Wine Fontanafredda, "Briccotondo" Barbera, Piemonte DOC, 2011
Wine of intense ruby red color with purple highlights.
The taste of wine is balanced, with soft tannins sweet, fruity flavor of blackberries and cherries, fresh, long, round finish with a hint of liquorice.
The aroma of wine is thin and sweet, with notes of red and black fruit, blackberry, plum and wild garlic, with spicy notes of black pepper and cinnamon, bitter almond shades and floral nuances.
The wine goes well with pasta and tomato-based dishes, pizza, fried or grilled meat, risotto with mushrooms, cheeses, snacks.
Wine "Briccotondo" Barbera produced from crops harvested on the slopes of medium height (250-300 meters above sea level) in the Monferrato and Langhe. Vineyards have western and south-western exposure and lie on the rich lime-sand and marl soils. Fermentation of wort takes place in a stainless steel tank for 6-7 days at 23-25 ° C. Permanent transfer wort optimizes production of tannins and color. Next, the malolactic fermentation. Excerpt wine in new French oak barrels and large Slavonian oak Botti from last six months. Wine is recommended to use for 3-4 years after bottling.
An estate with a beautiful name Fontanafredda, means "cold fountain" is an unusually romantic story of its origin. This is a story of love Italian King Victor Emmanuel II and the Duchess of Roses Mirafiori, who was born the daughter of a soldier. Seeing a young fourteen beautiful, king loved her for many years, and after the death of a spouse or did Contessa Rosa di Mirafiori and Fontanafredda and his wife. Despite the marriage, children Roses could not claim the throne and themselves had to worry about his future. One of the wonderful gifts of his beloved king was hunting reserve Serralunga d'Alba. After the death of the Duchess of his inherited her son - Duke Emanuele Alberto di Mirafiori. Despite all its splendor, the reserve could hardly feed the son of the monarch, so in 1878 he founded the winery and it becomes a real king ... Italian wines.
Currently, the estate covers more than 70 acres of beautiful land in Piedmont. The vineyards of the estate are located in the territories of the communes of Barolo, Serralunga d'Alba and Diano d'Alba. On most of the grape fields (40 ha) is grown Nebbiolo grapes, and the rest of the equally grow Chardonnay, Moscato, Barbera and Dolcetto. In 1931 Fontanafredda became the property of one of the oldest banks in Italy - Monte dei Paschi di Siena (Monte dei Paschi).
Today Fontanafredda is a co-owner Oscar Farinetti - famous Italian businessman and founder of the "slow food". The company is one of the largest wineries and produces more than 4 million. Bottles of sparkling wine and 2.5 million. Bottles of "quiet" wines. Produced wines are part of its own raw materials, and partly - from raw materials farmers with small vineyards and long-term contracts with Fontanafredda. Thus, Fontanafredda produce a wide range of worthy Piedmontese wines that fit perfectly in the wine lists of the best restaurants and has consistently receive high marks wine critics. The world-renowned Robert Parker calls Fontanafredda "one of the great names of wine of Piedmont."