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1990 Giacomo Conterno Barolo Riserva Speciale Monfortino


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SKU: 43767-1990-750

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  • Wine Advocate | Rating: 94

    Dark ruby. The 1990 is another irresistible Monfortino that is drinking beautifully right now. It shows gorgeous aromas of sweet fruit, roses, tar, minerals, and leather, and terrific persistence on the palate, with luxurious amount of sweet dark fruit, great depth and an ethereal finish. An accessible Monfortino that can be enjoyed now, but that is sure to age gracefully for decades.
    Author: Antonio Galloni
    Issue: Jul-05
  • Vinous | Rating: 97

    The 1990 Monfortino is very, very good, but in this context it is a bit rustic. One of the reasons for grouping the wines in thematic flights is to gain additional perspectives that aren't possible when wines are grouped in chronological order. In this tasting, it is so obvious that the 1990 is closer in style to the wines of the 1980s than the 1990s or 2000s, something I never fully understood or appreciated to this degree. Tasted from magnum.
    Author: Antonio Galloni
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  • Cantine Giacomo Conterno wines are among some of the finest Barolo produced in all of Piedmont. Made by tradionalist methods, his winemaking began sometime around 1908 - with family viticulture roots dating back to the 18th century.

    Giacomo Conterno's two sons, Giovanni and Aldo Conterno, formally took over the estate in 1961. With the older Giovanni Conterno already responsible for winemaking since the 1959 vintage, Aldo Conterno eventually parted ways over conflicting winemaking philosophies with his brother, and he then founded his own estate: Poderi Aldo Conterno in 1969. Both wineries share the view that the "modernist" approach (using small oak barrels and shorter maceration times) undermines the inherent fruit of the Nebbiolo by adding too much vanilla flavor to the wine. Roberto Conterno, became the 4th generation to man the helm in 2003, and has continued the traditions, while expanding the estate's holdings to include 3 hectares of Ceretta vines.

    Today, Conterno's Monfortino Riserva (their Grand Cru) is only produced in exceptional years - at times when the full expression of the Nebbiolo grape can be seen in the wines. A lot like the wines of Giacosa and Gaja, Conterno wines are deserving of a place in any cellar for their age-ability both as an investment or eventual drinking pleasure.

    *Pictured (left) - 'The Arione Single Vineyard purchased by Cantina Giacomo Conterno'

    Collector Data For This Wine

    • 167 bottles owned
    • 46 collectors