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Snooth User: Tyler Worth

Let's Talk Dolcetto

Posted by Tyler Worth, Aug 2, 2010.

Hey all. I'm a wine reviewer, and just the other day I launched an article on my site about Dolcetto. The wines I featured were from Santa Barbara County, but I'm a big fan of this grape from New World and Old World producers. Does anyone have any recommendations/stories/opinions about Dolcetto? I'd like to get people talking about it. Cheers.

If you'd like to see my article, check it out on What's Worth Drinking:


Reply by Eric Guido, Aug 2, 2010.

I'm a big fan of Dolcetto myself.  However, the only one I've ever had from Santa Barbera was Palmina and unfortunately the nose was so reminiscent of Welches grape jelly that it scared me away from exploring further.

When it comes to Italian (or Piedmont) producers, that's a totally different story.  Below is a list of the producers and bottles I've enjoyed recently or buy with each vintage.  The Bruno Giacosa is one of my favorites and unfortunately more expensive than the rest.  I'd probably follow that with the Pecchenino, as I find that I'm a bigger fan of dolcetto from Dogliani (in Piedmont) as well as the Marziano.  The Aldo Conterno is big and rich, while the Roberto Voerzio is light and spritzy with a good amount of italian bitterness.  The Francesco RInaldi shows lots of earth and minerals in a very traditional rendition.  All really good though.

Bruno Giacosa, Dolcetto d'Alba Falletto 

Pecchenino Dolcetto di Dogliani Siri D'Jermu

Marziano Abbona Dolcetto di Dogliani San Luigi

Poderi Aldo Conterno Langhe Dolcetto Masante

Roberto Voerzio Dolcetto d'Alba Priavino

Francesco Rinaldi Docletto d'Alba Roussot

Lastly, currently on my short list to try, are the Dolcettos from Marcarini.


Reply by Eric Guido, Aug 3, 2010.

I totally forgot to mention that I enjoyed your article as well.  I was wondering, in your opinion, which of the two wines you featured would appeal to someone whose looking for a more Italian expression of Dolcetto in California?

Both tasting notes are equally enticing. 

Reply by Tyler Worth, Aug 3, 2010.

Hey Eric,

Thanks so much for the recommendations and for reading my post. Your answer was exactly what I was looking for. It's funny you mentioned the Palmina Dolcetto, because I'll be in that area in a couple of weeks and that was on my "wines to taste list." It probably still is just for the sake of trying it, but at least now I know what I can expect. As for the Italian producers, if I can find them, I'll be sure to check them out. And finally, I really wouldn't say that either one of the wines that I featured would appeal to someone looking for an Italian styled wine. It's just not going to happen. They're good for what they are, but if you go in expecting an Italian Dolcetto, you're going to end up with something completely different. That's not a bad thing, it's just like trying to compare a big oaky Napa Chardonnay with a Chard from Macon, the same grape, two unique wines. That's oddly one of the things that I like about them. Good chatting with you, hope to see you around the forum.


Reply by Eric Guido, Aug 3, 2010.

Our chat prompted me to open another Pecchenino Dolcetto di Dogliani Siri D'Jermu from 2006.  A really great bottle.

My notes: Wild berries and blue fruit, spicy with gram cracker and chalk dust on the nose but with a bit of perceptible heat. Lush blackberry fruit followed by pepper and earth with tongue curling acidity. The finish is long with a semi-sweet red grape flavor and a hint of tannic tug on your cheeks. I believe this wine has the stuffing to improve for at least another three to five years and I'm looking forward to the next time I revisit it.

Reply by Tyler Worth, Aug 3, 2010.

Sounds great. I'm going to have to try to hunt that one down for sure now.

Reply by bskwines, Aug 4, 2010.

I like dolcetto that it is very soft, and acidity is very interesting, .

In China, it is very hard to find dolcetto wine. it is so regret.

Reply by Tyler Worth, Aug 4, 2010.


That's disappointing. What kind of Italian wines can you usually get in China?

Reply by dmcker, Aug 8, 2010.

I'm short on Dolcetto experience, but K&L Wines is carrying a Bricco San Bernardo 2006 that is certainly pleasant to drink.

Has worked well with BBQ (burgers, Italian sausage, lamb, etc.) and heavier pasta ragus (wild boar, etc.), and I'm still exploring matches....

Reply by Tyler Worth, Aug 9, 2010.

Cool. Thanks. :)

Reply by dmcker, Aug 13, 2010.

I forgot to mention another Dolcetto I've had and that is being carried by a different wineshop in the Bay Area: Durin Pornassio Ormeasco 2007 . It's from the Ligurian coast and a little different than Dolcettos from further inland.  I like both it and the same maker's Pigato.

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