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Dolcetto d'Alba "Vignavillej," Brovia
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Organic

Dolcetto d'Alba "Vignavillej," Brovia - 2017

Item # 41239 750mL
$19.96/ Single Bottle
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$239.52 $215.57/ Case of 12
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Wine made from grapes grown without synthetic pesticides, fertilizers and herbicides in the vineyard.


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Tasting Notes

Violet-ruby in the glass, with intense aromas of pulpy cherry flesh, this wine has accompanying flavors of blackberries, almonds, and cloves that mingle well with sturdy tannins and the acidity expected of any self-respecting Italian red. Brovia does not exploit his Dolcetto to make additional cash as his Barolos age sit in barrel before release; the family has always considered Dolcetto an early-drinking wine worthy of attention and take care with its élevage. Briefly decant to release its potential and pair with sausages blended with Italian herbal seasonings, white pizza with truffle oil, or a mushroom sauté.


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Staff Pick Notes

Discussions of Piedmont’s Dolcetto grape often translate its name (unidiomatically and misleadingly) as something like “the little sweet one” – usually as a preamble to pointing out its lighter, fruitier, more quaffable qualities than Nebbiolo, the regional heavyweight. This bottling is a delicious corrective. It’s the kind of wine you get when a top grower of traditionally-styled Barolo flexes its muscles with a “lesser” grape variety. Refreshingly dark and structured, it nonetheless exudes an undeniable elegance. You’ll want to decant it and enjoy with hearty fare of any stripe.

- MCW

About the Producer

Castiglione Falletto, Piedmont, Italy The Brovia family winery was founded in 1863 by Giacinto Brovia, and from the beginning, the importance of terroir has been the priority of their viticultural style. Over the generations, an uncompromising attitude towards vineyard selection has allowed the family to extend their landholding into arguably the greatest of Barolo’s vineyard crus, including...

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Astor's Glossary of Terms

Piedmont

The most famous grape in Piedmont is the noble Nebbiolo, which makes the long-lived Barolo and Barbaresco. There are plenty of Nebbiolo-based wines that are quite enjoyable in their youth, however, often produced in smaller, lesser-known regions such as Ghemme or Gattinara. Several other Piedmontese grapes make striking and delicious wines: Pelaverga produces light-colored reds with distinctive...

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Dolcetto

A red grape variety grown in Piedmont and nearly nowhere else. Dolcetto-based wines are not sweet, as many people might surmise on hearing the name; the Piedmontese declared it "dolce" only because it is lower in acid than the wines they're used to. Dolcettos are usually meant to be enjoyed young. Some of the best ones come from the area around the town of Alba.


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