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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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  • Viberti Dolcetto d'Alba Superiore 2015 Front Label
    Viberti Dolcetto d'Alba Superiore 2015
    Dolcetto from Alba, Piedmont, Italy
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  • Pecchenino Siri d'Jermu Dogliani Superiore Dolcetto 2015 Front Label
    Pecchenino Siri d'Jermu Dogliani Superiore Dolcetto 2015
    Dolcetto from Piedmont, Italy
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    • Marchesi di Barolo Dolcetto delle Langhe Servaj 2015 Front Label
      Marchesi di Barolo Dolcetto delle Langhe Servaj 2015
      Dolcetto from Piedmont, Italy
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      • Domenico Clerico Langhe Dolcetto Visadi 2015 Front Label
        Domenico Clerico Langhe Dolcetto Visadi 2015
        Dolcetto from Piedmont, Italy
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        • Pecchenino Bricco Botti Dogliani Superiore Dolcetto 2015 Front Label
          Pecchenino Bricco Botti Dogliani Superiore Dolcetto 2015
          Dolcetto from Dogliani, Piedmont, Italy
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        • Francesco Boschis Vigna dei Prey Dolcetto di Dogliani 2015  Front Label
          Francesco Boschis Vigna dei Prey Dolcetto di Dogliani 2015
          Dolcetto from Piedmont, Italy
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        • Bruno Giacosa Dolcetto d'Alba 2015 Front Label
          Bruno Giacosa Dolcetto d'Alba 2015
          Dolcetto from Alba, Piedmont, Italy
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        • Francesco Boschis Sori San Martino Dolcetto di Dogliani 2015 Front Label
          Francesco Boschis Sori San Martino Dolcetto di Dogliani 2015
          Dolcetto from Piedmont, Italy
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          • Luigi Einaudi Dolcetto di Dogliani 2015 Front Label
            Luigi Einaudi Dolcetto di Dogliani 2015
            Dolcetto from Dogliani, Piedmont, Italy
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          • Idlewild Fox Hill Dolcetto 2015 Front Label
            Idlewild Fox Hill Dolcetto 2015
            Dolcetto from Mendocino, California
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          • Andrea Oberto Dolcetto d'Alba 2015 Front Label
            Andrea Oberto Dolcetto d'Alba 2015
            Dolcetto from Alba, Piedmont, Italy
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            • Paolo Scavino Dolcetto d'Alba 2015 Front Label
              Paolo Scavino Dolcetto d'Alba 2015
              Dolcetto from Alba, Piedmont, Italy
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            • Sandrone Dolcetto d'Alba 2015 Front Label
              Sandrone Dolcetto d'Alba 2015
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              • Villadoria Furet Dolcetto d'Alba 2015 Front Label
                Villadoria Furet Dolcetto d'Alba 2015
                Dolcetto from Alba, Piedmont, Italy
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                • Luigi Pira Dolcetto d'Alba 2015 Front Label
                  Luigi Pira Dolcetto d'Alba 2015
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                  • Azelia Bricco dell'Oriolo Dolcetto d'Alba 2015 Front Label
                    Azelia Bricco dell'Oriolo Dolcetto d'Alba 2015
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                    • Parusso Dolcetto d'Alba Piani Noce 2015 Front Label
                      Parusso Dolcetto d'Alba Piani Noce 2015
                      Dolcetto from Piedmont, Italy
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                      • Brovia Dolcetto d'Alba Vigna Villej 2015 Front Label
                        Brovia Dolcetto d'Alba Vigna Villej 2015
                        Dolcetto from Alba, Piedmont, Italy
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                        • Ca'Viola Vilot Dolcetto d'Alba 2015 Front Label
                          Ca'Viola Vilot Dolcetto d'Alba 2015
                          Dolcetto from Alba, Piedmont, Italy
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                        • Pecchenino San Luigi Dogliani Dolcetto 2015 Front Label
                          Pecchenino San Luigi Dogliani Dolcetto 2015
                          Dolcetto from Dogliani, Piedmont, Italy
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                        • Borgogno Dolcetto d'Alba 2015 Front Label
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                        • Elvio Cogno Mandorlo Dolcetto d'Alba 2015 Front Label
                          Elvio Cogno Mandorlo Dolcetto d'Alba 2015
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                        • Beni di Batasiolo Dolcetto d'Alba 2015 Front Label
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                          • Bruna Grimaldi San Martino Dolcetto d'Alba 2015 Front Label
                            Bruna Grimaldi San Martino Dolcetto d'Alba 2015
                            Dolcetto from Alba, Piedmont, Italy
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                            • Ceretto Rossana Dolcetto d'Alba 2015 Front Label
                              Ceretto Rossana Dolcetto d'Alba 2015
                              Dolcetto from Alba, Piedmont, Italy
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