Dolcetto d'Alba, 2016

  Piero Busso

Contains Sulphites.

About Piero Busso

Piero Busso, with his bright young son Pierguido, is starting to drive quality to greater heights at this top-drawer family Barbaresco domaine. Founded by Guido Busso in the fifties, this domaine is based in Neive and has at its core some fine Nebbiolo vines planted in the Albesani vineyard opposite the winery. The estate's fine holdings don't stop there, however, also boasting parcels in the fabulous Gallina vineyard and Treiso's San Stunet. Winemaking is traditional here, long and slow, up to 45 days maceration on the skins, and ageing is in 25hl slavonian oak casks for two years. These will sweep you off your feet, bewitching high toned pure fruit and floral aspects are their hallmarks. Expressive and seductive, these are wines that have something to say about where they are from.

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.