Giacomo Conterno Riserva Monfortino Barolo Nebbiolo 2004

$1245

The 2004 Barolo Riserva Monfortino is drop-dead gorgeous. I have tasted the wine multiple times from barrel and three times from bottle and never been anything less than blown away. The 2004 is a subtle, layered Monfortino that captures the sheer elegance and finesse of this great vintage. It is sweet, perfumed, silky and utterly mind-blowing. From barrel it has always been a 100 point wine, but it has just been bottled and naturally a bit closed in on itself. Still, with some time in the glass its silky, perfumed fruit and dazzling class come to life. The 2004 is remarkably harmonious for such a young wine. Readers will have much fun debating which is the greatest Monfortino of recent years. Could it be the 1996, 1999 or 2002 for their huge structure and classicism? Or, is it the 1997 for its opulence? What if the dark horse 1998 and 2000 steal the show? Personally, I adore the 2001 and 2004 for their completeness, but the 2004 is the sexiest of them all. Sadly, 2004 is also the year Giovanni Conterno passed away, but one can't escape the feeling his spirit lives in this wine. Kudos to Roberto Conterno and his team for this magnificent, thrilling Barolo... Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

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Ratings on Delectable

Patrice Breton Delectable Pro

Owner/Vintner Vice Versa Wines

Really started to sing after 7 hours. Incredibly complex, refined, pure and powerful. Waves of perfume including wilted flowers, sweet tobacco, dark chocolate, balsamic vinegar and pure red & black berries. One of the best wines in the world for sure.

Really started to sing after 7 hours. Incredibly complex, refined, pure and powerful. Waves of perfume including wilted flowers, sweet tobacco, dark chocolate, balsamic vinegar and pure red & black berries. One of the best wines in the world for sure.

10

Ehren Jordan Delectable Pro

Owner/Winemaker Failla Wines

I am I'm love!

I am I'm love!

9.5

Andrew Hammond Delectable Pro

Not too shabby.

Not too shabby.

10

Mike Evans

A nose you can get lost in, deep savory fruit, still a bit tight but enjoyable.

A nose you can get lost in, deep savory fruit, still a bit tight but enjoyable.

9.4

David Wanek

One of the best Monfortino’s i have ever had. So complete.

One of the best Monfortino’s i have ever had. So complete.

10

Aaron Tan Delectable Pro

Mind-blown! Roses, tabacco, leather, cedar, orange peel, sweet spices, liqueur dark fruits on the nose, essential oils. So layered. Incredible structure - silky tannins, robust, concentrated. Still thriving with that acid drive. A remarkably long finish. Can't get my nose out of the glass even after drinking it all down. Best aged Barolo I've had the pleasure of tasting.

Mind-blown! Roses, tabacco, leather, cedar, orange peel, sweet spices, liqueur dark fruits on the nose, essential oils. So layered. Incredible structure - silky tannins, robust, concentrated. Still thriving with that acid drive. A remarkably long finish. Can't get my nose out of the glass even after drinking it all down. Best aged Barolo I've had the pleasure of tasting.

10

Bryan Thomas

2004 - still a pup not sure I'd pay the freight

2004 - still a pup not sure I'd pay the freight

9.4

Skye LaTorre Delectable Pro

Sommelier The Meatball Shop

Tried not to fixate on what coulda been, by appreciating how inviting it already was.

Tried not to fixate on what coulda been, by appreciating how inviting it already was.

8.5

Ashish Goel

Florence superb wine

Florence superb wine

9.0

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