1990 Barolo Gran Bussia Riserva Aldo Conterno



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Average critic rating : 95.0 points

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The 1990 Barolo Riserva Granbussia is a ripe, exotic beauty endowed with plenty of tar, roses, licorice and wild herbs. Still spectacularly rich and intense, this full-bodied, layered Barolo offers superb length and a sweeping finish where the glycerin and sheer weight of the vintage come through in spades. Anticipated maturity: 2010-2020. ||These two fabulous Barolos from Aldo Conterno reflect a highly successful period in the estate’s history. The winery, formally known as Poderi Aldo Conterno, traces its history back to 1969 when brothers Aldo and Giovanni Conterno divided their family’s estate in Monforte. Each of the two brothers kept a portion of wines then in bottle, demijohn or cask, which explains the existence of pre-1969 Aldo Conterno bottles. Aldo Conterno has an unusual background for a Piedmontese winemaker of his generation because he lived in the US for a few years in the 1950s. After the passing of his American uncle, Conterno actually spent two years in the US military. Upon his return he most certainly was a changed person. Aldo’s vision had been to make a more accessible style of Barolo than that his family made at the time at their estate (Giacomo Conterno). Aldo’s top Barolo, Granbussia, is a blend of three vineyards; 70% Romirasco, 15% Colonello, 15% Cicala, and is only made in top vintages that present perfect growing conditions in all three sites. The component wines are fermented separately in steel, then aged in cask for three years, prior to being moved into steel for a further two years before bottling. To the best of my knowledge, no other winery leaves their Barolos so long in steel prior to bottling, but Aldo Conterno believes steel helps him keep the wine fresh, much as the demijohn did in a previous era. Wine Advocate.February, 2010

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The 1990 Barolo Riserva Granbussia is a ripe, exotic beauty endowed with plenty of tar, roses, licorice and wild herbs. Still spectacularly rich and intense, this full-bodied, layered Barolo offers superb length and a sweeping finish where the glycerin and sheer weight of the vintage come through in spades. Anticipated maturity: 2010-2020. Antonio Galloni, Wine Advocate # 187 Feb 2010

The wines of Aldo Conterno are some of the most sought after in Italy. The estate, located in Bussia witihin the village of Monteforte d’Alba, is a producer of top class Barolo made from isolating the best parcels of land in the Bussia vineyard. These top Barolos are bottled under their respective vineyard names: Vigna Cicala, Vigna Romirasco and Vigna Colonello. A selection of the three vineyards is also produced under the name Barolo Granbussia, a wine produced only in outstanding vintages. The winery has been family owned and operated since it was established in the 19th century. In the 1930’s Giacomo Conterno was handed the winery from his father, and soon after his sons Aldo and Giovanni began working in the winery. In the 1950’s Aldo decided to set out for California to work in the wine industry with an uncle to gain experience in modern winemaking. These turned out to be formative years; however, home was calling and eventually Aldo returned to the estate in Italy. In 1961, Giacomo handed the thriving business to Aldo and Giovanni who worked together until 1968. It was at this time that Aldo has sustained a serious desire to create his own winery and make a more modern style of Barolo, so he bought the Favot farm and founded Poderi Aldo Conterno in 1969. The wines quickly became a sensation and have proved to stand-up to the world-class quality of the original Conterno estate. Robert Parker and Antonio Galloni are among critics who consistently score the wines in the outstanding category and Decanter Magazine has named the estate among Italy’s shortlist of Second Growths. Unfortunately, Aldo Conterno, an enigmatic character who became a staple in the Barolo community, passed away in 2012. He leaves his legacy in the hands of his very capable three sons: Stefano, Giacomo and Franco, who run the winery today.



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