Gianfranco Bovio Dolcetto d’Alba Dabbene
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In the 1970’s, Gianfranco Bovio renovated 6.5 hectares of his father’s estate vineyards in La Morra, Barolo, including two prestigious Barolo Crus: Arborina and Gattera. Today, Gianfranco’s daughter, Alessandra and her husband Marco run the estate. The company’s philosophy is rooted in tradition and terroir from tending their vines to their meticulous work in the cellar. In addition to their winemaking, Gianfranco and Alessandra are among the most well-known and respected restaurateurs in Piedmont. Together, they have managed the iconic Belvedere for over 40 years, and recently opened their own restaurant, simply called Bovio, to much acclaim.
Bovio’s Dabbene, which means respectable in Italian, is made from 100% Dolcetto grapes, grown in calcareous-clay soils and fermented and aged in stainless steel. In the glass, the wine pours a mid-purple color with ruby highlights. On the nose, it is fresh and juicy reminiscent of freshly picked blackberries and raspberries and sun-baked earth. The Dabbene is vibrant and energetic on the palate, with fine-grained, mouth-coating tannins and a delicate acidity which perfectly frames the crisp fruit flavors that are mingled with a touch spice. The finish is clean, bright and refreshing, a more than “respectable” showing from a fantastic estate. Enjoy with meat tortellini in tomato sauce, grilled salmon or tandoori chicken.
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