Giacomo Conterno, Barolo 'Francia' 2017


Cascina Francia is the main character in the history of Giacomo Conterno’s Barolo. For decades the family purchased grapes, until in 1974 they bought a hay field called Cascina Francia. In the final hours of negotiations, Giovanni Conterno said that the seller tried to increase the price. His wife insisted he get the deal done and not to return home until he did. He made it back for dinner, and from that point on the wine world has had a star. Here, the nebbiolo grape is both light and elegant as well as infinitely age-worthy. Up until 2015, this was the base of Monfortino. The difference between the two is that the normal Barolo Cascina Francia bottling is not aged in oak as long, making it a subtly more delicate version of a nearly identical wine. The best vintages of Cascina Francia are 1978, 1982, 1985, 1988, 1989, 1990, 1993, 1996, 1999, 2001, 2004, 2008, 2010, 2013, 2016.

2017 Francia is a dark and juicy style compared to the 2016s. It’s a wine worthy of aging but can also be enjoyed now. 

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