Gregory Dal Piaz

Location: New York, NY

6 Amazing 1980 Barolo

2. Giacomo Conterno Cascina Francia (1980)

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Immediately complex on the nose with complex aromas of iron, mint, nettles coffee bean, roses and spice accenting a core of rusty red fruit. This is a big wine and it needs more time but over the course of an hour it reveals powerful and medicinal black fruit flavors in a style that remains masculine yet elegant and refined. A burst of sliced orange greets the palate followed by sliced cherry and plum flavors that lead to the long and powerful finish, which is filled with licorice, dried orange peel and herbal nuances. This just misses greatness, lacking the extra depth that would push it over the edge, but it is a fabulous wine. 93pts
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