When most wine fans outside Italy think of Piedmont in the North West they immediately think of Barolo and Barbaresco – the pair that Kerin O’Keefe calls “The King And Queen Of Italian Wine”. Some of these Nebbiolo-based wines are undoubtedly amazing, but they don’t represent the totality of Piedmont wines.
Gavi and Arneis are among the other white representatives, then Barbera and Dolcetto for the more approachable reds. Locals drink far more of these than the “big Bs” – most of us are missing out!
Dolcetto is the Italian for “Little Sweet One” – and it certainly is sweeter than the tannic “Little Cloudy One” Nebbiolo. And given the romantic time of year, quite an apt recommendation for Valentine’s Day.
Ciabot Berton Dolcetto d’Alba ‘Rutuin’ 2013
According to their website, the Oberto family can claim to have early origins reaching as far back as 1200. For many years, vines were grown as part of mixed-use agriculture on their property, with the grapes being sold to vintners rather than being made in wine on the property.
Fast forward to the end of the 1950s, and Luigi Oberto decided to produce his own wine. Initially, some was bottled under his own label and some was sold in bulk. Over the following years, more and more was sold under the name Oberto and more of the family’s and was turned over to vines.
100% varietal Dolcetto, this wine was made in the family’s modern winery and matured in stainless steel to preserve fresh, fruity flavours.
Bright ruby red in the glass, this has a typical Italian nose of cherries and red berries. The cherries persist onto the palate, joined by cranberry – perhaps it’s the acidity which causes that to spring to mind. Tannins are present but smooth and well integrated – you have to search for them to find them. Would be amazing with some local cold meats!
Available from Le Caveau for a steal at €16.95, it currently has 10% off making it €15.25
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