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Giacomo Conterno Barolo 1997
The Cascina Francia vineyard is located in the town of Serrallunga d'Alba in southern Piedmont (in the Langhe hills). The vineyard has a southwest exposure and sits about 40 meters above sea level. Roberto plants Nebbiolo on 9.4 hectares of the vineyard; 4.6 hectares are devoted to Barbera d'Alba. 1800 cases were produced. Snapshot Country Italy Region Piedmont Appellation Barolo Color Red Still / Sparkling Still Bottle Size Full Bottle (750 ml) Varieties 100% Nebbiolo
Editorial Reviews for Giacomo Conterno Barolo
similar to the Cascina Francia if a shade lighter – exoticly spicy on the nose, confiture note, wood smoke, cherry jam, cedary, strawberry, mace, more obviously fruity but also more complex than the CF, a complex curry like spice, more like cardamom and fenugreek with a bit of café latte – sweet entry, good acidity, tannins well buffered in the plush fruit but boy there are some tannins, tarry, leathery attack, tannins quickly build adding a nutty note before they clamp down on the finish which is very black spiced, tar and licorice, with a black cherry confiture core, a hint of porcini in the spiciness, long savory finish last for a minute easily after 3 hours in the decanter very light nettle on the nose, quite dried rose, a bit of heat, spicy plums, almost saline, a bit of walnutty oak, smoky charcoal note, this has shur down since opening – very well integrated entry, a bit of bright yet monolithic cherry/strawberry fruit, long layered finish, quite an overlay of tannin, bit of walnutty oak leads into med-length finish. Put this away for 12-15 years at least, seems to be more in the vein of the 1985 and 1990 Monfortini so should be approachable if not enjoyable at that point. 93pts
The 1997 came across and a flawed bottle or possibly better explained as a dirty wine. The nose showed a lot of earthy chalk and potato skin. On the palate the performance was good but lacking, likely due to the aromatics being so out of whack. The palate showed ripe dark red fruit, tar and was a bit chunky.