"among the greatest Monfortinos ever made" AG
"a perfect wine and there are few things I am more sure of in this life" ML
"the 2010 reminds me of the 2004 - a magical Barolo - but with more of everything" AG
"a marvelously complete Barolo with a huge future" AG
"one of the most balanced, harmonious Monfortinos I've ever tasted... so fabulous, so perfect" JS
"a towering, majestic Monfortino that will thrill readers for decades" AG
From the great 2010 vintage we can offer Giacomo Conterno's Barolo Riserva Monfortino in both bottles and magnums.
Plese let us know if they are of interest.
2010 Barolo Riserva Monfortino, Conterno
2 bottles - £1,000 per bottle
2 cases (3x75cl) - £3,200 per case
3 magnums (1x150cl) - £2,175 per magnum
The 2010 Barolo Riserva Monfortino is a perfect wine and there are few things I am more sure of in this life. This is an extraordinary creation that bursts from the glass with a level of distinct intensity and elegance that is nothing short of breathtaking. The wine literally evokes an emotional and deeply visceral reaction thanks to the lasting impression it makes on your heart, mind and gut. This Barolo opens to a delicate garnet color that is brightened with crystalline luminosity. The bouquet offers an immediate curtain-raiser with chiseled aromas of wild berry, licorice, white truffle and tar. That explosive start is followed by a mounting crescendo of complexity and nuance. The wine is extremely silky and polished in terms of mouthfeel and this helps to underline its impressive persistence. Bravo! 2022-2050. Tasted June 2017.
100 Monica Larner
It's always great to get a glimpse of Monfortino as it ages in barrel. The 2010 is shaping up to be a jewel of a wine. Sweet red cherries, rose petals, smoke, licorice and savory herbs open up in the glass, but it is the wine's statuesque, towering personality that stands out most. Layers of nuance continue to build in a crescendo of aromas, flavors and textures that dazzles. Firm, chalky tannins support the huge finish. Conterno told me the 2010 might get an extra year in barrel to tame the the tannins, so it may be a while before the 2010 sees the light of day. When it does, the 2010 will make an eloquent case for itself among the greatest Monfortinos ever made. 2030-2050. Tasted March 2015
98-100 Antonio Galloni
The only problem with the 2010 Monfortino is that it won't be out for a few years and is not going to be ready for far beyond that. Today, the 2010 reminds me of the 2004 - a magical Barolo - but with more of everything. More fruit, more structure and more energy. Explosive yet refined, the 2010 is a marvelously complete Barolo with a huge future. Tasted Sept 2014.
97-100 Antonio Galloni
Conterno's 2010 Barolo Riserva Monfortino is shaping up to be a modern-day legend, and I say that having very recently enjoyed perfect bottles of the 1947, 1955, 1961, 1971, 1978, 1982, 1999 and 2002, among others. Dried rose petals, smoke, mint, licorice are some of the many notes that emerge from the 2010 Monfortino. There is no real need to taste the 2010, as the aromas alone are captivating. The 2010 is rich, dense and powerful to the core. With time in the glass, a darker range of smoke, iron, tar, tobacco and new leather come to the fore. As great as a Grand Cru Burgundy, First Growth Bordeaux or top-flight Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon, the 2010 is a towering, majestic Monfortino that will thrill readers for decades. Tasted. Jan 2014.
97-100 Antonio Galloni
This is one of the most balanced, harmonious Monfortinos I've ever tasted. Aromas of dried rose petals and oranges. It's full-bodied yet compacted and tight. Tannins are perfectly managed. All in harmony. This is from one of the latest harvests ever; it started October 29. So fabulous and so perfect now, why wait? But will age for decades. Tasted Oct 2016.
99 James Suckling