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Aldo Conterno was born in 1931, the second son of Giacomo Conterno; his family had been winegrowers in Piemonte for five generations. He left Italy in 1954 with the intention of establishing a winery in the Napa Valley with two uncles who lived in San Francisco. Instead he was drafted into the US Army soon after his arrival, spending two years in Korea and returning to Italy after being honorably discharged. He and his older brother Giovanni took over the Giacomo Conterno estate in 1961; in...
- 91 Points -
This wine’s black and red cherry flavors feel vibrant and ripe, dense enough to sustain their freshness through 18 months in new barriques. The oak influence feels dominant at first, with notes of clove and vanilla, but with time in the glass, the bright fruit flavors burst through with notes of raspberry and mint, leading to a long and energetic finish. A few years in the cellar will allow the oak flavors to meld, making this a delicious match for braised beef agnolotti.See detailed press review