Cappellano & Giacomo Conterno

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These two producers need no introduction from us! However, two notes:

Troglia was a wine merchant in Torino; some older friends in the region still remember them as having very high standards (the fact that they bought Troglia / Cappellano wines offers proof of this). I would assume that the Cappellano family felt the same way, since they sold finished wine to Troglia (in bulk, which Troglia then bottled) and permitted Troglia to put their name on the label, which in those days was not standard practice when producers sold their wine to merchants. Are Troglia bottles as good as Cappellano’s estate-bottled wines? My own experience tasting them is limited but has been positive, with memorably good Troglia wines from the 1950s and 1960s. And you get the very distinctive bottle!

Troglia 1967, 1966, 1962, 1954, 1968, 1976

 

We wish we had large quantities of these wines, and we are always very sorry when our customers are late to the party and can’t purchase the wine(s) they want. To avoid this unpleasant experience, please click to view the offer on our website; the inventory shown is live if you refresh the page. Jamie Wolff

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Conterno, Giacomo 2009 Barolo Cascina Francia

From the ripe 2009 vintage, Giacomo Conterno's Barolo Cascina Francia avoids the overly rich character of some of the wines of their neighbors. Perfumes of orange oil, earth, grilled meat arise from the glass. The palate while dense and structured shows fine counterpoise between power and elegance, with sweet fruit, soil notes, and savory notes framed by ripe tannins and buoyed by good acidity for the vintage. This is quite pretty and while drinking nicely with decanting, this will benefit from another 10-20 years in the cellar when the fruit and structure should integrate. John McIlwain

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Cappellano 1967 Barolo (bottled by Troglia)

One bottle has hand-written vintage.

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Cappellano 1969 Barolo (bottled by Troglia)

Troglia was a wine merchant in Torino. Until the 1970s most wine was sold in bulk to merchants or private consumers, and then bottled for re-sale or home consumption — it's still quite common for producers to sell some of their production in bulk. We've had Cappellano Barolo bottled by Troglia back to 1954, and they certainly did a good job of it, using the funky, misshapen bottle associated with Gattinara.   

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Cappellano 1970 Barolo

Truffle and tar and a surprising rush of raspberry jam on the nose. Very high toned in the mouth — this needs food — but over time the wine is taking on weight and complexity. JW

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Cappellano 1973 Barolo (bottled by Troglia)

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Conterno, Giacomo 1927 Barolo (hand-written vintage)

The former owner of the Giacomo Conterno bottles in this offer writes: “As you know, Aldo and Giovanni Conterno divided property in the early 1980s after the death of their father. They also divided the bottles which at that time were still in the cellar, many dating back decades. Among them the 1927 and 1937 – all still without labels. Both Aldo and Giovanni Conterno used their 1960s / early 70s labels when the sold the old bottles. However for the vintage indication they had to improvise something, and they wrote the vintage by hand. Apparently Aldo Conterno also sold his part of the old vntages (I have never seen any so far) and he used his own labels from the 60s.”

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Conterno, Giacomo 1937 Barolo Riserva (handwritten vintage tag)

The former owner of the Giacomo Conterno bottles in this offer writes: “As you know, Aldo and Giovanni Conterno divided property in the early 1980s after the death of their father. They also divided the bottles which at that time were still in the cellar, many dating back decades. Among them the 1927 and 1937 – all still without labels. Both Aldo and Giovanni Conterno used their 1960s / early 70s labels when the sold the old bottles. However for the vintage indication they had to improvise something, and they wrote the vintage by hand. Apparently Aldo Conterno also sold his part of the old vntages (I have never seen any so far) and he used his own labels from the 60s.”

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