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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