Piemonte Italian Wines : Dolcetto Piemonte Wines


Hi, I’m Mark Middlebrook and I’m here in the
Paul Marcus Wines Cantina. In this segment, I’m going to talk about Dolcetto the other
every day red wine fromthe region of Piemonte in northwestern Italy. I say other, because
Barbera is really the one that I see around the most in wine shops and restaurants and
even when I’m in Piemonte visiting. But Dolcetto has a long tradition in Piemonte and there’s
lots of good Dolcetto there that I personally love to drink. I have three examples here
from three slightly different subzones of Piemonte although the vineyards and the wineries
are no more than about half an hour apart from each other. In Italy, the system of appellations
or named wine styles or a particular appellation is called a Denominazione di Origine Controlatta
or a DOC, so I’m going to call them DOCs. So the DOC or named wine style for this one
is Dolcetto d’Alba and Alba is a village, Dolcetto is a grape variety. So it simply
means Dolcetto that comes from somewhere near Alba, near the town of Alba. And this one
is from the great Piemonte grape producer, Elio Altare in the Village of La Morra. The
second bottling I have is the DOC or the appellation for it is Dolcetto di Diano d’Alba. And Diano
d’Alba is another village not too far from Alba as the name indicates. It’s particularly
well known for its Dolcetto vineyards. It’s a little bit higher altitude than some of
the other areas right near by and Dolcetto is an early ripening grape. It seems to like
to be up a little bit higher altitude. So Dolcetto grows really nicely here. This is
Claudio Alario’s bottling of Dolcetto. The third one I have is from yet another village,
called Dogliani further south. So the DOC or the appellation for this wine is Dolcetto
di Dogliani. Dogliani is higher still than Diano and is really, that’s the area that’s
kind of really well known for Dolcetto. Many of the great Dolcetto producers are in and
around Dogliani itself. If I were to open these, put bags over these three wines and
mix them up and then pour them into three glasses and then taste them, I’m not sure
I can pick out which one is from Diano and which one is from Dogliani and which one is
from d’Alba. I like to drink them all and I particularly like Dolcetto with salami and
cheeses. Dolcetto has a little bit of tannic grip to it, a little bit of that drying bite,
but not too much in a good, in a well made Dolcetto. The tannin does help it work really
well with foods that have proteins in them, hence, salami, cheese, some meats, things
like that. It can work as an aperitif although for some people that grip is a little bit
too much and that’s why you might want to have Barbera if you’re just sitting around
sipping a red wine. But try some Dolcetto, break out some salami, have a piece of cheese.
In my view, that’s a really good time.

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