CONTESSA ROSA ROSÉ, ALTA LANGHE DOC

Fontanafredda

APPELLATION

Alta Langa DOC

WINEMAKERS

Giorgio Lavagna
Technical Director

2012

90POINTS

Wine & Spirits
DECEMBER 2018
BACKGROUND

Since 1878, the Fontanafredda Estate & Winery, located in the heart of Piedmont’s Langhe region, has been a benchmark producer of Barolo and Barbera, crafting wines that deftly balance deep aromas and concentration of fruit with elegance.

TERROIR & VINTAGE NOTES

The 250-acre Fontanafredda Barolo cru property in Serralunga d’Alba is the single largest contiguous wine estate in the Langhe. Additional properties in the communes of Barolo and Diano d’Alba bring the total acreage of estate-owned land to 305. The ability to source fruit from some of the Barolo region’s most prized vineyard sites provides Fontanafredda with grapes of the highest quality.

There are two main soil types that cover Barolo: Tortonian in the western region that is heavy in clay and magnesium deposits. Wines grown in this soil tends to be more fragrant, elegant and soft, but with notable richness. In eastern Barolo, the chalky, limestone and mineral rich Helvetian soil produces wines of deeper color, body and tannic structure, making for long-lived wines.

WINEMAKING

Most of the grapes
are harvested into crates with a
capacity of about 20 kg and then
poured directly into the press,
where they are delicately and
softly crushed. Part of the Pinot
Noir is crushed and left on skins in
temperature-controlled tanks at
10°C for 12-24 hours. After maceration,
it undergoes soft-pressing as
usual. The must obtained is
transferred to temperature-controlled
tanks where static decanting
takes place. The must ferments
in stainless steel tanks at a low
temperature (18 - 20°C) and when
the fermentation is complete, the
wine is kept on the fine lees until
spring.

TASTING NOTES

This sparkling wine, made from grapes grown at high altitudes, expresses the union of aromatic freshness and complexity of the great wine Barolo. A new method has been undertaken for the creation of this cuvée, using an expedition liqueur with 1967 Barolo. The result is a soft pink coloured sparkling wine with onion-shaded highlights. The perfume is reminiscent of the scent of orange blossom, pomegranate, chinotto orange and black plums, terminating with ginger, nutmeg, lavender, basil and background of custard. The sparkle is fine and persistent in the mouth and the acidity is balanced with a weet note. A mineral, savoury tasting sensation ends with a citrusy
aftertaste. Excellent as an aperitif, but its personality makes it, above all, an excellent way of accompanying all courses of a meal with class.

SELECT A PRODUCT

Fontanafredda Portfolio

BAROLO DEL COMUNE DI SERRALUNGA D’ALBA DOCG
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GAVI DEL COMUNE DI GAVI DOCG
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EBBIO NEBBIOLO LANGHE DOC
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PRADALUPO ROERO ARNEIS DOCG
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RAIMONDA BARBERA D’ALBA DOC
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SOLEROSE ROSÉ, LANGHE DOC
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BAROLO CHINATO
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VIGNA LA ROSA BAROLO DOCG
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PROPRIETÀ IN FONTANAFREDDA MGA BAROLO DOCG
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CONTESSA ROSA ROSÉ, ALTA LANGHE DOC
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“SILVER LABEL” BAROLO DOCG
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“SILVER LABEL” BARBARESCO DOCG
FULL PROFILE
“SILVER LABEL” BARBERA D’ALBA DOC
FULL PROFILE
BRICCOTONDO BARBERA PIEMONTE DOC
FULL PROFILE
BRICCOTONDO DOLCETTO PIEMONTE DOC
FULL PROFILE
BRICCOTONDO LANGHE ARNEIS DOC
FULL PROFILE
BRICCOTONDO MOSCATO D’ASTI DOCG
FULL PROFILE
MONCUCCO MOSCATO D’ASTI DOCG
FULL PROFILE
VIGNA LA LEPRE DOLCETTO DIANO D’ALBA DOC
FULL PROFILE
VIGNA LA VILLA BAROLO DOCG
FULL PROFILE
VIGNA LAZZARITO BAROLO DOCG
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