Open-knit, ripe, sweet, dark-fruit, mixed with notes of mineral, iron, tobacco and balsamic. There is an appealing austerity here to counteract the sweet fruit; the fine grained tannins providing edge and definition to the wine. Powerful and savoury, but rewarding and expressive. From South facing vines in the stellar Ginestra Cru of Monforte d’Alba situated at between 300-350 metres above sea level. The wine is aged in large, old 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.