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Conterno Giacomo Barolo Cascina Francia

Wine Details

Varietal

Barbera

Style

Red

Region

Italy

Wine Description

(2003 Vintage) "The 2003 Barolo Cascina Francia is a remarkable wine for the vintage. This deep, powerful Barolo reveals awesome richness and an almost liqueur-like quality to its fruit that is balanced by the chalky mineral notes that provide freshness on the finish and help convey an impression of notable balance. In 2003 there is no Monfortino, and the Cascina Francia surely benefits from the addition of that juice which is mostly felt in the wine’s depth. Resisting the temptation to harvest too early, Roberto Conterno waited until October 8 to start picking in his Cascina Francia vineyard, long read more...after most producers had already brought the fruit in. He had the benefit of the late September rains that helped restore at least a little freshness to the fruit, and as a result his 2003 Cascina Francia doesn’t have the aggressive tannins that plague so many wines. Simply put, this is a stunning Barolo made all the more notable by the challenging conditions the vintage presented. Anticipated maturity: 2009-2023...94." WA 10/07 (hide)

(2003 Vintage) Good medium red with an amber rim. Fresh aromas of raspberry and nutty oak, with some surprising minerality for the vintage . Fat, sweet and rich if not particularly complex, with flavors of raspberry...

(2003 Vintage) Robert Parker's Wine Advocate:  94 points

Expert Reviews
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  • Antonio Galloni
    (2009 Vintage) "The 2009 Barbera d’Alba Cascina Francia is at first quite a bit more floral and ethereal than the Cerretta, but with time in the glass the wine finds its center. The Cascina Francia dazzles with its combination of expressive, generous fruit and insistent minerality. Sweet herbs, roses, spices, anise, licorice and leather add complexity to a core of radiant fruit. This is a regal, aristocratic Barbera of the highest level. The 2009 has the openness of vintages such as 2007, but with the medium-bo...
  • Antonio Galloni
    (2009 Vintage) "The 2009 Barbera d’Alba Cascina Francia is at first quite a bit more floral and ethereal than the Cerretta, but with time in the glass the wine finds its center. The Cascina Francia dazzles with its combination of expressive, generous fruit and insistent minerality. Sweet herbs, roses, spices, anise, licorice and leather add complexity to a core of radiant fruit. This is a regal, aristocratic Barbera of the highest level. The 2009 has the openness of vintages such as 2007, but with the medium-bo...
  • Wine Advocate
    (1999 Vintage) Rating: 94+ - As reviewed by Wine Advocate on 5/06
  • Robert Parker
    (1999 Vintage) Rating: 94/100 - As reviewed by Robert Parker