2006 Barolo Romirasco Aldo Conterno



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Average critic rating : 92.0 points

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The 2006 Barolo Romirasco offers up a refined bouquet of spices, menthol, plums, prunes and French oak. This is an especially rich, sensual Barolo from Conterno. The Romirasco spends an additional 3-4 months in oak than the other single-vineyard Barolos, and in 2006 the wine seems especially marked by sweet vanillin and spices. The tannins also carry the signature of fresh oak. If the wine finds its center and integrates its oak it will merit a higher score, but for now the balance of the finest vintages seems elusive. Conterno uses large casks for their Barolos, but scrapes out the insides of the barrels every few years. The 2006 Romirasco feels like it got an unusually high amount of these refurbished barrels. Anticipated maturity: 2016-2031. ||Aldo Conterno is back. After a period of inconsistent wines (by this house’s standards) in the mid- to late-1990s, Conterno once again takes its place among the region’s top producers. Today the estate is run by Aldo Conterno’s three sons Giacomo, Franco and Stefano Conterno who look after vineyards, marketing, and winemaking respectively. Based on the wines I have tasted recently this venerable property looks to be in great hands for the future. The 2005s are a worthy follow-up to the hugely successful 2004s, leaving no doubt that 2004 and 2005 are the finest back to back vintages here since the historic 1989 and 1990. The 2005 Barolos represent a new point of arrival after the estate embarked on a major rethinking of its work in the vineyards in the late 1990s, which involved among other things shorter winter pruning (designed to lower yields naturally) and a greater amount of attention to canopy management. In 2005 the estate harvested only a portion of each of its vineyards before the rains, while some of the fruit was brought in after the rains. In the end, only the fruit that was harvested before the inclement weather set in was bottled, so overall production in 2005 is roughly 40% of normal. On the plus side, there will be a small amount of Granbussia. These gorgeous, uplifting 2005 Barolos firmed up quite a bit in the glass, suggesting they are headed for a slumber that hopefully won’t last too long, as the wines are truly special. Stylistically the wines are made in the medium-bodied style that is characteristic of the 2005 Barolos, but offer terrific harmony and drinkability. Wine Advocate.February, 2010

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The 2006 Barolo Romirasco offers up a refined bouquet of spices, menthol, plums, prunes and French oak. This is an especially rich, sensual Barolo from Conterno. The Romirasco spends an additional 3-4 months in oak than the other single-vineyard Barolos, and in 2006 the wine seems especially marked by sweet vanillin and spices. The tannins also carry the signature of fresh oak. If the wine finds its center and integrates its oak it will merit a higher score, but for now the balance of the finest vintages seems elusive. Conterno uses large casks for their Barolos, but scrapes out the insides of the barrels every few years. The 2006 Romirasco feels like it got an unusually high amount of these refurbished barrels. Anticipated maturity: 2016-2031. 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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