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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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  • Destefanis Dolcetto d'Alba Vigna Monia Bassa 2007 Front Label
    Destefanis Dolcetto d'Alba Vigna Monia Bassa 2007
    Dolcetto from Alba, Piedmont, Italy
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    • Cantina del Pino Dolcetto d'Alba 2007 Front Label
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      • Marchesi di Barolo Dolcetto d'Alba 2007 Front Label
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        • Sandrone Dolcetto 2007 Front Label
          Sandrone Dolcetto 2007
          Dolcetto from Piedmont, Italy
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        • Sottimano Dolcetto d'Alba Bric del Salto 2007 Front Label
          Sottimano Dolcetto d'Alba Bric del Salto 2007
          Dolcetto from Alba, Piedmont, Italy
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        • La Chiripada Winery Artist Series 1 Dolcetto 2007 Front Label
          La Chiripada Winery Artist Series 1 Dolcetto 2007
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          • Boroli Dolcetto d'Alba Madonna di Como 2007 Front Label
            Boroli Dolcetto d'Alba Madonna di Como 2007
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            • Chionetti Dolcetto di Dogliani Briccolero 2007 Front Label
              Chionetti Dolcetto di Dogliani Briccolero 2007
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              • Due Vigne di Famiglia Dolcetto 2007 Front Label
                Due Vigne di Famiglia Dolcetto 2007
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                • Parusso Dolcetto d'Alba Piani Noce 2007 Front Label
                  Parusso Dolcetto d'Alba Piani Noce 2007
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                  • Palmina Dolcetto 2007  Front Label
                    Palmina Dolcetto 2007
                    Dolcetto from Santa Barbara, Central Coast, California
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                    • Graziano Family of Wines Enotria Dolcetto 2007  Front Label
                      Graziano Family of Wines Enotria Dolcetto 2007
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                      • Beni di Batasiolo Dolcetto d'Alba 2007 Front Label
                        Beni di Batasiolo Dolcetto d'Alba 2007
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                        • Azelia Bricco dell'Oriolo Dolcetto d'Alba 2007 Front Label
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                          • Luigi Pira Dolcetto d'Alba 2007 Front Label
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                            • Borgogno Dolcetto d'Alba 2007 Front Label
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                              • Manzone Le Ciliegie Dolcetto d'Alba 2007 Front Label
                                Manzone Le Ciliegie Dolcetto d'Alba 2007
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                                • ACORN Winery Alegria Vineyards Dolcetto 2007 Front Label
                                  ACORN Winery Alegria Vineyards Dolcetto 2007
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                                  • Castello di Neive Messoirano Dolcetto 2007 Front Label
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                                    • Marchesi di Gresy Dolcetto d'Alba Aribaldo 2007 Front Label
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                                      • Fratelli Revello Dolcetto d'Alba 2007 Front Label
                                        Fratelli Revello Dolcetto d'Alba 2007
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                                        • Fontanabianca Bordini Dolcetto d'Alba 2007 Front Label
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                                          • Cavallotto Vigna Melera Dolcetto 2007 Front Label
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                                            • Ettore Germano Pra di Po Dolcetto d'Alba 2007 Front Label
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                                              • Madonna Estate Dolcetto 2007  Front Label
                                                Madonna Estate Dolcetto 2007
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