1978 Aldo Conterno Barolo Cicala (ex-Francia Cellar)

In 1978, the late Aldo Conterno was very much a traditionalist, aging his Barolo in classic large botti. In the Mystique of Barolo, he was quoted as saying he didn't start shortening his fermentations until the 1980s, and it wasn't until the 1990s that smaller barrels were introduced.

The 1978 vintage was arguably the high point of Aldo's career (as it was for many of his contemporaries in Barolo).

$595.00 / 750 mL
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Critic's Notes

Antonio Galloni - Vinous Media

“Conterno's 1978 Cicala is fresh, vibrant and full of life. It displays a beautiful nose of roses, spices and licorice, along with flavors of dark macerated cherries and tar on a structured frame. Though still youthful, this superbly well-balanced wine is hard to resist today. One of the finest wines I have tasted from this producer.”

John Gilman - View From the Cellar

“The 1978 Cicala is outstanding and in full bloom ... soaring from the glass in a mélange of red and black cherries, roasted gamebirds, forest floor, dried roses, and tarry tones. On the palate the wine is full-bodied, focused and exquisitely balanced, with a beautiful core of fruit, melting tannins, well-integrated acidity, and excellent length and grip on the complex finish. This is just a beautiful bottle of Barolo ....”

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