2007 Dolcetto Alegría Vineyard
Double Gold Medal - 2009 San Francisco International Wine Competition
Subtle yet alluring aromas of toasty oak and spicy berry set the tone. The rich, creamy mouthfeel offers distinctive Dolcetto flavors of ripe blueberry and juicy blackberry with a touch of smoke and earthiness. Dusty tannins layer over the fruit, with spicy notes and a dried violet essence intertwining. The flavors merge and linger into the luxurious cocoa-laced finish.
November 2012 Update: Delicious when released, this wine has gotten even better with bottle aging. The aromas and flavors are more intense and integrated. Although this wine has more life in it, it is so perfect now we recommend enjoying it soon.
Nineteen years ago, we were one of the first wineries in California to plant Dolcetto. This variety, native to the Piedmont area of Italy, thrives in the Russian River fog that cools our Alegría Vineyards. Although Dolcetto means “sweetie”, the grape produces a delicious dry red wine. Our Dolcetto fully expresses the variety’s flavors as influenced by our unique terroir.
We picked the long fence row, on the west side of the vineyard, on September 28 (with Freisa). We picked the rest (with Barbera and Freisa) on October 5. The 2007 growing season produced even ripening and optimum flavors that were readily apparent as we punched down the fermenting grapes. Our practice of field-blending and co-fermenting the Dolcettto with the two other Piedmont varieties enhanced the wine’s complexity and character. Seventeen months in a combination of French and American oak barrels helped the wine develop its special character.
Sept. 28 & Oct. 10, 2007
Brix at Harvest:
Aged for 17 months in 80% French and 20% American oak barrels
May 18, 2009