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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
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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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              • 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
                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
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                • G.D. Vajra Dolcetto d'Alba 2009 Front Label
                  G.D. Vajra Dolcetto d'Alba 2009
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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
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                  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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                • Animale Dolcetto 2009 Front Label
                  Animale Dolcetto 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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                    • Ettore Germano Langhe Balau Rosso 2009 Front Label
                      Ettore Germano Langhe Balau Rosso 2009
                      Dolcetto from Piedmont, Italy
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                      • Oddero Dolcetto d'Alba 2009 Front Label
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                        • Manzone La Serra Dolcetto d'Alba 2009 Front Label
                          Manzone La Serra Dolcetto d'Alba 2009
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                          • Ettore Germano Pradone Dolcetto d'Alba 2009 Front Label
                            Ettore Germano Pradone Dolcetto d'Alba 2009
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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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                              • Sandrone Dolcetto d'Alba 2009 Front Label
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                              • Ascheri Dolcetto d'Alba 2009 Front Label
                                Ascheri Dolcetto d'Alba 2009
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                                • Azienda Agricola Bricco del Cucu Langhe Dolcetto 2009 Front Label
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                                    Azienda Agricola Briccomaiolica Dolcetto di Diano d'Alba Sori Superiore 2009
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                                    • Pecchenino Dogliani Superiore Bricco Botti Dolcetto 2009 Front Label
                                      Pecchenino Dogliani Superiore Bricco Botti Dolcetto 2009
                                      Dolcetto from Dogliani, Piedmont, Italy
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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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