Serralunga d'Alba Barolo DOCG
Serralunga d'Alba Barolo DOCG 2009 - 93 points, San Diego International Wine Competition /Add winemaker's notes
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Serralunga d'Alba Barolo DOCG 2009 - 93 points, San Diego International Wine Competition /
Serralunga d'Alba Barolo 2008 - 91 points, Wine Enthusiast/ There's a hard, iron edge to this red, softened somewhat by ripe cherry and strawberry flavors. Licorice and earth accents chime in as this unfolds to the long finish.
Serralunga d’Alba Barolo 2007 - 92 points, Wine Review Online / Fontanafredda’s 2007 Barolo from its vineyards in Serralunga d’Alba, one of the communes that comprise the Barolo DOCG, is a deceptive wine. Surprisingly approachable initially--perhaps the nature of the vintage--the tannins and structure become readily apparent in the finish. The tannins, however, do not obliterate the elegance and overall class of the wine, allowing the lovely combination of pure fruit and earthy flavors to shine. The classic “tar and roses” description of Barolo is apt here. It’s a young wine with a bright future.
Serralunga d'Alba Barolo 2007 - 91 points, Wine Spectator/ Dark and brooding, offering tar, black cherry and spice notes, this richly textured red has dense, ripe tannins to match. The black cherry theme lingers on the finish.
Serralunga d’Alba Barolo 2008 - 90 points, JamesSuckling.com/ A little lean but some attractive berry and hazelnut character. Medium to full body, with medium chewy tannins and a bright finish. Drink or hold.
Serralunga d’Alba Barolo 2008 - 90 points, Wine Advocate/ Fontanafredda’s 2008 Barolo Serralunga wraps around the palate with serious intensity and muscle. This is pure Serralunga in its dark fruit, iron, tar and scorched earth. Powerful tannins frame the incisive, long finish. I see Fontanafredda’s straight Barolo as an excellent restaurant wine, despite its considerable power and sheer exuberance. Overall, this is an impressive showing from Fontanafredda...
Since 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. Production Area Vineyards are located in medium and upper slopes (985-1300 meters above sea level). All vineyards face south/south-west. The soils are of Miocene-Helvetian origin with a high content of limestone and grey marl alternating with sand. Grape Varieties 100% Nebbiolo Vinification Vines are guyot trained with plant density around 4,400 plants/ha. Harvest takes place in the first half of October. The grapes are hand-harvested and fermented for 15 days in stainless steel vats with a floating cap at a controlled temperature (85-87°F). The must then stays in contact with the skins for a further 15 days to optimize the extraction and help start the subsequent malolactic fermentation. Color Garnet-red with ruby highlights that take on a slightly orange tone over time Bouquet Intense nose with overtones of vanilla, spices, withered roses and underbrush. Taste Dry, full-bodied with velvety texture and great balance. It is very long-lasting. Alcohol 13.5% Serving Suggestions Ideal with hearty red meat dishes and medium or mature cheeses.