Fontanafredda - Dolcetto La Lepre 2012 Ml. 750
In the heart of the Langhe, a world of hills dating back to ancient times and a winery that can boast 155 years of history, made up of work, passion, respect for the land and culture of taste; a history which continues to be made today, along the path set for so many years, towards other new important goals.
The estate’s noble pastis still evident at Fontanafredda today in the hunting lodge, hamlet, extensive cellars and vineyards, but it continues to innovate and experiment, perfecting what nature and history have handed down.
This is why, in the Langhe, where the landscape is marked by the vines and wines that have linked generations down the years, Fontanafredda continues to stand out as a point of reference: the expression of a wine culture that stems from the land and the vineyard, and matures through the work and creativity of men.
The vineyards of Fontanafredda lie on mostly evenly-contoured, rounded hillsides at altitudes between 200 and 400 metres, in the municipal areas of Serralunga d’Alba, Diano d’Alba, Barolo and Murisengo: in all, 85 hectares, planted mostly with the traditional Nebbiolo, Barbera, Dolcetto and Moscato grape varieties.
The composition of the mainly calcareous soil can change within the space of a few dozen meters, sometimes looser, containing as much as almost 50% sand, and sometimes firmer, with a higher content of silt and, above-all, clay.
Though temperature patterns during the year are typical of a continental climate, with rainfall concentrated in spring and autumn, conditions can vary considerably and this is what can make each vintage so extraordinarily diverse.
At Fontanafredda, beneath high brick vaulted ceilings, the oak casks and steel vats housed in the majestic nineteenth-century cellars accommodate the noble red wines for their ageing, while newer buildings are equipped with all the technology that is essential today to bring out the best in the characteristics of the white and sparkling wines.
This skilful procedure prioritises the safeguarding of values such as identity and origin and allows the two souls of Fontanafredda still and sparkling wines to coexist harmoniously.
A blend of tradition and innovation, of experience and technical progress, with which the fascinating personality of Fontanafredda’s wines is renewed with each vintage.
|Ageing and Fining||the wine stays in barriques for four months followed by a short period in stainless steel tanks before the bottling. The wine is released after short bottle ageing.|
|Color||Deep ruby-red with violet highlights.|
|Aroma||The fine, fruity bouquet has very persistent, clear-cut overtones of blackberries and raspberries melted with overtones of plums and black cherries|
|Taste||The fullness and velvety sensations are brought out by the well-structured tannins. The acidity is balanced with fruity sensations and a long saoury aftertaste.|
|Serving temperature||16°-18° C.|
|Blend description||Dolcetto 100%|
|Matching||Starters, Ham , Agnolotti (stuffed meat and rice pasta, typical from Piedmont Region), Pasta, Tajarin (long pasta typical from Piedmont region), Red meat, White meat, Grilled vegetables, Cured cheeses|
|Ideal with||Earthfood Starters, Pasta Meat, Meat Red, Meat White, Vegetables, Cured cheeses|
|Classification||Dolcetto d'Alba DOC|