As the sauce splutters in the pan, the pasta draining in the sink, chopped herbs and grated cheese waiting as a garnish on the side, a thought manifests – “we need a bloody wine!”
A hideous silver label clings to a bottle of Dolcetto; frankly it is so bad it is degrading my wine rack! Inside though a crisp little number that is soon splashed into the sauce and dripped over my brand new tasting note book…
I watch as a dribble escapes down the bottles side, a victim of gravity, and think how that is going to ruin the photograph I am going to take tomorrow.
Hunger entices a chunk of crunchy Parmigiano into a hand; a slurp of the Dolcetto and a moment of pleasure as wine and cheese flavours meld and intermingle.
Wine Tasting Note: Via Collina Dolcetto di Diano d’Alba, 2007, Piedmonte, Italy.
Stockist: Waitrose Price: currently on offer at £5.49 (£1.50 off) [More on Adegga / Snooth]
A joyous vibrancy, a lightness that lifts the brooding, deep flavours of the well-flavoured pasta sauce. Lifts is perhaps the wrong word. The wine counters the deep autumnal flavours of the sauce with a burst of freshness and red berry and cherry flavours. Medium-bodied, simple, fresh flavours, reasonably good length. Alcohol 13.5%.
[ out of 5] Scribblings Rating – 86/100
Not a wine to linger and ponder over but occassionally a light, fresh, drinkable, immediate wine is all you need – great with the tomato based sauce and also recommended with pork or risotto.
[An entry to Wine Blogging Wednesday #54 A Passion for Piedmonte]
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