Vineyard: The Dolcetto for this wine is sourced from both the Paje and Carso vineyards in Barbaresco.
Orientation: South, southwest.
Soil: Paje is particularly rich in calcareous marl soil with a high content of active limestone.
Carso sits next to the fortresses of Barbaresco, facing East, with limestone clay soil and a significant presence of sand.
Viticulture: Hand-harvested in September. The vines for this wine have a minimum age of 45 years.
Vinification: Fermented lasts for ten days in large french casks with a pied de cuvee made with indigenous yeasts. Submerged cap maceration then follows for 90-100 days.
Aging: The wine then ages in neutral french oak botti for approximately one year.
Tasted from tank just prior to bottling and then again right after bottling, the 2015 Dolcetto d'Alba is striking. Deceptively medium in body, the 2015 offers lovely palate presence and tons of intensity. Dark red cherry, blueberry, violet, mint and licorice all give the 2015 its super-classic flavor profile. Time in the glass brings out the wine's breadth and power, but I would prefer to give the wine a few more months in bottle to fully come together. The Dolcetto was aged entirely in cask.