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Conterno Fantino 'Pressenda' Barolo 2019
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Vinous Media 96
"The 2019 Barolo Castelletto Vigna Pressenda is gorgeous. Delicate and perfumed in the glass, the 2019 offers up a beguiling mélange of dark red cherry, rose petal, mint, cedar, blood orange, spice and crushed autumn leaves. In 2019, the Monforte tannins are especially refined, something that is very rarely the case here at this stage. What a wonderfully precise, sophisticated, nuanced wine this is. Impressive. - By Antonio Galloni on November 2022"

The Wine
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Size:750mL (wine)
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Vinous Media 96
"The 2019 Barolo Castelletto Vigna Pressenda is gorgeous. Delicate and perfumed in the glass, the 2019 offers up a beguiling mélange of dark red cherry, rose petal, mint, cedar, blood orange, spice and crushed autumn leaves. In 2019, the Monforte tannins are especially refined, something that is very rarely the case here at this stage. What a wonderfully precise, sophisticated, nuanced wine this is. Impressive. - By Antonio Galloni on November 2022"

The Wine
100% Nebbiolo from a single, historical vineyard located in the Castelletto cru in Monforte d’Alba
‘Vigna Pressenda’ is known as the heart of the Castelletto cru in terms of quality
Vines were planted in 1969 and 1986 at an elevation of 350 m (1148 ft) with a southeastern exposure.
Soils have a higher percentage of sand
Fruit is hand harvested beginning the middle of October
Fermentation and maceration in stainless steel for 12 – 15 days
French oak aging
First vintage was 2013
330 – 500 cases produced annually

The Estate
The Conterno Fantino winery was founded in 1982 by Claudio Conterno and Guido Fantino. Today, we cultivate 27 hectares of vines and produce about 140,000 bottles per year, split into the 4 varietals of Nebbiolo, Barbera, Dolcetto and Chardonnay. Through the years, the two founders were joined by Alda, Fabio and Elisa Fantino in various roles. Soon, Noemi and Matteo will join them. In all, during peak times, the winery employs about 10 people. Environmental sustainability, preserving biodiversity, respect of the land and its heritage are the guiding principles in our vineyards, which are organically cultivated (as certified by CCPB). With the goal of further reducing our environmental impact, the 2008 winery expansion utilized various technical improvements with the aim of energy conservation, such as solar panels, a geothermal system and finally, the use of wetland specifically set up for wastewater purification. The Conterno Fantino winery styles its wines with the primary goal of reflecting their own identity: from painstaking manual selection of fruit to harvest by hand using small crates; from preserving the aromas of the vineyard with spontaneous fermentation from indigenous yeasts (no commercial yeast is used here); from the careful use of wood for the ageing of the wines to the minimal use of sulfites, right up to the bottle ageing.
This seemingly complex path is the most natural for us.
Our wine is the offspring of the land in which the wines are cultivated, and once in the winery must be brought up, step by step, as if it were a member of the family.
Our wine is one of us.

Barolo: a beautiful history
Land: protect and improve it wherever possible
Man: always makes the difference
Tradition & Innovation: always walk hand in hand
Land, vineyard, wine: the most wonderful work in the world
Organic cultivation: a journey that began in 1996 with “compost”
Certification: to be clear beyond the confusion of words like “natural”, “clean”, “free”
Our collaborators: always important, an integral part of the company
Ethical philosophy: a noble word but abused; wine is passion and culture
Ideas, skills: then it takes health and, why not, a little bit of luck
About Conterno Fantino
"I was blown away by the wines I tasted at Conterno Fantino. The 2019s are nuanced, transparent and wonderfully expressive of place. In other words, everything Barolo should be. Everything starts in the vineyard, which has always been evident here. In recent years, Fabio Fantino has refined that approach, giving the wines a level of precision that is impossible to miss. The 2019s spent 15-18 days on the skins, far longer than a decade ago, and were aged in a combination of barrique and 25hL casks. The 2019s are simply stellar." Antonio Galloni, Vinous, November 2022

"We are from Monforte d'Alba. We make wine in Monforte d'Alba." This, Fabio Fantino says as he explains 40+ years of his family's work under the Conterno Fantino label. His father, Guido Fantino, had worked for the legendary Beppe Colla at Prunotto, and as he married Alda Conterno in 1982, Guido and Alda's brother Diego Conterno and their Claudio Conterno founded the Conterno Fantino winery.

Alda's father, Lorenzo Conterno had some vineyards in Ginestra--before 1982 they were used for a small production for the family and friends, while the grapes were mostly sold first to Beppe Colla and later to Rocche dei Manzoni. Talking about the birth of the winery, Fabio said, "You have to understand, in those days, it wasn't cool to be a farmer but in the 80s some new, young producers started to make great wines: Clerico, Altare, Rivetti, Sandrone to name a few: this was the moment of the Barolo Boys.

As a nascent estate, Conterno Fantino didn't have a classic cellar at their disposal, so they started bottle the two separate parcels of the Ginestra cru– Sori Ginestra and Vigna del Gris--in a large garage in Monforte. The expanding market for Langhe wines received them well, and so in 1989, Guido and Claudio took a leap of faith to buy the Bricco Bastia in Monforte in order to build their first winery there. At 550 meters above sea level, the location was too high in altitude to cultivate Nebbiolo, so the family planted Dolcetto and Chardonnay around the cantina, but at least they now they were no longer forced to vinify in a garage! In 2004, they purchased a piece of the Mosconi cru (always in Monforte), and then 2013 saw the birth of their first piece in Castelletto: La Vigna Pressenda, still Monforte but north of the winery, in between the hamlet of Perno and the La Villa vineyard.

Conterno Fantino is extremely conscious of the environment. In 1996, way ahead of the curve, the family began to practice organic viticulture. They certified the vineyards in 2012, and the winery itself is also now certified as of 2020. Additionally, the estate installed a geothermic system in 2008. They also isolated their own strain of yeast for Barolo in 2011 and use this mother yeast year after year. All wines are 100% destemmed, undergo a gentle maceration in stainless steel, and Barolo age in French oak casks for two years. Having started with less than five hectares, they now farm about 27 hectares and make about 13,000 cases of wine per year.

The collaboration with Skurnik was born of the changing times; nowadays a producer cannot just sit on his tractor and hope all his wine gets sold. The next generation of the Conterno and Fantino families have joined the estate: Guido and Alda's son and daughter, Fabio and Elisa, as well as Claudio's children, Noemi and Matteo, are working full time at the estate. This dynamic new guard is always looking for ways to improve, always with full respect to their roots. We have long been fans of Conterno Fantino, so when we heard they were looking for a new partner, we jumped at the chance. We now proudly represent their wines in New York, New Jersey, Connecticut, Rhode Island, Pennsylvania, Kentucky and Indiana.

Farming Practice:Certified Organic
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