Barolo Riserva La Ginestra Special Edition 2012
DOCG, Paolo Conterno, 750 ml
This special edition of the Barolo Ginestra Riserva honours Paolo Conterno for his passion and life's work. With the traditional style of the label and the historic bottle, the winery is reviving the historic style. The availability is very limited. A Barolo with enormous complexity, high aromatic density, powerful elegance. This wine wants to be discovered.
A product of the Marc Almert Selection IV
With the Marc Almert Selection, the ASI Best Sommelier of the World 2019, presents you a personally compiled selection of wines that not only touch his palate, but also his heart.
Marc Almert about the Barolo Riserva La Ginestra Special Edition
Barolo: Piedmont. Truffle. Nebbiolo. What is the first thing you think of when someone says "Barolo"? For me, it's a combination of the above. But I also think of encounters with Giorgio Conterno, a winemaker who always has a smile on his lips. His top rated vineyard, La Ginestra, is in the municipality of Monforte d'Alba. He dedicates his Special Edition to it, which is only released in the best years and is always preceded by long years in oak barrels. Typically Nebbiolo, it has a firm tannin, but after a little aeration it burns off a veritable firework of aromas such as sautéed mushrooms, forest floor, ripe strawberries and Amarena cherries, as well as a gentle hint of vanilla. By the way: The wine goes perfectly with dishes with truffles... but also with game, roast meat and anything with mushrooms or other earthy flavours such as chard.
|Origin:||Italy / Piemont / Barolo|
|Ripening potential:||7 to 20 years after harvest|
|Drinking temperature:||16 to 18 °C|
|Food Pairing:||Brasato di manzo al Barolo, Châteaubriand, Filet Wellington, 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:||84 months|
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.
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.