Province of Cuneo
Owners: Guido Fantino & Claudio Conterno
Winemakers: Fabio Fantino
Production: 140,000 bottles
Hectares under vine: 25
Founded in 1982, Conterno Fantino testifies to the talent and vision of viticulturist Claudio Conterno and his partner, oenologist Guido Fantino. These great wines start in exceptional vineyard sites in Monforte d’Alba and are lovingly nurtured in their state of the art winery at Bricco Bastia. This location is scenically set, overlooking the most ancient part of Monforte with a sweeping view of the majestic Alps. Conterno Fantino’s historical nucleus is Ginestra, one of Monforte’s historical crus documented as far back as the 1800’s.
Dolcetto Bricco Bastia is from the vineyard adjacent to the winery and is packed with ripe fruit and spice. Barbera Vignota is from a roll call of Monforte’s cru vineyards: Ginestra, Bussia Sottana, Mosconi, Pajana and Ornati. The wine is intensely perfumed with lush red cherry fruit and a rich, ripe palate balanced by fresh acidity and a beautiful finish.
In 2017 Conterno Fantino will debut their new Barolo from the Monforte cru of Castelletto. Sori Ginestra and Vigna del Gris are aged in barrique, 50% new, whilst Mosconi and Castelletto are aged in a combination of barrique and botti.
Sori Ginestra is southerly exposed at 300m on marly, calcareous terrain, conducive to remarkable structure and cellar life. Vigna del Gris, also from Ginestra at 300m, is on a sandier portion that faces south-east and favours delicacy and elegance. Mosconi retains part of its original plantings from 1950 and is opposite Ginestra, at a slightly higher altitude of 400m and southerly exposed. The vineyard is high in manganese and produces a Barolo with solid tannins that need time to evolve.