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2007 Giacomo Conterno Barolo Cascina Francia

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94 Points | Stephen Tanzer's IWC - November/December 2011

Good medium red.  Superripe aromas and flavors of cherry, raspberry, smoke, mocha and underbrush.  Plush, large-scaled and harmonious from the outset; utterly seamless.  This classically dry Barolo, which includes the Monfortino juice, is as chewy as a solid.  Saturates the entire palate with broad, ripe tannins.  If I had to quibble, it lacks the energy and force of the very best vintages, but it's a mouthful of pleasure.

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