Grape: 100% Nebbiolo. Region: Italy> Northern Italy> Piedmont> Barolo> Bussia. Notes: Native yeast fermentation, hand-harvested, 12 months in Slovanian Oak (100% new).
Description: The story of Poderi Aldo Conterno is a tale of great passion for winemaking that dates back through the generations and crosses international borders. It starts in the 19th century, when the forefathers of Aldo Conterno emigrated to Argentina. After only a few years the family went back to Italy to the small family farm and winery in Monforte d’Alba where they returned to producing the local wine. With their return, the Conterno family increased the production of wine, to be sold in casks not only in Piedmont and Liguria but as far away as the Americas, thanks to a relative who had stayed out in Argentina. At this time, the Conternos felt the need to create a superior Barolo, to be produced exclusively in the best vintages, which saw long vinification periods and was extremely ageworthy. In the 1920s, the first Barolo Riserva was bottled. At the end of the ’30s, the business was handed over to son Giacomo, who continued his father’s tradition with commitment and foresight, while teaching the business to his sons Giovanni and Aldo. In the mid-’50s, Aldo set out for the United States, hoping to establish a winemaking business in California, with the help of an uncle who lived there. Upon his return to the family business in Italy around 1961, father Giacomo handed over the winery to his sons: it was a thriving and prestigious business, recognized throughout most of the country. Yet, the five-year experience in the United States had kindled within Aldo a desire to establish a business of his own. After working for a considerable time alongside his brother, he bought the “Favot” farm, naming the estate “Poderi Aldo Conterno” in 1969.
The farmhouse is situated in the Bussia Hamlet, a cru area of Barolo that is universally acknowledge as one of the finest interpretations of Barolo. Aldo Conterno owns about 25 hectares of vineyards considered to be some of the very best plots in all of Langhe. The wines are remarkably approachable and tend to show a lot of sweet fruit in their youths as well as notes of spices and vanilla. These are very clean and polished wines of great elegance. 250 cases produced.