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Wine Wednesday – Chionetti ‘San Luigi’ Dogliani

This week Jon is taking us to Italy again. Dogliani, to be precise, a small town in the region of Piedmont in the North West of Italy.

Cellar Pick of the Week: 2013 Chionetti ‘San Luigi’ Dogliani D.O.C.G.
Origin: Dogliani, Piedmont, Italy
Grape varietal: 100% Dolcetto

“With it’s red fruits, spices and liquorice on the nose this Dolcetto is starting to show the benefit of some bottle age”, says Jon.
“A rich and concentrated Dolcetto that is developing nicely and is drinking superbly. Simply delicious!”

This organic wine has a very intense colour with violet hues. The nose is typically fruity: cherry and red berries. The taste has a very good acidity with mild tannins. Dolcetto is a black Italian wine grape variety widely grown in the Piedmont region of northwest Italy. The Italian word dolcetto means “little sweet one”. Funnily enough the Dolcetto wines are almost always dry.

D.O.C.G. stands for Denominazione di origine controllata e garantita is intended to be a superior classification to DOC, and is the highest classification in Italy. All DOCG wines from each producer are analysed and tasted by government–licensed judgement panel before being bottled.

Overall, Dolcetto is considered a light easy drinking red wine that pairs well with pastas and pizza dishes.


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