Quite robust and powerful on first nose the 2019 Barolo Ginestra Vigna del Gris needs more time in bottle to flesh out and move past this current youthful phase. This wine is definitely poised to give more to those who wait. It opens to a dark garnet hue and ripe aromas of cherry skin plum rose and orange peel. Within the span of a few minutes it starts to show additional spice and nutmeg. The tannins are still grippy in this 9100-bottle release.
Offers attractive notes of cherry and raspberry plus iron tar and underbrush flavors wrapped in an embrace of toasty oak. Overall this red is balanced and the fruit should emerge as all the elements integrate over the next decade or so. Long resonant finish. Best from 2027 through 2045. ?B.S.
The 2019 Barolo Ginestra Vigna del Gris is another terrific wine from Conterno-Fantino. Crushed flowers cedar pipe tobacco mint dried flowers and worn-in leather give the 2019 striking aromatic presence. Here too Fabio Conterno has done a terrific job in taming the Monforte tannins. The Gris never has the completeness of the other crus but in 2019 it is positively striking. I would drink this ahead of the other 2019s. - By Antonio Galloni on November 2022 I was blown away by the wines I tasted at Conterno-Fantino. The 2019s are nuanced transparent and wonderfully expressive of place. In other words everything Barolo should be. Everything starts in the vineyard which has always been evident here. In recent years Fabio Fantino has refined that approach giving the wines a level of precision that is impossible to miss. The 2019s spent 15-18 days on the skins far longer than a decade ago and were aged in a combination of barrique and 25hL casks. The 2019s are simply stellar.v