2006 GIACOMO CONTERNO MONFORTINO BAROLO RISERVAGiacomo Conterno
Producer: Giacomo Conterno
Grape: 100% Nebbiolo
Region: Serralunga, Barolo
Zone: DOCG Barolo
The ultimate and purest expression of Barolo can be found in bottles bearing the Giacomo Conterno name. In fact, they represent the ideal of traditional Barolo: rich, powerful, massively structured, and capable of long aging in bottle.
During the '40s, '50s and '60s, the Conternos could produce their epic Barolos by relying on small, independent farmers who worked their old, low-yielding vines. But by the 1970s, those farmers began increasingly to make their own wines. Threatened with the loss of their fruit sources, Giovanni acquired Serralunga's great Cascina Francia vineyard. With its fabulous exposure, and predominately calcareous soil, the site was perfect for the powerful Conterno style, and soon Cascina Francia became the sole source of their wines.
Tasting note: “Tasted from botte number 45, the 2006 Barolo Riserva Monfortino is gorgeous. Roberto tells me, "Monfortino is not a drinking wine, it's a chewing wine." His comment makes perfect sense and offers incredible insight into the profound beauty beholden before us. You almost feel the crunch of the young tannin and the snap of its presence in the mouth. The bouquet is perfectly matched to the wine. Elegance and finesse add contrast to the wine's sheer power and determination. Dried rose, licorice, tar, spice and tobacco show immense definition and focus. The 2006 vintage is noted for its extraordinary aging potential. Anticipated maturity: 2025-2045.” Wine Advocate
Growing System: Guyot
Soil Composition: Calcareous, limestone.
Production: Fermentation: 4-5 weeks in wooden vats with regular breaking-up of the caps. No temperature control. Followed by a minimum 7 years aging in large oak barrels.
In years of outstanding quality, a selection is made while the Nebbiolo grapes are still on the vines, and the very best are reserved to become Monfortino. The two Barolos are fermented identically, with the exception that no temperature control is employed for Monfortino no matter how high the temperatures may go. The wines are then racked into their respective botti for élevage. The Barolo "Cascina Francia" is bottled after approximately four years in wood, and the Monfortino after approximately seven years.
Alcohol (%) 14.5%