Langhe Nebbiolo DOC Franco Conterno is a red wine produced by the Franco Conterno farm. The Cascina Sciulun where the Conterno Franco winery is located is an ancient farm typical of the Piedmontese Langa architectural tradition. The farm is located in a hamlet of Bussia di Monforte d’Alba. The building was built in the mid-eighteenth century and expanded around the 1940s, and has always belonged to the Conterno family. Franco’s grandfather, Pietro, began to allocate the 18 hectares of land to the production of Nebbiolo, initially to be sold to other wineries in the area. The company has passed generationally first to Pietro’s son, Giacomo, and subsequently to Franco, who has been running the company together with his wife Vilma since 1995 and has given today’s approach to quality production. Today we also see the inclusion of the two new recruits, the sons of Franco Daniele and Andrea, who have brought a desire to do things and a breath of fresh air. The company produces with organic certification.
The vineyards are located on land adjacent to the estate, rich in clay and sand, capable of giving structure and complexity to the final product. The harvest takes place around the beginning / mid-October, once the grapes are destemmed and pressed, they are fermented. The wine obtained ages for 8-12 months in French oak tonneaux, then rests for a few more months in the bottle before being placed on the market.
At sight the wine is ruby red with purple veins. On the nose notes of red fruits such as cherry, black cherry, hints of rose and wild violet. Also notes of black pepper, tobacco and leather. Soft and full in the mouth, with tannins and final acidity, which cleanse the mouth on the next sip. Rather long finish with hints of spice, elegant aftertaste.
Franco Conterno Nebbiolo is perfect as a match for the whole meal: for lovers of well-constructed, tannic and fragrant red wines. We see it beautifully with platters of salami and tasty cheeses, but also with pasta dishes with rather greasy meat and tomato sauces. The combination is also good with second courses of red meat that are not overcooked.