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Fontanafredda

Website : www.fontanafredda.it

The historic estate of Fontanafredda conceals one or two little secrets – not least the hunting lodge to which its origins can be traced back to 1878. The property of the first King of Italy, it was not only a base for his hunting of the local game, but also for more, shall we say, earthy pursuits. The king’s mistress, stationed at Fontanafredda, gave birth to a son and, while not officially recognised as royal progeny, he was granted the lodge when the King died. The development of Fontanafredda as we know it today ensued – until a bank took it over in lieu of unpaid gambling debts.

Today, thanks to a law prohibiting Italian banks from owning agricultural assets, the estate has passed into the sympathetic hands of Oscar Farinetti, founder of the Eataly chain of Slow Food restaurants and a native of nearby Alba. Fontanafredda’s revival under Farinetti looks assured and this sleeping beauty of the Langhe – its vineyards are surely among the finest in the area – is now on a clear upward trajectory. It’s a winery that combines this great history – Fontanafredda used to have its own bakery and school, and still preserves a great sense of community – with thoroughly modern production facilities for everything from Asti to Barolo.

Other wines by this producer

  1. Asti DOCG NV FF 6/75

    An aromatic, sparkling wine with notes of musk, sage and honey on the nose and a taste of just picked grapes.

  2. Pradalupo Arneis DOC 12 6/75
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    Pradalupo Arneis DOC 12 6/75

    (6x75cl)

    he bouquet is reminiscent of exotic fruits, matured peers, hawthorn and acacia honey. In the mouth is warm, velvety, sweet with a nice acidity level, giving the wine freshness and long lasting aftertaste.

  3. Briccotondo Dolcetto 12 6/75
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    Briccotondo Dolcetto 12 6/75

    (6x75cl)

    A clear, ruby-red wine with violet highlights. Its vinous bouquet is fruity, very intense and rather attractive and persistent. Nicely dry, well-balanced and velvety, it
    has a light almondy aftertaste.

  4. Dolcetto La Lepre 12 FF 6/75
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    Dolcetto La Lepre 12 FF 6/75

    (6x75cl)

    Deep ruby-red with very marked violet hue. The fine, fruity bouquet is very persistent with clear-cut overtones of plums and cherries. The palate is pleasantly dry, and its strong almondy after taste brings out its fullness and velvety stuffing with slight tannins, making for a highly agreeable, fine balance.

  5. Barolo Serralunga 10 FF 6/75
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    Barolo Serralunga 10 FF 6/75

    (6x75cl)

    Blood red with ruby highlights, it has a clear-cut, intense nose with overtones of vanilla, spices, withered roses and underbrush. The palate is dry, but soft, full bodied, velvety and well balanced, and is engagingly complex throughout the lengthy finish.

  6. Briccotondo Dolcetto 13 6/75
    redwine

    Briccotondo Dolcetto 13 6/75

    (6x75cl)

    A clear, ruby-red wine with violet highlights. Its vinous bouquet is fruity, very intense and rather attractive and persistent. Nicely dry, well-balanced and velvety, it
    has a light almondy aftertaste.

  7. Barbaresco Coste Rubin 10 FF 6/75

    Barbaresco is a wine which demands attention and respect: for its prestigious history, which is the result of hard work, but above all on account of the splendid sensations it offers in the glass. It has a brilliant garnet-red colour, while the bouquet is complex, with ethereal, spicy overtones on well-balanced wood, intense vanilla, cooked fruit and cinnamon. Its deep, velvety and well-balanced flavour lingers on the palate, confirming the long ageing process which combines lavish nature with great technical skill.

  8. Moscato d'Asti Moncucco 13 FF 12/50

    Attractive bright golden yellow in the glass, with an intensely aromatic nose of white petals, ripe peaches and lightly spiced pears. Medium bodied with a delicious honeyed richness of concentrated grapey fruit flavours, delicately balanced with cleansing acidity and a youthful, lively pettiance that lifts the palate and keeps the wine refreshing and dangerously easy to drink!

  9. Barolo Vigna La Rosa 10 6/75
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    Barolo Vigna La Rosa 10 6/75

    (6x75cl)

    The Vigna La Rosa Barolo is harmonious, well-rounded and elegant in taste; its very fine and delicate bouquet is reminiscent of faded roses and, with the ageing process, tends to acquire a pronounced earthy style but with a velvety sort of taste.

  10. Marne Brune 12 FF 6/75
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    Marne Brune 12 FF 6/75

    (6x75cl)

    Nebbiolo Marne Brune stands out for its fragrance, which is already evident in its ruby-red colour of varying intensity depending on the vintage, and is confirmed on the nose by bouquets of flowers and wild fruit, and on the palate by its strong personality and dry, nicely almond-like taste.

  11. Barbera Bricco Tondo 13 FF 6/75

    Deep rustic red in colour with an aromatic, spicy nose of red fruits and damsons. Medium bodied and soft, with balancing structure to the blackberry and morello cherry flavours, finishing rounded and supple with a hint of liquorice.

  12. Gavi di Gavi DOCG 14 FF 6/75
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    Gavi di Gavi DOCG 14 FF 6/75

    (6x75cl)

    One of Italy's most fashionable whites, it is noted for acute dryness and fresh, flinty acidity. This is a bright straw-yellow wine with greenish highlights. It has a full, delicate, elegant bouquet which brings flowers and fresh fruit to mind - mostly lemons, lilies of the valley and green apples. Its palate is attractively young, dry, fresh and well-balanced.

  13. Gavi Briccotondo 14 6/75
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    Gavi Briccotondo 14 6/75

    (6x75cl)

    Lemons and minerals on the nose followed by a fresh palate with medium body and no oak.

  14. Barolo DOCG 11 FF 6/75
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    Barolo DOCG 11 FF 6/75

    (6x75cl)

    Classic dark 'tar' and perfumed 'roses' on the nose, light in colour but with great power, concentration and well balanced ripe tannins. This is a wine to match with rich foods and game dishes.

  15. Arneis Briccotondo 14 FF 6/75
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    Arneis Briccotondo 14 FF 6/75

    (6x75cl)

    Bright straw yellow with greenish highlights. The bouquet conjures up exotic fruit, ripe pears, hawthorn blossom and acacia honey. Soft and full on the palate with a refreshing crispness and luscious finish.

  16. Barbera Raimonda 14 FF 6/75
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    Barbera Raimonda 14 FF 6/75

    (6x75cl)

    Deep garnet in colour with a subtle nose of red berry fruit. Soft and elegant on the palate with fine ripe tannin and a complex finish.

  17. Barolo Serralunga 11 FF 6/75
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    Barolo Serralunga 11 FF 6/75

    (6x75cl)

    Blood red with ruby highlights, it has a clear-cut, intense nose with overtones of vanilla, spices, withered roses and underbrush. The palate is dry, but soft, full bodied, velvety and well balanced, and is engagingly complex throughout the lengthy finish.

  18. Barbera Bricco Tondo 14 FF 12/75

    Deep rustic red in colour with an aromatic, spicy nose of red fruits and damsons. Medium bodied and soft, with balancing structure to the blackberry and morello cherry flavours, finishing rounded and supple with a hint of liquorice.

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