Founded in 1978, the Sandrone winery has been synonymous with grand Barolo ever since. Now run by brothers Luciano and his younger, winemaking brother Luca, the family farms approximately 27 hectares of vineyards, about 75% of which are owned by them directly. Since 2001, Sandrone has focused on creating 5 distinct wines; two Barolo, a Nebbolo d’Alba, a Barbera and a Dolcetto. Today’s article focuses on the estate’s newest release; the 2012 Dolcetto d’Alba.
Ever since being introduced to Italian wine over 25 years ago, I gravitated toward the ripe, boisterous, almost playful nature of Dolcetto almost immediately. It’s often an “easy” wine; the perfect wine for drinking every day, which is exactly what the Piedmontese use it for. Dolcetto comes in many forms, but I’ve always been partial to the versions from Alba. They seem more complete, more complex and often times riper than others. Today’s subject is no example.
The 2012 from Sandrone Dolcetto d’Alba is a deep violet with purple hues. The aroma of the wine is open and expressive with little coercion. Flowers, smokey plum notes, and cake spices are prevalent. On the palate the wine is fruity and vibrant. It’s forward with it’s flavors without being cloying or excessively rich. The balance here is deftly achieved with plenty of acidity to prop up the fruit and refresh the palate. The finish is tinged with smoke and floral notes. 88 points, and a nice value at just under $20.
Dolcetto is easily paired with food. From lighter pasta to antipasto, it’s versatility is part of it’s charm. Here we opened it with fresh made soppresatta, Tuscan Pecorino and some crusty bread before a Sunday Gravy dinner.
|~ Balance, versatile and charming: Sandrone Dolcetto ~|
July 30, 2014