Briccotondo Piemonte DOC Barbera

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Briccotondo Piemonte DOC Barbera
Grape Varieties100% Barbera
AppellationPiemonte DOC
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  • 88 Points
    Wine Spectator February 2012
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 4,600 plants/ha. Hand harvested in the end of September, beginning of October.
ColorRuby red with purple highlights
NoseThe nose is packed with black fruit, especially blackberries and plums, with slight spicy overtones hinting at black pepper and cinnamon.
PalateSweet, soft tannins come together in a closely-woven texture that combines with great fruit character and crisp freshness.
AnalysisAlcohol: 13.5 %pH: 3.61RS: 4.4TA: 6.8
Bottle size
750 ml
Serving SuggestionsA perfect match for starters, cured meats and a variety of fresh and mature cheeses