2016 San Fereolo Langhe Bianco

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"Nicoletta Bocca of San Fereolo is unquestionably the most boundary-pushing, probing, gifted winegrower in Dogliani, that high-altitude southern section of the Langhe in which the greatest Dolcetto is found. A former protege of Bartolo Mascarello, and the daughter of a noted left-wing political journalist, Nicoletta produces mind-boggling Dolcetto and Barbera from her old vines here, aging them up to four years in barrel and another four years in bottle before their release. 

While reds comprise over 95% of her total production, some of the less favorably oriented slopes are planted to Riesling and Gewurztraminer, two varieties Nicoletta, a great fan of Alsace, adores. She works biodynamically, severely limiting yields, and uses very low levels of sulfur; furthermore, she exposes the Riesling and Gewurztraminer--about 75% and 25% respectively--to several weeks of skin maceration, creating an "orange wine" of great lusciousness, but with firm underlying minerality and terrific structure. A lot of currently trendy skin-contact white wine is just barely macerated, giving it the cache of being orange but without the attendant depth of character... Not so with Nicoletta's "Coste di Riavolo"! This is in the vein of the great skin-contact wines of Paolo Bea, La Stoppa, etc., and is easily one of the most fascinating white wines from Piedmont I've ever encountered."

Biodynamic farming practices.

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