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Top Dolcetto tasted May 2013

10. Mascarello Bartolo Dolcetto d'Alba (2011)

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Average price: $28.99 from 1 store
From Rue e Monrobiolo vineyards, fermented in concrete, then 9 months in botte Very pretty floral violet tinged nose that picks up subtle  soil, dark fruit, and quite spicy aromas. This is  soft, rich and easy in the mouth with plenty of mulberry boysenberry fruit that shows great freshness in the mouth.  There are very present yet soft tannins here along with gentle acid support making this easy to drink with  just a touch of richness here. The finish is very fruity, in fact remarkably fruity and this is predictably quite lovely. 89pts
 
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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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