89 Pts Wine Spectator
"Loads of tar and blackberry character on the nose. Very floral. Full-bodied, with a velvety mouthfeel and a long, fruity finish. Round and pretty. Best after 2007. 10,000 cases made." -89 points Wine Spectator
Great history on Cellar Tracker! This has an average of 90 points by 14 different reviewers. See all of the notes here: http://www.cellartracker.com//wine.asp?iWine=321186
"Established in 1878 by Count Emanuele Alberto di Mirafiori on the hunting grounds of his father Vittorio Emanuele II, the first king of Italy, Fontanafredda is one of the oldest Barolo estates. Since 1931, it has been owned by the Monte dei Paschi di Siena bank. Along with this historical legacy, Fontanafredda acknowledges the need to evolve with the international marketplace, and has developed a dynamic new vision for the company. Oenologist Danilo Drocco's masterful management of the interplay between cellar techniques, topography, climate, and soil conditions of specific vineyards on the estate has resulted in unprecedented quality."
"The vineyards are calcareous with sand and clay and are 300-400 meters above sea level. Fermentation is completed in temperature controlled stainless steel tanks for 15 days. The wine is then aged for 1 year in French Allier oak barriques, 1 year in Allier oak casks, and 8-10 months in the bottle."
"Garnet-red with ruby highlights that take on a slightly orange tone over time, it has a clear-cut, intense nose with overtones of vanilla, spices, withered roses and underbrush; its taste is dry, but soft, full-bodied, velvety and well balanced, and is very long-lasting." -Importer
This wine was scored 88 points by Antonio Galloni of the Wine Advocate.