TN: G Conterno - 2005 Barolo - Cascina Francia

Yesterday, I finished a bit that was leftover from a tasting two days ago and found this to be quite restrained, almost elegant.

When it was first opened and served there was a bit of a Ben-Gay nose suggesting some VA with black licorice. Savory on the palate with very little fruit although just a hint of something raisin-like. Blind tasting group headed towards a 15-year Grenache, although there were some takers for an older Barolo particularly from a warmer year. Tannins appeared to be remarkably resolved and the wine seems to be more forward and ready to drink at age 11 than many Barolo.

Surprisingly accessible. I was opening this one more as a test on its progress to decide when to open another. Seems I might not have to wait too long.

Yes, this was a bit of a surprise. I figured it was a nebbiolo from a warm year, but I was surprised when it was unveiled to find out how young it was because of the VA and the tannins were relatively soft. The wine was quite approachable. I got that raisin element, too. A very nice drink, but not as good as I’d expect from Conterno. Gray said he’d owned it since release.

I’ve had two bottles of this recently Gray and agree that it is certainly expressive and drinking well.

Did you pick up any VA, Jeremy?

Didn’t stand out John.