2003 Aldo Conterno "Quartetto" Langhe (Pre-Arrival, Previously $49)

SKU #1119016 Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 Dark ruby. This blend of 40% Nebbiolo, 10% Barbera, and 25% each Cabernet and Merlot is a soft-textured effort dominated by the sweet dark fruit of the Cabernet and Merlot, with pretty notes of licorice and menthol that develop in the glass. Though impeccably well-made, personally I find it difficult to get excited about these blends and would prefer to drink a wine that speaks more articulately of a terroir. The varietals are vinified and aged separately for 15-18 months in 100% new oak prior to being blended.  (5/ 2006)

Wine Spectator

 Aromas of meat and plum follow through to a medium-bodied palate, with fine tannins and a short finish. Nebbiolo, Barbera, Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot. Best after 2008. 800 cases made.  (12/ 2006)

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Varietal:

Other Red Wines

Country:

Italy

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Sub-Region:

Piedmont

- 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.