Fontanafredda Briccotondo 2014: Barbera Wine from Langhe

My favorite wine blog Wine Folly recently posted an article called Why Love Wine? It really got me thinking. Why do I like wine? Madeline’s five points are this:

Why love wine…

  1. It’s like a micro time travel machine in a bottle,
  2. BECAUSE it’s an acquired taste,
  3. It’s good for you in small doses,
  4. Zillions of aromas and flavors,
  5. No matter how deep you go, there’s more to know.

A number of these points resonate with me. Each bottle is different and takes you back to where the grapes were grown and wine produced. Each region has its own style of wine and this them unique and fun to discover how each differs. For me the thrill is not knowing exactly what a wine will taste like before the cork is pulled. This wine today is a great example of the unknown. I’ve never had Barbera before but did a bit of reading and found out it is becoming more popular not only in the motherland of Italy but around the world as well. Once considered only a lowly grape making simple table wines, enjoyed mostly by locals (Italy), it is now becoming more renowned as winemakers have brought it around the world are trying to craft it carefully. Definitely Old World Italian styled this wine is great with food and here is why:

Look: This wine is a moderately dense ruby red colour with purple hues and highly viscous legs.

Smell: On the nose it has rich fruity aromas of cherry, plum, prunes , and dark berries as well as strong aromas of musky earth and subtle ground pepper and licorice spices.

Taste: In the mouth this wine is medium bodied with soft tannins and medium to high acidity. There is tart cherry and currant flavours along with a meaty, minerally bitterness. Overall the taste is very Old World style being rough and rustic. The finish is long with dried fruit and a black tea bitterness.

Conclusion: This wine has wonderfully rich aromas but lacks the body and richness when you taste it. It screams for food to mellow out its harshness. The rustic style goes wonderfully with meat and herbs and there is enough acidity to cut through the tartest of Italian tomato sauces. Because it is good valued and goes wonderfully with food I’m giving it a 8.5/10.

  • Barbera (100%)
  • Langhe & Monferrato, Piemonte, Italy
  • 2014 – 13.5%
  • Fontanafredda (Briccotondo)
  • $16.75 at Chateau Wine & Spirits (Lacombe)
  • Screw cap

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One Comment Add yours

  1. The Wine Culturist says:

    Thanks for sharing, some really thoughtful comments. And a great blog, too, by the way. We share the winefolly love!

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