2015 Paolo Conterno Barolo Ginestra

Barolo, Italy

Powerful Barolo from one of the region's oldest classified vineyards and family that's spent five generations intertwined with Ginestra.



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.

Paolo and Giorgio Conterno
Paolo and Giorgio Conterno
Barolo, Italy
Additional Info

From The Producer

Vines and training: 100% Nebbiolo – Michet and mainly Lampia sub-varieties.

Guyot counter-espalier training system.

Growing location: Monforte d’Alba (CN).

Name of vineyard: Ginestra.

Vineyard exposure: south.

Type of soil: mainly clayey and calcareous, providing ideal water retention.

Altitude: 300 – 350 metres a.s.l.

Gradient: between 30 and 35%.

Age of vines: approx. 30 – 35 years.

Planting density: 4000 plants/ha.

Yield/hectare: 6 tonnes.

Harvest: picking by hand in the first ten days of October.

Wine-making process: the grapes are carefully selected to make a wine with great structure and longevity. Immediately after picking they are crushed and destemmed, followed by maceration for 18-25 days in special tanks to gradually extract the noble components in the skins. When the ideal rapport has been reached between the extracted tannins and colour, the wine is drawn off and the first rackings are carried out.

Blend : Nebbiolo
ABV : 15.0%
Closure : Cork
Drink Until : 2035
Bottle Size : 750ml

The great Ginestra vineyard
The great Ginestra vineyard
Barolo, Italy
Expert Reviews

Critic Reviews

James Suckling

"The dark-berry and fresh mushroom aromas are compelling in this wine. Full-bodied, tight and chewy with wonderful texture and tannins. Solid 2015. Drink in 2022" - James Suckling (jamessuckling.com)

Jancis Robinson

"Pale-medium garnet. Chalk and crushed-rock minerality, with spicy clove and milk chocolate. Balsamic tones to smoky, spicy,ripe red-cherry fruit. Firm, compact, quite fine tannins. Warming alcohol penetrates the mid palate. Medium-long" 16.5/20Jancis Robinson


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