Editorial Reviews for Giacomo Conterno Barolo Riserva Monfortino
A saturation of wild cherry, chamomile, slightly spicy heather and pink peppercorn aromas fill the nose. This is just so intensely fruity, with smoky, mineral and menthol notes adding complexity. Chewy with powerful acidity and packed with ripe tannins, this is powerful, deep and packed with wild berry fruit, steeped tea, and dried herbs flavors. The mineral backbone here is phenomenal, and while this is very tannic, it is also very focused and tense with a long finish that, this keeps hammering away on the palate. Imagine smashing cherries on limestone with an old wooden hammer. Now imagine loving that. 96pts
Slightly volatile on the nose with a very floral rush upfront then spicy wild berry fruit with a touch of cedar and cinnamon. Gains intensity in the glass with a sharp, assertive seared cherry and hot iron note and a touch of warm cardamom spice. Very grapefruity acidity lifts the peachy and berried fruit with a touch of passionfruit florality in the mouth. Very well managed tannins are a touch austere at this point. A solid showing for young Monfortino but one that is exceptionally elegant. 94pts
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!
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 had lovely sweet fruit and spice notes upon opening but by the time dinner rolled around the fruit had calmed down and revealed more complexity, though I missed the sweet fruit. Leathery at first then floral and spicy with dark oily seeds which segued into a cocoa aspect then gained fatty mortadella notes and bright rosehip top notes. Eventually this began to sweeten up again with musky notes of dried porcini adding depth and engagingly sweet notes of licorice, orange rind, and peonie and a finale of espresso. All the elements of great Barolo were here on the nose but the palate didn't fulfill the promise held therein. This opened fairly big with tons of soft tannins filling the mouth and bright, youthful acidity but the wine was a bit blocky in the mouth and a touch too chewy and muddled across the midpalate. Medium full bodied with a very solid core of strawberry and cherry fruits that turned a bit more citrussy on the finish this might just be a bit too young, it certainly is, nut this bottle may not be pristine. A good but not great Monfortino 92pts
This was afforded some 4 hours to breath and while it showed well it was not nearly as expressive as last years bottle. the nose was wonderful with apricot fruit right up front, very gentle indian spice tones, classic rose notes, really clean and bright with orange flesh, seared cherry and almond milk all adding depth. In the mouth this comes of as very sweet and painfully young with tons of tannin yet excellent transparency. I think this is just much less evolved than last years bottle but can't rule out a bit of damage. Of course the damage may very well have been to me after so many bottles of fine wine.
Four and a half glasses
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
The 2001 Barolo Riserva Monfortino flows from the glass with stunning depth and purity. This seamless, elegant Barolo caresses the palate with incredible persistence as layers of aromas and flavors develop in the glass. Stylistically it is very much like the 2001 Cascina Francia, only with more intensity, depth and sheer volume. Monfortino has always had power to spare, but in 2001 it is also incredibly elegant, something that previous vintages have only acquired with significant bottle age. This is a towering, majestic Monfortino that will rightfully take its place among the very finest Monfortinos ever made.
"Monfortino" is the equivalent of Giacomo Conterno's Tête de Cuvée. It is the best grapes from the best sights and the oldest vines, vinified using traditional methods to create a wine for the ages.
The 2001 Barolo Riserva Monfortino flows from the glass with stunning depth and purity. This seamless, elegant Barolo caresses the palate with incredible persistence as layers of aromas and flavors develop in the glass. Stylistically it is very much like the 2001 Cascina Francia, only with more intensity, depth and sheer volume. Monfortino has always had power to spare, but in 2001 it is also incredibly elegant, something that previous vintages have only acquired with significant bottle age. This is a towering, majestic Monfortino that will rightfully take its place among the very finest Monfortinos ever made. Wine Advocate , #179, Oct 2008, Antonio Galloni
A Nebbiolo wine from Piedmont in Italy. 1999 Giacomo Conterno Barolo Monfortino 750ml
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.