Elvio Cogno

Piedmont, Italy

Mandorlo Dolcetto d’Alba DOC – 2016

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  • Introduction

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

  • Vineyard Profile

    • Vineyards: 100% Dolcetto
    • Grape Source: 100% estate vineyards located on the top of the hill; Novello village; Ravera area
    • Cultivation: Vertical trellising, Guyot pruning, 100% organic (not yet certified)
    • Vine Age: One hectare is 10 years old, the rest are more than 30 years old
    • Soil: Limestone/clay, with a small percentage of sand
    • Elevation: 380 meters (1,246 feet) above sea level
    • Exposure: Southern
    • Density: 5,000 vines/hectare (2,021 vines/acre)
  • Vintage Report

    • Due to an early season that started with mild temperatures in January and February, 2016 was one of the longest seasons ever recorded. The following months dropped in temperature to slow down the cycle. Heavy rains in April did not create any problems due to average daily temperatures and low overnight minimums. This slightly physiological delay created ideal conditions. All the red grapes were very healthy and evenly ripened, showing a perfect balance between quality and quantity.

  • Vinification

    • Fermentation: 100% in stainless steel with 6 - 7 days skin contact, temperature-controlled; with indigenous yeast
    • Aging: On lees for 6 months, no barrel aging;
  • Technical Information

    • Production (in cases): 1,250 (12/750ml)
    • Cases Imported: 200
    • Alcohol: 14%
  • Tasting Notes

    • The bright purple color is typical for this grape. The nose shows an intense and pure aroma of cherry with hints of strawberries, very fragrant. The mouth is full with soft tannins and bright acidity; very balanced and approachable.