Wine Fontanafredda, "Briccotondo" Dolcetto, Langhe DOC, 2012
The wine has an intense ruby red color with purple highlights.
The wine has a pleasant dry taste, velvety texture and harmonious balance of fruit and spice notes. The average saturation of wine flavoring special lightness and finish endows almond notes.
The aroma of wine rather strong and intense, reveals spicy notes of red fruits and wild garlic.
The wine is best consumed with hot appetizers, pasta, vegetables and meat dishes.
Wine is made from grapes Dolcetto, collected mostly around the city of Alba. Vineyards have good exposure and fairly compact calcareous soil. Vinification process consists in the fermentation vats in stainless steel for 6-8 days at 24-25 ° C and subsequent malolactic fermentation. Extract has two steps: six months in steel tanks and a few months after bottling in bottles. Term storage of wine is 4-5 years.
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."