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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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    3.8 17 Ratings
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  • Luigi Einaudi Dolcetto di Dogliani Vigna Tecc 2016 Front Label
    Luigi Einaudi Dolcetto di Dogliani Vigna Tecc 2016
    Dolcetto from Dogliani, Piedmont, Italy
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  • Beni di Batasiolo Dolcetto d'Alba 2016 Front Label
    Beni di Batasiolo Dolcetto d'Alba 2016
    Dolcetto from Alba, Piedmont, Italy
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    • Bruno Giacosa Falletto Dolcetto d'Alba 2016 Front Label
      Bruno Giacosa Falletto Dolcetto d'Alba 2016
      Dolcetto from Alba, Piedmont, Italy
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    • Abbona Papa Celso Dolcetto 2016 Front Label
      Abbona Papa Celso Dolcetto 2016
      Dolcetto from Piedmont, Italy
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      • Francesco Boschis Pianezzo Dolcetto di Dogliani 2016  Front Label
        Francesco Boschis Pianezzo Dolcetto di Dogliani 2016
        Dolcetto from Dogliani, Piedmont, Italy
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        • Marchesi di Barolo Madonna del Dono Dolcetto d'Alba 2016 Front Label
          Marchesi di Barolo Madonna del Dono Dolcetto d'Alba 2016
          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
            • RP90
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          • Roberto Voerzio Priavino Dolcetto d'Alba 2016 Front Label
            Roberto Voerzio Priavino Dolcetto d'Alba 2016
            Dolcetto from Alba, Piedmont, Italy
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            • Massolino Dolcetto d'Alba 2016 Front Label
              Massolino Dolcetto d'Alba 2016
              Dolcetto from Alba, Piedmont, Italy
              • WS91
              3.9 7 Ratings
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            • Paolo Scavino Dolcetto d'Alba 2016 Front Label
              Paolo Scavino Dolcetto d'Alba 2016
              Dolcetto from Alba, Piedmont, Italy
              • RP90
              4.2 5 Ratings
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            • Bruna Grimaldi San Martino Dolcetto d'Alba 2016 Front Label
              Bruna Grimaldi San Martino Dolcetto d'Alba 2016
              Dolcetto from Alba, Piedmont, Italy
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              • Banfi L'Ardi Dolcetto d'Acqui 2016 Front Label
                Banfi L'Ardi Dolcetto d'Acqui 2016
                Dolcetto from Piedmont, Italy
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                • Francesco Boschis Dolcetto di Dogliani Vigna dei Prey 2016  Front Label
                  Francesco Boschis Dolcetto di Dogliani Vigna dei Prey 2016
                  Dolcetto from Dogliani, Piedmont, Italy
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                  • E. Pira e Figli Dolcetto d'Alba 2016 Front Label
                    E. Pira e Figli Dolcetto d'Alba 2016
                    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
                      • WS91
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                    • Andrea Oberto Dolcetto d'Alba 2016  Front Label
                      Andrea Oberto Dolcetto d'Alba 2016
                      Dolcetto from Alba, Piedmont, Italy
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                      • Ceretto Rossana Dolcetto d'Alba 2016 Front Label
                        Ceretto Rossana Dolcetto d'Alba 2016
                        Dolcetto from Alba, Piedmont, Italy
                        • WS89
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                      • Bruno Giacosa Dolcetto d'Alba 2016 Front Label
                        Bruno Giacosa Dolcetto d'Alba 2016
                        Dolcetto from Alba, Piedmont, Italy
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                      • Idlewild Fox Hill Dolcetto 2016 Front Label
                        Idlewild Fox Hill Dolcetto 2016
                        Dolcetto from Mendocino, California
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                        • Sandrone Dolcetto d'Alba 2016 Front Label
                          Sandrone Dolcetto d'Alba 2016
                          Dolcetto from Alba, Piedmont, Italy
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                          • Ca'Viola Vilot Dolcetto d'Alba 2016 Front Label
                            Ca'Viola Vilot Dolcetto d'Alba 2016
                            Dolcetto from Alba, Piedmont, Italy
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                          • Fontanafredda Briccotondo Dolcetto 2016 Front Label
                            Fontanafredda Briccotondo Dolcetto 2016
                            Dolcetto from Piedmont, Italy
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                            • Musso Dolcetto d'Alba 2016  Front Label
                              Musso Dolcetto d'Alba 2016
                              Dolcetto from Alba, Piedmont, Italy
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                              • Pecchenino Siri d'Jermu Dogliani Superiore Dolcetto 2016 Front Label
                                Pecchenino Siri d'Jermu Dogliani Superiore Dolcetto 2016
                                Dolcetto from Piedmont, Italy
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