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2015 Dolcetto di Diano d‘Alba “Sörì Cristina”

Il Palazzotto

2015 Dolcetto di Diano d‘Alba “Sörì Cristina” Il Palazzotto - Kermit Lynch Wine Merchant
While Dolcetto is not the most prestigious grape variety grown in Piedmont, these unpretentious, straightforwardly delicious wines can be found in every roadside trattoria in the area, where patrons gulp them by the carafe at all hours of the day. The Sod Cristina from II Palazzotto, a small, family-run estate managed by fourth-generation grower Paolo Olivero, is a soft, fruity, and elegant Dolcetto, conjuring violets and purple berries. The word "sorl" in the local dialect refers to a hilltop area with good sun exposure that produces great wine-a word that is therefore added to historical names of vineyards to identify a superior terroir. Paolo's Dolcetto is an honest ambassador of this workhouse grape that the Piemontese drink daily with their robust cuisine. Serve it slightly chilled and frequently. –Anthony Lynch
Vintage: 2015
Bottle Size: 750mL
Blend: Dolcetto
Appellation: Dolcetto di Diano d’Alba
Country: Italy
Region: Piedmont
Producer: Il Palazzotto
Winemaker: Paolo Olivero
Vineyard: Planted in 1985, 1.5 ha
Soil: Limestone
Aging: Wine ages in stainless steel tank until August or September of year following vintage, ages in bottle for 2 to 3 months
Farming: Sustainable
Alcohol: 12.5%

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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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Great winemakers, great terroirs, there is never any hurry. And I no longer buy into this idea of “peak” maturity. Great winemakers, great terroirs, their wines offer different pleasures at different ages.

Inspiring Thirst, page 312

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