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A glimpse into 2007 Conterno.

'07 Conterno Cascina Francia

Decanted and tasted blind.

Pale garnet.

Baked earth and amarena cherry open into hay, dried rose, coffee bean and espresso, dried raspberry, sand, camphor and moss. Sweet rubber and light tar, grapefruit pith. So understated. Not so much a whisp of ripeness or extract, this is quite fresh, linear, vibrant and feminine. If the letter ‘J’ had a smell, this would be it. Maybe the slightest hint of reduction…

The palate is conceived by and strung around the oh-so-fine tannin. The structure something fierce. Rich though restrained, the epitome of rustic elegance, delicate structure and humble pedigree. The acid is etched into the background and pervades throughout, highlighting the balance of power and spine. Creamy anise seed, baked earth, amarena cherry, dried raspberry, mocha, sawdust, brine, before a grapefruit pith and walnut skin finish. Earthen, deep, bitter and focused.

If this is going to be drunk now, goddamn, is it good. We probably should’ve waited, but who knows when I could die. It could carefully watched over the next twenty or thirty years, though it might prove itself over the next forty or fifty years.

Time will tell.

This is cerebral wine. This is REAL wine. This is a wine that should not be missed.