Conterno-Fantino have once again produced one of the vintage’s finest wines with their stunning 2004 Barolo Sori Ginestra, which is just as impressive in bottle as it has been on the several occasions I have tasted it from barrel. This explosive, heady Barolo bursts onto the palate with seamless layers of ripe dark fruit, black cherries, menthol, cinnamon, pine and minerals, revealing profound depth and richness. It offers superb length, gorgeous, sweet tannins and a finish that lasts forever. Although it is a surprisingly accessible Sori Ginestra at this stage, I expect it will close down at some point in the near future. Readers who have an opportunity to taste this wine in the next few months should not hesitate to do so. This is a remarkable Barolo in every way. Anticipated maturity: 2014-2024.
“This seemingly complex path is the most natural for us. Our wine is the offspring of the land in which the wines are cultivated, and once in the winery must be brought up, step by step, as if it were a member of the family. Our wine is one of us.”
-Conterno Fantino Website
Founded in 1982 by in-laws Claudio Conterno and Guido Fantino, the Piedmont producer is based on a hillside near Monforte d’Alba and known for producing Nebbiolo, Barbera, Dolcetto and Chardonnay. Conterno Fantino’s nearly 70 acres of land assist in the production of nearly 12,000 cases annually, and the founders have made a point to keep the business within the family. They are focused on environmental sustainability, preserving biodiversity in the vineyards, and overall respect of the land and its heritage to be able to continue to make considerate wines for generations to come. With that being said, Conterno Fantino has created a high reputation which has allowed them to create authenticity in their wines year in and year out. Legitimacy to the consumer combined with the tightly-knit texture, outstanding tannins and layered flavors in the physical wines have allowed for the bottles to become both great for current consumption as well as cellar aging.
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