Gregory Dal Piaz

Location: New York, NY

Top Dolcetto tasted May 2013

10. Elio Grasso "Dei Grassi" Dolcetto d'Alba (2012)

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According to Gianluca Grasso “Lighter styled because of the cooler vintage but it's just the way I like it”. Fresh and tart on the nose with a little earthy and floral spice, and nice green peppercorn note. Decidedly medium light bodied in the mouth, fresh and immediately delicious, this is lovely with  lightly earthy red fruit, soft tannins, fine cleansing acidity. Uncomplicated yet gulpable and absolutely full of lightly plummy and red cherry fruits and a soft green herbal edge, this is irresistible. 88pts
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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 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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