We tasted another Dolcetto-based wine from the Piemonte region of Italy, the 2011 Marziano Abbona “Papa Celso” Dogliani, from the prized Dogliani DOCG appellation in Piedmont, where the best Dolcettos are generally grown and produced. Azienda Agricola Abbona owner Marziano Abbona produces this wine exclusively from 50 to 60 year old vines in the Doriolo vineyard and has named it after his late father, Papa Celso, pictured on the label. Like other Dolcettos we have tasted, it was a dry, fruit-forward red wine, high in tannins and alcohol and low in acidity. It was deep ruby red in color, with aromas of violets, roses, black fruits, green olives, cloves and leather. Full-bodied and richly textured, the wine had characteristic flavors of sour cherries, ripe blueberries, dried cranberries and black olives, and hints of black pepper, coffee, licorice and tarragon. The ripe tannins were well balanced with the powerful fruit flavors, alcohol and mild acidity. This wine had an intense mouthfeel and a powerful, spicy finish. It was rated 90 points by Wine Spectator: “A big mouthful of sweet black cherry, black currant and a hint of tobacco highlight this monster Dolcetto.” While the Dogliani DOCG area usually produces the best Dolcetto wines, our tasting group preferred the Ca’ Viola Barturot Dolcetto we recently tasted from the Dolcetto d’Alba DOC area. This Dogliani will probably be enhanced by a few more years of ageing.