We start with a quick history of the land, vineyard and winery. In 1796, Benedtto Elia purchased a farmstead and wine cellar in Nieve, Barbaresco in the Piedmont region of Italy. His son, Giuseppe later extended the vineyards and acquired the underground cellar which dates back to the 15th century. In 1893, the classic Sori’ Paitin Barbaresco was first produced, and in 1898 the wines were first exported. In 1965 Secondo Pasquero-Elia built a new cellar and began to replant all 42 hectares of vines with the best clonal selections. Secondo still works in the cellar with his sons, Giovanni and Silvano. The wines of Paitin are benchmarks for quality in Barbaresco, standards which other producers measure themselves by.
Although Dolcetto translates to ‘little sweet one’ the wines are generally tart with loads of black fruit flavors and occasionally aggressive tannins. This 100% Dolcetto from Paitin, is sourced from high-elevation vineyards with south-west exposure, on the famed hill, Serra Boella. The fermentation and ageing is in a combination of large, neutral casks and stainless steel tanks, in order to preserve the inherent fruitiness of the varietal. Filled with aromas and flavors of baking spices and dark berries, this wine is high-toned and a bit bold although still smooth, dry and balanced. Beside the dark fruit of plum and blueberries there are some earthy notes along with red fruits of sour cherry.
Enjoy this Dolcetto with a variety of dishes, including grilled meat, eggplant parmesana and mild cheeses. The $18.99 price is a bargain for such a tasty wine.