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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  • I got so excited about dolcetto this year, see my report on The Return of Dolcetto, that I almost forgot about Barbera!  I love Barbera. It’s a rich wine, though too often spoofed up with too much oak, but when you find an example that focuses on the fruit you get a wine that is bursting with mouth cleansing acids, rich with plummy fruit, and li... Read More

    From the article Barbera is Taking on Airs

  • Vietti Dolcetto D Alba 2011


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    Wine review by Austinista

  • Earlier this year I was able to spend a couple of weeks in Piedmont. Of course ... ... namely Barbera and Dolcetto.A few years back you wouldn’t have caught me recommending the later over the former but my how things have changed. A couple of less than intense vintages and a gradual pulling back from extremes has created a new style of Dolcet... Read More

    From the article Dolcetto is Back!

  • Giacomo Fenocchio Dolcetto d'Alba 2013


    Tank sample Pretty if slightly gamy tinged berry fruit greets the nose which is ... bright, high acid example of Dolcetto with surprisingly tough little tannins. Flavors of violets, and that gamy berry fruit of the nose gain a touch of mineral, and a little spice on the backend, along with a hint of orange oil on the moderately long finish. Thi... Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz

  • Giuseppe Rinaldi Dolcetto d'Alba 2013


    Sampled out of SS tank Musky and dark on the nose with reductive funk covering a lot of the detail. Rich, supple, and yet with bright acids in the mouth this shows superb freshness and good density. Not a small wine, but rather nimble on the palate this is packed with plum and raspberry fruit all supported by super fine, ripe fruit tannins. i ex... Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz

  • Brezza Dolcetto d'Alba 2012


    All SS from San Lorenzo and Fossati vineyards Pretty on the nose with fresh slightly woodsy and spicy aromas that show some African violet earthiness, Medium plus bodied in the mouth, and perhaps a touch dilute, though fresh with rose stem and herb flavors embedded in fresh wild black raspberry and black plum skin fruit. This is very fresh and e... Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz

  • Sordo Dolcetto d'Alba 2013


    Classic if slightly muddy aromas of violets, almonds and ivy come together quite attractively on the floral and spicy nose. Bright acids lead the way in the mouth which shows a lean and fully commercial old school style of tight and raw fruit. This is aged in SS and it shows, and while a bit lean this is very fresh with a hint of tomato in the m... Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz

  • Oddero Dolcetto d'Alba 2012


    Buttery and a bit bubblegummy on the nose, this is very fruity with lots of ... going, laid back style of Dolcetto that is a bit too easy and supple for my palate but should find a broad audience with its gulpable fruit and nice mineral tinge on the finish. 85p Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz

  • Massolino Dolcetto d'Alba 2012


    To ensure a softer style they extract the grape seeds after a day and half of fermentation, then again after three days Super spicy, floral, and fruity on the nose with a black spice character hinting at licorice with a huge rush of currant fruit. Round and a bit soft in the mouth, this shows nice depth of fruit in an easy going style that lack... Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz

  • Dolcetto d'Alba. Prunotto 2013


    Bottled 20 days ago A bit candied on the nose, and a little matte smelling though with some African violet earthiness but not much and the fruit is a little bruised and cooked, Wow this has high acid on entry, bright and vibrant in the mouth with low intensity but pure and fresh flavors of raspberries and a hint of cherry fruit, that is simple b... Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz

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