In a nutshell: A soft and rounded Piedmontese Nebbiolo made from organically grown grapes.
The lowdown: The grapes for this wine come from young vines from one of Barolo's Cru vineyards. And while Conterno Fantino don't make a 'village' level Barolo this delicious Langhe Nebbiolo is what serves instead. Generally released at a young age it highlights the bright primary fruit character. When coupled with the peachy aromas and smooth, silky tannins it makes an altogether delightful wine.
When to drink: Ready to drink now and over the next five years it's ideal with red meats, or mature cheeses.
Founded in 1982 by two talented individuals, Claudio Conterno who leads the way in the vineyard and Guido Fantino in the winery their state of the art winery sits on top of a hill above the old village of Monforte d'Alba and has spectacular, panoramic views of the Alps to the north.
While their main focus is on Nebbiolo - their Barolos are known for their richness and fleshiness, very much a modern style approach - they also make excellent wines from Piedmont's other signature grapes Barbera and Dolcetto amont them as well a couple of chardonnay based whites. From 1996 they began the switch to organic cultivation which is now very much a part of their ethos along with a continual push to keep their environental impact to a minimum.