2015 Brezza Dolcetto D'albaDolcetto from Italy
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"Certified organic. Even more than Barbera, Dolcetto tends to get planted in the worst spots in Barolo, giving preference to Nebbiolo for Barolo. However, this vineyard, plante...
"Certified organic. Even more than Barbera, Dolcetto tends to get planted in the worst spots in Barolo, giving preference to Nebbiolo for Barolo. However, this vineyard, planted in 1991 in Barolo is south-west facing allowing for good ripening and the very soft and sandy soils not only allow for great drainage but add more perfume and fruit to the wines. Grapes are destemmed and fermented on the skins for seven days before being transferred into concrete tank to age for 8 months. The wine is aged another 4-5 months in bottle before release.
Brezza is one of the most traditional and iconic producers in Barolo, tracing their roots back to their founding in 1885. Since then, the Brezza family has owned and operated their winery and vineyards for 4 generations, with Enzo Brezza as the current proprietor whose first vintage was 1989. The property takes its name from Giacomo Brezza, who with his father Antonio produced their first bottle in 1910. Nestled in the center of the village of Barolo is the winery as well as the restaurant and hotel, all of which are owned and operation by the Brezza family. In the vineyards, they are now certified organic. Their philosophy is to farm in harmony with their vineyards and improve its overall health. They produce their own composts and use lightweight tractors to avoid soil compaction and reduce fossil fuel use. Many of their vines are quite old (up to seventy years) but still produce healthy grapes. All grapes are farmed by hand. In the cellar, the wines are allowed to naturally ferment and are aged in traditional large Slavonian oak casks of 3000 liters. All the wines that spend time in the oak are not filtered or refined." -Importer