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Fontanafredda Barbera Briccotondo 2007
Fontanafredda Barbera Briccotondo 2007 is a real surprise. The gorgeous house of Fontanafredda has spent the last 10 years rapidly improving their entire range, their once iffy reputation now soundly banished. However, Barbera Briccotondo 2007 is not only excellent for Fontanafredda, it is an excellent Barbera in it’s own right.
Fontanafredda is one the Piedmont’s, and indeed one of Italy’s, most famous wine producers. With a huge range of wines, Fontanafredda have been producing vino for over 100 years but their land has been used for wine production for much longer. One of the most beautiful estates in the world, Fontanafredda is a favourite on the wine tourism trail.
Bought from the Italian royal family by my bank, Monte dei Paschi Monte dei Paschi di Siena, this is one of the most professional outfits in the Piedmont with some of the best winemakers in Italy. This combination of money and skill turned Fontanafredda into one of the jewels in the Langhe crown. Historically and aesthetically perhaps Italys most fascinating estate.
As an Italian Wine Blogger I’ve come into contact with Fontanafredda many many times having sampled their Barolo, Barbaresco, Dolcetto, Langhe and Gavi on numerous occasions. Their Barbera though stands out in terms of QPR. This wine is reliably now, vintage after vintage, a great bargain. Retailing for as little as £8-9 in many areas this really is a rock steady Barbera as well as a great example of the varietal.
Food Match: Pizza, Mushroom Risotto.
Best Wines from this Producer: Consistently excellent within their varietal.
Barolo Vigna La Rosa
Barolo Vigna Lazzarito
Barbaresco Coste Rubin
Barbera d’Alba Papagena
Dolcetto di Diano d’Alba
Fontanafredda Barbera Briccotondo 2007 – BUY – £9
A thick, deep purple in the glass, the aromas from this wine took no time attacking my nose with gorgeous dark chocolate and sweet cherry. Mid bodied and with high acidity the wine is smooth and fruity with a supple engaging finish. Nothing complex here but simply delicious and typical Barbera. 87 Points – a perfect food wine.
Where can I buy this wine?
Europeans – Superiore – €8
Americans – Zachys – $10
Brits – Croque en Bouche – £9
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