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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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  • Casa E. di Mirafiore Dolcetto d'Alba 2010 Front Label
    Casa E. di Mirafiore Dolcetto d'Alba 2010
    Dolcetto from Alba, Piedmont, Italy
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  • Urban Legend Cellars Dolcetto 2010 Front Label
    Urban Legend Cellars Dolcetto 2010
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    • Domenico Clerico Langhe Dolcetto Visadi 2010 Front Label
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      Dolcetto from Piedmont, Italy
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      • Luigi Pira Dolcetto d'Alba 2010 Front Label
        Luigi Pira Dolcetto d'Alba 2010
        Dolcetto from Alba, Piedmont, Italy
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      • Elvio Cogno Dolcetto d'Alba 2010 Front Label
        Elvio Cogno Dolcetto d'Alba 2010
        Dolcetto from Alba, Piedmont, Italy
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      • Pelissero Dolcetto d'Alba Munfrina 2010 Front Label
        Pelissero Dolcetto d'Alba Munfrina 2010
        Dolcetto from Alba, Piedmont, Italy
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      • Luigi Einaudi Dolcetto di Dogliani 2010 Front Label
        Luigi Einaudi Dolcetto di Dogliani 2010
        Dolcetto from Dogliani, Piedmont, Italy
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      • Massolino Dolcetto d'Alba 2010  Front Label
        Massolino Dolcetto d'Alba 2010
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      • E. Pira e Figli Dolcetto d'Alba 2010 Front Label
        E. Pira e Figli Dolcetto d'Alba 2010
        Dolcetto from Alba, Piedmont, Italy
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        • Elio Altare Dolcetto d'Alba 2010 Front Label
          Elio Altare Dolcetto d'Alba 2010
          Dolcetto from Alba, Piedmont, Italy
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        • Beni di Batasiolo Dolcetto d'Alba 2010 Front Label
          Beni di Batasiolo Dolcetto d'Alba 2010
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          • Marchesi di Barolo Dolcetto d'Alba 2010 Front Label
            Marchesi di Barolo Dolcetto d'Alba 2010
            Dolcetto from Alba, Piedmont, Italy
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            • Ada Nada Dolcetto d'Alba 2010 Front Label
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              • Elio Grasso Dolcetto d'Alba Dei Grassi 2010 Front Label
                Elio Grasso Dolcetto d'Alba Dei Grassi 2010
                Dolcetto from Alba, Piedmont, Italy
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              • Paolo Manzone Dolcetto d'Alba Magna 2010 Front Label
                Paolo Manzone Dolcetto d'Alba Magna 2010
                Dolcetto from Alba, Piedmont, Italy
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                • Renato Ratti Colombe Dolcetto d'Alba 2010 Front Label
                  Renato Ratti Colombe Dolcetto d'Alba 2010
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                • Albino Rocca Vignalunga Dolcetto d'Alba 2010 Front Label
                  Albino Rocca Vignalunga Dolcetto d'Alba 2010
                  Dolcetto from Alba, Piedmont, Italy
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                  • Pio Cesare Dolcetto d'Alba 2010 Front Label
                    Pio Cesare Dolcetto d'Alba 2010
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                    • Sandrone Dolcetto d'Alba 2010 Front Label
                      Sandrone Dolcetto d'Alba 2010
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                    • Animale Dolcetto 2010 Front Label
                      Animale Dolcetto 2010
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                      • Brezza Dolcetto d'Alba San Lorenzo 2010 Front Label
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                        • Bersano Monferrato Bric di Bersan Dolcetto 2010 Front Label
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                          • Luigi Einaudi Vigna Tecc Dogliani Superiore 2010 Front Label
                            Luigi Einaudi Vigna Tecc Dogliani Superiore 2010
                            Dolcetto from Dogliani, Piedmont, Italy
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                            • Fontanafredda Langhe Dolcetto Briccotondo 2010 Front Label
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                                Dolcetto from Yakima Valley, Columbia Valley, Washington
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