This weekend I celebrated the fact that I successfully survived another year, and I decided that I wanted to spend my birthday (gifts are welcome by the way, I like wine) hosting a wine tasting event for some of my friends.  I will be making a post later with more on the tasting, so I won't go into too much detail on that here.  One of the wines that we tasted was brought by a friend of mine whose family grows a lot of grapes in the West Texas area.

As I noted in an earlier post on Texas wines, Texas grape growers have been experimenting with a lot of different varieties, with Tempranillo being an early favorite.  One of the other varieties that the Binghams have been growing is Dolcetto.  Dolcetto is widely grown in the Piedmont region in Italy, and seems to grow really well in the Texas high plains.  Oddly enough, the name of this variety means, "little sweet one".  Despite the name, this wine was definitely a dry wine.  The alcohol percentage on this wine rang in at 12.2%.

This wine was extremely interesting from the first sniff.  The nose on this wine was not at all what you would normally expect from a red wine.  I got some really interesting baked apple like aromas, like granny smith apples, doused in brown sugar and baked in the oven.  I also got a lot of raspberry on the nose.  On the palate I got more yummy raspberry and sour apples.  I also was getting some sort of candy-like flavor.  One of the other guests suggested Sweet Tarts, and I think that was right on the money.  There was a really great mix of fruitiness and sour flavors.

I was really impressed with this wine.  It was a great light to medium bodied wine that would go great with some Italian food.  My friend recommended it with pizza, which sounds amazing.  If you prefer white wines to reds, I think that this is a red wine that you would really enjoy.  I believe that this wine is only available at the winery, so if you ever get a chance to make the trip to this Austin area winery, I would definitely recommend grabbing some of this wine.  

This Dolcetto wine allowed me to check off another variety for my Wine Century Challenge.  I now have reviewed 11 of 100 varieties, and only have 89 to go!