Giacomo Conterno   Barolo Cascina Francia

2003 Barolo Cascina Francia

By Giacomo Conterno

2003 Barolo Cascina Francia from Giacomo Conterno, Piedmont, Italy

The lyrical and luminous tones of the 2003 Barolo Cascina Francia from Giacomo Conterno are testament to this influential producer's ability to sculpt something truly memorable from a remarkably sunny year for Barolo. The role of the weather that year played no small part in creating this grandiose vintage, afforded ripe fruit and a warmth smoothing out the tannic austerity typical of young Barolo.


Mastery of Nature, A Sculptor of Liquidity

Giacomo Conterno remains one of the most emblematic producers within Italy's fine winemaking scene and this 2003 vintage captures an encapsulation of their winemaking brilliance. Amidst a swaddling year in Piedmont, they meticulously manipulated the ripeness presented by the heavy sun, ensuring a perfectly balanced wine.

Whilst guests might expect a more mellowed character, the 2003 Barolo Cascina Francia maintains an energetic pulse of vigor within its soulful depths.


A Year Blessed by the Sun, Bottled Excellence

The European summer of 2003 was bountifully warm and even ardent at times, often akin to 2018 in its intensity. For Barolo, this translated into a golden opportunity for producers who were able to masterfully manage ripening conditions.

In Piedmont, this summer yielded wines that have evolved into fabled vintages such as this.

Within each sip one can discern rich layers of dark fruit tempered by an engaging freshness. Notes of dried rose petals and fleshy plums dance across the palate while undercurrents of earthy truffle add depth and complexity. This compelling balance of ripe fruit and refreshing acidity echoes the distinct character of the vintage.

The 2003 Barolo Cascina Francia, an expression of patience, passion and time honoured tradition is a testament to Giacomo Conterno's winemaking mastery. A distinctive star among the fine wines from Italy, it's a compelling addition to any wine investment portfolio.

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