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Monfortino Barolo Riserva Retrospective, 1937 to 2013 with Special Pricing!
October 23, 2019
A Note from Sergio

I've told this story before, but it bears repeating--primarily because I'm offering the wine at the center of the story. About a decade ago, Roberto Conterno, grandson of Giacomo and the owner-winemaker at the Giacomo Conterno estate, came into my store unexpectedly; I hastily cobbled together a group for dinner at my favorite laid-back eatery, La Pizza Fresca. As I ran out the door to meet everyone, I took a bottle of Roberto's wine with me, a 1937 Barolo Monfortino. We took up a bunch of tables that the staff pushed together, and as everyone chatted noisily, we started drinking bottles of Gravner and eating pizza, ordering more pizza and more wine as soon as a plate or a bottle was empty.

Neither Roberto nor I had ever tried the 1937 Monfortino. I'd gotten a couple of bottles from a cellar in Turin, but I'd not yet had the occasion to open one. Eventually, the waiter placed the decanted bottle on a table next to us, about five or ten feet away. I could smell the wine from across the distance, and Roberto could too.

When the wine was poured, the other couples were still chatting and eating pizza. Roberto and I stuck our noses in the glass, looked around, looked at each other, and asked the one question you should ask when you're tasting something truly great: "What the hell is this?" We both took a sip. I started to drink, and right away, I knew that I was having one of the greatest experiences of my life.

Today, I'm very proud to present the extraordinary 1937 Barolo Riserva Monfortino, along with ten other Monfortino vintages. Today's list includes wines that might be on your "bucket list": benchmark Monfortino vintages like 1943, 1947, 1955, 1999, and 2010. But I'm going to gild this lily and add one more monumental Monfortino bottling, the newly released 2013, a breathtaking, massive Monfortino that will drink for a lifetime. If you've been aching to add some Barolo Riserva Monfortino to your cellar, there is no time like today--this is Giacomo Conterno at its very finest, and that's really saying something.

Enjoy!

Today's Featured Sections Include:

1. Time Sensitive Offer: Rare Monfortino Sale! Eleven Vintages with Special Pricing!
2. Anniversary Event: IWM's 20th Anniversary Celebration!
3. Wine Events: Upcoming October / November Wine Tasting Events

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Sergio Esposito
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Giacomo Conterno Barolo Monfortino Riserva 1993 750ml
Giacomo Conterno Barolo Monfortino Riserva 1993 750ml
Price: $1,199.00

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Giacomo Conterno Barolo Monfortino Riserva 2013 750ml
Giacomo Conterno Barolo Monfortino Riserva 2013 750ml
Price: $1,599.00

Towering, powerful, and breathtakingly pure, the 2013 Barolo Monfortino Riserva is a monumental wine. This wine is built for aging, and while excruciatingly young, the ’13 Monfortino is reveling in its exquisite balance, layering its crisp red and brooding blue fruits with forest floor, wild herbs, violet petals, cigar wrapper, leather and touches of tar and minerals. While the wine’s austere tannins argue for patience, even in its infancy, this Monfortino reveals its transparency, detail, and nuance in its superlative progression of textures and flavors that linger on the wine’s sustained, resonant finish. Brilliant and drop-dead gorgeous, the ’13 Monfortino is destined to be legendary. In 2013, Giacomo Conterno opted against bottling any Cascina Francia, instead putting all the vineyard’s fruit into the estate’s Barolo Monfortino. A traditionally made wine, Barolo Monfortino ferments without temperature control, and the wine ages for seven years in botti. more info
Giacomo Conterno Barolo Monfortino Riserva 1937 750ml
Giacomo Conterno Barolo Monfortino Riserva 1937 750ml
Price: $1,899.00

IWM’s founder, Sergio Esposito, says that the 1937 Barolo Monfortino Riserva is possibly the best wine he’s ever had. Impossible to describe, the ’37 Monfortino is at once aged and ageless, layering its fading primary fruits with caramel, roasted game, sherry-like spices, and fleeting rose petals. Tannins are soft yet palpable, and the wine fills the mouth with an ethereal, silken feel--crafted by Giacomo Conterno himself, this wine is a revelation. Giacomo Conterno crafts its Barolo Monfortino exclusively in vintages of the highest caliber; between the years of 1920 and 2009, Barolo Monfortino made only 47 out of a possible 89 appearances, averaging fewer than 600 cases in each vintage. Barolo Monfortino Riserva is unquestionably a standard-bearer in Barolo, and it consistently shows the deft hand of its maker in its mind-blowing complexity, nuance, power and ineffable beauty. more info
Giacomo Conterno Barolo Monfortino Riserva 2010 750ml
Giacomo Conterno Barolo Monfortino Riserva 2010 750ml
Price: $1,999.00

Giacomo Conterno’s 2010 Barolo Monfortino Riserva has repeatedly been called “perfect,” and it very well might be. Layers and layers of pure Nebbiolo fruit waft from the glass, wrapped in rose petals, new leather, umami, warm baking spices, licorice, and touches of balsamic herbs and roasted game. Even in its youth, this Barolo seamlessly melds its elegant, substantial tannins, vivid acidity, and ethereal mouth-feel, resulting in a mesmerizing balancing act that builds in complexity as the wine glides to a lingering, finessed finish. In years of outstanding quality, Giacomo Conterno selects the very best grapes in Cascina Francia, and these become Monfortino. Fermentation of both Barolo bottlings is identical with the exception that the Monfortino gets no temperature control; no matter how high the fermentation temperatures may go, there is no intervention on the part of the Giacomo Conterno. For the best drinking experience, cellar this monumental wine for a couple of years and then drink for three or more decades. more info
Giacomo Conterno Barolo Monfortino Riserva 1947 750ml
Giacomo Conterno Barolo Monfortino Riserva 1947 750ml
Price: $2,049.00

Despite being more than 70 years old, the ’47 Barolo Monfortino Riserva feels remarkably youthful, retaining its elegant smoky minerals, tarry earth, classic rose petals, and remnants of its pure Nebbiolo fruits. Tannins are almost fully resolved, but this ’47 Monfortino has kept its vivid acidity, ethereal mouthfeel, and surprising power. Simply superb! Giacomo Conterno crafts its Barolo Monfortino exclusively in vintages of the highest caliber; between the years of 1920 and 2009, Barolo Monfortino made only 47 out of a possible 89 appearances, averaging fewer than 600 cases in each vintage. Barolo Monfortino Riserva is unquestionably a standard-bearer in Barolo, and it consistently shows the deft hand of its maker in its mind-blowing complexity, nuance, power and ineffable beauty. more info
Giacomo Conterno Barolo Monfortino Riserva 1955 750ml
Giacomo Conterno Barolo Monfortino Riserva 1955 750ml
Price: $2,049.00

The 1955 Barolo Monfortino Riserva embodies its vintage, which is one of the great classic years of the mid-twentieth century. Dried rose petals, subtle spice, touches of game and dusty earth, and kisses of brown sugar and soy frame the pure red fruits in this astonishingly ageless Monfortino. Graceful and silky, this Monfortino hangs in the mouth with an ethereal feel, even as it glides to a complex, surprising finish that balances power with delicacy. Giacomo Conterno crafts its Barolo Monfortino exclusively in vintages of the highest caliber; between the years of 1920 and 2009, Barolo Monfortino made only 47 out of a possible 89 appearances, averaging fewer than 600 cases in each vintage. Barolo Monfortino Riserva is unquestionably a standard-bearer in Barolo, and it consistently shows the deft hand of its maker in its mind-blowing complexity, nuance, power and ineffable beauty. more info
Giacomo Conterno Barolo Monfortino Riserva 1949 750ml
Giacomo Conterno Barolo Monfortino Riserva 1949 750ml
Price: $2,049.00

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Giacomo Conterno Barolo Monfortino Riserva 2002 1.5L
Giacomo Conterno Barolo Monfortino Riserva 2002 1.5L
Price: $3,099.00

The ’02 Barolo Monfortino is dizzyingly complex; unfolding in kaleidoscopic layers, this bottle offers ripe red and black fruit, dried rose petals and violets, spices and licorice, underbrush, warm saddle leather, cigar wrapper, smoke, and tar. Silky and textured, this Barolo wraps the palate in gripping, fine-grained tannins, and its concentrated, intense body builds to a long, lasting finish. Hail-damaged and chilly, 2002 was a difficult vintage in Piemonte, and while other winemakers struggled to make a passable wine, Conterno’s vineyards emerged unscathed. During the media frenzy following the negative reports, Roberto Conterno did the unthinkable and announced that he would bottle his entire harvest as Monfortino! The estate's rigorous green harvesting and individual grape selection, as well as a late October harvest, produced a monumental Monfortino that the late, great Giovanni Conterno compared to the legendary 1971 and that his son Roberto compares to the iconic 1978. While still very young, this ’02 is surprisingly enjoyable now, but it will age for upwards of fifty years. more info
Giacomo Conterno Barolo Monfortino Riserva 1999 1.5L
Giacomo Conterno Barolo Monfortino Riserva 1999 1.5L
Price: $3,289.00

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Giacomo Conterno Barolo Monfortino Riserva 2013 1.5L
Giacomo Conterno Barolo Monfortino Riserva 2013 1.5L
Price: $3,799.00

Towering, powerful, and breathtakingly pure, the 2013 Barolo Monfortino Riserva is a monumental wine. This wine is built for aging, and while excruciatingly young, the ’13 Monfortino is reveling in its exquisite balance, layering its crisp red and brooding blue fruits with forest floor, wild herbs, violet petals, cigar wrapper, leather and touches of tar and minerals. While the wine’s austere tannins argue for patience, even in its infancy, this Monfortino reveals its transparency, detail, and nuance in its superlative progression of textures and flavors that linger on the wine’s sustained, resonant finish. Brilliant and drop-dead gorgeous, the ’13 Monfortino is destined to be legendary. In 2013, Giacomo Conterno opted against bottling any Cascina Francia, instead putting all the vineyard’s fruit into the estate’s Barolo Monfortino. A traditionally made wine, Barolo Monfortino ferments without temperature control, and the wine ages for seven years in botti. more info