Many superb products of the Alba region, ranging from white truffles to meats and sheep’s-milk cheese, are known and appreciated throughout Italy. However, the most famous of all are the district’s wines, such as Barolo, Barbaresco, Moscato, Barbera, Nebbiolo and Dolcetto. The latter wine, Dolcetto d’Alba, has made a particularly decisive contribution to the reputation of that community.
Among the various types of Dolcetto, the most representative is Dolcetto d'Alba. It has steadily widened its circle of admirers because of its attractive purplish ruby-red color, its characteristic odor and that aftertaste of bitter almonds that is one of its most prominent features.
In that regard, it is said that Dolcetto d’Alba baroleggia, which means that its darker color and greater alcohol enable it to develop premium qualities through aging of a period of two or three years. During that period, special qualities evolve that make the wine comparable to Barolo and Gattinara. Some even prefer it because it is lighter and more subtle than the two other wines.