Elio Altare Dolcetto d'Alba 2010

Dolcetto from Piedmont, Italy

$23.00 $18.99
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Item No. 115822
  • red wine
  • boutique wine
  • collectible wine
  • RP90
Alcohol By Volume: 13.0%

Alcohol By Volume Guide

  • 10%
  • 16+%
Most wine ranges from 10-16% alcohol by volume. Some varietals tend to have higher (for example Zinfandel and Cabernet Sauvignon) or lower alcohol levels (Pinot Noir and many white varietals), but there is always some variation from producer to producer. Some wine falls outside of this range, for instance Port weighs in closer to 20%, while Muscat and Riesling are usually a bit below 10%.

Winemaker's Notes

Purple red in color, this Dolcetto has an intense nose with fruity aromas of black cherry, raspberry, and blueberry. It is dry and soft on the palate, rich and pleasant in the mouth, with austere tannins and a clean, pleasant finish. Suitable for every meal, this wonderfully easy drinking wine would pair particularly well with white meats and pasta dishes.

Critical Acclaim

"The 2010 Dolcetto d’Alba is a gorgeous wine with the trademark Altare richness, plenty of varietal character and fabulous depth. Blueberries, currants, spices and licorice stain the palate on the intense finish. Year in and year out, Altare’s Dolcetto is one of the best in the region, as it is again in 2010. The Dolcetto is often one of my favorite Altare wines. It also ages far better than most people might expect. Anticipated maturity: 2011-2015. "
90 Points

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Style: Big & Bold
My first Dolcetto! This wine has a bold nose with strong aroma of blackberry and raspberry. Sniffing the wine was so much fun, we had our kids taking whiffs and try to guess the smells. It has such a great taste on the pallet, very strong fruit with maybe a hint of tobacco. The mouth feel of this wine is what hits the home run. It is silky smooth and supple with balanced tannins so your mouth is overwhelmed with sensory overload between the fruit, acidity, and tannins but its all balanced. Its hard to describe but all I know is that it was a great wine experience. We paired this with homemade pepperoni and sausage pizzas and it stood side by side but did not overwhelm.
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Learn About Elio Altare

Grandfather Giuseppe Altare purchased the farm and winery in 1948, and our family practiced the typical Piemontese mixed agriculture up until the mid-1970s. Besides winegrapes, the family grew pears. apples, hazelnuts, wheat, and corn. 1971 was the last year in which we worked the land with oxen; after that we gradually acquired tractors and other farm machinery. Those were not...

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Learn About Piedmont

(PEED-mont) Piedmont is located in the Northwest area of Italy, hugging the Mediterranean coast. The regional capital, Turin, is situated smack in the middle of the province. Being close to the alps, the area enjoys a high altitude, with the best vineyards benefiting from the hills and elevation. Known for its famous sub-districts, Piedmont delivers some of the most...

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Learn About Dolcetto

(dole-CHEH-toh) Piedmont's other grape Thoughts of Piedmont usually bring images of big tannic Barolos and Barbarescos, but an oft-forgotten everyday variety of the region is Dolcetto. Roughly translated, Dolcetto means little sweet one. While not exactly sweet, wine made from Dolcetto exudes light and fruity characteristics. Notable Facts Dolcetto is an early-ripening grape,...

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