2016 Poderi Dal Nespoli – Rubicone DOGHERIA
Pinot Bianco Bidente Valley Emilia-Romagna Italy
This winery was founded in 1929, remaining in the hands of two families over four generations. They have recently brought new partners into the group to significantly increase their vineyard and winery holdings, whilst enabling them to increase their production and take their wines to the world. They export to over 30 countries and own or manage over 150 hectares. Thankfully the quality of the wines has not suffered, in fact the quality has vastly improved in the past 5 years as they moved into their “eco Friendly” very classy, new winery.
Kim and I loved this wine when we tried it, Kim thought it was one of the better Pinot Bianco’s she has tried and definitely one of the best value. It is a slightly unusual blend of 90% Pinot Bianco with 10% Sauvignon Blanc.
This wine has lovely honey dew and melon aromas (Pear, green apple, subtle honey and tight minerality) coupled with a very complex and structured mid to full bodied palate. There is a lot going on in this wine and if you like Chardonnay, you will love this wine, whilst strangely if you do not like Chardonnay, you will also love this wine. Dogheria takes its name from a small village in the Bidente Valley, home to the vineyards used to make this wine.
Serve Chilled. Can be safely cellared for the next 2-3 years, but I will be enjoying my wines over the next 3- 6 months. With already 2 years in the bottle, the wine is in the zone right now.
As a general rule, great as an aperitif or serve with seafood. To be more specific would be great with sashimi of tuna with stir fried wok vegetables. When in doubt stick to roasted and grilled fish and white meats. Will also be very nice at your local Asian BYO.