2010 Anna Maria Abbona "Maioli" Dogliani

SKU #1124043 93 points James Suckling

 This is crazy with a subtle berry and juicy character. Full and very balanced with fine tannins and complex flavors. Turns firm and gorgeous.  (4/ 2013)

K&L Notes

Importer Oliver McCrum writes: "If you want proof that Dolcetto is not 'the Beaujolais of Italy,' pour yourself a glass of Anna Maria's Maioli, which is 100% Dolcetto. The wine is violet-tinged deep purple, a very inviting color; it smells of violets, Assam tealeaves, and blueberries; and it is a mouth-filling, deep, substantial wine to drink. 'Una bomba,' as they say in Italy, and an excellent food wine; it goes with many red meat dishes, grilled sausages, cheese... The fruit comes from very old vines planted in the '30s by Anna Maria's uncle. The wine is fermented and aged in stainless steel."

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By: Chris Miller |  K&L Staff Member  |  Review Date: 6/30/2013  | Send Email
Easily one of the best examples of Dolcetto I've ever tasted. It has all the bouncy black and blue grapey fruit and pretty woodsy spice that make Dolcetto so appealing (well, I should say "can make", as I've had some bottlings of Dolcetto that were pretty insipid and boring). But in addition this has the structure, depth, length and complexity of a world class wine. Stunningly delicous every vintage, the 2010 is exceptional. Wow! What a wine. My hat off to the esteemed Mr. Oliver McCrumb for bringing this one over. CM

By: Jeff Garneau |  K&L Staff Member  |  Review Date: 6/29/2013  | Send Email
Insiders know that the best dolcetto comes from Dogliani. One of the top producers in Dogliani is Anna Maria Abbona, and their very best wine is the Maioli. Loads of dark fruit, intriguing spice. Fine tannins. Superb. Flawless. One of the best dolcettos you will every enjoy.

By: Greg St. Clair |  K&L Staff Member  |  Review Date: 3/21/2013  | Send Email
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One of the BEST Dolcetto I've ever had, from Dogliani where they just grow Dolcetto! Great fruit aromatics , tannins in check, superb palate presence, just great balance. Perfect accompaniment for woodsy pasta dishes or veal shank!
Drink from 2013 to 2016

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Varietal:

Dolcetto

- 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.
Country:

Italy

- 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.
Sub-Region:

Piedmont

- 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.