2006 Dolcetto Alegría Vineyards
Gold Medal - 2008 San Francisco International Wine Competition
Aromas of fresh-picked berries meld with rich tannins and a touch of vanilla. Subtle flavors of blueberry, spicy plum, and cherry, blend with a hint of orange peel and creamy mocha. These smooth and delicious flavors integrate seamlessly with soft tannins and gentle oak to create a well-balanced, multi-layered wine.
November 2012 Update: With age, the aromas have acquired a hint of earth and mineral essence. The flavors are deeper and even more integrated, providing the lovely nuances of a classic Dolcetto. Enjoy in the next six months to capture the best this lovely wine has to offer.
Dolcetto is a delicious, richly flavored dry red wine that is very popular in the Piedmont area of Northern Italy, but still rare in California. It thrives in the Russian River fog that cools our Alegría Vineyards, where we have grown it for 17 years.
Our Dolcetto is divided between two different areas of the vineyard, totaling less than an acre. In 2006, one area ripened 20 days ahead of the other. We carefully hand tended the vines and waited to pick the grapes at peak ripeness. The grapes were co-fermented in small open-top fermenters with small amounts of Freisa and Barbera (two other Piedmontese grapes). Our practice of field-blending and co-fermentation enhanced the wine’s full-bodied varietal character.
During fermentation, we used three different yeasts and gently punched down by hand several times a day to enhance color and flavors. Barrel aging for 18 months in French and American oak allowed the wine to evolve into this lovely reflection of the varietal and the terroir of our sustainably farmed Alegría Vineyards.
October 6 & 26, 2006
Brix at Harvest:
Aged for 18 months in 75% French and 25% American oak barrels; 25% new oak
May 1, 2008