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Dolcetto

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An easy drinking red with 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 on the table on a casual weekday night, or for apertivo (the canonical Piedmontese pre-dinner appetizer hour). In recent years Dolcetto has found some footing in California, but plantings are fairly limited outside of Italy.

Tasting Notes for Dolcetto

Dolcetto is a dry red wine with a moderate acidity and fairly high tannins. The name translates to “little sweet one,” and though the wines produced are typically not sweet in terms of residual sugar, they are full of juicy red cherry and blueberry, with occasional hints of chocolate and baking spice.

Perfect Food Pairings for Dolcetto

Dolcetto is a lively, exuberant variety and works well paired with tomato-based or pesto pasta dishes, pizza, roasted or cured meat and spanakopita.

Sommelier Secrets for Dolcetto

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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  • Bruno Giacosa Dolcetto d'Alba 2020  Front Label
    Bruno Giacosa Dolcetto d'Alba 2020
    Dolcetto from Alba, Piedmont, Italy
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    • Ceretto Rossana Dolcetto d'Alba 2018  Front Label
      Ceretto Rossana Dolcetto d'Alba 2018
      Dolcetto from Alba, Piedmont, Italy
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      • Pio Cesare Dolcetto d'Alba 2019  Front Label
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        Dolcetto from Alba, Piedmont, Italy
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        • Pecchenino San Luigi Dogliani Dolcetto 2019  Front Label
          Pecchenino San Luigi Dogliani Dolcetto 2019
          Dolcetto from Dogliani, Piedmont, Italy
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        • Borgogno Dolcetto d'Alba 2019  Front Label
          Borgogno Dolcetto d'Alba 2019
          Dolcetto from Alba, Piedmont, Italy
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          • Massolino Dolcetto d'Alba 2019  Front Label
            Massolino Dolcetto d'Alba 2019
            Dolcetto from Alba, Piedmont, Italy
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          • Beni di Batasiolo Dolcetto d'Alba 2017 Front Label
            Beni di Batasiolo Dolcetto d'Alba 2017
            Dolcetto from Alba, Piedmont, Italy
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            • Ca'Viola Vilot Dolcetto d'Alba 2018  Front Label
              Ca'Viola Vilot Dolcetto d'Alba 2018
              Dolcetto from Alba, Piedmont, Italy
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