96 pts.: 2015 Barolos from the Legendary Conterno Fantino

Posted on: 09/4/19 3:24 PM

Established in 1982 by dear friends Guido Fantino and Claudio Conterno, Conterno Fantino is one of the most prized estates in all of Piedmont. Overlooking the ancient village of Montforte d’Alba, this benchmark estate is famous for a blockbuster show of structure, tannin and rich, intricately layered textures of mineral and fruit. It’s a blend of the old and the new – a respect for tradition with an uncanny knack for innovation – that has propelled the estate into the hearts of Barolo collectors worldwide.

The nucleus of the estate is their flagship Ginestra, a hugely historical vineyard for Barolo, documented as far back as the 1800s, that is beloved for its magnificent power and aromatics. That’s not to discredit Mosconi, a brilliant vineyard in its own right. Situated over 1,300 ft above sea-level on calcareous marl, Barolo born from Mosconi are intensely dark and beautifully seductive.

Put this all into the context of the 2015 vintage–a tremendous year for Piedmont–and it makes sense that Barolo specialist Antonio Galloni gushed this to be a “strong set of wines” from the estate. Strong, indeed. We don’t have much of either but for those Barolo buffs that need an immediate cellar upgrade…you don’t want to miss these two hugely collectable gems.

2015 Conterno Fantino “Mosconi” Barolo

“The 2015 Barolo Mosconi is deep, succulent and richly-textured on the palate. The intensity, power and gravitas of Mosconi comes through in a wine of dark, brooding intensity. Smoke, leather, scorched earth, tar and licorice add to the wine’s distinctly virile personality. I would prefer to drink it on the earlier side.” 93 Points, Vinous

2015 Conterno Fantino Barolo Sori Ginestra

“You’ll find broader strokes and more heft in the 2015 Barolo Ginestra Vigna Sorì Ginestra than in the other crus from Conterno Fantino, along with extra levels of power and dimension. This vintage boasts lots of fiber and intensity, with dark fruit contrasting against spice, tar and tobacco. The wine shows more structure at the back, too, one of the important differences that makes this wine well suited to longer cellar aging. This is simply a complete Barolo with gorgeous texture, so fine and detailed, and it will hold up for years to come.” 96 Points, Wine Advocate

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