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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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  • Pio Cesare Dolcetto d'Alba 2009 Front Label
    Pio Cesare Dolcetto d'Alba 2009
    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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    • Marchesi di Barolo Dolcetto d'Alba 2009 Front Label
      Marchesi di Barolo Dolcetto d'Alba 2009
      Dolcetto from Alba, Piedmont, Italy
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      • Luigi Einaudi Dolcetto di Dogliani Vigna Tecc 2009 Front Label
        Luigi Einaudi Dolcetto di Dogliani Vigna Tecc 2009
        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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      • Pelissero Dolcetto d'Alba Munfrina 2009 Front Label
        Pelissero Dolcetto d'Alba Munfrina 2009
        Dolcetto from Alba, Piedmont, Italy
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      • Brovia Dolcetto d'Alba Vigna Villej 2009 Front Label
        Brovia Dolcetto d'Alba Vigna Villej 2009
        Dolcetto from Alba, Piedmont, Italy
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        • G.D. Vajra Dolcetto d'Alba 2009 Front Label
          G.D. Vajra Dolcetto d'Alba 2009
          Dolcetto from Alba, Piedmont, Italy
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        • Luigi Einaudi Dolcetto di Dogliani 2009 Front Label
          Luigi Einaudi Dolcetto di Dogliani 2009
          Dolcetto from Dogliani, Piedmont, Italy
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        • Domenico Clerico Langhe Dolcetto Visadi 2009 Front Label
          Domenico Clerico Langhe Dolcetto Visadi 2009
          Dolcetto from Piedmont, Italy
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        • Sandrone Dolcetto d'Alba 2009 Front Label
          Sandrone Dolcetto d'Alba 2009
          Dolcetto from Alba, Piedmont, Italy
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        • Pecchenino San Luigi Dogliani Dolcetto 2009 Front Label
          Pecchenino San Luigi Dogliani Dolcetto 2009
          Dolcetto from Piedmont, Italy
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        • Tacchino Dolcetto d' Ovada Du Riva 2009 Front Label
          Tacchino Dolcetto d' Ovada Du Riva 2009
          Dolcetto from Piedmont, Italy
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          • Oddero Dolcetto d'Alba 2009 Front Label
            Oddero Dolcetto d'Alba 2009
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            • Rocche dei Manzoni Dolcetto d'Alba La Matinera 2009 Front Label
              Rocche dei Manzoni Dolcetto d'Alba La Matinera 2009
              Dolcetto from Alba, Piedmont, Italy
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              • Silvio Grasso Dolcetto d'Alba 2009 Front Label
                Silvio Grasso Dolcetto d'Alba 2009
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                • Mauro Veglio Mauro Veglio Dolcetto d'Alba 2009 Front Label
                  Mauro Veglio Mauro Veglio Dolcetto d'Alba 2009
                  Dolcetto from Alba, Piedmont, Italy
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                  • Manzone Le Ciliegie Dolcetto d'Alba 2009 Front Label
                    Manzone Le Ciliegie Dolcetto d'Alba 2009
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                    • Terre Da Vino La Gaggina Dolcetto d'Ovada 2009 Front Label
                      Terre Da Vino La Gaggina Dolcetto d'Ovada 2009
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                      • Boroli Dolcetto d'Alba Madonna di Como 2009 Front Label
                        Boroli Dolcetto d'Alba Madonna di Como 2009
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                        • Pietra Santa Dolcetto 2009 Front Label
                          Pietra Santa Dolcetto 2009
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                          • Chateau La Foret Dolcetto d'Alba 2009 Front Label
                            Chateau La Foret Dolcetto d'Alba 2009
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                            • La Chiripada Winery Artist Series 1 Dolcetto 2009  Front Label
                              La Chiripada Winery Artist Series 1 Dolcetto 2009
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                              • Tenuta Carretta Dolcetto d'Alba Il Palazzo 2009 Front Label
                                Tenuta Carretta Dolcetto d'Alba Il Palazzo 2009
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                                • Azienda Vitivinicola Piazzo Armando Di Piazzo Marina Dolcetto d'Alba 2009 Front Label
                                  Azienda Vitivinicola Piazzo Armando Di Piazzo Marina Dolcetto d'Alba 2009
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