2001 Giacomo Conterno, Barolo, Cascina Francia (RT96) At age 18 the Cascina Francia has moved into its prime, early tertiary drinking window. But make mistake, it remains young. Fully translucent ruby garnet, the bouquet exudes refined classicism with notes of red cherry, balsam, green tea, and a vein of minerality. The palate is sophisticated and luxurious, showing the world class vigneron skills of Roberto Conterno with its superb balance, perfect acidity, and smooth, ripe tannins. This is fleshing out beautifully and has a few decades of fabulous drinking ahead. Drink now-2041+