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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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  • Beni di Batasiolo Dolcetto d'Alba 2015 Front Label
    Beni di Batasiolo Dolcetto d'Alba 2015
    Dolcetto from Alba, Piedmont, Italy
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    • Parusso Dolcetto d'Alba Piani Noce 2015 Front Label
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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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      • Elvio Cogno Mandorlo Dolcetto d'Alba 2015 Front Label
        Elvio Cogno Mandorlo Dolcetto d'Alba 2015
        Dolcetto from Alba, Piedmont, Italy
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      • Sottimano Dolcetto d'Alba Bric del Salto 2015 Front Label
        Sottimano Dolcetto d'Alba Bric del Salto 2015
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        • Abbona Papa Celso Dolcetto 2015 Front Label
          Abbona Papa Celso Dolcetto 2015
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        • Bruno Giacosa Falletto Dolcetto d'Alba 2015 Front Label
          Bruno Giacosa Falletto Dolcetto d'Alba 2015
          Dolcetto from Alba, Piedmont, Italy
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        • Elio Grasso Dolcetto d'Alba Dei Grassi 2015 Front Label
          Elio Grasso Dolcetto d'Alba Dei Grassi 2015
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        • Pio Cesare Dolcetto d'Alba 2015 Front Label
          Pio Cesare Dolcetto d'Alba 2015
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          • Luigi Einaudi Dolcetto di Dogliani Vigna Tecc 2015 Front Label
            Luigi Einaudi Dolcetto di Dogliani Vigna Tecc 2015
            Dolcetto from Dogliani, Piedmont, Italy
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          • Francesco Boschis Pianezzo Dolcetto di Dogliani 2015 Front Label
            Francesco Boschis Pianezzo Dolcetto di Dogliani 2015
            Dolcetto from Dogliani, Piedmont, Italy
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          • Bodega Herrero Cerezo Dolcetto d'Alba 2015 Front Label
            Bodega Herrero Cerezo Dolcetto d'Alba 2015
            Dolcetto from Alba, Piedmont, Italy
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            • Tesoaria Vineyard & Winery Dolcetto 2015 Front Label
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              • Mockingbird Hill Dolcetto di Diano d'Alba 2015 Front Label
                Mockingbird Hill Dolcetto di Diano d'Alba 2015
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                • Giacomo Fenocchio Dolcetto d'Alba 2015 Front Label
                  Giacomo Fenocchio Dolcetto d'Alba 2015
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                  • Anna Maria Abbona Langhe Dolcetto 2015 Front Label
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                    • Cascina Ballarin Dolcetto d'Alba Pilade 2015 Front Label
                      Cascina Ballarin Dolcetto d'Alba Pilade 2015
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                      • Azienda Agricola Bovio Gianfranco Dolcetto d'Alba Dabbene 2015 Front Label
                        Azienda Agricola Bovio Gianfranco Dolcetto d'Alba Dabbene 2015
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                        • Orlando Abrigo dell'Erto Dolcetto d'Alba 2015 Front Label
                          Orlando Abrigo dell'Erto Dolcetto d'Alba 2015
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                          • Adriano Marco e Vittorio Dolcetto d'Alba 2015 Front Label
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                              • Broccardo Dolcetto d'Alba 2015 Front Label
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                                  • Casa Vinicola Abbazia Dolcetto d'Alba Abbazia 2015 Front Label
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                                    Dolcetto from Alba, Piedmont, Italy
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                                    • Giuseppe Giacosa Dolcetto d'Alba 2015 Front Label
                                      Giuseppe Giacosa Dolcetto d'Alba 2015
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