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Aldo Conterno Barbera Conca Tre Pile 2016

$45.99

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Although barbera is often seen as a simple, fruit forward pizza pairing wine, in the right hands it can become something so much more. Who better than Aldo Conterno to take the helm and steer this grape into greatness? Barbera rarely gets to show off the elegance from a platform that only Conterno can provide.

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Aldo was (he died in 2012) the son of Giacomo Conterno, whose estate, under Aldo's nephew Roberto Conterno, continues to make the most sought-after Barolos. The wines are beautifully pure and quite fruit-expressive, but without any excess.

Aldo was always a believer in making Barolo “friendlier”, so he shortened macerations, switched to pump-overs, and quickly became thrown into the modernist camp. But because he never abandoned Slavonian oak casks, they wines have never had that new barrique “sheen” that so marks many modern Barolo. Today many people would describe this estate as mixing tradition and innovation – kind of how you could describe virtually all of the top estates, actually.

Bussia is where they (now Aldo’s sons) make all their wines, from a blend of different sub-Crus in Bussia – simply called Bussia – to the single-vineyard bottlings Colonello, Cicala and Romirasco, and the masterpiece Riserva Gran Bussia, which is again a blend but is 70% Romirasco.

Even die-hard traditionalists tend to admit that these are wines that are very easy to love.

Details

  • Grape Variety

    Barbera

  • Vintage

    2016

  • Size

    750ml

  • Farming Practice

    Traditional

  • Style

    Aromatic , Earthy , Minerally

  • Sweetness

    Dry

  • Body

    Medium Bodied