Earlier this year I was able to spend a couple of weeks in Piedmont. Of course my mission there was to asses the upcoming 2010 and 2011 Barolo and Barbaresco wines, an article which is nearing completion, but today I wanted to focus on wines that are more appropriate to the season. While I love Nebbiolo based wines , they are not necessarily an ideal summer wine, with their not inconsequential alcohol. Piedmont does of course have wines that are perfectly suited for summertime consumption, namely Barbera and Dolcetto.

A few years back you wouldn’t have caught me recommending the later over the former but my how things have changed. A couple of less than intense vintages and a gradual pulling back from extremes has created a new style of Dolcetto, that greatly resembles the old style of Dolcetto. 

Confusing? Just a little, but wow is Dolcetto making an impression on me these days!