Known for producing some of Piedmont’s greatest Nebbiolo and Barbera, Giacomo Conterno has become regarded as regional winemaking royalty, crafting world-famous cuvées for the last 100 years. ‘Francia’ is a classic Barolo, showing powerful body, alcohol, and present tannins, as well as incredible aging potential. The 2011 vintage is elegant and bright, full of floral aromatics and a striking minerality. Soil-driven, intense, and noted with undertones of truffle and tar; another vintage where ‘Monfortino’ was not produced, giving power and concentration to ‘Francia.’
This tartly tannic, headily fragrant, beguilingly complex king of Italian red grapes is brimming with bright fruit and earthy funk -- in versions ranging from explosive (Barolo) to ethereal (Valtellina).