2009 Aldo Conterno "Colonnello" Barolo

SKU #1147864 95 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 The 2009 Barolo Colonnello is destined to occupy a special place in my heart as it turned out to be the first sample in my opening blind flight as Italian reviewer with The Wine Advocate. Darkly concentrated and rich, it sets the stage beautifully for 2009 Barolo thanks to its enormous grace, power and elegance. Where it really wins praise, however, is in the mouth. It shows solid grip and firm tannic tenacity that is bold and muscular without going over the top. It moves steadily over the palate in an exceptional manner. The bouquet opens to wild cherry, black licorice and drying notes of crushed white pepper. Anticipated maturity: 2016-2030. (ML)  (6/2013)

95 points Wine Spectator

 Alluring and complex aromas of cherry, licorice, sandalwood and leather segue into sweet berry, floral and spice flavors in this red, which is still a bit monolithic, but harmonious and youthful, with a long finish and a spicy aftertaste. Best from 2017 through 2032.  (12/2013)

94 points James Suckling

 This is rich and layered with such beautiful ripe fruit and chocolate, lightly toasted oak, and flowers. It's full-bodied, with velvety tannins and a long, long finish. There is so much beauty and richness to this. Better in 2015.  (7/2013)

93 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar

 Good bright medium red. Lovely primary aromas of blueberry, mint, violet and rose petal, plus a hint of sexy oak. Sweet, dense and primary on the palate, showing enticing floral lift and minerality to its dense red cherry flavor. Very fresh for 2009. Finishes juicy and gripping, with substantial fine-grained tannins and terrific length. This went into a shell in the glass and will probably require at least seven or eight years of cellaring to approach maturity.  (12/2013)

93 points Vinous

 A rich, dark sensual wine, the 2009 Barolo Colonnello impresses for its depth. Black cherries, plums, tar, menthol and orange rind emerge gradually as the wine opens up in the glass. With its big, broad shoulders, the 2009 is totally striking in its beauty. The Colonnello is usually one of the more refined wines in the range, but in 2009 it is quite big and powerful. With more air, the wine's underlying minerality comes into focus, adding an element of tension that is highly appealing. In 2009, the Colonnello is remarkably complete and harmonious.  (5/2013)

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Staff Image By: Greg St. Clair | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 3/10/2015 | Send Email
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The Colonnello is a little more closed texturally than the Cicala, higher toned plum, rose and spice are in the nose but on the palate the fine grain tannin shows itself and if you're going to drink this now you're going to need a big piece of meat or a big bowl of a very rich risotto. Nevertheless the wine is breathtaking on the palate and in the nose.
Drink from 2017 to 2030

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- Tar and roses are the two descriptors most associated with this red grape grown, almost solely, in Italy's Piedmont, where it has achieved fame under the guises of the incredibly and age-worthy wines of Barolo and Barbaresco. Characterized by chewy tannins, high acidity, high-tone cherry and raspberry fruit and truffle aromas and flavors, Nebbiolo has rightfully earned its reputation. Sadly the late-ripening varietal is quite delicate and is prone to disease as well as damage by hail that frequently pelts the region. Outside of Barolo and Barbaresco, Nebbiolo is grown in the DOCs of Gattinara, Spanna and Ghemme. The Nebbiolos of the Nebbiolo d'Alba DOC in the southeastern part of Piedmont are generally lighter and more immediately approachable versions of the grape, aged for less time than Barolo and Barbaresco, which also makes them less expensive. Langhe Nebbiolos are generally made from declassified fruit from the aforementioned regions of Barolo, Barbaresco and Nebbiolo d'Alba.


- Once named Enotria for its abundant vineyards, Italy (thanks to the ancient Greeks and Romans) has had an enormous impact on the wine world. From the shores of Italy, the Romans brought grapes and their winemaking techniques to North Africa, Spain and Portugal, Germany, France, the Danube Valley, the Middle East and even England. Modern Italy, which didn't actually exist as a country until the 1870s, once produced mainly simple, everyday wine. It wasn't until the 1970s that Italy began the change toward quality. The 1980s showed incredible efforts and a lot of experimentation. The 1990s marked the real jump in consistent quality, including excellence in many Region that had been indistinct for ages. The entire Italian peninsula is seeing a winemaking revolution and is now one of the most exciting wine Region in the world. For our entire Italian wine selection, click here. Click for a list of bestselling items from all of Italy.


- Piedmont is in the Northwestern region of Italy, bordering France and Switzerland. Piedmont is predominantly a plain where the water flows from the Swiss and French Alps to form the headwaters of the Po river. The major wine producing areas are in the southern portion of the region in the hills known as the "Langhe". Here the people speak a dialect that is 1/3 French and 2/3 Italian that portrays their historical roots. Their cuisine is one of the most creative and interesting in Italy. Nebbiolo is the King grape here, producing Barolo and Barbaresco. In addition, the Barbera and Dolcetto are the workhorse grapes that produce the largest quantity of wine. Piedmont is predominantly a red wine producing area. There are a few whites made in Piedmont, and the Moscato grape produces a large volume of sweet, semi-sweet and sparkling wines as well.
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- Made from 100% Nebbiolo grapes, these wines take their name from the village of Barolo. A maximum of 205,000 cases per year can be made from 3081 acres of land divided between 11 communes and more than 1200 growers. La Morra, Barolo, Castiglione Falletto, Monforte and Serralunga are the most important communes and produce most of the exported wine. Barolo is a powerhouse wine in some communes but also more delicate in others (La Morra is the most delicate and Serralunga the most powerful). Recent technological and viticultural advances are remaking Barolo into a wine that is more consistent balanced. Producers here do not want to change the flavor or feel of their wines, only improve and eliminate poor winemaking technique. A wine of great perfume, body and size the classic nose of "tar and roses". Barolo is best served with roast meats the Piemontese classic would be "Stracotto del Barolo or pot roast cooked with a Barolo, game birds or powerful cheese.