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Poderi Aldo Conterno Barolo Bussia 1999

March 12, 2008

img_4174.jpgOne of the spin-offs from great tastings is that I always long for more. So without the excuse of a special occasion I felt like drinking another great Barolo. This one is from the Monforte d’Alba based Aldo Conterno, a producer foremost famed for his Barolo Granbussia. Compared to this majestic wine the Barolo Bussia is a more ‘modest’ offering, although the quality-standard for this wine is equally high. Made from grapes grown in different parcels of Bussia Soprana it undergoes winemaking techniques that stand somewhere between modern and traditional with the use of temperature controlled roto-fermentation on one hand and the complete rejection of barriques at the other. Modern or traditional philosophies aside, this deep ruby coloured wine superbly expresses its terroir with a clean, attractive and open nose reflecting a complex amalgam of lovely red fruits, raspberries, plums, exotic spice, dried roses, liquorice and tar. On the equally stunning palate the seamingless merged tannins underline the fresh acidity that cuts through layers of fruit while tones of leather, liquorice and earth add background to this characterful and charming wine. In one word: brilliant. 95 points

Source: Negociants Australia  Price: $175  Drink: Now-2015+