Quite the misnomer, little and sweet have nothing to do with this wine. Dolcetto is known as the “sweet little grape”, but produces magnificently structured wines. Dolcetto could be considered the everyday drinking wine in the Piemonte region of Northern Italy, yet is relatively unheralded here in the U.S. In body and style, it’s a cross between the light fruity style of a Pinot Noir, with a lightly spicy kick more like a California Zinfandel. This 2012 bottling of Napa Valley Dolcetto from Pavi holds true to that form, ringing with bright red cherries on the front end of the palate, a smooth tannin quality across mid palate, ending with wonderful toasty baking spice melange no doubt from 3 years in French Oak before finding its way to the bottle.
We enjoyed this bottle with a Thai Red Panang Duck Curry I created. The curry itself was full of exotic flavors from lead-off flavor of the curry itself along with the back up cast of ginger and garlic, sesame oil, lemongrass, five spice, broccoli rabe, coconut milk and of course duck breast. This Dolcetto held its own and more with all of those spices and drank beautifully on its own as we prepared this meal. Food, friends, family and fantastic wine..what more could you ask for? Look for Pavi wines at www.paviwines.com. Cheers!