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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  • Cascina Cucco Dolcetto d'Alba 2009


    Good taste, but have drank a bit better for the price tag in Poland Read More

    Wine review by wolszczak

  • X Winery Red Blend California 2010


    2010 Vintage adds some Dolcetto (17%) to the blend, still a prominent Syrah (56%), with 17% Petite Sirah, 11% Malbec. Each year these improve, a great value for an interesting wine. Read More

    Wine review by Nathan P

  • Moccagatta Dolcetto Dolcetto d'Alba 2011


    Very clean Read More

    Wine review by bbrown032

  • Cascina Adelaide Dolcetto di Diano d'Alba Vigna Costa Fiore 2009


    No written review

    Wine review by vintnermaster1234

  • Hey, OT, making corks doesn't kill or even harm the trees! (Shearing sheep ... the latest Anna Maria Abbona dolcetto for tonight.  Then tomorrow it's pizza with the neighborhood parents while the kids trick-or-treat, so I'll probably open some Zin just because I've been drinking a lot of Italian wine already and I'm both low on Chianti and a l... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Whatcha drinking tonight? -...

  • This is always one of the most difficult things I have to do each year. Sit ... d’Alba $20  Dolcetto d’Alba $20   Langhe Freisa $24  Verduno Pelaverga $20  Roasto Elatis $20   Dives sauvignon Blanc    Of course this is not Value Winery of the Year we’re talking about, it’s plain old Winery of the Year and for that you have to produce wines of ... Read More

    From the article Winery of the Year 2013

  • Burlotto G.B. Dolcetto d'Alba 2009


    This is a bit reticent on the nose with a dusty mineral character and gentle ... ... this has laser focus for Dolcetto, with the acidity corralling the fruit and driving the black, lightly spicy fruit into a long finish that shows a gentle herbal top note on the finale. 90p Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz

  • Fratelli Brovia Dolcetto D'alba Ciaböt Del Re 2001


    Dirty and oxidized on the nose with lots of seedy aromas. Carob, fennel, celery seed aromas. texturally this is clean and precise in the mouth though the wine has no life. Its dark and medicinal and long on the palate with oversteeped, meaty and even bready flavors. At least theres some power. 74pts Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz

  • Cascina Delle Rose Dolcetto d'Alba a Elizabeth 2011


    ~ Editor's Choice ~Assertively earthy, spicy, and violet driven on the nose ... ... This is about as good as Dolcetto gets. 92pts ~ GDP Read More

    Wine review by BRUNOHOEPERS

  • Nebbiolo the wine, the purest expression of the grape that shares the same ... ... ... be at least 85% Barbera, Dolcetto, or Nebbiolo with the same requirements for the remaining 15%. In reality the vast majority of the wines I’ve tasted are pure nebbiolo, and the other distinctions that can be made between the two wine Langhe nebbiolo and Neb... Read More

    From the article Nebbiolo Values

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