Following the incredible 2010 vintage in Piedmont, 2011 always had a very tough act to follow; however, it has followed it in style. The Barolos are superb, possessing voluptuous rich fruit texture, delightful aromas and aromatic complexity, along with ripe tannin and fresh acidity. The growing season was warm, which created Nebbiolo with wonderfully refined tannin and powerful perfume. The 2011s are now being paralleled with the superb 2007s.
Today we have a very exciting release, the 97 scoring Barolo Riva del Bric 2011 by Paolo Conterno. At £23.30 a bottle this represents remarkable value with a Price Over Points Score (POP) of 16, a value proposition we have not seen in Barolo before. James Suckling recently released his 2011 Barolo report, stating that they “please in every sense of the word” and “are flamboyant and intense with lots of fruit and ripe tannins”. His report comprised of the region’s leading producers including Bruno Giacosa, Roberto Voerzio, Vietti and la Spinetta and their leading Crus, which cost £580, £660, £440 and £360 per case of six bottles respectively. With 97 points Paolo Conterno’s Barolo Riva del Bric 2011 equals or surpasses these, yet at a fraction of the price, £140 per case of six.
|Roberto Voerzio Barolo Brunate||97||£660||78|
|Aldo Conterno Barolo Romirasco||95||£600||80|
|Bruno Giacosa Barolo Falleto||97||£580||68|
|Vietti Barolo Brunate||96||£440||55|
|La Spinetta Barolo Campe||97||£360||42|
|Pio Cesare Barolo Ornato||97||£250||29|
|Luigi Einaudi Barolo Cannubi||96||£250||31|
|Paolo Conterno Barolo Riva del Bric||97||£140||16|
The Conterno estate has remained in the family for four generations, spanning back to 1886. This legacy includes seven hectares in the vineyard Ginestra, the greatest vineyard in the village of Monforte d’Alba and one of the best in the whole of Barolo for that matter. Barolo “Riva del Bric” comes from slightly younger vines in the best exposed area of Ginestra. In fact, these vines are cited on the border, ‘Riva’ in Piedmontese, of the Southern face of the Ginestra cru. As such this Riva Del Bric is one of the best value Barolos on the market. Paolo and his wife Caterina now run the Estate with the help of their son and daughter Giorgio and Maria. They continue the family’s dedication to Barolo viticulture and their reputation for creating wines which are the quintessence of traditional Barolo: rich, powerful, massively structured, and capable of ageing in bottle.
Barolo Riva del Bric 2011 presents a strong buy, a high quality wine at a truly undervalued price. At just over £23 per bottle this an excellent wine to secure for both drinkers and collectors alike.
Paolo Conterno Barolo Riva del Bric 2011 – 97 Pts Suckling
6×75 – £140 IB or £182.76 incl duty and VAT
Special offer: Two cases of six for £260 IB
3×150 – £150 IB (Limited availability) or £194.76 incl duty and VAT
James Suckling – 97 Points
This is fabulous Barolo with burnt orange, blackberry, meat, earth, and fresh herb. Full-bodied, round and velvety. So flavorful and crazy. Drink now. Why wait? But it will age wonderfully.
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