Poderi Aldo Conterno Langhe Nebbiolo Il Favot 2003
Aldo Conterno’s family has been producing great Piedmontese wines for more than five generations. Since setting up on his own after splitting with his brother Giovanni (who kept the Giacomo Conterno label), Aldo has been in the front rank of Piedmontese producers. He has been an innovator of great importance and the dynamism which engendered such innovation has been passed onto his sons, who now run the winery. The wine remained for 6 months in stainless steel vats. It was racked several times and then put into 100% new oak barriques where it remained for eighteen months. The barriques comprise Allier, Troncais, Nevers and Vosges oak. The wine was then kept in bottle for another year.
A big change from my first tasting. Intense nose of sweet tobacco, clove, mushroom and leather with raspberry fruit hidden beneath. Full bodied with balanced acidity Dark cherries, raisin and earthy notes. Long finish and lots of room for improvement over time. This is one of those glasses of wine that reminds you of what you love about nebbiolo.
A dark red color in the glass with aromas wafting up into the room after pouring. Everyone sits around waiting to take the official sniff., this bottle has been open for three hours Once we do jump in, it's all that and a bag of chips... Raspberry jam, roses, forest floor, mulling spices and new leather rise from the glass. This is one of those Nebbiolo's that you can smell, never taste, and still feel satisfied. On the palate, blackberries and licorice with raisin, earth, leather, cinnamon and a bit of charred wood on the finish which is long with a tannic kiss.
Intense, needs a little more time but certainly enjoyable. Plums, currant all intense dark fruit, full bodied and deceptively sweet. Big crowd pleaser. 2003 Nebbiolo in every way.
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