Fresh, firmly tannic and uncomplicated by oak, Cavallotto's 2013 shares the bright, convivial nature of the Dolcettos you would experience in the caffes and osterias in the Langhe, but with far more structure and complexity thanks to 30-year-old vines and the superiority of the vineyard site. From the glass, the wine casts textbook Dolcetto aromas of black raspberries, red currants and tarry earth. On the palate, the wine frames spicy cherry fruit with fine tannins and complex suggestions of beef bouillon, menthol, leather and black pepper. The Piedmont purists among us will enjoy this lip-smackingly delicious Dolcetto now and over the coming five years with Piemontese primi and antipasti like carne cruda, risotto, vegetable flans, pates and mushroom dishes. It will also prove delicious with everyday fare like pizzas, burgers, casseroles, and pan-seared pork chops.