A blast of sweet cherry and plum marks this ripe, round Barolo, which displays a firm structure, evidenced by the wall of tannins on the finish. A bit heavy-handed now, yet long and with enough fruit to stand up to the tannins. Be patient.
Author: Bruce Sanderson
International Wine Cellar | Rating: 93
Good deep red with ruby highlights. Wild, highly nuanced nose combines blackberry, licorice, minerals, flowers and herbs. Offers compelling sweetness but more structure and cut than the classico, showing a tight core of dark fruits and minerals and excellent focus. Less velvety and open-knit today but classy and long, with substantial ripe tannins reaching the front teeth. Not quite as chiseled or refined as the 2008 but there's more stuffing here.
Author: Stephen Tanzer
Issue: November/December 2011
Wine Advocate | Rating: 94
The 2007 Barolo Colonnello is one of the darkest, richest wines I have ever tasted from Aldo Conterno. The explosive, textured Colonnello bursts from the glass with tons of dark fruit, violets, licorice and oak. A long, vibrant finish and the sheer depth of the fruit suggest that the Colonnello will require patience, despite the radiance of the year. This is a stellar effort from Aldo Conterno.