Our Favorite Reds for Spring

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Eric Guido
I'm not quite ready to give up my red wines in spring.  I know the summer will be on me soon and my desire to taste the big burly reds I love will diminish. However, there's something about the spring that makes the body crave lighter fare and juicer wines.  For me, it's a young Dolcetto that fits the bill.  These are juicy wines with blackberry fruit, a bitter twang and usually at a price that won't break the bank.
One of my favorites is the 2010 Pecchenino Dolcetto di Dogliani San Luigi - A fresh yet energetic expression of blackberry jam, toast (not oak) and hints of wild herbs. On the palate, it showed ripe, juicy blackberry and herbs, which lasted through the mouthwatering finish. This was easy drinking, yet pure beauty in simplicity. (91 points)
Eric Guido


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  • Snooth User: rossmary00
    1049805 2

    Dear Snooth, I'm not certain where your wine cognescenti hang their hats, but I don't recognize the names from this vast area between East & West coasts, esp. Chicagoland. I'm the wine columnist for the Daily Herald, published in & around Chicago & would be happy to represent the Prairie Division in Snooth. Please contact me at Rossmary00@aol.com. Good wine & health 'til then, Mary Ross

    Apr 02, 2014 at 1:19 PM

  • Mary Ross, are you the same Master Sommelier I met years ago in Chicago when I worked at Four Farthings???? The daughter of a liquor distributor, one who told me that in order to learn wine when she was young that she forced herself to taste 6 wines a day, regardless of how she was feeling?--Lucy (then Francis) Rogers

    Apr 02, 2014 at 1:29 PM

  • Snooth User: intellmkt
    1418066 30

    Why would someone include a wine in "My Favorite Wines for Spring" and then, in the wine review, say "needs two years."?

    Apr 02, 2014 at 3:05 PM

  • Snooth User: Richard Jennings
    Hand of Snooth
    780161 112,970

    Fair point Intellmkt. The Occhipinti Frappato is usually ready to drink when released, but the 2010 was a little tighter than usual. That tasting note dates back to when it was released. I'd say you're in good shape reaching for this Frappato this Spring, any vintage you can find.

    Apr 02, 2014 at 6:42 PM

  • I don't know about Chicago but I'm in Milwaukee and the Helioterra Pinot Noir is available here.


    Apr 02, 2014 at 9:29 PM

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