Giacomo Conterno   Barolo Riserva Monfortino

2001 Barolo Riserva Monfortino

By Giacomo Conterno

2001 Barolo Riserva Monfortino from Giacomo Conterno, Piedmont

The 2001 Barolo Riserva Monfortino from Giacomo Conterno is nothing short of an exemplary representation of fine wines from Italy. Emblematic of the house's commitment to precision and timelessness, this vintage is a testimony to the noteworthy quality of the 2001 growing season in Italy's grand wine region, Piedmont.


Reflecting a year of excellence

2001 was a superior vintage for Piedmont, thanks in part to optimal weather that led to ripened fruit with excellent balance. The Barolo Riserva Monfortino from Giacomo Conterno reflects the best attributes of its terroir with a character that sets it apart from other vintages of the same label. This vintage illustrates what an esteemed producer can achieve under favourable climatic conditions.

Upon opening, this Barolo regales the senses with nuances of dried rose petals, leather, and wild forest berries. Hints of exotic spice and sensuous earthiness add layers of interest that unfold beautifully in the glass over time.


Investing in time and patience

In terms of investment potential, this illustrious vintage is an asset worth considering seriously. There's a stellar quality to this wine that hints at incredible longevity, much like how fine art appreciates over time.

If investing in bottles now, be prepared for a pleasure-filled journey as you witness its evolution through the coming years. The depth and complexity wrapped in its charismatic expression is fascinating and promises an enduring appeal for discerning collectors.


Captivating Expression of Piedmont Elegance

In conclusion, the 2001 Barolo Riserva Monfortino from Giacomo Conterno displays a charismatic expression of Piedmont's charisma and elegance. Combining exceptional vintage conditions, an alluring bouquet, and potential for continued refinement, it stands as a worthy ambassador for the prestige of Italian fine wines and a principal contender for any savvy wine investment portfolio.

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Conterno’s 2001 Barolo Riserva Monfortino is a towering, gigantic wine. Layers of sweet perfumed fruit flow across the palate in this gracious, refined yet powerful Monfortino. Hints of sweet red berries, roses, licorice and spices wrap around the deeply resonant finish. This is another wine that begs for patience. Today it is an infant. Anticipated maturity: 2021-2041. Readers fortunate enough to own Conterno’s 2001s would do well to forget about the wines for a good 5-10 years. These are some of the most backward, Barolis of the vintage. Importers: Polaner Selections, Mt. Kisco, NY; tel. (914) 244-0404, The Rare Wine Co., Sonoma, CA; tel. (707) 996-4484

Antonio Galloni - The Wine Advocate, 25 April 2012

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