All of the grapes come from the vineyards in Madonna di Como, a small area a few kilometers east of the commune of Alba. The vineyards grow on hills with a good inclination, with loose calcareous clay soil and a good amount of quartz sand alternating with layers of grey sandstone. This composition enhances the typical characteristics of Dolcetto d’Alba, which is naturally a fresh wine, fragrant and fruity with a clean scent of maraschino cherries.
Intense ruby-red color with lilac shadings. The odor is fresh and particularly fruity with scents of almonds. The flavor is dry, agreeably balanced due to the low level of acidity and velvety with a typically slight bitter aftertaste that recalls the olfactory sensations.
VINIFICATION:Grapes are hand-carried to the cellar during the day so as to arrive perfectly intact. Destalked and softly pressed is fermented in small at controlled temperature stainless steel tanks at 30° C. (82° F.). After 4 days of fermentation, the wine is separated from the skins and fermentation at low temperature ends to enhance the aroma of the fruit comes from. MATURATION:The wine is then racked into concrete tanks, that are lined with fiberglass and insulated by cork where it remains for a long time the post-fermentation temperature 20° degrees C. (68° F.). In these concrete tanks, Malolactic fermentation begins spontaneously and is completed within November. To preserve the delicate, fruity aroma reminiscent of “marasca” cherry, typical of Dolcetto grape, there is no aging in wood barrels. Dolcetto d’Alba Madonna di Como expresses its finest characteristics in its early years.
A classic wine for whole meal, it is a fine match for starters and main-course dishes not too imposing. SERVING TEMPERATURE:14-16° degrees C. (57-61° F.)