Monday, April 7, 2008

Dull Dolcetto

Dolcetto is a black grape variety widely grown in the Piedmont region of northwest Italy. The name means "little sweet one," though it is nearly always a dry wine. Dolcetto wines can be tannic with moderate levels of acidity. They are known for black cherry and licorice flavors with a bitter finish reminiscent of almonds. They are typically meant to be consumed one to two years after release.

We opened a 2005 Dolcetto D'Alba from Treiso, Italy to serve with our Chicken Ratatouille. For a wine that is known to be fruit driven, it was flat. It appeared that the bottle suffered from a wine fault called oxidation resulting in a loss of color and flavor.

Since this was our first exposure to this grape, I will not pass judgments on this varietal quite yet. Thankfully, due to a recent wine sale, we were spared the full $18 retail price tag.