San Fereolo 2012 'San Fereolo' Dogliani DOCG
Item Number: 15043
Sub Region: Langhe
Appellation/AVA: Dogliani DOCG
Estate Grown Wine: Yes
Grape(s): 100% Dolcetto
Type: Wine - Red
Bottle Size: 750 ml
Alc by Vol(%): 14
Viticulture: Certified Biodynamic
Soil Type: Limestone and clay
Case Production: 1,000
Terroir Notes: Dolcetto fruit is harvested by hand from Southeast and southwest-facing vines in the Cerri Soltani, Austri, and Costabella vineyards, in the Valdibà and Valdiberi subsection of Dogliani. The oldest Dolcetto vines were planted in 1936, while the youngest date back to 1978.
Winemaking Notes: After total destemming and crushing, wine ferments spontaneously in wooden tini. Cuvaison lasts 20 days. Fermentation, including malolactic, occurs spontaneously. Wine remains on lees for 6 months following malolactic and then blended. The 'San Fereolo' is aged for 24-36 months in 7-40-hl Slavonian oak botti and bottled without being filtered.
Tasting Notes: The 7-year wait from harvest to release reflects the importance of the “San Fereolo” to Nicoletta, who carefully tends the wine through its 3 years in large barrel before a 3-4 year hibernation in the bottle cellar. A spring 2015 tasting of each vintage from 2001 to 2008 revealed a consistent vein of dense, warm fruit, which spoke of the Langhe source. Fresh mineral notes, mint, licorice and savory elements permeated each expression, while a lively freshness was alive in every wine, including the 14-year old 2001 vintage.