The wines of San Fereolo, Dogliani, Piedmont
Authentic wines from Langhe


San Fereolo is the project of Nicoletta Bocca, who began working as a winegrower in Dogliani after moving from Milan in 1992. Dogliani is in the south of Piedmont, near the Barolo region, but it has not been taken all that seriously by most commentators;  with wines like these, though, Nicoletta looks set to change this.

She began acquiring small parcels of vines, and now has a total of 12 hectares made up of a number of plots on the right bank of the river Rea between Dogliani and Monforte d'Alba. These are farmed according to biodynamic principles.

Here I tried just two of the six wines that Nicoletta makes.

San Fereolo Costi di Riavole 2006 Langhe Bianco DOC
This a blend of half Riesling and half Gewurztraminer, with Alsace clones used for planting. It is wonderfully aromatic with notes of grapes, spice and citrus. The palate is bold and textured, yet retains elegance, showing notes of minerals, spice, sweet fruit and a bit of grippiness. Rounded, full and stylish. 92/100

San Fereolo 2006 Dogliani DOCG
This is a varietal Dolcetto made from old vines (40-70 years). It shows fresh, expressive elegant cherry and berry fruit with some spiciness on the nose. The palate is structured with some spicy depth as well as smooth, elegant berry fruit. Nice structured finish. 91/100

Wines tasted 09/11

See also:

The wines of Soldera
The wines of Giovanni Rosso, Barolo

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