Elvio Cogno

Piedmont, Italy

Mandorlo Dolcetto d’Alba DOC – 2013

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  • Introduction

    • Mandorlo is an proprietary name derived from the area where the vineyard is located, which is on the Ravera hillside in the village of Novello, Langhe region.

  • Vineyard Profile

    • 100% estate vineyards

    • Location: On half of the hill in the Ravera area
    • Cultivation: 100% organic (not yet certified)
    • Size: 2.5 hectares (6.18 acres)
    • Vine Age: 1 hectare (2.47 acres) is 10 years, the rest are 30+ years
    • Soil: Limestone/clay, with a small percentage of sand
    • Elevation: 380 meters (1,246 feet)
    • Exposure: Southern
    • Density: 5,000 vines/hectare (2,021 vines/acre)
    • Training: Vertical trellising, Guyot training
  • Vintage Report

    • Following a cold winter without excess, yet a good amount of snow, February and March were rainy and very humid which delayed budbreak. June, July and August were warm and dry. Autumn was dry and windy, with harvest delayed by 7 to 10 days compared to our normal harvest dates; yields were within an average range.

    • Harvest Date(s): September 15-19
  • Vinification

    • Fermentation: 100% in stainless steel with 6-7 days skin contact, temperature-controlled; withindigenous yeast
    • Maceration: 100% in steel fermenters
    • Aging: 60 days on the lees, 8 months in stainless steel, no barrel aging
    • Bottle Aging: 2 months
  • Technical Information

    • Varietal Composition: 100% Dolcetto
    • Alcohol: 14%
  • Tasting Notes

    • Bright ruby red in color with deep violet highlights. The perfume is immediate and intense, uncompromisingly vinous and persistent. It is redolent of grape must which, on aging, develops sensations of red forest fruits. The bouquet is dry and full-bodied, elegant and round, with notes of fruit and a wonderfully almondy finish.
      Serving Suggestions: At 16 C to 18 C (61 F to 64 F) with apéritifs, pasta, soups, salamis and creamy cheeses
      Aging Potential: 4-5 years

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  • Mandorlo Dolcetto d’Alba DOC – 2013 – 91 points, Top Wines of 2014 – Snooth.com

    "Fresh with clear bright violet, bitter almond and earthy plum aromas that gain dark cherry fruit, and a little charry earthy smoky top note…fruity and fresh in the mouth with plum skin and black cherry skin flavors that are rather edgy…”

  • Mandorlo Dolcetto d’Alba DOC – 2013 – Ian D’Agata’s Top 35 under £20: experience the diversity of Piedmont, 17.5 points – Decanter

    "A big, serious Dolcetto with textbook aromas and flavors of dark berries, violets and minerals. Lovely balance and tannic grip on the finish. Just begs for a plate of grilled sausages."

  • Mandorlo Dolcetto d’Alba DOC – 2013

    The perfume is immediate and intense, uncompromisingly vinous and persistent. The bouquet is dry and full-bodied, elegant and round, with notes of fruit and a wonderfully almondy finish.

  • Mandorlo Dolcetto d’Alba DOC – 2013 – 91 points – Snooth.com

    "Fresh with clear bright violet, bitter almond and earthy plum aromas that gain dark cherry fruit, and a little charry earthy smoky top note…fruity and fresh in the mouth with plum skin and black cherry skin flavors that are rather edgy…”

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