2012 Chiara Boschis Dolcetto d’Alba

From vineyards in Monforte

Cut plum and melon greets the nose along with a bit of wild berry, some blue earth and herb stem note. This is bright, juicy, pure, and lively on the palate in a lovely fruity, medium bodied style.  Simply the classic medium light sized dolcetto with great acids that delivers simple pure and fresh fruit with a hint of extraction at times but this is absolutely delicious. 89pts

2011 Domenico Clerico Dolcetto Langhe Visadi

Density of color here is impressive. This has a fruity, wild berry nose, bright and fresh with light mineral and black cherry skin aromas. On entry this is a little pasty on the palate, somewhat extracted but very fresh, and that theme continues on the mid-palate which is a little thick if very fresh, with lots of dark berry fruit supported by a nice edge of tannins, and good acid. There’s lots of blackberry fruit with a blood orange note on the moderately long finish. Certainly well made and impressive, this is a bit heavy and intense for me. 89pts

2011 Bartolo Mascarello Dolcetto d’Alba

From Rue e Monrobiolo vineyards, fermented in concrete, then 9 months in botte

Very pretty floral violet tinged nose that picks up subtle  soil, dark fruit, and quite spicy aromas. This is  soft, rich and easy in the mouth with plenty of mulberry boysenberry fruit that shows great freshness in the mouth.  There are very present yet soft tannins here along with gentle acid support making this easy to drink with  just a touch of richness here. The finish is very fruity, in fact remarkably fruity and this is predictably quite lovely. 89pts

Elio Grasso

2012 Elio Grasso Dolcetto  d'Alba dei Grassi

According to Gianluca Grasso “Lighter styled because of the cooler vintage but it's just the way I like it”.

Fresh and tart on the nose with a little earthy and floral spice, and nice green peppercorn note. Decidedly medium light bodied in the mouth, fresh and immediately delicious, this is lovely with  lightly earthy red fruit, soft tannins, fine cleansing acidity. Uncomplicated yet gulpable and absolutely full of lightly plummy and red cherry fruits and a soft green herbal edge, this is irresistible. 88pts

2012 Elvio Cogno Dolcetto d'Alba Mandorlo

Very pretty nose is a little inky, but packed with flowers, and spicy earthy and mineral aromas.This has a nice lighter bodied feel but with a touch of body and a nice soft tannin structure lending it just a bit of power in a fresh style. The super clean finish shows aromas of violets and has a certain delicacy to it. This really has pretty inner mouth perfumes and juicy little skin tannins driving the palate. Prototypical modern style quality Dolcetto. 88pts

2011 Guido Porro Dolcetto d’Alba I Pari

5000 bottles, produced

Fermented in cement with natural yeast, then aged in stainless steel and cement.

Deeply aromatic with early violet notes joined by aromas of spicy, aging pork sausages, a little smoke and small red fruits. Perhaps  a touch sweet on entry, this turns round and juicy on the palate with significant tannins for Dolcetto. Delivering a little black berry fruit and sour cherries on the palate along, a little clay earth this ends with a long, sapid and mineral driven finish. A wine that is bracing, fruity and fairly serious. 88pts

2011 G.D. Vajra Dolcetto d’Alba

All SS, different vineyards from Novello, Sinio, Barolo, Vergne,  Serralunga

Very pretty on the nose  complex, gently fruit and wide open with a blend of cherry, a hint of blueberry, woodsy spice and herb fruit. On entry this is bright, fresh and vivid in the mouth with slightly edgy, very pure floral, wild sage and juniper accented red berry fruit. Some mild tannins offer a bit of support but don’t get in the way of enjoying this flora,l fresh and fruity Dolcetto. 88pts

2012 Luciano Sandrone Dolcetto d’Alba

Tank sample of final blend

A little redux, cleans up with some air showing  nice bitter cherry and herb fruit. A bit spicy in the mouth this seems a bit brighter and leaner than the 2011 with nice cherry skin fruit. Ultimately it should turn out to be a bit simpler but with softer tannins and the similar lowish acid, but in a fresher, more precise and fruit driven style.  I prefer this to the eleven. 88pts

2011 Luciano Sandrone Dolcetto d’Alba

A blend of ten vineyards from Monforte, Novello, Barolo aged in SS

Vintage quite challenging, suffered quite a lot, in order to preserve the quality of the fruit did an on the vine selection to remove rotten bad grapes from clusters so that they could allow the remaining grapes to ripen an additional week, same for 2012

Quite striking savory, woodsy, spicy aromas that are a little meaty and black fruited with an aroma that recalls cherry cola.  Soft on entry with some early some sticky tannins, this turns broad and black spiced in the mouth with black cherry and black currant fruit on the slightly chewy mid-palate. Rich and quite fruity on the finish, tart flavors here help compensate for the lower acid. This turns  dusty with slightly stalky dry tannins on the moderately long finish. 87pts