LA CANOVA | Monferrato Dolcetto | 2012


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We think that this is the right time to taste a wine that comes from the country which is producing more wine annually than any other country one may name. You may be a little amazed by the following statement, but no, it’s not France, we are going to review a Wine of Italy. The wine we have chosen is a kind of a black horse wine in Italy – Monferrato Dolcetto 2012 from La Canova. It may not be so popular like barbera or nebbiolo is, but still, dolcetto is the second most planted grape of Piedmont, and, to be honest, we were really curious to find out how it taste.

Let’s take a deeper look at the tasting notes and the wine’s review statistics:


The wine has a very clear and transparent garnet color, with the rim-color of a clear purple shade, which is common for young wines.


The nose is clean and rich with no signs of wine faults. The first nose reveals a mixture of blue fruits with some subtle savory aromas – sour cherry, blue plum, cranberry, dried sour cherry, red olive, wormwood, red pepper, violets, cherry seeds and even a slight tobacco aroma.


The wine is medium dry with some hints of residual sugar, medium alcohol level, high acidity and medium tannin, which makes the wine taste opulent and lean, but still zesty and seedy, at times even savory-green. The overall balance is good – the wine feels mellow and short, but it still feels a bit woody, with a subtle barnyard accent.


The wine has a long finish with a balanced, seedy aftertaste. It is smooth and easy to drink, very feminine and quite light-bodied.

chartsThis is definitely a fine Wine of Italy and the overall rating says the same, with 87.3 points scored it is right there, among the best wines we’ve tasted so far. Please click on the chart icon on the left in order to get to the wine rating page, where you can find all the wines we’ve tasted to date.

Last but not least, we would like to mention that this is the very first time we are tasting a dolcetto wine, and it is always a little challenge to rate a wine without some reference points. Overall the wine is leaving to it’s DOC expectations – a fine italian wine, without pretending to be something more than what it really is – all fair and square we say.

WineStatistics tasting results:

Monferrato Dolcetto | 2012

grape: | dolcetto |

region: Italy | Piedmont

overall rating: | 87.3 |

conclusion: fine | highly recommended



(c) The WineStatistics ratings are based solely on our own knowledge of the world of wine and on our personal wine tastes, which may, or may not, differ from yours – the reader. There are no absolutes of right and wrong in wine appreciation.

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