Dolcetto Langhe, Visadi, 2011

  Domenico Clerico

Dolcetto Langhe, Visadi

Clear, crisp refreshing whilst showing rich bramble, raspberry and cherry fruit, hints of fresh-cut herb; dense but smooth in body with a lively, pure, ripe finish. Since 2008 Clerico has been extracting his wines a little less in general, this has been most noticeable with the Dolcetto which has always been an excellent wine but almost too serious for its price. It can now readily be approached a year or two after the vintage. It comes from two vineyards, one in Dogliani, and one in the Alba district, hence the generic term ‘Langhe’. Predominantly steel tank aged with 3-4 months in used wood for clarification purposes.

Contains Sulphites.

About Domenico Clerico

In 1977 Domenico Clerico decided to leave his job as a salesman in order to work full time in his family’s estate. After several experiments in the cellar, Domenico’s friends persuaded him to make wine on a permanent basis. Vineyards were purchased in some of the most interesting crus of Monteforte: Ginestra in 1983, Pajana in 1989 and the last, Mosconi, in 1985. Domenico, who tragically passed away earlier in July 2017, is of the region’s great legends, as an advocate for the modern Barolo winemaking philosophy of short maceration and ageing in barriques. The wines display polish, structure and - most importantly - balance.

Appellation: Piedmont

Piedmont sitting at the foot of the mountains is justly regarded as one of, if not the finest wine growing region in Italy. The noblest grape found in the region in undoubtedly Nebbiolo, with the DOCG's of Barolo and Barbaresco at the forefront of production. Barbera and Dolcetto come in second and third, and being earlier ripening are often found located on those sides of the hills that receive less sunshine. The wines from Piedmont are intrinsically food friendly wines, a fact understandable given the culinary strength of the area.

Grape Type: Dolcetto

Not sweet despite its name this is a north-west Italian variety that has a deep colour low acidity and high tannin levels. Made for drinking young, it's alive with blossom and herb aromatics and vibrant cherry fruit flavours. It is a finicky grape that does not like excessive heat or cold so it tends to work well on the high altitude south facing slopes in Montelupo and Dogliani, or the north facing lower sites in and around the Barolo Communes. Dolcetto is generally aged in old oak or steel tank.