Guglierame Ormeasco Dolcetto - easy to drink, but so much to discover!
Silky tannins and very nice structure. Earth, forest floor, berries, very old world.
From Lauren at Rebel Rebel -
...The Guglierame Ormeasco di Pornassio is 100% Ormeasco (aka Dolcetto) from the mountains of Liguria—the elevation here is more than 1700 ft. As a result—and especially compared to the dolcettos of the Piedmont, which can show sappy ripe fruit—ormeasco pulls through with crazy minerality, tension, chilly red berry fruit and herbs. This comes from a tiny village called Pornassio; although the population now hovers around just 600, it was once a bustling village. Until WWII, the Guglierame family were the stewards and landowners of the village, and had been for generations. When the Nazis made their way into France and Italy, the matriarch joined the resistance. The Nazis found out and burned Pornassio to the ground—Mama escaped with her baby through ancient shepherding tunnels under Pornassio, down into the valley, to the sea. All that remains of the family's estate today is the corner of a turret and a blue velvet couch (according to the family, the Nazis pulled it into a field to sit on while they drank and watched village burn). The first vintage was made in 1958 by brothers Rafaele and Agostino Guglierame—and they still make the wine today. Total vineyard holding at the Guglierame estate is a whopping... 4 hectares. They're terraced, and cling to the side of the mountain, soaked in sunshine and cooled by the mountain air...