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Barolo DOCG "Vigna La Rosa" 2016

96

WS

91

RP

95

JS

Biologico
Da Regalare
Vino premiato
Fontanafredda
Vintage: 2016
Location: Piemont, Serralunga d'Alba (CN)
12
£ 67.00 £ 56.90 -15%
Format 0.75 l. (£ 75.87/lt.)
cod. 02454

Soft, almost velvety

What: Son of one of the best harvests in recent years
Why: For those who are not satisfied
Perfect with: Meditation meat menu

Marketed by: Giordano Vini S.p.A. via G. Cane 47bis-50 12055 Diano d'Alba (CN) - Italy.
AWARDED AWARDED

Barolo DOCG "Vigna La Rosa" 2016

Fontanafredda
Vintage: 2016
Location: Piemont, Serralunga d'Alba (CN)

96

Wine spectator

91

Robert Parker

95

James Suckling


£ 67.00 £ 56.90 -15%
Format 0.75 l. (£ 75.87/lt.)
cod. 02454

Soft, almost velvety

What: Son of one of the best harvests in recent years
Why: For those who are not satisfied
Perfect with: Meditation meat menu

Marketed by: Giordano Vini S.p.A. via G. Cane 47bis-50 12055 Diano d'Alba (CN) - Italy.

Barolo DOCG "Vigna La Rosa" 2016 - Fontanafredda

In the big table of historic Barolo vintages, 2016 is listed with the highest score. "One of the greatest of the last 10 years", even. The weather conditions were rather clement, though not ideal, but the Nebbiolo nevertheless managed to reach perfect ripeness between the end of September and the first half of October. The result is wines with excellent balance, great bouquet and above all structure. One can therefore assume that this Barolo DOCG Vigna La Rosa 2016 is destined for long, very long cellar aging. One of those wines that we can buy today as an investment and forget in the cellar, cool and dark, for the next 25 or 30 years. When we go to find it again, we are almost certain to discover an incredible bottle. Unique and inimitable. Matured in medium-capacity oak casks (between 30 and 50 hectolitres), this Vigna La Rosa di Fontanafredda today has a beautiful ruby red colour, with garnet highlights. The bouquet is ample, gentle but intense, with clear scents of withered rose, violet, tobacco, undergrowth and light vanilla. In the mouth, however, the texture of the tannins is dense and thick. Soft, almost velvety, it explodes as the minutes pass into a sensation of fruit well balanced by acidic freshness. The finish is long, almost infinite, prolonging the pleasure of each sip by several minutes. If we have it in our cellar, or if we will have it in a few days' time, let us organise a high quality lunch or dinner to honour it in the best possible way. It is an ideal accompaniment to important meat dishes and medium- or long-aged cheeses, but it can also pleasantly accompany simple conversation at the end of a meal.

Founded by the first King of Italy in 1858. This inscription on the Fontanafredda website is enough to give a sense of a company that to define as "historic" is almost reductive. Fontanafredda was born out of a love story. It was in fact a gift from Vittorio Emanuele II to his beloved Rosa Vercellana, the famous "bella Rosina". Beyond this ante litteram gossip, however, Fontanafredda has always been a point of reference for regional and Italian viticulture in general. In fact, many curious records belong to this winery. The first vineyard in Barolo was purchased in 1866, and the first vinification took place in 1870. In 1886, Fontanafredda's Barolo wines reached America, and in 1887, the first cement tanks in Europe were built. Finally, 1959 saw the production of the first classic method sparkling wine, the forerunner of Alta Langa DOCG. The last step in the glorious history of this winery, after its acquisition by Oscar Farinetti and Luca Baffigo, is in 2018. Since that year, the company has been producing certified organic wines. Today, Fontanafredda, which exports to over 60 countries around the world, can count on a complex of 120 hectares of vineyards. And in its cellars there are over 2.5 million bottles of Barolo waiting to be put on the market. Long live... Fontanafredda!

Technical Data Sheet

CHARACTERISTICS
  • TypeStill dry red wine DOCG
  • Location Piemont
  • Grapes Nebbiolo 100%
  • Sensations A Barolo with a ruby red colour, with garnet highlights. The bouquet is ample, gentle, but intense, with clear scents of withered rose, violet, tobacco, underbrush and light vanilla. In the mouth, the texture of the tannins is dense and thick: the entry is soft, almost velvety and then explodes into a sensation of fruit well balanced by the acidic freshness. The aftertaste is very long and rich in flavour.
  • Vinification the destemmed grapes undergo fermentation in temperature-controlled tanks at a temperature of 28-30° C, after which the cap of grape marc is sunk into the wine for maceration lasting about a month.
  • Alcoholic strength 14.5% vol
  • Allergens Contains sulphites
TASTING RECOMMENDATIONS
  • Tips Store in a cool place, away from light, bottle lying down. Do not refrigerate. Open at least 15 minutes before serving
  • Serving temperature 18 grades
  • GlassGran Balon / Borgogna
  • When to drink it Ageing wine
  • Pairing Meat menu
VINEYARD
  • Terrain Limestone marl and clay with quartz sand
  • Exposure and altitude Southwest
  • Breeding method Guyot
  • Planting density 4500
PRODUCTION NOTES
  • Italy

  • Fontanafredda

Awarded
  • Robert Parker 91
  • James Sucking 95

    A creamy and juicy red with cedar and meat to the plum and berry undertones. It’s medium-to full-bodied, fruity and flavorful. Hints of fudge and hazelnuts. Very drinkable now, but better after 222.

  • Wine Enthusiast 95

    Rose, redberry, wild herb and bakingspice aromas take center stage on this fragrant, elegant red. Loaded with finesse, the fullbodied palate delivers strawberry compote, star anise and cinnamon alongside a mineral note evoking rusty nail. Taut polished tannins and bright acidity provide the ageworthy framework. Drink 2024–2046. KERIN O’KEEFE

  • Wine Spectator 96
  • Decanter 97
  • Bibenda Present in the guide!
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