Region: Dolcetto d’Alba, Italy
Tasting Notes: Beautiful complexity in this wine. It is purple in color with fresh and delicate aromatics of cherry, blueberry, spices and flowers. Well-defined by good tannins and harmonious acidity, this wine has a pleasant freshness and intriguing character. Vibrant and firm, with hints of chocolate and earth adding depth. Shows fine length and purity.
Pairing: Dolcetto d’Alba pairs well with grilled red meats, barbecued ribs, and pot roasts. If drinking as an aperitif hit the table with steak tartare, olives, tapenade, and cured meats. Amatriciana pasta has proven to be an excellent partner to this bottle as well. For a quick and satisfying weeknight meal try this Pasta Amatriciana by Kay Chun, add a crusty loaf and a bottle of the Scavino Dolcetto d’Alba and voila!
Dolcetto d'Alba is a dry red wine noted for its juicy fruit character, low levels of acidity and mild tannins. Generally more floral than its Dolcetto counterparts and not quite as bold as the Dogliani Dolcettos, its aromas are reminiscent of lavender and violets with a hint of almonds. Like its siblings it has a characteristically purplish ruby-red color, black cherry fruit flavors encased in sweet spices and a slightly bitter almond finish that is strongly associated with wines crafted from this variety. Although high in alcohol (12.5%), it is an easy-drinking wine that has long been considered the everyday drop of the local Langhe community. Dolcetto d'Alba is a wine to be drunk young. For the added designation of superiore it must be aged for a minimum of 14 months.
The winery. Paolo Scavino winery was founded in 1921 in Castiglione Falletto from Lorenzo Scavino and his son Paolo. Enrico Scavino together with the daughters Enrica and Elisa, fourth generation, run the family Estate. Through 70 years of work, Enrico Scavino has researched and purchased some of the most historic vineyards cultivated with Nebbiolo for Barolo to experience and show the uniqueness of each site.
The Scavino family owns 30 hectares entirely in the Barolo area and vinifies grapes from their own vineyards located in the villages of Castiglione Falletto, Barolo, La Morra, Novello, Serralunga d’Alba, Verduno, Roddi and Monforte d’Alba.
The Scavino family distinguished itself from the beginning by their scrupulous care of the vineyards and passion for terroir. Their core beliefs is the supremacy of the viticulture above the oenology, therefore the focus is the care of the vines in order to grow ripe and healthy grapes. In winemaking minimal and equal intervention are sought, to preserve natural diversities, terroir.
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