~ Sloping Vineyards in Piedmont ~
(Photo Credit: Italy this Way)
The Parusso winery is located on the border of Castiglione Falleto and Monforte d’Alba. For over 20 years, the brother and sister team of Marco and Tiziana Parusso have been crafting elegant, rich wines and while their various Barolo garner much of the attention, their entire stable of wines consistently impresses. 
In 1986, the siblings took control of the winery from their father Armando and in 2000, realized their dream of completing a new barrel aging cellar.  Under the current teams leadership, rigorous green harvesting techniques, vineyard improvements and strict selection in the cellar ensures that only optimal grapes are used for their wines which are crafted using 100% estate grown fruit.

~ The new Parusso aging cellars ~

The subject of today’s article is the latest release from the winery, it’s 2012 Dolcetto Piani Noce.  Loosely translated, this means “walnut floors” a sort of odd reference to the nut trees that dot Parusso’s estate.
In the glass, the wine is a medium violet to light purple color.  The aromas are classically Dolcetto, with ripe crushed red berries,  menthol, and a smokey grapey essence.  In describing this wine,  I’m hesitant to use the word refined, for it still dances on the palate with that youthful exuberance that I love about Dolcetto, but it does so in an almost elegant manner.  Bright berry flavors with freshly crushed plums, smoke and menthol combine wonderfully.  Flavors are persistent and the wine is medium bodied with crisp acidity that keeps it fresh and lively. 

~ Marco Parusso drawing a barrel sample of his Dolcetto ~

Interesting enough to drink on it’s own, it’s versatile enough to pair with many different types of food.  We enjoyed it with a simple pasta with a Neapolitan meat ragu.  Pizza, grilled chicken or even burgers would also work.  This is a nice value at $15 and worth a try if you come across it.  88 points. 
~ Parusso Dolcetto d’Alba ~
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