Fontanafredda 'Briccotondo' Dolcetto DOC 2017 (Piedmont, Italy) "...floral, plush red fruit, spice..."
Fontanafredda was established in 1858 and in 1866 they purchased the first Barolo vineyard. Today the vineyard resource across the Langhe spans some of the great sites and most noble varieties. As well as experimenting with alternate varieties and styles for the region. The wines are destined to be fruitful and clean due to minimal handling, larger format oak and fruit form premium vineyards.
2017 Vintage: the 2017 vintage will be recorded as one of the smallest in almost 60 years, down almost 15% to the year prior. A spring frost and a hail event reduced bunch size resulting in less berries. The warmth of the sun during the drought that followed on from the frost and rains relieved disease pressure and ensured much of the fruit that was harvested in better sites reached optimum flavour ripeness. The wines of this year will be bright, vibrant and for either earlier enjoyment or more medium term cellaring.
"Sweetly fruited and beautifully fragrant, the bouquet shows dark berry, toasted spice, hazelnut, olive and subtle game characters. The palate delivers succulent fruit intensity and rounded mouthfeel, gorgeously supported by silky texture and fine-grained tannins. A lovely modern rendition offering terrific drinking. At its best; now to 2023." - 93 Points, Sam Kim, Wine Orbit
"A lovely fragrant, red and dark fruited wine with plush fruit characters, subtle spices and cushioning tannins. A very easy wine to like either on its own or paired with food."