Conterno's Barolos are consistently considered the finest in all of Piedmont. The traditional, structured Cascina Francia did not disappoint in the 2008 vintage. It offers classic, deep red fruit, tar, rustic earth and a long, long finish.
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate (RP): 94-96
"The 2008 Barolo Cascina Francia is all understatement and class. Silky, impeccable tannins support expressive red berries, flowers, mint and sweet spices. The 2008 is an intensely perfumed Cascina Francia that impresses for the purity of its fruit and its phenomenal overall balance. Anticipated maturity: 2018-2048. Roberto Conterno’s 2008s capture the best qualities of the vintage. They are intensely perfumed and impeccably refined. These will be fascinating wines to follow over the coming years. As for the rest of the wines in cask, they are pretty spectacular, too. Today I am most optimistic about the 2010s, but there seems to be no shortage of great wines aging in this historic cellar. Readers who want to get an early impression on 2010 will want to check out Conterno’s Barbere, which are shaping up beautifully."
James Suckling (JS): 96
"One of the best Cascina Francias in a long time. It shows aromas of melons and plums with hints of hazelnut and coca. Full body and dense with gorgeous silky tannins and an incredible finish. The texture is wonderful. Pure velvet. Chocolate and cedar. Orange peel. So long and beautiful. Love the finish. Very approachable now but better in four or five years."