- The Wine
An impressively fruity wine that caught us by surprise.
We are always interested in finding good examples of Gamaret to feature in our Swiss selection, it is a very interesting and promising variety and we often run across Gamaret-Merlot blends. We usually found that you lost too much of the typicity of Gamaret - nice wines but not what we were looking for.
This is the wine that made us realize we were wrong. The tannins and structure from the Gamaret combine elegantly with the fruit you expect from a good Merlot.
When I first tasted it I thought it was a very clever Merlot blend, something you see frequently in Ticino. I was astonished when I was told it was 60% Gamaret and only 40% Merlot.
For those unfamiliar with Gamaret, it has the tanins and structure of Cabernet Franc but the fruit notes and aromas resemble Merlot more closely than Cabernet Franc, so the resulting blend is exceptionally harmonious. Don't let the Cabernet Franc parallel mislead you though, this is not a "Bordeaux Blend", it is its own wine.
Dogaia both surprised and delighted us so much we bought some to share with you.
Why we have it:An excellent wine and the best example of a Gamaret-Merlot blend we have tasted.
Pairs exceptionally well with leg of lamb, but like a Bordeaux, it also pairs well with hearty meats and mature cheeses.
Vinification in the Bordelaise style with a maceration period of 10-16 days in stainless steel tanks maintained at a temperature of 28-32°C.
The greater part, 75% of the wine, is matured in barriques of new French oak, while 25% was placed in one year old barriques, all for over 13 months.
The two varieties are vinified separately and assembled just before bottling.
Frequent racking from the lees and giving the wine time allows the wine to be bottled without fining, filtration or other physical stabilization.This may result in a slight sediment in the bottle.
Colour: Deep and intense Bordeaux red.
Bouquet: Very intense and complex with smells of blackberries. Nuances of herbs (lavender) accompanied by roasted notes of tobacco.
Palate: Fresh and full bodied. Elegant, fruity, with a good structure and soft tannins of perfect quality and strength. Persistent and balanced at the finish with liquorice notes.
Dogaia (2012)0.75 2019-04-06
tasting notes:We showed this wine at the 2019 Cheltenham Wine Fest and it was a tremendous hit. The oak has mellowed and the tannins have smoothed, just as expected, since we last tasted this wine in June 2017 and it was really tasting well. Lots of people said they would buy a bottle and then when they came back at the end they bought two because they had been so impressed.
- Vintage Information
Product code 41GB07 Bottle Size 0.75 Winemaker Guido Brivio Serving Suggestion 16–18°C. Style Red, Blend, Dry, Still Variety Gamaret, Merlot Key Features Oaked, Old Vines, Vegetarian and Vegan Winemaking Malolactic Country Switzerland Region(s) Ticino AOC / DAC Rosso del Ticino DOC Ripeness Normal Closure Natural Cork Aged In Barrel (new), Barrel (old) Serving Temperature 16 - 18° C Vintages 2013 Last Tasted Jun 27, 2017 name: Dogaia vintage: 2012 size: 0.75 product code:  stock: 6 at Alpine Wines House
alcohol: 12.8 last checked in: 2019-04-06