2003 Giacomo Conterno Barolo Cascina Francia (Italy, Piedmont, Langhe, Barolo)

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Barolo, Italy, Langhe, Nebbiolo, Piedmont, Red Wine


This wine was definitely disappointing. Maybe my hopes were too high. When I first opened this, it was unusually thick and dark for a Barolo. With air, it drifted into red fruit territory and the acid came out better. However, through the course of the first evening, the wine kept changing constantly. At times it seemed very simple and flat, at other times it seemed tannic and mute, and at times it seemed to be very good. After another 2 days in the cellar, the wine had stabilized somewhat. It turned out more typical of Barolo in the sense that the color was carmine red with some orange highlights. Nose was fairly typical with some leafiness, and the palate was nicely balanced with good, silky texture. It wasn’t very complex however, and I still consider this wine a disappointment. Lacks excitement and the wow factor.

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I am not a professional wine taster, nor do I have any professional training in the wine trade. I am a wine enthusiast who has spent countless hours tasting wines of many different styles. My palate is not aligned with a single wine critic, and I call all wines "as I taste them". My site is a source of tasting notes and wine recommendations as well as warnings without conflict of interest. You'll just have to figure out how your palate aligns with mine. My palate generally tends to veer towards Old-World wines that put a premium on terroir and lovely balance and finesse, rather than raw power...please keep that in mind as you read my notes.

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