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Go-to-Wine Tuesday: Vinicola Bruno Giacosa Dolcetto d’Alba 2013

Posted on | January 27, 2015 | Written by Garrett Kowalsky | No Comments

dolcettoIf you live in the Northeast, I hope you are safe and that the aftermath of the storm that swept through yesterday is minimal. To everyone else across the nation, enjoy living in places where you don’t have to survive a “snowmageddon.” Last night the people of the East Coast collectively hunkered down, some with family other with friends. Fortunately I thought to pick up a few bottles of wine from IWM before heading back to my house, so my friends and I were well equipped. One of those bottles was the Casa Vinicola Bruno Giacosa Dolcetto d’Alba 2013.

Many of you are likely familiar with the name Bruno Giacosa. Both the estate and the man are revered worldwide for crafting the finest Barbarescos and exquisite Barolos. But what you may not know is that this iconic producer makes some everyday selections that are more approachable both in style and price, for example the delightful Dolcetto that I enjoyed last evening.

Dolcetto translates roughly to “little sweet one.” However, this is by no means a sweet wine. It is a fruit-driven bottling that bursts from the glass with fruit and spice, all balanced by a bright acidity. People often call Dolcetto the perfect “pizza wine,” so I would also like to throw a shout out to Saks Pizza in Astoria for supplying the meal that so perfectly complemented this Giacosa wine.

Casa Vinicola Bruno Giacosa is the name under which Giacosa bottles its négociant wine. In other words, the Giacosa estate does not own these vineyards, but it does hand select the grape bunches from vines grown by farmers whom they contract year after year. If you understand the history of the estate, this négociant arm is no surprise. Giacosa made wine long before he could afford his own property, and he still carries on this tradition decades later, despite having his own holdings.

This Dolcetto is nothing but a joy, and while I would not wish being “snowed in” on anyone, you might want this wine on hand the next time it happens. We have three cases left at $28.99 per bottle; do not miss out!


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