Dolcetto is particularly useful to growers because it ripens much more easily than Nebbiolo or even Barbera, so tends to be planted on north-facing slopes. The grape's best expressions come from its most well-known DOPs: Dogliani, the most floral and powerful, Dolcetto d’Alba, the fullest bodied, Diano d’Alba, the best of both, and in Liguria, where it is typically more delicate and known as Ormeasco.
Newly imported to the US, this 2017 Massucco Dolcetto d'Alba entered the northern Virginia market last summer and made its mark on our customers as well as Washington Post wine contributor Dave McIntyre. Long after the importer's small supply disappeared, and against their urging him not to promote it, Mr. M selected Massucco as one of his stand out values of 2018, calling it "worth investing in several bottles, because it will continue to get better over the next few years. It is also a great wine for stretching over several evenings, as it just keeps getting better." He (and we) love "its dark cherry fruit and aromas of old leather and wood smoke." This super friendly, light to medium bodied, yet grippy red exemplifies what we enjoy most in northern Italian reds - inviting perfume, savory red fruit and appetite inducing freshness. It's unusual to find a wine this tasty under $15 that isn't mass produced or intended only for immediate consumption. Serve as an alternative to Pinot Noir or Beaujolais with roasted meats, grilled fish, earthy risottos and fresh cheeses. Drink now and while supplies last.