Name of varietal: Dolcetto
Common synonyms: Beaina, Bignola, Bignonina, Cassolo, Dolcetta, Dolsin, Douce Noir, Nibio, Orneasco, Uva d’Acqui, Uva del Monferrato, Uva di Ovada, Uva di Roccagrimalda
Parentage of the grape: Indigenous to Piedmont, Italy
History of the grape: The name means “little sweet one” in Italian. Dolcetto, along with Barbera and Nebbiolo is one of the prized grapes of the Piedmont region in Italy, with evidence that it has been growing there for many centuries. It had been traditionally produced as a light (both in color and weight) table wine. More recently the trend is for bolder versions made from grapes that have been given a longer hang time to amplify their power and ageworthiness, but this also results in raising its alcohol levels. For this reason, Dolcetto can now be found in the traditional light style as well as big concentrated styles. Wines labeled “Superiore” are often a good tip that these are older Read more »

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  • Italy

    Wine in Italy is as much an integral part of everyday culture as love, family, cuisine and usin...

  • Dolcetto Di Dogliani

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  • Dolcetto d'Alba

      Dolcetto d’Alba is one of the several DOCs in Piedmont, Italy based on the Dolcetto grape....

  • Alba

  • La Morra

  • Piemonte

  • Piedmont

      The name in Italian means “foot of the mountain,” given its location at the foot of the Al...

  • USA

    "American Wine" has existed since the first Europeans brought their vinous heritage and tradition...

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  • Feudi di San Gregorio

    Situated in the tiny village of Sorbo Serpico in Campania's Irpinia region, this highly acclai...

  • Tommasi

    Tommasi Viticoltori(Tommasi vintners) is a family viticulture firm founded in 1902. It is situat...

  • Villa Jolanda

    It was back in the post war period when the Santero brothers Leopoldo, Renzo, Aldo and Adelio, fo...

  • Bolla

    Like all great legacies, the story of Bolla wines begins simply enough with one man, Abele Bolla....

  • MASI

    The Boscaini family have been the owners of the Masi vineyards for six generations. Sandro Boscai...

  • Castello del Poggio

      Castello del Poggio is just that - a castle. With a history dating back to medieval tim...

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Dolcetto on Snooth

  • Agree, not sure about Bruce Sanderson's (I think that's who wrote the ... wrote the review) palate re: dolcetto d'alba also the 2011 vintage of the L'Autre scored 88 which is even crazie Read More

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  • BB, I know I speak for the group when I say we all had a great time the other ... provided a 2012 Pio Cesare Dolcetto d'Alba - young and bright with nice red cherry and sleek tannin.  Sorry for the poor quality of some of the pictures, it was a bit dark in our corner of the restaraunt. B and D brought along one of my newer fav's, a 2009 Ulises... Read More

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  • Bava Dolcetto d'Alba Controvento 2010


    Kind of rustic Dolcetto d'Alba. Not a lot of depth, some, but not much, dark fruits, plum, earth tones, dusty chalky tannins, some nice acidity but a fairly short finish. Just not a lot to get excited about here. Read More

    Wine review by vin0vin0

  • That was a great time! Thanks V.V., and the rest of the gang, for such ... ... solid. 2012 Pio Cesare Dolcetto D'AlbaI failed to make a note on this one, but recall...this is the way I like my Dolcetto. The fruit is plentiful, as is typical for the varietal, but it's balanced nicely by some solid structure and secondary notes.   &nbs Read More

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  • I'll be in Charlotte, NC on business the week of February 24th, and was hoping some locals might be able to help out with a few questions, and maybe get together to open a bottle or two. Any help would be appreciated, and it would be great to meet Snoothers from that neighborhood. -Bob1) Are there any BYOB restaurants in Charlotte?2) If so, what... Read More

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  • Turkey Flat Rosé 2008


    A lovely rose - one of the first wines I ever really noticed and loved many years ago. I just opened a bottle of 2008 and it's drinking very well - maybe not quite as bright and grapefruity on the nose as I remember, but still really great. An interesting bright salmon hue. Floral on the nose with lots of fresh strawberry and peach. Medium weigh... Read More

    Wine review by JenniferT

  • Azelia Dolcetto d'Alba Bricco Dell'Orilo 2007


    I bought four bottles of this wine from the website ... the winery [],Dolcetto D'Alba is one of several DOC's for red wines made from the dolcetto grape in Piedmont north-west Italy,and Bricco Dell'Orilo is the name of the vineyard.I started the first bottle last night to accompany my supper of home-made pasta bake.I enjoyed the wi... Read More

    Wine review by duncan 906

  • Elio Grasso Nebbiolo Langhe DOC Gavarini Chiniera 1989


    Another wine that shows intense perfumes, with accents of lipstick and earth framing fruit that smells a bit toasty, and sweetly woody and is just a bit heavy and dull at first. Air help this to gain focus and freshens up the core of wild cherry fruit nicely. Cool and compressed on entry, this shows lovely cut in the mouth with deep black cherry... Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz

  • From where I sit one would imagine that I have some insight into the wine ... ... just want a killer bottle of Dolcetto, Barbera, or Nebbiolo you will find them. They will be priced well, and you might be surprised that they come from Virginia or North Carolina as well as Piedmont. A last prediction is in order for the the lower tier of wines,... Read More

    From the article 4 Predictions for 2014

  • Tenuta Arnulfo Dolcetto d'Alba Costa di Bussia 2012


    No written review

    Wine review by martins2002

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