Domenico Clerico 2005 "Visadi" Langhe Dolcetto ($15.99)
Inky dark, almost black, with a clear garnet edge. Marked scent of blueberries backed by blackberries and plums. Dark berry fruit, mouth-watering acidity and a boatload of smooth but perceptible tannins with a whiff of dusty minerality. Alcohol content rational at 13.5%. Not a bad Dolcetto by any means, but rustic and a bit rough; it certainly needs food to come into balance. US Importer: Vintner Select, Mason, Ohio; A Marc de Grazia Selection. (Dec 8, 2008)

FOOD MATCH: Pork or poultry or red meat; it was excellent with a pan-seared, oven-roasted butterflied free-range chicken.



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