1990 Barolo Vigna del Gris Conterno-Fantino

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Average critic rating : 89.0 points



The 1990 Barolo Vigna del Gris offers a dense, saturated, dark ruby color, a reticent but promising nose of black-cherry fruit, damp earth, and minerals, and a spicy, meaty, full-bodied flavor that exhibits considerable tannin, glycerin, and alcohol. Although it is a candidate for two decades worth of aging, I would not touch a bottle for 3-4 years. As my notes so admirably attest, Conterno Frantino is an up and coming Piedmontese star. Both 1989s are terrific wines. Both the 1990 cuvees were closed and more difficult to assess, hence the more conservative scores. With more time in the bottle, these wines will prove to be as persuasive as the 1989s. Importer: a Neil Empson Selection, Empson, USA, Inc., Alexandria, VA. Wine Advocate.April, 1994

Azienda Agricola Conterno Fantino was established in 1982 by Guido Fantino and Claudio Conterno and enjoyed almost immediate success. The style here is polished and elegant. Barriques are used but never overwhelm; these are simply delicious wines.

“Conterno-Fantino remains one of my favorite Piedmont producers and is to be commended for the consistently high quality it delivers across its entire range.” Antonio Galloni

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