Giacomo Conterno, Barolo, Cascina Francia 2004

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98 points Vinous

The 2004 Barolo Cascina Francia boasts staggering depth and explosive intensity from the very first taste. One of the most brooding, backward 2004s, the Cascina Francia is one of the only wines in this vintage that I am slightly disappointed to have opened, as it is so intensely backward. Hints of sage, tobacco, menthol, rose petal and graphite open up in the glass, recalling just how mesmerizing the 2004 was in cask. At once silky, while at other times virile, the 2004 Cascina Francia is constantly changing in the glass. The multiple shades of nuance and complexity are those of Nebbiolo from a great site as expressed by one of the region's historic families. The price of Monfortino has escalated rapidly over the last few years, but by comparison, the 2004 Cascina Francia is still available in the market and represents a good relative value. (AG) (5/2015)

94 points John Gilman

The Conterno family’s 2004 Cascina Francia is a beautiful young wine in the making. The bouquet is pure, youthful and classically styled, wafting from the glass in a vibrant blend of cherries, blood orange, camphor, gamebird, a superb base of soil, woodsmoke and lovely spice tones in the upper register. On the palate the wine is deep, full-bodied, laser-like and tangy, with a sappy core of red fruit, stunning transparency, ripe tannins and outstanding length and grip on the tangy and still very, very primary finish. This is a puppy and will need close to another decade in the cellar before it starts to stir, but it is going to be an outstanding example of this superb vintage. (3/2017)

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