Last night I attended an Italian tasting at the Wine Bottega in the Italian section of Boston known as the North End right before I started up my Italian language lessons for the next few months. They go together so well. Nicoletta Bocca, the winemaker from San Fereolo, was showcasing 5 of her wines. San Fereolo is located in the southern part of the Piedmont region in the Dogliani territory. The winery began in 1992 and Nicoletta began acquiring parts of land that she chose based on the history of the vines there and those that had tended to them along with the qualities that would be instilled to the grapes. The winery has about 29 acres and produces about 45,000 bottles.
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Next was the 2007 San Fereolo made from 100% Dogliano Dolcetto, but this wine is aged in big slavonian barrels. For me this was my favorite wine of the night due to its depth, toastiness, subtle tannins and richness from the fruit with a little spice. This was a much more developed wine compared to the previous two dolcettos due to its barrel aging and the vines are 40-70 year old vines.
Lastly we tried the 2001 and 2006 Austri wines, named after the vineyard site. These wines are made up of 90% Barbera and 10% Nebbiolo. These wines had a good acidic backbone with nice red fruit, but lower on the tannin impact than the Dolcetto, but adding the small percentage of nebbiolo helped round out the wine.
I was very impressed by the wines that Nicoletta produces and it goes to show you that trying wines from a variety of producers is key because every winemaker has their own style and you can be pleasantly surprised if you venture out.