95 points | $175
| 62 cases imported
Alluring aromas of black currant, cherry, licorice and mint are set against a backdrop of vanilla and toasty oak notes in this red. Ripe cherry and plum flavors ply the middle as this plays out on the long, fruit- and spice-filled aftertaste. Best from 2023 through 2043. From Italy.
ABOUT THIS WINE:
Giacomo Conterno walked the parcels in his family’s Bussia vineyards just before the harvest in October 2015. The berries at the top of the hill tasted very sweet, but he was concerned about keeping the necessary acidity to have the kind of tension Nebbiolo gives. "In the end, the grapes were healthy, but we decided not to harvest certain parcels that were in some cases a little too ripe," he said after the fact. Colonnello, which has sandy, magnesium-rich soils, was picked about five days earlier, as opposed to the usual two to three days, than Cicala and Romirasco, whose limestone and clay soils delay the ripening process.—Bruce Sanderson