Grape(s): 100% Dolcetto
Localization: Piedmont, Italy
Tasting Notes: A ripe and fruity red, featuring black cherry, blackberry, violet and earth notes. Velvety in texture, with terrific harmony and a lingering aftertaste of dark fruit and spice.
Notes: A traditional wine, easy to drink, comes from a blend of Dolcetto grapes from the vineyards of the Einaudi estates surrounding Dogliani. In particular in the vineyards positioned in the hills of San Luigi, San Giacomo and Madonna Delle Grazie.
Eight months of maturation in steel tanks and two months in glass complete the refinement. Of a dry and moderately acidic taste, after a year of ageing, it has a good body and full taste.
Fermented in steel and concrete tanks under strict temperature control (28°C), racked after 4/5 days, decanted, gotten malolactic treatment and completed at a controlled temperature. Decanted a number of times during maturation in steel and concrete tanks, bottled from the month of February and ready for drinking at the beginning of summer.
Food Pairing: Pairs well with poultry, cured meats, and spicy foods.
The Domain: Northwest Italy is known the world over for collectible wines that thrive on decades of age. But if you were to sit at a Piedmontese trattoria and share a day’s-end glass of wine with a Barolo or Barbaresco winemaker, chances are you’d unwind with a big pour—and inevitably a second one—of deep ruby-red Dolcetto.
Unlike brooding Barolo and Barbaresco, Dolcetto absolutely shines in its youth. It’s the kind of wine that is consumed by the cask by Piedmontese locals, as their slow-evolving Nebbiolos evolve in the cellar. That means there’s no better bottle to have on hand than a bright, lip-smacking Dolcetto… and nobody makes a more gorgeous example than Poderi Luigi Einaudi.
With their acres of rolling vineyards in Dogliani—the village that stands above all the rest for Dolcetto production—Einaudi crafts complex and concentrated must-try bottles from their 90-year-old vines. These are wines that put gorgeous red fruit front and center, and will thrill not only fans of Italian reds, but those who love Zinfandel, Barbera, and Gamay.