Nervi-Conterno Gattinara Vigna Molsino 2018
With vines planted in 1992 in a cozy and protected position within the folds of hills above Gattinara at 400 meters in elevation, the Molsino vineyard is known to produce extra fruit weight, concentration and power. This is definitely the case with the Conterno Nervi 2018 Gattinara Vigna Molsino. Of the two single-vineyard wines made at this estate (the other being the Vigna Valferana), I'm giving the aging edge to this bottle and have extended the drinking window as a result. During my tasting with Roberto Conterno, he described this wine as having "broader shoulders" and "more bite to the mouthfeel." Those are exact descriptions, and I would add that Molsino shows special dimension, in terms of both width and depth, with red and purple fruits that spread evenly over the palate. The wine's finish is powered by tarry smoke and campfire ash that add vertical lift and length.
Austere, yet with a beam of acidity defining cherry, black currant and mineral flavors. The racy profile keeps everything together, while the structure will allow this to age. Features fine balance, with an aftertaste that echoes the fruit and mineral notes, while picking up savory accents. Best from 2025 through 2042. 1,283 cases made.