The Dolcetto grapes for this wine come from south- and southeast-facing vineyards at 350 to 400 meters that are approximately 25 years old and planted near the villages of Sinio and Serralunga, in the heart of the Piedmont. From the Sinioarea, the Dolcetto has fine characteristics with a very aromatic nose. From Serralunga vineyards, the grapes are more full-bodied, with concentrated color. After being hand-picked and sorted, the grapes are soft-pressed and the must is fermented in vertical steel tanks under controlled temperatures. Masceration on skins takes place to fully bring out the wine’s color and body.
Served slightly chilled Paolo Manzone Dolcetto d’Alba is a lovely dessert wine, and goes well with gorgonzola or other pungent Italian cheeses.
Gianpaolo Manzone is the sixth generation of his family involved in the wine industry in the heart of the legendary Piedmont region. Before Gianpaolois father Armando started making Barbara diAlba, Nebbiola diAlba and Dolcetto diAlba in 1970 in the village of Sinio, the family were well-known farmers and grape-growers.
In 1999, Gianpaolo bought vineyards in Serralunga diAlba and began production of a Barolo Meriame and Barolo Serralunga. The age of the vineyards in Sinio have an average age of 20 to 25 years, while vines from the Serralunga property range from 25 to 60 years old (the grapes from the oldest vines go into the wineryis flagship Barolo DOCG, which are situated in the best part of the famed Meriame area). Gianpolo is the winemaker and vineyard manage for the 10 hectares of vines the family owns in the two towns.
In addition to the winery, Paolo Manzone has a country guest house for visitors to the region that sits right in the midst of their vineyards. Cascina Meriame has five recently-renovated rooms, with private baths, and each one named after a local flower.