Coaltrain Fine Wines
Our September Wines of the Month
2016 Giribaldi Alma Dolcetto d'Alba
Piemonte, Italy · $14.99 | Sale $10.99
The hills around Alba in Piemonte in northwestern Italy are the home of Barolo and Barbaresco, two of Italy’s most prestigious wines. Those are very excellent choices for special occasions and can require years of aging to reach their potential. What to drink in the interim? The answer is Dolcetto. Although the literal translation is "little sweet one,” Dolcetto is not a sweet wine. This is the Piemontese wine for everyday drinking. While Dolcetto has similar tannins to Nebbiolo, it is much lower in acidity (and price) and does not require extended aging. The Giribaldi family has been making Dolcetto (and Barolo) for over 100 years. Their Dolcetto d’Alba comes from organically-certified vineyards and is made for immediate consumption. This medium-bodied wine has aromas of black plum, cherry and dried herbs. There is a touch of bitter almond on the dry finish, typical of wines from the region. Pair it with just about any meat or pasta dish, or a roasted vegetable pizza.
2019 La Giana Pinot Grigio
Friuli, Italy · $12.99 | Sale $10.99
The Anselmi family makes this wine for domestic importer Giuliana, based in Boulder, Colorado, from grapes grown in Friuli, arguably Italy's best region for white wines. Just north of Venice, Friuli's cool mountain evenings, warm Adriatic days and gravelly soils are just the right recipe for Pinot Grigio. 100% estate fruit, this fresh Pinot Grigio hits all the right notes for this time of year - not highly acidic, but focused on ripe fruit. We found this a balanced, pleasant wine to finish out the summer. Great to pair with light seafood dishes, chicken or a even a white pizza.
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