Giacomo Conterno Barbera d'Alba Vigna Francia 2018
Cascina Francia has 5 hectares of Barbera, giving Giovanni the material to produce one of the Langhe’s finest, and most sought-after bottlings.
Giacomo Conterno 酒莊係Barolo產區個朵響到爆炸，有兩塊靚田叫"Cascina Francia" 和"Cerretta"，除了種植生產Barolo的Nebbiolo之外, 仲有另一款重要的意大利原生品種Barbera。"Cascina Francia"係前莊主Giovanmi Conterno 於1974買入的14公頃靚田，出產的Barolo，酒質精彩程度，不再話下。同時期，呢塊田亦有出品Barbera, 品質絕非泛泛之輩，年輕時所帶有的清新果味與酸度，輕易搭配食物，陳年後酒體飽滿圓潤，口感複雜，引人入勝，未試過呢塊田的朋友，切勿錯過。
94 pts Antonio Galloni, Vinous:
The 2018 Barbera d'Alba Vigna Francia is an explosion of floral, savory and mineral notes. Like the Cerretta, the Francia Barbera is quite delicate in this vintage. It has a bit darker fruit, stronger savory undertones and a touch more depth. It is a beguiling, beautifully layered wine that unfolds graciously over time."
93 pts Monica Larner, Wine Advocate (Nov 2021):
The Giacomo Conterno 2018 Barbera d'Alba Vigna Francia is showing nicely now thanks to the crisp fruit, cherry and balsam aromas that are coaxed out of Barbera grapes in the cooler growing seasons. Warmer temperatures before harvest help to bring out more of the purple and black-toned aromas you expect of this variety, with a little more fruit volume as well. In all, this vintage offers a more tapered approach that sets it apart from the richer 2019 edition and gives this wine a little more accessibility overall. 2022 - 2037