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Diego Conterno Barolo del Comune di Monforte d'Alba 2017  - First Bottle


94 Vinous -
The 2017 Barolo del Commune di Monforte d'Alba is a gorgeous, beguiling wine. Readers will find a Barolo that expresses all of the balsamic, spiced character typical of Ginestra Barolos but without the heft that can make some wines forbidding. Transparent, gracious and super-expressive, Conterno's 2017 is all class. Don't miss it.

Technical Details

  • BlendNebbiolo
  • WinemakerDiego Conterno
  • CountryItaly
  • RegionPiedmont
  • AppellationBarolo
  • VineyardMonforte d'Alba
  • Farming MethodCertified Organic
  • Alcohol14.5%

Diego Conterno Barolo del Comune di Monforte d'Alba 2017

Nebbiolo  |  Italy

Certified Organic
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Diego Conterno, the newest Conterno on the rise in a big way, just hit the warehouse (well, all 20 cases of it!). The ‘17 is serious juice and wildly well-priced in the luxury world of Barolo! 94 POINTS!

“Conterno’s 2017 is ALL CLASS” - Vinous

Certified organic since 2014, with vineyards in the Monforte d’Alba commune (the Ginestra cru, specifically), these are for the Barolo traditionalist, generally, with long, cool fermentations, medium-weight, floral and spiced aromatics, and hefty structure for the long-term. No new oak or over-extraction, just classically proportioned nebbiolo. We feel VERY lucky to have gotten on the Diego Conterno train early, yes indeed!

Certainly, the bar is high with a name like Conterno. Diego, being from the Conterno-Fantino side of the family and a protégé of the legend Beppe Colla of Prunotto. After a couple of decades making wines for Conterno-Fantino, Diego decided to go at it on his own. We just love his style (and the price!) – a perfect wine to savor a bit now, and definitely cellar into 2040 or so!

PAIRING IDEAS: Ahhhh, just thinking about this dish makes my mouth water. When we were in Piedmont a few months ago, we had Vitello Tonnato on a couple of different occasions, a surprising match for Nebbiolo and a dish that is so authentically Piedmontese.

MUSIC SUGGESTIONS: Check out Dan Reeder for a musical breath of fresh air. Cue up his "Havana Burning" from his early works or check out "Maybe" from his record This New Century.

About the Producer

This Conterno family is related to that of Conterno-Fantino through father Diego but unrelated in wine style. Diego Conterno is coincidentally located just up the slope from Giacomo Conterno, of no relation. Diego is a graduate of the Umberto Enological school and makes traditional Barolo, having worked under Beppe Colla at Prunotto. 2003 was the first vintage as Diego Conterno but the family's history dates back to post WWII. Father and son team tend to the vines and make the wines with Stefano joining in 2010. Diego has a classic style with the use of static fermenters, the use of cement tanks, and large botte which gives broad, brambly, and minerally driven Barolos. Since 2010 all the vineyards have been converted to organic and certified in 2014.