About This Wine
Sandrone's Dolcetto has earned its place at this varietal's top table. In his seminal book Barolo to Valpolicella, Nicolas Belfrage describes the Sandrone Dolcetto as a "mouthful of sheer fruit, but with guts." That book was last published in 2004, and the wine has only improved since then. The beauty of this atypical bottling lies in its superb structure, texture and balance that can only come with perfectly ripe fruit.
The opulence of the fruit is perfectly balanced by superb freshness that is a product of the high altitude vineyards that gift us this wine: Crosia and Revassi in Barolo, Castelletto and Cascina Pe Mol in Monforte d'Alba and Ravera in Novello. All are outstanding sites that sit between 350-450 metres above sea level.
The 2018 is a super Dolcetto vintage. There's also subtle and complex hints of earth and minerals. Made without any wood contact, each parcel is vinified separately before blending, and only natural yeasts are used during the fermentation.
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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