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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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  • Francesco Boschis Vigna dei Prey Dolcetto di Dogliani 2012 Front Label
    Francesco Boschis Vigna dei Prey Dolcetto di Dogliani 2012
    Dolcetto from Dogliani, Piedmont, Italy
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    • Enzo Boglietti Tiglineri Dolcetto 2012 Front Label
      Enzo Boglietti Tiglineri Dolcetto 2012
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      • Pecchenino Bricco Botti Dogliani Superiore Dolcetto 2012 Front Label
        Pecchenino Bricco Botti Dogliani Superiore Dolcetto 2012
        Dolcetto from Dogliani, Piedmont, Italy
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      • Abbona Papa Celso Dolcetto 2012 Front Label
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        • Pecchenino San Luigi Dogliani Dolcetto 2012 Front Label
          Pecchenino San Luigi Dogliani Dolcetto 2012
          Dolcetto from Piedmont, Italy
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        • Francesco Boschis Pianezzo Dolcetto di Dogliani 2012 Front Label
          Francesco Boschis Pianezzo Dolcetto di Dogliani 2012
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          • Bruno Giacosa Falletto Dolcetto d'Alba 2012 Front Label
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            Dolcetto from Alba, Piedmont, Italy
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            • Viberti Dolcetto d'Alba Superiore 2012 Front Label
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              • Cascina Fontana Dolcetto d'Alba 2012 Front Label
                Cascina Fontana Dolcetto d'Alba 2012
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                • Massolino Dolcetto d'Alba 2012 Front Label
                  Massolino Dolcetto d'Alba 2012
                  Dolcetto from Alba, Piedmont, Italy
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                • Sandrone Dolcetto d'Alba 2012 Front Label
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                  • Brovia Dolcetto d'Alba Vigna Villej 2012 Front Label
                    Brovia Dolcetto d'Alba Vigna Villej 2012
                    Dolcetto from Alba, Piedmont, Italy
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                    • Elio Grasso Dolcetto d'Alba Dei Grassi 2012 Front Label
                      Elio Grasso Dolcetto d'Alba Dei Grassi 2012
                      Dolcetto from Alba, Piedmont, Italy
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                      • Pecchenino Siri d'Jermu Dogliani Superiore Dolcetto 2012 Front Label
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                        • Prunotto Dolcetto d'Alba 2012 Front Label
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                        • Luigi Einaudi Dolcetto di Dogliani 2012 Front Label
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                              • Fontanafredda Dolcetto d'Alba Treiso 2012  Front Label
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                                • Marrone Dolcetto d'Alba 2012 Front Label
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                                  • Azienda Agricola Bovio Gianfranco Dolcetto d'Alba Dabbene 2012 Front Label
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                                          • Ettore Germano Lorenzino Dolcetto 2012 Front Label
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