Senatore Primo

This wine is an ode to history, a ‘thank you’ to the person the Lanzavecchia family owes its wine origins to, the tale of a man, a husband, an adventurer, a soldier, a farmer, a wine grower, a father who had the courage to look for a new way, to keep on dreaming even at the most difficult times, who had a passion for his vines and for politics and was known by his friends as the ‘Senatùr’, Senator in Piedmontese. This wine resembles Daniele Lanzavecchia Senior and speaks of him, telling the story of an adventure in farming Italy in the interwar period, up to the foundation of Villadoria as it is today. It has a yesteryear style, something of the wine which you couldn’t resist drinking too much of at the osteria and accompanied evenings of song and laughter…

Vintages

2016
2015

Grape varieties

Dolcetto and Barbera

 

Production zone and characteristics

The grapes come from hills across the whole of Piedmont. The geological features of the various areas and the sun exposure of the vineyards chosen allow top quality grapes to be grown. The training systems used range from spurred cordon to Guyot, according to zone. Yields per hectare are approximately 80 hectolitres.

 

Winemaking

The Dolcetto and Barbera grapes are harvested by hand and then made separately into wine. For both varieties, alcoholic fermentation takes place in controlled temperature stainless steel tanks. The Dolcetto is dry-fermented and left on the skins for 6 to 8 days, depending on vintage, while the Barbera is vinified slowly at low temperatures to obtain a wine packed with aromas and a small amount of residual sugar. Malolactic fermentation takes place immediately after racking off for both wines.

 

Ageing

A very short wood ageing period for the Dolcetto softens the tannins and stabilises the wine’s colour. After this phase, the new Dolcetto and Barbera wines are blended, creating a good tasting balance between the tannins of the Dolcetto and the acid notes of the Barbera. It is a wine with a touch of the antique, and is best drunk about 5 years after the vintage.

 

Tasting characteristics

Purplish in colour, on the nose the wine has pronounced black fruit, plum and strawberry jam, violet and mild almond aromas. It is full-bodied in the mouth thanks to the mildly bitter Dolcetto, which balances out the residual sugars of the Barbera and its characteristic acidity.

 

Food pairings

It is a wine which goes well with all courses, from starters to full flavoured pasta and rice dishes and fairly mild flavoured meat dishes.

 

Serving temperature

18 °C

 

Alcohol by volume

12-13% vol. depending on vintage

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