This 2009 Dolcetto d'Alba from Flavio Raddolo is another delicious wine that I recently picked up at our local wine store...Deeply colored, it has a wonderfully expressive nose of ripe cherry-berry fruit, black plum with nuances of smoke, licorice and an earthy minerality. Very flavorful, refreshing and packed with bright, lively flavors similar to the nose. Good tannic grip provides firmness and structure. Earthiness follows through on the palate. Continues to open up in the glass.
At the Table
Quite a full-bodied wine, this Dolcetto will work with a range of meat and robust vegetable dishes. We enjoyed it with lamb chops and a green salsa, the salsa picking up the nuances of licorice in the wine. It would also work with lamb tagine, kebabs, grilled Portobello mushrooms with garlic and parsley or some aged Pecorino cheese.
About Dolcetto, Dolcetto d'Alba and Flavio Roddolo
Dolcetto is an Italian black grape variety, especially grown in the Piedmont area. The name Dolcetto translates as 'little sweet one', because for a black variety it ripens quite early. Dolcetto wines are deeply colored, almost inky blue. Aromas and flavors are cherry-berry like. It has quite a high level of tannin but acidity is moderate and less defining than its fellow Piedmont grapes Nebbiolo and Barbera. There are seven Dolcetto DOCs in Piedmont, the most well known being Alba, Asti and Dogliani.
Flavio Roddolo is an artisan wine producer whose vineyards are located near the town of Monforte in Piedmont. He cultivates his vineyards according to biodynamic principles. The vines for this Dolcetto wine range from 10 to 70 years old. The wine was fermented in stainless steel and did not receive any oak treatment.
Mary Gorman-McAdams, MW (Master of Wine), is a New York based wine educator, freelance writer and consultant.