“The 2008 Barolo Riserva Monfortino is pure excitement.”- Robert Parker
The 2008 was an unusual year in Barolo, Piedmont. An unexpected cold snap in October delayed the harvest and left many wines with an intense perfume and sweetness that is highly unusual in young Nebbiolo.
In that year Giacomo Conterno produced one of its most hauntingly beautiful Barolos – The 2008 Barolo Riserva Monfortino. The estate is located just outside Monforte d’Alba in Piedmont, in the south of the Barolo DOCG zone and well-known for two great Barolos: the Cascina Francia and the Monfortino Riserva, both of which are long-lived and earthy.
The Barolo Riserva Monfortino is a special selection of the best fruit in the best vintages. Fermentation is carried out in large, wooden vats with no temperature control, with an extended maceration on the grape skins, after which the wine undergoes extensive aging for 6-7 years in large oak casks, called botti, and bottle before release.
The 2008 Barolo Riserva Monfortino is a truly remarkable wine. In the glass, it’s a luminous garnet red with flecks of orange and crimson with aromas of dried black cherries, black plum, dried orange peel, rose petals, mint, tobacco, and cedar. Weightless, refined and silky on the palate. It shows a lot of floral character, sweet fruit, and well-integrated tannins with an extraordinary finish. This is going to be a thrilling Monfortino to follow over the coming years and decades.
Critic scores: JS 99, RP 98, WS 97
Aging ability: 2019-2045
Amsterdam, November 26th 2019