Giacomo Conterno Monfortino Barolo Riserva 2004
Nebbiolo from Piedmont, Italy
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.
Fruit Source:Cascina Francia cru in Serralunga
Avg. Yield : 30 hL/hA
Fermentation : 3-4 weeks in wooden vats with regular breaking-up of the caps. No temperature control
Aging: minimum 7 years in large cask
"The 2004 Barolo Riserva Monfortino is drop-dead gorgeous. I have tasted the wine multiple times from barrel and three times from bottle and never been anything less than blown away. The 2004 is a subtle, layered Monfortino that captures the sheer elegance and finesse of this great vintage. It is sweet, perfumed, silky and utterly mind-blowing. From barrel it has always been a 100 point wine, but it has just been bottled and naturally a bit closed in on itself. Still, with some time in the glass its silky, perfumed fruit and dazzling class come to life. The 2004 is remarkably harmonious for such a young wine. Readers will have much fun debating which is the greatest Monfortino of recent years. Could it be the 1996, 1999 or 2002 for their huge structure and classicism? Or, is it the 1997 for its opulence? What if the dark horse 1998 and 2000 steal the show? Personally, I adore the 2001 and 2004 for their completeness, but the 2004 is the sexiest of them all. Sadly, 2004 is also the year Giovanni Conterno passed away, but one can’t escape the feeling his spirit lives in this wine. Kudos to Roberto Conterno and his team for this magnificent, thrilling Barolo. Anticipated maturity: 2019-2044.
The Wine Advocate
"Good deep, full red. Knockout nose combines primary red fruits, estery spices, violet, herbs, leather, mocha, spices and minerals. There's a depth and power to the liqueur-like red fruits that reminds me of a Bonneau wine, but with nothing cooked about it. With time in the glass, this Barolo grew brighter and more sharply delineated, with vibrant red fruits showing excellent cut and a light touch. There's a boatload of tannins here but they're beautifully buffered by the amazingly sappy fruit. The nearly endless finish is lifted by an exhilarating note of blood orange."
International Wine Cellar
Learn About Giacomo Conterno
For 45 years, until his death in
2004, Giovanni Conterno
forged a reputation as the greatest
of all Barolo producers, irrespective
of style. The wines he made were
the quintessence of “traditional”
Barolo: rich, powerful, massively
structured, and capable of long development
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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
most planted variety, but it does make the most distinctive and age-worthy wines. Native to
Nebbiolo is a bit of a soil snob - it's finicky about where it grows and has
long been the honored red grape of Northern Italy...
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