2014 Conterno Fantino ‘Vigna del Gris’ Ginestra Barolo
Tastes Like: Black Currant, Mexican Chocolate, Dried Lavender, Strawberry
Founded in 1982 by Claudio Conterno and Guido Fantino, Conterno Fantino produces Barolo from historic vineyards in the heart of Italy’s Piedmont region. Their winemaking style is marked by shorter macerations and aging in smaller French oak barrels than is typical for Barolo, firmly designating them as one of the region’s “modern” producers. From their certified organic vineyards to their geothermal and solar-powered winery facilities, they place a special focus on preserving their environment.
Though the winery only dates to 1982, the Conterno Fantino Vigna del Gris is produced from the historic cru Ginestra vineyard that dates to the 1800s. Southeastern-facing slopes ensure better sunlight and better ripening, while light sandy soils ensure greater structure and longevity. Ginestra is sometimes referred to as the ‘Princess’ vineyard, producing wines that are both opulent and refined.
“The 2014 Barolo Ginestra Vigna del Gris is a generous and expressive wine that puts forth fleshy dark fruit, red rose and dried lavender. In fact, those floral notes are the wine’s natural signature, as they are very pronounced in this cooler vintage. Spice, leather and campfire ash follow in close proximity. The best part is the finale that offers crunch, snap and sparkle.” – 93 Points, Wine Advocate