Dolcetto D’Alba 'Roussot', Francesco Rinaldi

Type: Red Wine
Style: Juicy & Smooth
Vintage: 2020
Grape Variety: Dolcetto
ABV: 12.5%
Bottle Size: 75cl
Pairing Notes
Pasta / Noodles
Red Meat
Wine Notes
Flavours Blueberry, Red Cherry, White Pepper
About the wine

More refined than most around, the Dolcetto d’Alba Roussot from Franceso Rinaldi is a fruit-forward, mouth-filling red with lots of attractive, floral aromas. The strong plum and blueberry fruit character that we pick up on the nose is accompanied by dried petals and a granite-like note that make it very enticing. The palate is round and plush, with lots of plum and juicy black berry character leading to a fresh and smooth finish. A delicious drop that breathes life back into this often-forgotten Piedmontese red wine.

Piedmontese Dolcetto often plays third string to Nebbiolo and Barbera, it ripens easier and earlier than its more famous siblings and so it is often demoted to north facing, cooler vineyards sites where Nebbiolo and Barbera would struggle to ripen. But Francesco Rinaldi have a long-standing faith in this variety and therefore, quite uniquely, they grow their Dolcetto grapes in the middle of one of their most prized Barolo vineyards, Cannubi. Giving this variety some overdue attention pays dividends in the glass with wonderfully perfumed, violet tinged plum fruit character, a velvety mouthfeel and silky tannins. Only spending time in stainless steel, Francesco Rinaldi present us their Dolcetto without costume and boy does it look good!

About the wine

Francesco Rinaldi is one of the most respected names in Barolo. Their traditional approach to wine production has gathered them many fans across the wine world. Their 10-hectares of vineyards span across some of the best sites in Barolo, La Morra and Castiglione Falletto villages and their wines are crafted with care and dedication. Always focussed on allowing the grapes to express themselves as naturally as possible, sisters Piera and Paola can be thanked for the estate’s beautiful wines.