Producer: Giacomo Conterno

Grape: 100% Nebbiolo

Pronunciation: ‘nebbi-oh-lo’

Region: Serralunga, Barolo

Zone: DOCG Barolo

Producer Info:

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: The 2008 Monfortino is one of the most hauntingly beautiful young Barolos I have ever tasted. Wild flowers, spices, orange peel, menthol and dark red stone fruits are some of the many notes that flesh out in the glass. The 2008 is like biting into a candy that is hard on the outside and impossibly sweet on the inside. I imagine the 2008 will age beautifully, even if it is a Monfortino built on finesse rather than power. The 2008 spent six years in cask, as opposed to the more typical seven, and will be released in 2015. -- Antonio Galloni, Vinous. July 2014.

Score: 97+

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%