I was making a yummy dinner of many cheese stuffed shells that I had “healthied” up with the addition of mushrooms, kale and spinach. My sister was joining us after a long day of ER work, so I rummaged about my wine racks for a bottle I thought she would love, and that would accompany my on the lighter side, yet still cheesy, stuffed shells. I had picked up Clavesana Il Clou Dolcetto di Dogliani 2008 a couple of weeks back because I absolutely adored the label. And whilst some might say that it might be a bit too late for a 2008 Dolcetto, the commune of Clavesana is known for its ever so slight use of oak and deftly-structured wines, so I knew it would still be fruity, and maybe have gained some hints of earthy complexity with the additional time. I enthusiastically poured it into the decanter and awaited her arrival. Cantina di Clavesana was founded in 1959 by 32 growers, today they have grown to about 340 members spread across 500 hectares of vineyards. Their logo features the 10 bell towers of the Dolcetto homeland that are landmarks of the towns where the growers reside. Dolcetto accounts for 90% of their production, the remainder consists of Barbera and Nebbiolo.
Cherry-red with red-violet highlights, lush aromas of sweet cherry, strawberry and violets radiated from the glass. Bright, sweet flavours of black cherry, raspberry and blueberry were supported by hints of earthy leather in the medium body. Silky-smooth, dry tannins and hints of dried violet petal and oak comprised the brief finish that harmonized perfectly with ricotta, smoked gouda, spinach and kale stuffed shells. Well-structured and easy drinking, this is a fantastic glass with dinner or wonderfully smooth on its own.
Estate Bottled by Cantina Clavesana S.C.A.