2016 Roberto Voerzio "Priavino" Dolcetto d'Alba

SKU #1403520 Jancis Robinson

 Mid-deep purple. Fresh leather, bitter almond and bright mulberry fruit, with a creamy touch. Sweet blackberry and mulberry fruit on the palate, with more bitter almond and herbal character, and only moderate, quite fine tannins. Medium long. Attractive. *Quite Good Value* (TJ)  (3/2019)

K&L Notes

Roberto Voerzio started his winery in 1986, so it’s not exactly ancient by Italian standards or even in Piedmont, which compared to Tuscany is a relative newcomer. Roberto’s winery is in La Morra, the furthest west of all the Barolo Communes and generally considered the most delicate. We’re still talking Barolo, yet Roberto’s wines are anything but delicate. Roberto’s wines are powerful because he’s a believer in intense, green harvesting, the practice of cutting fruit off the vine just before the grapes begin to color, to increase the ability of the remaining grapes to become fully ripe. This is nowadays a pretty standard practice amongst folks making high quality red wine. Roberto does green harvesting not only for all of his Barolo but also on down to this wine, his Dolcetto. The 2016 Roberto Voerzio “Priavino” Dolcetto d’Alba is all organically farmed and is fermented with indigenous yeast in stainless steel tanks; this wine doesn’t see any wood aging or any fining or filtering. This wine is full of ebullient fruit, lots of ripe blueberry. It is bold and dramatically displayed with an excellent mid palate, a touch of tannin to frame it, and a long and balanced finish. I love Dolcetto this time of the year. With the weather a bit blustery and cool, my go-to is a plate of grilled sausage and polenta. A simpler and better match there is not! (Greg St. Clair, K&L Italian wine buyer)

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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.


- 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.