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1999 Poderi Aldo Conterno Barolo ‘Colonnello’

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Situated in Monforte d’Alba in the prized Bussia Soprano vineyard in the heart of the Barolo region of Serralunga, the Conterno family has been producing and aging the great Piemontese wines for more than five generations.
The late Aldo left his brother at his father’s cellar (the legendary Giacomo Conterno estate) in 1969 to pursue his own winemaking interests and to create the wines of Poderi Aldo Conterno in the “Favot” cellar. While Giacomo produces the more traditional style of the two Conterno brothers’ estates, Poderi Aldo Conterno’s wines aren’t considered modern.
Over the past decade, the wines of Aldo Conterno have grown more traditional in style, and they have captivated the passion of Italian wine lovers as they have. Known as the “King of Barolo” in Italy, Aldo Conterno passed away in May 2012, and the wine world lost not only a pioneer and a visionary but also a man of great dignity and grace. Fortunately, Aldo trained his three sons in his footsteps so that his eponymous estate will not merely perpetuate but flourish, as befits Aldo’s legacy.

Tasting Notes

91 Points Robert Parker Wine Advocate
The 1999 Barolo Vigna Colonnello is, as always, elegant and approachable in style. Deeper in tonality than the regular bottling and with a sweeter nose redolent of kirsch, wild fennel, and rose petals, it is well structured, but supple with velvety tannins, much fruit and tar, and a refreshing, invigorating acidity.

92 Points Antonio Galloni
Dark ruby. The Colonnello is decidedly more vibrant, with notes of toasted oak, licorice, and sweet dark fruit on a medium-bodied frame with notable length and fine, silky tannins. It is an exceptionally elegant and refined Barolo made in an understated rather than bold style. Considering the vintage it is fairly accessible today, but my guess is that it will peak between ages 15 and 20. A fine effort.

1999 Poderi Aldo Conterno Barolo ‘Colonnello’