I picked up Giacomo Grimaldi Dolcetto d’Alba 2009 because it was on sale, even though I knew it was probably on sale because it is more than likely passed its prime. Dolcetto is an “enjoy now” type of wine, although many can age to about 3 or 4 years just fine. [There are always exceptions, I’ve heard of Dolcettos being enjoyed a decade after bottling.] The Giacomo Grimaldi estate is famous for its high end wines, so I thought I’d give this perhaps ‘past its prime’ bottle a chance. Ferruccio Grimaldi is a 3rd generation winemaker, working the vineyards his grandfather started in 1930. “Three generations that join hands”, the family estate is known for its delectable Barolos and a focus on achieving a perfect equilibrium between man and nature. Ferruccio is renowned amongst other winemakers “for his perfectionism in caring for the plants”.
Dark red violet in colour, after aerating aromas of summer woods, wildflowers and baking spices rose from the glass. Cherry flavours mingled with dried flowers and earthy mushroom elements in the medium body. Crushed black peppercorn and dense prune notes comprised the moderate finish. Slightly musty but still displaying earth and fruit, this is a lovely bottle that I believe is nearing the end of its drinking window.
Estate Bottled by Ferruccio Grimaldi
Rated 88 points by the Wine Advocate