Few estates in Italy are so closely identified with one piece of land as Giacomo Conterno.
When Conterno purchased the monopole Cascina Francia in 1974 it was a wheat field, although vines had been planted there in the past. Given all of the change in Piedmont over the last thirty-plus years, it is hard to a believe that Conterno didn't acquire another parcel after that until Cerretta in 2008.
From Cerretta, Roberto Conterno produces both a Barbera d'Alba and since the 2010 vintage, a Barolo.
Cerretta is a very traditional fermentation that starts with a long maceration and is aged for four years in large botti.
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