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Louise Boutin -Certified Sommelier

Louise Boutin -Certified Sommelier

Fontanafredda Barolo 2013

Piedmont Docg, Italy
763 days ago

Louise Boutin scored this wine: 91/100

This well crafted entry level Barolo from Fontanafredda offers more than what would be expected from such a price tag. Classic expressive red cherry, forest floor, dry rose petals aromas on the nose. On the palate, this medium-plus-bodied nebbiolo wine shows character with tart cranberry and red cherry, earthy tobacco, savoury herbs and firm tannins hinting at excellent cellaring potential. Enjoy now with herb-crusted rare lamb chops or let the full complexity of this wine develop further with an additional 5-10 years of cellaring. Tasted on Oct 29th, 2017

Riserva

Fontanafredda Riserva Barolo 2007

Piedmont D.O.C.G., Italy
763 days ago

Louise Boutin scored this wine: 95/100

Produced only in good vintages from low yield specific vineyards, this beauty has a darker garnet color than most Barolos. Expressive nose — dark cherry, dry roses, tobacco, licorice and dry figs. A long maturation process both in French barriques and casks and then in bottle leads to an elegant wine with fine-grain tannins and a long heart warming balanced balsamic flavour finish. Resist aerating/decanting as per winemaker’s recommandation and let this spectacular Barolo slowly reveal itself in the glass. Enjoy with aged cheeses, dry fruits and walnuts. Tasted Oct 29th,2017

La Rosa

Fontanafredda La Rosa Barolo 2012

Piedmont D.O.C.G., Italy
767 days ago

Louise Boutin scored this wine: 93/100

The complex and layered nose of this Barolo— rose petal, dry figs, gamy and licorice is tremendously inviting. No disappointment on the palate with delicious ripe and dry fruits, licorice, grippy yet elegant tannins and comforting warm finish. This “La Rosa” single-vineyard powerhouse represents the interpretation of a specific microclimate in the Fontanafredda portfolio. Enjoy with a rare grilled flank steak or sip after dinner with nuts and dry fruits. Tasted on Oct 29th, 2017

Eremo Langhe Rosso

Fontanafredda Eremo Langhe Rosso 2014

Piedmont D.O.C., Italy
767 days ago

Louise Boutin scored this wine: 90/100

This traditional blend of Piedmonte — 60% barbera and 40% nebbiolo delivers aromas of red plum, dry prunes, clove, tobacco and black pepper. The palate is nicely balance with the acidity of tart red plum and the sweetness of mulberry flavours. The finish is med-long with well integrated tannins courtesy of clever usage of small French and Slovanian oak casks before blending and additional ageing of the blend in large oak casks. Another exceptional value from Fontanafredda to enjoy now with slow-cooked prune pork roast. Tasted on Oct 29th, 2017

Raimonda

Fontanafredda Raimonda Barbera D'alba 2015

Piedmont D.O.C., Italy
767 days ago

Louise Boutin scored this wine: 92/100

This Barbera d’Alba DOC from single vineyard is a remarquable value. The nose is generous with aromas of blackberry, ripe black plum combined with forest floor, mushroom and vanilla. The mouthfeel is surpringly very silky before the young tannins and acidity make their presence known to frame a black fruit and cocoa powder med-long dry finish. Partial ageing in large French and Slovanian oak casks and French small barrels before blending provides character and complexity to this delicious red. Can be enjoyed now with 1-2 hours of aeration before service but an additional 2-5 years of cellaring should pay off. Pair with rare prime rib. Tasted on Oct 29th, 2017

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