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2003 Giacomo Conterno Barolo Cascina Francia

ITALY / PIEDMONT / SERRALUNGA
  • 94 WA
  • 86 WS
  • 89 IWC
  • Variety
    Nebbiolo

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SKU: 43702-2003

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$79.95

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  • International Wine Cellar | Rating: 89

    ($90-$100) Good medium red with an amber rim. Fresh aromas of raspberry and nutty oak, with some surprising minerality for the vintage (|but 1997 is more minerally,| says Conterno). Fat, sweet and rich if not particularly complex, with flavors of raspberry, strawberry and minerals and an absence of green elements. Still, this does not show the normal verve of Barolo from this estate. The tannins are a tad dry. |Not complex but easy to drink,| says Conterno. |It's a nice wine for Barolo beginners.| Conterno told me he did not start harvesting nebbiolo in 2003 until October 8, and even then there was only moderate phenolic ripeness.
    Author: Stephen Tanzer
    Issue: November/December 2007
  • Wine Spectator | Rating: 86

    Shows plum and melon on the nose, with hints of rose and mushroom. Medium- to full-bodied, with soft tannins and a jammy, coffee aftertaste.
    Author: James Suckling
  • Wine Advocate | Rating: 94

    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 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.
    Author: Robert Parker
  • Self | Rating: 94

    Author: dave1161
  • Self | Rating: 90

    Author: Carol H12
  • Self | Rating: 90

    Author: Wang Chong
Cantine Giacomo Conterno wines are among some of the finest Barolo produced in all of Piedmont. Made by tradionalist methods, his winemaking began sometime around 1908 - with family viticulture roots dating back to the 18th century.

Giacomo Conterno's two sons, Giovanni and Aldo Conterno, formally took over the estate in 1961. With the older Giovanni Conterno already responsible for winemaking since the 1959 vintage, Aldo Conterno eventually parted ways over conflicting winemaking philosophies with his brother, and he then founded his own estate: Poderi Aldo Conterno in 1969. Both wineries share the view that the "modernist" approach (using small oak barrels and shorter maceration times) undermines the inherent fruit of the Nebbiolo by adding too much vanilla flavor to the wine. Roberto Conterno, became the 4th generation to man the helm in 2003, and has continued the traditions, while expanding the estate's holdings to include 3 hectares of Ceretta vines.

Today, Conterno's Monfortino Riserva (their Grand Cru) is only produced in exceptional years - at times when the full expression of the Nebbiolo grape can be seen in the wines. A lot like the wines of Giacosa and Gaja, Conterno wines are deserving of a place in any cellar for their age-ability both as an investment or eventual drinking pleasure.

*Pictured (left) - 'The Arione Single Vineyard purchased by Cantina Giacomo Conterno'

Collector Data For This Wine

  • 717 bottles owned
  • 112 collectors
  • Average collector rating: 91
    (Out of 112 collectors)