Color - Garnet-red with ruby highlights that take on a slightly orange tone over time
Bouquet - Intense nose with overtones of vanilla, spices, withered roses and underbrush.
Taste - Dry, full-bodied with velvety texture and great balance. It is very long-lasting.
Vinous 87 points - The 2009 Barolo Serralunga d’Alba is a tasty, entry-level offering. Dark red cherries, spices, licorice and tobacco all flesh out in a supple, inviting Barolo that can be enjoyed now and over the next handful of years. The tannins are nicely balanced, but the super-ripe personality of the year is impossible to escape.
Wine Enthusiast 89 points - Here’s a straightforward Barolo with aromas of ripe berry, meat juices and a hint of leather. The palate shows black cherry flavors layered with mint and licorice. It’s delicious, with big yet silky tannins, but there’s little complexity and it finishes a bit short. (Sep 2013)
Vineyards are located in medium and upper slopes (985-1300 feet above sea level). All vineyards face south/south-west. The soils are of Miocene-Helvetian origin with a high content of limestone and grey marl alternating with sand.
|Wine maker notes
|Vines are guyot trained with plant density around 4,400 plants/ha. Harvest takes place in the first half of October. The grapes are hand-harvested and fermented for 15 days in stainless steel vats with a floating cap at a controlled temperature (85-87°F). The must then stays in contact with the skins for a further 15 days to optimize the extraction and help start the subsequent malolactic fermentation.
|Ideal with hearty red meat dishes and medium or mature cheeses.
|In the heart of wine-growing Piedmont – in the hills of the Langhe – Fontanafredda was born: chronicles of the time relate that “by order of 17 June 1858? an area of 138.82 “giornate piemontesi” (approx. 54 hectares) of the property of Roggeri Giacomo, son of Giovanni Battista in Serralunga d’Alba, was registered under the private estate of Vittorio Emanuele II King of Sardinia.
The king, who had fallen hopelessly in love with Rosa Vercellana, also known as “La Bela Rusin”, a commoner and daughter of a drum major at his majesty’s service, gave the entire parcel of land to her, making her Countess of Mirafiori and Fontanfredda a year later.
The history of Fontanafredda had begun, but it did not start operating as a business venture until twenty years later, in 1878, thanks to the farsightedness of Emanuele Guerrieri, Count of Mirafiore, son of the king and Bela Rusin, a noble entrepreneur who devoted his life to wine with a very modern approach.