93 out of 100
by Gary Walsh
"Cascina Fontana's 2012 Barolo shows the more delicate side of the vintage. Crushed flowers, sweet tobacco and dried cherries give the wine its lifted, perfumed personality. The 2012 is a rare Fontana Barolo that can be enjoyed with minimal cellaring, as the tannins are relatively soft by Fontana's standards. The wine's mid-weight structure and forward aromatics suggest the 2012 is best enjoyed sooner rather than later." - Antonio Galloni, Vinous
"I’ve a lot of Barolo to review at present, though it’s hardly the weather for it. Still, we soldier on… This is 65% Castiglione Falletto and 35% La Morra. I bought three bottles of this, and three of the 2010. Importer: Mezzanine.
This is very much a Barolo in the ‘classic’ style. Strawberry and orange peel, a touch of liquorice root, blonde tobacco and roses, perhaps some glacé cherry. Light to medium bodied, with insistent slightly scratchy and chalky black tea tannin, cool acidity and herbal edge, with warm leather and roses in the aftertaste. You have to like a certain rusty style of Barolo, but this is a very good wine for my tastes. Give it a couple of hours in a decanter if drinking now." - Gary Walsh, The Wine FrontSku: 1821