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2018 Il Favot Nebbiolo Langhe, Aldo Conterno, Piedmont, Italy


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2018 Il Favot Nebbiolo Langhe, Aldo Conterno, Piedmont, Italy

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OVERVIEW

For many top producers in the Langhe, their Nebbiolo Langhe bottlings are a chance to show a softer, more approachable style of baby Barolo. However, some of these wines have become icons in their own right and Conterno's Il Favot is perhaps the most outstanding of them all.

The Il Favot 2018 will benefit from 3 hours plus in the decanter but will reward the patient with a full bodied hit of Nebbiolo including classic notes like rose, tar and Turkish Delight.

CRITIC REVIEWS (2017)

Fruity and creamy red with walnut and dark-chocolate aromas and flavors. Just a hint of coffee bean. It’s full and flavorful. Like a baby Barolo. Needs time to soften. Better after 2021. 93 Points. James Suckling

FOOD PAIRING INSPIRATION

A bold wine with structure, this Nebbiolo will pair well with red meat dishes, stews, casseroles, hearty risottos and mushroom dishes.

VINTAGE AND WINEMAKING

2018 looked like it was heading to a washout until a very warm summer from 2018 ripened the grapes to perfection. 2018 is a Nebbiolo vintage at the peak of finesse and charm. The wines of Conterno in this vintage strike a balance of perfume, precision and power, with silky tannins.

The grapes used to make “ Il Favot” come from vineyards which have undergone periodical implantations, and so have a maximum age of 15 years. The skin contact is limited to 6-8 days so to extract few tannins and more colour from the skins themselves, with the result of getting a well-coloured wine with a remarkable softness.

PRODUCER NOTES

The history of this winemaking family dates to at least 1770. The Poderi Aldo Conterno is located in Monforte d'Alba. Brothers Aldo and Giovanni Conterno continued to work the family's vineyards until 1969, when they agreed to split their holdings and Aldo bought Il Favot after a brief stint in Napa learning from the Californians.

Aldo took on their vines in the Bussia area, and with it, the freedom to produce wines in his own style, greatly influenced by near neighbour Angelo Gaja and his modern winemaking techniques. His three grown sons Stefano, Franco and Giacomo carry on the tradition after Aldo passed away in 2012.

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SERVICE AND STORAGE TIPS

This wine should be stored around 12°C and served between 16-18°C. We recommend a minimum of 3 hours decanting before approaching this wine.

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    2018 Il Favot Nebbiolo Langhe, Aldo Conterno, Piedmont, Italy

    Wine Card
    Wine Producer Aldo Conterno
    Wine Region Piedmont
    Wine Classification Langhe DOC
    Wine Type Red
    Grape Variety Nebbiolo
    Vintage 2018
    Vintage Quality Outstanding - Parker
    Maturity Will Improve with age
    Body Full Bodied
    Sweetness Dry
    Alcohol % 14%
    Bottle Type Burgundy 75cl
    Serving Temperature 16-18°C
    Food Pairing Meat Casserole, Risotto
    Awards 93 Points - James Suckling

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