Wednesday 20 November 2019

A Bunch Of Dolcetto´s, Mostly From Dogliani

Life if not all about Barolo..?

What a question?! The herecy!!

But.....Dolcetto is a very good drink with your everyday food, right?

These bottles were tasted and drunk at the apartment on my last trip to Piedmont, links to my visits below.

2017 Dolcetto d´Alba, Rossotto
Bought from a SuperMercato, this light, easy going Dolcetto displays a spicy, superficial nose with notes of fennel, flower water and shoe polish. Good enough.
The taste is dry and stony with notes of dried blueberries, herbs and a fine bitterness. With a bowl of pasta, a decent match.
81p   (tasted 2019/08)

2017 Dogliani Cursalet, Gillardi
A lightly smoky, meaty nose with additional notes of ripe flowers, queen jelly and undergrowth. A fine depth.
The taste is peppery and fresh with a salty touch and notes of blueberries, cool tobacco and dry licorice. Spicy and fresh.
88p   (tasted 2019/08)

2016 Dogliani Superiore Maiolo, Anna Maria Abbona
This is the real thing. A deep, intricate nose with notes of dried up strawberry ice cream, overripe vegetables, dark cookie dough and hot earth. Just lovely in its complexity and idiosyncrasy.
The taste is sandy, high and intense with notes of damsons, violets, dried wild strawberries and candle grease. Very salivating. Loooong. Maybe the best Dolcetto ever drunk.
93p   (tasted 2019/08)

2017 Dogliani Sorí Dij But, Anna Maria Abbona
Perfumed and rich with notes of wild raspberries, fir wood, spices and bakelite. A high, nervous, intense nose. Very fine.
The taste is tight and fine with notes of Finnish licorice, violets, dried up blueberry jam and earth. Very long and very, very good.
91p   (tasted 2019/08)

2017 Dogliani Superiore Sirí d´Jermu, Pecchenino
An open, deep nose with notes of raspberyy licorice, asphalt, fried herbs and fir wood. Very, very good in a direct kind of way.
The taste is big and tight with notes of dried raspberries, dry licorice, gravel and herbs. Very long. Broadshouldered. Very fine.
90p   (tasted 2019/08)

2017 Dogliani Assanen, Massimo Martinelli
Massimo has been the winemaker at Ratti for 40 years, but now makes wines under his own name. This Dolcetto sports an fruity, open nose with notes of raspberries, gravel and licorice. Very good.
The taste is dry and fine with notes of violets, a fine mix of blueberries and raspberries and warm gravel. Long and fine.
87p   (tasted 2019/08)

2017 Langhe Dolcetto Visadí, Domenico Clerico
A earthy, dark nose with notes of ripe herbs, cherries, fir wood and a hint of chocolate. A fine depth. Very, very good.
The taste is young and tight with notes of black olives, warm tiles, earth and herbs. Long, dry and fine.
89p   (tasted 2019/08)

2017 Dogliani Papá Celso, Marziono Abbona
A fine,seedy nose with notes of ripe red cherries, violets, licorice and bay leaves. A fine depth. Very, very good.
The taste is tight and structured with notes of ripe blueberries, fir wood, fried herbs and shoe polish. Very long with sandy tannins. A lot of structure. 5+ years.
92p   (tasted 2019/08)

2017 Dogliani Superiore Daj Butaj, Caraglio
A complex, high nose with notes of soap, ripe strawberries, detergent and herbs. A deep, interesting nose.
The taste is long and tight with notes of iron, blueberries, herbs and gravel. A fine structure. Very, very good.
89p   (tasted 2019/08)

2016 Dogliani Rumanot, Carlo Romana
A dark, spicy nose with notes of bay leaves, candle grease and ripe blueberries. Earthy and fine.
The taste is dry and fine with notes of blueberries, damsons, herbs and some bitter tannins at the end.
86p   (tasted 2019/08)

2016 Dogliani Superiore, Valletti
A deep, fruity nose with notes of ripe blueberries with some raspberries tossed in, warm tiles, model clay and gravel. Deep and fine.
The taste is tight and dry with notes of dried blueberries, bakelite, gravel and iodine. Structured and fine. Long.
89p   (tasted 2019/08)

2017 Dogliani Ribote, Bruno Porra
A deep, spicy nose with notes of plums, bonfire, red beets and undergrowth. A bit sturdy, in a good way. Some warmth. Very good.
The taste is tight and concentrated with notes of ripe blueberries, warm sand, herbs and violets. Very fine tannins. Intense. Very fine.
88p   (tasted 2019/08)

Visits in August of 2019:
Paolo Manzone, Sukula & Schiavenza
Palladino & Ettore Germano
Diego Morra, Cadia & Poderi Roset
Fratelli Barale & Chionetti
Virna Borgogno & Vite Colte
Cascina del Monastero & Mauro Molino
Roccheviberti & Monchiero

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