Castello Conti 2020 'Origini' Vino Rosso (Boca)

Castello Conti 2020 'Origini' Vino Rosso (Boca)

Item Number: 17496

UPC: 0-811644011990

Country: Italy
Region: Piedmont
Sub Region: Alto Piemonte
Appellation/AVA: Vino Rosso
Estate Grown Wine: Yes
Vintage: 2020
Grape(s): 50% Croatina / 30% Nebbiolo / 20% Vespolina, Uva Rara, Dolcetto di Boca
Type: Wine - Red
Bottle Size: 750 ml
Pack: 12
Closure: Cork
Alc by Vol(%): 14
Viticulture: Practicing Biodynamic
Soil Type: Volcanic porphyry, iron-rich limestone, clay, sand
Case Production: 558

Vineyard Notes: Several years ago, the sisters acquired a parcel of very old vines (50-80 years old) planted in the local traditional maggiorina trellising system, in which four vines are planted in a tight square and trained in the four cardinal directions, forming a goblet shape. Origini (meaning origins) is a true field blend: everything is harvested and fermented together. In a way, it is the most Alto Piemonte wine the Conti sisters produce; with Nebbiolo playing only a minor role, and with a training system so specific to the area, it takes the mind even farther from the Langhe than do the Conti Boca and Conti Spanna.

Winemaking Notes: Grapes for the Conti Origini Rosso are 100% destemmed and transferred to a tank for native yeast fermentation. During the alcoholic fermentation, the must is punched down daily (twice at the beginning of vinification, once when the sugar is almost done). The juice stays in contact with the skin and lees for about 10 days. The wine is then transferred to 40-hectoliter fiberglass vats to facilitate the separation of gross lees. The wine ages in wood barrels, steel vats, and fiberglass. Malolactic fermentation occurs naturally. The wine is filtered before bottling with coarse filter pads. Small quantities of SO2 are added during racking and at bottling, with 40-50 mg/l total sulfites.

93pts (2021 Vintage) Vinous 6/1/2023
"The 2021 Origini is outrageously beautiful. Crushed raspberry, flowers and sweet spices all soar out of the glass. Deep and wonderfully vibrant, the 2021 is layered in the glass, with remarkable depth but no sense of heaviness whatsoever. The 2021 is a truly magical wine, especially in its peer group."


  • Vinous
    Rating: 90 (11/15/2022)

    The 2020 Origini is a supple, fruity entry-level offering to drink now and over the next handful of years. This Nebbiolo-based blend is not terribly complex, but it sure is delicious. The purity of the dark red/plum fruit is impossible to resist, as are the soft curves.