Fontanafredda Torremora Dolcetto, 2006
Dolcetto is one of the great grape varieties in Piedmont, but often takes the back seat to the better known Nebbiolo and Barbera. Fontannafredda is a large producer in this area crafting Barolo and Barbaresco DOCGs plus everyday wines from Barbera and Dolcetto and Nebbiolo. The grapes in this Torremora are sourced from vineyards around Alba and La Morra. This wine is fermented in stainless steel and stored in large stainless steel vats until bottled. This wine has a clear, ruby-red color with violet highlights. It has an alluring nose of spicy cherry and raspberry with slight minerality. In the mouth this is a medium bodied wine with pleasant flavors of crushed berries, cherries, almonds and spice. There are abundant smooth tannins that keep this wine quite dry and persistent. This is a relatively simple, but well made wine that represents a nice value and alternative to more pricey wines from the area. If you haven’t tried some Dolcetto, you should! We bought this wine at Esquin, in Seattle, for about $14.