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'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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  • Had a great first full day here in south central California. Started off with a very good breakfast at the ForFriends B&B in Santa Ynez. Too early for any of the tasting rooms to be open so we headed down to Jalama beach for some salt air and scenery. Beautiful beach with some interesting campsites and about a half dozen surfers enjoying some mo... Read More

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  • Dolcetto d'Alba Vigna Dij Sagrin DOC Lo Zoccolaio 2010


    No written review

    Wine review by angem55

  • Azienda Agricola Cogno Mandorlo Dolcetto d'Alba 2014


    Lightly floral violet aromas, clove and strawberry. Simple, chalky notes of red currant and strawberry on the nose with loamy earth and a tannic grip with tart cranberry notes on the finish. Read More

    Wine review by Snooth Editorial

  • Giuseppe Cortese Dolcetto d'Alba 2013


    Nice easy-drinking wine. Not over-the-top with fruit, but there are some red berry hints and even a suggestion of mint. Typical acidity that I usually see in Italian wines. More a food wine than a sipper. Also, a drink now wine. I see no reason to dedicate wine storage space for this one. Read More

    Wine review by EMark

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