About This Wine
The Bastia vineyard, located right next to the winery, is one of the highest in Monforte. The wine is matured in stainless steel for eight months, retaining all of its immediate varietal appeal of lush fragrance and fresh raspberry and blueberry fruit. Very deep ruby color with violet reflections; appealing, fruity and persistent bouquet reminiscent of ripe raspberries confirmed on a charming, round and mellow palate with finely almond finish. Ideal as everyday meal wine or w/antipasti, cold cuts, salami & fresh cheese. The grower suggests pairing this Dolcetto with grilled bell peppers stuffed with tuna, anchovies, capers, a little vinegar and e.v. olive oil, garnished with mayonnaise.
Wines of Piedmont
In the North-Western corner of Italy, with a backdrop of the visually stunning Alps, Piedmont is a great place to visit for wine tourism. It is also home to some of the most sought-after wines in the country.
Nebbiolo is the region’s most prestigious grape variety, a red variety not seen much in Australia. Wines made from this grape are powerful with remarkably high levels of tannins but a balancing acidity. The Piedmont region offers the grapes with a reliable autumn fog that provides a cooling effect which is particularly beneficial to the growth of Nebbiolo. This pre-harvest fog (“nebbia” in Italian) is actually where the grape’s name comes from. The fog is vital in that it prolongs the time spent on the vine and allows the grapes to achieve full ripeness.
The most famous examples of Nebbiolo come from the appellations (subregions) of Barolo and Barbaresco, known for their ability to age well, firm tannins and distinct smell of tar and roses. Barolo is a big tannic expression of Nebbiolo, while Barbaresco only about 15km away makes a more elegant style. Barolo wines are generally the more expensive of the two and are known to cellar for decades.
By volume however, Barbera is the most planted red grape in Piedmont. This grape makes a juicy, low tannin but high acidity easy-going red. Perhaps somewhat like a lighter style Shiraz.
While there are quite a few white varieties planted in the region, the most notable is Moscato d’Asti, made in a sparkling style in the Asti subregion.
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