2010 PAOLO CONTERNO BAROLO RIVA DEL BRIC 375MPaolo Conterno
Producer: Paolo Conterno
Grape: Nebbiolo 100%
Region: Piemonte, Italy
Zone: Barolo DOCG
Founded in the late 19th century by Paolo Conterno, the Casa della Ginestra as it was once affectionately known, was one of the pioneering producers in Barolo*. The original Paolo had the foresight to predict a market for fine, single vineyard wines, and from as early as 1886 he began to sub-divide his vineyard by variety and exposure. More than a century on, and the now fourth generation of Conterno’s continues the tradition in Ginestra inherited from their great-grandfather, producing distinctive Monforte wines and combining a passion for the land with high levels of technical expertise. Still very traditionally made, meaning long macerations and large oak maturation, even for the Dolcetto and Langhe Nebbiolo. This combination of technique and tradition has meant that, in the past couple of decades especially, Paolo Conterno has gained its position as one of the premier producers in Monforte d’Alba and indeed all of Barolo.
*Therefore although this is not the best known ‘Conterno’ in Barolo, they are the originals, pre-dating Giacomo Conterno by about 20 years
Tasting note: typical garnet red. Bouquet packed with floral and fruity aromas. Elegant, robust body, nicely soft on the finish; showing hints of cherries and wild berries.
Growing System: Guyot counter-espalier training system.
Soil Composition: mainly clayey and calcareous, providing ideal water retention.
the grapes are crushed and destemmed immediately after picking. Maceration follows for 15 to 20 days in special tanks to allow for a gradual release of the noble components in the skins. When the ideal rapport has been reached between the extracted tannins and colour, the wine is drawn off and the first rackings are carried out. Traditional-style maturation is then carried out, 30 to 36 months in casks of French oak holding 35 hl and 6 to 12 months in bottle.
Alcohol (%): 14.5%