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...

  • Treiso

  • Languedoc

      The people of this region once spoke Occitan, in which one said “oc” instead of “oui” to m...

  • Alba

  • La Morra

  • Dolcetto d'Alba

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

  • Piemonte

  • Dolcetto Di Dogliani

  • Piedmont

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

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  • G.D. Vajra

    Vergne, the highest village in the Commune of Barolo, with vineyards planted to nebbiolo at heigh...

  • Bolla

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

  • Castello di Monsanto

    Castello di Monsanto is one of the most respected estates in Tuscany and one of the top produc...

  • Feudi di San Gregorio

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

  • Terre da Vino

    The many guests who arrive at our winery every day cannot help but notice that they are literally...

  • Mezzacorona

    Responsible for overseeing Gruppo Mezzacorona, the Mezzacorona Societa Cooperativa Agricola wa...

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  • Elvio Cogno Dolcetto d'Alba Mandorlo 2013


    Fresh with clear bright violet, bitter almond and earthy plum aromas that gain ... ... pork. The all-purpose Dolcetto. 91pt Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz

  • Cascina Delle Rose Dolcetto d'Alba a Elizabeth 2013


    Violet, almond, and damson plum skin are all layered over a lightly earthy base note on the finely delicate nose. Showing pretty big fruit up front, this is quite ripe and even a little jammy in the mouth, though fine tannins and firmly integrated acids add some backbone on the midpalate where this gains a lovely earthy purity. The crisp littl... Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz

  • Mascarello Bartolo Dolcetto d'Alba 2012


    Rue, Monrobiolo, Bussia the piece in Barolo, 5000 to 6000 bottles Deep violet ... bitter almond finale. Superb Dolcetto in a truly classic style. 93p Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz

  • Poderi Luigi Einaudi Dogliani Superiore Vigna Tecc 2011


    One year in botte, selected in vineyard, Dark, earthy, and a bit high toned on ... fresh fruit, a really lovely Dolcetto in a more modern, powerful style. 93p Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz

  • That sounds like good experience to draw from...I'll have to revisit with some beers. Sushi, fried chicken, and Korean BBQ are the only beer pairings I've enjoyed til now. Read More

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  • Hmmm. Sounds like a good burrito. I'm a purist when it comes to them. ... ... ... give both barbera and dolcetto a try, though. Barbera perhaps tonight, now that you've got me hungering for the things...  ; Read More

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  • Much better than beer I'd say...there were a few raw white onions and green chile sauce but nothing else.  Read More

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  • So the dolcetto went better with the burrito than a beer would? Anything in the burrito besides beans and cheese? Read More

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  • Ideas to reality, this 1st bottle of Marziano Abonna performed very ... as ... ... as you'd expect from Dolcetto. With hours of air, the dark purple fruit emerges...licorice and pomegranate, with lead pencil and mild spice. Graceful, low intensity finish with good length. Definitely a winning Dolcetto...interestingly it was a better match with... Read More

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  • Vietti Dolcetto Dolcetto d'Alba Tre Vigne 2010


    Not great, but enjoyed on a dull Friday night watching a Sherlock Holmes movie from my couch. It did get better later in the night, but that was likely more to do with my mood swing than the wine getting better. Read More

    Wine review by raindance

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