One of a few new arrivals from Barale winery in Piedmont to hit our shelves in the coming weeks is the Dolcetto D’Alba. Dolcetto means ‘little sweet one’ in Italian and maybe a reference to the hills where the grape is grown or even to the sugar levels in the grapes themselves, what ever the reason we don’t really mind as the wine produced by Sergio Barale from this grape is delightful. Produce from 3 vineyard parcels, grown around the famous village of Barolo where the Barale Cellars are located. This wine is treated to six months in oak after 8 days of fermentation. The wine is then bottled with no fining or stabling whatsoever.
The wine itself is ruby-red with violet accents. The nose offers up delicate red and black fruit aromas with a hit of violets. The palate is medium to full bodied at only 12.5%, it offers flavours of raspberry and blackberry with a hint of spice and bitter almond.