Tasted blind, this wine had a red center and light tawny rims. The medium+ intensity nose of brown spices, cherries, honey, and soil was special. It was not obvious this was nebbiolo, but it couldn't have been anything else either.
In the mouth, this wine was rich and yet refined with light, rounded tannin and excellent length. It was amazingly complex.
This was the best bottle I have had yet of this wine and it may be because this one was decanted 8 hours in advance. The time to drink this special wine is as soon as you have the chance.
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(Giacomo Conterno Barolo Riserva Monfortino) Our magical trip through 1961 Bordeaux came to a close, but the 1961s continued, beginning with a 1961 Giacomo Conterno Barolo Riserva Monfortino. Its incredible nose made the change of pace more welcome, although Frank didn’t like it that much. I found the mélange of leather, rose, tar and earth quite intoxicating; its spice was great as was its character. The palate had extreme acidity and delicious flavors of tobacco, black rose, earth and hints of citrus. The wine finished with great smack, and Bruce also found it equally fabulous, a word which ended up in my notes twice.
(Giacomo Conterno Barolo Monfortino Riserva) The 1961 Giacomo Conterno Barolo Monfortino Riserva was more classic in style, a cleaner, more elegant and feminine style of this wine. This was a beauty, making the 1958 a beast. There was also more reserve and depth in the ’61. Reserve, breed and class all came to mind. The palate was delicious with its mix of tobacco, citrus, autumn and bouillon flavors. Again, there was impressive acidity here, and great smack to its finish, which was full of citrus and earth
(G. Conterno Barolo Monfortino Riserva) The last Monfortino had a beautiful nose that was the sexiest of the flight. Possessing more rose in the nose, it was 'almost Burgundian,' Christian observed. It was so sexy with its cinnamon, cedar, tar and red fruit aromas. In the mouth, this wine was rich, lush and round and possessed great fruit with supporting iron, mineral, cedar and tar flavors. Flat-out gorgeous,
(Robert Conterno Barolo Monfortino) more than made up for it with its great nose that was both young and mature. It had the vigor and alcohol of youth but nutty, mature fruit as well as bouillon, chocolate, tar and rose. It was tasty, meaty and deep
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