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Fontanafredda - Barbaresco Coste Rubin 2014


  • Country: Italy
  • Wine Region: Piedmont
  • Wine Area: Barbaresco
  • Wine Maker: Danilo Drocco
  • Grape: Nebbiolo
  • Grape Percentage: 100%
  • Alcohol Percentage: 14%
  • Unit Quantity (ml): 750
  • Best To Drink: 2014-2024
Food Matching

Food Matching

Ideal with big red meat dishes and medium or mature cheeses.

Duty/Vat Paid
WA: 93 (2007) JR: 16.5 (2004) WS: 92 (2013) JS: 91 (2013) WE: 90 (2013)

Wine tasting notes

It has a brilliant garnet-red colour, while the bouquet is complex, with ethereal, spicy overtones on well-balanced wood, intense vanilla, cooked fruit and cinnamon. Its deep, velvety and well-balanced flavour lingers on the palate, confirming the long ageing process which combines lavish nature with great technical skill.

Winery Information


Fontanafredda?s estate stretches out over more than 100 hectares (250 acres). The estate vineyards are located in the villages of Serralunga d?Alba, Diano d?Alba and Barolo. 70 hectares planted with the Nebbiolo, Barbera, Dolcetto and Moscato varieties.At each vintage, grapes are consigned to Fontanafredda by nearly 400 growers in the Langhe and Roero, whose loyalty to the company have endured for generations. The viticulture is carried exclusively on hillsides with vineyards which have an.. read more

Expert Reviews

Wine Advocate/Robert Parker (2007)93 pts

Wine Advocate #192. Dec 2010. Reviewer : Antonio Galloni. The 2007 Barbaresco Coste Rubin is one of the finest versions of this wine I can remember tasting. Sweet perfumed cherries, roses and flowers of all sorts emerge from this graceful, delicate Barbaresco. The Coste Rubin possesses dazzling inner perfume, silky tannins and exceptional overall balance. This is hard to resist today but should also develop beautifully over the next few years. The 2007 is a huge step away from the massively concentrated wines of the past. The Coste Rubin shut down quickly in the glass and may be headed for a period of dormancy. Anticipated maturity: 2014-2024. (2004)16.5 pts

Published : 23-Jan-2008. Sweet and rich on the nose. Open fruit and some leather but a bit astringent on the finish.

Wine Spectator (2013)92 pts

Apr 2017 - Firm and airy, with light cherry, strawberry and floral aromas and flavors. Shows intensity and balance, ending with notes of underbrush, tobacco and white pepper. Fine length. Best from 2019 through 2034.

James Suckling (2013)91 pts

I like the berry and lemon character to this with hints of honeysuckle. Medium body, fine tannins and a clean finish. Drink or hold.

Wine Enthusiast (2013)90 pts

Weedy underbrush, porcini mushroom, stewed plum, violet and leather aromas come together on this. The forward, approachable palate offers juicy black cherry, crushed strawberry, baking spice, orange zest and a hazelnut note framed in polished tannins.

Vinification Notes

As soon as the grapes reach the winery, they are de-stemmed and crushed, and the fermentation is carried out by using selected yeasts at a temperature of 30-32° C. The must is pumped over the skins regularly to optimize the extraction of colour and tannins. The maceration lasts 10-12 days, and the malolactic fermentation takes place before the end of the winter. The wine begins to mature in the January following the vintage, in 2.000 and 3.000 litre barrels made of oak from Allier. After around a year in wood, the wine spends a short time in stainless steel before completing its ageing process in the bottle.