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2008 Giacomo Conterno - Barolo (Cascina Francia)

ITALY / PIEDMONT / SERRALUNGA
  • 96 WA
  • 94 WS
  • 94 IWC
  • Variety
    Nebbiolo
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SKU: 43702-2008-750-2A
  • International Wine Cellar | Rating: 95

    Good medium red. Penetrating cherry and raspberry aromas are complicated by rose petal, medicinal herbs and mint oil. Quite dry and classic in the mouth, with a savory saline element harmonizing nicely with the vibrant cherry fruit. Sweeter than the '09 and lighter on its feet, finishing with noble tannins. The explosively perfumed, rising back end leaves the mouth vibrating.
    Author: Stephen Tanzer
    Issue: November/December 2011
  • Wine Advocate | Rating: 95

    The 2008 Barolo Cascina Francia possesses gorgeous inner perfume, layers of sublime fruit and fabulous overall balance. Plums, dark cherries and licorice are followed by darker notes of graphite and tar as the wine opens up in the glass. Today, the 2008 is much less expressive than it has been the many times I have tasted it from barrel. It will be interesting to see how the 2008 develops and whether it puts on weight or remains more of a mid-weight, gracious Barolo. Either way, it is fabulous. Anticipated maturity: 2018-2048.
    Author: Antonio Galloni
  • Wine Spectator | Rating: 94

    There's a mineral component here that lends a distinctive savory element to the cherry, currant, underbrush and tea flavors. Elegant, yet intense and balanced, showcasing a lighter style than most Barolos, with a firm, earthy finish. Still locked up.
    Author: Bruce Sanderson
  • Self | Rating: 93

    Author: Stephen G41
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

  • 267 bottles owned
  • 40 collectors
  • Average collector rating: 93
    (Out of 40 collectors)