2014, Giacomo Conterno, Barbera d'Alba Cascina Francia

Barbera d'Alba, Piedmont, Italy
Red
Vintage
Size

(Priced at per bottle)


Score: 94

Drinking Dates: 2019-2029

Critic: Antonio Galloni

Tasted: 01-Feb-2017

Compared to the expression from the Cerretta vineyard, the 2017 Barbera d'Alba Vigna Francia is even darker in color with more austerity and muscle power at the back. The alcohol reading of the two wines is the same (15.5%), but this expression offers less obvious fruit and more dark mineral instead. The soils in the Francia vineyard see a mix of limestone sand and clay, and this is true of where both the Barbera and the Nebbiolo vines are located. You sense an increased mineral presence in the Francia with iron, salt and scorched earth. This full-throttle Barbera is penetrating and deep. This is a fine expression of the grape, offering exacting detail and precision.