Cantina Francone

Francone Barbaresco DOCG 2016 | Fausoni cru | Nebbiolo

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A deep, rich and complex Barbaresco from the Fausoni cru, with powerful tannins. A masterpiece from Francone: Decanter Silver Medal, 91 pts by Wine Enthusiast

This wine comes from the Fausoni cru (MGA) in Neive – one of the three most important areas in the Barbaresco DOCG. With a full body and complex flavours, it shows the full strength and expression of ripe Nebbiolo. The Fausoni cru vineyard sits on the slope of the hill west of Neive. It’s considered one of the best crus because it faces south-west and receives a lot of afternoon sunlight. This allows the Nebbiolo grapes to ripen fully and achieve their full potential. Result? The tannins are highly refined, and there’s lots of depth and complexity. This is one of the most powerful wines made by Fabrizio Francone.

The grapes are harvested – always by hand – in mid-October, just before the weather turns really cold and a thick fog covers the mountains. The grapes are fermented for fourteen days in the cellar. After this, Fabrizio matures his wine in French oak for twenty-four months. By spending such a long time in oak, the wine develops a deep and complex character with many flavours competing for attention – liquorice, leather, prunes, and Amsterdam pipe tobacco. But ,most importantly, it has a lot of fresh juicy acidity and fruity notes of fresh bramble. Those are the perfect components to allow this wine to age and improve for fifteen years, while the tannins evolve and become magical. Drink now, or hold.

Tasting notes: Medium ruby colour. On the nose it has pronounced aromas of bramble, red currant, nutmeg, coconut, chocolate, liquorice, dried blackberries, prune, forest floor, tobacco, and leather. In the mouth, you can feel the signature powerful tannins of Nebbiolo. Each sip is full of red currant and plums, dark chocolate, liquorice and forest floor. Expect a long finish.

Ageing potential: Fifteen years

Awards: Decanter World Wine Awards 2020 – Silver Medal (2016 vintage) | Wine enthusiast – 91/100 points (2016 vintage)

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Geographical Indication

Style

Still Dry Red Wine

Grape

Vintage

2016

ABV

15.5%

SKU: STR-NEB-IT-FRA-2016-02 Categories: , ,
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