Vigna “La Rosa” Barolo Docg 2008 – Fontanafredda

Vigna “La Rosa” Barolo DOCG

#86 Wine Spectator Top 100 of 2013

Region: Piedmont
Appellation: Barolo DOCG

All grapes for this single vineyard offering come from the “La Rosa” vineyard in the village of
Serralunga. Vines are planted in 820-980 feet above sea level and the soils of Miocene-Helvetian origin
are packed with calcareous marl and clay, with plenty of quartzose sand and good permeability.

100% Nebbiolo

Vines are guyot trained with plant density at 4,600 plants/ha. Following hand harvest in mid-October,  grapes are de-stemmed and crushed. The crushed grapes are warmed to around 89-91°F, and the  process of pumping the juice over the cap of skins begins immediately. This takes place very frequently over the first 3 days in order to extract an optimal amount of color and tannins. As the alcohol content increases, the extraction of too many tannins is prevented by dropping the temperature to around 77°F, and reducing the volume of liquid pumped over the skins. During this maceration lasting 20-30 days, delastages are performed to improve the extraction of the tannins, and at the same time to oxygenate the yeast so it will ferment in ideal conditions to provide cleaner, more elegant aromas. The alcoholic fermentation is followed immediately by the malolactic fermentation,
which is encouraged by keeping the wine in temperature-controlled tanks at 68°F.

The wine ages in Allier barrels (50% new) for 12 months and is then racked into medium oak casks
(2000 – 3000 liters) for another year. Following bottling, the wine rests in the cellar for another year prior to release.

Color: Ruby-red with garnet highlights
Aroma: Delicate, though intense nose is complex, with clear-cut overtones of withered roses, violets, tobacco, underbrush, spices, and a slight touch of vanilla.
Taste: Dense, closely-woven tannins start out smooth, almost velvety, and then explode in the palate with fruit and nicely balanced freshness. Long flavorful finish.

Alc.: 14%

It is excellent served with flavorful meat dishes and mature cheeses.


3 Comments Add yours

  1. Vigna La Rosa Barolo – 91 points, Wine Advocate
    The 2005 Barolo La Rosa is a graceful, floral wine laced with perfumed red fruit, roses, sweet spices and minerals. The La Rosa possesses gorgeous textural richness in a soft, approachable style, with a long, refined finish that rounds things out. Today the wine comes across as quite primary, but with some additional time in bottle it should develop additional tertiary nuance. The tannins gain on the finish in this deceptively medium- bodied Barolo.


  2. La Rosa Barolo 2007 – 93 points, Wine Enthusiast
    Barolo La Rosa delivers bold, dark concentration with sweet spice tones of almond paste and vanilla cream backed by sharply focused aromas of red berry, cassis, plum and mocha. In the mouth, this beautiful Nebbiolo boasts a linear but long-lasting feel.


  3. La Rosa Barolo 2008 – 95 points, Wine Spectator Insider/
    Fine harmony and sweet cherry and berry flavors are the hallmarks of this rich Barolo. Licorice, spice and tobacco flavors add depth as it stays focused and persistent through the finish. The tannins are ripe and well-integrated.


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