Eric Guido

Location: Ridgewood, NY

Food and Wine Writer for Snooth Media, Chef, Musician, Poet, Wine Lover, and Workaholic. Owner, Chef and Writer for The V.I.P. Table.

Dolcetto: The perfect anyday wine

I have something of a secret affection for Dolcetto.  It started almost as far back as my love for Barolo.  Let’s face it; we can’t drink Barolo everyday, although I know some people who try.  Dolcetto, which translates to Little Sweet One, is for the most part, an easy drinking wine from Piedmont, Italy.  However, it’s hardly ever Sweet and if you know the right producers to look for, than you can find Dolcetto with amazing depth, clarity and nuance.  Far from just an easy drinking wine.

 

Some producers use Dolcetto as a means to turn a quick buck with affordable juice that can be enjoyed and sold while their Barolo ages toward release.  Other’s, like many on this list, look at it as it’s own beautiful expression of terroir.  Personally, I believe it is the ultimate weeknight spring or summer wine.  Dolcetto goes wonderfully with food, especially sausage and pizza.  And on a very hot day, try one at cellar temperature (55 degrees) for a real treat.  I obviously couldn’t include every wine I admire, but what follows are some of the best Dolcetto I’ve had this year.

2. Dolcetto d'Alba Flavio Roddolo (2010)

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The nose showed a darker and more seductive side of Dolcetto with black cherry and dark wild berries; floral perfume followed with a hint of Indian spice. On the palate it was velvety soft, but not heavy, with juicy acidity ushering in blackberry fruits and then flexing it’s structural muscle with slightly drying tannin. On the finish an attractive herbal character mixed with wild berries lingered to the close.

Flavio Roddolo was a new name for me this year and one I will not soon forget. The wines are made "naturally" from vines that are 10 - 70 years old and have not seen chemical treatments in 40 years. Fermention is done using indigenous yeast and there is no filtering before bottling. This results in wines that show true terroir, character and depth with the potential to improve in the cellar.

 
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  • 640513Anna Savino I just drank Vajra dolcetto 2011 last night and it was amazing! Just the right amount of fruit with that raw almondy finish. Perfectly balanced and silky smooth. I agree that everything Vajra touches turns to gold...my new favorite dolcetto!



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