Aldo Conterno Barolo Bussia 2018  £78.10

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Aldo Conterno is known as the “King of Barolo” in Italy. His Poderi Aldo Conterno is situated in Monforte d'Alba on the prized Bussia Soprano vineyard in the heart of the Barolo region, where the Conterno family has been producing and aging the great Piemontese wines for more than five generations. Aldo left his legendary brother at his fathers cellar (the Giacomo Conterno estate) in 1969 to pursue his own winemaking interests and reputation to create the wines of Poderi Aldo Conterno in the Favot cellar. While Giovanni produces the more traditional style of the two Conterno brothers, Aldos wines are not considered modern. Aldo Conterno’s policy of producing only the highest quality wines while mixing tradition with innovation helps him make sterling Barolos that connoisseurs and critics alike love unabashedly.

The 2018 vintage started with a long winter and plenty of rainfall which restored the soil’s water supply following the dry 2017 vintage. Winter extended until the beginning of March leading to a gradual, slow start of the vine’s vegetative phase which was completed by the end of that month. Budburst was regular, with none of the problems caused by late frosts. Spring continued with frequent rainfall and lower than average temperatures. Numerous rainstorms in late May and early June brought high rainfall causing some difficulties from a vineyard management point of view. Flowering and fruit set however took place in optimal climatic conditions, suggesting a plentiful vintage. Green harvesting was carried out to curb production. Development was gradual during the summer, with temperatures rising considerably from mid-July onwards and a long period of constant fine weather helped the grapes ripen without needing the harvest to be brought forward. In conclusion, a vintage in the traditional mould which required attention in the vineyard management to achieve the best results.

Try with ribeye steak with black pepper sauce and wild mushrooms.


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