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, Giovanni 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).
85% of the fruit for this Barolo comes from a selection of the best vineyards on the Bussia Soprana hill. The remaining 15% comes from a vineyard, owned by the Conterno family, situated within the commune of Barolo, where vines are at least 25 years old.
The 2015 vintage began with a wet winter, which provided the soil with an excellent supply of water. From February, mild spring temperatures brought forward the vegetative cycle meaning budbreak was earlier than usual. Flowering then began in the middle of May. This was followed by an excellent berry set. Despite a wet start to June, the second half of the month was dry and hot. This weather continued through July with temperatures peaking around 40°C and averages typically above 30°C. Fortunately, the vineyards were not stressed by the heat, thanks to the plentiful water supplies accumulated during the early months of the year. Harvest began ten days earlier than the previous vintage.
Deep red in colour with a purple sheen, Bussia has a fine nose which shows floral and herbaceous notes with subtle red fruits. With its supple tannins, great depth, lovely intensity of flavour and a touch of minerality, this Barolo is a classic example of the Nebbiolo grape at its best.