Cascina Fontana - Barolo 2009 - Aging Potential 75cl Bottle


Cascina Fontana - Barolo 2009
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75cl Bottle
Available 01st Mar 2016

Barolo lies just south-west of Alba in Italy's north-western Piedmont region. Granted its DOCG classification in 1980, it is considered one of the finest and longest-lived wines, often referred to as 'the king of wines and the wine of kings'.

Until the mid-1800s Barolo wines were sweet, containing a substantial quantity of residual sugar, but their modern form is unquestionably dry and decidedly tannic.

It is a Barolo of tremendous balance from start to finish. One senses in the nose that the grapes ripened completely and fully, resulting in an explosion of power in the concentrated fruit and spice of the nose.

The intense creamy fruit anticipates the rich and balanced mouthfeel. The dense texture of the very sweet tannins is in perfect balance with the firmness of the fruit and acid.

The wine finishes with length and persistence and has great aging potential.

Category(s):     Red Wine

Producer: Cascina Fontana   -
ABV:   14.5%
Appellation:   Barolo
Brand:   Cascina Fontana
Country of Origin:   Italy
Food Match:   Pork
Grape Type:   Nebbiolo
Malolactic Fermentation:   Yes
Region:   Piedmont
Vintage:   2009


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Producer Information

6th generation Mario Fontana, along with his mother Elda, wife Luisa and their two boys Edoardo & Vasco, created Azienda Agricola Cascina Fontana, this tiny 4ha jewel of a Barolo estate in 1995.
Based in the hamlet of Perno they own parcels in three Castiglione Falletto vineyards: Valletti, Villero and Pozzo; in Sinio just beyond Serralunga & also in La Morra's Gallinotto from vintage 2008.
Mario tends the vines as sensitively as possible, makes the wine and, when necessary, also delivers it in his blue van.
He prefers the traditional approach to making Barolo wine: blending all his Nebbiolo vineyards to make one wine; the sum of the parts; a thoroughly consistent wine from one year to the next; a 15-20 day stainless-steel cuvaison; 2 years in large 20 hl slavonian barrels (a 30 year old chestnut barrel!), followed by 1 year in stainless steel and 1 year in bottle pre-release.
His languid Langhe Nebbiolo wine is made in the vineyards: using fruit from Castiglione's Pozzo & Sinio's vineyards, macerated for a shorter period than that destined for Barolo, the wine spends a brief invecchiamento (elevage) in both botte grande & french tonneaux.
The perfection introduction to Nebbiolo, it can be drunk young or after ten years!
The full but svelte Barbera d'Alba is made from a combination of 60% fresh Sinio & 40% classy Castiglione Falletto fruit, aged for circa 3 months in used barriques; production on average only 500 cases/anno.
His philosophy harks back to the lessons learnt from his grandfather - "I was brought up with the smell of fermentations in my nostrils" - to the extent that he continues to place vats outside during winter to stabilise naturally, and will not move wine nor prune with the new moon.
In addition Mario goes the extra mile in quality control, performing one hundred checks on the wine prior to bottling. Traditional and contemporary winemaking at its best, and best enjoyed with food.

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