The One and Only Freisa

A Piedmontese Gem

2011 Cantina del Pino Freisa

Nice rusty,  slightly astringent red berry fruit greets the nose along with with lovely floral notes. This is fresh and fruity in the mouth, just a touch round texturally but with classic woodsy, rusty slight spicy flavors supported by nice rustic tannins. There's a core of delicious red raspberry fruit here and hints of both spritz and creaminess on the palate with a decent finish that shows off some grapey character. This is very good in an easy going and joyfully pure kind of way.  Bright, juicy and guzzlelicious. 88pts

2010 Cavallotto Freisa

Very balsamic on the nose with ivy and fennel aromas topped with minty, medicinal aromas. This has the classic big acids and tannins of Freisa in a rustic, chewy style that is weighty if not fat on the palate with lots of earthy dark fruit leading to a chewy, important finish. This powerful and big but not overweight in any way, turning a little tight and drying on the finish. 89pts

2010 Bartolo Mascarello Freisa

A Nebbiolata style wine passed on the Nebbiolo gross lees, which gives this a little more tannin and a little more sugar for the second fermentation.

A little stinky and earthy on the nose which shows notes of thistle, wild berry fruit, and a little mushroom. there's a nice little bit of fizz here even if this had been opened earlier, with lovely clean mineral edged fruit, that shows a smear of strawberry and tart cherry fruit. Very long and perfumed in the mouth with a red floral note, just a hint of pepperiness on the modest finish. Just a lot of fun, chill this a bit and drink it with salami this summer for an irritable Piedmontese experience. 90pts

2011 Burlotto  Freisa

Tons of raspberry fruit greets the nose here along with intense aromas of slightly smoky, meaty herb notes, almost like rose stems along with hints of chocolate and orange oil.  There's a nice richness on entry here with early powdery tannins adding a bit of texture to the palate which shows fine clarity with black raspberry flavors and a touch of bramble that lingers on the long, orange and raspberry toned finish. 90pts

2009 G D Vajra Freisa Kye

Dark and earthy on the nose, with lots of rose petal notes, savory dark coffee and dried leather aromas framing small lack woodland fruits. This starts out with lovely richness and earthy flavors that quickly yield to  slightly rustic, angular tannins on the palate. Complex flavors of earth, medicinal herbs and exotic spices appear on the mid-palate which leads to a long, dirt filled richly fruited very slightly hot and medicinal finish. This is a singular wine of impressive character and has a track record of aging very well indeed. 92pts

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Freisa Tasted in 2013

Cantina del Pino Freisa Delle Langhe (2011)
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Cavallotto Langhe Freisa Bricco Boschis (2010)
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Mascarello Bartolo Freisa Nebbiolata (2010)
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Burlotto Langhe Freisa (2011)
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Vajra Freisa Kye (2009)
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Gioia Rosato di Sangiovese (2011)
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  • Snooth User: OST
    1109625 9

    I'm interested to know how the producer rise the sweetness of the wine and how high it is in g/L? Do they stop fermentation prematurely or add some sugar when the wine is ready?

    Jun 26, 2013 at 1:14 PM

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