A pair of Italian reds from Pontin del Roza

By Duane Pemberton
Winery website: http://www.pontindelroza.com

For Scott Pontin, making wine is more than a passion – it’s his life and has been that way for he and his family for years now. Located just north of Prosser, WA. – Pontin del Roza is a boutique winery that has a loyal following and generally has little problems selling out of wine each year.

While Sangiovese has been rather commonplace in Washington State, there are very few wineries putting out Dolcetto – another Italian varietal that seems to play well up here in our state.

2009 Dolcetto – W.E.P. Rating: 90%
Price: $16.00 

Nose: Blackberry, rhubarb, white pepper, raisins and rose petals.

Taste: Nice acidic black fruit combined with a hintful layer of lightly-peppered cherries and raspberries. This is an extremely food-friendly wine that I know will put off quite a bit of the ‘new world” wine lovers in that it’s not over-the-top fruit. It presents itself in a much more old-world fashion and I’m a huge fan of that.

2008 Sangiovese – W.E.P. Rating: 90%

Nose: Black-peppered raspberries, casis, cocoa powder, cherry cola,

Taste: The pepper notes on this wine are of epic proportions – heavy doses of black and white pepper come flodding in along with cherries, raspberries and spice. Nice mid-palate and decent acids – I only wish the finish would hang out longer because I really appreciate the dark cocoa notes of it.