Monday, March 24, 2008

Fontanafredda Briccotondo Barbera

Fontanafredda Briccotondo Barbera, 2006

We love many wines from Piedmont, Italy and Barbera is definitely a great "food" wine. When we traveled in Piedmont, back in 2003, we stopped at Fontanafredda on a warm autumn day. Back in December we had a bottle of the 2005 Barbera and found it "nice" but nothing special. The new release Briccotondo Barbera, 2006, is a delicious wine that far surpasses the previous vintage. The color is a vibrant ruby/purple with nice clarity. On the nose is the scent of black cherries, grape juice and plums. This is a medium bodied wine with lovely flavors of black cherries, plums, chocolate and nutmeg. This wine has ample acidity and well rounded tannins to add to the overall complexity. The finish is long and seductive. This wine was so delicious; we managed to finish of the whole bottle throughout the evening. This wine would pair well with any hearty meal or savory pizza. This wine made the Wine Spectator "Top 100" list for 2007. This wine sells for about $15. We purchased it from

Here are pictures of two pizzas I made this weekend. One is a pesto with chicken and mozzarella and the other is pizza with spicy sopressata, marinara and fontina. These pizzas were the culmination of a week-end of use of our Wood-burning oven. The menu included a roasted turkey, lemon chicken, fire roasted asparagus and zucchini and red peppers and slow baked cannellini beans with garlic and rosemary. We are set with left-overs for the week!

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