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  • Fontanafredda Barolo (Silver Label)

Fontanafredda Barolo (Silver Label)

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Product Description

Fontanafredda Barolo is made from Nebbiolo grapes from Piedmont. Attractively shaded in colour with a bouquet that is clean, full, complex and intense, with hints of withered flowers, dry leaves and underbrush.

  • Brand: Fontanafredda
  • Description: Dry Red
  • Vintages Available: 2012
  • Country, Region: Italy, Piedmont
  • Appellation: DOCG
  • Ratings: Wine Enthusiast: 89/100, Wine Spectator: 92/100 (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 throughout the growing area of Barolo, which covers eleven villages south of Alba. They are positioned on medium-high hillsides (300-400m asl) with various exposures (except to the north). The soil’s origin is Miocene-Helvetian and Tortonian, which is characteristically packed with limestone and marl. Planting density is 4.500 plants/ha.


Vinification

Harvest: first-second decade in October. The fermentation is traditional, carried out for an average of 8-10 days in stainless steel vats at a controlled temperature (30-31°C) with a floating cap and frequent pumping overs. The must is then left on the skins for several days to optimize the extraction of the polyphenolic substances and help the malolactic fermentation get underway.


Ageing

Fontanafredda Barolo is kept at least two years in large oak casks (from Slavonia and mid-France), followed by no less then twelve months in the bottle.


Tasting Notes

The colour is an attractive ruby-red with garnet hues which turns orange with the passing of time. The bouquet is clean, full, complex and intense, with the wine's typical suggestions of withered flowers, dry leaves and underbrush.


Analysis

13.5% alcohol vol.


Food Suggestions

Ideal with rich red meats; feathered game such as partridge, pheasant, wild duck and pigeon and other slightly gamey birds such as Guinea fowl and quail; hearty braised beef in Barolo; medium –ripe cheeses. It is also perfect after dinner, as a “meditation” wine.

Serving temperature: 18-20°C.


Cellar

Up to 10 years and over, depending on the vintage of Fontanafredda Barolo.

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