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87 Points | International Wine Cellar , November/December 2011
(from the family's nebbiolo vines that are less than 20 years of age): Pale, bright red. Red fruits, minerals, mint and woodsmoke on the nose, plus vanilla and resin notes from the oak. Intense and sweet but oaky and a bit generic, with slightly dull red fruit flavors along with saline and earthy nuances. The wood element gives the finish a dry quality. This is the only Conterno wine aged in French oak (100% new barriques for 18 months), and is in a distinctly more international style than the family's Barolos, which are aged in large Slavonian oak casks.