~ Monforte d’Alba ~

What a difference a year makes.  Mind you, not with an eye toward the overall quality of the zone, but in today’s specific example.   Unlike my earlier review of Parusso’s 2012,  the current vintage clearly has missed the mark. 

As I’ve written previously, 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 has impressed me. 
With all that said, it makes the current offering all the more puzzling.   The 2013 Parusso Dolcetto d’Alba is a pretty, bright violet colored wine clear to the rim.  The aroma is frankly, on point and very lovely.  Red plums, spice, a hint of vanilla and fresh herbs are attractive to smell.  It’s down hill from there.  

On the palate, the wine exhibits little personality.  The lightly inflected flavors of red plums are simple and straightforward and with little body or roundness. On the contrary, the wine is rather hollow with light body and no intensity.  Some spice notes round out the finish and there’s some slight bitterness on the trailing palate.  My wife commented: “This is like colored water.”  Ouch.  But sadly, I can’t really disagree.   The hallmarks of Dolcetto that I love;  that bright, fruity, pure, lively slightly smokey essence so intrinsic to Dolcetto is sadly missing.

Not a back breaker from a budgetary perspective, but I can’t see wasting the alcohol consumption on an experience like this.  Darmagi.  80 points.  About $13.   Move on………

~ This wine was very disappointing ~

 E vero!
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