No-Guilt Wednesday Wine: Schiavenza Dolcetto d’Alba 2009   Leave a comment

This little guy doesn’t have a guilty bone in his body.  Neither should you.  Every Wednesday (though it could be Tuesday or Thursday) I will write-up a wine that I feel delivers good value for drinking in the middle of the week.  Aside from quality, my only other criteria is price.  To start, less than $15, but ideally less than $10, for a 750 ml bottle. 

I will also add any recipes that I paired with the wine.  I hope to leave you with a recipe that you can use to match up with a wine of your choice if you can’t locate the one I recommend.

No-Guilt Wednesday is not about compromising on quality.  It’s about all about drinking good wine that does not break the bank, eating good food and of course, it’s about sharing with the ones you love.  

Some nights you just feel like having comfort food.  Last night, it just had to be spaghetti and meatballs (beef/veal/turkey).  Ms. R came over with two elderly relatives who had just arrived par avion from La Isla Encantada, Puerto Rico.  The last time they came to visit a couple of years ago, I also served them pasta.  Oops!  They must think this is all I ever make!  Well, it was still good. 

Schiavenza Dolcetto d'Alba 2009Schiavenza Dolcetto d’Alba 2009 ($15).  This is my first wine from this producer.  Full of dark fruit, this felt more new world in style.  Which is not a bad thing but for the fact that wines seeking out this “international” style tend to lose their connection to the place of origin.  I think this has happened here.  Certainly, it did not lack structure– with medium tannins and acidity.  But for my own personal taste the biggest flaw with this wine was the fact that it seemed a bit over-extracted.  Kind of what happens when you leave a tea bag in hot water for too long.  Still, would I drink this again– the answer is yes– as it did complement the cuisine.  Would I prefer a different Dolcetto made in the more traditional style?  Oh yeah.  Rated **

  

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Posted August 18, 2011 by Sybarite Sauvage in No-Guilt Wednesday

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