A January 2019 visit to Piemonte proved to be perfect timing to sample the soon to be released 2015 Baroli, due to hit the market in Australia in May this year. 2015 as a vintage is already being hyped up as a near perfect year, with plenty of warmth (equating to deep, ripe fruit) and no rain at inconvenient times (as can happen from time to time in Piemonte). To sit down with Fabio Conterno at his winery and have him show us his wines was a particularly special moment.
This wine of all stood out to me more than any. It’s taken from a commune in Monforte d’Alba with a south-easterly aspect which perfectly captures the morning and midday sun. A nose of herb and Chinese market spice followed by a palate that is deep, composed balanced and harmonious. It has all the hallmarks of great Barolo: dark, ashy fruit, liquorice, dried hebal undertones and a lot of finesse on the palate as you move towards a finish with tight, gritty, graphite-like tannins. It’s a wine that provokes a sense of calm but portrays a body of power and depth. Probably the most elegant of Fabio’s 2015s. – Ches Cook, FWC
“The 2015 Barolo Castelletto Vigna Pressenda is absolutely gorgeous. Floral, savory and intensely mineral, the 2015 captures all the signatures that make wines from this sector in Monforte so distinctive. Medium in body, focused and chiseled, the 2015 retains terrific energy, the warm, dry summer notwithstanding. There is so much to admire. The 2015 Barolo Castelletto Vigna Pressenda is a wine of real class and pedigree. 94 points.” – Antonio Galoni, Vinous