Dolcetto d' Alba, Roagna
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Dolcetto d' Alba, Roagna - 2022

Item # 45049 750mL

This is a structured Dolcetto that comes from vines planted in the Paje and Carso vineyards in Barbaresco on the Asili hill. The vines are 45 years of age and older and come from soils rich in chalk, limestone and clay. Fermented in large casks with indigenous yeasts and then macerated with a submerged cap for nearly a 100 days.

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If you've ever asked me to direct you to some deals in the Northern Italy section at Astor, you'll know it's my tendency to show you the second or third wines from the great Barolo and Barbaresco producers. In this case, Roagna (known for their world-class, highly sought after Barbaresco) also makes an excellent bottle of Dolcetto, from 50-year-old vines in their Pajè and Carso vineyards, for a weeknight price. This is classic, light-bodied, black-fruited Dolcetto, but with structure, lift, and nuance you don't usually find in this varietal. Give it a slight chill, some time to breathe, and serve up with eggplant parmesan—it's a low price of entry to experience this level of winemaking.

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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 notes of strawberry, cherry, and pink peppercorn. The red Freisa is vinified in a variety of styles:...

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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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