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2016 Dolcetto d’Alba “V. Pari”

Guido Porro

2016 Dolcetto d’Alba “V. Pari” Guido Porro - Kermit Lynch Wine Merchant

There was once a time in Piemonte, decades ago, when growers had to beg clients stocking up on Dolcetto and Barbera to also pick up a few bottles of Barolo. It seems unimaginable today, but the Langhe’s economy once depended far more on the humble reds from its workhorse grapes than on the King of Wines. Uncomplicated and easy to down, Porro’s Dolcetto illustrates the popular appeal of such wines. It smells of violets and wild blackberries, feels soft, plump, and round on the palate, and is completely gulpable.

Anthony Lynch

$20.00
Vintage: 2016
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: 14%

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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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There is so much contained in a glass of good wine, It is a gift of nature that tastes of man's foibles, his sense of the beautiful, his idealism and virtuosity.

Adventures on the Wine Route, pages 232

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