2006 Aldo Conterno "Colonnello" Barolo (Pre-Arrival, Elsewhere $98)
Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar
Good deep red. Captivating, faintly decadent aromas of raspberry, game, rose petal and licorice. Silky and lush on entry, then quite gripping in the middle palate, with solid acidity and a more powerful tannic spine than the 2005. This highly concentrated wine really stains the palate on the rock-solid, very long finish. Shows the structured side of the vintage.
A rich, sumptuous Barolo, with bass tones providing a full range of plum, earth and spice to match its more elevated floral and mineral notes. Firm, but not stiff, with a fine lingering aftertaste of tobacco and spice. Best from 2013 through 2030.
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
The 2006 Barolo Colonnello opens with a fabulous bouquet of tar and roses. A focused, sinewy wine in this vintage, the Colonnello emerges from the glass with regal elegance. It is a mysterious, sensual Barolo that only gradually reveals the true breadth of its personality. Constantly changing in the glass, the Colonnello offers tons of complexity, with sweet, aromatic notes that return to frame the austere, powerful finish. The terrain in Colonnello contains a slightly higher percentage of sand, making it Conterno's most silky, accessible single-vineyard Barolo, in relative terms, of course. Anticipated maturity: 2016-2031.
Barolo Colonnello is a determined, confident wine with a rich, succulent style and ripe aromas of blackberry, spice, sweet vanilla and polished black stone. The chewy mouthfeel also shows a precise stylistic choice and “the colonel” is richly opulent and enduring on the finish.