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Woodward Canyon Dolcetto 2007

Thursday, October 30, 2008

From the great state of Colorado...

I bought this wine intrigued by seeing a varietal I had not seen from any other Washington producer. Dolcetto is grown in the Piedmont area of Italy. These wines are typically meant to be consumed within a couple years of their release. Not knowing this and seeing it was a 2007, I decided to throw it in the decanter for a bit after first tasting it. Bad idea as the wine quickly fell to pieces. Before this the wine was quite enjoyable, although I have to confess I cannot say how true to the varietal it is or isn’t.

Dolcetto makes its way in to some of Woodward Canyon’s other wines, such as their Nelms Road Cabernet 2006.







Woodward Canyon Dolcetto 2007

A big nose with spice, tar, diesel, black fruit, and floral aromas. This is a fascinating wine which, although young, has a big taste. 88% Dolcetto; 6% Barbera; 6% Syrah. 13.2% alcohol. 403 cases produced.


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  1. Pauly Says:
  2. Sean - did you find that Dolcetto in Seattle? Would you mind sharing the retailer?

  3. Hi Pauly,

    Apologies. I should have mentioned this. I found the wine at McCarthy and Schiering at the Queen Anne store. Like I said, I can't say how true to the varietal it was but I really enjoyed it because it was quite different and interesting. Let me know what you think if you pick it up.


  4. Stephen F. Says:
  5. I'm a little curious how you reconcile your observation that the wine "quickly fell to pieces" after decanting with an "excellent" rating. I expect a $20 wine to deliver the goods throughout and should not fall to pieces with a little aeration.

  6. Hi Stephen,

    Dolcetto wines are made to be consumed one to two years after release. They are not meant to be aged or decanted, as many wines are not. Just because a wine is not suited for aging does not mean that the wine cannot be excellent or exceptional. Think of a rose or many white wines. The mistake was mine as this wine was unsuitable for decanting.



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