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  • Country ranking ?

    725
  • Producer ranking ?

    59
  • Decanting time

    2h
  • When to drink

    2020-2035

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The Story

During the 40s, 50s and 60s, the Conternos could produce their epic Barolos by relying on small, independent farmers who worked their old, low-yielding vines. But by the 1970s, those farmers began increasingly to make their own wines. Threatened with the loss of their fruit sources, Giovanni acquired Serralungas great Cascina Francia vineyard. With its fabulous exposure, and predominately calcareous soil, the site was perfect for the powerful Conterno style, and soon Cascina Francia became the sole source of their wines.

 

Since 1978, both Barolos—Monfortino and Cascina Francia—have been sourced exclusively from Cascina Francia. Monfortino represents, of course, a selection of the best grapes in the greatest years. But it also made differently, first undergoing an uncontrolled fermentation at relatively high temperatures. On average, Monfortino also remains an additional three years longer in large oak casks (botti). Monfortinos extra aging in cask, says Roberto, is a consequence of the extraordinary structure, power and concentration of the wine.

 

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Ruby, garnet rim. Carrot, spices, tomatoes, dried oregano, anise, red berries, with air, some floral notes. High acidity, high tannins, somewhat short. 86

  • 86p
Barolo Cascina Francia 2007 Open but earthy nose with licorice, tar, smoke and warm fruit, dark plums and wild strawberries. Full bodied with warm, supple fruit, almost compote like with dark plums and wild strawberries. Long but not very elegant or focused and doesn’t really have enough concentration for the body today. Ads more earthy notes on the finish with mushrooms and licorice but it’s more or less mostly a fruity wine today. Now-2020 92p
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Origin

Ornati, Piedmont

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