Paolo Conterno Dolcetto d'Alba L'Alto 2018
When we attended Vin Italy in 2012, one of our absolute favorite estates to taste and discover was Paolo Conterno. The family members we met were proud of never having used a single barrique (small barrel) at the winery. This is quite an impressive feat, since the majority of their neighbors have either tried, then abandoned the method and gone back to traditional large barrel aging, or they have switched to barrique, giving a more modern style of Barolo wines. The Conterno clan is steadfastly part of the traditional way of thinking and producing wine. They are known for owning spectacular sites in Barolo and expressing these sites' terroir's in their wines.
Here we have their lovely and delicious Dolcetto red made from 30-year-old vines grown in calcareous clay soils. The family's vines are in the Monforte d’Alba zone, but in the direction of Dogliani, which is the most coveted area for the Dolcetto grape. We visited Dogliani and we can tell you, the folks growing Dolcetto there definitely believe their wines are superior! :) The high altitude of 450-500 meters above sea level also contributes to the complexity of this example. Only 1,333 cases produced.
Look for a bouquet which is floral and fruity, intense and delicate, with hints of red fruit. With its classic finish with hints of almond, this Dolcetto is perfect for casual dinners with friends to accompany pasta with meat sauce or aged cheeses.
|Region||Italy, Piedmont, Dolcetto d'Alba|
VinousThe 2018 Dolcetto d'Alba L'Alto is a powerful, heady wine that has enough structure and overall depth to pair with a wide range of foods. Black cherry, smoke, licorice and dark spice bring out the more virile side of Dolcetto nicely.
Wine AdvocateThe Paolo Conterno 2018 Dolcetto d'Alba l'Alto is packed with plump and rich fruit. Blackberry confit and cherry preserves give the wine easy-drinking appeal. Earthy tones and some mild tobacco also appear. Fruit is sourced from 25-year-old vines. Winemaking starts in stainless steel and ends with a quick seven months in botte grande. With 16,000 bottles made, this wine should be relatively easy to locate.