Overview of the Wine
The Conterno family, proprietors of the Azienda Agricola Sciulun, have been producing wines of uncommon elegance and prestige for several generations. The estate of around twenty-five acres of vineyards is located in the heart of the Langhe hills, in the Bussia area of the village of Monforte d'Alba. The vines are tended following environmentally-friendly, traditional methods, though none of the benefits made available by modern technology are overlooked. The unlimited attention dedicated by the Conterno family to these wines comes to fruition as they ferment in the winery at a low temperature with constant rackings, and then age in oak casks in the silence and darkness of the cellar. Today the 10 hectares of vineyards are worked using traditional growing methods by Franco Conterno, assisted by his wife Vilma and the sons Daniele and Andrea. Great respect is shown for the environment, while the benefits made available by modern technology are taken advantage of to the full. The composition of the soil, the lie of the land (80% of the vineyards face south/south-west) and the area's outstanding microclimate, combined with skilful, traditional vinification, give Franco Conterno's wines remarkable, unique tasting properties.
Composition of the soil: very steep, plastic, hardly workable and rich in clay
Production area: Monforte d’Alba, Castiglione Falletto and Novello
Harvest: manual, with grape selection at the vineyard and before crushing.
Harvest time: end of October.
Vinification: in red, with skin maceration in wood vat.
Fermentation time: must and skins are kept in contact for 20-30 days, on which alcoholic fermentation takes place, punched down manually daily and finally racked. Fermentation temperature: variable with peaks of 32°C.
Ageing in cellar: the new wine is kept from 3 to 5 months in steel tanks and undergoes malolactic fermentation; it is decanted several times, and finally aged in French oak barrels (25hl capacity) for 84 months (7 years).
Ageing in bottle: 12 months.
Grape / Blend
Nebbiolo Michet and Nebbiolo Lampia
Denomination: Barolo Riserva DOCG
Cru: Bussia, Pugnane and Panerole
Winemaker's Tasting Notes
Brilliant ruby red in color with soft orange notes, it is rich and complex on the nose with floral hints enhanced by traditionally new wood. Rich, sweet, thick, tannic, rough, and strong on the palate.
Food pairing: braised beef, red meat, shank, duck, long seasoned cheese. Serving temperature: 16° - 18°
95 Points - Tasting Panel
Notes of dark cherries and plum complemented by subtle oak, tobacco, and leather. A complex and mesmerizing wine that develops well in the glass, decanting is a must. Layers of dark and light cherry, raspberry, blueberry with a bouquet of roses. Full bodied and powerful with racy acidity, the wine has a strong lingering finish framed by firm, yet mature tannins.
Product size: 750ml