Wine Advocate Rating 88 Drink Date 2019 – 2023
28th Jun 2019
“During my visit to the winery, the 2018 Dogliani was described as a “delicate baby.” The tannin management for the Dolcetto can be tricky. And while there has always been a careful selection process during harvest for the fruit ultimately used in the Dogliani, this year they decided to do less fruit thinning. The end product shows good acidity, a wine that is crunchy and elegant and not very heavy in the mouth. It it will flesh out with time. Production stands at 150,000 bottles.
I enjoyed a terrific visit to Poderi Luigi Einaudi this past spring. The estate is located in Dogliani, but like Bersano and Pio Cesare, it is grandfathered into the Barolo appellation even through the winery is physically located outside those boundaries. Poderi Luigi Einaudi has been on a buying spree of sorts with recent acquisitions resulting in a new Barolo Bussia and the upcoming Barolo Monvigliero (made with some whole-cluster fermentation). Proprietor Matteo Sardagna Einaudi and his team bought a piece of Cannubi in 1997 (2.4 hectares), followed by Bussia Dardi and Monvigliero (Verduno) purchased in 2017. They have leased holdings in Villero and Terlo (Costa Grimaldi). In Barbaresco, the estate has 1.5 hectares in Neive (Bricco di Neive) with a first vintage made here to be 2019.” Monica Larner