2011 Cascina delle Rose Dolcetto d’Alba Elizabeth

Assertively earthy, spicy, and violet driven on the nose this also shows  a little tobacco smoke top note over aromas of freshly crushed berry and plum fruit.  Elegant in the mouth and with great transparency, this strikes just the perfect weight and balance, with gorgeous purity of fruit, almost sweet with ripeness, and layered with plum, mulberry and spiced cherry flavors. This is about as good as Dolcetto gets. 92pts

2011 Barale Dolcetto d’Alba Bussia

an old sub variety with red jacks that is very virus resistance with a very savory flavor. Aged for eight or nine months in ten Hl oak barrels

Blue violets appear immediately on the nose followed by sour plum and wild cherry fruit that shows great freshness topped by aromatic eucalyptus like notes with hint of brick and green peppercorn.With  bright acidity, fine firm tannins supporting deep fruit in the mouth, this is very aromatic, layered and rich without being heavy. In fact this is a bit of a powerhouse graced with a long precise mineral laden fresh wild plum finish that shows a hint of balsam on the finale. Heck of a wine. 91pts

2011 Giuseppe Mascarello Dolcetto d’Alba Santo Stefano

Freshly opened

Salami, wild herbs, and wild berry fruit come together on a spicy nose that does show a light  lactic top note.  Bright, a touch chewy in the mouth, this nonetheless delivers superb precise wild berry/boysenberry fruit supported by acids that are almost salty. This offers great purity of fruit with a hint of supple power and  great acid cut on the back end, and through the long slightly smoky finish which shows a hint of grapefruit pith.  Zesty and delicious. 91pts

2011 Giuseppe Mascarello Dolcetto d’Alba Bricco

Darker, more muscular on the nose than the Santo Stefano with dark fruit a bit of tar, some dried strawberry, strawberry seeds and mineral notes with a touch of dried herb. In the mouth this is  juicy and moderately full bodied though remaining elegant with dark berry fruit framed by nice forest floor balsamic notes. There’s a bit of Barolo character here, with super fine tannins lending a mineral edge on the  elegant long if simple finish that is driven by some fine acidity. 91pts

2011 G.D. Vajra Dolcetto d’Alba Coste & Fossati

Coste de Vergne higher elevation vineyards 440 meters

Special clones where the stems turned red, Aldo Vajra cloned the red stemmed vines which in his opinion produce a more complex and fruitier style of wine.

Dark and muscular on the nose with dried herb notes, dark brambly fruit, just a hint of mint, and some some black cherry aromas. On entry this is supple and rich, a bit dark with somewhat powerful dark cherry and salted plum fruit, turning broad on the palate with more power than the regular bottling, though still rather well balanced and light. This artfully blends the classic size of Dolcetto with intensity of an icon wine. 90pts

2011 Cantina Del Pino Dolcetto d’Alba

Ferments for five to six days, all SS

Tight, musky and a bit reduced on the nose. With air this reveals earthy aromas with some geranium notes and a little smokiness. In the mouth this is very open, very juicy, and in a rather fruity style with good acidity but not a bright cutting acid. Fresh in the mouth, this is quite complex and while the fruit has a candied edge to it, theres a lot of savory sweet spice, earthy, slightly woodland toned nuance adding complexity here. This is pretty natural feeling, neither lean and aggressive nor big and plush it falls right in the middle of the style spectrum with  lots of depth to the fresh cherry and dark raspberry fruit, finishing with a nice blend of acidity, fruit tannin and a little chewy fat and aromatic violet and sand inner mouth perfumes. 90pts

2012 Cascina delle Rose Dolcetto d’Alba Elizabeth

All SS, barrel sample

High toned and focused on the nose with floral aromas that show excellent freshness. The palate delivers ripe fruit with hints of fresh leather, woodland spice, and  forest floor, showing an excellent, lively quality the defines the pure and fresh potential of Dolcetto. This is young and still fairly grapy with beautiful lacy tannins and zesty acids for support. 90pts