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Giacomo Conterno Barolo Riserva Monfortino 1999
1999 Barolo Cascina Francia—Medium red. A classic in the making, the 1999 Cascina Francia offers a quintessentially pure expression of Nebbiolo in it aromas of roses, licorice and tar. It is powerful and potent on the palate, where endless layers of sweet fruit blossom with exceptional length. Though I expect it to be relatively accessible within a few years, it will also reward cellaring for several decades, and may ultimately be deserving of a higher score. A great effort.
Editorial Reviews for Giacomo Conterno Barolo Riserva Monfortino
This is nicely perfumed though not showing much in terms of complexity yet. There are crisp notes of lichen-covered rocks with a touch of mint, real frutti del bosco tones that emerge with a slightly jammy edge, and some incipient spice tones adding depth. On the palate this possesses real depth and power with a fabulous, round feel and a core of sweet fruit that is restrained by the formidable structure. Even though it is so young, and quite closed this reveals huge, ripe fruit and tannins and excellent balance. I think this is still shutting down so expect near future encounters with this wine to be disappointing. When it awakes it will be a giant wine that will probably lack the precision and cut of the very best vintages but should makes up for that with its profound richness and power. 94pts
This offers a stark contrast to previous wines with it's sappy, almost burgundian fruit that remains cool and crisp and exceptionally primary with it's spicy loganberry character. This enterw the mouth with an explosion of ripe fruit sweetness that spreads across the tongue and offers up an intensity of fruit that is new worldly yet retains balance and sinewy muscularity that is firmly of the old. So round and rich right now, the only relief from the fruit is a lovely mineral tinge on the finish. At this stage the structure is still very much hidden and integrated in the plush fruit. This will be a wicked wine when it matures. 2013-2030
This was opened aroun 5 pm but it was about 9 pm by the time we got to it. At first the nose is balsam tinged strawberry fruit before exploding with hints of menthol, tar, boysenberry, muskmelon, so perfumed and intense but it fails to prepare one for the intensity in the mouth, outrageous concentration of intensely sweet and sapid fruit, after the subtlties of the older wines this is overstimulation. It's like getting a hand job without lubricant from, as Ken adds, an old farmer, if you like that sort of thing of course. Like I said overstimulation. This is just a monster, It'll probably shut down soon but is worth trying if you've got enough as it is like Barolo concentrate. Bravo!
dense, thick fruit; good structure. Just a baby. Plan to buy more and bury it deep in the cellar
I found the nose to be a bit muted but showing cherry and a bit of clove. On the palate this showed a gorgeous structure with more cherry fruit. I feel like I didn't have enough time with this wine and that if I could follow it over time it would have opened up quite a bit more for me.
Drank on 10/20/2007. The wine was very tight. It will be a great bottle in 10 years or so. Firm tannins and acidity, nose of liquorice, rose petals and violet.
Unbelievable. Truly the king of wines. Like drinking silk!
External Reviews for Giacomo Conterno Barolo Riserva Monfortino
1999 Barolo Cascina Francia-Medium red. A classic in the making, the 1999 Cascina Francia offers a quintessentially pure expression of Nebbiolo in it aromas of roses, licorice and tar. It is powerful and potent on the palate, where endless layers of sweet fruit blossom with exceptional length. Though I expect it to be relatively accessible within a few years, it will also reward cellaring for several decades, and may ultimately be deserving of a higher score. A great effort. Good full red. Sappy, floral aromas of rose petal and underbrush. Juicy, bright and pure, with outstanding precision of flavor and floral lift. Dense, powerful and penetrating-and more vibrant than the 2000. Finishes with very suave, broad tannins.
Monfortino is considered by many to be the pinnacle of the Barolo pyramid. Carrying on a grand tradition begun almost 90 years ago this remains a monument to traditional winemaking. Rich with deep, spicy fruit this Barolo has incredible structure ensuring a life that will be measured in decades yet is bursting with enough fruit to conceal all that power. A wine for the cellar.