Dolcetto d’Alba “Bricco Bastia” DOC

The Conterno Fantino winery is located atop a hill overlooking the historic village of Monforte d’Alba, with an extraordinary view that extends all the way to the Alps. Founded in 1982 by two friends – Guido Fantino and Claudio Conterno – the winery makes its wines knowing they have been blessed with great heritage in the form of land and vineyards, that go hand and hand with the culture and traditions of the area. In seeking to attain the highest possible quality from these invaluable resources, they pay great attention to the entire production process, carefully adapting to the climactic conditions of each growing season, with particular attention to the different characteristics of each individual cru. Environmental sustainability, preserving biodiversity, and respect for the land and heritage are the guiding principles in their vineyards, which are organically cultivated (as certified by CCPB).

Located in the Bricco Bastia cru, 540 meters (1,772 feet) above sea level, with south, west and eastern exposures and limestone and clay soil. A lovely rendition of the widely appreciated grape. Aging takes place in stainless steel for eight months, ensuring the wine retains all of its youthful appeal and fresh, ripe raspberry fruit.


Wine exported to

Canada, USA, Australia

Most recent awards

  • 2018 | Wine Advocate91
  • 2016 | Wine Spectator91
  • 2017 | James Suckling90
  • 2014 | Vinous89
  • 2013 | Decanter91
  • 2012 | International Wine Cellar88
Grape Varieties:

100% Dolcetto

Fermentation container:

Stainless steel

Length of alcoholic fermentation:

6-8 days

Type of yeast:

Spontaneous indigenous yeast

Fermentation temperature:

25 - 27 °C (77-80.6 °F)

Maceration technique:

Rotating paddles

Length of maceration:

6-8 days

Malolactic fermentation:

Yes

Aging containers:

Stainless steel

Bottling period:

March

Aging before bottling:

6 months

Aging in bottle:

1 month

Closure:

Diam

Organic:

Vineyards

Vineyard name:

Bricco Bastia

Vineyard location:

in Monforte d'Alba, Piedmont

Vineyard size:

2.3 hectares (5.7 acres)

Soil composition:

Limestone and clay

Vine training:

Guyot

Altitude:

540 meters (1,772 feet) above sea level

Vine density:

5,500-6,000 per ha

Yield:

6,5 - 7 tons per hectare

Exposure:

Southern, western, eastern

Years planted:

1989

Age of vines:

20 years old

Time of harvest:

Early September

First vintage of this wine:

1992

Total yearly production (in bottles):

14,000 - 16,000

Tasting notes:

Intense purple in color; fresh and fragrant aromas of strawberry, cherry and red berries. Good structure; the presence of tannins is sweet and lively on the palate.

Serving temperature:

Best served at 16-18 °C (60.8-64.4 °F).

Food pairings:

A wonderful accompaniment to meat, pasta and aged cheese, even great with stuffed peppers.

Aging potential:

3-4 years

Alcohol:

Alcohol cont. by volume: 12%

Winemaker:

Guido and Fabio Fantino