Dolcetto d'Alba, Brezza
The Brezza private estate lies next to the small town of Barolo, immersed in the vineyards, as is the nearby Hotel Barolo and Restaurant Brezza, also property of the Brezza family. The estate extends over 31 hectars, of which 20 are vineyards, some dating back to 1885. The wines are all certified as DOCG “Denominazione di Origine Controllata e Garantita” (controlled and guaranteed appellation of origin) or DOC “Denominazione Origine Controllata” (controlled appellation of origin).
The name Dolcetto comes from the local dialect “Ducet” (small hill) because normally it was cultivated in the lower part of the hill where the slopes are gentler. The soil of this vineyard in Barolo is soft and sandy. The wines originate they have always a very elegant perfume, fruit and good complexity. Even in wet years in this vineyard it always manages to have good quality grapes, due to the high percentage of sand and good drainage in the soil. For Dolcetto from the town of Barolo the harvest time is between 8-15 of September. When the grapes arrive to the cellar they are destemmed, crushed, and placed in steel tanks to undergo fermentation not exceeding 26 °C / 78 °F. After about 7 days the wine will then be separated from the skins, transferred to another tank and maintained at about 18 °C / 64 °F to help start the malolactic fermentation. After the second fermentation is finished it will remain stored in cement until bottling (April) then on the market in September.