Andrea Bosco of Bosco Agostino is a pretty cool dude who makes bitchin’ Barolo. He also makes this 2017 Dolcetto D’Alba Vantrin - a wine that impressed me as much as anything else I tasted in Italy.
Here’s why: Dolcetto is what the Piedmontese drink most often. You can buy uninteresting, mass-produced versions here for under $5. Most of the grapes for Bosco's come from vineyards planted 50 years ago.
The magic of his Dolcetto is that he gives us an interesting, delicious and distinct wine that remains true to what it is...a pleasing, approachable everyday drink you can pop on a Tuesday night with pizza without any advanced preparation.
I enjoy variety too much to ever have a house wine. But if I did, this would be a leading candidate for house red. Trust me, this is wonderful and a great price.