Barolo 2009: panel tasting results
Diego Conterno, Le Coste, Monforte d’Alba
Decanter average score: 18.75pts/20 (95+/100pts)
Individual judges’ scores: Paolo Basso 19 Ian D’Agata 18.5 Michael Garner 18.5
Not to be confused with one of the many other Conterno wine producers of the Monforte area, this estate’s wines only have a 10-year history or so. It is truly an estate to watch, as it’s admirably run by the father-and-son team of Diego and Stefano. They prefer to use 600-litre barrels, but use oak judiciously to avoid camouflaging the pure expression of Nebbiolo fruit as well as Monforte’s unique terroir. Le Coste is a well-known cru of Barolo, and Conterno’s vines are roughly 30 years old. 2014 will see this estate’s first bottling from the even more famous Ginestra cru.
Paolo Basso Smoked aromas, liquorice. Round and harmonious, deep character and expressive personality with ripe and savoury tannins.
Ian D’Agata Fresh red cherry and raspberry, then a little astringent with stillyouthful chewy tannins in need of plenty of time. Likely a slow bloomer, but ought to develop splendidly.
Michael Garner New oak notes of nutmeg and butterscotch over ripe fruit aromas. Round and ripe with spicy-toned fruit flavours, with great length and depth. Firmly structured, this will develop further.
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