Giacomo Conterno Barolo Cerretta 2015
Regarded as Piedmont’s greatest producer of Barolo, Giacomo Conterno founded his eponymous estate in the early 20th century. The ‘Cerretta’ vineyard was purchased in 2008 and has only elevated the winery’s knockout line up. The wine is elegant and ageworthy, marked by fragrant notes of red fruit, forest floor, and tobacco. Bright acidity and gritty tannins ensure a long, complex life ahead.
After our tasting of the two Barbera wines, we moved over to 40-hectoliter cask number 101 to get our first taste of Conterno's finished (or nearly finished, as the wine had not been bottled yet) Nebbiolo. The 2015 Barolo Cerretta is influenced by the warm conditions of the vintage with plenty of ripe and succulent fruit, although this vintage differs from the similarly warm 2017 and 2011 harvests in that the 2015 growing season had more moisture locked within the soil. Consequently, this vintage tends to offer cool-climate tannins and structure, giving the wine the ample backbone it needs to carry all those luscious dark nuances. The wine is ripe, profound and makes your mouth salivate.
Very Burgundy-like, featuring a silky texture wrapped around cherry, raspberry, earth and tobacco flavors. As this builds on the palate, the dense, muscular tannins remind you this is Barolo. Reticent now but shows promise.