Dolcetto D’Alba DOC, northwestern Italy; 13.5% ABV
imported by Global Wine Co., San Rafael, CA
$5 at the Oakland, CA, store on 7 July
Weinish commented a while ago that I needed to “spend a weekend with this wine.” I finally got around to this wine and there’s no weekend needed, IMO, just a while in a decanter. After decanting it off some fine sediment, I thought it seemed promising, and not bad to drink, from first pour. It showed nice fruit (ripe and tart) of red / lighter purple plum, medium red roses, maybe a little strawberry. It slowly improved until it was fully aired after about 2.5 hours, when it showed ripe, liqueur-like fruit of black cherry, purple plum, a little cherry pit and dark aromatic spice, and a hint of vanilla. From my limited experience with Dolcetto, I had thought of it as a full-fruited but coarse and acid wine, making a red that’s solid and serviceable, but not very exciting. Pleasantly confounding my expectations, I found this wine really delicious.
The next day, the second half (stoppered in a 375ml bottle with very little air) was more rough and acid, never coming together the way the first half did. So, I guess I’d highly recommend this wine if you’ll finish it in one evening (or morning, I guess 🙂 ), but not if you would drink it over more than one day.