2017 Fontanabianca Barbaresco (750ml)

Nebbiolo from Barbaresco, Piedmont, Italy

B-21 Top Recommendation
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Much to celebrate at Fontanabianca these days. 2019 the 50th anniversary, and the accent of the young winemaker Matteo Pola, third generation at Fontanabianca. He has wowed critics in recent years with the stunning wines he is fashioning under the tutelage of his father Aldo. But given that the family is blessed with some of the best vineyard sites in the village of Neive in the heart of the Barbaresco appellation, great things are expected and delivered. This is the finest example of Barbaresco AOC yet released here. Near Langhe Nebbiolo pricing, you get exceptional Barbaresco from Neive.


Wild aromas of dried meat and ripe berries with plum and smoke undertones. It’s full-bodied with ripe, chewy tannins and a long, very intense finish. Needs three or four years to soften, but impressive. Better after 2023.

94 points, James Suckling (Aug 2020)

The Fontanabianca 2017 Barbaresco delivers terrific results at an approachable price. This production of 25,000 bottles offers a full bouquet of Nebbiolo typicity with the extra heft and exuberance of this warm vintage. The bouquet delivers all the headline aromas you might expect, with wild cherry, dried blueberry, spice, licorice and candied orange peel. You get silky but lasting tannins with polished fruit on the close. This wine gets better with each vintage I taste.

93+ points, Monica Larner, Wine Advocate (Jul 2020)

Alcohol By Volume: 14.0%

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