- Dolcetto d'Alba DOC
- 100% Dolcetto
- Spontaneous fermentation from indigenous yeasts
- Maceration and fermentation in open steel tanks
- Malolactic fermentation and ageing in steel tanks
- 3 months of bottle aging
- Vineyards in the villages of Monforte d'Alba: Cascina Pe Mol and Castelletto, and of Novello: Ravera and Rocche di San Nicola
- Alcohol content: 13%
- Recommended drinking time:
Dolcetto d’Alba 2017
The Sandrone Dolcetto d'Alba 2017 is a young wine of complex and beautiful personality, with great aromatics. The color is alive and dense: ruby accompanied by elegant violet reflections. The fragrance is varied, first of all of fruit: pleasant hints of maraschino cherry, plum and small red fruits. This is followed by spicy notes of cinnamon, which are accentuated and harmonized as the wine evolves in the glass.
The flavor is dry, intense, vigorous and moderately warm, and concludes with a pleasant final hint of almonds. This Dolcetto d'Alba is an eclectic wine, able to accompany many of the various dishes of a meal.
Ratings for the vintage 2017
Vinous 88 points
Wine Spectator 90 points
"Warm and dry" are the best words to briefly and clearly describe the 2017 vintage. Alleviating the heat were the excellent diurnal temperature shifts that brought cool air during the night, which provided a little relief to the vines even in the hottest days of July and August.
The mild winter led to early bud break. But, in an atypical return of cold in mid-April, the vegetative cycle was slowed by very cold temperatures, which even brought frost to the valley floors. During the periods of pre-flowering and flowering, the cold clearly determined the formation of the grape bunches, leading to looser bunches with better internal air circulation. The high-pressure zone that formed over Europe for the entire summer led to early maturation.
The summer, warm and dry but with good diurnal temperature shifts, defined the ripening of the grapes. In particular, the veraison was very early, even compared to other early vintages.
The accelerated maturation continued and the Dolcetto grapes were harvested 20-25 days earlier than normal. Harvest took place during the last week of August.