Wine Club - April 2018

Dogliani Rosso – Altare (2016)

Grape Variety(s): Syrah Style: Dry Rosé
Region: Rhone, France
Winemaker: Denis Lattard
Soil: Granite and Clay/Limestone
Age of Vines: 10-20 yrs

Nicholas Altare is 26 years old and 3rd generation farmer on his family’s estate in
Dogliani, (which is about 15 miles south of where Barolo comes from) in the NW part of
Italy (Piedmont). This is only his 2nd vintage (he makes just one wine) with just about
450 total cases made. The wine is vinified in stainless steel tanks, SO2 is added only before bottling. It has a beautiful velvet texture, perfectly balanced dark red fruit and a medium mid
 palate with a surprisingly long yet delicate finish. And a surprising acidity which wraps it
 all up nicely. It is a lovely choice to serve slightly chilled with really any fresh, spring cuisine with some backbone to it.
 

Rosé de Syrah – Domaine Lattard (2016)

Grape Variety(s): Syrah

Style: Dry Rosé

Region: Rhone, France

Winemaker: Denis Lattard

Soil: Granite and Clay/Limestone

Age of Vines: 10-20 yrs

Great story here! Denis returned home to their family’s land in the Northern Rhone that was raising chickens and other livestock. They planted a small vineyard in the late 90s, converting it to organic just a few years later. Denis is definitely one of our more “hardcore” producers, as the Domaine has made wine with ZERO additives, not even sulfur, since over 10 years.
Despite being 2016, this rosé just came in! They release the rosé definitely on the late side, giving the wine a chance to settle. The rosé is made with Syrah grapes that are directly pressed and then fermented and aged in steel. If you like things a little bit funky, you’ll love this wine! This will evolve significantly after opening. I prefer to drink it rather cold and not to decant at all. Amazing with grilled spring veggies!