2004 Aldo Conterno, Barolo, Romirasco (RT 96+) As the 2004s approach 15 years of age, last evening was another stunning showing for this superb bottling. It was double decanted about two hours prior to serving to give it the air often needed for young Barolo, which proved an excellent strategy. Revealing a deep ruby hue fading to garnet at the rim, the masculine, penetrating bouquet reveals notes of black cherry, lilac, sous bois and hints of eucalyptus – in many ways a classic Bussia expression. But what sets this cru apart is the intensity of its aromatics. With time in the glass it builds momentum showing what a fabulous cru, from one of the most age-worthy vintages of the first decade of the 2000s can provide. The mouthfeel and balance are fabulous, framed with deep, dark fruit, lovely fresh acidity, and a fine grained, polished tannic finish. Exquisite, and highly recommended with consistent notes from the previous bottle! With a single decant or double decant drink now – 2040+ Current vintages range from $175-225+/btl., you can find an occasional bottle available of the 2004 vintage for a similar price.