2016 Conterno Fantino ‘Castelletto Vigna Pressenda’ Barolo
Region: Barolo, Piedmont, Italy
Winemaker: Fabio Fantino
Established Date: 1982
Castelletto is their newest Barolo that made its debut with the 2013 vintage. In the commune of Monforte, Castelletto faces the town of Serralunga. The vineyard, planted in 1969 and 1986, is 1.2 hectares and the best and central part of the cru is known as Pressenda. The upper portion of Castelletto gives a more fresh style of wine and the lower portion more tannic and powerful. At the heart of this cru is Vigna Pressenda, long considered the best parcel that shows the freshness and energy of Castelletto balanced with fruit and structure. The Barolo Castelletto Vigna Pressenda is gorgeous with red berry fruit, orange peel and exotoc spices. They are beautifully layered in this expressive Barolo. Soft, fine tannin extend the finish while a real feeling of energy throughout. The balance of purity and structure is perfect.
Like being slapped with a velvet glove. Finesse and Power perfectly in balance. I have always loved Conterno Fantino but they have become even better recently with Fabio Fantino taking total control of winemaking and decreasing the usage of new French Oak. Since 2013 you can really see the quality of the grapes shine through whilst being supported by fine oak tannins and flavours. More approachable at a younger age whilst still having the capability to ages for many decades to come. This is very special bottle that could do with a long decant and large wine glasses to drink it out of.