2006 Bricco del Cucù "Bricco San Bernardo" Dogliani (Previously $20)

SKU #1052959

We met Dario Sciolla for the first time in Piedmont a few years ago and were very impressed with his wines. He hails from a little town called Bastia Mondovì about 16 miles south of Barolo in dolcetto country. Dario's family has been growing grapes here for generations, the vineyards surround the family home but Dario was the first to bottle wine. His winery is about as big as your garage, ok maybe slightly bigger, but his was built around the time Columbus was dodging hurricanes in the Caribbean. He drove us up the hill about a mile away to see his pride and joy, the stunning Bricco San Bernardo vineyard. Bricco is a Piemontese word for the top of the ridge and from this ridge the view of the Alps is unbelievable, you can literally see for 50 miles on a clear day. This ridge was a favorite of the Partisans during Italy's Civil War in the middle of WWII and today there is a chapel dedicated to all that lost their lives during WWII. The yields at San Bernardo are very low (for dolcetto) at 3 tons per acre. Dario has stainless steel tanks for fermentation but relies on 18 months of aging in big Slavonian oak for this wine. The San Bernardo is classic dolcetto - rich and broad on the palate. The wine is powerful, dark and full of exotic fruits with great balance and wonderful length! This is a wine for aged cheese, game or, best of all, lamb.

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- How could you not love a great with a name that means "little sweet one?" But don't let that deceive you. This varietal, grown in Italy's Piedmont, may be a low-acid, fruit-forward red, but it can also have significant tannic structure, particularly those from the Dogliani DOC. Traditionally vinified dry, wines made from Dolcetto tend to have a sweet edge to them, with ripe red fruit flavors and perfumed bouquets. According to the Oxford Companion to Wine, many producers have learned to manage its tannic edge with shorter fermentation. There are a total of seven DOCs that produce Dolcetto: Dolcetto d'Aqui, Dolcetto d'Asti, Dolcetto di Diano d'Alba, Dolcetto delle Langhe Monregalesi, Dolcetto di Dolgiani, Dolcetto di Ovada and Dolcetto d'Alba. Dolcetto is also grown in the Italy's Liguria where it is called Ormeasco.


- Once named Enotria for its abundant vineyards, Italy (thanks to the ancient Greeks and Romans) has had an enormous impact on the wine world. From the shores of Italy, the Romans brought grapes and their winemaking techniques to North Africa, Spain and Portugal, Germany, France, the Danube Valley, the Middle East and even England. Modern Italy, which didn't actually exist as a country until the 1870s, once produced mainly simple, everyday wine. It wasn't until the 1970s that Italy began the change toward quality. The 1980s showed incredible efforts and a lot of experimentation. The 1990s marked the real jump in consistent quality, including excellence in many Region that had been indistinct for ages. The entire Italian peninsula is seeing a winemaking revolution and is now one of the most exciting wine Region in the world. For our entire Italian wine selection, click here. Click for a list of bestselling items from all of Italy.


- Piedmont is in the Northwestern region of Italy, bordering France and Switzerland. Piedmont is predominantly a plain where the water flows from the Swiss and French Alps to form the headwaters of the Po river. The major wine producing areas are in the southern portion of the region in the hills known as the "Langhe". Here the people speak a dialect that is 1/3 French and 2/3 Italian that portrays their historical roots. Their cuisine is one of the most creative and interesting in Italy. Nebbiolo is the King grape here, producing Barolo and Barbaresco. In addition, the Barbera and Dolcetto are the workhorse grapes that produce the largest quantity of wine. Piedmont is predominantly a red wine producing area. There are a few whites made in Piedmont, and the Moscato grape produces a large volume of sweet, semi-sweet and sparkling wines as well.
Alcohol Content (%): 14