2010 Dolcetto Alegría Vineyards
A richness permeates every layer of this wine, from the lovely aromas to the intriguing palate. Aromas of ripe berries and mocha blend with threads of mineral earthiness, reflecting its Italian heritage.
The smooth, opulent entry reveals a delicious mix of berries and juicy pomegranate wrapped with creamy mocha. The wine maintains a reserved quality, allowing it to be delicious but never over the top.
In 1991, we planted Dolcetto in our Alegría Vineyards, along with two other varieties—Freisa and Barbera—that also hail from the Piedmont area of northwest Italy. Freisa adds strawberry notes and Barbera adds structure to the field blend.
2010 was a challenging year in the vineyard. A wet spring and cool summer temperature slowed ripening. A heat wave in August destroyed about 40% of the crop and compelled us to do meticulous hand sorting at harvest to remove raisins. The grapes we crushed were excellent, but the crop yield was only 1.3 tons per acre.
We crushed the three mixed varieties into two fermenters with two different yeasts. One brought out more fruit character with a broad mouthfeel, while the other gave us a wine with more structure and elegance. This blend of both lots is more complex and interesting than either of the separate components. We barrel aged the wine in once-used oak barrels for 16 months to add structure and elevate varietal fruit flavors and aromas.