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Fontanafredda is located in the heart of the Langhe and has a winemaking history dating back to 1878. A truly unique estate that is a joy to visit, including a Michelin star restaurant, hotel and truffle forest, Fontanafredda is a joy to visit. The estate stretches over 250 acres of hilly terrain in the villages of Serralunga d’Alba, Barolo and Diano d’Alba in the centre of Piedmont. The vineyards lie on mostly evenly-contoured hillsides and rounded ridges at an altitude of between 200 – 400 metres.

The colour is garnet-red with ruby highlights that take on a slightly orange tone over time. It has a clear-cut, intense nose with overtones of vanilla, spices, withered roses and underbrush. The taste is dry, but soft, full-bodied, velvety and well-balanced, and is very long-lasting. Ideal with big red meat dishes and medium or mature cheeses, it can also make for pleasant after-dinner company.

The 2010 Barolo del Comune di Serralunga d’Alba opens to a darkly saturated color and shows pretty highlight of wild cherry, cassis, black truffle, cola and menthol herb. The wine is extremely focused and bright with the heft and structure that is common to Serralunga d’Alba. Some 80% of the fruit comes from the Fontanafredda estate and the other 20% is purchased off-site. Drink: 2017-2028. Rating: 93 Points; Monica Larner; eRobertParker.com #213

Cherry and blackcurrant, hint of liquorice and menthol, spice, clove and mocha – small oak here, though it’s folded into the wine pretty well and does not dominate. Medium bodied, mixed berries, cherry and spice, good punchy acidity and fleshy sandy tannin provides ample structure, then a flicker of dried herb and sweet fruit on a long well defined finish. Rock solid. Tasted : Jan-15; Alcohol : 14%; Price : $75; Closure : Cork; Drink : 2018 - 2025+; Rated : 93 Points; Gary Walsh; The Wine Front

 

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