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2014 Dolcetto d’Alba “Vigna l'Pari”

Guido Porro

2014 Dolcetto d’Alba “Vigna l'Pari” Guido Porro - Kermit Lynch Wine Merchant
If Moretto’s Lambrusco is an adult refusing to grow up, this Dolcetto is a youngster wanting to chime in at the grown-up table. Well-mannered, surprisingly complex for its young age, it won’t come at you with the unchanneled energy of a teenager but rather expresses itself softly, with restraint, making its point thoughtfully yet assertively. This translates into not only floral aromas and velvety texture but also a tannic structure that keeps you on your toes. For now, it’s the perfect companion for an apéritif, but you get a glance at the animated dinner conversations you will have in a few years.

Julia Issleib

$19.95
Vintage: 2014
Bottle Size: 750mL
Blend: Dolcetto
Appellation: Dolcetto d’Alba
Country: Italy
Region: Piedmont
Producer: Guido Porro
Winemaker: Guido Porro
Vineyard: 30 years, 1 ha
Soil: Clay, Limestone
Aging: 2 months in botti then 10-12 months in cement vats before bottling
Farming: Sustainable
Alcohol: 13.5%

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About Piedmont

Kermit’s love affair with the great reds of Piemonte dates back to the early days of his career: the very first container he imported from Italy, in fact, featured legendary 1971 and 1974 Barolos from Vietti and Aldo Conterno. Regular visits since then have seen our portfolio grow to now nine Piemontesi estates, with a strong focus on the rolling hills of the Langhe.

Nebbiolo rules these majestic, vine-covered marl slopes, giving Italy’s most mystifyingly complex, nuanced, and age-worthy reds. When crafted via traditional production methods—long macerations and extensive aging in enormous oak botti—the powerful, yet incredibly refined Barolos and Barbarescos provide haunting aromatics of tar, raspberry, incense, tea, roses, and more. At times austere in their youth but well worth the wait, they pair beautifully with the hearty local cuisine starring veal in many forms, braised beef, pastas like tajarin and agnolotti, and of course, Alba’s famous white truffles.

Surrounded by mountains on three sides, Piemonte’s climate is continental, with baking hot summers and cold winters. Nebbiolo is only part of the story here: juicy, fruity Barberas and Dolcettos represent the bread and butter throughout the region, and other native grapes like Freisa, Croatina, and the white Arneis are also noteworthy. Value abounds in the Monferrato, while Alto Piemonte also has its share of thrills to provide.

Every corner of Piemonte is rich with tradition, especially when wine is concerned. It’s no wonder we have been singing the region’s praises for over forty years.

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For the wines that I buy I insist that the winemaker leave them whole, intact. I go into the cellars now and select specific barrels or cuvées, and I request that they be bottled without stripping them with filters or other devices. This means that many of our wines will arrive with a smudge of sediment and will throw a more important deposit as time goes by, It also means the wine will taste better.

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