Light red with an orange/brown glow. Perfume on the nose and cherries on the palette. Super tannic; engulfs the mouths by coating your cheeks, gums and teeth. Just entering its drinking window if you don't mind powerful tannic beasts, but this has at least 20+ years ahead of it.
Found it a little too tight to enjoy without food. Lavender and cherry on the nose, however the finish rather harsh. The harshness disappeared when accompanying a grilled peppered ribeye, and after dinner with some cheese. Definitely needs food to cut the astringent finish. But then it is a barolo.
2006 was an excellent vintage in Piedmont. This is Fontanafredda's base barolo. I've had the 1996,1997 and 2001 vintages of this wine in the past. Not decanted. Clear ruby color. Lighter body notes of coffee and tart cherries. 88 points.
Corkage with dinner, popped and poured. 1 liter bottle. Opened up nicely after an hour or so with red florals, berries, mineral and earth notes. Silky yet firm in texture with nice acid with a medium finish. Still wound up but showing well enough to enjoy with an array of appetizers, and again after dinner. Enjoyed and would buy again and hold.