Wine Tasting - New Releases of Dolcetto's from the Piedmont|
August 30th 4:00 PM - 6:00 PM
We will be tasting new releases of Dolcetto's from the Piedmont, for inclusion on our list. Piedmont, Italy's westernmost region with borders on Switzerland and France, is hemmed in by the Alps and the Apennines, which explain why its name means "foot of the mountain." Though it ranks only sixth among the regions in total production, Piedmont is considered a giant of Italian wine in every other way. It is admired above all for its red wines, led by the regal Barolo and Barbaresco. An overwhelming majority of Piedmont's wines derives from native vines. Besides the noble Nebbiolo, source of Barolo, Barbaresco, Gattinara and Ghemme, which are all DOCG, Barbera ranks as the most popular vine for reds, followed by Dolcetto, which is enjoyed for its mellow, round flavors. The climate is rigid by Italian standards, with distinct changes of season. Winters are cold with plenty of snow. Summers are for the most part hot and dry. Spring and fall are temperate to cool with fog normal at harvest time. Dolchetto is a medium-bodied, bright red grape variety found in the Piedmont region of northern Italy. In local parlance, the name means "little sweet thing" and refers to the sweetness of the ripe grape. Dolcetto's aromas and flavors include ripe blackberries and plums. It ripens early and makes soft, dark reds with strong black-fruit flavors and surprisingly soft tannins. Some people compare Dolchetto to Gamay. The format will be casual, walk around with cheese and bread. The wines featured will be:
Pasquale Pelissero, "Cascine Crosa", d'Alba 2011
San Fereolo, "Valdiba", Dogliani 2011
Scagliola, "Da Sempre", Monferrato 2011
Pecchenino, "San Luigi", de Dogliani 2009
Edoardo Sobrino, "Vigna Christina", Diano d'Alba 2005
Reservations required; please call the front desk at (802) 253-5742 or (800) 826-7000.
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