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Let's do Dolcetto from Bricco Rosso

Dolcetto is widely planted in northwestern Italy, but the Dogliani appellation in Piemonte is where this indigenous red grape really struts its stuff. While the grape is not mentioned on the front label, it is 100% Dolcetto. With the Alps towering majestically far in the background, the Bricco Rosso estate house, unmistakable with its red (rosso) stucco exterior, sits atop a hill with the vineyards trickling down from it in all directions to the surrounding valleys. It’s quite approachable now as a result of spending 6 months in large oak foudres plus 2 years minimum bottle aging. The bright, savoury black fruit nose leads us to rich succulent fruit on the palate with an underpinning of pleasant tannins. Nice lingering finish. Great pairing with a grilled, medium rare flank steak, or the Italian classic, Osso Bucco.

2019 Bricco Rosso Dogliani DOCG #705699, $15.95.