Lemons and minerals on the nose followed by a fresh palate with medium body and no oak.
One of Italy's most fashionable whites, it is noted for acute dryness and fresh, flinty acidity. This is a bright straw-yellow wine with greenish highlights. It has a full, delicate, elegant bouquet which brings flowers and fresh fruit to mind - mostly lemons, lilies of the valley and green apples. Its palate is attractively young, dry, fresh and well-balanced.
Pale straw in colour with a fresh bouquet offering fruity, slightly spicy notes. Delicate and dry, with great freshness and remarkable balance and finesse.
Intense white and citrus fruit aromas and an almost bitter finish, typical of the Cortese grape, alongside a very fresh, balanced finish.
Awarded 91 points by Decanter (www.decanter.com) in their February 2018 Italy supplement article on Gavi (see blue link below).
Pale gold in colour with flashes of diamond brilliance, it has a light, fresh, mineral and citrus bouquet. The palate is crisp and dry, with a hint of ripe pears and a complex array of red and green apples, the finish is mouthwateringly refreshing and lengthy.
Aldo Conterno is one of the historic names of Italian wine. The Conterno family has been making wine in Monforte since at least the 1700s. Aldo's grandfather, Giovannni Conterno, founded his own winery in 1908 which was then run by his son, Giacomo. After a stint in the USA in the 1950s, Aldo worked with his older brother Giovanni in this winery until he decided to strike out on his own in 1969. Aldo's three sons now make the wine (Stefano) and run the business (Franco and Giacomo). Over the years, production has been deliberately reduced and the family now produces 80,000 bottles rather than the 200,000 produced in 1998.
The Poderi Aldo Conterno estate covers 25 hectares of vineyard, primarily on the hill of Bussia in Monforte d'Alba in the heart of the Barolo zone. They are situated at 100m above sea level, on soils comprised of calcareous marl and layers of sand. The Chardonnay is grown on an area of about three hectares.
2014 was one of the most complex vintages to manage in the vineyard in recent years, but the end proved to be favourable in terms of the quality of the grapes. Spring started earlier than in previous years. Rainfall led the way for the development of fungal disease which resulted in a reduction in the yield. September and October were positive from a climatic point of view, with good day-night temperature variations, allowing the grapes to reach full ripesness.
Grapes were hand harvested in the first two weeks of September and were then fermented for four days in temperature-controlled stainless steel tanks at 16-18ºC. The must was then racked into 100% new Allier, Tranche and Vosges oak barriques to complete its fermentation. The wine was left on its lees in barriques for four months, then racked and matured in the same new oak barriques for a maximum of 12 months. This wine was then matured in bottle for a year before its release.
Golden yellow in colour, this is a rich wine that remains balanced and elegant with a hint of honey and buttery vanilla. Fruit and oak marry perfectly, with the texture and acidity underpinning the refined, mineral character of the wine and leaving the palate fresh. The wine finishes on a long, flavourful note.