Wine Review – 2007 Costa di Bussia Dolcetto D’Alba, Piemonte, Italy

Winery: Costa di Bussiacostadibussiadolcettodalba

Bottling: 2007 Dolcetto D’Alba

Importer: Siena Imports

Region: Italy

Sub-Region: Piemonte

Estimated Retail Price: $12

Purchase Details: Purchased for $24 on a restaurant wine menu at Pizetta 211 in the Richmond neighborhood of San Francisco, California.

Tasting Notes: In the glass, saturated red and purple hues.  On the nose, aromas of sweet oak, spice and red and blue fruits.  In the mouth, loads of cherries, plums and sweet spice.  There’s also a strong “grapey” quality to the wine.  Fine and velvety tannins, a medium body and palate-cleansing acidity on the finish make this a real joy and wonderful quaffer of a wine.

A nice delicious quality exists in this wine that I don’t normally find in Dolcetto.  Dolcetto is a wine that’s made for the table and normally requires food to pair with its natural, tangy acidity and drying finish.  This particular bottling however, could easily be enjoyed on its own.

Food Pairing & Context in Which to Enjoy: Again, wonderful by itself, but would be great with a bevy of Italian foods. We drank this with a lamb and ricotta pizza, a prosciutto and herb pizza with an egg on top (yowza!) and a homemade lamb sausage with farro and tomatoes. We were in a food and wine stupor.

Winery & Other Background Information: Other than being founded by Luigi Arnulfo, there was not much information available on this particular winery.  Their website doesn’t even have any information on the background of the family or the winery.  What I do know is that they produce bottles of all the usual varietal suspects from the Piemonte region — a barbera, nebbiolo, Gavi, Moscato D’Asti, chardonnay and of course Barolo.  The only thing that is missing is a Barbaresco.

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