FontanaFredda Barolo DOCG 2018

14.50% /
750ml /
Vintage: 2018
  • WE 92
  • DEC 95
  • WI 93
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    FontanaFredda Barolo DOCG 2018, a testament to the estate’s rich winemaking heritage, embodies the essence of traditional Italian winemaking. Crafted by the skilled hands of winemaker Giovanni Minetti, this wine has received critical acclaim for its exceptional quality.

    In the glass, this Barolo reveals an attractive ruby-red color with enchanting garnet highlights, a hue that deepens into orange with age. The nose is a sensory journey, offering a clean, full, and intense bouquet. It’s a symphony of withered flowers, dry leaves, and the subtle essence of underbrush.

    The vinification process is a testament to tradition. Fermented in stainless steel vats at a controlled temperature for an average of 15 days, this meticulous process ensures optimal polyphenolic extraction. The wine’s identity is further enhanced by extended skin contact, initiating a harmonious malolactic fermentation.

    FontanaFredda’s Barolo then matures gracefully for at least two years in large oak casks from Slavonia and mid-France, followed by no less than 8 months of bottle aging. This patient maturation results in a wine of remarkable structure and longevity.

    Critics have lauded the 2018 vintage, with Wine Enthusiast awarding it 92 points. Camphor, nutmeg, and pipe tobacco aromas intertwine with a floral note reminiscent of pressed rose. On the palate, it gracefully unfolds with notes of juicy pomegranate, ripe strawberries, and star anise, all supported by taut, chalky tannins that leave a memorable, slightly drying finish.

    Decanter awards the wine an impressive 95 points, highlighting its charming complexity, from red fruits to fennel, earthy undertones, and a touch of chocolate. Cherry stone freshness infuses the ripe, grippy tannins, leading to a well-poised finale.

    The Wine Independent, with 93 points, suggests a drinking window from 2023 to 2042, underscoring the age-worthiness of this exceptional Barolo. A timeless classic, FontanaFredda Barolo DOCG 2018 is a masterpiece that captures the spirit and elegance of Piedmont’s winemaking tradition.


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    Critical Acclaim

    WE 92
    Wine Enthusiast
    Camphor, nutmeg and pipe tobacco aromas come to the forefront along with a floral note suggesting pressed rose. Elegantly structured, the linear palate recalls juicy pomegranate, strawberry and star anise alongside taut, chalky tannins that leave a rather drying finish. Kerin O’Keefe
    DEC 95
    A soft, red-fruited wine at first glance, but the wine slowly opens to offer a charming complexity of red fruits, fennel, touches of fresh earth, chocolate, and plenty of cherry stone freshness. The sweet-fruit profile fills the ripe grippy tannins to a well-poised finale.
    WI 93
    The Wine Independent
    When to drink: 2023 to 2042 - Review needs to be added

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