Paolo Conterno Barolo Ginestra 2016
Nebbiolo | Italy
$64.95 $90.00 - 750mL
By now, you know all about 2016 in northern Italy, of course, so we won’t belabor the point again. But… Wow! This Ginestra just CRUSHES IT at the price point. Located in Monforte d’Alba, with excellent southern exposure and 35-38 year old vines, it delivers all the classic aromas and flavors we love about world-class Nebbiolo and we are thrilled not to have to pay $200+ for it. Ginestra always pops in a special way because of a particularly high concentration of limestone in the soils, and it therefore produces very energetic but structured wines.
Gorgeous dried cherry, blood orange and citrus zest, tea and menthol and dried flowers...amazingly complex and layered -- one for the ages! The balance and seamlessness is just...EXQUISITE! This has a long life ahead of it, but what we love about 2016s is they show so much balance, even at this early stage in their life, that they can be enjoyed now with a long decant or by your grandchildren in 30 years.
Paolo Conterno founded Casa della Ginestra in 1886, not long after the birth of Barolo as we know it. He was one of the very first growers in the Langhe to sell barrels of wine directly to consumers from the cellar, eschewing the well-established négociants of the time. He developed a loyal following of connoisseurs demanding his wines, and the independent estate has prospered over now five generations.
Today, Giorgio Conterno is at the helm of the winery, which produces brilliant, classically styled expressions from the Ginestra cru, renowned for wines with dark colors, brooding tannins and incredible aromatics - hallmarks of its dense, clay-heavy Helvetian soil and relatively high elevation. The estate’s style is rooted in tradition: extended macerations and long aging in large casks, with the resulting wines perfectly reflecting Ginestra’s excellence: laser pure perfumes, great balance, approachability and long potential for aging.
We have only 240 bottles...while they last!
PAIRING IDEAS: Well, honestly...anything with truffles, white or black. I make a simple sauce you can put on almost anything (we do reverse seared beef tenderloin), and you can buy truffle juice/peelings/pieces online. SO, so good.
MUSIC SUGGESTIONS: Pink Floyd’s “Wish You Were Here” front to back, no exceptions. Classics for a classic.
About The Producer
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
The Paolo Conterno 2016 Barolo Ginestra is the wine that best represents the personality and work of its creator, winemaker and proprietor Giorgio Conterno. Fruit is selected from the part of the Ginestra cru that is planted to 40-year-old vines of Nebbiolo. It is fermented in stainless steel and ages in botte grande for 36 months. You taste concentrated fruit, with sweet flavors of blackberry and dried cherry. Delicate aromas of grilled herb, licorice and camphor ash slowly come into view. The wine closes with elegant but softly yielding tannins.
Wine and Spirits
Giorgio Conterno makes this wine with fruit from the south-facing slopes in the Ginestra cru, where the grapes gained optimal ripeness in the fresh 2016 vintage. Flavors of crisp red cherry and pomegranate are laced with notes of menthol, thyme and licorice that enliven the fruit tones. The cool, ferrous structure keeps the flavors taut and will benefit from some time in the cellar.
Beautiful and balanced red with dried-strawberry, cedar and floral aromas and flavors that follow to a medium body, integrated tannins and a fresh and bright finish. Drink after 2021.
The 2016 Barolo Ginestra shows all of the aromatic and flavor intrigue that is such a signature of this site. Pine, menthol, licorice, orange peel, mint and macerated red cherry all flesh out effortlessly. Mid-weight structure and a good bit of inner sweetness gives the 2016 a feeling of accessibility, until the firm Ginestra tannins kick in. Time in the glass brings out a nice kick of textural breadth. The 2016 is such a pretty wine. I would cellar it for a few years, though.