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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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  • Palmina Dolcetto 2014  Front Label
    Palmina Dolcetto 2014
    Dolcetto from Santa Ynez Valley, Santa Barbara, Central Coast, California
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  • Pecchenino San Luigi Dogliani Dolcetto 2014 Front Label
    Pecchenino San Luigi Dogliani Dolcetto 2014
    Dolcetto from Dogliani, Piedmont, Italy
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  • Marchesi di Barolo Madonna del Dono Dolcetto d'Alba 2014 Front Label
    Marchesi di Barolo Madonna del Dono Dolcetto d'Alba 2014
    Dolcetto from Alba, Piedmont, Italy
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  • Bruno Giacosa Falletto Dolcetto d'Alba 2014 Front Label
    Bruno Giacosa Falletto Dolcetto d'Alba 2014
    Dolcetto from Alba, Piedmont, Italy
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    Elvio Cogno Mandorlo Dolcetto d'Alba 2014
    Dolcetto from Alba, Piedmont, Italy
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  • Bruno Giacosa Dolcetto d'Alba 2014 Front Label
    Bruno Giacosa Dolcetto d'Alba 2014
    Dolcetto from Alba, Piedmont, Italy
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  • Elio Grasso Dolcetto d'Alba Dei Grassi 2014 Front Label
    Elio Grasso Dolcetto d'Alba Dei Grassi 2014
    Dolcetto from Alba, Piedmont, Italy
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    • Marchesi di Barolo Dolcetto delle Langhe Servaj 2014 Front Label
      Marchesi di Barolo Dolcetto delle Langhe Servaj 2014
      Dolcetto from Piedmont, Italy
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      • Prunotto Dolcetto d'Alba 2014 Front Label
        Prunotto Dolcetto d'Alba 2014
        Dolcetto from Alba, Piedmont, Italy
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        • Sandrone Dolcetto d'Alba 2014 Front Label
          Sandrone Dolcetto d'Alba 2014
          Dolcetto from Alba, Piedmont, Italy
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          • Francesco Boschis Vigna dei Prey Dolcetto di Dogliani 2014 Front Label
            Francesco Boschis Vigna dei Prey Dolcetto di Dogliani 2014
            Dolcetto from Piedmont, Italy
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          • Ca'Viola Vilot Dolcetto d'Alba 2014 Front Label
            Ca'Viola Vilot Dolcetto d'Alba 2014
            Dolcetto from Alba, Piedmont, Italy
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            • Banfi L'Ardi Dolcetto d'Acqui 2014 Front Label
              Banfi L'Ardi Dolcetto d'Acqui 2014
              Dolcetto from Piedmont, Italy
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            • Brandini Dolcetto d'Alba 2014 Front Label
              Brandini Dolcetto d'Alba 2014
              Dolcetto from Alba, Piedmont, Italy
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              • Abbona Papa Celso Dolcetto 2014 Front Label
                Abbona Papa Celso Dolcetto 2014
                Dolcetto from Piedmont, Italy
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                • Sottimano Dolcetto d'Alba Bric del Salto 2014 Front Label
                  Sottimano Dolcetto d'Alba Bric del Salto 2014
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                  • Massolino Dolcetto d'Alba 2014 Front Label
                    Massolino Dolcetto d'Alba 2014
                    Dolcetto from Alba, Piedmont, Italy
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                    Domenico Clerico Langhe Dolcetto Visadi 2014
                    Dolcetto from Piedmont, Italy
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                    • Idlewild Fox Hill Dolcetto 2014 Front Label
                      Idlewild Fox Hill Dolcetto 2014
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                      • E. Pira e Figli Dolcetto d'Alba 2014 Front Label
                        E. Pira e Figli Dolcetto d'Alba 2014
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                          Castello di Neive Dolcetto d'Alba Basarin 2014
                          Dolcetto from Alba, Piedmont, Italy
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                            • Luigi Einaudi Dolcetto di Dogliani 2014 Front Label
                              Luigi Einaudi Dolcetto di Dogliani 2014
                              Dolcetto from Dogliani, Piedmont, Italy
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                                Dolcetto from Dogliani, Piedmont, Italy
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                                  Azelia Bricco dell'Oriolo Dolcetto d'Alba 2014
                                  Dolcetto from Alba, Piedmont, Italy
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