Charming, true to type Dolcetto that delivers excellent value for money, with soft notes of ripe cherries, sage and sweet hay, a prancing and jiving fine acid palate with notes of sour cherries, tomatoes cooked in balsamic vinegar and crunchy cranberries. Elegant, a little sappy and well-balanced, Renzo's Dolcettos have an innate balance between the simple fruit driven styles, and the bigger, oaked , blockbuster styles that just don't cut the mustard for us. Dolcetto di Diano is from the Diano municipiality north of Serralunga on a high ridge, a superb terroir that is better suited for the grape than Nebbiolo.
At the entrance of Diano d'Alba, you'll find Azienda Agricola Renzo Castella. Established in the early 1900s by Severino Castella as a traditional mixed farm, breeding animals, growing fruit and veg and making some wine, it was his son Simone who decided to shift the focus to grape production full time. In just a few years, they took their total vineyard holdings to 10ha. Now at the helm is oenologist Renzo Castella, who produced his first vintage in 2001. We were introduced to them by another winemaker and was bowled over by the quality to price ratio.