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Conterno Fantino Sori Ginestra Barolo 2014

Editorial Review by Gregory Dal Piaz:

Perfumed with candied black fruits backed up with plenty of toasty oak. This is simple but assertive with lots of black cherry fruit and lovely herbal accents. Smooth on the palate, and nicely balanced with plenty of tart red berry fruit over well integrated oak spice. The tannins are relatively soft here, allowing this to deliver a nice sweet red cherry flavor on the palate, though the finish is cut short as the tannins reappear. Nicely done all around, sort of archetype middle of the road style Barolo. 91pts

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The making of high quality vine begin with the grapes. The work carried out in the vineyard ends with the harvest, and the winery takes over.

Editorial Reviews for Conterno Fantino Sori Ginestra Barolo

Snooth User: Gregory Dal Piaz
89065238,749
4.50 5
Vintage: 2008 05/12/2013

Perfumed with candied black fruits backed up with plenty of toasty oak. This is simple but assertive with lots of black cherry fruit and lovely herbal accents. Smooth on the palate, and nicely balanced with plenty of tart red berry fruit over well integrated oak spice. The tannins are relatively soft here, allowing this to deliver a nice sweet red cherry flavor on the palate, though the finish is cut short as the tannins reappear. Nicely done all around, sort of archetype middle of the road style Barolo. 91pts


Snooth User: Gregory Dal Piaz
89065238,749
4.50 5
Vintage: 1995 04/13/2011

Dense and herbal on the nose with light toast setting off a core of dried fruit and herbs. Almost lush in the mouth with a lot of power behind the dense bitter black cherry fruit. This is tannic but the tannins are silky and the overall impression is of a wine that dense but not thick with good persistence to the spicy black cherry fruit that gains a nice earthy tone on the finish. 91pts


Snooth User: Gregory Dal Piaz
89065238,749
3.50 5
Vintage: 1989 09/22/2008

This offered up sweetly fruited dark cherry notes on the nose that had both traditional notes of asphalt and nettle adding interest as well as top notes of powdered sugar, toast, and milk chocolately oak adding complexity. Very fresh acidity up front with ripe fruit and lots of tannin still to resolve this remains chewy with good, bright fruit on both the mid-palate and finish. The acidity here is solid and adds needed lift to the wine which offers admirable transparency and balance in the mouth. Ending on a bit of a cherry Coke note this is certainly made in a crowd pleasing style and offers up great fruit but lacks nuance and complexity. A solid wine. 2008-2016


Snooth User: Gregory Dal Piaz
89065238,749
2.50 5
Vintage: 1985 02/17/2009

A touch of coffee on the nose with roasted red plums, menthol and a touch of remaining wood spice. Round and plush at first but there are some bitter tannins that poke out on the finish. The bright acids offer nice life but the wine is a bit hollow and hot. The finish shows some nice fruit with good length but the wine is very simple and note likely to improve. 2009-2014 85pts


Member Reviews for Conterno Fantino Sori Ginestra Barolo

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Snooth User: Mary John Baumann, DWS
27635613,568
0.00 5
Vintage: 2009 09/28/2012

At the opposite end of the spectrum in Piemonte, modern winemaking is very much alive at Conterno-Fantino's chic, state of the art winery atop the village of Monforte d"Alba. In addition to delivering panoramic 360 views of the Langhe, the estate delivers top quality Barolo taking full advantage of roto fermentors to achieve maximum extraction and new French oak barriques to coax forth both power and finesse. Sori Genestra is planted on clay soils at 1,300 ft elevation. The 2009 vintage spent eleven months in new French oak barrels, ten months in tank and nine months in bottle. Its purple flecked color is notably deeper than most Barolos, echoing the masterful extraction techniques in place. The highly extracted nose reveals very intense violet and rose notes layered with sweet spice and truffle. A very complex wine beautifully marrying sweet aromas with savory muscle. A huge wine with very well balanced high acid, grippy tannins and high alcohol. Very concentrated and long for cellaring at least a decade, or perhaps save for the grandchildren?


Snooth User: mr nebbiolo
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5.00 5
Vintage: 2001 12/19/2007

Five glasses


External Reviews for Conterno Fantino Sori Ginestra Barolo

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Source: Great Wines Direct
Vintage: 2009 07/10/2016

Complex with classic aromas of melting tar and violets, lots of figs and rich notes of chamois leather.Conterno Fantino stands at the summit of 21st century Barolo, both literally and figuratively. From its stunning winery atop the Monforte d Alba hill, this alliance of the Fantino and Conterno families produces a range of wines that are both unmistakably modern in approach, and also utterly respectful of the region s wine-growing heritage.Grapes: 100% NebbioloRegion: Italy / Piemonte / Monteforte d AlbaMaker: Fabio FantinoNotes: A complex wine with classic aromas of melting tar and violets, lots of figs and rich notes of chamois leather. Pretty complex, of medium weight and with a very fine finish.Serve: At 16-18c with tenderloin steaks with cranberry-port sauce and Gorgonzola cheese; country-style peppered pork and bread stuffing; rosemary, lemon, and garlic leg of lamb with roasted potatoes.ABV: 15%Suitable for Vegetarians - Organic


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Vintage: 2008 08/07/2012

Classy nose of crushed berries, spices, red chillies, and rose petals. Full body, with round and chewy tannins and a milk chocolate, light vanilla and berry aftertaste. Needs time to come together. Stylish. Better in 2015. James Suckling. A Nebbiolo wine from Piedmont in Italy. 2008 Fantino Conterno Barolo Sori Ginestra 1500ml


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Vintage: 2008 08/04/2012

A Nebbiolo wine from Piedmont in Italy. 2008 Fantino Conterno Barolo Sori Ginestra 1500ml


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Vintage: 2001 01/16/2009

Pure crushed berries and plums, with just a hint of wood and fresh mushroom. Full-bodied and compacted, with loads of rich fruit and big, velvety tannins. Gorgeous wine. Huge concentration, yet balanced. Greatest wine ever from here and the wine of t... Wine Spectator. A Nebbiolo wine from Piedmont in Italy. 2001 Fantino Conterno Barolo Sori Ginestra 750ml


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Vintage: 2000 09/05/2012

Round and rich, with lots of plum, prune and coffee aromas and flavors. Turns to mushrooms and leather. Full-bodied, with soft tannins and a long finish. Warm and friendly in a hulky sort of way. Just like I tasted it in barrel. Best after 2009. 1,23... Wine Spectator. A Nebbiolo wine from Piedmont in Italy. 2000 Fantino Conterno Barolo Sori Ginestra 750ml


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Vintage: 1990 01/16/2009

Rich, ripe and generous, a huge mouthful of seductive, pure fruit, balanced and supple right through the finish. Tannins are smoothly integrated into the berry, black cherry, anise, rose petal and violet flavors that seem to fan out over the palate. ... Wine Spectator. A Nebbiolo wine from Piedmont in Italy. 1990 Fantino Conterno Barolo Sori Ginestra 750ml



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