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Bartolo Mascarello Dolcetto d’Alba 2014

Synopsis, Our Opinion: Excellent Dolcetto d’Alba we would recommend in a heartbeat.

Producer/Winery: Maria Teresa Mascarello; Cantina Mascarello; Barolo, Italy.

Grape Variety: Dolcetto d’Alba.

Geographic Appellation: Dolcetto d’Alba; Piedmont, Italy.

Vintage: 2014

Price: $26.10 (with a 10% mixed case discount)

Purchased From: The Caviste Wine Shop; Winston-Salem, North Carolina.

Paired With: Mussels in roasted tomato sauce, homemade pasta with garlic & oil, salad of mixed greens dressed with artisan oil & vinegar garnished with slivered almonds.

Tasting:

    He said: Opened the night before and recorked. Clear garnet red color with a purple tint and a lighter rim of the same color. Enormous damp earth, barnyard and ripe plum aromas. Unusually smooth, dry and fruity mouth feel. Fantastic plum, cherry and blueberry flavors with a slight smoky undertone and hints of spiciness that ends tart and lingers into a marvelous dusty after-taste. This was a jumping up and down good wine…a very soft textured wine that was well balanced in spite of it’s low acidity. A perfect pairing with the mussels in tomato sauce and fantastic sipping without food. Although our review is from the second day’s drinking we didn’t notice a significantly change over the 24-hours. Excellent Dolcetto d’Alba we would recommend in a heartbeat. We both gave this one two thumbs up!!!

    She said: If you treasure aroma, complex flavor and dryness in red wine this is a must try. With a big earthy and barnyard aromas, delicious fruity taste, medium to full-body, delightfully tannic and beautifully smooth. The finish continued the flavors, but on a lesser scale and kept the puckering dryness and soft tannins to the very end. A great wine pairing with the mussels, incredible sipping alone and an excellent buy at $26.10.

Maria Teresa Mascarello working in her vineyard in Barolo, Italy
Photo from Polaner selections.

Comments:

Alcohol Content: 12.5%

Closure: Cork.

UPC Code: NA

Imported by: The Rare Wine Company; Vineburg, California.