Mom Wine Review. Screw my "diet" of "trying to be good" - after all, it's day 2 of solo parenting. If you weren't aware, because you don't live in the same country as us (because I'm pretty sure BOTH kids could be heard throughout ALL of England) those are my kids in the background. The toddler is screaming and crying because she walked - barefoot - out onto the rocks and discovered - after standing and trying to walk for about 5 min - that the rocks were uncomfortable on her bare feet. Her big bro - being a very caring big bro - decided that LAUGHING - IN HER FACE - was what was called for, in this instance. I, as the mom, stopped getting dinner ready to go out and check to see WHY the toddler was screaming like she was being skinned alive (again)... This was the last of my 1/2 bottle of wine from a couple of days ago and I THOROUGHLY enjoyed it because it paired SO well with siblings taunting each other, tantrums, screaming, realizing you didn't actually call your dad on FATHER'S DAY (so I DID call and attempted to share some wine with him), a picnic dinner, kids deciding they'd play TOGETHER outside, a later bedtime for the kiddos because they were having fun, and then a bedtime "unroutine" that took OVER AN HOUR (the normal bedtime routine usually takes 10-15 min). It also paired well with a whole bunch of junk food and some carrots - because I still wanted to stay a little healthy. 😉😂 #momwineconnoisseur#momwinereview#majesticwine#nerooro#Italianred#redwines#momlife#raisingsiblings#parenting
About time I finally get some coverage of the wine world's legends up on my Instagram!
FONTANAFREDDA shares a deeply rooted history of winemaking in Piedmont (Italy) going all the way back to 1858.
In fact, the Estate started on a fairly big scale at no less than 300 hectares and gradually expanded until crises arose and phylloxera (1928) and the Great Depression (1929) took its toll, leaving the family having to sell off their ownings to a local bank at the time (1931)... Until the family got its hands back on it in 2009 and completely revamped all facilities and putting the once-forgotten Domaine on the world stage again (building an hotel, restaurant, wine bar, foundation etc). Located in the Serralunga d'Alba subzone (Southeast of the Barolo appellation) where wines there can take on a powerful yet extremely fine profile, Fontanafredda's current 120 vineyard holdings start at a 10-hectare sized parcel surrounding the main winery as well as another 100 hectares further down in the area.
This Barolo 2008 was sourced entirely from vines surrounding the Estate from the 'FONTANAFREDDA' single-vineyard.
Although 2008 as a vintage was not critically acclaimed at the time because of lower concentration and higher acidity levels, this baby seems to have clearly come around after about a 10-year long bottle ageing.
Decanted a few hours ahead of tasting. Garnet-colored with ruby on the rims, the first whiff on the nose starts off fragrant yet quiet, taking on a bit of musky smell and developing into waves of fine rose pedals, black tea leaves led by a well-defined yet subtle dark cherry core.
Following through and hitting with leather, dark cocoa and dried salami notes, this gem kept on getting more complex as it opened up.
I would, for once, almost put this wine in the 'mature, at its peak' category as all elements seem to have all come together into this refined and coating texture that Barolo can only achieve over patience and long-cellaring time. RECOMMENDED.
THINKING.....Sometimes you just wake up in a bad mood at a certain time of the month. You know it's your hormones as to why you would literally bite anyone's head off and feel like there is a big black cloud over your head and have dark thoughts . I recognise this so have just taken myself off to the garden for a big dose of grapes and sunshine knowing I will feel better in a few days. Hubby and kids know mummy looses her shit for a few days a month too😂 I am lucky, for people with Depression or Mental health can't just shake it off in a few days and probably feel like this all the time 😟😢 We all need to talk more and not bottle everyday stuff up saying "I'm fine "or " it's ok " because it's not for everyone. Keep a close eye on your loved ones and recognise the signs whatever they might be .....a smile can mask a whole world of unknown!
All three were amazing Italian bottles. The gentleman who scouted these wines himself in Italy has one of the best palates I know of and had us try 12 amazing wines. But I want to focus on the one all the way to the left. 2010 Domus Vitae "Unus Solus" super tuscan. %50 sangiovese, %25 Merlot, %25 cabernet sauvignon. Great amber color displaying clearly that it is nearly a decade old. Aged very well ripe black and red fruit, nice italian funky leather, dry cured meats, prunes, black berries, long elegant finish.
Fantastic to have Will from @Alsakerprivatebuyersagents in Devine a fortnight ago, their discussion and our wine went into the May edition of The Alsaker Journal
A great bottle of 2016 Fontanabianca Dolcetto d’Alba from Piedmont Italy
Day 3 in the books! It was a #cafeday and began quiet...until the owner of the hotel we're currently at told us about a great little restaurant on the top of a hill, about 5 minutes away. He said the walk should take about 20 mins from the parking lot. It was not a hill. It was an alp as it turns out and yes, the view of #zugspitze (highest mountain in Germany) was amazing at the restaurant as he promised. However, I was in flats with a long skirt and ruffled blouse. Jere was in chino shorts and a thick tee. I was also carrying a purse...a big one. BUT. We booked it up the mountain bc we're from Colorado, damnit and no Banana Republic outfits are going to slow us down. Took us about 30ish mins. We then had a lovely lunch and basically flew down the mountain, passing people. I felt self-satisfaction until I slipped on some gravel. I wrecked myself bc I most definitely did NOT check myself. But I continued down in my #crocs flats bc they're wildly comfortable, even while on yet another surprise mountain hike. We then had a very lovely time walking alongside the river in #Füssen and had dinner at an Italian restaurant a couple blocks away down an alley where all of the employees screamed at each other in Italian and then laughed wildly. Tomorrow brings us to a new mountain town. Ciao till then.