Vinous 90 points - (14.5% alcohol; ”dolcetto” appears only on the back label; Dogliani Superiore is a new DOCG as of 2011 with more stringent minimum alcohol and maximum yield requirements): Bright ruby-red. Enticing aromas of blackberry, violet, licorice and bitter chocolate. Dense, sweet and seriously concentrated, showing serious weight but also good refreshing acidity to its black cherry and licorice. This very rich dolcetto is quite fresh for its vintage. Finishes ripely tannic and long. Einaudi made this wine in stainless steel until the 2009 vintage, but now matures it in wood. For that reason, they have discontinued their second Dogliani cru, I Filari, as that wine had been aged in oak.
Antonio Galloni 90 Points - The 2011 Dogliani Superiore Vigna Tecc takes Dolcetto into a realm of pure richness that takes over the palate and never lets up. Black cherries, smoke, licorice, tobacco and incense all wrap around the palate in a big, full-bodied wine endowed with tons of power. This full-throttle Dogliani won't appeal to everyone, but it is fabulous and full of personality.
|Wine maker notes
|Fermented in steel tanks under strict temperature control (28°C), racked after 6 to 8 days, decanted, gotten malolactic treatment and completed always at a controlled temperature. Decanted a number of times during maturation in steel tanks, held in oak, bottled at the end of the year and ready for drinking in February-March of the second year.
|It all began in 1897, when 23-year-old Luigi Einaudi (who was to become Italy’s first President in 1948) purchased the first of the Einaudi estates (poderi) at San Giacomo, near Dogliani, in the heart of Dolcetto country. Today, his great-grandson Matteo Sardagna orchestrates production with technical director, Lorenzo Raimondi, and winemaker, Beppe Caviola. Some of the region’s finest vineyard sites are assembled under the Einaudi umbrella. Today, the total surface area of the property, which is made up of twelve farmsteads, is 358 acres, 111 of which are under vine.
The vineyards, in turn, are subdivided into seven terroirs. Four of these are in Dogliani (four hills, one of which is the Vigna Tecc cru, another the premier area of San Luigi). The underground winery, located near the Vigna Tecc cru was renovated between 1993 and 2001. During that time, the winery was gradually doubled in size and includes state-of-the-art barrels and barrique cellars, sophisticated humidity and temperature control systems, and a new-generation bottle cellar stocking over 240,000-270,000 bottles.