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F. Boschis 'Sori San Martino' Dolcetto di Dogliani 2016
Vinous Media 92
"The 2016 Dogliani Superiore Vigne Sori' San Martino is powerful and driven, with a distinctly earthy, savory style that differentiates it in this lineup. Game, white pepper, smoke, wild red cherry and dried rose petal add striking nuance to this potent, deeply flavored Dogliani. Drink it over the next handful of years. -- Antonio Galloni"

The Wine
The cru of San Martino enjoys southeast facing exposure and runs from 450 to 580 meters above sea  ... read more
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Size: 750mL (wine)
Closure: Cork
Item ID: #39330
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Vinous Media 92
"The 2016 Dogliani Superiore Vigne Sori' San Martino is powerful and driven, with a distinctly earthy, savory style that differentiates it in this lineup. Game, white pepper, smoke, wild red cherry and dried rose petal add striking nuance to this potent, deeply flavored Dogliani. Drink it over the next handful of years. -- Antonio Galloni"

The Wine
The cru of San Martino enjoys southeast facing exposure and runs from 450 to 580 meters above sea level. The grapes get a majority of their sun in the morning and are shaded from the heat of the day in the afternoon. The soil is slightly chalkier than in Prey, giving this wine a touch more elegance and approachability. Boschis owes two hectares from which he produces just 500 cases annually. The first vintage was 1983.

The Estate
A family farm in the truest sense, the Francesco Boschis estate is run by Mario Boschis with the collaboration of his wife Simona and their two adult sons Paolo and Marco. They not only have some of the best high-altitude, old vines plantings of Dolcetto in the Dogliani appellation but also grow hazelnuts, as well as keep bees and cattle on their farm.

Dolcetto di Dogliani has always been acknowledged as the finest expression of the varietal. Though the appellation shares a border with Monforte, vineyards are at an average of 550 meters above sea level, about 200-300 meters higher than those of Barolo and Barbaresco. This elevation, in combination with a slightly cooler climate, made Dolcetto the first choice for all of the best exposures, since it was too cool for Nebbiolo. Boschis soils are similar to those of Serralunga: calcareous clay, that, with these elevations, gives the wine a powerfully enhanced bouquet, as well as minerality and structure far beyond what you might expect from humble Dolcetto. Boschis old vines some as old as 70 yearsare all from a massal selection of Dolcetto from a prephylloxera vineyard of the late 1800s. Their biotype of Dolcetto is very peculiar compared to the more diffuse types being planted today: it has a red stem, very low yields and small berries with a thick skin.

The first vintage under the Boschis labels was 1968, so 2018 marks 50 years of estate bottling for the family, even though they have been growing grapes in Dogliani since 1919! They have a total of 22 hectares, but only 10.4 are planted to vines. Though the family works organically by definition, they are not certified. The EU labels their farming practices as sustainable.

The eye-catching labels of the wines are the work of Teresita Terreno, a local Langhe artist, and each gives hints about the wines nature: the strawberries on the spring-released Pianezzo refer to the wines early approachability. The San Martino has an autumnal scene, harmonious and languishing in the years remaining warmthSan Martinos elegance and complexity are always on full display. Vigna Prey shows an austere hazy winters day frozen in snowthis is the most structured and powerful of the trio.
About Francesco Boschis Vineyards
In the little-visited township of Dogliani (located a few kilometers south of Barolo), Dolcetto is king. Nebbiolo is not suited to the terrain, and few choose the challenge of making a living from Dolcetto and Barbera alone. The Boschis family has been producing wine on their family property since 1919, but only began bottling their own juice in 1968. Plantings are at 550 meters, about 200-300 meters higher than those in Barolo and Barbaresco, resulting in a powerfully enhanced bouquet; old vines (40-60 years) result in richly complex and ageworthy wines.
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