(From 2007 Vintage) [94 pts The Wine Advocate ] The 2007 Barbera d'Alba Cascina Francia flows onto the palate with waves of dark red fruit sweet roses licorice flowers menthol and tar showing a remarkable combination of ripeness clarity and detail. Medium in body the wine offers tons of length and a refined polished finish. Stylistically the 2007 recalls the finesse and perfume of the 2004 with perhaps a touch more intensity and depth. Simply put this is as majestic a Barbera as readers are likely to find. Hard as it may seem to believe this wine continues to get better with each passing vintage. Anticipated maturity: 2010-2017.
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Antonio Galloni"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...