Giacomo Conterno elaborates this Giacomo Conterno Barolo Cascina Francia , a red wine from the region of Barolo of the best of nebbiolo grapes. The Giacomo Conterno Barolo Cascina Francia is the ideal red to combine with red meat and ham and sausages.
Technical sheet · Giacomo Conterno Barolo Cascina Francia
“FARM FRANCE Barolo Giacomo Conterno 2012 in original wooden box
Cantina Giacomo Conterno
The winery was founded in 1900 in Monforte d'Alba from James, a descendant of a family of winemakers active since 1800. His son John will be the first to bottle in 1912 Barolo Monfortino, masterfully packaged by local grapes choices. At the time the wine, sold in barrels or carboys, are rarely found in the bottle.
In 1934 Giacomo produce Barolo Monfortino, so named to commemorate the ancestral home of Monforte. He bought it in 1974 fourteen hectares of land in Serralunga d'Alba. These showed themselves immediately particularly suitable for the cultivation of Nebbiolo and Barbera. The Giacomo Conterno from now will not buy more grapes from local growers. On the contrary, it will be dedicated to the work of its vineyards. Here the vine is cultivated with traditional systems: careful pruning, elimination of excess bunches, defoliation to allow the passage of the sun and air on grapes, harvest in the best period. In short, simple and ancient tricks useful to obtain wines of unprecedented levels.
The wine made from this exceptional land does not need to force it. In fact, it is sufficient to bring out the best of what nature has made available. This is the philosophy of the winery Giacomo Conterno, which is definitely an ambassador of Italian excellence in the world.
As is now well known this vintage replaces Monfortino Barolo that it was not produced.
Essential, deep, substantial.
Roberto Conterno is a Piedmontese few words of solid production philosophy: good wine needs only maturity, time and decanting.
The two Barolo - Cascina Francia and Monfortino Reserve (only produced in the best years) - are very expensive wines legend but to touch the sky with a glass just Barbera Cascina Francia.”
“GIACOMO CONTERNO - Barolo Cascina Francia 2011Roberto Conterno embodies the traditional and timeless style of Barolo. Breeding long in old casks, wines off mode capable of will age over 30 years. Monfortino is a legendary wine, surely the greatest and authentic wine from all over Italy with Brunello di Montalcino Gianfranco Soldera. Location: For many connoisseurs worldwide, Azienda Giacomo Conterno Barolo embodies the soul of his inflexible tradition of long aging and rigorously authentic wines, able to defy time. Monfortino 1958, 1971, 1978 and 1982 are legends that many fans dream one day to approach. The undisputed leader of the traditionalists, the area high the torch of classic Barolo old, aged in large casks of Slavonian oak for almost 4 years minimum, up to 6 years for Monfortino wine. Out of time and fashion, it is a wine unalterable monument that deserves at least 10 to 15 years of aging before letting himself approach. Giacomo Conterno, the founder, is a pioneer among the winemakers of Barolo to bottle his wines in the 1920s, at a time when they are mainly sold in barrels. His Aldo and Giovanni children take his suite in 1961 but split in 1969. The charismatic Giovanni, who died in 2004, poses as guarantor of the family legacy and acquired in 1974 the vineyards of Cascina Francia (renamed Francia from 2010 ). Giovanni built the worldwide reputation of the domain, widely regarded as one of the greatest winemakers in Italy. His son Roberto Conterno, born in 1968, joined in 1988, and now presides over the field, he has recently expanded. Vines: In many respects, this area displays its singularity. If once, as it was common in Barolo, wines from purchased grapes from the 1978 wines are exclusively from the vineyards of Cascina Francia, bought in 1974. The estate vineyard has long been made up exclusively of these 14 hectares in one piece, on raw Francia facing south and south-west to the south end of Serralunga d'Alba area, the part of the name Barolo on which the maturity of the grapes is later. For years, the field produced only 3 wines (Barbera d'Alba Francia, Francia Barolo, and only in the best years, the Riserva Monfortino), but Roberto Conterno did in 2007 acquired a plot in raw Cerretta always on the Serralunga sector. In 2008 and 2009, have been produced on a raw Cerretta Barbera d'Alba and Nebbiolo, but since 2010 Roberto judge that he now deserves to be called Barolo. It is now interesting to compare, for the lucky fans who have access to the wines of the two wines, two very different expressions of Barbera d'Alba and Barolo from vintage 2010. In 2015, Roberto has managed to make the acquisition from the field Gigi Rosso of a new vintage Barolo Arione, located adjacent to Francia and everything south of Serralunga sector. This plot of 3.6 hectares consists of 1.5 hectares of Nebbiolo (Barolo that will), and 2 hectares of nebbiolo, located far beyond the limit of the name Barolo, Nebbiolo who can give of Alba. We will follow with great interest the arrival of these new wines. All the work in the vineyard is extremely demanding, including an experimental vineyard where mass selection of old and new varieties Nebbiolo, are tested and evaluated for future use. The winery: Veritable cathedral, the vast underground cellar is an exemplary cleanliness, filled large wooden casks containing a 4000 to 5000 liters, in which the wines are aged longer. The oldest casks aged 40 or 50 have been replaced in recent years by new casks at Stockinger, including Roberto demanded that the woods are dried for 8 to 10 years. Relentlessly pursuing a desperate quest to reach the highest possible quality, Roberto will stop at no expense to achieve his goal. He enlarged the buildings of the winery and has recently invested in large vats tapered wooden home Stockinger, where fermentation takes place. An extraordinary égrappoir unique in the world, allows work closer to the precision of a master sushi than any other equipment known in winemaking. Roberto has a spectacular bottling line, able to bottle up jeroboams with absolute safety: to bottle in hand these large containers seemed too random and constantly seeking to eliminate the slightest risk small defect, he design to satisfy his demands a high tech jewel. To guard against counterfeiting and the risk of cork taint, he has developed in partnership with corks producers a system that marks each cap with an identification code. He helped design a machine for its use that evaluates each cap, not only to detect and reject any cap containing minute traces of TCA (molecule responsible for cork taint), but also small defects in the cap structure , which may affect its effectiveness in its ability to protect perfectly corking wine. The future will evaluate the effectiveness of this innovation, but believes that Roberto eliminates cork taint risk and ensures 99.9% perfect preservation of wine in bottles, free of defects for optimal aging . The wines: In the best years, a selection is made among the Nebbiolo grapes still on the vine. The best are thus reserved for the wine that will become the Monfortino. Both Barolo are fermented identically for 4 or 5 weeks tapered wooden vats, but no temperature control is used for tanks that are intended to give the Monfortino. The wine is then racked into large vats for breeding, which lasts 4 years for Barolo and Cerretta Francia, and at least 7 years for Monfortino. But longer farms are possible: the legendary Monfortino 1970 was bottled in 1985 .... Some years, Roberto judge the quality is such that the entire production of Nebbiolo raw Francia selected for the Monfortino. This was the case in 2002, when there were only the Monfortino and no Francia. 2013 will see the same destiny tasted in casks in the summer of 2016, this wine is destined for the legend. Both Barbera d'Alba wines are amazing: ripe and velvety, it full of flavors and ripe fruit flavors. Barbera Francia often offers more floral sweetness, while Barbera Cerretta (richer in clay soil) has a little more depth and vigor, with always beautifully integrated alcohol. Extremely elegant, Barolo Francia is irresistible, perfectly harmonious in its myriad flavors and fleshy tannins. Barolo Cerretta is more rich and vigorous, while vigor and density of a tremendous draw. The Barolo Riserva Monfortino is an amazing wine of complexity, with a wide and weathered material, fondue and fresh, the greater persistence. A monument out of time and fashions, which embodies the highest expression of the genius of Barolo.”
“Brilliant cherry red, high layer. Strong aromas of oak and cedar. Subtle saltiness on the finish.
Paired with a delicious Iberian ham Giacomo Conterno Barolo Cascina Francia levels up.
Perfect for a friends' hangout.
After doing a guided tour through the winery I bought some boxes.
I will buy it again, for sure.