards and greedily tasted from all the barrels they would allow us access to. Then we graduated to bottles--Dolcetto, Barbera, Aldo's different Baroli bottlings, and, at last, the spectacular Barolo Granbussia. We were glassy-eyed with satisfaction (and also probably with fatigue) and our mouths were stained purple. I could see it in his face: Steve was smitten. It was a glorious day. "I'm not sure that I ever understood the concept of terroir until now," Steve said. "Certainly, I've never seen such an example of it. I feel like I've just been to my own Mecca." I understood exactly what he was talking about, and I was glad to introduce my friend to one of the great holy grounds of wine.

I can't bring each and every one of you to visit Poderi Aldo Conterno, but I can do the next-best thing: I can bring the fruits of the estate to you. Below you'll find 30 wines from Aldo Conterno. These bottlings span vintages from 1987 to 2014; they range from Poderi Aldo Conterno's affordable, delicious Langhe Rosso to its Barolo Granbussia, a rightful collector giant; and they're all presented at special pricing. You'll find bottle made by Aldo himself before he passed in 2012, and you'll find wines made by his sons, showing that Aldo's special touch lives on. These special wines--from Baroli, to Barbera, to the estate's outstanding Chardonnay Bussiador--are studies in terrior, in time, and in family tradition. It's my honor to be able to bring them to you.

Don't miss Antinori's under $30 Super Tuscan--there are two vintages below, and they are fantastic!

Today's Featured Sections Include:

1. Spotlight on Excellence:
Aldo Conterno Sale, 30 Wines from Barolo to Barbera (and More)!
2. Only At IWM:
Antinori's Structured, Thrilling 2014 Le Mortelle Botrosecco Maremma
3. Time Sensitive Offer: Must-Have Under $27 Benchmark Super Tuscan from Antinori!
4. Wine Events: Upcoming October / November Wine Tasting Events

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Sergio Esposito
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Le Mortelle Botrosecco Maremma Toscana IGT 2013 750ml
Le Mortelle Botrosecco Maremma Toscana IGT 2013 750ml
Price: $26.99
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2013 saw classic weather in Toscana with a delayed budbreak, a temperate spring, and a textbook gorgeous summer and harvest season; this ’13 Botrosecco reflects its benchmark year in its tension, texture and structure. A spicy, juicy, intense Super Tuscan, the ’13 Botrosecco layers its succulent red fruit on a bed of white pepper, fresh-cut herbs, underbrush and crushed flowers. Holding its sweet fruit in tension with its savory spices, this wine caresses the palate with a velvety feel as it builds to a vibrant finish. 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
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
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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
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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 Langhe Chardonnay Bussiador 2014 750ml
Poderi Aldo Conterno Langhe Chardonnay Bussiador 2014 750ml
Price: $82.99
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2014 challenged the team at Aldo Conterno but you’d never know it from the beautifully balanced, luscious and elegant Bussiador Chardonnay. Rich notes of butter and honey frame the wine’s ripe stone fruits, while white wildflowers, citrus zest and crushed river rocks provide a pretty, vibrant counterpoint. The wine slinks across the palate with grace and sophistication, and vibrant acidity keeps it nimble as it builds to a lively, lingering crescendo. The estate handpicks its Chardonnay grapes and vinifies them in temperature-controlled stainless steel for four days; the wine both ferments and ages in new oak barriques for a total of 16 months, and the wine rests in bottle for one year before release. more info
Poderi Aldo Conterno Barolo Cicala 1993 750ml
Poderi Aldo Conterno Barolo Cicala 1993 750ml
Price: $149.00
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While 1993 was a difficult vintage in Barolo, Aldo Conterno shows that masters make the most of challenges, and this Barolo Cicala knocks it out of the park. Structured, aromatic, and impressive, this Cicala layers its red fruit on a foundation of tobacco and earth to create a drinking experience that is everything you could want from a mature Barolo. The second "cru" from Bussia Soprana, 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's heady nose sings of dried roses, underbrush, earthiness, and cherries. 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