Conterno Fantino - Barolo Vigna del Gris 2013 ~ Piedmont, Italy
94/100 Robert Parker
93/100 James Suckling
92/100 Wine Spectator
92/100 Wine & Spirits Magazine (2012 Vintage)
94/100 Falastaff Magazin (2012 Vintage)
92/100 Wine Enthusiast (2010 Vintage)
93/100 Wine & Spirits Magazine (2011 Vintage)
93/100 Wine Spectator (2011 Vintage)
Silver - Decanter World Wine Awards (2011 Vintage)
Robert Parker - "The 2013 Barolo Ginestra Vigna del Gris is a beautiful wine that is built for the ages. It will show its best results in ten years or more from now. This is an intriguing expression with impressive depth, concentration, elegance and power. The Vigna del Gris parcel (slightly larger than one hectare) was purchased in 1989, and the first vintage to be released in 1994 was made in the estate's new winery. The vines were first planted in 1969 and are 40 years old, on average. This wine presents firm, structured tannins that make the wine inaccessible now, but that will carry it forward during its aging process."
James Suckling - "Bright aromas of sliced strawberries and orange peel follow through to a full body, round and silky tannins and a fresh finish. Just some light austerity makes it nice. Drink or hold."
Wine Spectator - "A muscular style delivering plum and cherry notes shaded by oak spice accents, with tobacco and tea elements emerging as this winds down on the beefy finish. The new oak aspects become more integrated with air, so decant if broaching in the near term. Best from 2022 through 2036."
The Winemaker - "Deep garnet with ruby hues, with a rich bouquet of red and mature fruits with prevalence of red cherries. A superb but elegant, grand structure with the right amount of acidity. Subdued aromas of cedar, coconut and mocha lead the nose while the raw palate offers dried black cherry, licorice and oak extract. Assertive close-grained tannins create an abrupt finish."
Founded in 1982, Conterno Fantino testifies to the talent and vision of viticulturist Claudio Conterno and his partner, oenologist Guido Fantino. These great wines start in exceptional vineyard sites in Monforte d’Alba. Conterno Fantino’s historical nucleus is Ginestra, one of Monforte’s historical crus documented as far back as the 1800’s. is based on a hillside close to the village of Monforte d'Alba. The focus of the estate falls to four key grape varieties: Nebbiolo, Barbera, Dolcetto and Chardonnay.
Barolo is a traditional hillside village in the rolling hills of Piedmont, northwestern Italy. The vineyards and wineries there have long been famous for producing some of Italy's very finest red wines – predominantly from the region's signature grape variety, Nebbiolo.
Nebbiolo is the grape variety behind the top-quality red wines of Piedmont, northwestern Italy, the most notable of which are Barolo and Barbaresco. Nebbiolo wines are distinguished by their strong tannins, high acidity and distinctive scent – often described as "tar and roses". They also tend to lose color. Within just a few years of vintage, most Nebbiolo wines begin fading from deep, violet-tinged ruby to a beautiful brick orange.