Dolcetto d'Alba, 2017

  Sandrone

Contains Sulphites.

About Sandrone

Sandrone are one of the modern day icons of Barolo. Since moving to their new winery just outside the town of Barolo 13 years ago they have not looked back. Showered with praise for their intense, suave-textured wines, Sandrone exploit 25ha in Barolo. Their cellar tastings and final selections are as rigorous as their vineyard work, a maximum of 75% of the crop makes it into Sandrone – bottled wines, the rest is sold off in bulk. After fermentation the Baroli are aged for 24 months in 500 litre oak barrels, 25% of which are new. The inaugural vintage in the new winery was the excellent 1999.

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.