G. D. Vajra Dolcetto d'Alba Coste & Fossati 2016
A brilliant deep violet in the glass, this wine is a symphony of black cherries, flowers, with notes of liquorice and menthol. The tannins are soft for a Dolcetto, but easily able to age with time. 'Coste e Fossati' is elegant, balanced and complex.
Coste & Fossati® is a selection of antique biotypes of Dolcetto, selected by Aldo between 1978 and 1985, and grafted in two of the best vineyards of Bricco di Vergne in Barolo. These plants with a "red stalk" create a limited production of an intense, noble and spiced Dolcetto.
This Dolcetto is named after the two vineyards where the grapes come from, Coste di Vergne and Fossati, both in the Commune of Barolo with high altitudes ranging from 420 to 240 metres (1,378 to 1,608 feet). With Coste’s south-western exposure, and Fossati’s south-eastern, the two vineyards, just like two sides of the same body, share the soil composition characterised by Sant’Agata fossils and Messinian sediments.
Harvesting of Dolcetto 'Coste e Fossati' started when the grapes turned a reddish colour: a distinctive sign that the grapes were starting to ripen. Usually this occurs in the first half of September. Grapes were harvested by hand and transported in small crates to keep the grapes intact. The careful selection of grape clusters started in the vineyard and was carried out with the same attention all the way to the cellar. A soft fermentation of approximately 20 days and 8-12 months in the cellar preceded bottling.