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Barbera d’Alba Vigna Francia 2018 Magnum

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Giacomo Conterno is myth and history, both viscerally intertwined with Barolo and with the exceptional yields that Nebbiolo grants from the crus of Serralunga. However, it would be unfair and inappropriate to overlook that the purchase, back in 1974, of Cascina Francia 14 hectares plot in the municipality of Serralunga d’Alba led to the dedicate three hectars of this farm to Barbera. Few years later, part of the newly purchased Cerretta cru was also dedicated to this grape, a true protagonist of Piedmontese winemaking history, confirming the importance, passion and respect granted by the family.

Excellent preconditions for a grape and a wine that today are a historical pillar of this winery, showing to the world that it knows well how to make an absolutely out of class Riserva (Monfortino) but also that it works both Barolo and Barbera in an outstanding way. Each wine is a champion, a forerunner, a mix of unique and continuous emotions and Barbera d’Alba does not behave differently, indeed it diligently follows the path to perfection traced today by Roberto Conterno.

The expectations of a taster placed in front of a Barbera are inevitably different compared to a Barolo: there are many reasons not to consider here but even though such preconditions are respectful, Conterno blows up the counter by proposing a complex Barbera, very far away from the expectations of the crowd. It is a wine that has a structured and ample olfactory bouquet, which easily ranges from flowers such as violets and even lavender to hints of red fruit jam, above all raspberry, then moving taster’s perception to sweet spices and mineralnotes. The sip is fresh and with soft tannins, certainly mineral and well balanced by the softness, with impeccable management of the high alcohol content.

The closure is still fresh, fine and persistent, anticipating the re-fill of new glass and toast to a reacquired conviviality. The 2018 vintage was excellent, currently in the annals as one of the best of the 2000s: a key premise not to delay in getting a 1.5l format of this winemaking excellence by Conterno.

Weight: 4.5 kg

Type: Red

Country: Italia

Region: Piemonte

Denomination: Barbera d'Alba DOC

Grapes: Barbera

Aging: Fermentation in steel vats, then ageing in large barrels for 20 months

Alcohol content: 15.5%

Service temperature: 18/20 °C

Producer: Giacomo Conterno

Pairing: Cold cuts, First courses of meat, Formaggi stagionati, Roast

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