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Reviews 97 points Wine Advocate "...power and profound depth, with black and purple fruit highlights, rusty nail, creme de cassis, grilled rosemary and reddish rock or baked terracotta. The wine carries its considerable fruit weight with grace, and at the end of the day, it offers a complete portrait of vintage, variety and vintner. (ML)" 97 points Vinous "The 2017 Barolo Francia is dense, rich and explosive right out of the gate. There is virtually no feeling of tannin, as the creaminess of the fruit is so expansive. Bright red cherry fruit, blood orange, kirsch, sage and menthol gradually appear as the 2017 starts to open in the glass. In 2017, Francia is decidedly exotic, not to mention such a thrill to taste. (AG)"
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Cantina Giacomo Conterno, under the meticulous stewardship of fourth-generation vintner Roberto Conterno, is synonymous with the epitome of Barolo craftsmanship. The wines, including the crown jewel—Barolo Monfortino, have been recognized globally for their exceptional quality, tradition, and longevity.
Under Roberto's watchful eye, the estate has expanded its vineyard holdings to include three of the most renowned crus in Serralunga d’Alba: Cascina Francia, Ceretta, and Arione. It has been a testament to the estate's shift from purchasing grapes to cultivating and bottling their own, thereby giving them more control over their viticulture and harvesting techniques.
Experimentation has been key in their vineyards, with Roberto and his team continually refining their cloning methods and replanting cuttings from highly-regarded vines to elevate the quality of their wines. Inside their cellars, the long-standing family tradition of non-interventionist winemaking prevails. This includes extended macerations, natural fermentations, and prolonged aging in large oak botti, creating some of the world's most age-worthy wines.
The estate's focus on traditional winemaking has remained steadfast. They continue to produce robust, elegantly-structured wines, paying homage to the terroir-driven character of Piedmont's Nebbiolo grape. Their wines, especially the Monfortino, crafted with an unhurried fermentation process and up to eight years of barrel aging, are widely considered to be the perfect expressions of Nebbiolo.
The estate's commitment to uphold its roots and perpetuate its winemaking legacy is a testament to their unwavering devotion to the craft. Roberto Conterno's forward-thinking yet respectful approach to winemaking has significantly elevated the estate's reputation. From using the latest technology in sorting and destemming to marking each cork with a unique code to reduce cork taint, the continual pursuit of perfection is evident in every bottle that bears the Giacomo Conterno name.
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