Poderi Aldo Conterno Nebbiolo Barolo Cicala 2006

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Five generations of the Poderi Aldo Conterno family have devoted their lives to wine and have instilled a deep respect for the identity of their terroir and a firm characterization of their wines. What is offered to those lucky enough to try these wines is simply the interpretation of the nebbiolo grape through deep rooted beliefs, by trying to mediate and to mix tradition with innovation, according to the Latin saying "in medio stat virtus". The wines never look for unconditional approval and their personality is never compromised! The grapevine variety for this famous wine is of course the grand and noble Nebbiolo, specifically the Michet and Lampia varieties. The vineyard itself is called “Cicala” Bussia (Monforte d'Alba). The grapes are hand harvested, with rigorous selection in the vineyard. This usually takes place in mid October. The vinification begins with skin soaking inside stainless steel vats, the must staying in contact with the skins for 15 days: during this time the alcoholic fermentation completes with the temperature reaching a peak of 32 degrees centigrade. The wine is then drawn off into stainless steel, where it remains for 3 to 5 months. It undergoes several decantings before being put into big Slavonian oak barrels, where it is left ageing for 28 to 30 months, then, it will be bottled. The wine features aromas of red fruits, along with balsamic, liquorice and herbal nuances. It is serious and well structured. Sweet fruit flavours linger nicely on the finish, which features a grip of tannin and some tingling, nervous acidity. It certainly will benefit from 5-15+ years in a cool dark place and will only deepen in character and increase in complexity. Serve with wild mushroom risotto, game and red meats.

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Poderi Aldo Conterno:
Aldo Conterno is known as the “King of Barolo” in Italy. Poderi Aldo Conterno is situated in Monforte d'Alba on the prized Bussia Soprano vineyard, in the heart of the Barolo region. The Conterno family has been producing and aging the great Piemontese wines for more than five generations. Aldo left his legendary brother at his father's cellar (the Giacomo Conterno estate) in 1969 to pursue his... Read more
Aldo Conterno is known as the “King of Barolo” in Italy. Poderi Aldo Conterno is situated in Monforte d'Alba on the prized Bussia Soprano vineyard, in the heart of the Barolo region. The Conterno family has been producing and aging the great Piemontese wines for more than five generations. Aldo left his legendary brother at his father's cellar (the Giacomo Conterno estate) in 1969 to pursue his own winemaking interests and reputation, creating the wines of Poderi Aldo Conterno in the "Favot" cellar. The estate exclusively vinifies its own 25 hectacres of grapes. The Conterno brothers parted ways back in the late sixties to create their own styles of Barolo, Giovanni producing the more traditional style of the two. However, Aldo's wines are not considered modern; he still refuses to age them in small barriques. The wines are more fruit driven than the earthy wines of the Giacomo Conterno estate across town in Monforte. Aldo Conterno’s corporate policy of producing only the highest quality wines while mixing tradition with innovation. Read less

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Five generations of the Poderi Aldo Conterno family have devoted their lives to wine and have instilled a deep respect for the identity of their terroir and a firm characterization of their wines. What is offered to those lucky enough to try these wines is simply the interpretation of the nebbiolo grape through deep rooted beliefs, by trying to mediate and to mix tradition with innovation, according to the Latin saying "in medio stat virtus". The wines never look for unconditional approval and their personality is never compromised! The grapevine variety for this famous wine is of course the grand and noble Nebbiolo, specifically the Michet and Lampia varieties. The vineyard itself is called “Cicala” Bussia (Monforte d'Alba). The grapes are hand harvested, with rigorous selection in the vineyard. This usually takes place in mid October. The vinification begins with skin soaking inside stainless steel vats, the must staying in contact with the skins for 15 days: during this time the alcoholic fermentation completes with the temperature reaching a peak of 32 degrees centigrade. The wine is then drawn off into stainless steel, where it remains for 3 to 5 months. It undergoes several decantings before being put into big Slavonian oak barrels, where it is left ageing for 28 to 30 months, then, it will be bottled. The wine features aromas of red fruits, along with balsamic, liquorice and herbal nuances. It is serious and well structured. Sweet fruit flavours linger nicely on the finish, which features a grip of tannin and some tingling, nervous acidity. It certainly will benefit from 5-15+ years in a cool dark place and will only deepen in character and increase in complexity. Serve with wild mushroom risotto, game and red meats.

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