2014 Einaudi Dogliani (Dolcetto)

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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.

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By: Kirk Walker | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 7/30/2016 | Send Email
This is a delightful wine. The aromatics jump out of the glass and beg you to take a sip. Crunchy dark red fruits, a hint of earthy and just the right amount of tannin and acidity. An almost perfect Dolcetto, buy it buy the case and enjoy it as long as it is around.

By: Andrew Stevens | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 7/15/2016 | Send Email
One whiff of this wine in the glass and I was entranced, and looking around I could tell my coworkers were too. The aromatics on the wine are simply incredible, perfumed spice and floral notes seem to blossom from the glass. Dark fruit notes with structure are still pretty and welcoming. This wine is delightful yet serious, funky and fruity and tons of fun to drink.

By: David Othenin-Girard | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 7/13/2016 | Send Email
Super refined style dolcetto with complex funky fruit note and well balanced structure. This is superb value and you'll have trouble finding better Dogliani at twice this price.

By: Joe Manekin | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 7/13/2016 | Send Email
A serious Dolcetto, Einaudi's bottling shows beautiful, penetrating dark and red plum fruits that are inviting and delicious, but structured, serious and nicely dry. Greg mentioned Chinon, I was thinking a weightier cru Beaujolais - either way, this Piemontese delight does seem to have something of a French accent. Once again, I do like what Einaudi does with Dolcetto.

By: Olivia Ragni | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 7/13/2016 | Send Email
This is such a fantastic dolcetto for such a small price tag. Aromas of flowers, rosemary and rhubarb lead to a palate of raspberry, violets and fresh crushed herbs with bright acidity and light to medium body.

By: Keith Mabry | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 7/13/2016 | Send Email
This is Dolcetto at its finest with beautiful floral aromatics, black cherry fruit and a touch of crushed herbs, somewhere along the line of thyme and sage. It just explodes from the glass with its inviting style. Medium-bodied, plenty of fruit and very supple tannins. This just became one of my favorite go-to wines.

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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.
Alcohol Content (%): 14