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