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

It has been a few years now, since my last visit to Fontanafredda, which I get a friendly reminders each summer that I return to Europe. But with that said, I always have a special place for the team and wines crafted at Fontanafredda and this Barolo is a wonderful expression all that is so great about this part of the wine world. The Nebbiolo vineyards used to craft this wine are located throughout the area of Barolo.

 

Which includes eleven villages south of the small town of Alba, with picture post-card hillside vineyards, at elevations between 300-400m above sea-level, with various south-facing exposures. Their vineyards grow in a mixture of Miocene-Helvetian and Tortonian period soils, which are characteristically packed with limestone and marl deposits.
As their vineyards were deemed ready for harvest, the fruit on arrival into the winery underwent traditional fermentation for approximately 10 days in stainless steel tanks at a controlled temperature of up to 30°C - with the cap having frequent pump overs. The must was allowed to stay on the skins for several days to heighten extraction of more complex flavour characteristics and to help with the malolactic fermentation process.
This wine spent at least two years in very large casks (known locally as a botti) made of oak from Slavonia and mid-regions of France. Followed by a minimum of twelve months in the bottle before release. This traditional lengthy winemaking has resulted a complex red wine packed with warm and invited qualities, a wine with a robust, full-bodied personality packed with structure making with wine ideal with rich cuisine and also able to age and mature for several years.
As you pour this wine your glass will be filled rich red colour with a bright hue. The nose has vibrant aromas of dried spice, violets, dark cherries and berry fruits with a hint of oak. The palate has good structure from natural tannins and time in oak, with those dark cherry and plum flavours full across the palate resulting in mid-palate richness of texture. This wine has great concentration and has a well-balanced character, a classic Barolo firm and confident with a long finish. With respectful winemaking and time in the bottle it has developed a seductive quality ideal with a range of full flavoured dishes.
This 2011 Barolo D.O.C.G. has 13.5% Alc. Decant 45-60 minutes and serve at 16-18°C. 

A generous, confident and well-structured red wine, with a long finish.

CELLARING POTENTIAL:
With good decanting, drinking well this winter season; plus will age well for another 7-8 years. 

SUGGESTED FOOD MATCHES:
Perfect wine pairing with prime cuts of well season red meats, game dishes, slow cooked richly flavoured cuisine, earthy vegetarian dishes and aged hard cheeses, enjoy.