Grape(s): 100% Dolcetto
Localization: Piedmont, Italy
Tasting Notes: This is classic, light-bodied, black-fruited Dolcetto, but with structure, lift, and nuance you don't usually find in this varietal. A structured Dolcetto that comes from vines planted in the Paje and Carso vineyards in Barbaresco on the Asili hill. The vines are 45 years of age and older and come from soils rich in chalk, limestone and clay. Fermented in large casks with indigenous yeasts and then macerated with a submerged cap for nearly 100 days.
Food Pairing: Give it a slight chill, some time to breathe, and serve up with eggplant parmesan
The Domain: The fine estate of Roagna has long roots in the commune of Barbaresco, having been started very early in the twentieth century by Vincenzo Roagna. Vincenzo passed on the reigns to his son Giovanni Roagna, who in his turn saw his son Alfredo succeed him as the head of the estate. Today the property is run by the fifth generation of the family, Luca Roagna. Luca was born in 1980, and succeeded to the winemaking for the property soon after his graduation from oenological school in 2001. The style of the estate’s wines has been consistently safeguarded down through all five generations of Roagna family members who have steered the property, with the wines made in a very traditional and classic style. These are deep, complex and structured wines that are built to age and handsomely reward cellaring.