Barbera d'Alba 2018 “Vigna Francia” MAGNUM
Giacomo Conterno Winery
Giacomo Conterno is the history of Barolo. Born in Argentina, in 1908 he returns to the Langhe by opening a tavern and immediately after the Great War he starts producing wine. Extra Barolo was born in that period, produced only in a few years after a long period of aging in the cellar. Giacomo was the forerunner of the overseas wine trade, organizing its distribution together with an uncle who remained in Argentina. The Second World War almost determines the bankruptcy of the company, which however rises thanks to John, son of James. Giovanni is one of the protagonists of the birth of Barolo as we know it today, proud opponent of the conferment of Nebbiolo to the wineries, he urged his fellow villagers to bottle their own, trying to fully understand the potential of those grapes. In 1974 buys the now famous Cascina Francia estate, a Serralunga, from which the Monfortino is born, and from 1988 is joined by his son Roberto. Since February 2004, year of Giovanni's death, Roberto Conterno manages the company. Roberto is not an oenologist, he is not an agronomist, he is simply good. Strong supporter of tradition, enemy of barriques, vinifies the grapes with long macerations, in large barrels and with the winemaking methods learned from father and grandfather.
The Barbera "Vigna Francia" comes from a vineyard located near the municipality of Serralunga d'Alba which has always been conducted according to a precise rigor of respect for Nature and its life cycles. Each strain is monitored daily and treated in detail so that the grapes have the opportunity to grow, and mature, in optimal conditions bringing healthy and ripe bunches to harvest. The harvest takes place manually when the grapes are fully ripe and, after destemming in the rooms of the Conterno winery, the grapes are pressed and the resulting must is vinified in steel and then refined, at least 20 months, in large barrels according to the Piedmontese tradition. By the glass the Barbera Vigna Francia has a beautiful bright ruby red color and the nose announces itself with dominant hints of red fruit with reminiscences of spices, lavender and mineral puffs. On the palate the sip is warm and hearty, full-bodied and structured with a very pleasant sensation of freshness, the typical acidity of Barbera, which well balances the richness of this wine with an elegant finish, persistent and mineral.