By Gerardo Corleone
I’m a big fan of indigenous grape varieties and so Piedmont belongs to my favourite wine regions since they have some of the most important italian varieties and it is still a pretty traditional wine growing region.
Mr. Paolo Manzone is one of these traditionalists and he is doing great things with his 25+ year old Dolcetto vines from single vinyard “Magna”.
2015 vintage and already showing such an open bouquet with aromas of crushed blueberries, sour cherries, tea leafs, rose petals and a hint of sage. Puristic notes also on the palate. Smooth and slightly concentrated with a mouthwatering and refreshing acidity and long persistency – cherries everywhere! Stoney mineral flavours add to it and push it to a balanced and again fruit-forward finish. The tannins are well-integrated and grainy, but very elegant and show only up in the aftertaste. Very fruity, yet pretty serious stuff with an elegance that is often difficult to achieve with this variety.
We drank the whole bottle in half an hour – maximum sign of quality!
You are searching for an authentic, but traditional Dolcetto? Here it is and it is the best I had so far.
Mr. Manzone – you’re the hero of the day!
Overall harmony: 6/7
Rating: 15,5/20 – Very good wine!
Price: 5/5 Excellent – ~10,00 €
Drink: Now – 2019