Giacomo Conterno   Barolo Riserva Monfortino

1998 Barolo Riserva Monfortino

By Giacomo Conterno

1998 Barolo Riserva Monfortino from Giacomo Conterno

In the pantheon of extraordinary Italian wines, the 1998 Barolo Riserva Monfortino from Giacomo Conterno holds a remarkable standing. This iconic expression is fortified with the charisma of a particularly favourable climatic season, with the fruits of Piedmont embracing the whispers of a pleasingly wet spring followed by a hot, ideal summer.


A vintage to remember

The 1998 vintage is renowned for its beautifully fashioned structure and depth, rendering it a triumph in the world of fine Italian wines. This Barolo Riserva Monfortino bestows an enchanting bouquet, presenting aromas redolent of deep red cherries, dried rose petals and fragrant truffle, encapsulating the very essence of its Piedmont provenance.

As an investment, this distinguished performance enables collectors and investors alike to assert their standings in the wine market whilst appreciating a masterpiece from one of Italy's foremost producers.


Ethereal palate, extraordinary potential

The 1998 Barolo Riserva Monfortino from Giacomo Conterno mesmerises through its intriguingly concentric texture. Lingering tastes of licorice and expressive forest fruits dance on the palate, festooned with a youthful vivacity that paradoxically hints at a wealth of maturation potential.

With its tremendous aging capabilities, this wine offers sound investment opportunities for fine wine investors willing to cellar their assets.


Giacomo Conterno's masterstroke

Giacomo Conterno's longtime mastery is undeniably reflected in this '98 release. Championing traditional winemaking methodologies while adding their unique touch has resulted in a wine that excites the senses, whetting the appetite of any discerning oenophile.

In conclusion: the 1998 Barolo Riserva Monfortino from Giacomo Conterno, with its compelling palette, enduring complexity, and remarkable aging potential, solidly yet gracefully fortifies its place amongst fine wines from Italy. An astute investment indeed for those seeking a titan in their portfolio.

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The 1998 Barolo Riserva Monfortino is a monumental effort. A deep dark red, it opens with a huge nose of licorice, roses and cocoa, then flows onto the palate with masses of sweet, concentrated dark fruit that go on forever. Notes of mineral and leather gradually develop in the glass, adding further complexity as this great wine begins to reveal its expansive and profound personality. The 1998 is unusually open right now. As was the case with the 1997 at this stage, it should offer a brief drinking window over the next 6 months or so before shutting down for what is likely to be an extended period prior to awakening in the glorious prime of its life. Anticipated maturity: 2012-2023. Importers: Doug Polaner, Polaner Selections, Mt. Kisco, NY; tel. (914) 244-0404 and The Rare Wine Co., Sonoma, CA; tel. (707) 996-4484

Antonio Galloni - The Wine Advocate, 30 October 2006

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