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 find my 1995 Madiran a bit dry/tart for my taste and am considering blending the remaining four bottles with a Cabernet.  Any objections?  Suggestions?  March 25, 2016  Read More

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  • Any favorite wines/wineries in this area? planning a spring trip starting in the columbia gorge and heading towards Yakima. Read More

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  • Great story, JD!VV, here's how it usually works, as people who have been ... my Friday pinots, Barbera, Dolcetto, Chianti, lower end Zin, Cotes du Rhone, etcetera.  If I'm planning on something nice, I might bring it into the house and put it in the tower, but it keeps cooler in the basement, even when it was a passive, quarter of the house, b... Read More

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  • Ciccone Vineyard & Winery Dolcetto Leelanau Peninsula 2005


    The absolute best Dolcetto I have ever had. They had a few years where they didn't make any due to a crop lost to frost. This is a wine that will be the talk of your party or the best gift someone has ever received. The mouth feel is is tied with the rich flavors, making it a well rounded, sensory experience. Read More

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  • I'm saving that Fontanafredda for a dinner with some wine friends, Michelle ... just take my chances. Dolcetto isn't a fancy wine, so it won't show against those wines, necessarily.  If your friends enjoyed the SHL, then that's what matters.  They drank it down because you are correct that it's good wine.&nbs Read More

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  • Here are the wines from yesterday's party.I'd say California showed ... on release. The other, the Dolcetto tasted a little spritzy to me, and maybe a little hot. It stuck out as the worst of the wines, although perhaps the fruitiest. I have plenty of these left, even after sacrificing two last night, may need to send one up to Fox for an opin... Read More

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  • Mine was a supermarket wine, so there's a reason it would be different from ... which is pretty much like dolcetto.  Oddly, I haven't drunk any dolcetto in a while, so it wasn't on my mind much, unless you believe that absence makes the heart grow fonder (or lack of occupation leads to preoccupation).  The freshness plus tannins were the major ... Read More

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  • Reminds me, I had a Humagne Rouge earlier this year...surprised to hear you say Dolcetto Fox, I think maybe you had some Dolcetto on the brain while drinking, though I wonder what impression you would have had with the bottle I tried and vice versa. Anyhow, the one I had, shown below, is a Neil Rosenthal import, which goes for around $40, and I ... Read More

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  • Too funny about the Vernaccia.  "Vernaccia" and ... To me it was like a good dolcetto or lagrein, some of the chocolatey notes and definitely the tannins of a dolcetto.  Very nice with food.My father and mother brought it to me after their new Swiss (Swiss Italian) neighbor gave it to them.  He moved it over from Switzerland (a full case appare... Read More

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  • VV, if you liked the Kenneth Volk Malvasia, K&L has it on ... I did try their dolcetto a while back and was not a fan. Great trip, thanks for all the reporting.  One for the bookmarks Read More

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