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Giacomo Conterno Barolo Sale! Antinori’s Awesome Aglianico! And Super-Tuscan Gem!
August 15, 2017
A Note from Sergio

There aren't many winemakers you can point to and say, "That one, right there, that producer changed history." Gaja, definitely. Biondi-Santi, unquestionably. Quintarelli, without a doubt. A few more come to mind, but at the top of this short list is Giacomo Conterno who made Barolo the world-class wine that it is today. When Giacomo founded his estate at the start of the twentieth century, he probably didn't envision that his wine would be among the most fiercely coveted, hotly collected, and reverently held bottles over a hundred years later. But he did understand the potential in his swirling Piemonte hills, and he changed history. Giacomo wasn't the first to make a cru Barolo, but he was arguably the most successful. In the lean post-WW II years, Giacomo Conterno Barolo succeeded, even flourished, in no small part to this winemaker's understanding of the specialness of his vineyards.

Giacomo passed his estate to his two sons, Giovanni and Aldo (who later left to start his own estate while Giovanni remained at the family estate). Giovanni stuck with the old ways, and today the estate, now in the hands of Roberto Conterno, continues the winemaking traditions of Giacomo, Roberto's grandfather. The estate's botti are among the biggest in Piemonte--huge, imposing barrels that dwarf a man--and they age the Barolo that is the gold standard for the wine. Today, I'm very proud to present nine vintages of Giacomo Conterno Barolo Cascina Francia, spanning years from 2000 to 2012. The grapes that make Cascina Francia come from the same vineyard that Giacomo Conterno uses for its Monfortino, and they're handled with the same tender, loving tradition. These Barolos sing an aria of tradition, time, and place. They're beautiful wines, and you need to experience them.

Along with outstanding Giacomo Conterno Baroli, I'm proud to present the recent 2012 release of Tormaresca's approachable Aglianico, Bocca di Lupo Castel del Monte. While the Antinori family got its start in Toscana, it long ago ventured out across Italy, and since the mid-1990s, this Puglian estate has been making terrific wines that just get better and better. Aglianico has the nickname of the "Nebbiolo of the South" because it makes age-worthy wines that can feel weightless yet powerful, and this 2012 release from Tormaresca may be the best bottling of its Bocca di Lupo Aglianico I've tasted to date. I think you'll love it. Finally, there's a benchmark Super Tuscan from Terriccio--maybe you need an alternative to Solaia and Sassicaia, and this is it!


Today's Featured Sections Include:

1. Spotlight on Excellence:
Nine Vintages of Barolo Cascina Francia at Special Pricing!
2. Only At IWM:
Antinori's Approachable, Age-Worthy Aglianico
3. Time Sensitive Offer: Discover Terricio's Terrific Super Tuscan
4. Wine Events: Upcoming August Wine Tasting Events

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Giacomo Conterno Barolo Cascina Francia 2003 750ml
Giacomo Conterno Barolo Cascina Francia 2003 750ml
Price: $199.00

Cascina Francia represents classic Barolo, an expression that presents "good body, alcohol, and tannins, plus that certain something that gives longevity" elements that represent the pillars of a noble wine in the philosophy of Giacomo Conterno. The maturation period typically see four years of oak aging; good vintages yield only 1,500 cases. The '04 release showcases exquisite balance and offers Cascina Francia's trademark structure and complexity, along with ample fruit. Given this provision, the wine will benefit from cellar maturation. more info
Giacomo Conterno Barolo Cascina Francia 2011 750ml
Giacomo Conterno Barolo Cascina Francia 2011 750ml
Price: $225.00

Lacy, graceful and altogether wonderful, the ’11 Barolo Francia frames its pure Nebbiolo fruit with chalky minerals, crushed rose and violet petals, fresh-cut herbs, sun-warmed earth and truffles. Energetic yet caressing, this is an extraordinary Barolo that will reward the palates of wine-lovers who love traditional, terroir-driven wines. Formerly called “Cascina Francia,” Barolo Francia is special in every year, but in 2011, it’s more special because the Giacomo Conterno estate chose not to bottle its Monfortino this vintage, and all of the vineyard’s best fruit went into this remarkable bottling. The estate makes its Barolo Francia with natural yeasts, temperature controlled fermentation and a lengthy maceration of 3-4 weeks; after this, the wine ages in large Slavonian botti and in bottle for a total of four years. more info
Giacomo Conterno Barolo Cascina Francia 2005 750ml
Giacomo Conterno Barolo Cascina Francia 2005 750ml
Price: $379.00

The 2005 vintage of Barolo Cascina Francia is elegant and sophisticated, layering its nuanced red and blue fruits with crushed rose petals, tarry earth, licorice, and touches of new leather, baking spices, cedar and crushed river rocks. Silky yet restrained, this wine offers ample fine-grained tannins that cling to the cheeks and provide a counterbalance to the wine’s crisp acidity and delicate inner perfume. Superbly structured, the ’05 Barolo Cascina Francia is just beginning to enter its drinking window, and it’ll be enjoyable for decades to come. Barolo Cascina Francia gets its name from the superb 40-acre vineyard (about ten acres planted to Nebbiolo) that also provides grapes for Conterno’s masterful Monfortino. The estate ferments its Barolo Francia with natural yeasts, in temperature-controlled vats with a lengthy maceration of 3 to 4 weeks, and the wine ages in large Slavonian botti and in bottle for a total of four years. more info