Gavi del Comune di Gavi DOCG

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Fontanafredda
Gavi del Comune di Gavi DOCG
CountryItaly
RegionPiedmont
Grape Varieties100% Cortese
AppellationComune di Gavi DOCG
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  • 88 Points
    Wine Spectator March 31, 2011
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 4,400 plants/ha. Following harvest in mid-September, the grapes undergo soft pressing before being immediately separated from the skins.
ColorPale gold with greenish highlights
NoseAmple nose, with an intense bouquet featuring floral notes, vanilla, lemon and apples.
PalateDry, full-bodied, well-balanced and elegant.
AnalysisAlcohol: 12.5 %pH: 3.04RS: 4.4TA: 6.09
Bottle size
750 ml
Serving SuggestionsExcellent as an aperitif, and delicious with hors-d'oeuvres, fish and shellfish dishes.