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.
Cherry, strawberry, a whiff of liquorice root, new leather and spice. Medium bodied, red cherry and strawberry, maybe a touch of vanilla, but low oak impact here for mine, with fresh acidity, an almost vibrant personality, gentle rasp of tannin, and a red fruited finish of solid length. Not getting short changed here, that’s for sure. Speaks confidently of Serralunga and a fine vintage. Tasted: Sept 17; Alcohol: 14%; Price: $75; Closure: Cork; Drink: 2018-2028+; Rated: 93 Points; Gary Walsh; The Wine Front
The 2013 Barolo Serralunga d'Alba is a wine of heft and power. This is a site-specific expression that reflects the darker colors, aromatic intensity and firmer tannic structure that can be achieved specifically in this township. The wine impresses for its focus and finesse. A greater percentage of barrique is used because the fruit had the dense fiber and broad shoulders to support that extra oak. Serralunga d'Alba became its own Barolo sub zone in 1988. Like the many vintages made since then, this wine makes a bold statement on the unique qualities that define this celebrated Barolo sub zone. Rating: 92 Points; Monica Larner; Robert Parker The Wine Advocate
The plum and strawberry character with roses here is so enticing. Medium to full body, intense citrus undertones and a beautiful balance of fine tannins. Very long. Drink in 2020; Rating 92 Points; James Suckling
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