Diego Conterno Barolo del Comune di Monforte d'Alba 2016
Nebbiolo | Italy
$54.95 $70.00 - 750mL
We were excited to say the least when we received this sample! 2016 Barolo is ALWAYS at the top of any serious wine collector's list. Related to the Conterno-Fantino family, Diego Conterno polished his craft at Prunotto (owned by Piero Antinori), and definitely stays in the more traditional style of Barolo - long ferments in stainless steel and cement, and straight into large “botte”- no new French oak here. 100% certified organic, too!
Obviously, we loved it. Sadly, there are only 6-7 cases, so grab it quick! A wine to cellar for at least a decade, we’d think, it’s ultra-concentrated and wound up without being heavy at all, with that Monforte power and dark cherry predominant note-taking center stage. Licorice, tobacco leaf, mineral and a long, earth, spicy finish that goes on for some time. Impressive!
Deals on Barolo like this don’t come around often enough! While it lasts!
PAIRING IDEAS: This is YOUNG Barolo! Best to go with a super cheesy pasta and/or a charcuterie plate. Our new favorite way to make pasta is this one – the parmesan broth is a gamechanger. Got a truffle or two? Even better!
MUSIC SUGGESTIONS: “Whoever You Are” by Geggy Tah, a one-hit wonder of a song, funky and reggae-inflected with some kooky, trippy lyrics. Check it out.
About The Producer
The 2016 Barolo del Commune di Monforte d’Alba is a sinewy, nervous wine that needs at least a few years in bottle to be at its best. Firm Monforte tannins envelop a core of dark fruit. Crushed rocks, minerals, black cherry, mint, sage and licorice open in the glass, but only with great reluctance. A bit of patience will be rewarded. This is such a pretty and expressive Barolo.
Very attractive aromas of dried strawberries with dried spices, such as cloves, as well as hints of hazelnuts. It’s full-bodied, layered and beautiful with a long, savory finish. Very well crafted with plenty of serious character. Better after 2022.
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Nebbiolo | Italy