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2009 Giacomo Conterno Barolo Cascina Francia

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94 Points | International Wine Cellar , November/December 2013

Good bright medium red.  Deep, expressive nose offers strawberry, camphor, marzipan and earthy minerality.  Like liquid silk on entry, then very rich, ripe and sweet in the middle, offering complex notes of red berries, roasted herbs, leather and smoked meat.  Finishes sappy and very long, with lush tannins and serious breadth.  The tannins are more than supported by the wine's strong mid-palate material.  This wine includes the fruit that would normally go into the Monfortino bottling.

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