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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 Falletto Dolcetto d'Alba 2006 Front Label
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    • Brovia Dolcetto d'Alba Vigna Villej 2006 Front Label
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      • Marchesi di Barolo Dolcetto d'Alba 2006 Front Label
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        • Prunotto Dolcetto d'Alba 2006 Front Label
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          • Hernder Estate Wines Dolcetto di Diano d'Alba Costa Fiore 2006 Front Label
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            • Giovanni Rosso Dolcetto d'Alba Le 4 Vigne 2006 Front Label
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              • Cavallotto Vigna Melera Dolcetto 2006 Front Label
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                • Nada Giuseppe Casot 2006 Front Label
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                  • Azienda Agricola La Querciola s.s. Cornole 2006 Front Label
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                    Dolcetto from Dogliani, Piedmont, Italy
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                    • Hernder Estate Wines Dolcetto di Diano d'Alba Pradurent Superiore 2006 Front Label
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                      • Azienda Agricola Tenuta Rocca Dolcetto d'Alba Sorri Rocca 2006 Front Label
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                        • Francesco Rinaldi Roussot Dolcetto 2006 Front Label
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                          • Box Stallion Dolcetto 2006 Front Label
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                            • Prinsi Dolcetto d'Alba San Cristoforo 2006 Front Label
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                              • Palmina Dolcetto 2006  Front Label
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                                • Hernder Estate Wines Dolcetto di Diano d'Alba Montagrillo 2006 Front Label
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                                  • Azienda Agricola Bricco del Cucu Dogliani Bricco S. Bernardo 2006 Front Label
                                    Azienda Agricola Bricco del Cucu Dogliani Bricco S. Bernardo 2006
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                                    • Herdade da Calada Dolcetto di Dogliani 2006 Front Label
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                                      • Azienda Agricola La Querciola s.s. Carpeneta 2006 Front Label
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                                        • Silvio Grasso Dolcetto d'Alba 2006 Front Label
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                                          • Borgogno Dolcetto d'Alba 2006 Front Label
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                                            • Mosby Dolcetto 2006  Front Label
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                                              • Rocche dei Manzoni Dolcetto d'Alba La Matinera 2006 Front Label
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                                                • Ettore Germano Langhe Balau Rosso 2006 Front Label
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                                                  • Pavi Wines Dolcetto 2006 Front Label
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