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2015 Dolcetto d’Alba “La Costa”

Piero Benevelli

2015 Dolcetto d’Alba “La Costa” Piero Benevelli - Kermit Lynch Wine Merchant
Right outside the picturesque hilltop village of Monforte d’Alba, Massimo Benevelli is humbly carrying on the family winemaking tradition initiated by his father, Piero, in the 1970s. With some of the top vineyard holdings in Monforte—most notably a sizeable plot within the Ravera cru, from which he produces the estate’s flagship Barolo—Massimo is quietly crafting ultra-traditional wines that embody all the best attributes of Piedmont’s stunning Langhe hills. In addition to Nebbiolo, he farms Barbera and Dolcetto, creating delicious everyday reds that shine at table. His plump, juicy Dolcetto is soft and full with just the right touch of tannins providing the structure needed to go with the region’s hearty traditional cuisine. In fact, Massimo’s sister runs a great trattoria adjacent to the winery where you are likely to see bottles of Dolcetto on each table—exactly what you need to wash down local specialties like carne cruda, vitello tonnato, and agnolotti del plin. –Anthony Lynch
$17.00
Vintage: 2015
Bottle Size: 750mL
Blend: Dolcetto
Appellation: Dolcetto d’Alba
Country: Italy
Region: Piedmont
Producer: Piero Benevelli
Winemaker: Massimo Benevelli
Vineyard: Planted in 1986, 3 ha
Soil: Limestone, grey and white marl
Aging: Aged 3 months in bottle before release
Farming: Traditional
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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