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Go-To-Wine Tuesday: Aldo Conterno 2012 Langhe Rosso

Posted on | March 1, 2016 | Written by Sean Collins | No Comments

RD8888-2I was looking for something balanced and drinkable, but because I was planning to enjoy it as I watched the Academy Awards, it also needed to be distinguished and elegant—but not as pricey as celebrity after-parties. After careful deliberation and with no help from the Academy, I went with the Aldo Conterno 2012 Langhe Rosso. Although this estate is known for its tradition of exquisite Barolos, Aldo Conterno’s Langhe Rosso proves to be a heavenly combination of approachability, balance, and, most importantly for me, affordability.

In the 1969, Aldo Conterno split from his brother Giacomo and decided to leave the family farm and pursue his own winemaking career. Despite having learned viniculture together, Giacomo’s methods proved to be too traditional for Aldo, who, although far from modern himself, preferred to utilize innovation. The “King of Barolo,” Aldo Conterno passed away in 2012, but the five-generation tradition of making high-quality wine continues with his three sons.

The balanced and supple Langhe Rosso 2012 is a blend of 80% old-vine Freisa, 10% Cabernet Sauvignon and 10% Merlot. What’s interesting about this is that, despite being from Piemonte, this wine actually contains no Nebbiolo, thus keeping with Aldo Conterno’s legacy of mixing innovation with tradition. Despite the interesting grape blend, this $30 bottle retains all of the charm and quality the estate’s reputation deserves. Juicy berries, spices, and flowery notes wrap together in an excellent dry palate. The Langhe Rosso 2012 does its sister wines proud, yet this affordable gem caters to anyone looking for a great vintage red on a limited budget.

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