Elvio Cogno

Piedmont, Italy

Mandorlo Dolcetto d’Alba DOC – 2014

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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

    • Winter was cold with little snow, followed by a spring with average temperatures and alternating days of heavy rain, leading to early development in the vineyards. Although the summer months were cool with frequent rain, September and October were warm and dry, which helped with the harvest.

    • Harvest Date(s): September 22-24
  • Vinification

    • Fermentation: 100% in stainless steel with 6-7 days skin contact, temperature-controlled; with indigenous 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: 12%
  • 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