…even to Italian winemaking. Try these two certified-organic natural wines at Vino this Friday!
Dolcetto di Dogliani 2006 Cascina Corte
Try Cascina Corte’s 2006 Dolcetto di Dogliani! This organically-produced offering has a charming cherry, earth and herb aromatic character and a full-bodied, firmly tannic palate. We drank it last week in a great little osteria in Belvedere Langhe. It was wonderful with carne cruda and agnolotti plin. Cascina Corte is a husband-and-wife team, Amalia Battaglia, a doctor, and Sandro Barosi, a devoted advocate and veteran of the Slow Food movement. Their winery is one of a growing number of producers who use organic viticultural principles to make limited amounts of “natural” wine.
Cascina Corte is one of three organic producers of the newly minted, dolcetto-based Dogliani DOCG. Producers in Dogliani like to remind us that while in Asti and Alba the best growing sites are reserved for Barbera and Nebbiolo, in their slice of the Langhe the best vineyards are planted almost exclusively to Dolcetto. Cascina Corte’s Dolcetto vineyards were planted in the 1940s high on Dogliani’s famed San Luigi Hill. Over the past seven years they have been tended using organic methods and, beginning with the ’06 vintage, have been ICEA certified.
Vinum 2007 Guido Gualandi
Located in the Montespertoli subzone of Chianti, Guido Gualandi is among the most interesting and exciting producers to emerge from the appellation in recent memory. Gualandi names his white “Vinum,” the latin word for wine, as it is made following a Roman recipe. Like many of Guido’s wines, Vinum is made with historical Tuscan varieties: it is a blend of Malvasia Lunga della Chianti, the local clone of Malvasia, and smaller amounts of Coda di Cavallo, the local clone of Trebbiano. He lets the grapes macerate for 10 days in traditional chestnut vats to give the wine structure and character. Only 1,000 bottles are produced.
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Friday, November 7
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