From The Importer
It's impossible to separate the importance of the Ginestra vineyard from the story of the Paolo Conterno estate, now run by the fifth generation of this Conterno family, Giorgio. Almost all of the wines produced by Giorgio - save his Arneis - comes from this site and particularly notable are the Nebbiolos which bear the names and nicknames of different parts of Ginestra.
Thought to be the first classified vineyard in the entirety of Barolo, it's a name synonymous with the typically structural and long-lived wines of Monforte d'Alba and arguably produces the cuvees with the truest traits of this commune. With the passage of time and new influences, Giorgio Conterno remains steadfast in using the regions classic techniques of long open ferments in cement, extended maceration and large-format, neutral oak. A true classicist.
Through his extensive work in the vineyard and adoption of the native yeast selection processes pioneered in Barolo by
his neighbour Roberto Conterno (of Giacomo Conterno), these wines now show a pristine fruit character and the more
ethereal notes not always associated with this Southern district of Barolo.
Although all Conterno reds come from one part or another of the Ginestra cru, the name Ginestra is reserved only for the finest wines of the estate. Selected from the best exposed and older plantings on the vineyard, this is always a powerful and serious wine but has gone from somewhat of a muscular if rustic old style Barolo to a much more pliable and elegant wine in recent years. This vintage shows so much of the orange-peel character that defines the most perfumed Barolos that I think Giorgio Conterno has found the sweet-spot this vintage. It's my favourite wine of this release by some margin.