2019 Giacomo Conterno Barbera d'Alba Cascina Francia #160313638
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Reviews 94 points Wine Advocate "The 2019 Barbera d'Alba Vigna Francia is all about precision, power and a meticulous orderly approach that brings new intervals of increased aromatic intensity with each sip and swirl of the glass. The wine can be characterized as exceptionally direct and frank, and these qualities are especially well executed in this classic vintage. Barbera is cultivated at the top and the lower parts of the Francia vineyard, and this wine carries slightly more fruit weight and structure compared to the Cerretta. Francia also ends with distinctly mineral or graphite-like notes with iron or rust. (ML)"
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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.