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2011 Elio Altare Dolcetto d'Alba
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by Viognier437580
Having had Altare Barolos I was eager to try his Dolcetto even though it is my least favorite Piedmontese grape. It was tight and sharp aromatically, not unusual for Dolcetto, opened up a bit but was still not giving much even though it was drinkable. Over time scents of subdued red fruit, green herbs, and a distinct vinous quality emerged. Flavors still had some square edges and a harsh, bitter herbal bite. The trickle of juicy acidity was pushed to the background by a wall of tannic astringency, which remained through a dry finish that had the greenness you sometimes find in a Cabernet. I'd drop this to two stars except for the fact it performs the way I expected for this grape.


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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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