2013 Franco Conterno Sette7Anni Barolo Riserva DOCG

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2013 Franco Conterno Sette7Anni Barolo Riserva DOCG

The capstone of the range is the Riserva Sette 7 Anni, which was born out of a dare from father to son: Pietro gave one barrel for Daniele to age, reminding him that any extra ageing impacted cash flow. Sette 7 Anni, is named for the 84 months it spends in barrel, far longer than two years in oak required of a Barolo and three years of a Riserva. It is produced in the best years and ageing remains true to its name. 

Tasting Notes

This wine is only produced in the best vintages. Brilliant grenade red colour with soft orange notes, richly complex on the nose with floral hints enhanced by traditionally new wood. Full-bodied palate that delivers dried black cherry, steeped prune, licorice and tobacco framed in tightly knit, velvety tannins.

2013 Franco Conterno Sette7Anni Barolo Riserva DOCG

Vineyards

It is quite possible that the Franco Conterno estate has one of the most enviable views of any winery. In the heart of the Langhe, in the hamlet of Bussia di Monforte d’Alba, the farm sits alone atop a tiny hill overlooking La Morra, Fontanafredda and Castiglione Falletto. 

Franco Conterno comprises 28 hectares of vineyards, located in the territories of Monforte d’Alba, Barolo, Castiglione Falletto, Novello and Madonna di Como.

The labels bear the names of the most prestigious vineyards: Bussia and Panerole. The hectares of land are dedicated to the cultivation of Lampia and Michet Nebbiolo, Barbera, Dolcetto, Merlot, Freisa and ChardonnayBussia is the first cru to have been declared a member of the "modern" era.

As always, our growing techniques are specially chosen to bring together respect for the environment and agricultural work, as required by the Regional Rural Development Plan to which Franco Conterno first subscribed in 1996. All this is possible thanks to the extraordinary nature of the soil, made up of sand, silt and clay. The elevation above sea level ranges from 250 to 400 metres.

The soil, the extraordinary microclimate, and the excellent south/south-west exposure allow for the creation of wines with unique and valuable characteristics.

From 2015, Franco Conterno has been a certified organic company, dedicated to a production philosophy based on natural ​​vineyard cultivation and a completely wholesome vinification process.

History

In the heart of the Langhe, in the hamlet of Bussia di Monforte d’Alba, is Cascina Sciulun, a typical historic farmhouse, constructed according to Piedmont architectural traditions. Built in the mid-nineteenth century and extended in the 1940s, the house has always belonged to the Conterno family.

The company Franco Conterno has deep roots, and has been a part of the family for many decades. It was nonno Pietro who allocated 18 hectares of land to Nebbiolo vineyards, initially to sell to other wineries for vinification, later destined for the creation of prestigious wines.

The business passed to his son Giacomo, and then to his grandson Franco, who took the helm of the winery in 1995 with his wife Vilma, bringing his own name and identity to the company.

In recent years, Franco’s two sons—Daniele and Andrea—joined the company, following in the footsteps of their grandfather, bringing fresh insight and innovation to the winery and vineyards, continuing the family business with passion and dedication.

Cascina Sciulun now includes a farmhouse where you can stay, for a relaxing visit immersed in the peace and tranquility of the green hills of the Langhe.

Specifications

Year 2013
Bottle Size 750ml
Cultivar Nebbiolo Michet and Nebbiolo Lampia
Country Italy
Alcohol content 14.5% alcohol 
Units of Alcohol per Bottle 10.9 units
Type Red Wine
Vinification
Maceration with skins in wooded vats.  Must and skins are kept in contact for 20-30 days, on which alcoholic fermentation takes place, punched down manually daily and finally racked. Fermentation temperature varies with peaks of 32°C
Aging The new wine is kept from 3 to 5 months in steel tanks and undergoes malolactic fermentation;  it is decanted several times, and finally aged in French oak barrels (25hl capacity) for 84 months (7 years). Aging in bottle for 12 months.
Allergen Information Contains Sulphites
Food Matches Braised beef, red meat, shank, duck, long seasoned cheese. Serve between 16-18C.
Features Certified Organic since 2015, Vegan & Vegetarian friendly
Origin Langhe, Piedmont
Cru Bussia, Pugnane and Panerole
Denomination
Barolo Riserve DOCG