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Dolcetto dAlba 2011

Alba (Barbaresco), Italy

100% dolcetto

Tasted August2013- Very often people like to bring up the notion of traditional wine styles without perhaps fully understanding how that is expressed in the glass. This wine would be a prime example. There is obvious deep ripeness in the nose that reveals the varietal nature of Dolcetto. It is spot on with black and blue berries and a floral, very fresh aroma. A bit of something dark and tarry to it as well. There is a reserved tone; a suggestion of class and refinement that sets it apart from the easy-going fruit forward styles of Dolcettos that are so common these days. Obvious from a few sniffs, we would easily read this as classic Piedmont wine. Tradition in Piedmont though often means extended aging, and its effects are seen quite clearly here, bringing a mixture of spices from the oak, a round middle and a rather dry, assertive structure as it finishes. The acids are rightly high, as the grape would impart naturally, but the fruit flavors recede on the palate to more savory, dark and mineral description. As we tasted, we found more to it as it finished, subtle things poking around the palate, than in the middle of the tongue tasting fruits, making it more of a thoughtful food partner than an easy-going juicy quaff. A nice find in the world of Dolcetto. The Roagna family is rightful proud of their tradition styling and the reflection of place in their varietals. Here they describe the dolcetto as, "Full, fresh and fruity nose with a clear aroma of red fruits, especially cherries. Dry taste, pleasantly round, with a good structure consistent with the olfactory sensations. Fresh and fragrant, it is strictly connected to the territory, matching the elegance and the grape to an interesting structure. It is usually considered a young wine, but it gives interesting results even after some years."


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The Label

Producer: Roagna
Wine (proprietary name): Dolcetto dAlba
Vintage: 2011
Labeled as: varietal title
Country of origin: Italy
Region: Piedmont
Area/Appellation: Alba (Barbaresco)
Classification of Appellation: d.o.c.
Classification of Wine:
Alcohol %: 12.50

The Winemaking

Winemaker: Luca Roagna
Assistant Winemaker: Alfredo Roagna
First Date of Production:
Handling of Fruit: hand picked
Sorted: sorted at picking, sorted at table
Stem: all destemmed
Yield of Harvest:
Method of Crush/Pressing: mechanical press Press Type: Pnuematic
Pre-fermantation Soak/Maceration: Y     Length of Soak: 20-30days
Temperature Controlled: Y
Free Run Juice Only: Y
Gravity Fed to Vessels: N
Type of Vessel for Fermentation: Wooden Barrel
Type of Wood: old large cask  Wood Condition: 100% Used   
Size of Vessel: 600
Vessel Seal: Sealed Vessel
Fermentation Temperature Controlled: Y
Fermentation Style: Naturally Occured
Type of Yeasts: Native Yeasts
Carbonic Maceration: N
Length of Fermentation: 1 Month(s)
Pumped Over/Cap Agitation: N
Malolactic Fermentation: Y    Percent: 100.00%
CO2/SO2 Added on Fermentation: SO2
Type of Ageing Vessel: Wooden Barrel
Type of Wood: old slovenian oak casks  Wood Condition: 100% Used   
Origin of Barrels (if used): Slavonian forest
Size of Barrels Used: 600
Length of Maturation: 6 Month(s)
Extended Lees Contact: N
Fined (Type): N
Filtered (Type): N
Moved to Multiple Vessels?:
Date of Bottling: 2012-04-00
Age in Bottle Before Release: 2 Month(s)
Number of Bottles (750ml) Produced: 0
Number of Magnums Produced: 0
Number of Half Bottles (375ml) Produced: 0
Closure Type: Natural Cork
Bottled with SO2: Y
Alcohol %: 12.50
Residual Sugars (Gram/Liter):
Total Acidity (Gram/Liter): 0.00
Total Ph: 0.00

The Vineyard

Total Vines Planted: 6.5 Hectare
Density of Vines:
Wine Vineyard: Multiple Vineyards
Source Vineyard: Vineyards Estate Owned
Exposition of Vineyards: S, SW
Soil Type(s):
Elevation of Vineyards: 50-100 m
Vineyards Description: Steep Slopes, Hillside
Average Age of Vines: 35 year(s)
Farming Methods: Sustainable
Irrigation: dry farmed
Additional Vineyard Information: The grapes assigned to the production of this wine come from selections of vineyards with a Southern, South-Western exposure of Pajč cru. Barbaresco Crichët Pajč e Pajč (2 Ha) is an amphitheater in the center of the historic production area of the village of Barbaresco.