12 glass / 36 bottle / 31 club
On a road trip from Venice to Marseille we had a “small accident” in Alba – the heart of Italy’s Piemonte region. Yes, I admit it; I was driving too fast in a small car. Luckily, with a few days to kill awaiting repairs, we were introduced to Dolcetto – Italy’s gift to pasta lovers. The rest of the story is a very happy one.
Dolcetto is what Piemontesi choose to drink “a tutto pasto,” or “with the meal.” Following local custom, we drank it while sampling agnolotti - stuffed pasta with veal and wild mushroom filling. Oh, man.
The Adagio (“slow down” in Italian) is my tribute to that happy accident. It’s fresh and aromatic with violets and berry fruit mingled with almond overtones. It has a beautiful color and structure. Buon appetito!
Fruit forward on the nose with faint notes of black cherry, pomegranate, and vanilla.
This is an elegant wine. Drink it with crusty bread, pungent cheese (we love Basque sheep's milk cheese), and olives. It's perfect with a full meal, too.
Food Pairing Notes
Pair this with steak, pork roast, or a spicy lasagna. Our favorite Spanish food pairings are gambas al ajillo (prawns cooked in garlic, wine, and butter), tortilla, and, of course, paella.
Varietal Dolcetto / Sangiovese / Zinfandel
Appellation Wahluke Slope
Vineyard Designation Stone Tree Vineyard
Harvest Date Sep-15
Acid 5.9 g/l
Aging French oak 18 months
Bottling Date Mar-17
Alcohol % 13.5