Wine name:Dolcetto d'Alba
Appellation:DOLCETTO D'ALBA DOC
Zone:Annunziata District (La Morra)
Vineyard extension (hectares):1
Vineyard age (year of planting):Dolcetto 1992
Altitude:350-400 metres above sea level
Nose:complex red fruit notes, mineral and graphite notes
Flavour:rich, pleasant, fresh tannins, almond notes in the finish
Serving temperature (°C):14-16
Match with:Rice and pasta dishes, medium aged cheese.
Average no. bottles/year:6,500
Grape yield per hectare tons:6
Vinification and ageing
Maceration with the skins and fermentation in steel for approx. 1 week with temperature control. Malolactic fermentation in wood.The wine matures in steel for 10 months. No filtering.
Address:Frazione Annunziata Pozzo 49/A 12064 La Morra CN
Year of establishment:2005
Total annual production:45000
Total vineyard extension (hectares):7
Planted varietals and extension (hectares):3ha Barbera/Dolcetto 4ha Nebbiolo
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:20th September - 10th October
After his father’s estate was divided, Renato established his own estate in the Arborina area in 2005.
The vineyards stand in the prized La Morra crus of Rocche dell’Annunziata, Arborina and Pozzo. The cellar is extremely modern and equipped with vinification vats with temperature control and every year 30% of the barriques (exclusively medium toasted French oak) are replaced with new ones.
The estate is now run by Renato together with his daughter Chiara and his son Stefano.
Renato is a perfectionist in the vineyards: no chemical products are sprayed, only copper and sulphur is used, grass is left on the aisles between the rows of vines and then it is tilled into the soil in the winter, which means that no herbicides nor fertilizers are used either. He very carefully drops fruit at the end of July and shortly before the harvest so that the clusters that are picked are perfect. The result is certainly outstanding: the single vineyard Barbera Vigna Pozzo joins the half dozen world class wines produced by this varietal. A wine of stunning concentration, colour and length, it displays a phenomenal complexity of flavours and aromas.
Barolo Rocche dell’Annunziata is a wine whose magical elegance and finesse are unrivalled in the whole appellation and brand the cru as the “Musigny” of Barolo. Arborina will no doubt remain the classic it has always been. An archetypal La Morra expression in its generous flesh, it distinguishes itself from all other surrounding crus by a touch of austerity, that tannic grip in the finish which is the trademark of this cru.
Renato also makes a Barolo Riserva, mainly from the older vines of the Rocche vineyard, a Barolo “base”, a Dolcetto and a Nebbiolo d’Alba .