"The 2010 Barolo Vigna del Gris is beautiful, layered and expressive. Sweet tobacco, mint, licorice, crushed flowers and plums meld together in a supple, gracious wine for the year. Sweet rose petals and mint add an attractive upper register of trademark aromatics and perfume as the wine opens up in the glass. The 2010 remains dense and compact, but it is impossible to miss that the tannins here are more refined than has typically been the case with the Gris in the past, which is probably the result of vines getting older. The 2010 needs time to unwind, but it is quite pretty and full of potential. Conterno-Fantino gave the 2010 a year in 100% new French oak, followed by a year in a combination of equal parts barrique and cask". 94 points, Vinous
"There’s a hard outer shell to this monolithic red, with an inner core of sweet cherry, raspberry, cinnamon, mint, flowers and mineral. Layered and persistent, with fine intensity marking the long aftertaste. Shows excellent balance and potential. Best from 2018 through 2036". 93 points Wine Spectator
"The 2010 Barolo Vigna del Gris comes from 30-year-old vines and southeast exposures (not far from where the legendary Monfortino wine is made). A vein of sandy soil in the vineyard makes for special conditions that favor delicate aromas of blue flower, forest fruit, ash and brimstone. In essence, this is a sharply focused and linear expression that leaves a direct and long-lasting impact in the mouth. Drink: 2017-2028". 93 points, Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
The Conterno Fantino winery was founded in 1982 by Claudio Conterno and Guido Fantino. Today, they cultivate 27 hectares of vines and produce about 140,000 bottles per year, split into the 4 varietals of Nebbiolo, Barbera, Dolcetto and Chardonnay. Through the years, the two founders were joined by Alda, Fabio and Elisa Fantino in various roles. Soon, Noemi and Matteo will join them. In all, during peak times, the winery employs just 10 people. Environmental sustainability, preserving biodiversity, respect of the land and its heritage are the guiding principles in the vineyards, which are organically cultivated (as certified by CCPB).
Conterno Fantino styles its wines in reflecting their own identity: from painstaking manual selection of fruit to harvest by hand using small crates to preserving the aromas of the vineyard with spontaneous fermentation from indigenous yeasts (no commercial yeast is used); from the careful use of wood for the ageing of the wines to the minimal use of sulphites and the bottle ageing.
For this wine, see the blue link below for the fiche technique/technical note from the winemakers themselves.
Conterno Fantino Barolo Vigna Del Gris 2010 - fiche technique
Very deep color, ruby to garnet, rich, fruity and persistent bouquet of rose petals, brushwood and berries – particularly blackberries; full-bodied, luscious, round and mellow, with an ideal balance of acidity and tannins.
ABV = 14.0%.