Conterno Fantino Barolo Mosconi 2006
Nebbiolo from Piedmont, Italy
100% Nebbiolo from a new vineyard parallel to Sori Ginestra but higher in altitude, averaging 1312 feet. The vines date back to 1950, with some replanted in 1999-2000, propagating the best existing vines onto new rootstock. Southeasterly exposure with soils high in calcareous marls, rich in magnesium, conducive to very high levels of polyphenols.
The Wine Advocate - "The 2006 Barolo Mosconi emerges from the glass with a powerful expression of plums, prunes, sweet spices and menthol, showing tons of plumpness in a juicy, full-throttle style. The Mosconi, from a south-facing vineyard in Monforte, is a decidedly opulent, powerful wine loaded with intensity and sheer weight. Though never a particularly subtle Barolo, in 2006 the Mosconi is truly exceptional. Anticipated maturity: 2016-2026."
International Wine Cellar - "Good deep red-ruby. Superripe aroma of red fruits, brown spices and tobacco. Fat with sweet fruit, with the expansive middle palate combining lush texture and serious power. The dense and powerful but sweet tannins arrive late, allowing the fruit to expand on the back end. The small and less well-known but superb Mosconi vineyard, just to the south of Ginestra, is also the source of Clerico's Per Cristina bottling and Rocche dei Manzoni's Big d'Big."
Wine Spectator - "Shows dark chocolate, plum, tobacco and leather notes up front, then the aggressive tannins take over. The finish is gripping and dry, but there’s sweet fruit that returns, managing the tannins in the end. Requires faith. Best from 2014 through 2035."
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Conterno Fantino Winery
This classic Langhe winery, founded in 1982, testifies to the talent and vision of Claudio Conterno and his friend and partner, Guido Fantino, who styles the wines. French oak barriques and new wood marry Piedmont’s own, blockbuster structure, opulent, tightly knit texture, magnificent tannins and rich, layered flavors. Today, the property comprises 57 acres under vine. Soil composition is sand, silt, clay; gradient of slopes 20-35%, and vine age is 15-40 years. Conterno Fantino's initial nucleus is cru Ginestra: a historical one for Barolo, documented as far back as the 1800s. In 1989, Guido and Claudio acquired terrain from the nearby area of Bricco Bastia, within the commune of Monforte d'Alba, where they eventually built a state-of-the-art new winery inaugurated in 1994. This location is scenically set, dominating the most ancient section of Monforte and overlooked by the majestic sweep of the Alps. Conterno Fantino exclusively employs geothermal energy: less CO2, more respect for the environment. View all Conterno Fantino Wines
About PiedmontView a map of Piedmont wineries (PEED-mont)
Notable FactsNot just regulated to red wine, Piedmont also produces some notable whites, particularly those near the district of Gavi and Asti. Gavi produces still white wine from the Cortese grape. The wine is dry with a crisp, citrus-like acidity – fairly neutral but pleasant. Arneis is another grape/wine made in the area, creating a fuller wine that displays some nuttiness in the aroma and taste. Asti is well known for its sparkling wine – in particular Asti Spumante and Moscato d'Asti. Asti Spumante is typically higher in alcohol, sweetness & fizziness, while its higher-class cousin, Mostcato d'Asti, contains lower alcohol levels, a few less bubbles, and a more restrained and delicate representation of Moscato fruit.
A little ditty about Italy...This country has about as many wines as its had governments. With 20 different regions, hundreds of DOCs and even more indigenous varieties, the amount of wine made in Italy is mind-boggling. Most of the juice, however, remains in the country for thirsty Italians. Wine is food in Italy and its rare that a meal is consumed without a glass of vino. That said, it's not common to find many folks drinking wine without food either. In turn, it's a match, and a mighty good one at that. In fact, it's safe to say that Italian wine is a foodie wine – one that goes on the table for a myraid of meals.
For regions, the most popular are Tuscany (home of Chianti), Piedmont and the Tre-Venezie, which includes Veneto, Trentino Alto-Adige and Friuli. Other communes of note are in Southern Italy, and a few good wines are made elsewhere in the country. The islands of Sardinia and Sicily are members of the Italian winemaking community as well.
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Alcohol By Volume GuideMost wine ranges from 10-16% alcohol by volume. Some varietals tend to have higher (for example Zinfandel and Cabernet Sauvignon) or lower alcohol levels (Pinot Noir and many white varietals), but there is always some variation from producer to producer. Some wine falls outside of this range, for instance Port weighs in closer to 20%, while Muscat and Riesling are usually a bit below 10%.
Wine Style Guide
Light & Crisp
- Light to medium bodied wines that are high in acid and light to medium fruit. Typically no oak.
Fruity & Smooth
- Light to medium bodied wines with lots of juicy fruit, typically medium acid and medium oak.
Rich & Creamy
- Full bodied wines that have typically undergone malo-lactic fermentation and/or spent time in oak.