Colour: Pale garnet with light orange hues
When to drink: 2020 to 2040
Bottle Size: 750 ml
On the nose: red features cherry, licorice, tar and leather flavors.
On the Palate: stunning texture, richness and integrity.
Gambero Rosso: 3 bicchieri 2017
More Info: (from Galloni)
The 2012 Barolo Francia is wonderfully expressive today.
Much more open than the Barolo Cerretta tasted alongside it, the Francia bristles with energy. Floral and mineral overtones add to an impression of brightness, yet there is plenty of underlying tannin and overall structure. In 2012, Roberto Conterno did not bottle his flagship Barolo Monfortino. Instead, the cask that would have been destined for Monfortino was blended into the Francia.
Historically, that decision has often resulted in a 'super Francia.'
It will be interesting to see if the 2012 gains volume and depth in aging. I have to say, the wine is surprisingly accessible in the early going, although it has just been bottled and is likely to close down at some point.
All the promise the 2012 showed in cask comes through loud and clear.
Galloni Vinous 97/100
James Suckling 98/100
Robert Parker 95/100
Gambero Rosso 3 Bicchieri