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Review: Firelands Winery 2017 Dolcetto

A focus of ours will be winemakers who are experimenting with new varietals in their region. Only by doing the hard work and not being afraid to fail will we find the perfect grapes for every region. They said Riesling wouldn't work in the Finger Lakes and Pinot Noir wouldn't work in Oregon, but Dr. Konstantin Frank and David Lett proved the naysayers wrong. They said Dolcetto wouldn't work in Ohio, but Claudio Salvador of Firelands Winery has now grown it successfully for years, taking advantage of Dolcetto's early ripening compared to other Italian varietals and the lake effect from Lake Erie to obtain sufficient ripeness.

Dolcetto means "little sweet" but this Dolcetto, like most, is dry. Medium ruby in the glass, fruity on the nose, with cherry, blueberry, licorice, and stone fruit. Medium bodied, with cherry and cranberry on the front end, almond and blueberry on mid-palate, and a medium finish with notes of vanilla and a wonderful amount of anise.

Charted Details

Winemaker: Firelands Winery

From: Lake Erie, Ohio

Varietals: 100% Dolcetto

ABV: 13%

Price: $18

Rating: 89 pts

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