Bright red-ruby. More reticent on the nose than the Mosconi, hinting at medicinal black cherry. Then densely packed and sharply delineated but closed on the palate, with vibrant plum and dark berry flavors currently cut off by serious tannins. Less silky and sweet today than the Mosconi, but I'd like to try these two wines side by side ten years from now.
Conterno-Fantino's flagship 2010 Barolo Sorì Ginestra wraps around the palate with gorgeous texture. Pine, menthol, tobacco and savory herbs flesh out in a rich, full-bodied Barolo endowed with stunning depth and volume. Not surprisingly, the 2010 is the tightest and least expressive of these Barolos today. The 2010 spent a year in 100% new French oak barrels and a second year in a combination of French oak and larger casks.
Deftly oaked, this red shows hints of vanilla and toast complementing the cherry, menthol, black pepper, leather and light tar flavors. Firm and graceful, more savory than fruity, showing solid grip on the spice-tinged finish. Best from 2017 through 2032. B.S
Aromas of blackberry, mushroom and cherry. Full body with tannins that are chewy but polished and well-crafted. A balanced red. Better in 2017.
Monforte d’Alba. Quite dark ruby with orange tinges. Polished, sweet and really ripe on the nose but with lots of complexity, and skilfully oaked. The palate is much less forward and much more compact than the nose would lead you to believe. Masses of tannins and perfect balancing acidity. The whole is massive as well as complex and yet not heavy. (17.5)
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