Langhe Dolcetto DOC 2019 – Poderi Cellario
On the nose come notes of white pepper and rose with hints of brambly red fruits. On the palate the wine is remarkably fresh yet grippy, with firm silky tannins. The flavors that come through again are herbal and fruity, with notes of wild raspberry, ripe cranberry, and both white and black pepper. This is An ‘old-style’ Dolcetto, the vinification process is the ancient “foot crusching” technique that the grandfathers used to do: half of the grapes are pressed, while the other half are only destemmed. This allows to intensify the perfumes of Dolcetto and achieve a fresh and fragrant wine, with delicate tannins.
Did you know: Dolcetto literally means “the little sweet one”, but while the wine made with Dolcetto grapes are usually dry, the grapes are quite sweet and naturally low in acidity. Italy’s first President, Luigi Enaudi, loved it so much that planted thousands of Dolcetto vines in his estate in Piemonte.
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Fausto and Cinzia Cellario are 3rd generation winemakers in the village of Carrù on the western outskirts of the Langhe. The family believes in only working with local, indigenous Piemontese grape varieties and fiercely defends local winemaking traditions both in the vineyard work and the cellar practices. The Poderi Cellario vineyard cover some 30 ha between 5 different vineyard sites covering the southern Langhe. Vineyard work is organic (soon to be certified) and all the fermentation take place with indigenous yeasts. Sulphur is only added in tiny quantities at bottling if necessary (a practice not common with a winery in this mid-size range).