Gregory Dal Piaz

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Top Dolcetto tasted May 2013

1. Cascina Delle Rose Dolcetto d'Alba a Elizabeth (2011)

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Assertively earthy, spicy, and violet driven on the nose this also shows  a little tobacco smoke top note over aromas of freshly crushed berry and plum fruit.  Elegant in the mouth and with great transparency, this strikes just the perfect weight and balance, with gorgeous purity of fruit, almost sweet with ripeness, and layered with plum, mulberry and spiced cherry flavors. This is about as good as Dolcetto gets. 92pts
 
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  • 1308614azoto If a wine is as "good as it gets," please explain to me why the point score is only 92 points? If this wine is a benchmark bottle of this type of wine, then perhaps it merits a score of 100? Further, were all of these wines tasted side-by-side or are these simply random 'snapshots'? Thanks.


  • 532433brujazz I'd like to cast a vote for an outsider. Oregon's Ponzi Winery's Dolcetto is just scrumptious. Loaded with a tremendous blast of fruit and possessing a moderate amount of complexity, it really cuts the mustard for the varietal. Plus it doesn't cost a bundle.


  • 880703teddz Don't know if "wet dog" is one of those reductive aromas, but it's something I've often noted in dolcettos. For me, I don't need gobs of extract (or gobs of dollars) in a dolcetto. Let's face it, this is normally a trattoria staple, not something to gush over as though it's a 20 year Barolo. Fresh fruit (I like the boysenberry descriptor), not much tannin. And burgers ...you betcha that's a good match. Nice Dolcetto d"Alba in my market by Sergio Grimaldi for $13. Probably wouldn't crack 86 points in any critic's book, but it suits me just fine.



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