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Passing the Torch at Chionetti, Dolcetto Maker Extraordinaire

Posted on | April 30, 2015 | Written by Matthew Di Nunzio | No Comments

Chionetti-GrandsonLast week, IWM had a chance to meet with Nicola Chionetti, grandson of esteemed wine-producing pioneer Quinto Chionetti, and future owner of and winemaker for the famed Dolcetto producing estate.

You don’t often get the opportunity to see how tradition and heritage transfer from grandfather to grandson, in the absence of a father. As ambassador to his grandfather’s estate, Nicola is meticulous and confident, yet he shows humility and gives you an idea of his familial legacy. He is attentive to who and what surrounds him.

Nicola poured some of his new vintages for us, and I must say that we are all in for a treat when these are released. Each wine from the Chionetti estate portrays its land, its character, and its purpose.

I asked Nicola what his family’s winemaking philosophy is, and he replied, “My grandfather use to say: ‘It’s a question of truth.’ The truth is in how the wine reflects the soil while portraying the personality of its maker – we believe that our wine is true to both and hope that it reflects some elegance as well.”

Tasting through the estate’s line-up, I have to agree that Chionetti wines are elegant and honest expressions of land, grape, tradition and the tight-knit family who makes them. Plus, they’re delicious and affordable!

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