"Brilliant, precise, focused and nuanced"
2013 Giacomo Conterno Barolo Monfortino Riserva

Posted by Ian McFadden

Conterno's Monfortino is otherworldly.

It's one of the most profound wine experiences around, and it's a distance runner. The wine simply stops you dead in your tracks.

Today, I'm very happy to present the 2013 Monfortino. A few weeks ago, I was fortunate enough to taste the 2013, 2014 and 2015 Monfortino. The 2014 possessed silken elegance and the 2015 had thrilling power, but the 2013 brought both qualities into breathtaking harmony.

In 1920, when Giacomo Conterno first made Monfortino, no one was trying to make "great" wine from Barolo. But that's exactly what he set out to do, especially with his flagship Monfortino. We're talking about selecting only the most pristine fruit from top-tier vineyards. Back in the day (before '78) the fruit was purchased from multiple sources, but today all the fruit comes from their own Cascina Francia vineyard.

The intention with Monfortino has always been to stand on tiptoes and reach for the top. The results have been epic. It's easy to make the case that Monfortino is THE benchmark Barolo. It's emphatically Barolo and yet it reaches such heights that it often seems to transcend the category and enter the elite space shared by the greatest wines in the world.

It's very easy to imagine the 2013 Monfortino becoming a legend. Frankly, I'd be shocked if it didn't. Everything is in place for an epic Monfortino in the decades to come. There's drive, finesse, and detail. The total package is simply profound.

Monfortino is one of the greatest wines in the world. I'm always excited to have the opportunity to offer the wine. I've put a lot of effort into finding enough 2013 for an offering. It's a jaw-dropping wine and one of the greatest young Monfortino's that I've tasted.

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Ian McFadden

Director, Fine & Rare
Crush Wine & Spirits