2017 Einaudi Dogliani (Dolcetto)

SKU #1402235 92 points James Suckling

 Shows lovely pressed violets, black olives and bark. Medium- to full-bodied, tight and serious with a structured tannin backbone and a taut finish. Savory. Drink now.  (7/2018)

92 points Wine Spectator

 Bright and juicy, displaying pure cherry, blackberry and floral aromas and flavors. The vintage's dense tannins are present but well-integrated. Fine length. Drink now through 2024. 9,000 cases made, 2,000 cases imported. *Smart Buys* (BS)  (2/2019)


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By: Jeffrey Jones | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 9/9/2019 | Send Email
This is a wonderful ready to drink red. It is medium bodied with bright juicy fruit that has a delicious mineral undertone. It finishes clean and crisp like a classic wine from this region should. I could drink this alone, but it will be best with food like meats or pizza.

By: Jacques Moreira | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 9/9/2019 | Send Email
A beautiful purplish color greets you, followed by floral aromatics along with dark cherries, plums and even blueberries. The palate is very pleasant, and echos the aromatics, but make no mistake, it has structure to balance it all. Just imagine how good this wine will be with a rosemary/garlic bricked grilled chicken... Divine!

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Varietal:

Dolcetto

- How could you not love a great with a name that means "little sweet one?" But don't let that deceive you. This varietal, grown in Italy's Piedmont, may be a low-acid, fruit-forward red, but it can also have significant tannic structure, particularly those from the Dogliani DOC. Traditionally vinified dry, wines made from Dolcetto tend to have a sweet edge to them, with ripe red fruit flavors and perfumed bouquets. According to the Oxford Companion to Wine, many producers have learned to manage its tannic edge with shorter fermentation. There are a total of seven DOCs that produce Dolcetto: Dolcetto d'Aqui, Dolcetto d'Asti, Dolcetto di Diano d'Alba, Dolcetto delle Langhe Monregalesi, Dolcetto di Dolgiani, Dolcetto di Ovada and Dolcetto d'Alba. Dolcetto is also grown in the Italy's Liguria where it is called Ormeasco.
Country:

Italy

- Once named Enotria for its abundant vineyards, Italy (thanks to the ancient Greeks and Romans) has had an enormous impact on the wine world. From the shores of Italy, the Romans brought grapes and their winemaking techniques to North Africa, Spain and Portugal, Germany, France, the Danube Valley, the Middle East and even England. Modern Italy, which didn't actually exist as a country until the 1870s, once produced mainly simple, everyday wine. It wasn't until the 1970s that Italy began the change toward quality. The 1980s showed incredible efforts and a lot of experimentation. The 1990s marked the real jump in consistent quality, including excellence in many Region that had been indistinct for ages. The entire Italian peninsula is seeing a winemaking revolution and is now one of the most exciting wine Region in the world.
Sub-Region:

Piedmont

- Piedmont is in the Northwestern region of Italy, bordering France and Switzerland. Piedmont is predominantly a plain where the water flows from the Swiss and French Alps to form the headwaters of the Po river. The major wine producing areas are in the southern portion of the region in the hills known as the "Langhe". Here the people speak a dialect that is 1/3 French and 2/3 Italian that portrays their historical roots. Their cuisine is one of the most creative and interesting in Italy. Nebbiolo is the King grape here, producing Barolo and Barbaresco. In addition, the Barbera and Dolcetto are the workhorse grapes that produce the largest quantity of wine. Piedmont is predominantly a red wine producing area. There are a few whites made in Piedmont, and the Moscato grape produces a large volume of sweet, semi-sweet and sparkling wines as well.
Alcohol Content (%): 14