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Barbera d’Alba, Francia 2017

Giacomo Conterno

Case Format: 12x75cl

Max score: 94.0

Giacomo Conterno is an Italian estate located on the outskirts of Monforte d’Alba in Piedmont, south of the Barolo DOCG zone. Best known for two great Barolos: the Cascina Francia and the Monfortino Riserva, both of which are long-lived and earthy The Monfortino Riserva Barolo is aged for at least seven years in very large oak casks called botti, avoiding excessive vanillin sweetness. Production levels for the Barbera and Cascina Francia Barolo reach 20,000 bottles each year. In exceptional years, around 7000 bottles of Riserva may be produced.



Monica Larner

Compared to the expression from the Cerretta vineyard, the 2017 Barbera dAlba Vigna Francia is even darker in color with more austerity and muscle power at the back. The alcohol reading of the two wines is the same (15.5%), but this expression offers less obvious fruit and more dark mineral instead. The soils in the Francia vineyard see a mix of limestone sand and clay, and this is true of where both the Barbera and the Nebbiolo vines are located. You sense an increased mineral presence in the Francia with iron, salt and scorched earth. This full-throttle Barbera is penetrating and deep. This is a fine expression of the grape, offering exacting detail and precision.


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