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.

7. Burlotto G.B. Dolcetto d'Alba (2009)

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As I sat and sniffed around the edges of this glass, it reminded me of everything I love about Italian wine. The first impression was of blackberry jam and brioche, but with time in the glass, the slightest hint of barnyard and earth added dimensions that I had at first not noticed. It was easy on the palate, with perfect balance and flavors of wild berries and a bit of old wood. Some gravelly tannin was noticeable on the finish but it served to remind me that this wasn't just a forgettable wine from who-knows-where, this was Dolcetto from Piedmont and a truly excellent example at that.

 

Burlotto makes some great Barolo in a traditional style.  However, you’re missing out if you don’t try their entry-level wines as well.  The Barbera, Freisa, Pelaverga and Dolcetto are all worth the price of admission

 
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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 gold...my new favorite dolcetto!



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