Great evening last night and the wine wasn't too shabby either. The wine was a 2005 Luciano Sandrone Dolcetto D'Alba. Inky dark and smelling of ripe plums and dark cherries the wine really lit up with a couple of lamb chops.
Full flavored and sweet fruit paired with great tannin that was upfront but not harsh in any way. The acid was typically low for Dolcetto, but the tannin and the fruit were so well paired that one hardly missed the acid. Went down smooth and with wonderful elegance to it. Probably at its peak right now, but there's one more in the cellar to try in a year or so. Personal opinion - this is as good as Dolcetto gets. $24.00 and 13% alcohol.