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Expert Picks: Aldo Conterno…And Aldo Conterno!

Posted on | December 14, 2015 | Written by Francesco Vigorito | No Comments

Francesco 2014Poderi Aldo Conterno, the estate that bears the name of “The king of Barolo,” makes some excellent “business card” wines. The estate’s Barolos often overshadow these excellent bottles, so I wanted to bring them to your attention. These two bottles are some of my favorite wines at these price points. Both will blow you away! I think these two lower-tier bottles show just how good this estate has become in past decade. I could drink these all day long!

Poderi Aldo Conterno 2012 Langhe Rosso $29.99

This is an incredibly interesting blend of 80% old-vine Freisa, 10% Cabernet Sauvignon and 10% Merlot. No one really knows that Aldo Conterno makes this stuff, and for $30 it’s a steal for this great-drinking, thought-provoking and crowd-pleasing wine. The Freisa lends freshness and cherry fruit while the Cab and Merlot sneak in to provide texture, concentration and some color. Don’t miss this bottle. We don’t have much and it will be gone before they hit our cellar next week.

Poderi Aldo Conterno 2012 Langhe Nebbiolo Il Favot $64.99

A Langhe Nebbiolo from a pedigreed producers is a dream to right away or over the medium term. Last year I drank Aldo’s 2003 Langhe Nebbiolo and was totally taken aback, but the 2012 has even more oomph and concentration going for it, as well a much better vintage behind it. It drinks gorgeously right now and will continue to do so for the next decade. I would buy a case, drink half now and save the rest. Your palate will thank me!

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