Manzone Dolcetto d'Alba La Serra 2006
The Giovanni Manzone Estate is located in Monforte d'Alba, Piedmont. The winery owns 8 hectares of vineyards and uses only estate-grown grapes. The production is limited (3,700 cases). All wine making is done at the estate's Cantina in Monforte to the strict standards; all the wines are unclarified and unfiltered.
Winemaker Giovanni Manzone's vines are mainly situated in the "Gramolere" cru, on the hillsides of Monforte d'Alba at one of the highest elevations (450 meters) and steepest gradations in all Piedmont; the view from the vineyards is stunning, seeming to overlook the entire Langhe. This situation and the particular soils foster naturally low-yielding vines which produce wines that are approachable while young, yet remain amongst the most concentrated and longest lived of all Barolo; this cru is also esteemed for excellent Barbera. A fraction of the vines are in the superior "Santo Stefano di Perno" cru to the northeast of Gramolere. In the best years, a Gramolere Riserva is produced, and each year the estate's top wine comes from the Bricat, a tiny parcel at the very top of the Le Gramolere vineyard. Manzone is an estate that has been extremely successful at combining the modern with the traditional, resulting in wines of subtle power.