G.D. Vajra Coste & Fossati Dolcetto D’Alba 2011

Recommendation: Simply an OUTSTANDING Dolcetto D’Alba.

Winery/Producer: G.D. Vajra; Barolo, Italy.

Grape Variety: Dolcetto .

Geographic Region, Appellation: D’Alba; Piedmont, Italy

Vintage: 2011

Price: $28.00

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

Paired With: Chicken and pasta with “Home-made” baked tomato sauce, mixed salad with Romaine, red onion, tomato and celery dressed with artisan olive oil and balsamic vinegar.


    He said: Opened one-hour before drinking. Opaque, inky dark purple color with a light purple/red rim. Heavy cherry, wood and earth aromas. DRY, medium-body; concentrated, fleshy fruit and chocolate flavors, plenty of acidity, supple tannins and a long dramatic finish that just keeps exploding with earthy fruit flavors. WOW…this is VERY SPECIAL Dolcetto D’Alba. It was heavenly with the baked tomato sauce, but delicious drinking alone after the dinner. It’s just jumping up and down good!!! We’ve had it in our cellar for at least a few years and I’m glad we waited for the absolutely perfect dinner to have with it. What to Drink with What you Eat has this pairing in bold caps, they really got it right!!! Simply an OUTSTANDING Dolcetto D’Alba.

    She said: Dark garnet color, opaque, well spaced fast moving thin legs. Very tasty but unusual aroma because of its dustiness; lots of cherry in the aroma and taste. At the first sip I thought it was light bodied, but ended up saying it was medium bodied with lots of great taste, so well blended it was hard to pick out individual flavors. A dry mouth feel and moderate tannins that lasted into the long finish. It was delicious with both the tomato sauce pasta and the salad. A quality wine I would easily recommend at the $28.00 price point…which says a lot!!!

    Dolcetto grapes ready for harvest

Alcohol: 13.5%

UPC Code: NA

Imported by: The Country Vintner; Ashland, Virginia.

Photo from Inside IWM (Italian Wine Merchants).