2017 Diego Conterno Barolo Ginestra
One of the most significant crus of the Barolo area, Ginestra is one of the hills where the expression of Nebbiolo reaches extraordinary quality standards. Located in the commune of Monforte d’Alba, where the Barolo has more body and structure due to the clayey soils, here we are on the border with Serralunga, where there is a discrete presence of limestone and rock. Diego Conterno owns a few plots of land with 60 year old vineyards with an excellent south-eastern exposure. The grapes are harvested by hand and vinified in steel tanks in contact with the skins for 20/30 days, followed by ageing in 500L barrels for 24/30 months. The result is a true Piedmontese masterpiece, and the 2016 vintage, which has gone down in the annals as the vintage of the century, only adds to the prestige of this label. A Barolo with scents of ripe fruit, spice and earthy hints that is powerful and decisive on the palate, with good acidity surrounded by smooth and persistent tannins. A true hymn to magnificence.
Vinous, 95 points
Conterno's 2017 Barolo Ginestra is a wine of gravitas and pure power. All of the muscle of Ginestra comes through loud and clear. I am not sure the tannins will ever fully soften - this is Ginestra after all - but there is certainly plenty of depth. To be honest, today I find the Comune bottling to have better balance and more finesse.
'Monforte d'Alba. Healthy mid ruby. Pretty nose of dark cherry and ripe raspberry with hints of nutmeg and just a suggestion of liquorice powder. Supple palate with near-perfect balance of ripe, soft acidity and soft, grainy tannins that stick to palate in a most entertaining way. Can be approached now, but more is to come with more bottle age. Behaves like the grand cru it is. 17/20 points. (WS)
Italy, Piedmont, Ginestra
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