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Aldo Conterno is one of the historic names of Italian wine.
The Conterno family has been making wine in Monforte since at least the 1700’s. Aldo’s grandfather, Giovannni Conterno, founded his own winery in 1908 which was then run by his son, Giacomo. After a stint in the USA in the 1950s, Aldo worked with his older brother Giovanni in this winery until he decided to strike out on his own in 1969. Aldo’s three sons now make the wine (Stefano) and run the business (Franco and Giacomo). Over the years, production has been deliberately reduced and the family now produces 80,000 bottles rather than the 200,000 produced in 1998.
85% of the fruit for this Barolo comes from a selection of the best vineyards on the Bussia Soprana hill. The remaining 15% comes from a Conterno vineyard within the commune of Barolo, whose vines are at least 25 years old. The 2011 vintage will be remembered as unconventional, with its very early harvest and low yields in the vineyard. Very high temperatures were recorded during August, causing a loss in weight in the fruit but rainfall in the first week of September was providential and, combined with the lowering of night-time temperatures, allowed excellent balance in the phenolic components of the grapes. The Nebbiolo grapes arrived at the winery with all the properties sought after in the great wines of this region.
Temperature controlled fermentation took place in stainless steel tanks with temperatures around 30°C. Maceration on the skins and fermentation lasted five to six weeks. The wine remained in stainless steel for a further three to five months after which it was transferred to large Slavenian oak barrels where it remained for 26 months before bottling.
Deep red in colour with a purple sheen. The fine nose shows floral and herbaceous notes with subtle red fruits. With its supple tannins, great depth, lovely intensity of flavour and a touch of minerality, this Barolo is a classic example of the Nebbiolo grape at its best.