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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  • Hey all. I'm a wine reviewer, and just the other day I launched an article on my site about Dolcetto. The wines I featured were from Santa Barbara County, but I'm a big fan of this grape from New World and Old World producers. Does anyone have any recommendations/stories/opinions about Dolcetto? I'd like to get people talking about it. Cheers.If... Read More

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  • Luigi Pira Dolcetto d'Alba 2009


    Barrel SampleSpicy on the nose with a lively fruity character, a bit beefy, and spicy with notes of talc, violet and caraway. Great acids on entry balance out the sweetness of very ripe fruit and gently astringent tannins. This is crisp and focused with good energy in the mouth driving the red plum and raspberry fruit across the palate. There ar... Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz

  • This past May I made sure to visit Luigi Pira, particularly in light of the ... ... visit on page two. 2009 Dolcetto d’Alba Barrel SampleSpicy on the nose with a lively fruity character, a bit beefy, and spicy with notes of talc, violet and caraway. Great acids on entry balance out the sweetness of very ripe fruit and gently astringent tannin... Read More

    From the article A Day with Luigi Pira

  • Giribaldi San Lorenzo 2007


    Smokey/Spicy right away with dark cherries on the back. Some fruits of the forest as well. Licorice, leather, and cloves. Quite aromatic. On the tongue it's quite spicy as well, or is it the fuet (Spanish salami but better as the Catalans say). Tart and fruity as well on the tongue. Does go well with the fuet and crackers on the table. Read More

    Wine review by WinePleasures

  • Manzone Dolcetto la Serra 2007


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    Wine review by phoebe9876

  • Realize that now Texas wineries have obtained a certain level of acceptance ... varietals such as Barbera, Dolcetto, Viognier and Vermentino. There was also a Prickly Pear (Tuna) wine, a roadside grown Mustang grape wine, and even a chili pepper infused white wine that nobody seemed to have the courage to open.More at: Read More

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  • Quote from Jancis Robinson - is her address to the Wine Communicators of Australia [formerly Wine Press Club - ie Journos and Wine WritersAt the risk of subjective editing here is some grabs"Anyone can get on-line and pontificate about wine"In response to questions around the impact of on-line sites, logs, tweeters and other new age communicatio... Read More

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  • Argusto Dolcetto Dacqui 1997


    Nice wine for the price. light summer red, makes you fell like your under a gazebo eating figs and dates on an italian afternoon in piedmont Read More

    Wine review by Diggerfly

  • Brown Brothers Dolcetto & Syrah NV


    This was recommended to me by my local liquor outlet. I wasn't disappointed. I like a smooth, velvety, red with some sweetness, not a dry red fan.This 2009 vintage was beautiful. A bit too nice , could indulge too much. Read More

    Wine review by easyonthepallet

  • De Forville Dolcetto Dolcetto d'Alba 2008


    Strong evocation of black cherries on the nose, dry yet nice expression of ... ... ... on account of the tannic Dolcetto grape; overall a nice wine for quaffing on its own or would pair nicely with eggplant cannelloni. 13% al Read More

    Wine review by skimvin

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