Bricco Maiolica Dolcetto di Diano d’Alba
Beppe Accomo’s 24 ha estate is arguably the best in this zone, rivalled only by that of Claudio ALARIO. Nebbiolo, like CORREGGIA’S or CASCINA CHICCO’S (both in Roero), is one of the few in the Langhe outside Barolo and Barbaresco to be taken seriously. Then there are really good examples of Barbera and Dolcetto too. The oak in the best wines is taken up by decent ripe, intense fruit and consistently so. The regular Barbera in fact doesn’t see any wood, while the Vigna Vigia receives 50% new, 50% used and Il Cumot Nebbiolo is put in ‘second use’ barriques. There is splendid fruit in both Dolcettos; the cru has a little more amplitude and some gentle spice from 6 months in used wood. The oakinfluenced white Langhe Rolando combines Chardonnay and Sauvignon, wile the red Langhe Perlet is one of the best Piedmont Pinots made. First made in 2001. More recently, a straight unoaked Sauvignon Blanc, Casa Castella,and a straight Chardonny, Pensiero Infinito, in barriques for 30 months have been produced but these have not been tasted.
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