Elvio Cogno

Piedmont, Italy

Mandorlo Dolcetto d’Alba DOC — 2021

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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

    • 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

    • In general, the growing season began with a cold winter which saw some snow, which then moved to a tricky spring, bringing heavy rains, gnarly frosts, and fierce hailstorms, which significantly cut yields. Eventually, summer arrived and July brought a dry heat that accumulated in a serious heat wave in August, which ran through to September. The long sunny days helped push the grapes to phenolic ripeness and removed any threat of rot or disease.

  • Vinification

    • Fermentation: In stainless steel, temperature-controlled, automatic pump-over
    • Aging: 6 months in stainless steel, followed by 6 months in bottle
  • Technical Information

    • Varietal Composition: 100% Dolcetto
    • Alcohol: 14%
    • TA: 5.85 g/L
    • RS: 0.16 g/L
  • Tasting Notes

    • The 2021 Dolcetto d’Alba Mandorlo has notes of black cherry with scents of plum, berries and rose petals, offering a clear, graceful, and captivating nose. On the palate, you can appreciate an excellent harmony that enhances the drink-ability: crisp and fresh, however, it has a good structure, which is perfectly integrated into the wine.