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[PRE ARRIVAL] Conterno Fantino Barolo "Vigna del Gris" DOCG 2016 (Piedmont, Italy)
Conterno Fantino Barolo "Vigna del Gris" DOCG 2016 (Piedmont, Italy)


 
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Winery: Conterno-Fantino
Varietal: 100% Nebbiolo
Region: Ginestra, Monforte, Barolo, Piedmont, Italy
Vintage: 2016
Bottle Size: 750 ml

Product Code: CONTERNOFANTBAROLOVIGNA16-W

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Notes from the Winemaker:

100% Nebbiolo Lampia and Michet from the historic Ginestra cru of Monforte d’Alba, partly from an old vineyard of 0.6 hectares (a little under 1.5 acres) and partly from one planted in 2000, covering 2.5 hectares (6.1 acres), southeasterly exposed. The latter is planted with a selection of all the new Nebbiolo clones fine-tuned in Piedmont since the Y2K, together with choice graftings from the best old vines. Soil is 47% sand, 37% silt and 16% clay, with a gradient of 26%. Exposure is predominantly southeast, altitude 1,150 feet above sea level (c. 350 meters). Crop yield is 1.2 kilos per vine, harvested the first 20 days of October (generally around Oct. 10th-20th). The wine is aged 2 years in French barriques and bottle-aged for a further year.

VINEYARD CHARACTARISTICS
The wine comes from the historical Ginestra cru of Monforte d'Alba, partly from an old vineyard of 0.6 hectares (a little under 1.5 acres) and partly from one planted in 2000, covering 2.5 hectares (6.1 acres), southeasterly exposed on sandier soil (the a

VINIFICATION AND AGING
Vinification is in rotary fermenters, with around 7-10 days’ maceration on the skins. The wine is aged 2 years in French barriques, bottled around mid-July of the 2nd year from harvest, and bottle-aged for a further year previous to release.

TASTING NOTES
Very deep color, ruby to garnet, rich, fruity and persistent bouquet of rose petals, brushwood and berries – particularly blackberries; full-bodied, luscious, round and mellow, with an ideal balance of acidity and tannins.

SERVING SUGGESTIONS
Best served at 20° C (68° F), decanting 2 hours beforehand. Wonderful with meat-based second courses and seasoned cheeses; the producer suggests pairing it with a typical Piedmontese dish called cacciatora chicken: 4 ripe, peeled tomatoes cut into chunks,

ANALYSIS DATA
Alcohol cont. by volume: 14%; total acidity (in tartaric acid): 5.5 g/l; free acidity (in acetic acid): 0.82 g/l; residual sugar: 2.3 g/l; total dry extract: 33.1 g/l; pH: 3.4.

Grapes: 100% Nebbiolo
Longevity: Ages beautifully for decades; best not before its fifth year
Production: 10,500 bottles
Winemaker: Guido & Fabio Fantino

Ratings & Reviews
96 Points - James Suckling (2015 Vintage):
"Impressive aromas of ripe and rich red cherries, red plums and darker berries that are swathed in fresh and spicy oak to good effect. Orange zest, too. The palate has a soaring build of sturdy tannins that carry abundant sweet and ripe cherry flavors long and unwavering into the fresh finish. This is impressive. Try from 2023. " - (7 Jan, 2019)

91 Points - Antonio Galloni's Vinous (2015 Vintage):
"The 2015 Barolo Vigna del Gris is a wine of brightness, tension and energy. As is often the case, the Gris is a bit nervous and less generous, especially on the mid-palate, than the other wines in the range. I would give it a few years in bottle to open up, but I imagine the Gris will always be a bit compact in feel. Pine, menthol, spice, licorice and black cherry lead in the somewhat nervous finish. Think of the Vigna del Gris as a Piedmontese version of a Volnay." - Antonio Galloni (Feb 2019)


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