93 Insider Points
The 2007 Dolcetto from Buoncristiani is sourced from the world renowned Unti Vineyard in Dry Creek Valley, arguably the best source for Italian varietals in California. Black cherry, blackberry and cassis blend with pipe tobacco, cedar and dark chocolate on the rich palate. The rich flavors and smooth tannin make this one of the better Dolcettos I’ve tried. Enjoy now through 2020. - DZ Dec 2016
What’s in a name? That which we call a Dolcetto by any other name would taste as sweet…right? Not the case, and apologies to Shakespeare. Dolcetto, in Italian, means “little sweet one,” but don’t be fooled by the name. This varietal is soft, fruity, gentle grape is not so sweet after all. Dolcetto packs a punch with impressive tannins for a notably dry wine. Low levels of acidity are the hallmark of Dolcetto which delivers rather drying, astringent tannins similar to a Nebbiolo.
The intense color of this black wine grape, which originated in the hills of Piedmont, Italy, was originally called “duzet” or “duset.” However, with the introduction of different dialects into the area, the moniker got lost in translation, giving us the dark-skinned varietal called Dolcetto.
The Buoncristiani 2007 Napa Valley Dolcetto di Nonna is an elegant and rich wine with intense, plum color one obtains from proper extraction of the Dolcetto grape. The Buoncristiani brothers give us a 100% Dolcetto with a soft nose of blueberry aromas accented by hints of raspberry and red cherry. Soft tannins deliver a medium mouthfeel expressing flavors of raspberry, caramelized sugar, cherry and plum. This well-integrated Dolcetto delivers rich berries and has the amazing ability to pair with a wide variety of foods.
Handcrafted in boutique collector amounts our version of this rare, dry Italian varietal is intensely flavored yet supple and focused, making it not only a crowd pleaser, but also a great food companion.
We are four young brothers - Matt, Jay, Aaron & Nate - who were born and raised in the Napa Valley from a long lineage of Italian winemakers and wine lovers. We, the Buoncristiani brothers, take pride in performing all aspects of enology, viticulture, wine production, and art design in order to share with you a true expression of our winemaking passion. Our motto is quality not quantity and we craft our wines without compromise. Handcrafting these limited production wines ourselves allows for the utmost attention to detail of every drop of every gallon in each barrel.
Try with Pizza, tomato-based pasta, grilled and stewed meats.