Fontanabianca Bordini Dolcetto d'Alba 2003
At the Fontanabianca Winery they have clear ideas: quality is closely related to the features of the soil in the region of Neive, where Aldo Pola and Bruno Ferro, with their wives, have been carrying on their work, which the fathers of (Franco Pola and Ottavio Ferro) started in 1969. The winery has been producing local grapes and wines for decades, even before being given the name of "Fontanabianca", representing a strong identification with the hills of Neive and a tie with this great wine region. This tradition is celebrated with the harvest year after year. Over the years the brand has been consolidated, thanks to the bottling of wine first and foremost and then to the promotion of wine through tasting events and fairs. The philosophy of Fontanabianca can be resumed as follows: quality wine can be called this way only if it mirrors the taste of the local territory. "We, the producers, are the first consumers, so we want to propose a taste that can be appreciated: the taste and perfume of Neive": this is Fontanabianca. The market has already shown its appreciation: the brand, signed by Aldo Pola and Bruno Ferro, is present in many foreign countries, with several awards as well. From the United States to Northern Europe, from Japan to Australia the Fontanabianca wine renews the tradition of a land made up of perfumes and great elegance.
In a sense, “Alba” is a catch-all phrase, and includes the declassified Nebbiolo wines made in Barolo and Barbaresco, as well as the Nebbiolo grown just outside of these regions’ borders. In fact, Nebbiolo d’Alba is a softer, less tannic and more fruit-forward wine ready to drink within just a couple years of bottling. It is a great place to start if you want to begin to understand the grape. Likewise, the even broader category of Langhe Nebbiolo offers approachable and value-driven options as well.
Barbera, planted alongside Nebbiolo in the surrounding hills, and referred to as Barbera d’Alba, takes on a more powerful and concentrated personality compared to its counterparts in Asti.
Dolcetto is ubiquitous here and, known as Dolcetto d'Alba, can be found casually served alongside antipasti on the tables of Alba’s cafes and wine bars.
Not surprisingly, given its location, Alba is recognized as one of Italy’s premiere culinary destinations and is the home of the fall truffle fair, which attracts visitors from worldwide every year.
An easy drinking red with soft fruity flavors—but catchy tannins, Dolcetto is often enjoyed in its native Piedmont on a casual weekday night, or for apertivo (the canonical Piedmontese pre-dinner appetizer hour). Somm Secret—In most of Piedmont, easy-ripening Dolcetto is relegated to the secondary sites—the best of which are reserved for the king variety: Nebbiolo. However, in the Dogliani zone it is the star of the show, and makes a more serious style of Dolcetto, many of which can improve with cellar time.