Conterno Barolo Arione 2018 / 750 ml.

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JD9595 pts. - Jeb Dunnuck - 5/4/2023
There is surprising depth for the vintage in the 2018 Barolo Arione, with licorice, black truffle, violet, and cherry lozenge. Medium to full-bodied, with fleshy cherry fruit, it is long and luxurious on the palate, with fine tannins and a velvety mouthfeel. A fantastic wine from Roberto Conterno, it is an outstanding wine to drink right now or over the coming 20 years. (Audrey Frick)
SP9595 pts. - Wine Spectator - Apr 30, 2023
Perfumed and suave, this red boasts cherry, strawberry, sandalwood, floral and mint aromas and flavors. This one is all about finesse and harmony, with its precision and balance providing a sense of seamlessness -- even at this youthful stage. The fruit, spice and savory elements linger on the aftertaste. Best from 2025 through 2043. 833 cases made. (Bruce Sanderson)
VN9595 pts. - Vinous - Oct 2022
The 2018 Barolo Arione is an imposing wine. It’s presence alone is impossible to miss. Arione is a wine that demands attention. There is something wild and exotic—almost animalistic—about the Arione and the way it asserts itself. Time in the glass brings out scents of sage, menthol, white pepper and orange peel. A generous kick of Serralunga acidity and tannin punctuates the finish. It’s still early days for Roberto Conterno’s Barolo from Arione. I can’t wait to see how this ages. (Antonio Galloni)
RP94+94–96 pts. - Robert Parker’s The Wine Advocate - 30th Nov 2021
Tasted from barrel, the 2018 Barolo Arione still has another year in botte and time in bottle before its commercial release. However, the wine shows a distinct personality that is immediately gentle and open-knit despite its very young age. With fruit from Serralunga d’Alba, there is ethereal softness here, but this characterization is relative considering the ample power and depth always associated with this site. It feels like this 2018 vintage is still warming up and is slowly putting on volume and weight. Its metamorphosis is far from complete. However, what you can read into the wine now is the quality of its fruit and its classic Nebbiolo aromas of wild berry, pressed violet, rust and blood orange. (Monica Larner)

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JD95 95 pts. / Jeb Dunnuck (5/4/2023)

There is surprising depth for the vintage in the 2018 Barolo Arione, with licorice, black truffle, violet, and cherry lozenge. Medium to full-bodied, with fleshy cherry fruit, it is long and luxurious on the palate, with fine tannins and a velvety mouthfeel. A fantastic wine from Roberto Conterno, it is an outstanding wine to drink right now or over the coming 20 years. (Audrey Frick)

SP95 95 pts. / Wine Spectator (Apr 30, 2023)

Perfumed and suave, this red boasts cherry, strawberry, sandalwood, floral and mint aromas and flavors. This one is all about finesse and harmony, with its precision and balance providing a sense of seamlessness -- even at this youthful stage. The fruit, spice and savory elements linger on the aftertaste. Best from 2025 through 2043. 833 cases made. (Bruce Sanderson)

VN95 95 pts. / Vinous (Oct 2022)

The 2018 Barolo Arione is an imposing wine. It’s presence alone is impossible to miss. Arione is a wine that demands attention. There is something wild and exotic—almost animalistic—about the Arione and the way it asserts itself. Time in the glass brings out scents of sage, menthol, white pepper and orange peel. A generous kick of Serralunga acidity and tannin punctuates the finish. It’s still early days for Roberto Conterno’s Barolo from Arione. I can’t wait to see how this ages. (Antonio Galloni)

RP94+ 94–96 pts. / Robert Parker’s The Wine Advocate (30th Nov 2021)

Tasted from barrel, the 2018 Barolo Arione still has another year in botte and time in bottle before its commercial release. However, the wine shows a distinct personality that is immediately gentle and open-knit despite its very young age. With fruit from Serralunga d’Alba, there is ethereal softness here, but this characterization is relative considering the ample power and depth always associated with this site. It feels like this 2018 vintage is still warming up and is slowly putting on volume and weight. Its metamorphosis is far from complete. However, what you can read into the wine now is the quality of its fruit and its classic Nebbiolo aromas of wild berry, pressed violet, rust and blood orange. (Monica Larner)

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Located in northwestern Italy near the Italian Alps, Piedmont is home to two of Italy's more famous wines: Barolos and Barbarescos. Each of these wines are made with the Nebbiolo grape, which is the premier red grape in the region. Other red grapes of note used in Piedmont include Barbera and Dolcetto. Among white wine grapes used in Piedmont are Moscatos, which are increasing in popularity here in the US. Piedmont's capital city Torino is also home to large productions of Vermouth, also made from Moscato.

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Italy is famous for its powerful, sleek, and elegant reds wines from ancient growing areas with legendary names such as Chianti, Barolo, Barbaresco, Montepulciano. Italian white wines are also gaining popularity: Orvieto, Pinot Grigio, and Sauvignon are excellent examples of Italian white wines.

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SKU 98969
Product Type Wine
Alternate Name Conterno Barolo Arione
Country Italy
Region Piedmont
Product Location - Location-Appellation Barolo
Package Size 750 ml.
Proof/Alcohol by Volume 15%
Wine/Spirit Brand Conterno
Bottles per Case 12
Vintage 2018
Can it Be Shipped Yes
Premier Pick No
Wine Type Table Wine
Wine - Color Red
Grape(s) Nebbiolo
Primary Grape Nebbiolo
Dollar Sale (Y/N) No
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2018 / 750 ml.

Item #: 99350

RP9494 pts. - Robert Parker’s The Wine Advocate - 11th Aug 2022
The team at Domenico Clerico interprets this vintage with elegance and intensity. These two contrasting descriptors can be applied to the 2018 Barolo del Comune di Monforte d’Alba, which shows excellent balance overall. The bouquet reveals dark fruit, ferrous earth, licorice and grilled herb. But you also get lifted aromas of wild roses and violets over a generous, medium to full-bodied mouthfeel. (Monica Larner)
JS9393 pts. - JamesSuckling.com - Sunday, October 2, 2022
Tight and focused on the nose with clean red berries and oak. Expands a little on the medium-to full-bodied palate, but still rather closed, with an elegant framework of very fine, lightly firm tannin and a dense core of fruit. The balance of fruit and tannin already gives a long finish. Needs to unravel a bit, but the essential ingredients are very fine indeed. Try from 2024.
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Bovio Barolo 2018 / 750 ml.

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Item #: 99585

RP9292 pts. - Robert Parker’s The Wine Advocate - 11th Aug 2022
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JS9292 pts. - JamesSuckling.com - Sunday, October 2, 2022
Chunky, ripe berries on the nose and palate, colored by thick, spicy notes that combine with the lightly firm tannins to give a plump, velvety texture on the full-bodied palate. Ends with a chocolate-cherry, almost liqueur-like note. Good concentration for 2018. Works well. Fun to try now, but hold for a year for better integration.
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Fontanafredda Barolo 2018 / 750 ml.

2018 / 750 ml.

Item #: 98979

WE9191 pts. - Wine Enthusiast - 9/1/2022
Violet, rose and woodland berry aromas mingle with a whiff of leather on this medium-bodied red. It’s polished, savory and already at the start of its drinking window, with juicy red cherry, strawberry and baking spice flavors accompanied by lithe tannins and fresh acidity. Drink through 2028. (Kerin O’Keefe)
JS9191 pts. - JamesSuckling.com - Sunday, October 2, 2022
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RP9797 pts. - Robert Parker’s The Wine Advocate - 23rd Jun 2022
The E. Pira e Figli - Chiara Boschis 2018 Barolo Cannubi is a lovely wine with a classic playlist of true Nebbiolo aromas. This certified organic wine exhibits wild berry, rose, dried lilac and an earthy touch of white truffle. However, the floral aromas and the lifted fruit are the protagonists in this balanced expression. Chiara farms less than one hectare (just over 6,000 square meters) in the celebrated Cannubi MGA with ancient calcareous clay soils from the Miocene era. Production is limited to 3,594 bottles. This is one of the best wines of the vintage. (Monica Larner)
SP9595 pts. - Wine Spectator - Sep 30, 2022
Elegant and seamless for such a young red, exhibiting rose, cherry, mint, menthol and mineral flavors. Firm yet balanced and long, with echoes of cherry and menthol on the saline finish. Best from 2025 through 2042. 800 cases made, 100 cases imported. (Bruce Sanderson)
JS9494 pts. - JamesSuckling.com - Sunday, October 2, 2022
Deep and seductive on the nose and palate with crushed red berries and a soft mineral base. Full-bodied with very silky tannins that are already melded into the wine. More linear, drinkable quality to this in 2018. From organically grown grapes. Compact and delicious even now, but better with another year in bottle. (James Suckling)
VN9393 pts. - Vinous - Feb 2022
The 2018 Barolo Cannubi is soft, open-knit and gracious, as wines from this vintage tend to be. Silky contours and pliant fruit add to its appeal and overall immediacy. The 2018 is a real charmer. It’s understated personality will be easy to appreciate upon release. Sweet red cherry, cinnamon, mint, cedar and dried rose petal linger nicely, with pretty sweet floral rotes that continue to open over time. (Antonio Galloni)
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G.D. Vajra Barolo Ravera 2018 / 750 ml.

2018 / 750 ml.

Item #: 98607

RP9494 pts. - Robert Parker’s The Wine Advocate - 11th Aug 2022
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JS9393 pts. - JamesSuckling.com - Sunday, October 2, 2022
Rich, ripe mixed berries and perfumed bark on the nose. Medium-to full-bodied with some lightly firm tannin giving support to the fruit. Lacks the complexity of recent vintages, but has a promising core. Give it a while to broaden out. Try from 2024.
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2018 / 750 ml.

Item #: 98952

VN95+95+ pts. - Vinous - Oct 2022
The 2018 Barolo Francia is powerful, deep and also a touch austere. It shows the edginess of all the 2018s, but also has a feeling of textural creaminess that adds tons of character. Spice, menthol, leather and a whole range of balsamic overtones build into the deep, imposing finish. Roberto Conterno decided to forego his Barolo Monfortino in 2018, opting instead to blend all the casks into his Francia bottling. When that happens, Francia often surprises down the road. That could very well turn out to be the case here. (Antonio Galloni)
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Offers depth and power, with menthol and wild herbs shading cherry and plum flavors. The balance tips toward the tannins in the end, yet this doesn’t feel overly astringent, just more structured than many wines of the vintage. Picks up a mineral element as this lingers on the finish. Needs time. Best from 2025 through 2043. 2,167 cases made. (Bruce Sanderson)
RP94+94–97 pts. - Robert Parker’s The Wine Advocate - 30th Nov 2021
Of the three Barolo samples I tasted from barrel (including Arione and Cerretta, which are also from Serralunga d’Alba), the Giacomo Conterno 2018 Barolo Francia was the furthest behind and the hardest to pin down at this stage in its infancy. I have opened my range of scores accordingly to compensate for the magical unknowns that are likely to occur as the wine moves toward greater harmony and integration before its commercial release. The wine is linear and pointedly focused, lacking the width and volume it will gain when given more time to flesh out and relax. The aromas are also quite primary and simple at this point, with dark cherry and even a hint of ripe strawberry ceding gradually to grilled herb, blue flower and baked brick. This vintage of Barolo Francia will require patience. (Monica Larner)
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VN9494 pts. - Vinous - Sep 2021
The 2019 Barbera d’Alba Vigna Francia marries elegance, power and energy. Inky blue/purplish fruit, menthol, licorice and sage are some of the nuances that build as this creamy, textured Barbera slowly opens in the glass. The Francia is wonderfully somber and mysterious, with striking shades of dimension that reveal themselves over time. The 2019 was just bottled, but its pedigree is evident.
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Conterno Barbera d'Alba | Vigna Francia 2018 / 750 ml.

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Item #: 94063

VN9494 pts. - Vinous - Oct 2020
The 2018 Barbera d’Alba Vigna Francia is an explosion of floral, savory and mineral notes. Like the Cerretta, the Francia Barbera is quite delicate in this vintage. It has a bit darker fruit, stronger savory undertones and a touch more depth. It is a beguiling, beautifully layered wine that unfolds graciously over time.
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Conterno Barolo Arione 2017 / 750 ml.

2017 / 750 ml.

Item #: 96528

VN9797 pts. - Vinous - Oct 2021
The 2017 Barolo Arione is so incredibly distinctive. Heady savory, earthy, lavender and mineral accents wrap around a core of dark Nebbiolo fruit in a potent, muscular Serralunga that speaks with gravitas and authority. There is something mysterious about Arione, something that is not easily understood, but that is very much at the heart of its personality. The depth, presence and tannic clout are Serralunga at its best. I can’t wait to check in on the 2017 in another few years, or decades.
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VN9595 pts. - Vinous - Jan 2024
Rich and explosive from the get-go, all the elements of the 2021 Barbera d’Alba Vigna Francia are massively dialed up. Black cherry, plum, incense, licorice, mocha and sage all rush from the glass. Dynamic and vibrant to the core, the 2021 is seriously impressive. (Antonio Galloni)
JD94+94–96 pts. - Jeb Dunnuck - 5/4/2023
The 2021 Barbera Cascina Francia was tasted from barrel and pours a rich youthful ruby/purple color. Mineral-tinged with graphite, black raspberry, and violets, it is medium-bodied on the palate, with refined tannic structure, great freshness, and a red plum and more violet perfume. Gorgeous and pure, warmth and freshness at the same time, this is as good as it gets for Barbera. Drink 2024–2040. (Audrey Frick)
JS9393 pts. - JamesSuckling.com - Monday, August 7, 2023
This is very open with juicy fruit and orange peel undertones. Succulent. Full and layered. Yummy fruit. Drink now. (James Suckling)
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Conterno Barolo Francia 2017 / 750 ml.

2017 / 750 ml.

Item #: 96527

VN9797 pts. - Vinous - Oct 2021
The 2017 Barolo Francia is dense, rich and explosive right out of the gate. There is virtually no feeling of tannin, as the creaminess of the fruit is so expansive. Bright red cherry fruit, blood orange, kirsch, sage and menthol gradually appear as the 2017 starts to open in the glass. In 2017, Francia is decidedly exotic, not to mention such a thrill to taste.
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JS9393 pts. - JamesSuckling.com - Monday, August 7, 2023
Juicy and sweet fruit with some flowers and peaches to plums and cherries. Medium body. Bright and flavorful. Yet refined. Drink now. (James Suckling)
JD91+91–93 pts. - Jeb Dunnuck - 5/4/2023
The first vintage of the 2020 Nebbiolo D’Alba Arione was produced in 2019 and comes from a single vineyard of Anione outside the delimited region. Another barrel sample, the 2020 is fresh with wild strawberry and a gentle, red-fruited tone. Vibrant through the palate, with wild red berries, pomegranate, orange peel, and red flowers, this elegant and approachable wine delivers fine tannins, a long mineral/stony texture, and a tinge of iron-rich minerals on the finish. (Audrey Frick)
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