Gregory Dal Piaz

Location: New York, NY

Vintages of Monfortino

1. Giacomo Conterno Barolo Riserva Monfortino (1978)

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Even after being double decanted for 8 hours this was a bit reticent out of the bottle. Hightoned with notes of oyster sauce and sweet soy lifted by a touch of VA this evolved slowly but surely becoming quite smoky and sweetly vegetal resembling tomato ketchup based barbq sauce for a period. With time the smokiness took over and the wine added smoked nuts and warm tar tones while the vegetal elements resembled salted capers and green tobacco with a lime leaf elemetn that helped frame the emerging bitter cherry notes. iIn the mouth this was so precise and faceted that it etched the vibrant wild cherry fruit into your mouth. It was layered and so perfectly balanced but the remarkable length and persistence was amazing. A simple spectacular and near immortal bottle of wine. Along with the 1958 Monfortino and Giacosa's 1989 Collina Rionda this the pinnacle of Barolo. I give it 99pts only because there remains room for positive development!. 2009-2040
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