Barolo Castelletto “Vigna Pressenda” DOCG

The Conterno Fantino winery is located atop a hill overlooking the historic village of Monforte d’Alba, with an extraordinary view that extends all the way to the Alps. Founded in 1982 by two friends – Guido Fantino and Claudio Conterno – the winery makes its wines knowing they have been blessed with great heritage in the form of land and vineyards, that go hand and hand with the culture and traditions of the area. In seeking to attain the highest possible quality from these invaluable resources, they pay great attention to the entire production process, carefully adapting to the climactic conditions of each growing season, with particular attention to the different characteristics of each individual cru. Environmental sustainability, preserving biodiversity, and respect for the land and heritage are the guiding principles in their vineyards, which are organically cultivated (as certified by CCPB).

Vigna Pressenda is found in the Castelletto district of Barolo. It is Conterno Fantino’s newest addition to their range of top-quality wines. The vineyard was already recognized for excellence through its past winemakers, and now we’ve seen that Conterno Fantino has only improved it. The vineyard is 350-370 meters (1,150-1,214 feet) above sea level and is southeast-facing. The wines are most similar to Vigna del Gris, and are somewhat lighter, perfumed and refined. The oldest vines were planted in 1969.


Wine exported to

Canada, USA, Australia

Most recent awards

  • 2016 | Wine Spectator94
  • 2016 | Wine HunterGold
  • 2016 | James Suckling94
  • 2016 | Wine Advocate96
  • 2016 | Vinous Media94
  • 2015 | Vinous94
  • 2013 | Wine & Spirits94
Grape Varieties:

100% Nebbiolo

Fermentation container:

Stainless steel

Length of alcoholic fermentation:

12-15 days

Type of yeast:

Spontaneous indigenous yeast

Fermentation temperature:

28-30 °C (82.4-86 °F)

Maceration technique:

Rotating paddles

Length of maceration:

12-15 days

Malolactic fermentation:

Yes

Aging containers:

Oak barrels

Container age:

First and second use

Type of oak:

Allier /Troncais

Bottling period:

June/July

Aging before bottling:

24 months

Aging in bottle:

12 months

Closure:

Natural Cork

Organic:

Vineyards

Vineyard name:

Vigna Pressenda

Vineyard location:

Monforte d'Alba, Piedmont

Vineyard size:

1.2 hectares (3 acres)

Soil composition:

29% sand, 53% silt and 18% clay

Vine training:

Guyot

Altitude:

350-370 meters (1150-1214 feet) above sea level

Vine density:

4,500-5,000 per ha

Yield:

5.5 - 6 tons per hectare

Exposure:

Southeastern

Years planted:

1969,1986, 2005, 2007, 2012

Age of vines:

7-50 years old

Time of harvest:

Mid-October

First vintage of this wine:

2013

Total yearly production (in bottles):

4,000 - 6,000

Tasting notes:

Deep ruby red with lush, perfumed aromas of rose, red berries, blackberries, chocolate and coffee. Refined and sleek with beautiful tannins and a lively finish.

Serving temperature:

Best served at 16-18 °C (60.8-64.4 °F).

Food pairings:

A wonderful accompaniment to meat and aged cheese

Aging potential:

10-30 years

Alcohol:

Alcohol cont. by volume: 14%

Winemaker:

Guido and Fabio Fantino