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Briccotondo Langhe DOC Dolcetto
Grape Varieties100% Dolcetto
- 86 Points
DescriptionSince 1878, Fontanafredda, located in the heart of the Langhe region, has been a true institution in Piedmont, a benchmark for authentically-styled Barolo and Barbera wines that deftly balance intense aromas and deep concentration of fruit with outstanding finesse and elegance. This style is fully in line with chief winemaker Danilo Drocco's philosophy that "Barolo should reveal itself little by little, rather than all at once." The story of Fontanafredda is a noble one. It began in 1858, when Vittorio Emanuele II, the first king of Italy, purchased the estate (a former hunting preserve) in order to produce fine Barolo for his personal use. Today, Fontanafredda is the single largest contiguous estate in Piedmont with over 305 acres of land, including 210 acres of vineyards in the Serralunga, Barolo and Diano d Alba communes. Fontanafredda enjoys unrivalled access to many of Piedmont's greatest vineyard sites. All estate vineyards are farmed without the use of chemicals, and the property is home to a bio-natural reserve, a safe and sustainable refuge for a wide array of local flora and fauna.
VinificationVines are guyot trained with plant density at 4,800 plants/ha. Hand harvested in mid-September. Fermentation takes place in stainless steel vats for 6-8 days at a temperature of 75-77°F.
ColorRuby red with violet highlights
NoseFruity very intense and persistent fruit aroma.
PalateDry, well-balanced and velvety. Bright fruit flavors accented by notes of almonds.
AnalysispH: 3.64RS: 1.4TA: 5.86
Serving SuggestionsA fine match for hot hors-d'oeuvres, pasta, vegetables and not overly-elaborate meat dishes.