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It all began in 1897, when 23-year-old Luigi Einaudi (who was to become Italy’s first President in 1948) purchased the first of the Einaudi estates (poderi) at San Giacomo, near Dogliani, heart of Dolcetto country.
Anna Maria Abbona is a Dolcetto specialist in Dolgiani, a sub-region of Piedmont where Dolcetto is the star, not content to play backup to Nebbiolo or Barbera. All of the best sites in the area are planted to Dolcetto, producing wines that are deep, concentrated and complex. Abbona uses micro-oxygenation, oak and picking for phenolic ripeness to keep Dolcetto's aggressive tannins in check. According to importer Oliver McCrum: "This is classic Dogliani Dolcetto, fermented and aged in stainless steel. It shows great color, reddish purple and violet-tinged,... Read More »
This estate has been making Dolcetto in Dogliani (where this grape, not Nebbiolo, is king) longer than anyone.
Vinous: "Brovia's 2013 Dolcetto d'Alba Vigna Villej is dark, juicy and deeply expressive. Black cherry, plum, mocha, menthol and licorice are all pushed forward. Drink this rustic, old-school Dolcetto over the next few years." (12/2015)
Piano Delli Perdoni is a 7 hectare cru from which Mossio sources this special Dolcetto d'Alba bottling. Sandy limestone clay soils are hand-cultivated and the vines are typically harvested at the end of September. The wine's ruby red color introduces a high-toned aroma of black cherry with hints of mocha. The scents reverberate on the palate with a stately savory character before the finish echoes fruit and balsamic tones.
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "Coming from the Santa Ynez Valley, the 2013 Dolcetto is a juicy, quaffable, value-priced beauty that gives up lots of strawberry, black raspberry, spice and peppery herb-like aromas and flavors. Brought up all in neutral French oak (big casks), buy it by the case and drink it over the coming couple of years. (JD)" (6/2015) Vinous: "Palmina's 2013 Dolcetto is soft, open and accessible, with plenty of bright flavors to match its vinous, inviting personality. Sweet red cherry, plum, spice and tobacco abound in a pretty wine to drink now and over the next year or two. ...Read More »