2011 Luigi Pira Dolcetto d’Alba

Only in SS

Dark, violets, dark fruit and spicy herbs greet the nose with a  mulberry top notes. In the mouth this is a little chewy,though with  a nice juicy feel. Rich and fresh and very drinkable in a lightly serious kind of way,  this has that dark earthy fruitiness a lot of dolcettos seem to have and is fairly tannic though the tannins pass quickly like jalapeño spice. This  has attractive richness and brightness. 87pts

2012 Scavino Dolcetto d'Alba

From a very old vineyard planted with Nebbiolo in the upper part, dolcetto in the lower part. This undergoes a very short maceration and gentle extraction of four days

Violets and spice and lots of soapy floral and spicy red fruit on the nose with some gentle  Loire cab franc green soil notes. This is  light weight, fresh and crisp in the mouth though is does carry some fleshy weight with it.This is in the fresh pure style that is very attractive for Dolcetto,  modern and a touch fleshy but light and elegant with a fresh finish. 87pts

2011 Marchesi di Gresy  Dolcetto d'Alba Monte Aribaldo

All SS

Treiso vineyard, single vineyard,

Not fermented dry on the skins, bleed off to keep the wines lighter and less tannic,

Young estery nose is earthy and quite black fruited, in a spicy, assertive, astringent way. This has a nice entry, a bit weighty but with rather silky tannins and nice red and black fruit that shows a little spice and earth complexity. This shows nice balance of flavors and complexity in a very slightly chunky style. 87pts

2011 Rivella Serafino Dolcetto d’Alba

Rivella Serafino

After four days pulled off the lees and finishes fermentation clear, all in SS

Quite purple looking. This has a lactic, yogurt nose which blows off a bit revealing the underlying  blueberry and violet aromas. Quite precise in the mouth with high toned and soil driven flavors that are very transparent. This is perhaps a touch soft but shows excellent balance with soft chewy tannins that lead to the fine finish which does also feature a return of the lactic quality but layers woodland spice, slate and clay minerality over it. A very vinous wine. 86pts

2012 Massolino Dolcetto d'Alba

Special SS fermenter is used to remove as many of the seeds as possible during fermentation, would prefer all ferments in cement, shooting for the most freshness and fruitiness as possible

Pretty nose that is full of black cherries, a little smoke, and a hint of talc. While a bit  soft on  entry, this is broad, and very easy in the mouth with grapey fruit and some nice little tannins on the backend. This feels a touch dilute and lightweight with some blue floral notes on the modest finish. 85pts

2011 Oddero Dolcetto d’Alba

Brunella in Castiglione Falletto, old vines of forty to sixty years, sees only SS

Nice clear perfumes of forest floor, pencil  lead, violets, wild black fruits, and a bit of talc greet the nose. This is  a bit soft on the palate, very easy to drink,with  simple berry fruit on the palate supported by some soft tannins. Soft, easy and short. 84pts

2011 Cordero di Montezemolo - Monfalletto Dolcetto d’Alba

100% SS

All the vines look to Verduno east north east, get lots of sun but remains cool, should be a simple wine, should be fresh without too much alcohol, perfect in about three years, but can last and improve for up to nine years but that’s not their intention

Floral with a bit of ash on the nose along with a nice sweetness to the black fruit aromas. This is smooth in the mouth and relatively low acid though without being soft. Delivering nice clear and slightly inky, spiced black fruit on the palate and through the light finish, it is a bit short and simple with a hint of strawberry at its core. 83pts