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Date Printed: 10/20/2014
Fontanafredda Barolo La Villa 2001
Fontanafredda Barolo La Villa 2001
(search item no. 99220)
collectible wine

The Wine Advocate rating: 91 points
PRICE ON 10/20/2014: $109.00

Winemaker's Notes:

Ruby red color with garnet highlights. It fills the nose with overtones of cherries, blackberries, plums, cinnamon, cloves and black pepper. In the mouth, soft and sweet tannins merge with a strong show of fruit. The acidity is nicely balanced with the tannins, giving the wine a sense of freshness that prolongs the finish.
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About Fontanafredda:

Since 1878 Fontanafredda Estate & Winery, located in the heart of Piedmont's Langhe region, has been a benchmark for Barolo and Barbera wines that deftly balance deep aromas and concentration of fruit with elegance. Among the prized vineyard sites belonging to Fontanafredda are those in the commune of Serralunga d'Alba, a source of some of today's most distinctive and intriguing Barolo wines.

The history of Fontanafredda is a noble one. It began in 1858, when Vittorio Emanuele II, the first king of Italy, purchased the Fontanafredda estate -a former hunting preserve- as a country home. Soon thereafter, he began to produce fine red wines from indigenous grape varieties dolcetto, barbera and nebbiolo. In 1878 King Vittorio II died and his firstborn son, Count Emanuele Alberto di Mirafiori, inherited Fontanafredda. Count Mirafiori created the commercial business of wine from the estate and released the estate's first nebbiolo labeled as Barolo with the vintage 1878. Beginning in 1932, the estate transferred to Monte dei Paschi di Siena, the world's oldest bank, who retained ownership of Fontanafredda for 76 years.