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Fontanafredda Dolcetto Briccotondo

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Product Description

Fontanafredda Dolcetto is made from Dolcetto grapes from Piedmont. Attractively ruby-red/violet in colour with a vinous, intense bouquet and attractive flavours of black cherry, liquorice, prune, black pepper and almonds.

  • Brand: Fontanafredda
  • Description: Dry Red
  • Vintages Available: 2015
  • Country, Region: Italy, Piedmont
  • Appellation: DOCG
  • Ratings: Wine Spectator: 86/100 (2014 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% Dolcetto


Vineyard

The vineyards are located mainly around the town of Alba and in the villages of Treiso, La Morra and Neive. They are positioned on medium-high hillsides, well-exposed on fairly compact calcareous soil. The average yield is 63 hl per hectare.


Vinification

The fermentation takes place in stainless steel tanks for 6-8 days at a temperature of 24-25°C and is then followed by the malolactic fermentation.


Ageing

A short stay in steel precedes bottling, which is carried out in the spring following the harvest. The wine is released after a few months of ageing in the bottle.


Tasting Notes

The colour is a clear, ruby-red wine with violet highlights. Its vinous bouquet is fruity, very intense and rather attractive and persistent. Nicely dry, well-balanced and velvety, with clear flavours of black cherry and liquorice, subtle overtones of prune and black pepper and a pleasant, light aftertaste of almonds.


Analysis

13% alcohol vol.


Food Suggestions

Fontanafredda Dolcetto is a fine match for hot antipasti, pasta, vegetables and not overly-elaborate meat dishes.

Serving temperature: 15°C.


Cellar

Keep Fontanafredda Dolcetto up to 3 years after bottling.

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