91 Insider Points
This juicy crowd pleaser is 100% Dolcetto from a single vineyard in the Dogliani region of Piedmont in Northern Italy. Fruit forward and well balanced, the wine expresses red cherry, raspberry and rose petal over a bright acidity and smooth fine grain tannin. A perfect everyday red, this is actually a pretty rare find, single vineyard, well cared for Dolcetto is mostly kept for domestic consumption in Itlay. Enjoy now through 2020. - DZ Jun 2017
Dogliani is a small appellation in the Langhe region of Piedmont that only produces Dolcetto. Usually treated like the forgotten brother by other producers in Piedmont more focused on Nebbiolo and Barbera, Dolcetto is taken very seriously by the estates located in Dogliani. Agricola Cozzo Mario has been making wine in the Dogliani area since the 1800s; while the Madonna delle Grazie is their entry level Dolcetto, the expression and quality is clearly present. With bright red cherry on the nose with a hint of spice, the palate is fresh with red berry and a tinge of bitter almond and balanced by vibrant acidity and slight tannins for an easy finish.
With bright red cherry on the nose with a hint of spice, the palate is fresh with red berry and a tinge of bitter almond and balanced by vibrant acidity and slight tannins for an easy finish.
Altitude: 475 m., soil with clay and limestone
Vinification and maturing: after crushing and soft pressing, the must is kept in stainless vats at 8°C for 18 hours, than temperature rise at 14°C to provoke the alcoholic fermentation that perform at temperature controlled of 18-22°C for 14 days after which it is racked to clarify. Wine at 20°C starts and undergoes indipendently the malolactic fermentation, than got a natural clarify at 0°C by cold precipitation tartrate.
Azienda Agricola Cozzo Mario rises on the rolling hills of Dogliani, in the Langhe, which has always been a land of great wines and has its roots in the first half of the 19th century. The historic site is the Lasagna Cascina, whose construction dates back to the 18th century; In recent years the nearby Cascina Braida was annexed. The vitally planted area, cultivated mostly at Dolcetto, extends for about ten hectares and the vineyards are located at altitudes ranging between 440 and 490 meters above sea level.
A perfect compliment to icold cuts, soups and white meats, pasta with hearty sauces and of course, pizza. It is perfect for an everyday casual meal or for that special meal to celebrate life.
Serving Temperature: 60/65 ºF