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VIGNA LA ROSA BAROLO DOCG
Since 1858, the Fontanafredda Estate & Winery has been instrumental to the growth and international awareness of Barolo, while championing sustainability and community engagement in the Langhe region of Piedmont. Under the lead of visionary entrepreneur, Oscar Farinetti, Fontanafredda has built a portfolio of wines that express the depth and diversity of the Langhe, produced from grapes that are farmed from organic and sustainably managed vineyards. Since the 2018 harvest, Fontanafredda is the largest certified organic winery in Piedmont.TERROIR & VINTAGE NOTES
The 250-acre Fontanafredda property in Serralunga d’Alba, a cru site of Barolo, is the single largest contiguous wine estate in the Langhe and includes 247 acres of vineyards, 30 acres of woodland and 10 acres on which the cellars and village buildings lie. Owned vineyards are in the municipalities of Serralunga d’Alba, Diano d’Alba, Barolo, Dogliani, Farigliano, Alba, Rodello, and Murinsengo, at altitudes between 200 - 400m.
Vigna La Rosa, icon of the estate, comes from a single vineyard within the Fontanafredda property. Its nearly 5ha receives south and south-west exposure and it is planted entirely with Nebbiolo, at a vineyard altitude of 250-310m asl. Vines are guyot trained with plant density of 4,000-5,000 plants/ha. The soil is rich in calcareous marl and clay, as well as quartz sand, allowing for good drainage. These condition imparts a floral characteristic, fine, graceful tannins and high acidity.
The single-vineyard Barolos are produced from the most painstaking selections carried out in vineyards which tradition has preserved over time as emblems of exemplary quality. “La Rosa” represents an interpretation of Barolo of particular relevance, even though it is the soil and the sun (the microclimate) which guides man in his technical decisions, and not vice versa. “La Rosa” expresses the qualities of the Barolos grown in Serralunga d’Alba at their best, with a marked concession to grace and softness in its flavor and bouquet.WINEMAKING & AGEING
Following hand harvest in mid-October, grapes are de-stemmed and crushed. La Rosa ages for 12 months in barriques of Allier and further 12–18 months (depending on the vintages) in middle size casks (20 – 30 Hl) of Allier wood. The ageing in mediums/small casks allows the wine to achieve a more fine tannic structure without over extracting woody notes. The wine shows a great balance between the primary fruit aromas and the oak (flavor). If needed, a successive clarification of the juice allows to reduce any minor impurity in order to obtain a final (cristal) clear wine. The wine is finally bottled and lays in our cellars for a further year before being commercialized.TASTING NOTES
On the nose, clear-cut overtones of withered roses, violets, tobacco, underbrush, spices, and a slight touch of vanilla. Dense, closely-woven tannins start out smooth, almost velvety, and then explode in the palate with fruit. It is excellent served with flavorful meat dishes and mature cheeses.