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Dolcetto

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

An easy-drinker with modest acidity and soft fruity flavors, 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 dinner table on a casual Tuesday night. 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 licorice. While Dolcetto can be tannic, it is relatively low in acidity.

Perfect Pairings

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

Sommelier Secret

In most of Piedmont, easy-ripening Dolcetto is relegated to the less ideal vineyard locations, which are reserved for more finicky Nebbiolo and Barbera. However, in the Dogliani zone it is the star of the show, and here it makes a bigger, riper, and often more serious style of wine.

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    Pecchenino San Luigi Dogliani Dolcetto 2016
    Dolcetto from Dogliani, Piedmont, Italy
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    Palmina Dolcetto 2014
    Dolcetto from Santa Ynez Valley, Santa Barbara, Central Coast, California
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    Prunotto Dolcetto d'Alba 2014
    Dolcetto from Alba, Piedmont, Italy
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      Borgogno Dolcetto d'Alba 2015
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        Elio Grasso Dolcetto d'Alba Dei Grassi 2016
        Dolcetto from Alba, Piedmont, Italy
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        Andrea Oberto Dolcetto d'Alba 2016
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          Sottimano Dolcetto d'Alba Bric del Salto 2016
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            Banfi L'Ardi Dolcetto d'Acqui 2014
            Dolcetto from Piedmont, Italy
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            Pio Cesare Dolcetto d'Alba 2016
            Dolcetto from Alba, Piedmont, Italy
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              Parusso Dolcetto d'Alba Piani Noce 2016
              Dolcetto from Piedmont, Italy
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              Ceretto Rossana Dolcetto d'Alba 2015
              Dolcetto from Alba, Piedmont, Italy
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              Idlewild Fox Hill Dolcetto 2015
              Dolcetto from Mendocino, California
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                E. Pira e Figli Dolcetto d'Alba 2016
                Dolcetto from Alba, Piedmont, Italy
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                  Sandrone Dolcetto d'Alba 2015
                  Dolcetto from Alba, Piedmont, Italy
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                    Ca'Viola Vilot Dolcetto d'Alba 2016
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                      Massolino Dolcetto d'Alba 2013
                      Dolcetto from Alba, Piedmont, Italy
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                        Luigi Einaudi Dolcetto di Dogliani Vigna Tecc 2013
                        Dolcetto from Piedmont, Italy
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                          Musso Dolcetto d'Alba 2016
                          Dolcetto from Alba, Piedmont, Italy
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                              Pecchenino Siri d'Jermu Dogliani Superiore Dolcetto 2016
                              Dolcetto from Piedmont, Italy
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                                Marchesi di Barolo Madonna del Dono Dolcetto d'Alba 2016
                                Dolcetto from Alba, Piedmont, Italy
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                                    Idlewild Fox Hill Dolcetto 2014
                                    Dolcetto from Mendocino, California
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