2004 Aldo Conterno - Barolo (Bussia Soprana) 750ml

Italy - Piedmont - Barolo - Monforte/ Red / Nebbiolo   |     Watch

JR 18.5   WA 91   WS 91   IWC 90   Collector 86
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Professional Reviews For This Wine

Jancis Robinson | Rating: 18.5

Pale brickish garnet. So herbal it is almost reminiscent of southern French garrigue scrubland. But then that floral perfume intervenes to remind you it is Italy and Nebbiolo. Amazing intensity and vivacity that transports you to another place of great pleasure. Marked acidity that just grabs your complete attention. Fine pure fruit starting to show secondary aromas of undergrowth. Lovely, lovely wine. (JH)

Drink Dates: 2014-2034
Author: Julia Harding MW

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Wine Advocate | Rating: 91

Aldo Conterno's 2004 Barolo is simply beautiful. A medium red, it presents a feminine expression of Nebbiolo in its perfumed, spiced red raspberries and cherries. This is a soft, accessible Barolo ideal for near and mid-term drinking that fully captures the essence of this great vintage. Beginning with the 2004 vintage, this wine includes fruit from 15-year-old vines in Colonnello, a vineyard with sandier soils that lies on the border with Barolo. In the past this fruit was used for the Langhe Favot but now it makes up about 30% of the blend for the Barolo. As a result this bottling now carries the Barolo designation rather than the Barolo Bussia name which was used for previous vintages.

Drink Dates: 2008-2019
Author: Antonio Galloni
Issue: 174

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Wine Spectator | Rating: 91

Plum and spice aromas, with undertones of meat. Full-bodied, with chewy tannins and lots of ripe fruit. Needs time to mellow and come together. Very structured. From this vintage, 20 percent of the Nebbiolo grapes come from a vineyard in the Barolo commune, so this is no longer labeled Bussia Soprano. 2,000 cases made.

Drink Dates: 2011+
Author: James Suckling
Issue: Web

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International Wine Cellar | Rating: 90

Moderately saturated medium red. Sexy aromas of redcurrant, smoky underbrush and tobacco. A juicy, musky midweight, with lovely perfume and vinosity to the flavors of red fruits, flowers, truffle and smoke. Finishes with fine but firm tannins and good aromatic persistence. This includes a percentage of younger vines because there was no Favot made in 2004.

Author: Stephen Tanzer
Issue: Issue 135

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Collector Reviews For This Wine

Rating: 86
Author: AoB
Trust Rating: 98
Tasted On: 12/31/2012

Average rating: 91, based on 5 reviews

Collector Data For This Wine

498 bottles owned by 124 collectors.

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Wine Varietal: Nebbiolo

Big, dark, and bold, Nebbiolo is a robust variety with heavy tannins and a sometimes bitter profile. While areas outside Italy (Argentina, Australia, New Zealand, California, and South Africa) have begun cultivating Nebbiolo, the Italian region of Piedmont is where it reaches its greatest height. It is here, the historic home to Nebbiolo, where the finest Barolos and Barbarescos are produced. Many winemakers have compared this grape to Pinot Noir for its difficult growing habits and unpredictable cellar and aging behavior. Typical descriptors for Nebbiolo include roses, violets, tar, wild herbs, cherries, raspberries, truffles, and tobacco.

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