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Fontanabianca Barbaresco Piedmont, Italy 2018

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PRODUCT OVERVIEW/REVIEWS:
The Fontanabianca wine estate is so named because it looks out on a natural spring, the “white fountain” with its vineyards located in Neive. Young winemaker Matteo Pola, the son of Fontanabianca’s founder Aldo Pola, has wowed critics of all stripes in recent years with his stunning wines. It’s not hard to understand why: The family is blessed, as he will be the first to tell you, with some of the best vineyard sites in Neive, the heart of the Barbaresco appellation. At Fontanabianca, the father-and-son team divides the work between them: Aldo is the vineyard manager, while Matteo makes the wines. Aldo and Matteo are known as some of the best growers in Barbaresco; Matteo was mentored by one of the greatest Nebbiolo producers of all time, Beppe Caviola.*

Today's wine is made from 100% nebbiolo sourced from vineyards in Neive composed of clay and limestone soil and situated 1000 feet above sea level. The wine is aged in large barriques before bottling.

93 points, Robert Parker's Wine Advocate:
"The Fontanabianca 2018 Barbaresco is taut and elegant, showing the kind of bright primary fruit that should accompany this wine as it begins and completes its aging trajectory. The wine is very silky and fine, and it shows a nuanced texture that gives this bottle its competitive edge. Fruit comes from a 4.5-hectare site with south and southeast exposures and calcareous clay soils. Production is an ample 30,000 bottles." (6/21)

92 points, Jeb Dunnuck:
"Sourced from three vineyards within Neive, the 2018 Barbaresco was aged for 20-22 months in a combination of large barrels and barriques. The 2018 leads with herbs of Amaro, sour cherry, barnyard, and apricot. Fresh with tangy pomegranate pulp on the palate, orange peel, and turned earth, with building tannins on the finish, there is a natural feel and sensibility to the wine that is full of energy. Drink 2021-2032." (5/27/21)

92 points, James Suckling:
"Red cherries with hints of cassis and earth, against a background of solid, spicy oak. Medium-bodied with firm oak and fruit tannins and a rather chewy finish. Give this two or three years to even out. Best from 2024." (6/2/21)

PRODUCT DETAILS:
Producer Name: Fontanabianca
Old/New World: Old World
Country of Origin: Italy
Region: Piedmont
Sub-Region: Barbaresco
Appellation: Barbaresco DOCG
Grape Varietals: Nebbiolo
Vintage: 2018
Product Type: Wine
Wine Style: Fuller Body Red
Viticultural Features: Vineyards facing south, south-west at 1000 feet ASL, clay and limestone soils.
Winemaking Techniques: Fermentation at controlled temperature in stainless steel tanks; the wine is aged in large barriques.
for 15 months.
Winemaker: Matteo Pola, the son of Fontanabianca’s founder Aldo Pola, who is also the estate vineyard manager and is known as one of the best growers in all of Barbaresco.
ABV: 14%
Pack/Size: 6/750
Container Type: Dark Brown Piedmont Bottle
Closure Style: cork
*from importer notes

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