Barolo La Ginestra
DOCG, Paolo Conterno, 2016
The Barolo wines Giorgio Conterno are a continual true value from Baur au Lac Vins. This excellent Piedmont wine impresses with its broad aroma spectrum: Rose, violet, dry banana, orange marmalade, liquorice and mint. In the mouth, its rich tannins and exquisite acidity unfold powerfully notes of dried prune and Amarena cherry, and lead to the long finish on an impression of wild berries.
|Origin:||Italien / Piemont / Barolo|
|Site / vineyard:||Ginestra|
|Ripening potential:||4 to 15 years|
|Serving temperature:||16 to 18 °C|
|Food pairing suggestion:||Brasato di manzo al Barolo, Wild specialities, Wild boar entrecôte with Spätzli, Spicy hard cheese, Tagliatelle al tartufo|
|Vinification:||fully destemmed, long must fermentation, Pumping over|
|Maturation:||in large wooden barrel/foudre|
|Maturation duration:||42 months|
Italy – Where wine is a way of life
The Italian wine regions are extremely diverse, and this is made clear in their wines. Established varieties such as Merlot, Syrah, and Sauvignon can be found on just 15 percent of the total vine growing area. The remaining 85 percent is reserved for autochthonous, indigenous varieties. More than 2,000 different grape varieties are grown under diverse conditions and pressed with various techniques into wines that reach the top tier of the international wine market.
Paolo Conterno / Fam. Conterno
Giorgio Conterno and his Baroli from Piedmont, is one of Baur au Lac Vins' long-standing partners. He talks about his new Tuscan passion with beaming eyes:
"Fate has brought me to Ortaglia. By chance I had heard about it and a little later I was there. It was immediately clear to me that Ortaglia was a special place. It took a whole eight years for the takeover, but it was worth it. Tuscany and Piedmont are the two regions in which I can best express my passion - with a life close to nature and working in the vineyard to create wines, as I have learned according to old tradition."
It’s the king of Piedmont: the most sought-after wines come from Nebbiolo. It reaches its highest expression in Barolo and Barbaresco. Its acidic, tannin-rich wines in its youth are often unapproachable. With maturity, however, it develops an ethereal bouquet of cherry, liquorice, violet and rose, as well as truffles, tar and forest floor. Nebbiolo takes its name from the Italian “Nebbia”, meaning fog. This not because of the weather in Piedmont, but due to the whitish film on the ripe, red berries. It was first mentioned by this name in the 13th century. Much like the Pinot noir, Nebbiolo can precisely reflect its terroir, but only if it is really pleased with where it is. It likes cool climates and calcareous soils. Attempts have been made to transplant it, for example, to California, but the results were disappointing. It feels most comfortable in the hills of northern Italy.