It is easy to fall for Conterno Fantino’s Ginestrino Nebbiolo delle Langhe DOC and its accessible elegance. As Fabio Fantino says, “you could call it Barolo’s little brother.”
Ginestrino is made from 100% Nebbiolo grapes from several hillside vineyards overlooking the ancient fortified town of Monforte d’Alba. The vines, from the same clones, enjoy the same soil, the same microclimate, the same winemaker – the same terroir.
So what is the difference?
The vines are younger – up to fifteen years of age – and thus produce wines with a lighter structure and all the freshness and crisp primary fruity and floral aromas a young Nebbiolo is known for. Most importantly, the wines show that elegance that makes Conterno Fantino’s wines stand out.
- From single vineyards in Barolo
- Vine age ranges from 22-70 years
- Lower production, more pruning and thinning
- 10-15 days maceration with high extraction of tannins and aromas
- Aged minimum 24 months in new and used French oak barrique and then 12 months in bottle
- Elegant, rich, powerful and structured; Floral and fruity aromas accompanied by tertiary aromas; appealing and complex with elegant tannins and a long-lasting finish
- Up to 20 years cellaring
- From multiple vineyards, in the municipality of Barolo, including Conterno Fantino’s historic crus
- Age of vines around 15 years
- Higher production and fertility
- 6-7 days maceration, less tannin extraction
- Aged 8-10 months in second-use barrique
- Crisp, fruity, floral aromas, excellent balance, drinkability, subtle complexity, elegance
- Up to 10 years cellaring/li>