2011 Anna Maria Abbona - Dolcetto Langhe
"Sorí Dij But" - The village of Dogliani is, for many devotees, the mother church of Dolcetto: The soil and climate of Dogliani seem perfectly matched to the Dolcetto grape, and as a result, growers in the region plant Dolcetto in their best vineyard sites. Add to great terroir the devotion of a passionate grower-producer like Anna Maria Abbona and the result is extraordinary wine. "Sorí Dij But" is one of Anna Maria's single-vineyard Dolcetti - the impressively steep vineyard looks pretty much like the "coat of grapes" emblem on the label. (Perhaps the Abbona ancestors beat their swords into grape pruning knives - "make wine, not war"?). This is wine that, thanks to first-class fruit and judicious use of oak aging, manages to be both generous and serious at the same time.