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Tasting Notes

WA95

There is no need to taste the 2004 Barolo Romirasco, the nose alone is enough to understand that this is magnificent wine. Aromas of tar, roses, menthol, scorched earth and smoke lead to a core of dark red fruit than unfolds onto the palate with uncommon grace and elegance. As it sits in the glass the wine gradually puts on weight, filling out its considerably structured frame with notable class. The last Romirasco was made in 1993. This bottling has typically only been made in vintages where quality is not sufficient for the family to make their top of the line Riserva Granbussia, as was the case in 2004, when the Cicala vineyard was damaged by hail. Conterno told me is so happy with this wine he will probably bottle a small quantity going forward to see how it develops. It will be fascinating to taste future Romirascos next to the Granbussias of the same vintage to evaluate how a single-vineyard wine from what many consider to be one of Bussia’s greatest vineyards compares to the Granbussia blend. Conterno expects to price the Romirasco at the same level or slightly more than the Colonnello. If that turns out to be the case, this will be a superb relative value as well. Anticipated maturity: 2009-2024.


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The Winery

Poderi Aldo Conterno

"He existed in a special place between modernism and tradition. He wasn’t an outright revolutionary like Elio Altare or Domenico Clerico. He was a man of clear ideas and determination, and he was a beacon of light who shined on the path the rest of us would take."
- Enzo Brezza, a Barolo producer and president of Albeisa, an Italian winegrowers association

Aldo Conterno has been described as Piemonte's most talented winemaker, and his wines have frequently been ranked among the finest of the region, often with the emphasis on the balance. British wine publication Decanter rated Poderi Aldo Conterno among Italy's shortlist of Second Growths. The vineyards are now managed using organic methodology.

Though committed to the focus on production of Barolo, Conterno remained among the Piemonte producers who are devoted to producing quality Barbera.

www.poderialdoconterno.com



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