Dolcetto translates to “little sweet one” in Italian, although the wines are perfectly dry by modern day wine making terms. In the vineyard Dolcetto is similar to Pinot Noir in the sense that it is rather sensitive to its soils and climate. In the cellar the grape’s dark purple skins require only a short maceration time to produce deeply colored wine with good tannin. Ultimately in our California soil the finished wines are medium bodied yet retain the candied cherry, licorice and almond flavor characteristics of their Italian heritage.
Nose of exotic spices and herbs, backed by layers of redcurrants, raspberries and summer fruits. Flavors of plums on palate with fine tannins. Medium bodied, elegant with lingering acidity at the finish.
Vintage 2014: 91 points, Wine Enthusiast
“From a grape that’s rarely planted in the Central Coast, this bottling shows loads of earthy aromas, from wet soil to crushed gravel, as well as tight blackberry,dried dill and white pepper notes. There’s a touch of ripeness to the palate,with tobacco-laced red cherry and blueberry fruit, gravelly minerality and a firm, tannic structure.” —Matt Kettman
Vintage 2014: Gold, San Francisco Chronicle
Vintage 2012: Best of Class, San Francisco Chronicle
Vintage 2012: Gold, Golden Bottle Award (China)