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Landmark 2015 Barolo Duo from Iconic Giacomo Conterno
February 6, 2020
A Note from Sergio

When I visit producers in their cantina, the primary activity is barrel tasting. Not all producers offer you tastes of their wines out of the barrel--some realize that the extreme youth does the juice little favors--but most do. Barrel tasting takes a certain art. It's how the winemaker determines further protocol for the wine, how long to age it, how to blend it, or even which designation the wine will have. But it's hard to parse the flavors of a wine still aging in the barrel. It's like feeling sand in your fingers and seeing the lovely pearl it will make.

It takes a lot of experience and vision to swirl a very young wine around your mouth and imagine the shape it will take as an adult. Sometimes the wine is funky and weird with a mismatched plaids-and-paisley quality. Sometimes the wine tastes sharp and pointy, like cypress trees in your mouth. Other times it tastes like a teen party that's raided the liquor cabinet when the parents were out. Still others, however, are a pleasure, a pure experience that makes you give an internal "Ah!" as the wine crosses your palate. Very rarely, you taste out of a barrel and your vision is one of glory.

Tasting from Giacomo Conterno's barrels, however, is consistently amazing. This ability to make wines taste vital and complete even in their infancy is one sign of a genius winemaker, and there's no question that Roberto Conterno, owner-winemaker of the Giacomo Conterno estate, is a genius. Today, I'm very pleased to bring you a pair of 2015 Giacomo Conterno Barolos, two remarkable embodiments of their landmark vintage. The 2015 Barolo Francia floats with a silky, ethereal feel, while the 2015 Barolo Cerretta stalks with a quiet savory power. These two Giacomo Conterno wines are going to be gorgeous for decades to come, and I'm excited about them now, next year, and years from now.


Today's Featured Sections Include:

1. Time Sensitive Offer: Two Giacomo Conterno Barolo Wines, Two Views of Benchmark 2015
2. Wine Events: Upcoming February Wine Tasting Events

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Giacomo Conterno Barolo Francia 2015 750ml
Giacomo Conterno Barolo Francia 2015 750ml
Price: $359.00

Giacomo Conterno’s 2015 Barolo Francia is stunning, and its seamless, ethereal, and complex character embodies the greatness of its vintage. Layers and layers of red and blue fruits, warm spices, tarry earth, blood orange zest, rose petals, and crushed river rocks unfold from the glass in this Barolo’s kaleidoscopic nose. Finessed and detailed, this wine unspools its myriad notes with a deft touch, while its chewy tannins and vivid acidity provide the ideal framework for this age-worthy, elegant wine. Barolo Francia, formerly called “Barolo Cascina Francia,” gets its name from the superb 35-acre vineyard (about ten acres planted to Nebbiolo) that also provides grapes for Conterno’s masterful Monfortino. The estate makes its Barolo Francia with natural yeasts, temperature-controlled fermentation, and a lengthy maceration of 3-4 weeks; the wine ages in large Slavonian botti and in bottle for a total of four years. more info
Giacomo Conterno Barolo Cerretta 2015 750ml
Giacomo Conterno Barolo Cerretta 2015 750ml
Price: $359.00

Alluring rose petals, Christmas spices, balsamic herbs, baked earth, and new leather frame the succulent red and blue fruits in Giacomo Conterno’s compelling, sneakily powerful ’15 Barolo Cerretta. This wine shows a captivating melding of ripe fruits, savory underpinnings, chewy tannins, and electric acidity. The muscular ‘15 Cerretta rolls across the palate, building in power and complexity as it showcases its breathtaking balance that extends into the wine’s lingering finish. In 2008, Giacomo Conterno purchased its Cerretta holdings (two separate vineyards that total 7.4 acres), releasing its first wine with the 2010 vintage. The estate makes its Barolo Cerretta with natural yeasts, temperature-controlled fermentation, and a lengthy maceration of 3-4 weeks; the wine ages in large Slavonian botti and in bottle for a total of four years. more info