A high quality wine which improves over the years, of intense garnet red colour, with a pleasing aroma of cooked plums and blackberries, with an underlying hint of vanilla. It has a full body, a rich tannic structure, soft with an intense fruity taste and a balanced, elegant, spiced final note. The fact that it comes from Cabernet, Merlot, Barbera and Nebbiolo grapes, cultivated by the Einaudi estates in Barolo and Dogliani, influences the distinct Piedmontese character of this wine. The annual production is of 4.500 bottles.
|Wine maker notes
|Fermented in steel tanks at a controlled fermentation temperature (30°C-32°C), racked after 10/12 days, followed by decanting in casks. It is gotten malolactic treatment at a constant temperature and thereafter matured in casks of first, second and third passage for eighteen months. The grapes that compose it are vinified separately and are assembled before bottling. Refined in bottle for six months, before being released at the beginning of the third 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.