2011 Ca'Viola "Vilot" Dolcetto D'Alba

SKU #1141690 89 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 Beppe Caviola's 2011 Dolcetto d'Alba Vilot bursts from the glass with juicy dark berries, licorice, tar, leather and spices. There is plenty of varietal character with an extra kick of richness in this sensual, full-bodied Dolcetto. Anticipated maturity: 2012-2015.  (10/2012)

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Gambero Rosso, or "Beppe" as everyone calls Giuseppe is credited with being the driving force behind the resurgence of Dogliani (dol-yanni). Besides being nearly impossible to pronounce for most non-Italian speakers, this region was hampered by its reputation for tannin-encrusted young red wines that didn't age well. Beppe became THE consulting enologist for many up-and-coming wineries in Dogliani. His own label, Ca' Viola (in local dialect, little violet house) has gained the coveted 3 Glass award from the Gambero Rosso seven times now, and the quality-to-price ratio is spectacular!

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Staff Image By: Gary Westby | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 1/22/2014 | Send Email
Nothing beats a good bottle of Dolcetto for Tuesday night pizza night! Cinnamon and I took a break from cooking and ordered up some pizza, and while we were waiting for the pizza man decanted the Ca Viola Vilot. This wine had great dark, ripe fruit and fine balance thanks to some good black tea tannin on the back end. It was a charming, open drink that came alive with the pancetta combo that we had ordered. I can't wait to have it again!

Staff Image By: David Driscoll | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 10/2/2013 | Send Email
Quintessential dolcetto: juicy, almost grapey dark fruit, brooding and round right on the entry. The fine tannins start gripping on the finish, but they're merely an afterthought. This is dangerously drinkable and stands far and above the $15 dolcetto options in terms of quality. There's a big difference. This one's waaaaay better.

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- How could you not love a great with a name that means "little sweet one?" But don't let that deceive you. This varietal, grown in Italy's Piedmont, may be a low-acid, fruit-forward red, but it can also have significant tannic structure, particularly those from the Dogliani DOC. Traditionally vinified dry, wines made from Dolcetto tend to have a sweet edge to them, with ripe red fruit flavors and perfumed bouquets. According to the Oxford Companion to Wine, many producers have learned to manage its tannic edge with shorter fermentation. There are a total of seven DOCs that produce Dolcetto: Dolcetto d'Aqui, Dolcetto d'Asti, Dolcetto di Diano d'Alba, Dolcetto delle Langhe Monregalesi, Dolcetto di Dolgiani, Dolcetto di Ovada and Dolcetto d'Alba. Dolcetto is also grown in the Italy's Liguria where it is called Ormeasco.


- Once named Enotria for its abundant vineyards, Italy (thanks to the ancient Greeks and Romans) has had an enormous impact on the wine world. From the shores of Italy, the Romans brought grapes and their winemaking techniques to North Africa, Spain and Portugal, Germany, France, the Danube Valley, the Middle East and even England. Modern Italy, which didn't actually exist as a country until the 1870s, once produced mainly simple, everyday wine. It wasn't until the 1970s that Italy began the change toward quality. The 1980s showed incredible efforts and a lot of experimentation. The 1990s marked the real jump in consistent quality, including excellence in many Region that had been indistinct for ages. The entire Italian peninsula is seeing a winemaking revolution and is now one of the most exciting wine Region in the world. For our entire Italian wine selection, click here. Click for a list of bestselling items from all of Italy.


- Piedmont is in the Northwestern region of Italy, bordering France and Switzerland. Piedmont is predominantly a plain where the water flows from the Swiss and French Alps to form the headwaters of the Po river. The major wine producing areas are in the southern portion of the region in the hills known as the "Langhe". Here the people speak a dialect that is 1/3 French and 2/3 Italian that portrays their historical roots. Their cuisine is one of the most creative and interesting in Italy. Nebbiolo is the King grape here, producing Barolo and Barbaresco. In addition, the Barbera and Dolcetto are the workhorse grapes that produce the largest quantity of wine. Piedmont is predominantly a red wine producing area. There are a few whites made in Piedmont, and the Moscato grape produces a large volume of sweet, semi-sweet and sparkling wines as well.