The hill of Monfalletto with the famous Cedar of Lebanon; the Cordero winery is to the left of the hill. Thanks to Gregory Dal Piaz for the photo.

Piedmont Week - Tuesday - A Favorite, Cordero di Montezemolo

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Cordero di Montezemolo is one of our great favorites for their wines made up until 1990, after which they went to a modern-style wine. Hearsay has it that things are moving back at Cordero, and I was happy to hear that their 2010s were showing much better than other recent vintages I’d tasted. “Quite polished,” a friend who is a trusted taster said, “but wine you would appreciate.” In any event the older wines are absolutely terrific, well-made, classic La Morra Barolos; in fact I cannot remember a single bottle that wasn’t a knock-out. The old wines have significant sediment and need to be decanted and given a long time to open in the decanter; handled properly, you too should love these wines. Jamie Wolff

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Cordero di Montezemolo 1971 Barolo Monfalletto

A consistently excellent wine — we've been lucky to get to taste this several times in the last few years. It needs a lot of time to breathe, and then it provides a classic example of fully mature Nebbiolo. Jamie Wolff

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Cordero di Montezemolo 1959 Barolo

This wine's label has one of the earliest references to it's single-vineyard origins that we can recall seeing on a bottle of Barolo. Roughly translated, the relevant part of the label reads: "from the vines of the property Monfalletto in La Morra". By 1971, as you can see from the photo of that label, the vineyard was receiving top billing on the label. Jamie Wolff

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Cordero di Montezemolo 1982 Barolo Monfalletto

Old Cordero Barolo is great wine (recent vintages are in a fairly heavy, oaky style that we don't love so much, but the old stuff...). A couple of years ago we had several cases of this wine, which afforded multiple tasting opportunities; at this price the wine is a steal.

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