Cantine Giacomo Conterno was founded in 1908 when Giacomo’s father, Giovanni Conterno started a wine bar in the village of San Giuseppe. Giovanni focused on producing only high quality Barolo solely made in the best vintages with long fermentation and aging periods to create the best aging potential for his Giacomo Conterno wines. The Giacomo Conterno Monfortino is widely considered one of the standout Barolos from the region and was the first Barolo made in what has come to be known as the classic style. Giovanni Conterno passed away in 1934 and his son Giacomo took over the reigns at the Giacomo Conterno winery. The winery is still a family run business with Roberto Conterno overseeing the operations at Giacomo Conterno vineyards which are planted solely with Nebbiolo and Barbera grapes. While there are a handful of various wines that are produced at the Giacomo Conterno winery, it is the Monfortino Riservas which are only made in the finest of vintages that typically find their way to the top of our Giacomo Conterno ratings. For more information on this historic winery be sure to check out our Giacomo Conterno reviews below.
Complex and friendly aromas of fruitcake, almond candy, chocolate and herbs—basically almost anything you can think of is here. Berry flavors augmented by a nutty, almost spicy accent. Elegant and soft, if only slightly raisiny, in the finish.— W.E. (4/1/2000)
The bouquet is nothing if not soft and lush—it’s like a giant bowl of fruit, chocolate and herbs. The body is on the acidic and crisp side, with the fruit base probably more like strawberry than traditional dark cherry. Appealing in that it finishes strong.— W.E. (4/1/2000)