Dolcetto 2009

Dolcetto 2009

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Winemaker Notes

Ripe purple fruit dominates the nose with hints of savory spice in the background.  With aeration the fruit morphs into a floral perfume while maintaining its freshness and distinction. The balanced palate delights with fine grained tannins, soft velvety texture and integrated acidity. Drink now or over the next 3-5 years.

Awards, Ratings, Reviews

Excellent, Wine Press Northwest
"In Italian, “Dolcetto” translates to “sweet little one,” and while this wine is loaded with purple fruit, there’s plenty of acidity to steer it clear from any sign of sweetness. Aromas of plums, dried strawberry, cola, licorice, red clay and pink peppercorns play out in various forms on the flavors, joined by ripe blueberry and pomegranate."

Silver Medal, 2013 SavorNW Wine Awards

89 points, Oregon Wine Geeks
This Dolcetto is from one of Umpqua Valley premier winemakers it’s a dark red affair black olive, black fruit, loam and smoked meat on the nose.  The palate shows a good sweet fruit with a light body and lovely finish, tannic and acidic combined. Best Dolcetto I’ve had from this vintage in Oregon.

89 points, Wine Enthusiast
Big, bold and outright luscious, this estate-grown Dolcetto mixes bright flavors of berries and plums with a dusting of cocoa powder and cinnamon spice. A flavor of baking spice wafts through, despite the fact that the wine was kept in neutral cooperage. The finish is long and just a little on the chalky side.

Technical Notes

Fruit Source:    Abacela’s Estate Fault Line Vineyards
Appellation:  Umpqua Valley, Southern Oregon
Harvest Date:  10 October 2009
At harvest:  Sugar; 23.2º brix
Cooperage:  neutral
At harvest:  Sugar; nil     pH; 3.24    TA; 5.11 grams/liter
Alcohol:  13.9% by volume
Case Production:  279 (750 mL)