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Conterno is one of the few producers in Barolo who have helped define and shape the quality of one of Italy's finest regions. The Estate's flagship wine, Granbussia, has become the standard for top-flight Barolo. Antonio Galloni has called the 1989 Granbussia, "one of the all-time great Barolo's." while James Suckling compared the 2005 vintage to "young Romanée-Conti." Critics agree Aldo Conterno is not only one of Italy's finest producers but one of the greatest wine-producing estates in the world! Here's your opportunity to discover one of the world's most talented wine-producing families.
The Aldo Conterno winery is situated in Bussia of Monforte d'Alba, in the heart of the Barolo. The estate produces world-class wines from the 50 acres of estate-owned vines that surrounding the property. The 2016 'Il Favot' Langhe Nebbiolo comes from the same vines that produce their flagship Barolo's but are still in the process of reaching peak maturity. The 2016 vintage was one of the best in recent years and received a 97 point rating from James Suckling. The Il Favot is a true Barolo lite, declassified Nebbiolo from one of the reference points for world-class Barolo.
Aldo Conterno belongs to an elite group of historical Barolo producers who have shaped the history of winemaking in the Langhe. The story of Aldo Conterno starts in the 19th century when Aldo's forefathers took over a small family farm and winery in Monforte d’Alba. The Conterno family increased the production and began exporting wine. The Conterno's felt the need to create a superior Barolo, produced exclusively in the best vintages, and in the 1920s, the first Barolo Riserva was bottled. At the end of the ’30s, the business was handed over to son Giacomo, who continued his father’s tradition with commitment and foresight, while teaching the business to his sons Giovanni and Aldo.
The essential resource the Wine Atlas of the Langhe writes: “Gran Bussia is universally acknowledged as one of the finest interpretations of Barolo. Created in 1970 from a selection of the estate’s best grapes, Gran Bussia – released only in the best vintages – has shown how it is possible to achieve a perfect marriage of aromas and flavor with unhurried cellaring. Recent tastings of all the vintages have confirmed the staying power of the wine, which exalts the majestic nose of Nebbiolo while offering a palate that becomes increasingly velvety with the passing years.”
This wine mimics Conterno's house style. The wines are neither clarified nor filtered. They are pure, exuberant expressions of the grape.
Aging: 18 months in oak barrels.
Tasting Notes: Red Wine. 100% Nebbiolo. See critical reviews for detailed tasting notes.
Notes of candied strawberries are nicely intermingled with hints of ripe stems and citrus. Medium to full body, fine but structured tannins, and a rather long finish. The fruit is very well integrated and there’s a whole load of richness to it, too. Drink now. ~92 James Suckling
This vibrant red delivers cherry, raspberry, floral, and spice flavors on a light-bodied frame. Concentrated and long, with white pepper and licorice notes gracing the lingering aftertaste. Drink now through 2027. ~91 Wine Spectator
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