Dolcetto

 

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...

  • La Morra

  • Languedoc

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

  • Treiso

  • Alba

  • Dolcetto d'Alba

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

  • Piemonte

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  • Piedmont

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

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  • Fattoria Il Poggio

    The history of the farm “Il Poggio” is nearly as ancient as its land, which has always rewarded m...

  • 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...

  • Tommasi

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

  • San Silvestro

    The “Cantine San Silvestro” is located in the territory of the Commune of Novello. It mainly prod...

  • Cantina Terre Del Barolo

    The wine cellar “Lands of the Barolo“ The “Terre del Barolo“ winery ‘s distinguished range of pro...

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  • A little extra reading from a DIY blogger who appears to have done thorough ... no genetic relationship to Dolcetto. Tasted more like a cross between an elegant Cabernet on the fruit side and Pinot Noir on the weight/tannic structur Read More

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  • I believe I have Dmcker to thank for endorsing Charbono in another thread.Got roped into a dinner last night when I should have been on my way home to my family...and it would have been especially painful if I didn't know to order the Charbono on the short by the glass menu. This was the most satisfying Napa wine I can remember, probably eclipsi... Read More

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  • Just brought up a couple to the house yesterday, actually the Marziano Abbona and Gillardi from the mailer. Read More

    Forum post in the topic Are you down with Dolcetto?


  • Yeah, in my household those soldiers would do their duty and fall over long before the next Italian night at a restaurant. Which is never that far off...  ;-) Read More

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  • I have 2 bottles of Sottimano 2012 Dolcetto d'Alba Bric del Salto. The drinking window is approximately 2014 to 2017. I am waiting for our next dinner at an Italian BYO restaurant, but may have to drink one with our next pizza night. Read More

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  • As many of you might know I am half Italian, with family that comes from the ... ... this reminds me a bit of Dolcetto with lots of wild berry raspberry fruit in a softly tannic bright package. easy and fruit driven. 86pts2011 Barone de Cles Teroldego Maso Scari $20 in ItalyDecidedly earthy on the nose and without the brightness of the Primo b... Read More

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  • Barone de Cles Teroldego Primo 2012

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    Spicy, mineral and bright on the nose, this has an almost soapy floral accent ... ... this reminds me a bit of Dolcetto with lots of wild berry raspberry fruit in a softly tannic bright package. easy and fruit driven. 86p Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz


  • Breviter:  No.  Dolcetto is a silky little wine that has (like everything else) become expensive.  But down on the wine?  Never. Read More

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  • It's true - I really think this is the only Sandrone wine that I can afford right now. Their Barolo is a bit out of my price range.Thanks for the advice guys, I'll hold onto the wine and check back when I open it.  Read More

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  • I have had only one Ruths Chris experience, about 15 years ago.  I thought ... Syrah, 4% Pinot Meunier, 3% Dolcetto and 1% Chardonnay.   That does sound interesting to me.The other one that catches my eye is the Charles Smith Merlot--another wine I've never tried, but I have never been misled by a Washington Merlot, and Charles Smith seems to b... Read More

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