Saturday 11 May 2019

Two Dolcetto´s - 34 Years Apart

1983 Dolcetto d´Alba, Cav. Armando Piazzo
A bad vintage for Nebbiolo, but obviously not for Dolcetto. Is all fairness, I was not expecting this to be alive in any shape or form, but lo and behold! The nose is mature and wrinkled with notes of soft red cellar apples, undergrowth, dried red berries and a soft scent of dried up strawberry juice. Has survived but the energy is mostly gone.
The taste is dry and a tad hollow in the middle but shows notes of dried red berries, autumn leaves, lingonberry juice and some bitterness at the end. Holds up very well in the glass for hours. And very convenient to have the phone number on the label if you want to get hold of the wine maker...
80p   (tasted 2019/05)

2017 Dolcetto d´Alba, Curto
A young, energetic nose with notes of blueberrie bushes, cigarette ashes, iron and chalk. Smells like a warm spring day. Perky and fine.
The taste is tight and fresh with notes of red currants, blueberries, iron ans chrushed rocks. Medium long. A fine acidity. Very, very good.
88p   (tasted 2019/05)

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