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Poderi Aldo Conterno Barolo 2004

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"Aldo Conterno’s 2004 Barolo is simply beautiful. A medium red, it presents a feminine expression of Nebbiolo in its perfumed, spiced red raspberries and cherries. This is a soft, accessible Barolo ideal for near and mid-term drinking that fully captures the essence of this great vintage. Beginning with the 2004 vintage, this wine includes fruit from 15-year-old vines in Colonnello, a vineyard with sandier soils that lies on the border with Barolo. In the past this fruit was used for the Langhe Favot but now it makes up about 30% of the blend for the Barolo. As a result this bottling now carries the Barolo designation rather than the Barolo Bussia name which was used for previous vintages...91." WA 12/07 "Plum and spice aromas, with undertones of meat. Full-bodied, with chewy tannins and lots of ripe fruit. Needs time to mellowand come together. Very structured. From this vintage, 20 percent of the Nebbiolo grapes come from a vineyard in the Barolo commune, so this is no longer labeled Bussia Soprano. Best after 2011.—J.S... 91" WS 04/08

Alexana Winery:
Alexana Wines was born of Dr. Madaiah Revana’s love of the great wines of Burgundy. In the spring of 2005, Dr. Revana began a search for both the ideal region and an experienced winemaker with the goal of making Pinot Noirs that could rival those from Burgundy. His search ended in Oregon’s Willamette Valley, where he met Lynn Penner-Ash. Lynn’s reputation stretches beyond the borders of Willam... Read more
Alexana Wines was born of Dr. Madaiah Revana’s love of the great wines of Burgundy. In the spring of 2005, Dr. Revana began a search for both the ideal region and an experienced winemaker with the goal of making Pinot Noirs that could rival those from Burgundy. His search ended in Oregon’s Willamette Valley, where he met Lynn Penner-Ash. Lynn’s reputation stretches beyond the borders of Willamette Valley where she has crafted world-class wines for two decades. She has established herself as a premier winemaker of Burgundian-style wines with her label, Penner-Ash. Wine Spectator said she brings “the perfect blend of science, artistry and passion…. Her signature style has brought a new perspective” to winemaking. Lynn was aware of Dr. Revana’s vision and commitment to producing world-class wines. She knew of his Napa Valley winery, Revana Family Vineyard, whose Cabernet’s produced by winemaker Heidi Peterson Barrett have quickly gained status as among the best in Napa. After agreeing to work together, they began looking for a vineyard property that could become the foundation of a great estate Pinot Noir program. Lynn’s vivid descriptions of the microclimates, soils and elevations of the Willamette Valley’s Dundee Hills appellation gave them an immediate focus. Fortuitously, they found an 80-acre property in the famed Dundee Hills of Willamette Valley. Sixteen acres had already been meticulously planted with Pinot Noir and Pinot Gris. After purchasing the property, further acreage was developed and a wide range of Pinot Noir clones were planted. In 2006, the first two wines, a Pinot Gris and Pinot Noir were made from the property. A third Pinot Noir was made from the famed Shea Vineyard. Dr. Revana then gave the wines and the property their name, Alexana – after his daughter Alexandra Revana. Read less

Editorial Reviews for Poderi Aldo Conterno Barolo

Snooth User: Gregory Dal Piaz
89065231,030
4.50 5
04/20/2010

This is still youthful and intensely aromatic with huge notes of medicinal herbs embedded in rich, sweet red fruits. There are subtle suggestions of incense and earth adding detail but this remains youthfully simple. On the palate this is gentle with tons of perfectly ripe fruit with a savory edge, more in the blackberry register than more red fruits and all backed up with powerful, ripe tannins giving this drive and volume. It’s wonderfully balanced with a certain delicacy and transparency that bodes well for the future. 94pts


Snooth User: Gregory Dal Piaz
89065231,030
5.00 5
09/23/2008

Very direct and focused on the nose with cherry in alcohol, a touch of beet root, bright woodsy tones of angelica root, nettle and soil notes with building strawberry fruit and a flourish of rose 3+ Grippy tannins and strong acidity frame the ripe fruit but the wine remains very elegant 3 Richly flavored in the mouth with wild cherry fruit edged with sandlewood, orange blossom and green herbal tones. Great mineral/limestone cut through the midpalate 3 Very brisk and long on the finish with fresh berry fruit, plum skin and a final of nettle and arugula 3 95pts


Snooth User: Gregory Dal Piaz
89065231,030
4.50 5
11/13/2008

Intensely perfumed in the glass with musky, porcini top notes and a deep forest floor underlay. There is a touch of deisel fume that whafts in and out but the sharp, intense fruits sweet and ripe with an edge of apricot to the red berry notes. This marries big power with elegance and presents intense wild strawberry fruit that is edged with spice and nettle tones. The mid-palate lacks a bit of depth and the finish is clipped by the youthful tannins but this does end on wonderfully sweet fruit and cracking tannins. 93pts


Snooth User: Gregory Dal Piaz
89065231,030
4.50 5
10/16/2008

A 2 week maceration is followed by several months in stainless before being aged 28 to 30 months in Slavonian oak botte. Unlike the stern Colonello this is flamboyant with intense floral tones, layered sappy fruits, sweet, gentle spice tones and a touch of espresso foam. In the mouth this is downright suave with very fine tannins and a broad mouth feel that remains remarkably delicate. Spicy red fruits are complimented my tones of maduro tobacco, iron driven earthy tones and intense top notes of aromatic grasses, minerals and exotic spice tones. The wild cherry fruit is intense on the palate and turns darker on the backend leading to the finish with it’s unfolding layers of subtle tea, middle eastern spice notes and almost a touch of curry. This really has lovely clarity and amazing transparency with wonderfully ripe tannins. A bit outside the norm for Barolo with it’s spicy exotic character but completely compelling. 2010-2024 95pts


Snooth User: Gregory Dal Piaz
89065231,030
4.50 5
10/16/2008

A 2 week maceration is followed by several months in stainless before being aged 28 to 30 months in Slavonian oak botte. A touch of drying grass greats the nose then is followed by very precise emerging notes of sea grass and menthol. The tight dark fruit emerge slowly and remain reticent in the glass but the menthol and mineral tones gain in impact. The mouth feel here is fantastic, cool and poised, power without much weight this feels facetted and chiseled and much like the nose remains tight though it does offer up glimpses of fresh fruit, earthy wild cherry and a touch of subtle pomegranate that is intriguing. The mineral cut on the long finish is refreshing and incipient vitamin/mineral notes are refreshing. While this is very tight a previous bottles was spectacular with classic fruit, sottobosco, and truffle notes that blew me away. Based on the two notes I suggest putting this away for years. 2014-2030 95pts.


Snooth User: Gregory Dal Piaz
89065231,030
4.00 5
10/16/2008

This replaces the old Bussia Soprana bottling as with this vintage the fruit is now 80% Bussia and 20% from the commune of Barolo though they are contiguous parts of the same vineyard. The Barolo fruit used to go into the Favot but the vines have matured and are now producing juice worthy of being called Barolo. This macerates for 2-3 weeks in stainless before ageing for 2 years in Botte of Slavonian oak. A bit heavy on the nose with syrupy fruit, driven by soil tones with a touch of oyster shell then a hint of caper berry, turning a bit spicy with a touch of white pepper, not very giving aromatically. In the mouth this enters a bit block with gritty tannins and a nice traditional if tough feel. The tannins certainly need more time to integrate but the balance is good and the wine puts on weight with air revealing dark, chewy cherry fruit with medicinal herb tones and a touch of fudgy caramellato. The midpalate gains a bit of spice with notes of coriander, beetroot, and strawberry seeds adding complexity and brightening the red fruits. The finish is cut short by the rather imposing tannins which are a touch drying and allows the finale to be dominated by slight menthol tones and emerging minerality. A very solid Barolo Normale that looks to be an excellent candidate for improvement in the cellar. 89pts


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Snooth User: Eric Guido
92549188,757
2.50 5
07/25/2010

Honestly, I don’t get all the hype. The nose showed red fruit, undergrowth and a bit of toast. On the palate I found strawberry, cooked orange like marmalade and tar but felt that it lost its heft on the mid-palate and ended feeling linier, restrained and a bit alcoholic. Possibly this is just the stage of its life but certainly not performing very well at the moment.


External Reviews for Poderi Aldo Conterno Barolo

External Review
11/26/2008

The 2004 Barolo Cascina Francia is an explosive wine that faithfully captures all of the promise it showed from barrel. This spectacularly rich, concentrated Barolo possesses striking perfume in its smoke, tar, spiced red fruits, licorice and flowers. The wine offers tremendous length and a finish that lasts forever. This is an especially dense, powerful Cascina Francia with a gorgeous core of perfumed sweet fruit that will require some time to fully emerge but is breathtakingly beautiful even at this early stage. Anticipated maturity: 2012-2029. - Antonio Galloni


External Review
03/05/2009

Giacomo Conterno's wines are considered amongst the best in Barolo. The estate uses extremely traditional methods: long maceration on the skins to extract tannins, and aging in old oak barrels. The wines require time in the bottle to show their best.


External Review
05/28/2010

A Nebbiolo wine from Piedmont in Italy. 2004 Conterno, Aldo Barolo 750ml


External Review
04/19/2010

Barolo Cru Bussia Soprana DOCG 2004 - Aldo Conterno: Barolo Cru Bussia Soprana DOCG 2004 - Rotwein von Aldo ConternoDer Barolo Cru Bussia Soprana besticht durch Charakter: er weist Kraft und Fülle auf, ist stoffreich, sein Profil ist klassisch und sein Goudron-Bouquet zart und harmonisch. Trinkt sich besonders gut zu kräftigen Gerichten vom Schwein und Rind, Lamm, Wild, Hartkäse, Edelschimmelkäse und zu Nudelgerichten mit hellen Soßen.Weingut: Aldo ConternoLand: ItalienRegion: PiemontRebsorte: NebbioloInhalt: 0,75 lAlkoholgehalt: 14 Vol.%Säuregehalt: 6,25 g/lRestsüße: 2,25 g/lEmpfohlene Serviertemperatur: 16 - 18°CFassreife: in Barriques gereift (26 - 28 Monate) Suche nach Rebsorten > Rote Rebsorten > Nebbiolo


External Review
02/24/2010

Aldo Conterno Barolo Cru Bussia Soprana DOCG 2004: Jahrgang: 2004Inhalt: 0,75 LRegion: PiemontWeingut: Aldo ConternoRebsorte: NebbioloRestzucker: 2,25 g/LiterRestsäure: 6,25 g/LiterAlkoholgehalt: 0.14 Rotwein


External Review
11/08/2008

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.


External Review
04/24/2009

A Nebbiolo wine from Piedmont in Italy. 2004 Giacomo Conterno Barolo Cascina Francia 750ml



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"Aldo Conterno’s 2004 Barolo is simply beautiful. A medium red, it presents a feminine expression of Nebbiolo in its perfumed, spiced red raspberries and cherries. This is a soft, accessible Barolo ideal for near and mid-term drinking that fully captures the essence of this great vintage. Beginning with the 2004 vintage, this wine includes fruit from 15-year-old vines in Colonnello, a vineyard with sandier soils that lies on the border with Barolo. In the past this fruit was used for the Langhe Favot but now it makes up about 30% of the blend for the Barolo. As a result this bottling now carries the Barolo designation rather than the Barolo Bussia name which was used for previous vintages...91." WA 12/07 "Plum and spice aromas, with undertones of meat. Full-bodied, with chewy tannins and lots of ripe fruit. Needs time to mellowand come together. Very structured. From this vintage, 20 percent of the Nebbiolo grapes come from a vineyard in the Barolo commune, so this is no longer labeled Bussia Soprano. Best after 2011.—J.S... 91" WS 04/08

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