Grape Varietal: 100% Nebbiolo
Growing Region: Barolo, Piedmont, Italy
Chief Winemaker: Danilo Drocco

The last time I was in Barolo, I actually walked up, down and around the village of Barolo and amongst the stunning vineyards resting on the rolling hills surrounding. Wines from Fontanafredda are well engrained into the minds of those with several years in the industry. And over the past few years, becoming a much sort after expression of Italian tradition and character for the next generation of wine enthusiasts.

 

The fruit and vineyards for this wine are located throughout the growing area of Barolo, which covers eleven villages south of the town of Alba. Their vines sit on gentle hillsides’ ranging from 300-400m above sea level, with various south and south-west aspects, while growing in a mix of soil types, which are characteristically packed with limestone and marl.
After selected hand-harvesting, and on arrival after only a short distance to the winery, the fruit underwent traditional fermentation for an average of 8-10 days in stainless steel tanks at controlled temperatures of 30-31°C with the cap being frequently pumped over. The must is then left on the skins for several days to optimize the extraction of colour and flavour characters and to also help the malolactic fermentation get underway. The wine then spent at least two years in large oak casks sourced from both Slavonia and central France, followed by twelve months further bottle development.
As you pour this wine, you will have a rich red colour fill your glass with a crimson hue. On the nose this wine expresses typical rich, vibrant cherry and berry fruit aromas with subtle notes of spice, dried herbs, cedar and a savoury twist at the end. The palate has good structure and grippy tannins, and those vibrant cherry and plum fruits fill the mid-palate with richness while complimenting the texture and breadth from its time in oak, making it capable of withstanding the test of time. With five years of age - this wine is very appealing with good savoury characters, typical of a well made Barolo, made in a seductive style with a confident finish. This wine has 13.5% alc. Decant for 45 minutes and served at 16-18°C. 

A Barolo wine worthy of the name, while making a new mark.

CELLARING POTENTIAL:
Drinking well this coming season; through will appreciate and repay 3-4 years and should last another 7-8. 

SUGGESTED FOOD MATCHES:
Perfect wine pairing with slow cooked game dishes, seasoned prime cuts of meat with rich sauces, and aged, hard cheeses, enjoy.