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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  • JD, my quick take on Cavallotto:  They use rotovinifiers, but are ... ... non-native grapes as well as Dolcetto and Barbera, the vast majority is nebbiolo for Barolo.  When we tasted the Barolo wines, the first aroma out of the bottle was "poopy."  It wasn't brett IMO, and it blew off.  Once you got past that, the wines tended to be rounder an... Read More

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  • Batasiolo Dolcetto D' Alba DOC 2008


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    Wine review by FirstSecurityServices

  • Foxall and I are getting together for a Burgundy and Barolo dinner in Oakland this Saturday. We may have a seat or two available for anyone willing to make some spur of the moment travel plans. Read More

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  • Since dailies aren't usually wines that I store long term--good early ... ... early drinkers like Barbera, Dolcetto, simpler Chiantis, roses, and whites--they don't actually take much storage space, and rarely in the basement.  They aren't going to go bad if the house gets up to 78-80 for a couple days (which is how long it takes to break a "h... Read More

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  • Planning to do some exploring into Italy's other wine varietals, those ... ... ... Nebbiolo, Barbera, and Dolcetto, etc.First up is a Ruche with a few years bottle age by Montalbera, apparently a lighter wine that was traditionally brought out for special occassions...figure this should make for a nice apertif, and/or summer sipper with light... Read More

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  • Brutocao Quadriga Hopeland Ranches 2011


    wonderful blend, quiet, peaceful yet strong and resilient just like a good wine should be. Read More

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  • Okay, I was pages behind here and missed the rundown on the Carlisle.  ... fine place to grow Barbera, Dolcetto, and Nebbiolo, for instance, but no one is doing that.  (Okay, not true:  Had one okay nebbiolo from there Read More

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  • Rckr, you'll notice that word "epiphany" in posts.  ... We ... ... We drank through the Dolcetto (which was easy, I like it and I know what I like), and Barbera, but that wasn't what I was there for.  Then the Barolo, open since that morning came out.  These were young Barolos, so who knew if they would be enjoyable, maybe they'd be brilliant... Read More

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  • I remember mine completely, just  like it was yesterday, all except for the producer which I think was Tyrrell, but after 40+ yrs the name has faded.  What remains vivid is the experience.  The place was in Freemantle, just outside Perth, in 1976.  Hungry for a good meal, myself and 2 friends chanced upon this spot.  It was owned by a WW2 refuge... Read More

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  • D - it's the VV. I haven't had either for years. Just from memory, they ... ... find with Petit Sirah or Dolcetto or more recently a Mondeuse. Other grapes and blends can be one note wonders but when I find something dense and tannic, with a single dominant but vague fruit element and an astringent quality, I mentally place it in that category.... Read More

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