Dolcetto d'Alba "L'Alto"
Wine name:Dolcetto d'Alba "L'Alto"
Appellation:DOLCETTO D'ALBA DOC
Zone:Monforte d'Alba, Cuneo
Vineyard extension (hectares):1
Vineyard age (year of planting):Dolcetto 1986
Soil Type:The soil is mainly clayey and calcarous with an optimal water retention
Exposure:South, altitude: 300-350 meters above sea level
Colour:Ruby red with purple nuances.
Nose:Winey, intense, delicate
Flavour:Dry, supple, velvety, pleasant almond notes
Serving temperature (°C):16-18
Match with:Pasta and rice dishes, dishes with flavourful sauces, roasts and white meat dishes
Average no. bottles/year:7,000
Grape yield per hectare tons:7
Vineyard density: 4,000 vines/hectare. Vine training system: Guyot
Vinification and ageing
Fermentation and maceration with the skins for 7-8 days in steel vats. The wine matures in large French oak casks (35 hectolitre capacity) for 6 months.
Address:LOCALITA' GINESTRA, 34 12065 MONFORTE D'ALBA CN
Year of establishment:1886
Total annual production:80000
Total vineyard extension (hectares):15
Planted varietals and extension (hectares):4.5ha Barbera 1ha Dolcetto 7ha Nebbiolo da Barolo 2.5ha Nebbiolo per Langhe Nebbiolo (Lampia, Michet)
Vine training system:
Cultivation method in the vineyard:grass is left on the aisles between the rows of vines
Type of viticulture:integrated/sustainable
Harvest period:mid September - mid October
Agronomist:Gian Piero Romana
Oenologist:Giorgio Conterno/Giuseppe Caviola
The estate, established in 1886, has belonged to the Conterno family for four generations. The vineyards (seven hectares of which stand in the historical cru of "Ginestra") and the cellar are run with passion by Paolo and Caterina together with their son and daughter Giorgio and Marisa. The ageing cellar is still the original one built in 1886 where large French oak casks (35 hectolitre capacity) are used. The vinification cellar has modern equipment in order to achieve the best results and to respect tradition at the same time. The extremely high quality of the wines - the result of the combination of the extraordinary terroir, of a favourable microclimate, of an excellent exposure of the vineyards and of the dedication of the Conterno family - has been aknowledged and prized by the Italian and international specialised press.
The Conterno family manages 13 hectares of vineyards in Tuscany. The vineyards stand at Tenuta Ortaglia, a beautiful property near the historical Demidoff park in Pratolino, 12 kilometers from the Duomo of Florence. The grapes are vinified and the wines mature at the cellar of the Tenuta Ortaglia. Giorgio Conterno is the wine maker supported by the agronomists Angela Gambi and Gian Piero Romana and by the oenologist Beppe Caviola. Eight different IGT/proprietary wines are produced. The average total production/year is of 60,000-80,000 bottles.