Anna Maria Abonna, Dolcetto, Italy
Dolcetto is one of our favourite grapes in the world and has all the hallmarks of top-notch Pinot Noir with a little more of classic Italian cherry as being the predominant flavour.
The quality of Dolcetto from the village of Dogliani has been skyrocketing in the last few years, and Anna Maria's work is a good example of this. Her oldest vines were planted by her grandfather in the thirties, and the vineyards are steep and perfectly exposed. More recently she has become a convert to the doctrine of low yields, and she has joined the elite of Dogliani.
First, understand that producers in Dogliani take Dolcetto as seriously as producers in Barolo take Nebbiolo. Dolcetto is planted in all the best sites and vinified with great care.
Dolcetto di Dogliani 'Sori dij But' 'Sori' is Piedmontese dialect for the sunny south face of a hill. 'But' or Butti is the name of the hamlet where Anna Maria and her husband Franco's house and cellar are, a stunning spot in a very beautiful area.
This is classic Dogliani Dolcetto, fermented and aged in stainless steel. It shows great colour, reddish-purple and violet-tinged, aromas of blueberries and tealeaf, and some tea tannins to go with the abundant fruit on the palate.
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