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2019 Conterno Fantino Barolo Vigna Del GrisNebbiolo from Italy


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Notes of red berries, crushed herbs and orange blossom with hints of lilac and wet stones. Medium- to full-bodied. Meaty and mouth-filling with polished tannins that are a little chewy at the end. Refined and sleek. Hints of bitter spices in the finish. Try after 2026.

95+ Monica Larner - Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

Quite robust and powerful on first nose, the 2019 Barolo Ginestra Vigna del Gris needs more time in bottle to flesh out and move past this current youthful phase. This wine is definitely poised to give more to those who wait. It opens to a dark garnet hue and ripe aromas of cherry skin, plum, rose and orange peel. Within the span of a few minutes, it starts to show additional spice and nutmeg. The tannins are still grippy in this 9,100-bottle release.

95 Bruce Sanderson - Wine Spectator

Offers attractive notes of cherry and raspberry, plus iron, tar and underbrush flavors wrapped in an embrace of toasty oak. Overall, this red is balanced and the fruit should emerge as all the elements integrate over the next decade or so. Long, resonant finish. Best from 2027 through 2045. 600 cases made, 180 cases imported.

94 Antonio Galloni - Vinous

The 2019 Barolo Ginestra Vigna del Gris is another terrific wine from Conterno-Fantino. Crushed flowers, cedar, pipe tobacco, mint, dried flowers and worn-in leather give the 2019 striking aromatic presence. Here, too, Fabio Conterno has done a terrific job in taming the Monforte tannins. The Gris never has the completeness of the other crus, but in 2019 it is positively striking. I would drink this ahead of the other 2019s.

Product Description:

100% Nebbiolo
Sourced from ‘Vigna del Gris’, a single, historical vineyard located in the Ginestra cru of Monforte d’Alba.
Planted in 1978 and 2000, the vineyard enjoys a southeastern exposure
Elevation of 300 – 320 meters with south and southeast exposures
Soils are characterized by sand, silt and clay
Hand harvested beginning the middle of October
Fermentation and maceration in stainless steel tanks for 12 – 15 days
Aging in French oak
First vintage was 1982
500 to 700 cases produced annually

Item # 135477
Vintage 2019
Country Italy
Region Piedmont
Sub-Region Barolo
Color Red
Size 750mL
Closure Cork
Varietal(s) Nebbiolo
Taste blackberry, cherry, smoke and earth
Nose truffle, cherry, plum, leather and vanilla

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