Giacomo Conterno Barolo Riserva Monfortino 1971

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Christopher Keiller Fine Wine
Sherborne, UK (5,500 mi)
GBP 1112.50
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750ml
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Antonio brought this over as well so it must have been after 10 pm when this was popped and poured - the nose is exceptionally perfumed filled with... Read more

This was deep blood red and very youthful and powerful looking. Opening reticently with oyster shells, smoke, loam, and resin notes the fruit here ... Read more

opened around 1:30 when this showed a great bronze color with a ruby core. the nose is intense, dark, gamy, spicy and very salty. In the mouth this... Read more

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Editorial Reviews for Giacomo Conterno Barolo Riserva Monfortino

Snooth User: Gregory Dal Piaz
89065204,351
4.50 5
02/11/2009

Antonio brought this over as well so it must have been after 10 pm when this was popped and poured - the nose is exceptionally perfumed filled with spicy hightoned fruit- another wine whose chewy and dense natures belies it's age. Tons of sweet fruit, lots of sottobosco inner mouth perfume and dried pine cones, bags of acidity, fabulous density of red fruits. A hit all around and another delisous 71.


Snooth User: Gregory Dal Piaz
89065204,351
4.50 5
02/11/2009

This was deep blood red and very youthful and powerful looking. Opening reticently with oyster shells, smoke, loam, and resin notes the fruit here never quite broke through the overwhelmingly dark, mineral laden earth blanket. Mouthfillingly rich yet showing lovely integration from ageing that has rounded any sharp edges this retained a deep core of dark fruit that shows no sense of being cooked or roasted but is at the absolute limit of fresh ripeness. This needs more time to pop and offers primarily dark, medicinal fruit tones at this point but remains very complete. Probably needed an additional 3-4 hours of breathing time to really express itself. Potentially profound


Snooth User: Gregory Dal Piaz
89065204,351
5.00 5
01/19/2009

opened around 1:30 when this showed a great bronze color with a ruby core. the nose is intense, dark, gamy, spicy and very salty. In the mouth this is tough and tannic with a huge espresso and earth entry, finishes short and astringent with subdued fruit under some curry like spiciness that leads to a long, medicinal finish. Aound 8 pm the nose has gained intensity and has an almost jammy blackberry liquor note with smoky nuances that recall matchstick and gunpowder, earthy and layered, curing tobacco notes - In the mouth there is succulence here, with intense, deep fruit, superb structure, pefect balance, immense power with exceptional fruit/mineralbalance. wow this is dense and chewy and just a joy to drink, too bad this is my last bottle but at absolute peak.

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Snooth User: Gregory Dal Piaz
89065204,351
5.00 5
10/20/2008

This is such a monumental wine and I don’t think I’ve ever had a finer bottle. Deeply fruited and still singing on the nose with insinuations of tar, licorice, and truffle but such a core of dark, sweet, earthy cherry fruit. In the mouth the balance is very fine, the tannins have melted away but there are still plenty to keep the fruit in check and feel full in the mouth. Again the richness of the fruit is impressive with fantastic sottobosco nuances that show it’s evolution yet the fruit is so sweet, full and precise. Real impressive length on the finish, which shows no rough edges or exposed structural elements. Great wine. 96pts


Snooth User: Gregory Dal Piaz
89065204,351
4.50 5
04/20/2010

The nose on this starts off quite spikey with some sharp notes of age and bottle funk wrapped in the subtle sweetness of oxidation. The bouquet certainly shows significant evolution with wonderful notes of dark earth, leather, bay leaf, and lightly minty green herbs all backed up by fading notes of cranberries and black currant. On the palate this remains rich and vibrant with significant, but still buffered acidity. The fruit is still intact, offering plenty of rich, dark cherry flavors with a touch of bitter lime oil over layered, earthy notes of decay. The wine has exceptional length with some hard tannin lingering on the finale. This is just beginning to slide down off its plateau but still remains an imposing and complex bottle of Barolo. 92pts


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