2012 Benevelli Piero Dolcetto D'alba La CostaDolcetto from Italy
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"Any new producer discovery is extremely exciting to me. And the best discoveries get more and more invigorating over time as the grower’s talents and personal characteristics ...
"Any new producer discovery is extremely exciting to me. And the best discoveries get more and more invigorating over time as the grower’s talents and personal characteristics expose themselves in a positive way. This has definitely been the experience with young Massimo Benevelli, an extremely talented Piemontese grower in Monforte d’Alba. He exhibits a total command of all stages of the production process, from vine to bottle. His wines show character, soul, and originality. I recently tasted through multiple vintages of his production in various stages of aging in barrels, tanks, and bottles, and there was a consistency, a touch, an intangible quality that I look for when sourcing new growers. Everything was in balance, everything had its place. Massimo’s holdings are mostly concentrated in the southeastern-facing hillside cru of “Ravera” in the deep southeast of the Barolo zone, in which Monforte d’Alba is the southern stronghold among the five major communes making up the DOCG. The wines from Ravera have the distinction of combining the structural strength of neighboring Serralunga d’Alba with the concentration and richness of Bussia and the other crus farther north between Monforte d’Alba and Castiglione Falletto. Massimo’s Baroli are approachable when young but, like any great Barolo, reveal their true potential after at least five years or more in bottle. An added plus: Massimo’s Baroli consistently give aromas of truffles with age, not a bad character trait in my book. His Dolcetto is a delight as well, and look out for his delicious and dignified Nebbiolo d’Alba, arriving in the next few months. A hearty Benvenutoto Massimo Benevelli!" -Importer