The Pio Cesare winery near Alba in Italy’s Piedmont region was founded in 1881 and now his great-grandson Pio Boffa, continues the tradition of high quality viticulture and innovative wine making.
Dolcetto is a dark red grape variety primarily grown in the Piedmont area in Nort-West Italy. While the name would imply sweetness, most Dolcetto are dry. Dolcetto is often an “early-to market” wine and should be consumed within 1-2 years after release.
Pio Cesare Dolcetto d’Alba 2011 has a nice fruity fragrance, is light ruby red in color and has black cherry flavor with subtle hints of pepper and black currant. It is a fairly dry red with smooth finish. Since the dolcetto is considered “an every day grape“, it is priced at the low end of Pio Cesare’s line of wines. But at $19 a bottle, there is plenty of quality to be had. The Wine Spectator gave it 88 points.
Fermented and aged in stainless steel tanks.
Pairs well with: Sartori Bellavitano Balsamic cheese (available at WholeFoods) – the nutty flavor of the cheese goes well with this Dolcetto.
Produced and bottled by Pio Cesare Winery, Alba, Italy.
Imported by Pio Imports, North Wales, PA.
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