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Francone Barbaresco DOCG Gallina 2016 | Nebbiolo

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A UK-exclusive Barbaresco wine from a cru-vineyard in Neive. Decanter Gold Medal

Barbaresco DOCG is one of Italy’s greatest red wines, and this UK-exclusive has won the Decanter Gold Award – and for good reason.

It is crafted by third generation winemaker Fabrizio Francone from grapes grown at the Gallina hill. Perhaps the most valuable cru in the Neive area, it’s listed on Renato Ratti’s historic map of Barbaresco cru-vineyards. In 2014, the winery and the Francone vineyard were listed as part of a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Only 3,000 bottles are produced per year, making this a seriously exclusive wine. We recommend buying now if you want to taste it.

Sustainable winemaking: This Barbaresco wine is produced following the “Green Experience” system. This is a new set of rules for eco-friendly grape-growing. It started in Piedmont, where winemakers decided that the traditional organic laws don’t provide enough protection for the environment. It already unites more than 100 vineyards, including renowned producers of Barolo and Barbaresco.

Ageing potential: made from pure Nebbiolo, this wine can happily age in the bottle for up to 20 years.

Awards: Decanter World Wine Awards 2019, Gold Medal (2016 vintage) | Luca Maroni, 91 points (2017 vintage)


Geographical Indication


Still Dry Red Wine






SKU: STR-NEB-IT-LCR-2016-01 Categories: , , , , ,


Region: Barbaresco DOCG, Nieve, Piedmont, Italy (UNESCO World Heritage Site)

Vineyard: Old vineyard L’Ciaciaret in the municipality of Neive, Piedmont

Winemaking: Grapes are harvested by hand in the first decade of October (usually around the 10th of the month). After fermentation and 14 days of traditional maceration, the wine is matured for 18 months in French oak casks, and refined further in bottle.

Ageing: The wine is at its best from 3 to 10 years after harvest. This vintage has a high acidity and intense primary fruit aromas, which are the characteristics that help the wine to age well, and as such it has a good potential to develop for a very long time.

Analytical data

Vintage: 2016

Grape variety: 100% Nebbiolo

ABV: 15.0%

Tasting Notes

Deep ruby colour. On the nose, the wine is rich and complex, with pronounced aromas of fresh strawberry, raspberry, almond and spice. It has well-integrated notes of tea leaf, coffee and leather. On the palate it’s dry, with soft tannins, high acidity and flavours of dried strawberry, raspberry and liquorice, which create a pleasant balance for the high level of alcohol. The wine benefits from an elegant texture and a full body, with a lasting finish.

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Rankings & Awards

Decanter Gold Award 2019 (95 Points)

Food Pairing

The Barbaresco DOCG “Gallina” is an excellent companion for savoury meat dishes, game and mature, ripe cheese. Enjoy it with Sunday lunch or an after-dinner cheese board. Read this guide to check recipes of “Delicious dishes to pair with noble Italian reds: Barolo, Barbaresco and Barbera“.

Reviews (4)

4 reviews for Francone Barbaresco DOCG Gallina 2016 | Nebbiolo

  1. Stewart

    2016 vintage has terrific potential, but didn’t hold its own: still rather young. Am keeping the other bottle for a few more years.

  2. Paul

    An abundance of fresh, ripe fruit on the nose. Damsons, blackberries and cherries. Really expressive. To taste, incredibly smooth and well integrated with nice weight to it. Less fruit and more savoury notes than the nose would suggest but no less pleasant for it. In sum, a very enjoyable bottle. Would buy again

  3. Steve S

    This wine is very special.
    This is a very good introduction to the fine world of Barolo. I had the 2015 vintage. With great Barolo you need to wait. I would say that the 2015 would be still at its peak in 10 years time, so do not rush, take it easy, and you’ll be rewarded.
    Went well with beef.

  4. Martin Isark

    Drinks well with and without food! 2016 is an exceptional vintage throughout Piemonte, and this Nebbiolo wine strut’s its stuff with ease.

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