The Principiano estate is situated in Monforte d'Alba in Piemonte's Langhe Hills and was founded by Ferdinando's father, Americo, in the 1950's. Ferdinando took charge of the estate in 1993 and since 2004 has farmed biodynamically, using no chemicals in the vineyards or sulphur in the cellar. There are 10 hectares in all, producing 35,000 bottles annually. 'Dosset' is the local name for Dolcetto d'Alba and is from early harvested old vines planted in the estate's Santa Anna vineyard and, like all Ferdinando's wines, is bottled without the addition of sulphur. Only 4'000 bottles are made annually so stocks are necessarily limited. A light red (only 11%), this is a great accompaniment to anti pasti.
An intense cherry-red in the glass. On the nose, notes of violets and cherries with a hint of earth. On the palate, fresh and clean with a slightly spicy edge. Look out for flavours of almonds and liquorice. The tannins are balanced and the finish lingering. Great with lighter dishes such as the Piemontese classic Carne Cruda (finely chopped raw veal), pork ragu or a spring vegetable and basil risotto.