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2019 Fontanafredda Barbaresco Coste Rubin

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April 21, 2024 - $31



93Wine Spectator

Endowed by cherry and currant fruit aligned to a sleek structure, this red is tightly wound. A mineral underpinning runs throughout, while vivid acidity and dusty tannins grace the finish.

92James Suckling

A fresh, tight Barbaresco with cherries, spices, orange zest, tar and some toffee on the nose. Medium-bodied with firm, tight tannins.



Fontanafredda is a 250-acre estate in Serralunga d’Alba, in Italy’s Piedmont region. The history-laden estate dates its beginnings to the mid-19th century, when it became the personal property of Victor Emmanuel II, who a few years later became the first king of a united Italy. It was later passed on to the king’s son Count Emmanuel Guerrieri, whose mother was the Countess of Mirafiori and Fontanafredda, and the estate eventually took its name from her title. Today the estate is owned by Italian businessmen who have steered the estate toward making both modestly-priced wines and collectible fine wines. Known for their Barolos and Barberas, the estate's wines have invariably earned 2 to 3 bicchieri – with 3 being the highest rating – from Gambero Rosso, Italy’s leading wine journal.


Italy, Piedmont, Barbaresco

Barbaresco is one of the two most acclaimed DOCGs in Piedmont, the other being Barolo. Located just a few miles north of Barolo, Barbaresco is a small town of fewer than 700 people and 1,680 vineyard acres, making it less than half the size of the Barolo DOCG. The other communes in this DOCG of rolling hills are Neive and Treiso. As in Barolo, the DOCG requires that Barbaresco DOCG wines be 100% Nebbiolo, a grape thought of as the Pinot Noir of Italy. Records show that Nebbiolo was grown in the Piedmont as early as the 14th century, and despite being somewhat finicky – it is late to ripen and easily damaged by adverse weather --- Nebbiolo makes highly aromatic and powerful red wines. Until the mid-19th century Nebbiolos of Piedmont were vinified as sweet wines, though that ended in the late 19th century when a French oenologist was invited to Piedmont to show producers how to make dry reds. By the late 20th century respected producers were making outstanding Nebbiolos, as well as Nebbiolo blends that do not carry the DOCG label. Barbaresco was made a DOC in 1966 and upgraded to a DCOG in 1980. DOCG Barbaresco must be aged a minimum of two years, with a minimum of one year in wood. Barbarescos are regarded as more subtle and refined than Barolos, and more approachable when young.


Red Wine, Nebbiolo, D.O.C.G.

This red grape is most often associated with Piedmont, where it becomes DOCG Barolo and Barbaresco, among others. Its name comes from Italian for “fog,” which descends over the region at harvest. The fruit also gains a foggy white veil when mature.