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The Variety Of Dolcetto

Last week’s wines fulfilled our goal of showing that the Dolcetto wines from Piedmont are well worth your time and attention. We tasted six different ones, and they each had similarities, but also their own distinctive style. Each one was a favorite for some of the tasters.
September 20, 2017

Last week’s wines fulfilled our goal of showing that the Dolcetto wines from Piedmont are well worth your time and attention. We tasted six different ones, and they each had similarities, but also their own distinctive style. Each one was a favorite for some of the tasters.

               We began with the 2013 Federico Ferrero Dolcetto d’Alba Galea. The wine showed itself to be rich and graceful which surprised more than a few considering the price. All of the wines showed the characteristic bitter almond notes in the finish. The Ferrero just showed a hint of that to get tasters ready. The 2016 Elio Grasso Dolcetto d’Alba Dei Grassi impressed a lot of people right off. The dark fruit was in a balanced lithe frame. There was also some complexity here and full enjoyment.

               Then we tasted the distinctive 2015 Cavallotto Dolcetto d’Alba Vigna Scot which also showed complexity in the rich fruit. This was the spiciest of the wines, surrounding dark cherry and almond. For some it was a favorite, for others not. Then the 2015 Revelli Dogliani Superiore Otto Filari showed the more structured style which we find in wines from Dogliani. This was the only wine in the tasting you could say needed some more age.

               The 2013 Pelissero Dolcetto d’Alba Munfrina was an immediate hit, which is not really surprising if you know that Giorgio Pelissero makes all of his wines to be both a playful and perfect representation of what they are supposed to be. There was no heaviness at all and a pure, lightly spicy expression of nutty fruit. The last wine was from back in Dogliani. The 2009 Chionetti Dolcetto di Dogliani Briccolero showed some mature bramble in its structured complex fruit. The fruit was rich and dark and the long finish was impressive.

               All in all, tasters were very happy with the experience. All of the wines showed dark fruit, a nutty character and were completely dry food wines. It seems these classic Dolcettos have made new friends.

               

2013 Federico Ferrero Dolcetto d’Alba Galea: Bright ruby. Ripe fruit, hazelnuts, licorice, violets in a medium body format. Very Good Plus 14.99/bottle 13.49/mixed case 12.74/case

2016 Elio Grasso Dolcetto d’Alba Dei Grassi: Dark ruby. Vibrant, balsamic dark fruit. Medium body, good intensity slight bitter almond in the long finish. Very Good Plus 18.99/bottle 17.09/mixed case 16.14/case

2015 Cavallotto Dolcetto d’Alba Vigna Scot: Ruby purple. Dark cherry, almond, white pepper with good structure and complexity. Very Good Plus 21/bottle 18.90/mixed case 17.85/case

2015 Revelli Dogliani Superiore Otto Filari: Deep ruby. Cherry, blackberry and herb. Good structure, long finish. Very Good Plus 21/bottle 18.90/mixed case 17.85/case

2013 Pelissero Dolcetto d’Alba Munfrina: Deep ruby. Dark cherry, plum, good balsamic intensity. Spice and almond in the balanced finish. Very Good Plus 19.99/bottle 17.99/mixed case 16.99/case

2009 Chionetti Dolcetto di Dogliani Briccolero:  Deep ruby. Black cherry and dark plum. Notes of raspberry, bramble and herbs. Long spicy finish with a touch of bitter almond. Very Good Plus Plus 24/bottle 21.60/mixed case 20.40/case

 

Special case: Two bottles of each of the above for a special price of $204

In store only: Special six pack: One bottle of each of the above for a special price of $108

 

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            - Peter Hemenway

 

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