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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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  • Pecchenino Bricco Botti Dogliani Superiore Dolcetto 2016  Front Label
    Pecchenino Bricco Botti Dogliani Superiore Dolcetto 2016
    Dolcetto from Dogliani, Piedmont, Italy
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  • E. Pira e Figli Dolcetto d'Alba 2017 Front Label
    E. Pira e Figli Dolcetto d'Alba 2017
    Dolcetto from Alba, Piedmont, Italy
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  • Prunotto Dolcetto d'Alba 2000 Front Label
    Prunotto Dolcetto d'Alba 2000
    Dolcetto from Alba, Piedmont, Italy
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  • Sandrone Dolcetto d'Alba 2017 Front Label
    Sandrone Dolcetto d'Alba 2017
    Dolcetto from Alba, Piedmont, Italy
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  • Elio Grasso Dolcetto d'Alba Dei Grassi 2017 Front Label
    Elio Grasso Dolcetto d'Alba Dei Grassi 2017
    Dolcetto from Alba, Piedmont, Italy
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  • Casa E. di Mirafiore Dolcetto d'Alba 2010 Front Label
    Casa E. di Mirafiore Dolcetto d'Alba 2010
    Dolcetto from Alba, Piedmont, Italy
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  • G.D. Vajra Dolcetto d'Alba 2019  Front Label
    G.D. Vajra Dolcetto d'Alba 2019
    Dolcetto from Alba, Piedmont, Italy
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  • Elvio Cogno Dolcetto d'Alba 2010 Front Label
    Elvio Cogno Dolcetto d'Alba 2010
    Dolcetto from Alba, Piedmont, Italy
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  • Parusso Dolcetto d'Alba Piani Noce 2016 Front Label
    Parusso Dolcetto d'Alba Piani Noce 2016
    Dolcetto from Piedmont, Italy
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  • Renato Ratti Colombe Dolcetto d'Alba 2010 Front Label
    Renato Ratti Colombe Dolcetto d'Alba 2010
    Dolcetto from Alba, Piedmont, Italy
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  • Paolo Scavino Dolcetto d'Alba 2016 Front Label
    Paolo Scavino Dolcetto d'Alba 2016
    Dolcetto from Alba, Piedmont, Italy
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  • Sandrone Dolcetto d'Alba 2018  Front Label
    Sandrone Dolcetto d'Alba 2018
    Dolcetto from Alba, Piedmont, Italy
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  • Elio Altare Dolcetto d'Alba 2018  Front Label
    Elio Altare Dolcetto d'Alba 2018
    Dolcetto from Alba, Piedmont, Italy
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  • Renato Ratti Colombe Dolcetto d'Alba 2009 Front Label
    Renato Ratti Colombe Dolcetto d'Alba 2009
    Dolcetto from Alba, Piedmont, Italy
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  • Pecchenino San Luigi Dogliani Dolcetto 2016 Front Label
    Pecchenino San Luigi Dogliani Dolcetto 2016
    Dolcetto from Dogliani, Piedmont, Italy
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  • Domenico Clerico Langhe Dolcetto Visadi 2011 Front Label
    Domenico Clerico Langhe Dolcetto Visadi 2011
    Dolcetto from Piedmont, Italy
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  • Bruna Grimaldi San Martino Dolcetto d'Alba 2019  Front Label
    Bruna Grimaldi San Martino Dolcetto d'Alba 2019
    Dolcetto from Alba, Piedmont, Italy
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  • Elvio Cogno Mandorlo Dolcetto d'Alba 2020  Front Label
    Elvio Cogno Mandorlo Dolcetto d'Alba 2020
    Dolcetto from Alba, Piedmont, Italy
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  • Luigi Pira Dolcetto d'Alba 2010 Front Label
    Luigi Pira Dolcetto d'Alba 2010
    Dolcetto from Alba, Piedmont, Italy
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  • G.D. Vajra Dolcetto d'Alba 2011 Front Label
    G.D. Vajra Dolcetto d'Alba 2011
    Dolcetto from Alba, Piedmont, Italy
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  • Sottimano Dolcetto d'Alba Bric del Salto 2011 Front Label
    Sottimano Dolcetto d'Alba Bric del Salto 2011
    Dolcetto from Alba, Piedmont, Italy
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  • Pelissero Dolcetto d'Alba Munfrina 2010 Front Label
    Pelissero Dolcetto d'Alba Munfrina 2010
    Dolcetto from Alba, Piedmont, Italy
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  • Elvio Cogno Mandorlo Dolcetto d'Alba 2019  Front Label
    Elvio Cogno Mandorlo Dolcetto d'Alba 2019
    Dolcetto from Alba, Piedmont, Italy
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  • Luigi Einaudi Dolcetto di Dogliani Vigna Tecc 2017  Front Label
    Luigi Einaudi Dolcetto di Dogliani Vigna Tecc 2017
    Dolcetto from Dogliani, Piedmont, Italy
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  • Francesco Boschis Vigna dei Prey Dolcetto di Dogliani 2009 Front Label
    Francesco Boschis Vigna dei Prey Dolcetto di Dogliani 2009
    Dolcetto from Piedmont, Italy
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