Domenico Clerico Visadi Dolcetto Langhe 2011

 

Dolcetto wines are friendly, easy drinking and pair wonderfully with a wide variety of dishes. Although not hard to find in wine shops, there usually isn’t a large selection, so I pick up bottles whenever I find them. Domenico Clerico took over the family estate in 1976; today he is one of the most respected names in Piedmont and has grown the estate to 21 hectares of vineyards, including some of the best crus in Monforte. As with other Piedmont winemakers, Barbera and Dolcetto wines are a fantastic way to enjoy budget friendly bottles from a high end producer. Domenico practices green farming methods in all of his vineyards; no use of chemical fertilizers or pesticides, in fact only uses the “lightest touch of organic fertilizer” when needed. His Dolcetto grapes are sourced from two vineyards, one in Dogliani, the other in Alba [which also produces one of his top single vineyard Barolos]. Rather than creating two individual bottlings, Clerico declassifies the grapes and blends them together to achieve the “Visadi” Dolcetto Langhe.

 

Dark red-violet in colour, aromas of warm bread with raspberry jam rose from the glass. Tart cherry flavours were underscored by earth elements and green tea tannins. Pink peppercorn and traces of bitter dark chocolate and almond comprised the moderate finish. Simple and pleasant, this is a silky smooth glass that keeps you reaching for more.

 

100% Dolcetto
Langhe/Piedmont
Italy
Estate bottled by Domenico Clerico Azienda Agricola, Monforte d’Alba
13.5% Alcohol
$13
Enjoy now thru 2014

Rated 89 points by the Wine Advocate

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