The story of Fontanafredda is a noble one. Thanks to Vins Philippe Dandurand and Luca Martini, brand ambassador and World’s Best Sommelier AIS in 2013, I assisted to a very animated and delicious tasting to discover FontanaFredda history. It began in 1858, when Vittorio Emanuele II, the first king of Italy, purchased the estate (a former hunting preserve) in order to produce fine Barolo. It was quite the egoist acquisition as this was for its personal use. Today, Fontanafredda is the single largest contiguous estate in Piedmont with over 123 hectares of land; including 85 hectares of vineyards in the Serralunga, Barolo and Diano d Alba communes. 📷: @winetourismmag
This is the @weingutschaetzel Hipping Riesling Grosses Gewachs. Hipping is a very steep vineyard. Almost Mosel like steepness. Mostly red clay and red shale the Rieslings from this vineyard are magic. As soon as you smell it it almost comes across as a Riesling Champagne. Crystalline purity. Like a mountain stream on the nose. Tensile. the palate is an exercise in zen serenity. Stunning purity and dissipation on the finish and extraordinary power and concentration. You cannot believe how complex this wine is. One of those wines that when you think the wine is finished it keeps going and opening up new worlds you never knew existed. It's a wine that is hard to get a handle on likely due to its youth but also so fun in trying to get a handle on. There are waves and layers and what an unreal wall of flavor. It's amazingly mineral and so serene at the same time. The acid is brilliant and so ripe and not shy. It is elegant, grippy and dazzlingly pure. The energy this brings to your palate is just unbelievable. The core of fruit and mineral promises the Hipping can age for 20+ years.
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