One of the smartest and most regal 2009s we have tasted. Generous ripe fruit flavours, gently gripping and expansive, notes of hedgerow fruit, a touch of kirsch, bramble and spice. Long, suave and enveloping without being too much. The fruit shows remarkable definition for such a warm year as 2009. A brilliant effort. From South facing vines in the stellar Ginestra Cru of Monforte situated at between 300-350 metres above sea level. The wine is aged in large 35hl French cask for 3 years followed by a further 6-12 months ageing in bottle.
Founded by Paolo Conterno in 1886, it was Paolo’s son Carlo who started to bottle the estate’s own production in small quantities. Today the estate, spanning 10 ha which are mainly centred around the fabulous Ginestra Cru of Monforte, is managed by the fourth generation of Conternos, Giorgio and Marisa. The Baroli are aged in large 35hl French oak barrels for at least 3 years followed by a further 6-12 months in bottle, whilst the Baroli Riserva is aged for 4 year in barrel and 12 months in bottle. Thanks to Giorgio and Marisa the plaudits have been streaming in of late. They seem to have an extraordinary ability to take the stout, mineral and sturdy form Monforte Baroli so often have and craft them in to something very polished without loss of character. This has now become an exciting Barolo estate well worth following.