San Fereolo 2013 'San Fereolo' Dogliani DOCG

San Fereolo 2013 'San Fereolo' Dogliani DOCG

Item Number: 16562

UPC: 0-811644011907

Country: Italy
Region: Piedmont
Sub Region: Langhe
Appellation/AVA: Dogliani DOCG
Estate Grown Wine: Yes
Vintage: 2013
Grape(s): 100% Dolcetto
Type: Wine - Red
Bottle Size: 750 ml
Pack: 12
Closure: Cork
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, the wine ferments spontaneously in wooden vats. Cuvaison lasts 20 days. Fermentation, including malolactic, occurs spontaneously. Wine remains on lees for 6 months following malolactic and then blended. The San Fereolo Dogliani is aged for 24-36 months in 7 to 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 Dogliani 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.


  • The Wine Advocate
    Rating: 89 (6/17/2021)

    The San Fereolo 2013 Dogliani Superiore San Fereolo is showing beautifully right now and gives us a fascinating window onto the bottle longevity of a relatively near-term grape like Dolcetto. This expression reveals soft tar, spice and licorice softly woven into the dark flavors and rich texture that sits tight at the core. This was a cool and long growing season and the quality of the fruit is well preserved. Aged Dolcetto aromas, with some smoked meat and savory tobacco, might not appeal to everyone, but this wine is indeed unique and special at the end of the day.