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Expert Picks: Giacomo Conterno and…Giacomo Conterno!

Posted on | July 15, 2015 | Written by Garrett Kowalsky | No Comments

Garrett_8.6.14_72dpiToday I wanted to take a moment and celebrate not just one of the greatest Barolo producers, and not just one of the greatest Italian producers—but one of the finest winemakers in the world: Giacomo Conterno. Dating back to the early 1900’s, Giacomo Conterno is most famous for its Barolo Riserva Monfortino, but while that wine is exquisite, the estate also produces world-class wines at several other price points. Giacomo Conterno is staunchly traditional and strives to make wines of elegance that have seemingly endless drinking windows, so be prepared to drink these now and for the next decade or three. Behold the 2012 Barbera and 2009 Barolo Cascina Francia!

Giacomo Conterno 2012 Barbera d’Alba Casinca Francia $64.99

I have always been a huge fan of Barbera, for its versatility in food pairing and for its downright delicious nature. There are also many producers who make delightful Barbera’s, but there are a few who stand atop the heap, and Giacomo Conterno’s Barbera is always at the pinnacle. Never thin or acidic, Conterno’s Barbera is always chock full of blue fruit, full of energy and very structures. This is one of the few Barberas that would benefit from aging and patience, as opposed to immediate consumption. Drink now to 2025.

Giacomo Conterno 2009 Barolo Casinca Francia $189.00

Throughout the ‘40s, ‘50s and ‘60s, it was common for Giacomo Conterno to purchase the fruit the estate used to make his wines. However, many of these farmers started to make their own wines, so in the ‘70s, the estate purchased the “Cascina Francia” vineyard, the heart of the estate then and now. This 2009 is full of power and dark fruit; ’09 is a ripe vintage all around, and it graced this Barolo with exceptional depth. Also consider the fact that the estate decided to not make Monfortino in ’09, so all that beautiful fruit can be found here. Drink 2018 to 2035.


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