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Cavallotto Dolcetto d'Alba Vigna Scot 2016

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Cavallotto's single vineyard Dolcetto Vigna Scot hails from 2.3 hectares of 30 year-old vines located within Castiglione Falletto's legendary Monprivato cru. These Dolcetto vines face east, meaning it is cooler and later ripening. On these great soils, the mature vines, low yields and traditional winemaking result in a layered, deep and remarkably serious Dolcetto. While the vast majority of Langhe Dolcetto is raised in stainless steel, the Cavallotto family prefer to use cement tank and massive 5,000-litre Slavonian botti. This helps to avoid Dolcetto's tendency for reduction and also to polish off its tannins. As always this is a Nebbiolo drinker's Dolcetto, if you know what we mean, and one that bats well above its station. It's a prettier, more medium-bodied version of this wine compared with the 2015, but there's still plenty of stuffing with dark cherry, tobacco, undergrowth and iodine aromas and flavours and loads of spice on the vibrant finish. A terrific example.

"The 2016 Dolcetto d'Alba Vigna Scot reveals a thick and darkly concentrated appearance. The bouquet is layered and rich with dark fruit, spice, pipe tobacco and pressed rose. This Dolcetto d'Alba will be released in June. Fruit comes from a two-hectare parcel and the wine is made with submerged cap in tanks with punch downs for three days. It is aged in large oak casks for six months." 90 points, Monica Larner, The Wine Advocate #231

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