92 Insider Points
'Very Good' -Wine Enthusiast
Red and blue berries on the nose, some leather and tobacco notes in the background, this is classic Dolcetto from the esteemed Dogliani region in Piedmont. The palate is soft and juicy, with dusty tannins and a balanced acidity. Notes of dark earth, bramble and cedar show as the wine opens. Easy drinking and food friendly, drink now through 2020. - DZ July 2016
Dogliani, Piedmont, Italy
From a highly acclaimed Barolo producer, and from an historic farm that’s produced wine in this very locale since 1792!
Dogliani is widely thought as Dolcetto’s premier zone (its “spiritual home,” says the Wine Enthusiast), and the zone is so famous and quality driven, Dogliani achieved its own DOCG status in 2005. Dolcetto di Dolgiani wines approach the level of quality of a fine Cru Barolo or Barbaresco while being fundamentally distinct from these Nebbiolo-based beauties by the fact of its being 100% Dolcetto. This is the grape locals adore, the wine that the proud Piedmontese drink to wash down some of the best Italian food to ever grace a wooden farm table. Winemakers in Piedmonte drink far more Dolcetto than any other red grape variety.
These folks are on to something. This prototypical Dolcetto from the sweet spot of Dogliani is designed to gulp down upon release, showing the youthful, purple frothy style of the grape with exuberantly forward fruit on the nose and with gleaming black berry fruits, bright minerals and real bounce on the tongue—all wrapped in a finish of crushed velvet and immense freshness.
Drink with meats, pastas of every type, risotto, pizza—you name it. The wine’s bright grapey, totally unoaked character and soft tannins make it delicious as a sipper, too.
Reasons why we love it:
La Fusina’s Gombe Dolcetto may be fashioned for early consumption, but the origins of this wine are anything but young. The fruit was sourced from family vineyards averaging 40 years of age.
Thanks to a short maceration on the grape skins and a very brief period of resting—under six months and only in stainless steel tanks—this Dolcetto retains all of its forward fruit and liveliness.
Centuries old, the current La Fusina winery was established by Luigi Abbona in 1914 and remains 100% family owned.
Dolcetto may mean “the little sweet one”, but this wine is bellies this translation, with a medium-bodied richness and plentiful aromatic notes of red fruit, violets and fresh raspberries.
Vibrantly ruby red in color, this 2013 Dolcetto offers pleasing aromas of grapes and flowers, classic of Piedmontese wine. Well-balanced and fresh, this wine is very pleasurable in its youth.
It is the Dolcetto of Dogliani in its youngest and favourable version. The fruitscented and attractive smell, the not excessive body make this a table wine particularly suitable to go with delicate first and second courses. It is preferable to drink in young to express fully its freshness and delicacy of scents and tastes
Dogliani, capital of the south-western Langhe, lies in a natural hollow surrounded by hills covered with vineyards. The culture of wine is well rooted thanks to centuries of rural tradition and to the everyday contact with vineyards and cellars. The farmhouse is the heart of life: if there are a lot of reasons and a lot of ways to approach the wine, one of these can be knowing at close the way of making wine still used in the country, that is to know and taste the wines La Fusina.
As far back as 1792, testified by an old map found in the farm’s loft, the farm La Fusina was partly cultivated with vineyards in the lands facing the sun and with grassland and wheat in the valley bottom. The actual owners, Luigi Abbona and his family, have been living in La Fusina since 1914 and from the beginning the work in the vine-rows and the making of wines have been the main activities: 18 out of the 20 hectares of the farm are in fact grown on vineyards.
The hamlet Santa Lucia, where is situated La Fusina, is one of the most charming places of the Doglianese territory. The amenity and peacefulness of the country, the land particularly suitable to the vine, the favourable exposures of the vineyards, the careful work in the cellar are all elements contributing to the production of high quality wines, very versatile and and of marked personality, ready to amaze also the most exigent palates.
Learn more about the winery here.
Versatile and approachable, Dolcetto pairs well with a wide variety of dishes, including hors d'oeuvres, soups, risotto and pasta.