CANTINA GIACOMO CONTERNO Barbera d'Alba Cerretta 2017 Bottle/nc - NO DISCOUNT
Red Still Wine | Italy | Piedmont | Barbera d'Alba | 75cl
£56.95 / £341.70 case
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Closure Type: Cork
Sub-Region: Barbera d'Alba
Wine Style: Full Bodied
Cantine Giacomo Conterno is arguably the greatest name in all of Piedmont! The ultimate and purest expression of Barolo can be found in bottles bearing the Giacomo Conterno name. In fact, they represent the essence of traditional Barolo: rich, powerful, structured, and capable of long aging in bottle. These majestic wines are the result of a great legacy, spanning three generations of Conternos: Giacomo, Giovanni, Roberto - in each case, the torch passing from father to son (and Roberto’s two sons are in turn becoming more and more involved). Both Giovanni, who forged a reputation as the greatest of all Barolo producers, and now his gifted son, Roberto, have continued the important work of the patriarch - Giacomo. There is something different about the character of Barbera here, more “crunch”. The 2017, to get back to the point, has a deeper core than usual but in contrast, the fruit is more red, even some strawberry and a definite tang of rhubarb. There is a lovely lift to this. A slightly raw energetic note gives this a real edge. The boldest Barbera yet from this site.
THE WINE ADVOCATE Rating: 93+ Points - Drink Date: 2021 - 2035
Reviewed by: Monica Larner, Issue Date: 28th Jun 2019, Source: Issue 243 End of June 2019, The Wine Advocate
"Barbera loves a warm vintage, and that's exactly what it got in 2017. Roberto Conterno tells me his favorite recent vintages are 2015, 2016 and 2017. Because of low yields in this hot and dry year, no large-format bottles of the 2017 Barbera d'Alba Cerretta were produced. The Cerretta vineyard is characterized by a higher percentage of clay soils, and this greatly impacts the density and the power of the wines that come from this site. This wine shows dark fruit intensity with some lingering sweetness (followed by 15.5% alcohol). However, the wine also offers concentrated freshness packed tight within the thick fiber of the fruit, and the results are never heavy. This beautiful wine just oozes Barbera typicity with soft and generous layering."