One of the varietals that were new for me was the Barbarossa grape. I learned that some of the oldest Barbarossa vines in Italy are located in the Emilia-Romagna region. Fattoria Paradiso owns a hundred-year-old vineyard and produces this grape. I tasted the 2010 Il Dosso Barbarossa Forli, IGT made with 100% Barbarossa. It was fresh with cherry and hints of mint and chocolate.
Another grape that was new to me was Dolcetto, found in the Piedmont region of Northwest Italy. I tasted a 2014 Vilot Dolcetto D’Alba from Ca Viola Vineyards. Made with 100% Dolcetto, it had lots of blackberry, licorice and a hint of almonds on the finish.
Have a great Wednesday!