2011 Buoncristiani Dolcetto di Nonno
Wine Specs
Varietal
100% Dolcetto
Appellation
42% Napa Valley - 58% Mendocino
Cases Handcrafted
140

2011 Buoncristiani Dolcetto di Nonno

Crafted Exclusively for La Famiglia Members

Handcrafted in boutique collector amounts our version of this rare, dry Italian varietal is intensely flavored yet supple and focused, making it not only a crowd pleaser, but also a great food companion. Only 140 cases were crafted!

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$100.00
/ 1.5 Liter - Magnum
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Our paternal grandfather, Nonno, immigrated to California from Northern Italy and brought his passion for food, wine, art, and family tradition. The Buoncristiani brothers, Nonno’s grandsons, planted Dolcetto to be crafted into a wine as a tribute to their roots, and in honor of Nonno.

Rarely grown outside of Italy, we fortunately found a great source of Dolcetto for planting material. Together with our friends, we brothers planted our Clone 69 Dolcetto in Yountville in a site warm enough to ensure an ultra ripe wine yet cool enough to mirror the Northwestern Piedmont region of Italy, Dolcetto’s origin. We also source some great Dolcetto from the Bartolomei Ranch in Mendocino.

We instill our strict viticultural practices at these exclusive sites and thus ensure our highest standard of quality. The best wines are made in the vineyard and with Dolcetto this is especially true. The typical large crop set by Dolcetto is thinned to one cluster per shoot and the huge clusters that remain are trimmed to half their size to achieve cluster uniformity and concentration of varietal flavor.

Following harvest, we cold soaked the lots for two days, then initiated fermentation slowly with an Italian yeast strain that was isolated from a Piedmont vineyard. During fermentation we hand punched the cap five times a day, extracting the rich flavor, color, and tannin from the thick skins. The small batches were kept separate during fermentation, after pressing, and throughout the first year of aging in French oak barrels. During the second year of barrel aging, the vineyard components were blended together to create optimum complexity while retaining balance, varietal character, and superior quality.

We, the Buoncristiani brothers, take pride in performing all aspects of enology, viticulture, wine production, and art design in order to share with you a true expression of our winemaking passion.

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