As before, it was gleaming, as spotless as it was spacious, and well-ordered.
so he did give us a sneak peak.
There was a latticework texture to the 2011 Cerretta Nebbiolo, an intricacy that I could see through, that I wouldn't normally associate with that cru, at least not from how I understand it in the other vintages from Giacomo Conterno. We'll see if that texture sticks with the wine as it matures, or if it melts into the fruit like a snowflake.
Cascina Francia has some of the highest trellising of any Barolo vineyard I have seen. High trellising seems to be something Roberto believes in. He has also been raising the height of the trellises in Cerretta since he purchased them.
once before, I had not on that previous visit walked the distance down to this road, which bisects the vineyard. When you are standing on it you can see how the vineyard actually curves a bit.
Other vines there are over 70 years of age. And Roberto goes to a lot of trouble to bind those vines to the wires. He actually grows reeds in Cascina Francia, and then harvests them to use as ties.