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Giacomo Conterno Barolo 1998
A classic in the making, the 1998 Cascina Francia offers a quintessentially pure expression of Nebbiolo in it aromas of roses, licorice and tar. It is powerful and potent on the palate, where endless layers of sweet fruit blossom with exceptional length. Though I expect it to be relatively accessible within a few years.
Editorial Reviews for Giacomo Conterno Barolo
Deep and intense on the nose with strong anise and tar tinged sweet dark fruits. Real complexity here with layered notes of medicinal herbs, leather, prosciutto, and spice notes over that core of precise fruit. In the mouth the fine round tannins are young yet silky giving the wine unusual elegance. Though the intense frutti di bosco and seared red cherry notes are deep and rich the intense inner mouth note of drying roses offer great lift. Mineral and smoky tones add complexity and length on the finale which is a bit bracing and belies the generally strict character of this wine. The tannins are just a bit austere; a good thing for me, but the fruit buffers it perfectly. Very complete and while excellent this is youthful and will benefit from additional cellaring 2008-2025 93pts.
This is another open and giving nose full of hot iron, candied herbs, big sweet black cherry fruit that is a bit liquory, and ever-so-slightly herbal edges. On the palate it doesn’t quite deliver the intensity and depth that the nose suggests, though there is a lot to like here. The fruit is ripe yet remains transparent with very aromatic notes of licorice and tar in the mouth. The finish shows dark fruit, more in the black raspberry end of the spectrum, and while all the structural elements are very well integrated, the wine lacks just a little follow through. Perhaps with time this will come, though there is nothing wrong with enjoying this today for it all offers. 92pts
The nose was big and inviting with black cherry, anise and a hint of cinnamon. Drinking beautifully now with a fine structure and almost pinot like feel in the mouth. It’s a very pretty wine that flows across the palate with sweet cranberry and roses leaving you feeling, almost… refreshed. This was one of the most open wines of the evening.
Bold and full yet silky smooth.
External Reviews for Giacomo Conterno Barolo
Decadent and ripe, with wonderfully seductive aromas of white truffle, plum and leather. Full-bodied, with supersoft tannins and amazing fruit and Christmas cake character. All in finesse and beauty. All in place. Drink now. 825 cases made. -JS Wine Spectator. A Nebbiolo wine from Piedmont in Italy. 1998 Giacomo Conterno Barolo Monfortino 750ml