Fontanafredda is located in middle of the Langhe region, and has been a benchmark for authentically styled Piedmont wines. Fontanafredda is the single largest contiguous estate in Piedmont with 210 acres of vineyards in the Serralunga, Barolo and Diano d’ Alba areas. All vineyards are farmed naturally without using chemicals, and the property is also home to a bio-natural reserve.
The Briccotondo line of wines are named for the rolling hills of the Langhe and Monferatto area Bricco (hill) and Tondo (round).
In the glass I found this wine to be dark plum in color, young and translucent. On the nose I get notes of light cherry and blueberry fruit, baking spices, almonds, and vanilla. On the palate I taste dried cherries, the wine is smooth with light tannins.
I don’t think I’ve ever had an under $15 Dolcetto, no complaints on this one. While it may lack a bit of complexity of Dolcetto’s double the price, this one is easy drinking and pairs really well with food, especially pizza and pasta.
Average Price – $13
Region – Italy, Piedmont, Langhe
Varietal – Dolcetto
Importer – Palm Bay International
Vineyard/Producer – Fontanafredda
In Chattanooga Purchase From – Hamilton Liquors – Vintage Wine & Spirits – Vine and Barrel