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Dogaia

A blend of Merlot and Gamaret that both surprised and delighted us when we visited Guido Brivio.


Producer

WP_20150314_14_42_47_SmartGuido Brivio

Source
Switzerland
Red

Information

About this vintage

Vintage
2013
SKU
4115241
Composition
Gamaret 60% , Merlot 40%
Ripeness
Normal
Alcohol
12.8 %
Stock
25
Last tasted
June 27 2017
Keep until
2023+
Aged in
Barrel (old)
Bottle Size
0.75L

Wine Details

Country
Switzerland
Colour
Red
Region
Ticino (Tessin)
Wine features
Oaked, Old Vines, Integrated Production, Slow Wine, Vegetarian
Winemaking features
Malolactic
Variety
Blend, Gamaret, Merlot
AOC / DAC / DOC
Rosso del Ticino DOC
Sweet
No
Sparkling
No
Ripeness
Normal
Aged in
10,11
Serve at
16
Wine features
Oaked, Old Vines, Integrated Production, Slow Wine, Vegetarian
Winemaking
Malolactic

More about this wine

Why we have it
An excellent wine and the best example of a Gamaret-Merlot blend we have tasted.
How to serve it
16–18°C.
Food matches
Pairs exceptionally well with leg of lamb, but like a Bordeaux, it also pairs well with hearty meats and mature cheeses.

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.



In Depth

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.

Tasting Notes

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.

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