I don’t know about you, but at times I’m in the mood for black cherries, even though they may not be in season. So, what to do? Take, for example, our four Dolcettos we import. Take one, it’s yours! However, it will cost you a few bucks. A few, not many. The best things in life are not always free. I see on Amazon that one can still purchase Victor Hazan’s very special, very handy book, Italian Wines. Here are some excerpts about Dolcetto: Those who recognize in Dolcetto’s name the Latin root it shares with Italian, Spanish, French, and English words for sweet—dolce, dulce, douce, dulcet—may be puzzled to find it is a totally dry wine. Sweetness, however, is an appropriate term to describe the character, if not the taste, of Dolcetto. It is an intensely fruity, soft-bodied wine, low in acid, high in charm, one whose easy drinking qualities make it the most instantly attractive of Piedmont’s red wines.
The locals say that if you analyze a sample of their blood, half of it will turn out to be Dolcetto.
That Dolcetto should be paramount in the affections of people whose region produces Italy’s most important red wines is testimony to its substantial charms.
Parts of Dolcetto country are also in Barolo country, but when you sit down to eat with the family of a man who makes both wines, if you are more a friend than guest, it will be Dolcetto rather than Barolo that you’ll find on the table.
Welcome to the end of 2022 and these Dolcettos are as good as I’ve ever tasted. Enter the world of delicious, ripe, black cherry intensity. Breathe in deeply the amazing aroma. The flavors coat your taste buds! You who share my hunger for black cherries, don’t miss it. All the rest of you, you’re welcome to enjoy it, too. Our producers, by the way, cultivate very special terroirs in Piedmont expressly devoted to Dolcetto. They are producing Piedmont’s most charming style of red wine. My advice: a little charm won’t do you no harm.
There has never been a better time to be a rosé lover. Far from a single profile of wine, rosé is a big, beautiful umbrella encompassing all kinds of styles and with hues ranging from faint rose-gold to light burgundy. Consider Domaine de Reuilly’s Pinot Gris, which blurs the line between blanc and rosé so expertly you can’t help but go back to your glass to ponder it again and again.
Our first-ever foray into the heel of the Italian boot might not be what you expect. It certainly wasn’t what I expected! I discovered a terroir perfectly suited to producing dry, aromatic white wines of character and freshness. Puglia is the likely birthplace of Italian wine (and, as follows, French wine!), with the vine originally traveling here via Greek settlers who crossed the Adriatic channel. Today it is the second-largest producer of wine out of Italy’s twenty regions. While the region is best known for inky, concentrated reds from grapes such as Primitivo and Negroamaro, the first KLWM Puglian imports are in fact white wines.
This collection includes a set of two bottlings (one for now, one for later) from six regions: Chardonnay from Burgundy, Chenin Blanc from the Loire Valley, Marsanne from northern Rhône, Gamay from Beaujolais, Nebbiolo from Piedmont, and Sangiovese from Tuscany. While every bottle is enjoyable right now, each set features one example meant for immediate consumption and one capable of significant aging.
Today marks a new tradition here at KLWM, and it’s a collaboration of sorts with you, our loyal customers. Diving into a range of categories spanning color, style, producer, and region, we reviewed the year in wine and are eager to share the selections that seemed to strike your collective fancy. These are wines that were enjoyed in abundance, revisited time and again, and kept so many tables decorated and glasses filled in 2022.
This kind of “overachiever”—a wine that delivers the elegance, complexity, or flat-out deliciousness regularly displayed by bottles much more expensive—isn’t limited to any price category. My colleagues and I have been as enamored in recent months with $19 Dolcetto from northwestern Italy as we have with soulful grand cru Saint-Émilion.
The only thing we like better than great wine is great wine that doesn’t cost much and we’re happy to report that a bottle of great wine can still be found for $20 or less. We’ve put together a collection of our favorites all in one place for your browsing pleasure: bargain whites, rosés, reds, and a couple of sparklers.
Chardonnay is a remarkable chameleon—it has the keen ability to reflect the micro-nuances of the environment in which it’s grown. Today, we’re celebrating its versatility with a collection of wines from not only Burgundy, but Jura, Champagne, the Loire, and as far east as the Italian alps. While the common thread that holds this collection together gives us a medley of racy, bright, and mineral whites, there’s a fascinating world of difference between each bottle selected.
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