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Aldo Conterno - Nebbiolo 'Il Favot' 2020 (750ml)

Price: $59.95

In Mixed Case: $53.96

Producer Aldo Conterno
Country Italy
Region Piedmont
Subregion Langhe
Varietal Nebbiolo
Vintage 2020
Sku 82806
Size 750ml

Aldo Conterno Description

Conterno and his older brother Giovanni assumed responsibility of the Giacomo Conterno estate in 1961, but the brothers eventually parted ways over conflicting philosophies on the production of Barolo wine, and in 1969 Aldo Conterno established Poderi Aldo Conterno. While Aldo Conterno had been inspired by the modernist innovations of Angelo Gaja of Barbaresco, and differs in style and method from the strict traditional methods of his brother Giovanni, Aldo Conterno wines are still considered largely traditional, but for a few exceptions.

Among Barolo aficionados the wines of Aldo Conterno have earned a reputation for being "modernist" but with a blend of traditional Barolo winemaking practices. Like many traditional Barolo makers, Conterno favored long aging of his wines prior to their release to the public. Unlike many modernist Barolo winemakers, Conterno did not use many small oak barriques however he did adapt to the modernist method of shortening the maceration time during fermentation and pressing the skins earlier than many traditional Barolo producers. These mixture of practices tended to create wines that are often described in wine literature as "powerfully structured" like many traditional producers but with a "depth of fruit" that is often described of modernist Barolo wines. Explaining why he insisted on the use of large, used botti and never apply French new barriques for oak influence, Conterno stated, "Vanilla, toast, spice and sweet tannins don’t belong in Barolo".

Nebbiolo 'Il Favot'

Grape varieties Nebbiolo, Michet, and Lampia are sourced from diverse vineyards located in Bussia (Monforte d'Alba). The harvesting process is carried out manually with meticulous grape selection in mid-October. For vinification, a red wine-making technique is employed, involving skin contact within stainless steel vats lasting 6 to 8 days at temperatures ranging from 24 to 26 degrees Celsius. Following several months in stainless steel vats and multiple transfers, the new wine is aged in oak casks for additional maturation before the bottling stage. "Il Favot" is crafted from grapes grown in vineyards periodically replanted, ensuring they are no more than 15 years old. The limited 6-8 days of skin contact aims to extract minimal tannins while maximizing color from the grape skins, resulting in a well-pigmented wine with a remarkably smooth character.

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