Roberto Conterno, Giacomo Conterno's grandson and head of the estate, continues his grandfather's and his father's traditional practices; it's a beautiful thing. A Barolo from Giacomo Conterno is a wine that teases, withholding its promise until time allows it to open, but when it does, it's nothing short of genius. This is how Robert's father, Giovanni, his grandfather, Giacomo, and his great-grandfather, also Giovanni, made their wines. Year in and year out, the Barolos of Giacomo Conterno show how right they were.
Today, I'm proud to feature the 2009 Barolo Cascina Francia, a wine we debuted almost a year ago. This is a Barolo that those of you who love Barolo need to have in your cellar; it's the closest you'll get to enjoying a Conterno Monfortino, the legendary Barolo that comes at an equally epic price, without drinking Monfortino. In 2007, Roberto decided not to release Monfortino, so he put the grapes into his Cascina Francia, and in '09, he did the same thing. Where Monfortino needs decades in the cellar, this '09 Cascina Francia wants you to drink it. No doubt it'll benefit from time in the cellar, but it has the spine for aging. The Cascina Francia is always a collector staple, but the '09 gives added incentives to enjoy it early and often.
Along with this special Barolo Cascina Francia, I'm proud to offer a new release from Fuligni--the estate's 2013 Rosso di Montalcino Ginestreto. It's a cru Rosso, and it's beautifully made; priced at just $27, it's something you're going to want to pour now and until the 2013 Brunellos are ready to drink. Finally, I'm pleased to announce a very big sale. All French magnums have special pricing until the end of the week! Stock up your cellar and make your dinner parties shine for years to come.