Eric Guido

Location: Ridgewood, NY

Food and Wine Writer for Snooth Media, Chef, Musician, Poet, Wine Lover, and Workaholic. Owner, Chef and Writer for The V.I.P. Table.

Dolcetto: The perfect anyday wine

I have something of a secret affection for Dolcetto.  It started almost as far back as my love for Barolo.  Let’s face it; we can’t drink Barolo everyday, although I know some people who try.  Dolcetto, which translates to Little Sweet One, is for the most part, an easy drinking wine from Piedmont, Italy.  However, it’s hardly ever Sweet and if you know the right producers to look for, than you can find Dolcetto with amazing depth, clarity and nuance.  Far from just an easy drinking wine.


Some producers use Dolcetto as a means to turn a quick buck with affordable juice that can be enjoyed and sold while their Barolo ages toward release.  Other’s, like many on this list, look at it as it’s own beautiful expression of terroir.  Personally, I believe it is the ultimate weeknight spring or summer wine.  Dolcetto goes wonderfully with food, especially sausage and pizza.  And on a very hot day, try one at cellar temperature (55 degrees) for a real treat.  I obviously couldn’t include every wine I admire, but what follows are some of the best Dolcetto I’ve had this year.

5. Mascarello Dolcetto d'Alba (2010)

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The nose showed crushed blackberry, floral notes, wild herbs and earth with a rustic twist. On the palate, it was medium bodied with plush blackberry fruits and a bit of tart citrus, which coated the senses and lasted through the long finish. The wine's structure could be felt in the close as hints of tannin clung to the palate.

This is one of those Dolcetto that actually appears to need more time to come around.  The house of Bartolo Mascarello needs no introduction to anyone that knows about Barolo.  The style is a bit rustic but with intense purity and layers that seem to keep unfurling in the glass.  As much as I enjoyed this recently, I will purposely forget a few bottles in the cellar for future enjoyment.

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  • 640513Anna Savino I just drank Vajra dolcetto 2011 last night and it was amazing! Just the right amount of fruit with that raw almondy finish. Perfectly balanced and silky smooth. I agree that everything Vajra touches turns to new favorite dolcetto!

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