Monday, February 11, 2008

WTDOMN: 2006 Palmina Dolcetto

This Dolcetto is a casual easygoing wine that is perfect for our weekly "What to drink on Monday Night"segment. While the varietal is orginally from the Piedmonte region of Italy, this Cal Italian gives you a great peak at the sense of place that develops from growing Dolcetto in the Santa Ynez Valley. This wine is sourced from the Honea Vineyards right off Alamo Pintado Road in between Solvang and Los Olivos and the Zotovich Vineyards that lie further west in the cooler climes of the Santa Rita Hills. It has also been aged for only 5 months in neutral oak and is meant to be consumed young.

As soon as I leaned into my glass this wine brought a smile to my face. The nose was contained distinct aromas of bright raspberry and cherry butressed by a lingering scent of roses. I suspect the bright cherry and raspberry are a reflection of the warmer Honea Vineyards. Upon tasting the darker black cherry and blackberry influences of the Zotovich vineyard emerged and the wine possessed a lovely acidity that's begs you to pair with simple Italian foods. I was really taken with the focused flavors and aromas in this wine. A fantastic wine at a price point($20) sure to please everyone.

5 Comments:

Jill said...

we couldn't agree more! we are going to post our Palmina notes later this week.

SB Wine Advocate said...

I plan on posting the rest of my notes soon. great to meet you in person :)

Joe Roberts, CSW said...

Great to see someone reviewing a Dolcetto! Italian wines rule...

Velvet Fog said...

I love it when you say: Alamo Pintado Road.

SB Wine Advocate said...

Hey Joe: Italian wines do rule :)

Dear Velvet Fog, I'm glad you are fond of Alamo Pintado :)

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