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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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  • Prunotto Dolcetto d'Alba 2018  Front Label
    Prunotto Dolcetto d'Alba 2018
    Dolcetto from Alba, Piedmont, Italy
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    • Ca'Viola Vilot Dolcetto d'Alba 2018  Front Label
      Ca'Viola Vilot Dolcetto d'Alba 2018
      Dolcetto from Alba, Piedmont, Italy
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    • Paolo Conterno L'Alto Dolcetto d'Alba 2018  Front Label
      Paolo Conterno L'Alto Dolcetto d'Alba 2018
      Dolcetto from Alba, Piedmont, Italy
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      • Ceretto Rossana Dolcetto d'Alba 2018  Front Label
        Ceretto Rossana Dolcetto d'Alba 2018
        Dolcetto from Alba, Piedmont, Italy
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        • Francesco Boschis Sori San Martino Dolcetto di Dogliani 2018  Front Label
          Francesco Boschis Sori San Martino Dolcetto di Dogliani 2018
          Dolcetto from Piedmont, Italy
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          • Elio Altare Dolcetto d'Alba 2018  Front Label
            Elio Altare Dolcetto d'Alba 2018
            Dolcetto from Alba, Piedmont, Italy
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          • Idlewild Fox Hill Dolcetto 2018  Front Label
            Idlewild Fox Hill Dolcetto 2018
            Dolcetto from Mendocino, California
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            • Azelia Bricco dell'Oriolo Dolcetto d'Alba 2018  Front Label
              Azelia Bricco dell'Oriolo Dolcetto d'Alba 2018
              Dolcetto from Alba, Piedmont, Italy
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              • Viberti Dolcetto d'Alba Superiore 2018  Front Label
                Viberti Dolcetto d'Alba Superiore 2018
                Dolcetto from Alba, Piedmont, Italy
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                • E. Pira e Figli Dolcetto d'Alba 2018  Front Label
                  E. Pira e Figli Dolcetto d'Alba 2018
                  Dolcetto from Alba, Piedmont, Italy
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                  • Roberto Voerzio Priavino Dolcetto d'Alba 2018  Front Label
                    Roberto Voerzio Priavino Dolcetto d'Alba 2018
                    Dolcetto from Alba, Piedmont, Italy
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                  • Beni di Batasiolo Dolcetto d'Alba 2018  Front Label
                    Beni di Batasiolo Dolcetto d'Alba 2018
                    Dolcetto from Alba, Piedmont, Italy
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                    • Francesco Boschis Pianezzo Dolcetto di Dogliani 2018  Front Label
                      Francesco Boschis Pianezzo Dolcetto di Dogliani 2018
                      Dolcetto from Dogliani, Piedmont, Italy
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                      • Pecchenino San Luigi Dogliani Dolcetto 2018  Front Label
                        Pecchenino San Luigi Dogliani Dolcetto 2018
                        Dolcetto from Dogliani, Piedmont, Italy
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                      • Elio Grasso Dolcetto d'Alba Dei Grassi 2018  Front Label
                        Elio Grasso Dolcetto d'Alba Dei Grassi 2018
                        Dolcetto from Alba, Piedmont, Italy
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                        • Sandrone Dolcetto d'Alba 2018  Front Label
                          Sandrone Dolcetto d'Alba 2018
                          Dolcetto from Alba, Piedmont, Italy
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                        • Paolo Scavino Dolcetto d'Alba 2018  Front Label
                          Paolo Scavino Dolcetto d'Alba 2018
                          Dolcetto from Alba, Piedmont, Italy
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                          • Musso Dolcetto d'Alba 2018  Front Label
                            Musso Dolcetto d'Alba 2018
                            Dolcetto from Alba, Piedmont, Italy
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                            • Domenico Clerico Langhe Dolcetto Visadi 2018  Front Label
                              Domenico Clerico Langhe Dolcetto Visadi 2018
                              Dolcetto from Piedmont, Italy
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                            • Piero Benevelli La Costa Dolcetto d'Alba 2018  Front Label
                              Piero Benevelli La Costa Dolcetto d'Alba 2018
                              Dolcetto from Alba, Piedmont, Italy
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                              • Elvio Cogno Mandorlo Dolcetto d'Alba 2018  Front Label
                                Elvio Cogno Mandorlo Dolcetto d'Alba 2018
                                Dolcetto from Alba, Piedmont, Italy
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                              • Brovia Dolcetto d'Alba Vigna Villej 2018  Front Label
                                Brovia Dolcetto d'Alba Vigna Villej 2018
                                Dolcetto from Alba, Piedmont, Italy
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                                • Bruno Giacosa Dolcetto d'Alba 2018  Front Label
                                  Bruno Giacosa Dolcetto d'Alba 2018
                                  Dolcetto from Alba, Piedmont, Italy
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                                • Fabio Oberto Dolcetto d'Alba 2018  Front Label
                                  Fabio Oberto Dolcetto d'Alba 2018
                                  Dolcetto from Alba, Piedmont, Italy
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                                  • Massolino Dolcetto d'Alba 2018  Front Label
                                    Massolino Dolcetto d'Alba 2018
                                    Dolcetto from Alba, Piedmont, Italy
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