A deep, saturated purple that appears sunk into the marrow of the 2004 Silvio Grasso Barbera d'Alba Fontanile provides the first indication of the hedonistic side of this cru Barbera, but that's just for starters. Stick your nose near the glass and just wait for the aromatic fireworks. Deep cherry fruit, cedar, plum, and anise come to fore. On the palate the wine is broad and expansive, even without extensive aeration. A lush, velvety texture caresses the tongue and envelops the soul, carrying with it the savor of orchard fruits, violets, budding woodlands, and a cachet of spices. Hedonistic in the style of the finest Côte de Nuits Burgundies, Federico Grasso's Fontanile is an absolute pleasure to contemplate, sniff, and, of course, drink. Splendid now, it will most assuredly continue to improve in bottle for another year or two and hold for several more years at the peak of perfection. In short, this Barbera has what it takes, and then some. For optimal pleasure, we would allow it at least a half hour of aeration, but don't worry if you can't wait. The 2004 Fontanile possesses up front all that it needs for your drinking pleasure. As for the preferred serving temperature for this wine, cellar temperature (57°-62° F) gets our nod. Enjoy!