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Giacomo Conterno’s Blockbuster 2017 Barbera Vigna Francia
February 27, 2020
A Note from Sergio

Known for making the "People's Wine," Barbera is Piemonte's most planted grape. This might surprise you because Piemonte's best known, most respected wines are Barolo and Barbaresco, both Nebbiolos. But here's the thing: Barolo and Barbaresco producers have almost always grown Barbera. When you make a long-aging wine, you need a secondary, earlier drinking wine--after all, even great Barolo makers need to make money as their more expensive wines age. More importantly, everyone needs something to drink when noble Nebbiolo doesn't fit the bill. Finally, Barbera grapes make delicious wines.

Today, I'm delighted to debut Giacomo Conterno's absolutely amazing 2017 Barbera d'Alba Vigna Francia. Roberto Conterno, the owner-winemaker at Giacomo Conterno, always sets the bar high, and this '17 Barbera Vigna Francia is a muscular thing of juicy beauty. I don't often get genuinely excited about a Barbera, but this Giacomo Conterno release is dazzling--it's an aromatic delight that has structure to drink for a decade. Today's Barbera Vigna Francia is a great wine from a great producer and it's a fitting celebration of Barbera, a grape that's always in Nebbiolo's shadows.


Today's Featured Sections Include:

1. Spotlight on Excellence: Spellbinding 2017 Barbera Vigna Francia from Giacomo Conterno!
2. Wine Events: Upcoming February / March Wine Tasting Events

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Sergio Esposito
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Giacomo Conterno Barbera d'Alba Vigna Francia 2017 750ml
Giacomo Conterno Barbera d'Alba Vigna Francia 2017 750ml
Price: $79.99

Giacomo Conterno crafted a showstopping Barbera Vigna Francia in 2017. This wine captivates with its thrilling nose that layers its crisp red and juicy blue fruits with smoky minerals, tarry earth, and wild herbs, along with touches of spice and violet petals. Tensions between sweet fruits and savory minerals echo on the penetrating, focused palate, where plush dry extract finds its complement in driving acidity. Impressive and profound, this ’17 Barbera Cascina will drink for upwards of a decade! Deriving from Giacomo Conterno's mineral-rich Cascina Francia vineyard, this Barbera exemplifies the role that terroir plays a part in elevating Barbera, the “People’s Wine,” to sublimity. Grown alongside the Conterno's Nebbiolo grapes, this Barbera comes from the same vineyards as the world’s most famous Barolo, Monfortino; after temperature-controlled fermentation, the wine ages for about 21 months in botti before bottling. more info