Wine name:Grignolino Piemonte
Appellation:PIEMONTE GRIGNOLINO DOC
Zone:Dogliani, Pianezzo district
Vineyard extension (hectares):0.4
Vineyard age (year of planting):Grignolino 1980,1985
Altitude:530 meters above sea level
Colour:Light ruby red
Nose:Pepper, geranium, cut grass
Flavour:Medium structure with evident tannins and a good length in the mouth
Serving temperature (°C):15-16
Match with:Hors d'oeuvres, white meat, also rich fish dishes
Average no. bottles/year:1,900
Grape yield per hectare tons:5
The alcoholic fermentation and the malolactic fermentation are spontaneous.
Vinification and ageing
Alcoholic fermentation in steel vats for 4/5 days of which only the first 2/3 days with the skins. Malolactic fermentation in steel.
Address:Frazione Pianezzo, 57 12063 Dogliani CN
Year of establishment:1968
Total annual production:40000
Total vineyard extension (hectares):11
Planted varietals and extension (hectares):1.3ha Barbera 8.5ha Dolcetto 0.5ha Freisa 0.4ha Grignolino 0.5ha Sauvignon
Vine training system:
Cultivation method in the vineyard:50% tilled, 50% grass left between the vines
Type of viticulture:practicing organic (Agricoltura Ecocompatibile Misura Agroambientale CEE 214.1)
Harvest period:From the second week of September to mid October
Agronomist:Marco and Mario Boschis
Mario Boschis manages this lovely estate in Dogliani (province of Cuneo) supported by his two sons Paolo and Marco. This Azienda is completely family run and, apart from the family members, there are no employees. The family prefers to keep their property small and to concentrate on the vineyards that are most suitable for Dolcetto and for the other varieties that are grown, such as Grignolino, Freisa and Barbera.
Dolcetto di Dogliani has always been acknowledged as the finest expression of the varietal.
Mario Boschis produces an excellent Dolcetto di Dogliani from many different plots. There’s a springtime freshness about this Dolcetto that makes it a classic Dogliani wine: fine, floral and reminiscent of wild cherries.
The vineyards stand at 550 meters above sea level at an ideal altitude for Dolcetto. This variety prefers an even climate and mainly calcareous soil. All these conditions are found here.
Fodder (10 head of “Piemontese” cattle are kept on the property) and hazelnut trees are grown on the plots with clayey soil. “Piemontese” cattle is utilized for its (delicious) meat, but Francesco, Mario’s father, used to work the vineyards with oxen of this breed. The manure is used as fertilizer. There are also some beehives which are a passion of Marco’s. As bees are very sensitive to pollution, environmental friendly practices are strictly followed throughout the whole estate.
The delightful labels of the wines are watercolours and engravings of Teresita Terreno, a local artist. Each one represents a particular season and distinctive features of this area. The label of Dogliani Superiore Vigna del Ciliegio is designed, instead, by a neighbour: this is the only Dolcetto which matures in wood (the others mature in steel), so that the Boschis family decided that the label should also be different from the other ones.
Mario’s two sons work full-time at the estate: Paolo is an oenological technician and is more experienced in the cellar, Marco is an excellent viticulturist.
The Boschis family also makes a Barbera d’Alba, a Langhe Barbera, a Langhe Freisa, a Piemonte Grignolino and a Langhe Sauvignon Blanc.