2011 Aldo Conterno "Colonnello" Barolo
Wonderful richness and balance here with plum, dried strawberry and light Spanish cedar character. Full body, fine tannins and a clean finish. Try in 2018.
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
The 2011 Barolo Bussia Colonnello shows a compelling level of brawn and heft. This is an elaborate vinous patchwork with dark fruit nuances backed by ethereal tones of balsam herb and licorice. The wine is sturdy, compact and extremely well-constructed. It takes a few minutes to open, but once it does Barolo Bussia Colonnello bursts forth with blackberry, plum, spice and rum cake. Menthol tones and balsam herbs add an important sense of vertical lift and buoyancy. They add beautiful contrasts to the ripe and brawny aromatic elements also on display. (ML)
The 2011 Barolo Colonnello presents an intriguing array of power and intensity in its fruit, along with beams of underlying tannin that give the wine much of its energy and pure drive. The flavors are bold and explosive throughout as the Colonnello shows off its distinctive personality. Dark red plum, spice, violet, sage, leather and tobacco are some of the many notes that are laced into the super-expressive finish. I very much like the push and pull tension of the ripeness of the year and minerality of this site.
Robust and forward, this opens with aromas of dried rose petal, truffle, forest floor, baked fruit and sweet cake spice. The warm palate doles out notes of high-toned cherry, cinnamon, clove and anisette alongside big, velvety tannins. Hold for a few years and then enjoy. Drink 2017–2023.
Eucalyptus and menthol notes shade the cherry and leather flavors in this taut, beefy red. A dense matrix of tannins carries the lingering finish. Be patient. Best from 2019 through 2035. (Web-2015)