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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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  • Castello di Neive Dolcetto d'Alba Basarin 2016  Front Label
    Castello di Neive Dolcetto d'Alba Basarin 2016
    Dolcetto from Alba, Piedmont, Italy
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  • Bruno Giacosa Falletto Dolcetto d'Alba 2016 Front Label
    Bruno Giacosa Falletto Dolcetto d'Alba 2016
    Dolcetto from Alba, Piedmont, Italy
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  • Parusso Dolcetto d'Alba Piani Noce 2016 Front Label
    Parusso Dolcetto d'Alba Piani Noce 2016
    Dolcetto from Piedmont, Italy
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  • Abbona Papa Celso Dolcetto 2016 Front Label
    Abbona Papa Celso Dolcetto 2016
    Dolcetto from Piedmont, Italy
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    • Francesco Boschis Pianezzo Dolcetto di Dogliani 2016  Front Label
      Francesco Boschis Pianezzo Dolcetto di Dogliani 2016
      Dolcetto from Dogliani, Piedmont, Italy
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      • Marchesi di Barolo Madonna del Dono Dolcetto d'Alba 2016 Front Label
        Marchesi di Barolo Madonna del Dono Dolcetto d'Alba 2016
        Dolcetto from Alba, Piedmont, Italy
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        • Roberto Voerzio Priavino Dolcetto d'Alba 2016 Front Label
          Roberto Voerzio Priavino Dolcetto d'Alba 2016
          Dolcetto from Alba, Piedmont, Italy
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          • Massolino Dolcetto d'Alba 2016 Front Label
            Massolino Dolcetto d'Alba 2016
            Dolcetto from Alba, Piedmont, Italy
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          • Paolo Scavino Dolcetto d'Alba 2016 Front Label
            Paolo Scavino Dolcetto d'Alba 2016
            Dolcetto from Alba, Piedmont, Italy
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          • Bruna Grimaldi San Martino Dolcetto d'Alba 2016 Front Label
            Bruna Grimaldi San Martino Dolcetto d'Alba 2016
            Dolcetto from Alba, Piedmont, Italy
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            • Andrea Oberto Dolcetto d'Alba 2016  Front Label
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              • E. Pira e Figli Dolcetto d'Alba 2016 Front Label
                E. Pira e Figli Dolcetto d'Alba 2016
                Dolcetto from Alba, Piedmont, Italy
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                • Pecchenino San Luigi Dogliani Dolcetto 2016 Front Label
                  Pecchenino San Luigi Dogliani Dolcetto 2016
                  Dolcetto from Dogliani, Piedmont, Italy
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                • Francesco Boschis Dolcetto di Dogliani Vigna dei Prey 2016  Front Label
                  Francesco Boschis Dolcetto di Dogliani Vigna dei Prey 2016
                  Dolcetto from Dogliani, Piedmont, Italy
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                  • Bruno Giacosa Dolcetto d'Alba 2016 Front Label
                    Bruno Giacosa Dolcetto d'Alba 2016
                    Dolcetto from Alba, Piedmont, Italy
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                  • Ceretto Rossana Dolcetto d'Alba 2016 Front Label
                    Ceretto Rossana Dolcetto d'Alba 2016
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                  • Pecchenino Siri d'Jermu Dogliani Superiore Dolcetto 2016 Front Label
                    Pecchenino Siri d'Jermu Dogliani Superiore Dolcetto 2016
                    Dolcetto from Piedmont, Italy
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                    • Idlewild Fox Hill Dolcetto 2016 Front Label
                      Idlewild Fox Hill Dolcetto 2016
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                      • Sandrone Dolcetto d'Alba 2016 Front Label
                        Sandrone Dolcetto d'Alba 2016
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                        • Ca'Viola Vilot Dolcetto d'Alba 2016 Front Label
                          Ca'Viola Vilot Dolcetto d'Alba 2016
                          Dolcetto from Alba, Piedmont, Italy
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                        • Fontanafredda Briccotondo Dolcetto 2016 Front Label
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                          • Beni di Batasiolo Dolcetto d'Alba 2016 Front Label
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                            • Musso Dolcetto d'Alba 2016  Front Label
                              Musso Dolcetto d'Alba 2016
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                              • Marchesi di Barolo Dolcetto delle Langhe Servaj 2016 Front Label
                                Marchesi di Barolo Dolcetto delle Langhe Servaj 2016
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                                • Pio Cesare Dolcetto d'Alba 2016 Front Label
                                  Pio Cesare Dolcetto d'Alba 2016
                                  Dolcetto from Alba, Piedmont, Italy
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