If you've been following the blog at all over the past few months, you'd know that without our crutch - Wikipedia - we wouldn't know anything about wine. There we turn again to explore the wonder of Dolcetto.
A black wine grape variety grown in the Piedmont region of northwest Italy, Dolcetto is a dry wine that is typically tannic and fruit driven with moderate acidity. Ironically, the name means "little sweet one." Known as Douce Noire in Savoue and Charono in California, the oldest known plantings of the fruit is in Australia - dating back to the 1860's.
Known for black cherry and licorice flavors, a bitter finish leaves the drinker pining for almonds. Typically an easy-drinking wine, Dolcetto pairs well with pasta and pizza dishes.
Three wineries provided samples of Dolcetto for our review:
- Erath 2006 Dolcetto (Willamette Valley)
- Ponzi Vineyards 2006 Estate Dolcetto (Willamette Valley)
- Woodward Canyon 2008 Estate Dolcetto (Walla Walla Valley)