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Fontanafredda Barolo 2005 Wine Review

Fontanafredda Barolo 2005

Fontanafredda Barolo 2005

Piedmont DOCG, Italy

Community Score:90/100

Community Reviews: 6

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Price: $30.15

Drink: 2011-2015

Bottle size: 750 ml

Alcohol: 14%

Sweetness: Extra Dry

Wine Type: Red Wine

Winery: Fontanafredda

Agent: Philippe Dandurand Wines Ltd.

Natalie's Score: 88/100

Not too heavy, but loaded with black fruit flavour and some tarry notes. Supple and full-bodied with dried herbs.

Barolo food pairings: red meats, especially braised or roasted served with a rich red wine reduction, hard cheeses such as pecorino and parmesan, the older the better, quality dark chocolate.

This Fontanafredda Barolo 2005 was reviewed on March 28, 2011 by Natalie MacLean

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Reviews and Ratings

Sharon Prionas rated this wine as 93/100 with the following review:

Smoke and sour cherry on the notes.
Darren rated this wine as 90/100 with the following review:

2011 birthday gift from the Cheungs.
Ian Anderson Sommelier rated this wine as 88/100 with the following review:

Barolo can be powerful and elegant. This had nice fruit and acidity balance with noticeable tannins. The colour was ruby red with enticing aromas of plum and cherry with some spice presenting later in the palate. A long fruit finish featured black berries and some floral notes. I found this one snuck up on me - it started with intense aroma but was not powerful. It was dry, soft and medium to full-bodied. The elegance was played out in the velvety mouth feel.

The winemaker Danilo Drocco indicates that "Barolo should reveal itself little by little, rather than all at once" and I think that's exactly what this wine has done.
Everthing is here as this 2005 is rounding into maturity. Great power, grace, complexity, and elegance. Warm, soft lingering taste, quite full and velvety with dried cherry and smoky notes on a balanced finish



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