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  • Fontanafredda Barolo Serralunga d'Alba

Fontanafredda Barolo Serralunga d'Alba

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Product Description

Fontanafredda Barolo is made from Nebbiolo grapes from Piedmont. Bright garnet-red colour which in time takes on light orange hues. Intense nose with overtones of vanilla, spices, withered roses and underbrush. Warm, soft, richly-textured with velvety, well-balanced and lingering flavours.

  • Brand: Fontanafredda
  • Description: Dry Red
  • Vintages Available: 2012
  • Country, Region: Italy, Piedmont
  • Appellation: DOCG
  • Ratings: Wine Enthusiast: 91/100, Wine Spectator: 93/100 (2011 Vintage)



About the Producer

Fontanafredda was born in the heart of wine-growing Piedmont, on the hills of the Langhe: chronicles of the time relate that “by order of 17 June 1858″ an area of approximately 54 hectares – part of the property of Roggeri Giacomo, in Serralunga d’Alba - was registered under the private estate of Vittorio Emanuele II King of Sardinia.

The king, who had fallen hopelessly in love with Rosa Vercellana, also known as “La Bela Rusin”, a commoner and daughter of a drum major at his majesty’s service, gave the entire parcel of land to her, making her Countess of Mirafiori and Fontanfredda a year later.

The history of Fontanafredda had begun, but it did not start operating as a business venture until twenty years later, in 1878, thanks to the farsightedness of Emanuele Guerrieri, Count of Mirafiore, son of the king and Bela Rusin, a noble entrepreneur who devoted his life to wine with a very modern approach. The estate’s noble past is still evident at Fontanafredda today in the hunting lodge, hamlet, extensive cellars and vineyards.

In 2008 Fontanafredda was purchased by two businessmen, Oscar Farinetti and Luca Baffigo, respectively Chairman and Director of Eataly, a Piedmontese group operating in the sector of high quality Italian food. Today Fontanafredda - while continuing to stand out as a point of reference for Piedmontese tradition and high quality wines - has also become responsible for the sales and distribution on international markets of wines and food from twenty companies, all sharing in the same production ethics and driven by the same loyalty to their territory and traditions.


Grapes

100% Nebbiolo


Vineyard

The vineyards are located on medium-high hillside vineyards (300-400m asl) facing south/south-west. The soil is of Miocene-Helvetian origin with a high content of limestone and grey marl alternating with sand. Plant density is 4,400 plants/ha. The grapes are harvested during the first and second decades of October.


Vinification

The fermentation is traditional: medium-long (15 days) in stainless steel tanks with a floating cap at a controlled temperature (30-31°C). The wine then remains in contact with the skins for a further 15 days to optimize the extraction of the polyphenolic substances and help start the subsequent malolactic fermentation.


Ageing

The wine is aged for one year in small Allier barriques and two years in 2,000 litres Allier barrels. After a soft clarification, the wine is bottled for a further period of bottle maturation, the length of which depends from the vintage’s characteristics, but never less than 12 months.


Tasting Notes

The colour is garnet-red with ruby highlights that take on slight orange hues over time. It has a clear-cut, intense nose with overtones of vanilla, spices, withered roses and underbrush. The taste is warmly dry, soft, full-bodied, velvety and well-balanced, very long-lasting.


Analysis

14% alcohol vol.


Food Suggestions

Fontanafredda Barolo is ideal with rich red meat dishes and medium-ripe or ripe cheeses, it can also make for pleasant after-dinner conversation.

Serving temperature: 17-18°C.


Cellar

Fontanafredda Barolo will reach its peak 6-8 years after the harvest, but its life will vary considerably depending on the vintage.

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