Paolo Conterno 2013 Barolo Riva del Bric

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Paolo Conterno is deeply rooted in the Ginestra vineyards of Barolo which is certainly one the most favoured sites in the region. Conterno makes silky, sensual wines - the Burgundies of Barolo

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This estate is deeply rooted in one MGA, that of Ginestra: for me one Barolo's most fascinating Crus. Ginestra has its own personality, set apart from the others of Monforte d’Alba. Here, the wines are ethereal and delicate, partly down to the elevated altitude which summits at around 500 metres, although Conterno's are on the main south facing ridge of Ginestra (historically known as Roddoli) just below 400 metres. Looking east through the windows of Conterno’s tasting room you can spy the great sites of Serralunga: Francia, Briccolina, Ornato and Falletto, merely separated by a narrow valley. Despite the proximity to Serralunga, the wines bear little resemblance to the wines found there. The soils here are from the formation of Diano Sandstones which you can clearly see in the cuttings along sides of the roads.

Barolo is undoubtedly one of the world's greatest wine regions and is at long last gaining the reputation that it deserves. It is a region of roughly 2,000 hectares located in the hills of the Langhe near the town of Alba in Piedmont. There is only one grape variety that is permitted for making Barolo, and that is Nebbiolo. The undulating hills and ravines make for a complex landscape of varying elevations, aspects and soil types, allowing each individual Cru (now known as the Menzioni Geografiche Aggiuntive, or Additional Geographic Mentions) to express its identity and character.


Paolo Conterno's wines are expressive, fine and polished, and have an amazing ability to transmit their sense of place. These are very fine expressions of the grape variety and the region, but are accessible enough, due to Giorgio Conterno's expert winemaking, to appeal to those wishing to explore Barolo for the first time.

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Bottle Size Standard Bottle 75cl
Country Italy
Region Piedmont
Grape Varieties Nebbiolo
Maturity Drink or Keep
Producer Paolo Conterno
Style Full Bodied Reds
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