One of Piedmont's greatest addresses, few have reached the heights and acclaim that Giacomo Conterno has. While the Monfortino here is the legend, there are many wines made here that carry the same level of quality at friendlier pricing. One such bottle is the Barbera d'Alba Cascina Francia, not to be confused with the Barolo bottling of the same name. It is technically the same vineyard but on the part that is planted, Barbera providing an equally fascinating look at this highly revered vineyard. Cascina Francia was also once planted to Dolcetto and Fresia but was tore out in 2001 to plant more Nebbiolo and Barbera, which were the obvious choices for a vineyard of this caliber. In the same year, winemaker Roberto Conterno went back to a more traditional style extending aging in oak from a year to 21 months, as noted by Galloni in his vertical tasting of the Barbera Cascina Francia. He also stated that in 2006 a stylistic change took place where the wines got richer, deeper, and more intense due to lower yields and a few new casks thrown into the mix. Conterno's Cascina Francia is one of the best Barberas made and has a sensational complexity of fruit and Barolo-like depth with excellent structure, minerality, and sense of place. This is going to be a fantastic bottle in a classic vintage like 2019 and should be one of the best examples of this wine yet. We have some of the only bottles available in the USA right now at this low pricing, and it is not one to miss for fans of excellent Piedmont wines from one of the greatest Italian producers of all time.