DOLCETTO D'ALBA SUPERIORE DOC

 

 

Grape variety: 100% Dolcetto.

Vineyard of origin: “Manzoni Soprani” vineyard in the municipality of Monforte d'Alba (Cuneo). The vineyard faces southwest and extends for about a hectare.

Harvesting: End of September.

Winemaking: Traditional short maceration. Fermentation on wild yeast lasts for about 20 days, at room temperature and in steel vats, with remontage to break up the submerged cap. The wine then stays for about 12 months in vats and for a shorter period of time in Slavonian oak barrels of medium capacity (30-50hl). It remains at least another 6 months in bottle before commercialization. The wine is neither filtered nor fined in order to keep its taste and aroma as intact as possible.

Alcohol content: About 12.5°.

Color: Deep red with light purple hues.

Aroma: Mildly damp undergrowth, with violet and cherry notes.

Taste: Intense and persistent, with taste of dried herbs, blackberry, bitter almond and carob.

Serving temperature: 16-20°C; 61-681 °F.

Food pairing: Goes well with everything, especially poultry and game, roasted withe meat.