Massolino Dolcetto d'Alba 2017

Size: 1 bottle (750ml)

About This Wine

Drawn from well-sited 2.5 hectares within the Serralunga postcode and entirely raised in tank, Massolino's little sweet one has a wonderfully flowing texture for this variety. It's aromatic and fruity, with flavours of Satsuma plum and black cherry, as well as aromatic violet, bouncing around the palate. It's long and refreshing with chalky acidity, in the best Dolcetto manner

This is juicy and bright with loads of dark cherry fruit and refreshing acidity. A cracking release for this wine.

Type Red Wine
Varietal(s) Dolcetto
Country Italy
Region Piedmont
Appellation Dolcetto d'Alba
Brand Massolino
Vintage 2017

Wines of Piedmont

In the North-Western corner of Italy, with a backdrop of the visually stunning Alps, Piedmont is a great place to visit for wine tourism. It is also home to some of the most sought-after wines in the country.

Nebbiolo is the region’s most prestigious grape variety, a red variety not seen much in Australia. Wines made from this grape are powerful with remarkably high levels of tannins but a balancing acidity. The Piedmont region offers the grapes with a reliable autumn fog that provides a cooling effect which is particularly beneficial to the growth of Nebbiolo. This pre-harvest fog (“nebbia” in Italian) is actually where the grape’s name comes from. The fog is vital in that it prolongs the time spent on the vine and allows the grapes to achieve full ripeness.

The most famous examples of Nebbiolo come from the appellations (subregions) of Barolo and Barbaresco, known for their ability to age well, firm tannins and distinct smell of tar and roses. Barolo is a big tannic expression of Nebbiolo, while Barbaresco only about 15km away makes a more elegant style. Barolo wines are generally the more expensive of the two and are known to cellar for decades.

By volume however, Barbera is the most planted red grape in Piedmont. This grape makes a juicy, low tannin but high acidity easy-going red. Perhaps somewhat like a lighter style Shiraz.

While there are quite a few white varieties planted in the region, the most notable is Moscato d’Asti, made in a sparkling style in the Asti subregion.

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The Wine Front – Plum, dark cherry, spices and a choc-liquorice richness, with some dried flowers chucked in too. Medium bodied, ripe, fleshy and tannic, and certainly it’s a big bold Dolcetto, though it does not come at the expense of drinkability. Crunchy acidity and tannin on a blue fruit and plum finish of excellent length. It’s a cracker.

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