2011 Marziano Abbona, "Papa Celso" Dolcetto, Piedmont


Press and Tasting Notes

Abbona's Dolcetto is a multi-year Tre Bicchieri award winner from Gambero Rosso (Italy's highest honor). Complex nose of blackberry, minerals, red flowers and fennel seed with the slightest hint of oak. The palate is elegant but powerful with a satiny texture and wonderfully sweet plum and spice fruit. Distinctive Dogliani Dolcetto!

A Merchant's Pick

Featured January 06, 2009


Now more than ever, value is on everyone's mind. So when a bargain like the 2006 Abbona Papa Celso Dogliano Dolcetto comes around, we feel compelled to share the bounty with everyone.
    A multi-year Tre Bicchieri award winner from Gambero Rosso (Italy's highest honor), Abbona's Dolcetto is the perfect winter wine from a vintage that is being touted as flawless. Hailing from Dogliani, which is just south of Barolo and Barbaresco in Piedmont, these grapes see bright, sunny days and cool, foggy nights which produce compact, intense fruit with mild acidity. The wine is deep, lush and weighty with a likeable character that has well-defined tannins and aromas of blackberries with a satiny texture showing wonderful plum and spice.
    Dolcetto is especially versatile with food as it won't overwhelm delicate seafood dishes, but will remain right at home with tomato-based pastas and meat dishes. It is the perfect everyday Italian wine. And while Dolcetto is typically bred to be drunk on the younger side, it can easily be enjoyed for a few years to come. Pair with cheese, dried meats, and meat bolognese atop whole wheat angel hair pasta. Yum! Read More »



In northern Italy, Piedmont is home to a number of grape varietals.  Among them is the "noble grape" Nebbiolo.  Grown in several sub-regions, the most popular Nebbiolos hail from Barolo, Barbaresco, Langhe, Gattinara and ... Read More »

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