Fontanafredda Barolo La Rosa 2001

Nebbiolo from Piedmont, Italy

Item No. 99236
  • red wine
  • collectible wine
  • WS91
  • RP90
Style: Big & Bold

Wine Style Guide

Light & Fruity

Red wines that are more fruit-forward and lighter in tannin and body.

Smooth & Supple

Medium bodied reds that go down easy, with smooth tannins and supple fruit.

Earthy & Spicy

Wines where earthy and/or spicy dominate the flavors – typically medium to full body.

Big & Bold

Full bodied wines that have concentrated fruit and are higher in alcohol and/or tannins. Some need age.

Ratings Pedigree:

Winemaker's Notes

Ruby red color with garnet reflexes. Its delicate, though intense nose, is expansive with overtones of withered roses, violets, tobacco, underbrush, spices and a slight touch of vanilla. Dense, closely-woven tannins show on the palate, which starts out smooth and velvety and then explodes with fruit, nicely balanced by a sharp freshness. The wine has a long aftertaste packed with flavor.

Critical Acclaim

"Loads of tar and blackberries on the nose. Full-bodied, with soft, round tannins and a pretty fruity finish. This is balanced. "
91 Points

"Over the last few years, CEO Giovanni Minetti and eonologist Danilo Drocco have embarked on a plan to completely overhaul the estate's image, placing more emphasis on quality and a more contemporary style of winemaking, especially with regards to the higher-end wines. Gone are the old labels and packaging, replaced with sleek, stylish labels and extra-heavy bottles. The Barolos today are made in a softer, more accessible style that emphasizes low yields and very ripe, concentrated fruit. The wines are aged in Allier barriques for the first year and in medium sized 20 to 30 hectoliter Allier oak barrels for the second year...The 2001 Barolo La Rosa, a saturated ruby, opens with a nose that suggests very ripe fruit, new oak, licorice and tar. It is massive and rich on the palate with loads of dark, concentrated fruit, toasted oak and menthol notes. The most masculine and dense of these Barolos... "
90 Points

Learn About Fontanafredda Map ItMap It

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...

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Learn About Piedmont

(PEED-mont) Piedmont is located in the Northwest area of Italy, hugging the Mediterranean coast. The regional capital, Turin, is situated smack in the middle of the province. Being close to the alps, the area enjoys a high altitude, with the best vineyards benefiting from the hills and elevation. Known for its famous sub-districts, Piedmont delivers some of the most...

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Learn About Nebbiolo

Nebbiolo(neh-bee-OH-low) The King of Piedmont Nebbiolo is the key grape in the wines of Barolo and Barbaresco. It is not the most planted variety, but it does make the most distinctive and age-worthy wines. Native to Piedmont, Nebbiolo is a bit of a soil snob - it's finicky about where it grows and has long been the honored red grape of Northern Italy...

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