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Pasquale Pelissero Dolcetto D’Alba 2010

After departing from a disappointing hockey tournament in Massachusetts, my husband and I were in need of a nourishing meal, consoling drinks and good cheer. We made a quick detour on our trip back to NY and stopped off in Bennington VT to settle in for a cozy evening at Allegro Ristorante. From his rabbit and ricotta meatballs to his seasonally fresh grilled ramps, Owner and Executive Chef Geoffrey Klose focuses his rustic Italian and innovative contemporary American menu on sustainable and locally sourced ingredients. In addition to her phenomenal sommelier skills, his wife and Co-owner Anna is knowledgeable, warm and hospitable, offering personal attention to each and every table. Over the years Anna has taught me countless things about wine, so I enthusiastically waited to see what bottle she would pick out for me and the story behind it. She emerged from her extensive cellar that is centered on small, artisanal wineries with a bottle of Pasquale Pelissero Dolcetto D’Alba 2010.

Pasquale Pelissero is a tiny family owned winery started by Papa Pasquale in his garage. Since his death in 2007 his daughter Ornella has carried on the family tradition of farming sustainably and doing everything by hand. The cellar sits picturesquely on the top of a hill, completely surrounded by the vineyard and is visited quite often by tourists and fellow wine producers alike.

Red-violet in colour, aromas of summer strawberries, rich vanilla and wet stones swirled about in my glass. Aged in stainless steel, fresh fruit flavours of raspberry, plum and cherry flourished in the light to medium body, whilst a bright acidity contributed complexity. My fried brussels sprouts with parmesan, red wine vinegar and garlic highlighted traces of a smooth slate minerality. Supple black tea tannins in the moderate finish fortified spicy white pepper and slightly bitter almond notes. Easy drinking with a passionate backbone, this is a happy, friendly glass that empties quite swiftly.
100% Dolcetto
Estate Bottled by Azienda Agricola Pasquale Pelissero
13% Alcohol
$13 [average price]
Enjoy now thru 2013
*For more information on Allegro Ristorante, visit their website http://www.allegroristorante.com/index.html
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