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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  • Pietra Santa Dolcetto Cienega Valley 2004

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    Smooth, peppery, good with a meal or on its own Read More

    Wine review by johnwallaceiii


  • La Mondianese Ruche 2005

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    Great wine. Enjoyed the spiciness. Great with meats and cheese Read More

    Wine review by johnwallaceiii


  • Icardi Brachetto 2007

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    For a low alcohol spritzy Italian red, this is far from weak. It fills your olfactory senses with rose petals and strawberries and has a nice zing from the bubbles. Tasted this today and thought it was great, especially for the balmy days of summer. Read More

    Wine review by VegasOenophile


  • Watts Dolcetto 2005

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    I absolutely loved this wine! A sweet red with jammy & interesting finish. Read More

    Wine review by Roughster


  • Erath Vineyards Dolcetto 2005

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    No written review

    Wine review by tylermi


  • Brown Brothers Dolcetto & Syrah NV

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    A nice sweet red wine, quite light and fruity, and interestingly (to me), served cold :) Read More

    Wine review by demuire


  • Brown Brothers Dolcetto & Syrah NV

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    No written review

    Wine review by demuire


  • Perhaps some grape banter to get things started:Grenache asked Cabernet, why do all the other vines always pick on me so? Cabernet responded abruptly, quite simply, you arent a noble grape. Grenache wondered what noble meant. Cabernet wasnt exactly sure, yet always assumed it was noble because it came from Bordeaux, the best region in the world ... Read More

    Forum post in the topic What makes a grape noble?...


  • Mascarello Dolcetto d'Alba 2006

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    Lots of grapefruit on the nose here over a core of smoky, tarry, sweet pipe tobacco with nuanced notes of spicy black plum. Thickish in the mouth with plush black plum fruit supported by round, supple tannins and a bit of dark earth. This reveals a bit of black raspberry on the cleansing finish. 88pts Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz


  • Marchesi di Barolo Dolcetto Dolcetto d'Alba Madonna di Como 2005

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    No written review

    Wine review by jewelsmarks


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