Among the greatest and purest expressions of Barolo can be found in bottles bearing the Giacomo Conterno name. In fact, they represent the ideal of traditional Barolo: rich, powerful, massively structured, and capable of long aging in bottle.
These majestic wines descend from a colossal legacy, spanning three generations of Conternos: Giacomo, Giovanni, and Roberto--in each case, the torch passing from father to son. Both Giovanni, who forged a reputation as the greatest of all Barolo producers, and now his gifted son, Roberto, have continued the important work of patriarch Giacomo.
Roberto Conterno is quick to tell us that the wines he makes belong to his father and grandfather. Yet his era may prove to be the most exciting. After all, Roberto benefits from the wisdom of both Giacomo and Giovanni. And Roberto has shown that he shares not only their genius, but also their devotion to tradition and history.
In fact, Roberto Conterno is emerging as a strong candidate for greatest Barolo winemaker of his generation--making a compelling case that the greatest wines are born not from wine schools, but from winemaking traditions.
This fall, Roberto will be releasing two great Barolos: 2008 Cascina Francia and 2005 Monfortino, each a profound expression not only of its vintage but also of the Conterno style. And each is a wine that every lover of classic Barolo will want in his or her cellar.
As Roberto's California importer, we are privileged to be offering, in advance of their fall arrival, both wines in 750ml bottles. We are also accepting orders for magnums, which we should be able to confirm shortly.
Please note that both wines in both sizes are very limited.