Reviews 93 points Wine Advocate "The Giacomo Conterno 2018 Barbera d'Alba Vigna Francia is showing nicely now thanks to the crisp fruit, cherry and balsam aromas that are coaxed out of Barbera grapes in the cooler growing seasons. Warmer temperatures before harvest help to bring out more of the purple and black-toned aromas you expect of this variety, with a little more fruit volume as well. (ML)" 91 points John Gilman "...a big, ripe wine, coming in listed at a full fifteen percent octane and delivering a complex and slightly jammy nose of red and black cherries, a bit of tomato, bonfire, roasted game, nutskin, herb tones, a touch of rose petal and a good base of soil tones. On the palate the wine is deep, full-bodied and rock solid at the core, with a bit of firm tannin, tangy acids, good focus and grip and a long, complex finish. (JG)"
About Giacomo Conterno
Cantina Giacomo Conterno is home to one of the world’s greatest wines—Barolo Monfortino. As Piedmont’s leading producer, 4th generation winegrower Roberto Conterno has created a name for himself as a perfectionist and traditionalist. Since the family has ceased buying grapes and now bottle their own, Roberto has added to the vineyard holdings, so that Giacomo Conterno owns parcels in the three finest crus of Serralunga d’Alba: Cascina Francia—acquired in 1970 by Roberto’s father—and Ceretta in 2008 and Arione in 2015 under Roberto’s direction.
In the vineyards, Roberto and his team experiment with cloning, replanting cuttings of desirable vines in a continued effort to raise the quality of the wines. In the cellars, Roberto maintains the family tradition of non-interventionist winemaking with long macerations, natural fermentations, and extended aging in large oak botti. He ages the Ceretta and Arione for four years and the Montfortino for seven years before bottling. This extended process makes the wines of Conterno some of the most age-worthy in the world.