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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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  • 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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  • Marchesi di Barolo Dolcetto d'Alba 2009 Front Label
    Marchesi di Barolo Dolcetto d'Alba 2009
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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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    • Pio Cesare Dolcetto d'Alba 2009 Front Label
      Pio Cesare Dolcetto d'Alba 2009
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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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      • 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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        • 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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        • 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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        • ACORN Winery Alegria Vineyards Dolcetto 2009 Front Label
          ACORN Winery Alegria Vineyards Dolcetto 2009
          Dolcetto from Russian River, Sonoma County, California
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          • Paolo Conterno Ginestra Dolcetto d'Alba 2009 Front Label
            Paolo Conterno Ginestra Dolcetto d'Alba 2009
            Dolcetto from Alba, Piedmont, Italy
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            • Azienda Agricola Briccomaiolica Dolcetto di Diano d'Alba Sori Superiore 2009 Front Label
              Azienda Agricola Briccomaiolica Dolcetto di Diano d'Alba Sori Superiore 2009
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              • Abbona Papa Celso Dolcetto 2009 Front Label
                Abbona Papa Celso Dolcetto 2009
                Dolcetto from Dogliani, Piedmont, Italy
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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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                  • Giuseppe Mascarello & Figlio Dolcetto d'Alba Bricco 2009 Front Label
                    Giuseppe Mascarello & Figlio Dolcetto d'Alba Bricco 2009
                    Dolcetto from Alba, Piedmont, Italy
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                    • Bodega Herrero Cerezo Dolcetto d'Alba 2009 Front Label
                      Bodega Herrero Cerezo Dolcetto d'Alba 2009
                      Dolcetto from Alba, Piedmont, Italy
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                      • Pietra Santa Dolcetto 2009 Front Label
                        Pietra Santa Dolcetto 2009
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                        • Ettore Germano Langhe Balau Rosso 2009 Front Label
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                          Dolcetto from Piedmont, Italy
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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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                            • Due Vigne di Famiglia Dolcetto 2009 Front Label
                              Due Vigne di Famiglia Dolcetto 2009
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                              • Melrose Wines Dolcetto 2009 Front Label
                                Melrose Wines Dolcetto 2009
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                                • Tacchino Dolcetto d' Ovada Du Riva 2009 Front Label
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