2010 Barolo, Ginestra, Paolo Conterno, Piedmont, Italy

2010 Barolo, Ginestra, Paolo Conterno, Piedmont, Italy

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2010 Barolo, Ginestra, Paolo Conterno, Piedmont, Italy

Description

Fresh strawberry, white truffle, minerals and marble chalk. Complex with a layer of ginger. Velvet, elegant and sophisticated with soft tannins. Long finesse. Drink now, but better in 2016.
James Suckling - Aug-2014
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Critics reviews

Antonio Galloni 91/100
Jancis Robinson MW17.5/20
Wine Advocate94/100
James Suckling94/100
Antonio Galloni 91/100
Plums, black cherries, menthol, new leather and spices all burst from the glass in Conterno's 2010 Barolo Ginestra. A rich, explosive wine, the 2010 is built on a core of seriously ripe fruit and equally intense structure. This imposing, brooding Barolo needs time, but it is likely to always remain a brute.
Antonio Galloni - Sept-2014 Read more
Jancis Robinson MW17.5/20
Monforte d’Alba. Concentrated, deep ruby. Compelling dense, ripe fruit with a hint of leather. Great balance between fruit and powdery tannins but still needs to gain in complexity.
Walter Speller - jancisrobinson.com - 27-Mar-2014 Read more
Wine Advocate94/100
The 2010 Barolo Ginestra is a territory-driven wine that reflects all of the characteristics associated with the Ginestra cru. It shows elegant mineral and floral aromas backed by an extremely soft and supple tannic quality. This single-vineyard often shows silky tannins that set it apart from much of Monforte d’Alba’s more structured wines. Barolo Ginestra also boasts a deep sense of energy and tension that should hold forth over the course of time. Drink: 2017-2030.
Monica Larner - Wine Advocate - Jun-2014 Read more
James Suckling94/100
Fresh strawberry, white truffle, minerals and marble chalk. Complex with a layer of ginger. Velvet, elegant and sophisticated with soft tannins. Long finesse. Drink now, but better in 2016.
James Suckling - Aug-2014 Read more

About this WINE

Azienda Viticole Paolo Conterno

Azienda Viticole Paolo Conterno

Giorgio Conterno and his sister Marisa produce exemplary wines from their 7 hectares of vineyards located in the Ginestra growing area in the Monforte d'Alba. Formed in Helvetian geological age, the soil is mainly limestone and clay on a slope with a gradient of approximately 25-30%. The average altitude is 350 metres. 5 hectares are given over to the production of Nebbiolo destined for Barolo while the remaining two are planted with Barbera.

Recent investments in the winery have included new cellars installed in 1997 and quality is now at an all time high. The Barolos are renowned for their complexity and depth of flavour while the Barbera is fast becoming one of the most distinctive wines being produced in the region today.

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Nebbiolo

Nebbiolo

Nebbiolo is the grape behind the Barolo and Barbaresco wines and is hardly ever seen outside the confines of Piedmont. It takes its name from "nebbia" which is Italian for fog, a frequent phenomenon in the region.

A notoriously pernickety grape, it requires sheltered south-facing sites and performs best on the well-drained calcareous marls to the north and south of Alba in the DOCG zones of Barbaresco and Barolo.

Langhe Nebbiolo is effectively the ‘second wine’ of Piedmont’s great Barolo & Barbarescos. This DOC is the only way Langhe producers can declassify their Barolo or Barbaresco fruit or wines to make an early-drinking style. Unlike Nebbiolo d’Alba, Langhe Nebbiolo can be cut with 15% other red indigenous varieties, such as Barbera or Dolcetto.

Nebbiolo flowers early and ripens late, so a long hang time, producing high levels of sugar, acidity and tannins; the challenge being to harvest the fruit with these three elements ripe and in balance. The best Barolos and Barbarescos are perfumed with aromas of tar, rose, mint, chocolate, liquorice and truffles. They age brilliantly and the very best need ten years to show at their best.

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