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Reply to "November 2017: What are you drinking"

Just got back from 8 days in Monforte d'Alba, Piemonte (E&O E):

Franco Conterno visit
2015 Franco Conterno Barbera
2015 Franco Conterno Langhe Nebbiolo Cascina Sciulun
2015 Franco Conterno Langhe Rosso Sciulun
2013 Franco Conterno Barolo Pietrin - great QPR
2012 Franco Conterno Barolo Panerole
2006 Franco Conterno Bussia Muni Riserva (4yrs in botti) - Very good
2008 Franco Conterno Barolo Riserva Sette7anni (7 yrs in botti) - Excellent
2009 Franco Conterno Barolo Chinato - yum

With local snacks back at our apartment:
1982 Produttori Barbaresco - drinkable but well past prime.

Dinner: da'Felicin, Monforte d'Alba
2011 Aldo Conterno Barolo
2013 Edoardo Sobrino Barbera d'Alba

Sottimano visit w Andrea Sottimano
2015 Sottimano Barbera
1997 Sottimano Barbera - great
2015 Sottimano Langhe Nebbiolo - young vines from Basarin cru vineyard
2015 Sottimano Barbera Basarin
2013 Sottimano Barbaresco Pajore
2014 Sottimano Barbaresco Pajore
2015 Sottimano Barbaresco Pajore
2010 Sottimano Barbaresco Pajore - wow
2010 Sottimano Barbaresco Riserva - blend of Cotta, Pajore, 60 days maceration, 3 yrs on lees, yum
2010 Sottimano Barbaresco Curra

Lunch - Degusto Enoteca, Neive
2016 Castello di Neive Monteberlotto Langhe Arneis - the first of many bottles of Arneis

Luigi Oddero visit w Francesco
2014 Luigi Oddero Langhe Nebbiolo
2014 Luigi Oddero Barbaresco Rombone
2013 Luigi Oddero Barolo
2011 Luigi Oddero Barolo Rocche Rivera - drinking nicely now
2011 Luigi Oddero Barolo Vigna Rionda - bought 3 bottles...

Dinner - Centro Storico, Serralunga
2012 Cappellano Barolo Rupestris - wonderful

Night cap Grappa:
Berta Piasi & Berta Monpra. Both excellent. The Piasi had more floral notes and seemed smoother, which I preferred.

Chiara Boschis visit
2014 Chiara Boschis Barolo Cannubi
2014 Chiara Boschis Barolo Via Nuova
2014 Chiara Boschis Barolo Mosconi

Lunch - Republic di Perno,
2016 Giovani Almondo Roero Arneis Bricco della Ciliegie

Giuseppe Rinaldi visit
2016 Giuseppe Rinaldi Dolcetto
2016 Giuseppe Rinaldi Barbera
2016 Giuseppe Rinaldi Freisia
2014 Giuseppe Rinaldi Barolo Tre Tine

Dinner - Locando dell'Arco, Cissone
2006 Cappellano Barolo Rupestris
2008 Cappellano Barolo Rupestris
Love this wine
2008 Silvano Bolmida Barolo Bussia Riserva - great

Schiavenza visit
2016 Schiavenza Dolcetto - great pizza wine
2016 Schiavenza Barbera
2015 Schiavenza Barbera Botti Grandi
2013 Schiavenza Barolo Serralunga - classic Barolo nose
2013 Schiavenza Barolo Broglio - again on the nose
2013 Schiavenza Barolo Cerretta
Schiavenza Barolo Chinato - Christmas in a glass - bought 3

Lunch - Albergo Alberto Italia, Serralunga - on terrace, short sleeves, view of the Langhe and the Alps and Mt Viso w 5 course Piemonte tasting menu - best lunch
2005 Luigi Oddero Barolo Vigna Rionda - amazing. Drinking beautifully now.

Bartolo Mascarello visit
2014 Bartolo Mascarello Langhe Nebbiolo
2013 Bartolo Mascarello Barolo

Dinner - La Coccinella, Serravalle
2013 Giacomo Fenocchio Barolo Bussia
2013 Aldo Conterno Barolo Bussia
2013 Cavallotto Barolo Bussia Bricco Boschis

Vigna Rionda (Massolino) visit
2015 Massolino Chardonnay
2010 Massolino Dolcetto - no wood, in cement
2016 Massolino Barbera - in cement
2015 Massolino Barbera Riserva, oak
2015 Massolino Langhe Nebbiolo
2013 Massolino Barolo (6 vineyard blend)
2011 Massolino Vigna Rionda - stunning nose

Dinner - At the apt in Monforte - Tajarin and assorted Piemontese treats
2016 Marcarini Roero Arneis
2007 Poggio Scalette Piantonaia - intense and deeply extracted but not overdone and very balanced , delicious.

Castello di Neive visit with Italo Stupino (owner) and Claudio (winemaker) with a wonderful multicourse luncheon
Castello di Neive Method Classico Spumanti from 100% Pinot Noir, zero dosage, no sulphites - very nice, balanced
2016 Castello di Neive Arneis
2014 Castello di Neive Docletto d'Alba Basarin
2014 Castello di Neive Barbera Superiore (in barrique)
2015 Castello di Neive Barbera Classico (in steel)
2014 Castello di Neive Barbaresco - wonderful, elegant
2014 Castello di Neive Barbaresco Santo Stephano - same as the Barbaresco but MORE
2015 Castello di Neive Piemonte Albarossa - deep colour & fruit. Used a bit like Petit Verdot in blending.
2006 Casetllo di Neive Vino Passito Arneis - delicious. 3 bottles came home.
All the wines were consistent in showing great balance. Following my comment on the balance of the wines:
"We strive for elegance & balance: With Nebbiolo we look for the tannin; Barbaresco we look for the acitidy" - Italo Stupino


Paolo Scavino visit
2014 Paolo Scavino Barolo Classico
2014 Paolo Scavino Barolo Bricco Ambrogio
2014 Paolo Scavino Barolo Monvigliero
2014 Paolo Scavino Barolo Cannubi
2014 Paolo Scavino Barolo Bric del Fiasc
2014 Paolo Scavino Barolo Carobric
2011 Paolo Scavino Barolo Riserva (special anniversary blend of all 7 cru) Fantastic

Conterno Fantino visit
2016 Conterno Fantino Dolcetto Bricco Bastia
2016 Conterno Fantino Barbera
2016 Conterno Fantino Langhe Nebbiolo
2015 Conterno Fantino Monpra (Blend of Barbera & Nebbiolo)
2013 Conterno Fantino Barolo Castelletto - nice!
2014 Conterno Fantino Barolo Sori Ginestra
2008 Conterno Fantino Barolo Chinato

Dinner - I Rebbi, Monfortino
2011 Produttori Barbaresco Riserva Rabaja
2011 Marchesi di Gresy Barbaresco Martinenga
2011 Paolo Scavino Cannubi - wow

Cappellano visit
2013 Cappellano Barbera - aged same as the Barolo, in botti
2014 Cappellano Nebbiolo
2013 Cappellano Barolo Rupestris - wonderful
2013 Cappellano Barolo Franco - big step up
Cappellano Barolo Chinato - best Chinato hands down. Has an intensity and balance that exceeds the rest...

Luigi Pira visit
2016 Luigi Pira Nebbiolo
2013 Luigi Pira Barolo Margheria
2013 Luigi Pira Barolo Marenca
2013 Luigi Pira Barolo Vigna Rionda
2004 Luigi Pira Barolo Vigna Rionda

Dinner: Trattoria della Posta, Monforte
2011 Bruno Giacosa Barolo Falletto - YUM

Aldo Conterno visit with Giacomo Conterno another wondeful visit with Giacomo
2015 Aldo Conterno Bussiador (Chard) - beautiful
2015 Aldo Conterno Barbera
2014 Aldo Conterno Barolo Colonnello
2013 Aldo Conterno Barolo Cicala
2013 Aldo Conterno Barolo Romirasco
2009 Aldo Conterno Barol Gran Bussia Riserva

Brovia visit with Alex Sanchez
2014 Brovia Barolo - tough year - didn't release the cru but blended them. Name and label tbd. Result: Great. Smart choice.
2013 Brovia Barolo Rocche del Castiglione
2013 Brovia Barolo Brea vigna Ca Mia

Giacomo Conterno visit with Roberto Conterno Great visit with Roberto. (From memory - stopped taking notes at this point - too much fun)
2015 Giacomo Conterno Barbera d'Alba vigna Francia - best Barbera of the trip
2014(?) Giacomo Conterno Barolo Cerretta
2013 Monfortino from Barrel (4.5 yrs in barrel)
2014 Monfortino from Barrel

Last dinner: Trattoria della Posta, Monforte
2005 Aldo Conterno Barolo Gran Bussia Riserva - stunning. Perfect wine to finish the trip and perfect setting, food at della Posta.

May post some impressions (no formal notes taken) in 'tasting notes' later. For now I just wanted to get the list of wines into electronic format..

We also consumed a number of bottles of 2016 Bruno Giasoca Roero Arneis and Barolo Chinato (Franco Conterno & Schiavenza) while relaxing at our home base in Monforte. We were blessed with beautiful weather - short sleeves on the balcony at breakfast and clear skies, view the whole trip.

Cheers,
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