Conterno Giacomo Barolo Cascina Francia 2001
Like all of their wines, the wine macerates on skins for an extended period during its 3-week fermentation, which happens in very large casks. The wine then ages for 2 years in large Slovanian barrels. Ruby red in color, velvety scent, and notes of dried fruit. Snapshot Country Italy Region Piedmont Appellation Barbera d'Alba Color Red Still / Sparkling Still Bottle Size Full Bottle (750 ml) Varieties 100% Barbera
Editorial Reviews for Conterno Giacomo Barolo Cascina Francia
Woodsy, raw, and dark on the nose with leather, mineral, and coffee bean accents to the subtle dark fruits. Hard and pretty closed theres little fruit here and what you can taste is simple black and red fruits obscured by tannins though there's a bit of an attractive herbal steak here and emerging anise seed notes. 84pts
2001 G. Conterno Cascina Francia – deep and balsamic nose, tons of black minerality, dark fruits, plum skins, mossy green herbs, rich tar, menthol, incredible depth and power on the nose. Super rich cherry fruit on entry, chewy, sinewy, black spice great depth, tons of soft tannins, such richness, this reminds me of 1989 Cascina Francia with it’s dollop of Monfortino. This is exceptional
There nose here remains wide open with dominated at first with notes of balsam and menthol. The fruit emerges slightly stewed and dried with strawberry tones in the fore. Complex tones of leather and resin emerge as the nose continues to add a spicy, floral, herbal range of top notes. In the mouth the wine is chewy than when last had but still supported by brilliant acidity. Sour green plum and strawberry with lots os astringent strawberry seed notes fill the mouth. The tannins build throughout the night though are very fine grained and polished and the finish tightens up offering anise and green cardamom notes on the finale. Still open this is showing signs of beginning to shut down. It is elegant and complete with a long life ahead. 2013-2030
Four and a half glasses
Another favorite of the evening for me. It’s a beautifully structured Barolo showing a glimpse of what’s to come in the future. The nose was very floral with roses, cherry, leather and old cedar. On the palate you find a fine structure with a slightly sour cherry fruit fighting to come out with sweet tobacco and a nice balanced acidity to the wine.