89 Points | International Wine Cellar , March 2010
($28; 14% alcohol) Bright red-ruby. Aromas of strawberry fruit liqueur, licorice, woodsmoke and exotic spices. Lush, sweet, pliant and ripe; this boasts terrific texture for dolcetto, and possesses just enough acidity and mineral reserve to give shape to its flavors of cherry, plum and menthol. Finishes long and fruity, with a solid spine of lush tannins. (Vias Imports, New York NY)
88 Points | Wine Spectator
90 Points | Robert Parker's The Wine Advocate
Italy, like France, offers a world of wine styles within a single country: dry
Italian white wines ranging from lively and minerally to powerful and full-bodied; cheap
and cheerful Italian red wines in both a cooler, northern style and a richer, warmer southern
style; structured, powerful reds capable of long aging in bottle; sparkling wines;
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With Barbera, Dolcetto is one of the two "everyday" wines of the Piedmont region in Italy. While the most favorable growing sites here are reserved for Barolo and Barbaresco, winemakers plant Dolcetto widely where the temperamental Nebbiolo grape doesn't thrive. As Dolcetto is not made to age, but rather intended for more immediate consumption...
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