2019 Conterno Fantino Vigna Sori Ginestra Barolo, Piemonte, Italy – WS 95, WA 97

2019 Conterno Fantino Vigna Sori Ginestra Barolo, Piemonte, Italy – WS 95, WA 97



The Conterno Fantino winery was founded in 1982 by Claudio Conterno and Guido Fantino. Today, the family 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 aging.

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“This red exudes ripe cherry, raspberry, plum, floral and wild herb flavors wrapped in an embrace of toasty oak. Vibrant and intense, with superb balance and a long, fruit- and underbrush-filled aftertaste. Best from 2027 through 2047. 600 cases made, 180 cases imported.” – 95 points, Wine Spectator

“The 2019 Barolo Ginestra Vigna Sorì Ginestra has an almost botanical feel with lots of wildflowers, iris and garden herb that are layered into dark fruit, spice and rusty metal. The wine does not shy back in term of complexity, and there are many more adjectives that could be applied to the bouquet. In terms of mouthfeel, this elegant Barolo is quite smooth, with enough tannins and acidity to guarantee a long aging trajectory. Production is 11,820 bottles. 2025-2045.” – 97 points, Wine Advocate (ML)