Archive for the 'Dolcetto' Category

2007 Paolo Scavino Rosso Vino da Tavola

Paolo Scavino is known as a producer of great Piemontese single vineyard Barolos. What we don’t often see over on this side of the pond are the other, more everyday wines he produces such as this Vino da Tavola. The reason for the generic name is that it’s a blend of Nebbiolo, Barbera, Dolcetto and  Cabernet Sauvignon. I’m not 100% sure of the percentages of each, but it all adds up to a pretty tasty bottle of the juice.

It’s deep ruby-red in colour and its nose gives up dark cherry, mocha, violets and earth. The flavours? Well, I got black cherry,  black pepper and a rustic earthiness. That leads out to a medium-length finish showing ripe dark fruit with smooth tannins. Nice stuff.

All in all, it’s not the best $35 bottle of wine I’ve had recently, but I did really enjoy it (enough that I bought a second bottle to have sometime soon).

$35 at Kitsilano Wine Cellars.

4 stars

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2006 Azienda Agricola Bergadano Dolcetto d’Alba

02092009I made a trip to Kitsilano Wine Cellars after work today to get a bottle to lay down in the cellar/closet. I ended up with a 2004 Pio Cesare Barolo… and because I was taking that home to put away and keep my hands off it for a while, I wanted something I could pop open tonight with dinner (a pizza).

In Italy’s Piedmont region, Dolcetto is considered the everyday wine. The folks there love it and while I was there, I have to admit I developed a fondness for it as well. It’s an uncomplicated and unpretentious wine – all light tannins and peppery cherry fruit.

That’s exactly what this bottle of wine is – uncomplicated and unpretentious. It may not be super-complex, but it’s exactly what I thought it would be. There’s the dark cherry fruit and dusty tannins that make it a great pairing with pizza (or pretty much any other tomato-based Italian inspired food). The flavours may not last long, but they’re food-friendly and fun.

It gets an extra half-star for just being a good, food-friendly wine.

$29 at Kitsilano Wine Cellars.

4 stars

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