Burlotto Dolcetto d'Alba DOC 2019

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Burlotto Dolcetto d'Alba DOC 2019
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Country Italy
Region Piedmont
Appellation/Sub-Region Dolcetto d'Alba DOC
Grapes Dolcetto
Vineyard/Cellar Practices Sustainably Grown

The Burlotto estate is located in the commune of Verduno in the Barolo DOCG, and was established in the mid-18th century by Giovan Battista Burlotto, il Commendatore. The historic estate (which once held the title of “Supplier to the Savoy Royal Household”), is distinguished for its Monvigliero Barolo, from the famed Monvigliero cru, coveted for its south-facing exposure and white marl soil. Now run by Mariana Burlotto (Giovan’s great-niece), and her husband Giuseppe Alessandria, along with their son, Fabio, the winery produces classically-styled Barolo, Dolcetto, and Barbera. Winemaker Fabio (GB’s great great grandson), has introduced modern techniques that complement, never detract, from the elegant character of Burlotto’s wines, further cementing the estate’s reputation as one of Piedmont’s most esteemed small producers.

Dolcetto might mean “little sweet one”, and although it is wonderfully fresh and nuanced, this bottle is definitely no featherweight! Fruit comes from the 40 year old Neirane vineyard, augmented by grapes from the Su Jort and Perno vineyards. Fermentation takes place for 7 days in large vats, with 50% of the grapes fermented whole cluster. The wine is matured partially in stainless steel tank and partially in barrel for several months. The whole cluster fermentation lends an almost Burgundian character to this wine, which displays notes of rose petal and violet, wild cherries, and blackberries, with a peppery, brambly finish. Medium-bodied, with defined acidity and well-integrated tannins, this is a dolcetto for pinot noir fans! Sustainably grown.