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GIACOMO CONTERNO BAROLO 1943-2010

GIACOMO CONTERNO BAROLO 1943-2010

The US Debut of Monfortino 2005; Barolo Cascina Francia 2008; Barbera 2010


A Note from Sergio


I love visiting the cellar at Giacomo Conterno. From the outside, it's a squat modern-looking building, but it's deceptive. It's a building that, like an iceberg, holds more below than you see from above. Its upper portions house the business side of the estate, and its lower portions, subterranean and vast, hold the cellar, the place where the magic happens. You descend the stairs, and as you do, the air both chills with every step and it fills with a wondrous cellar smell. The walls grow cellar mold, a sign of age and beauty. Roberto Conterno flicks the lights on, and rows of warm-colored wood botti range across the tiled floor.

 

It's never anything short of thrilling, especially because I know I'll get to taste the contents of those botti, and I'll always, every time, be surprised and delighted. It's the same feeling I get when I open a bottle to drink, to share with others, and to watch their faces as they encounter the wonder that is Giacomo Conterno.

 

Today, I'm proud to present the US debut of Giacomo Conterno Monfortino Riserva 2005 and to offer the Barolo Cascina Francia 2008 as well as the 2010 vintage of Barbera Cascina Francia, something yummy to drink as your Barolo ages. I can't stress enough how very limited our allocation of the '05 Monfortino is, and given that the '04 Monfortino holds the record for being the fastest selling collectable Barolo at IWM, and arguably around the world, I expect it'll sell out very quickly. There's some really excellent Barolo in those Piemonte hills, but Giacomo Conterno Monfortino and Cascina Francia are the benchmark for Barolo in specific and Italian wine in general.
 

The Monfortino is unquestionably epic, but its renown often puts Giacomo Conterno Cascina Francia in an unfair shadow. The '08 Cascina Francia, which comes from the same vineyards as Monfortino, is a regal wine, elegant and classic, like a perfect strand of pearls lying on a perfect clavicle. Drinking it reminds me of the 1982 and 1989 vintages, those ethereal, weightless wines that aged into perfection. Ask one of IWM's Portfolio Managers or me about additional vintages of Giacomo Conterno Barolo; we have wines dating back to 1943. A Barolo from Giacomo Conterno is a wine that teases, withholding its promise until times allows it to open, but when it does, it's nothing short of genius.

  

  

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Giacomo Conterno Barolo Cascina Francia 2008 1.5L
Giacomo Conterno Barolo Cascina Francia 2008 1.5L
Price: $439.00

Cascina Francia, named for the superb 14-hectare vineyard that also provides grapes for Conterno’s masterful Monfortino, is arguably the one of the finest bottlings of Barolo and unquestionably epitome of a classic Barolo, an expression that presents “good body, alcohol, and tannins, plus that certain something that gives longevity”—elements that represent the pillars of a noble wine in the philosophy of Giacomo Conterno. Exquisite balance, trademark structure, fascinating complexity, along with ample fruit and a kaleidoscopic nose typify this quintessential Barolo. 2008’s long rainy season turned dry in August, something that benefitted the fussy Nebbiolo grape; warm late summer and early fall days were complemented by cool nights, working together to create a deeply aromatic Barolo of exceptional purity, great finesse and admirable class. 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