Roagna Dolcetto d’Alba 2013

Pasta nights are at least a monthly occurrence in our house.  We start from scratch, using flour, water, and a lot of love to create delicious noodles and sauces.  A wine that is often a staple when we make pasta is Roagna Dolcetto d’Alba.  The Roagna family has been making wines in Barbaresco since the mid-1800’s.  Their wines are naturally made and the vines for the Dolcetto are 35 years old.  The grapes are destemmed and then fermented in wood casks.  We love this wine because it is incredibly food friendly and tends to pair well with a lot of the sauces we make.  Plus, a price point under $20 doesn’t hurt!

Roagna Dolcetto d'Alba
Roagna Dolcetto d’Alba

Roagna Dolcetto d’Alba opens with aromas of dark berries and earth.  The palate is soft and approachable.  Tastes of red cherries, dark fruit, earth, and spice are met with gentle tannins and a dry finish.  The wine also has balanced acidity and alcohol.  Truly a gulpable wine perfect with Italian fare! (12.5% alcohol, $18)

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Unique Blends from the Sierra Foothills Part 2- Avanguardia 2008 Premiato

In continuing my reviews on Avanguardia Wines unique blends, I want to move on to another one of their interesting proprietary blends.  The 2008 Premiato is a blend of 55% Dolcetto and 45% Barbera.  Both are native to the Italian Piedmont wine region and the combination makes for a spicy, balanced wine.

About the Wine- From the Winery

Avanguardia 2008 Premiato is a blend of Dolcetto and Barbera from the Sierra Foothills region of California.  It has 14.%4 alcohol and retails for $20.  For more information visit www.avanguardiawines.com

Now the Fun Part- Tasting the Wine

Premiato pours a dark garnet in the glass.  The nose has spicy aromas of cherry, plum, and cedar.  Nothing about this wine is timid…spicy black cherry, cedar, and sweet tobacco invade your palate.  The long and peppery finish continues to stimulate your taste buds long after the sip of wine is gone.  A complex and unique blend that leaves a memorable impression!

My Wine Rating- B

Food Pairing Suggestions- Pair this blend with bison burgers, grilled steak, or sausage and mushroom ravioli. 

*This wine was sent to me as a media sample

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A Wine That Makes Me Proud I’m Italian- Massolino Dolcetto d’Alba 2008

I was cruising around one of my favorite wine shops in OC and a bottle of Dolcetto caught my eye.  It’s not a wine I drink often, but after talking with the wine shop’s owner, I was convinced I was long overdue for a glass or two. 

About the Wine- From the Winery

Massolino Dolcetto d’Alba 2008 is a Dolcetto from Serrlunga D’Alba in Italy.  The wine has 13.5% alcohol and retails for around $20.  For more information see www.Massolino.it

Now the Fun Part- Tasting the Wine

The Dolectto pours a brilliant ruby color in the glass.  It has an intoxicating, fruit forward nose filled with dark fruit and floral notes.  At first sip, my mouth is in heaven.  Tastes of black cherry, dark chocolate, blueberry, and violet awaken my taste buds.  The wine is silky, smooth, and balanced.  A beautifully made wine that I will savor until the last sip. 

My Wine Rating- A-

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