Aldo Conterno is one of the historic names of Italian wine. The Conterno family has been making wine in Monforte since at least the 1700s. Over the years, production has been deliberately reduced and the family now produces 80,000 bottles rather than the 200,000 produced in 1998.
Situated in the village of Monforte d'Alba, in the heart of Barolo, their 25 hectares of vineyard are situated almost exclusively on the hill of Bussia, one of the most sought after sites in the area. The Colonnello vineyard is one of Conterno's best vineyards.
Production in Piemonte in 2011 was 10% lower than the previous vintage. Days were light-filled and sunny with above average temperatures and sporadic rainfall. The harvest was early for all Piemontese varieties. The well-timed 20mm of rain that fell during the first week of September, combined with the lowering of night-time temperatures, allowed the grapes to reach an excellent balance of phenolic compounds
Ruby garnet in colour with an intensely perfumed nose characteristic of this vineyard. Aromas of aniseed, cherries and roses, with ripe plums giving way to an elegant, fine plummy, mineral character on the palate. Tannins are sweet, concentrated and powerful, with a hint of cinnamon to lift the tightly-packed, smoky fruit. Long and perfumed to the end, with liquorice and rose petal perfumes on the finish.