Fontanafredda, Barolo di Serralunga d'Alba DOCG 2014

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    Nebbiolo 100%

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    Danilo Drocco

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Fontanafredda Barolo di Serralunga dAlba DOCG 2014 - Wine

Tasting Notes

Blood red with ruby highlights, it has a clear-cut, intense nose with overtones of vanilla, spices, withered roses and underbrush. The palate is dry, but soft, full bodied, velvety and well balanced, and is engagingly complex throughout the lengthy finish.

Production Notes

This Barolo is named after the village where the vineyards are located - part of which are owned by the company, while the others are of suppliers who traditionally sell their entire grape production to Fontanafredda. With an average production of 45hl per hectare the vineyard features on the medium to upper slopes with south-south-west exposures. Plantings occur on soils of Miocene-Helevatian origin with a content of limestone and grey marl alternating with sand.In the cellar the fermentation process is traditional, 7-10 days in stainless steel vats with a floating cap at a controlled temperature. The must then stays on the skins for a further 15 days to optimise the extraction of the polyphenolic substances and help start the subsequent malolactic fermentation. A long stay in large oak casks (70%) and barriques (30%) precedes bottling, and is followed by a further period of maturation which depends on the vintage, though it never lasts less than 6 months.

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Producer Profile

Since 1878, the Fontanafredda Estate & Winery, located in the heart of the Langhe region, has been a benchmark producer of Barolo and Barbera, crafting wines that deftly balance deep aromas and concentration of fruit with elegance. The history of Fontanafredda is a noble one. It began in 1858 after the unification of Italy, when the country's first king, Vittorio Emanuele II, purchased this beautiful estate. Here he started producing wine from native varietals, Dolcetto, Barbera and Nebbiolo, which later developed into a commercial business under the direction of the King's Count Mirafiori. Fontanafredda released their first Nebbiolo labeled as Barolo with the 1878 vintage. The estate enjoyed incredible prosperity until just after the turn of the century, but the proceeding Phylloxera plague, the Great Depression and the World Wars took their toll on the business and the property was sold to a bank - Monte dei Paschi di Siena. Decades later in 2008, visionary businessman and Piedmont native, Oscar Farinetti, purchases a majority stake of the Fontanafredda estate and wineries, bringing new life into one of Italy's most heralded properties. The 250-acre Fontanafredda Barolo cru property in Serralunga dAlba is the single largest contiguous wine estate in the Langhe. Additional properties in the communes of Barolo and Diano dAlba bring the total acreage of estate-owned land to 305. The ability to source fruit from some of the most prized vineyard sites in Barlo provides Fontanafredda with grapes of the highest quality. There are two main soil types that cover Barolo: Tortonian in the western region that is heavy in clay and magnesium deposits. Wines grown in this soil tends to be more fragrant, elegant and soft, but with notable richness. In eastern Barolo, the chalky, limestone and mineral rich Helvetian soil produces wines of deeper color, body and tannic structure, making for long-lived wines.