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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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Poderi Aldo Conterno Barolo Vigna Romirasco 2012 750ml
Poderi Aldo Conterno Barolo Vigna Romirasco 2012 750ml
Price: $199.00

Rich, opulent and textured, the ’12 Barolo Romirasco unfurls on the palate with a tantalizing mouth-feel. Brooding red and blue fruits waft with grilled herbs, peppery spices, potpourri and licorice in this dense, full-bodied Romirasco bottling. Drinkable soon after release, this wine has the bright acidity and hefty tannins that suggest it’ll age beautifully. Aldo Conterno previously produced the Romirasco Barolo only in vintages without the ideal conditions necessary for the estate’s famed Granbussia, but this Barolo's incredible appeal and structure made it a yearly release. Crafted from fruit grown on vines aged 50 to 55 years old, this wine ages in Slavonian oak casks for thirty months before bottling. more info
Poderi Aldo Conterno Barolo Granbussia Riserva 2000 750ml
Poderi Aldo Conterno Barolo Granbussia Riserva 2000 750ml
Price: $299.00

Only produced in exceptional vintages, a blend of three Cru each vinified separately and aged for over two years in Slovenian casks. Harmonious in its sweet core of mature red fruits. more info