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Fontanafredda La Villa Barolo 2001

Nebbiolo from Barolo, Piedmont, Italy
  • RP91
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Winemaker 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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RP 91
The Wine Advocate

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. 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...Made from a vineyard in the town of Barolo, the 2001 Barolo Paiagallo Vigna La Villa is the most accessible of the house's wines. A saturated ruby, it offers a nose of new oak, spices and very sweet fruit along with generous amounts of ripe dark fruit and cocoa, closing with excellent persistence and a gorgeous, lingering finish. It shows wonderful balance and harmony.

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Fontanafredda, , Italy
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.

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The Napa Valley and Cabernet Sauvignon are so intrinsically linked that it is difficult to discuss one without thinking of the other. Although Cabernet has many important outposts throughout the wine world, nowhere else has it achieved such success (and, at the highest end, commanded such lofty prices) than in Napa. Here, it is responsible for bold, opulent, and dark-fruited wines with grippy tannins and a healthy dose of alcohol. The best examples can age for decades. Each of Napa’s smaller sub-AVAs imparts a different character to Cabernet, such as Rutherford’s famous dust or Stags Leap District's tart cherry flavors.

YNG175221_2001 Item# 99220

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