Dolcetto d’Alba DOC

Location: Barolo
Soil structure: sand, silt
Composition of soil: sand 33%, silt 44%, clay 23%
Trellising: Vertical canopy
Pruning system: traditional Guyot
Exposure: South-West
Vineyard expansion: 1.4482 ha

Planting with: 0.8 m X 2.7 m.
Altitude: 280 m
Plant density: 4,630 plants per hectare
Production: about 7,000 KG / ha
Varietal: Dolcetto
Rootstock clone: K5BB, 420 A, SO4
Year planted: 1991

Soil characteristics
Dolcetto the name comes from the local dialect “Ducet” (small hill) because normally it was cultivated in the lower part of the hill where the slopes are gentler.
The soil of this vineyard in Barolo is soft and sandy. The wines originate they have always a very elegant perfume, fruit and good complexity. Even in wet years in this vineyard it always manages to have good quality grapes, due to the high percentage of sand and good drainage in the soil.

Production process
For Dolcetto from the town of Barolo the harvest time is between 8-15 of September. When the grapes arrive to the cellar they are destemmed, crushed, and placed in steel tanks to undergo fermentation not exceeding 26 °C / 78 °F. After about 7 days the wine will then be separated from the skins, transferred to another tank and maintained at about 18 °C / 64 °F to help start the malolactic fermentation. After the second fermentation is finished it will remain stored in cement until bottling (April) then on the market in September.

Serving recommendations
The pallet shows a slight bitter aftertaste (bitter almond), typical of Dolcetto from these areas. The color is a very lively purple. Dolcetto is the wine for the “everyday table” that has best been able to take root in the heart of Piedmont. It has a great flexibility with the complex cuisine of our region, from appetizer to desserts. It can keep well for several years although we recommend it be drunk at a younger age.

Guide Vintage Edition Score
2019 2021 2 t'

t' viola

Guida Vitae - AIS 2019 2021 2 t'

t' rossi

Guida Vini BIO 2019 2021 4 Folgie
GUIDA PROSIT - ONAV 2019 2021 1 Prosit
I Vini di Veronelli 2019 2021
Vini d'Italia - Gambero Rosso 2018 2020
I Vini di Veronelli 2018 2020
I Vini di Veronelli 2017 2019 88
Vert de Vin 2017 Spring 2019 89-90/100

The nose is fruity. It reveals notes of back cherry, crushed cassis and small notes of wild red berries associated with fine hints of liquorice, blueberry as well as hints of tobacco. The palate is fruity, well-balanced, racy and offers a beautiful acidulous frame, freshness, a small concentration and minerality with a fine grain. On the palate we have blach cherry, crush cassis and small notes of wild strawberry associated with slight hints of liquorice, tobaccom blueberry and hints of dried almond. Tannins are well-built. Good length.

Annuario dei migliori vini italiani 2001 2003 75
Vini d'Italia - le Guide de L'Espresso 2008 2010
Vini d'Italia - Gambero Rosso 2009 2011
Vini d'Italia - Gambero Rosso 2003 2005
Vini d'Italia - Gambero Rosso 2001 2003
I Vini di Veronelli 2003 2005
I Vini di Veronelli 2008 2010
I Vini di Veronelli 2008 2010
I Vini di Veronelli 2009 2011
I Vini di Veronelli 2009 2011
Vini d'Italia - Gambero Rosso 2011 2013
Annuario dei migliori vini italiani 2008 2010 86
Annuario dei migliori vini italiani 2003 2005 80
Annuario dei migliori vini italiani 2004 2006
Annuario dei migliori vini italiani 2007
Bibenda 2009 2011
Bibenda 2001 2013
Bibenda 2008 2010
Bibenda 2004 2006
Bibenda 2003 2005
Bibenda 2001 2003
Guida al vino quotidiano 2008 2010
Slow Wine 2009 2011 Vino slow