Dolcetto d’Alba, 2008, Piedmonte, Italy
Although we’re only midway through our Spring Whites series this month, we’re sneaking in a red review – hope you don’t mind.
Anyone who knows me, knows that I have a thing for Italian wines that come from the Piedmonte region, especially Barolo’s. So, given the previous, when I was out for dinner the other night and came across Aurelio Settimo’s Dolcetto d’Alba, also from Piedmonte, I could not help but try it, and I am glad I did.
Like most wines from Piedmonte, the natural behaviour of the grape is refined and smooth. Although the wine is complex, meaning that the deeper you get into it, the more robust the tastes, it was simple enough that it allowed you to focus on the true makeup of the wine. It is also important to note that I dined with someone who was not traditionally a wine drinker, and they too were complimentary to the wine. Further, my dining companion had something to compare it to, since we tried another Italian wine just before.
I am confident in submitting this wine as a party ‘favourites’ and one that can work for a variety of palates.
Unfortunately, this wine is not available today at the LCBO, but if you do come across it on a restaurant menu, feel safe in ordering it.