Giacomo Conterno Cascina Francia Barolo DOCG
The Wine Advocate: 96 points
Because Monfortino was not produced this vintage, the 2009 Barolo Cascina Francia benefits from the extra fruit that would have otherwise gone toward the world's most celebrated Barolo Riserva. I tasted the 2009 Barolo Cascina Francia in barrel two years ago and am delighted by its steady evolution. This is a wine of sophisticated intensity and persuasion. The bouquet peels back to reveal dark fruit, licorice, tar and dried rose. The vintage was warm, resulting in extra plumpness and roundness in terms of mouthfeel. The style is slightly more immediate, but this is a great aging wine nonetheless.
Vinous Review: 95 points
Conterno's 2009 Barolo Cascina Francia wraps around the palate with gorgeous depth. A wine of volume and breadth, the 2009 fleshes out beautifully on the palate with layers of harmonious, silky fruit. Sweet tobacco, mint, flowers, spices and the most beautiful pure fruit all flesh out on the voluptuous, inviting finish. All the elements are in place for the 2009 to develop into a superb Barolo, but readers will have to be patient as the wine was just bottled. I remember what happened the last time Conterno bottled a Cascina Francia, but no Monfortino. The vintage was 2007, and I deeply regretted not having purchased that wine.
-- Antonio Gallon
Wine Spectator: 94 points
Aromas of warm mint tea and cherry lead to balsamic and underbrush flavors in this dense, linear red. The tannins are brusque, yet there's sweetness too. Just needs time. There was no Monfortino Riserva made in 2009, so those grapes went into this blend. Best from 2016 through 2030. 2,083 cases made.