2013 Pecchenino San Luigi Dogliani Dolcetto, $15.99

Most of the noise and buzz from the Piedmonte in Italy is reserved for Barolos and Barbarescos, and it's well deserved. There is a small corner of the Piedmonte, however, where the most noble grape variety isn't the Nebbiolo, but the Dolcetto. The region is Dogliani, and that is where this wonderful wine is from. Pecchenino's 2013, 100 percent Dolcetto, true to most Dolcettos, is meant to be enjoyed at an early age. But, unlike the easier quaffs that come from other areas, this wine has a quiet nobility. Pie cherry fruit, soft tannins, lavender and rose petal notes, and a hint of that warm Italian earth, give this wine a depth of character only found in this region. No wonder that Dogliani's Dolcettos won Italy's highest wine classification in 2005, DOCG status.