2011 Barolo Romirasco Aldo Conterno

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Average critic rating : 95.0 points



Fabulous intensity and depth of fruit here with plum, spice and hints of vanilla. Full and savory with a long, long finish. Extremely rich too. A great wine from a great vineyard. Better in 2018. James Suckling. April, 2015.



Dark garnet in appearance, the 2011 Barolo Bussia Romirasco is an exceptional wine with enormous energy and vigor that comes from deep within its core. It delivers a sense of intensity, clarity and momentum that is rare to find in this warm vintage. It is also a highly complex expression that shows a slow but very interesting evolution in the glass with dark fruit aromas that are fused seamlessly with spice, tarry resin and blue flower. This is a wine with big bones that moves with incredible grace and poise. I would recommend holding the bottle for at least five more years.||At the conclusion of my tasting of 2011 Barolo, I concluded that the Bussia vineyard in Monforte d'Alba (with a smaller piece in the Barolo township) performed consistently better in the hot 2011 vintage than any other in the appellation. It is also one of the largest vineyards at 299 hectares, although it is divided into a half-dozen subsections that are farmed by a large number of producers. In general, Bussia occupies a higher altitude with vines planted from 210 and 460 meters above sea level. It boasts excellent exposures with mostly southern and southwestern positioning. These factors have greatly contributed to the quality of fruit in 2011. Higher elevations helped to keep the vines cooler during the hottest moments of the summer. Vines are also well established in this vineyard with extensive root systems that help guard against drought conditions. Of the various estates that farm Bussia, Poderi Aldo Conterno shows exceptional results with this set of new releases. Collectors looking to put aside a few bottles of 2011 Barolo should start here. eRobertParker.com.June, 2015

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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