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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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  • Wilde Farm Fox Hill Vineyard Dolcetto 2018  Front Label
    Wilde Farm Fox Hill Vineyard Dolcetto 2018
    Dolcetto from Mendocino, California
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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 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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    • 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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      • Ceretto Rossana Dolcetto d'Alba 2018  Front Label
        Ceretto Rossana 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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        • 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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          • 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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            • 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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              • 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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                • Musso Dolcetto d'Alba 2018  Front Label
                  Musso Dolcetto d'Alba 2018
                  Dolcetto from Alba, 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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                  • 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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                  • Prunotto Dolcetto d'Alba 2018  Front Label
                    Prunotto Dolcetto d'Alba 2018
                    Dolcetto from Alba, Piedmont, Italy
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                    • Luigi Einaudi Dolcetto di Dogliani 2018  Front Label
                      Luigi Einaudi Dolcetto di Dogliani 2018
                      Dolcetto from Dogliani, 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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                    • Fabio Oberto Dolcetto d'Alba 2018  Front Label
                      Fabio Oberto Dolcetto d'Alba 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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                      • Abbona Papa Celso Dolcetto 2018  Front Label
                        Abbona Papa Celso Dolcetto 2018
                        Dolcetto from 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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                        • Massolino Dolcetto d'Alba 2018  Front Label
                          Massolino Dolcetto d'Alba 2018
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                        • Andrea Oberto Dolcetto d'Alba 2018  Front Label
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                          • G.D. Vajra Dolcetto d'Alba Coste and Fossati 2018  Front Label
                            G.D. Vajra Dolcetto d'Alba Coste and Fossati 2018
                            Dolcetto from Alba, Piedmont, Italy
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                            Bruno Giacosa Falletto Dolcetto d'Alba 2018
                            Dolcetto from Alba, Piedmont, Italy
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                            Luigi Pira Dolcetto d'Alba 2018
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