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Dolcetto

An easy-drinker with modest acidity and soft fruity flavors...

An easy-drinker with modest acidity, soft fruity flavors—but catchy tannins, Dolcetto is often enjoyed in its native Piedmont while more serious Barolos and Barbarescos take their time to age. Here, this is the wine you are most likely to find at the table on a casual Tuesday night, accompanying local charcuterie or "apertivo" hour (the canonical Piemontese way to tease your palate before dinner). In recent years Dolcetto has found some footing in California, but plantings are fairly limited outside of Italy.

In the Glass

Dolcetto translates to “little sweet one,” and though the wines produced are typically not sweet in terms of residual sugar, they do possess delightfully fruity flavors of red cherry and blueberry, with an almond-like bitterness at the end and occasional hints of chocolate and baking spice.

Perfect Pairings

Dolcetto is a lively, exuberant variety without a ton of complexity in most cases, and as such is best paired with simple, flavorsome foods such as pasta, pizza and simple meats—anything an Italian farmer might consume after a long day in the field.

Sommelier Secret

In most of Piedmont, easy-ripening Dolcetto is relegated to the secondary sites—the best of which are reserved for the king variety: Nebbiolo. However, in the Dogliani zone it is the star of the show, and here it makes a bigger, riper and a more serious style of Dolcetto, many of which can improve with cellar time.

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    Pecchenino San Luigi Dogliani Dolcetto 2017
    Dolcetto from Dogliani, Piedmont, Italy
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    Massolino Dolcetto d'Alba 2016
    Dolcetto from Alba, Piedmont, Italy
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    Massolino Dolcetto d'Alba 2015
    Dolcetto from Alba, Piedmont, Italy
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    Borgogno Dolcetto d'Alba 2015
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      Massolino Dolcetto d'Alba 2013
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        Pio Cesare Dolcetto d'Alba 2016
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          Banfi L'Ardi Dolcetto d'Acqui 2014
          Dolcetto from Piedmont, Italy
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          Pecchenino Bricco Botti Dogliani Superiore Dolcetto 2015
          Dolcetto from Dogliani, Piedmont, Italy
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          E. Pira e Figli Dolcetto d'Alba 2017
          Dolcetto from Alba, Piedmont, Italy
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          Elio Grasso Dolcetto d'Alba Dei Grassi 2016
          Dolcetto from Alba, Piedmont, Italy
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          Prunotto Dolcetto d'Alba 2014
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            Azelia Bricco dell'Oriolo Dolcetto d'Alba 2014
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              Ca'Viola Vilot Dolcetto d'Alba 2016
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                Pecchenino Siri d'Jermu Dogliani Superiore Dolcetto 2015
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                  Idlewild Fox Hill Dolcetto 2015
                  Dolcetto from Mendocino, California
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                  Andrea Oberto Dolcetto d'Alba 2016
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                    Idlewild Fox Hill Dolcetto 2013
                    Dolcetto from Mendocino, California
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