Conterno Fantino Barolo Sori Ginestra 2006
Nebbiolo from Piedmont, Italy
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Wine Style Guide
Red wines that are more fruit-forward and lighter in tannin and body.
Medium bodied reds that go down easy, with smooth tannins and supple fruit.
Wines where earthy and/or spicy dominate the flavors – typically medium to full body.
Full bodied wines that have concentrated fruit and are higher in alcohol and/or tannins. Some need age.
100% select Nebbiolo cru from southerly exposed vines on Ginestra's marly, calcareous terrain, conducive to remarkable structure and cellar life. The vineyard is at 984 feet above sea level, Guyot-trained, with a density of 2,000 vines per acre. Temperature-controlled fermentation at 28° C lasts 7 to 10 days, after which the wine is aged in French oak for up to 24 months, with a further year in the bottle. Intense ruby red in color. Deep aromas of raspberry with hints of menthol. Persistent tannins that are well balanced in the structure of the wine.
"The estate's 2006 Barolo Sori Ginestra is massive and intense. Layers of aromatic nuance and complexity are backed up with powerful, dense fruit. Today the wine is quite understandably painfully young, and patience is required for the tannins to soften, but this is a highly promising Barolo. With time in the glass, the signature notes of menthol, spices, pine and minerals gain focus and clarity, giving a hint of what is in store for the future. Anticipated maturity: 2016-2031. "
The Wine Advocate
"Saturated ruby red. Knockout nose offers raspberry, coffee, smoke, minerals and flowers, all lifted by a peppery nuance. Large-scaled, tactile and sweet; this saturates and fills the mouth like few other wines from this vintage. Its incredible opulence and three-dimensional texture thoroughly buffer the wine's tannins, allowing the finish to express outstanding sweetness and persistence. These 30-year-old vines yielded about 35 hectoliters per hectare in '06, according to Guido Fantino. Seems a bit more open-knit than the great 2004 at the same stage."
International Wine Cellar
"A deep, powerful expression of dark chocolate, blackberry, tobacco and tar flavors, with a coating of dry tannins. This is a big, in-your-face kind of red, with a carefree swagger and time on its hands. Balanced on the tannic side. Best from 2014 through 2035."
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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...
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(PEED-mont) Piedmont is located in the Northwest area of Italy, hugging the Mediterranean coast. The regional capital, Turin, is situated smack in the middle of the province. Being close to the alps, the area enjoys a high altitude, with the best vineyards benefiting from the hills and elevation. Known for its famous sub-districts, Piedmont delivers some of the most...
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The King of Piedmont
Nebbiolo is the key grape in the wines of Barolo and Barbaresco. It is not the
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