The vintage is one of the hottest and driest ever: During the winter there was an extraordinary shortage of rainfall, and the climate was mild followed by a period marked by good weather, with no significant rain for over 180 days. In July the vines adjusted on their own to the low availability of water, showing smaller clusters. Picking began as early as the end of August with the grapes used for making sparkling wines, and continued immediately afterwards with the white wine varieties. The harvest of Nebbiolo grapes began around mid-September. The quality was noticeably excellent with heathy grapes although a lower yield-per-hectare.
Winemaker: Paolo Giacosa
Grapes: 100% Doolcetto
Growing Area: Monforte, Alba
Alcohol: 12,50 % by volume
Food: It pairs with appetizers, pasta, risotto, chicken, cheese and salami.
Colour: Deep ruby red.
Nose: Fruity, vinous, delightful with scent of red fruits and ripe grape.
Palate: Smooth, fine, medium body, with pleasant Dolcetto grape taste.
Serving: 15 - 18 °C
Cellaring: 3 - 4 years
Exposure: S, SW
Vines age: 15 - 25 years
Soil: Sandy - loamy
Yield: 9000 kg/ha
Harvests: 100% hand-harvested
Training system: Guyot
Farming practices: Sustainable viticulture
PRE-FERMENTATION PROCEDURES: Grape bunches are hand-sorted on a vibrating table and chilled with carbonic snow to avoid oxidation and reduce considerably the use of sulphur. After destemming, berries are hand-sorted on a second vibrating table and finally softly crushed.
This process is “100% screw conveyor free” to handle grapes as gently as possible.
FERMENTATION PROCESS: The must is cooled to preserve its best characters before fermentation in stainless steel vats at controlled temperature. The maceration is short acting using délestage for about 10 days.
BOTTLE REFINEMENT: it is refined only in bottle for about 3 months before realising.
DOSSO DOLCETTO D’ALBA is fully compliant with the name of the grape. In fact, in Piemontese Dialect, Dolcetto means ”gentle in acidity” especially when compared with Barbera. This character allowed this wine to be the most dish friendly red wine.
DOSSO DOLCETTO D’ALBA enhance this tradition being very easy to pair with dishes providing a gentle pleasure along with a fresh elegance.