Moccagatta Dolcetto d'Alba 2017

Tasting Notes

Dolcetto, often taking a backseat to Piedmont’s Nebiollo and Barbera grapes, is translated as “little sweet one”, though not as reference to any of the grape’s natural sugars. This dark-skinned and small berried red grape that ripens early enough to provide growers with cash-on-hand while other grapes hang. Dolcetto often produces low-acid wine with notable tannins meant to be enjoyed casually and unaged, alongside food that compliments it’s savory style.

The vineyards of Moccagatta, located in the town of Barbaresco within the Piedmont wine region of Italy, have been in the Minuto family since the second half of 1800. In many ways things haven’t changed - the operation continues as a small, family-run estate now managed by Sergio Minuto and his daughter, Martina - but today the family occupies a contemporary, state-of-the-art winery and nearly 15 hectares of vineyard. Together they achieved organic certification for the estate with a pledge to achieve biodynamic classification. While honoring both the styles and techniques of their family heritage as well as their contemporary facilities and know-how, the wines of Moccagatta reflect purity, regional honesty, and well-crafted style.

The 45-year-old Dolcetto vines used for this wine were grown in 1.5 hectares of grey marl and sandy soils, with North West exposure. The grapes were fermented in stainless steel, then matured in French oak barrels for 4 month before bottling. Just over 600 cases were produced.

TASTING NOTES

Aromas and flavors classic of the Dolcetto grape: cherries, plums, wild flowers, and a hint of tar. On the palate this is a medium-bodied wine with velvety tannins and medium acidity. Complex with layers of flavors added of wet forest floor and light spice.

FOOD PAIRING

This is perhaps **the** pinnacle Charcuterie wine. Cold and spicy meats, ripe, warm cheeses, olives, crusty bread with olive oil and the Moccagtta Dolcetto, will elevate your mid-day meal to the next level. Bring it along to your next picnic and serve it ever-so chilled. For meat-free enjoyment think grilled cheese, wood fired pizza adorned with garlic, fruity olive oil and garden vegetables, or homemade black bean burgers. 

Food Pairing Suggestions

Charcuterie, Cheese, Duck, Grilled preparations, Pizza, Pork, Tomato Sauce, Vegetables

Color:
Red
Origin:
Italy, Piedmont
Grape Varietal:
100% Dolcetto
Eco-friendly:
Organic
Price:
$18.00 each
  bottle(s)