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Prunotto Occhetti Nebbiolo d’Alba 2009

Vintage: 2009

Style: Full bodied red.

Country: Italy 

Region: Piedmont, d’Alba 

Overview: I have never imagined Nebbiolo as a pretty or elegant variety, it is a brute that requires manhandling to make it do what winemakers want it to do and even then it remains defiant. Nebbiolo is a variety that is lighter in colour but higher in tannins. It requires extended aging in oak for the tannins to soften. When young and unoaked these tannins would be far too aggressive to be a pleasurable drink. Imagine trying to drink a cup of black tea made from 20 teabags that had been left over night to infuse. When these tannins soften the spice and herbal characters of this grape shines but still Nebbiolo really needs a few years in the bottle to come into its own.

The most famous example of wines made from the Nebbiolo grape is Barolo. Barolo wines are produced in Piedmont of Italy and must be at least 90% Nebbiolo. Some Barolo can spend up to five years in oak and 3 years in the bottle aging. It has been said that a Barolo needs at least 10 years aging before it is approachable.

The wine in this review spent 1 year on oak but is from the d’Alba region which grows a more approachable style of Nebbiolo but in saying that I did find the tannins were quite powerful without food. With food where this wine really impresses. Tannin needs protein to bind to so have this with red meat, piles and piles of red meat. This wine is also a fraction of the price of most Barolo.

Tasting note: The brick colour of this wine could be unappealing to some but keep in mind that this is typical of Nebbiolo, it turns orange very quickly. A brambly, minty nose. This mint carries on to the palate. Pepper, chocolate and blackberry foremost on the palate which way to spicy cedar and dusty tannins.


Final Say: Looking for a wine to throw in the cellar and forget about for a few years? Look no further. Give this brute five years in the cellar and you will be rewarded. It sells for around $45 a bottle.


Score: 17 out of 20


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Prunotto Dolcetto DOC 2009

Posted: February 21, 2012 in Italy
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Prunotto Dolcetto D’Alba DOC

Vintage: 2009

Country: Italy

Region: Alba, Piemonte



            In Australia our main interaction with the variety Dolcetto would be the Brown Brother’s wine Dolcetto & Syrah which, if you were looking for a nice thing to say about the wine you could say it was Australia’s take on Valpolicella, a light, sweet style of wine that you can chill made in Italy. That’s if you wanted something nice to say, the truth is it is not a serious wine and thus Dolcetto has a stigma attached that it is light and sweet. I can tell you that it a good Dolcetto is not a light, insipid wine. Dolcetto typically is a medium bodied wine with a soft edge but displays great spice and liquorice characters. It is not widely grown in Australia as it is susceptible to fungus diseases and the Australian humidity promotes fungus like Channel Ten promotes Glee.

The Prunotto Dolcetto displays these typical characteristics at an accessible price.

Tasting note:

            A beautiful ruby colour, (as mentioned before the colour of a wine tells us a lot about it, if the colour was dull or brown we could assume the wine has been oxidised) on the nose there are characters of pepper and blueberry. The palate is medium bodied, with intermingling flavours of cinnamon, pepper, aniseed and cherry with a great acid that keeps the palate cleansed.


Final Say:

            This is one of the better Dolcetto I have tasted, the key when buying a Dolcetto is that it comes from the Piemonte region in Italy, one of my favourite regions. The price ranges from $20-$24 so if you’re looking for something different this is definitely one to pick up. Enjoy with lighter red meat meals or game.

Score: 16.5 Well worth a try (83 out of 100).

All of the information above has come from my own brain and books; Wikipedia was not, at any stage consulted.

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