Paolo Conterno founded Casa della Ginestra in 1886, not long after the birth of Barolo as we know it. He was one of the very first growers in the Langhe to sell barrels of wine directly to consumers from the cellar, eschewing the well-established négociants of the time. He developed a loyal following of connoisseurs demanding his wines, and the independent estate has prospered over now five generations.
Today Giorgio Conterno is at the helm of winery, which produces brilliant, classically styled expressions from the Ginestra cru, renown for wines with dark colors, brooding tannins and incredible aromatics—hallmarks of its dense, clay-heavy Helvetian soil and relatively high elevation. The estate’s style is rooted in tradition: extended macerations and long aging in large casks, with the resulting wines perfectly reflecting Ginestra’s excellence: laser pure perfumes, great balance, approachability and long potential for aging.
Paolo Conterno Riva del Bric Barolo is made with 100% Nebbiolo from 20 year old vines in the best exposed area of Ginestra. Hand-harvested near the end of October, macerated for almost three weeks, aged for 30 to 36 months in 35 HL French oak casks. 1666 cases produced.
A solid, tannic young Barolo with dried-strawberry and cedar character and hints of hazelnuts. It’s full-bodied with firm, chewy tannins.