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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  • 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

  • I really need to go to OT's non-wine related project page and post about ... had sold out of Barbera and Dolcetto; there's talk a Nebbiolo is coming, but I'm skeptical about their location. Then on to Mauritson.I picked up my allocation of 3 each of Jack's Cabin Zin and Westphall Zin while we tasted through all the SVD Rockpile Zins.  I also p... Read More

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  • Chionetti Dolcetto di Dogliani Briccolero 2007


    No written review

    Wine review by melwgrimm

  • In Italy last year, we started tasting every day at about 10 a.m.  ... ... joke in the group was, "Dolcetto, it's what's for breakfast."  In fact, the Piemontese did used to drink it after working in the fields first thing in the morning. I think we were generally less sharp in the afternoons, and the third stop always was one where we were ru... Read More

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  • Renato Ratti Dolcetto d'Alba 2013


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    Wine review by cathyg

  • Fratelli Revello Dolcetto d'Alba 2013


    Best wine in this price range I have ever had. Tastes more like a $40-50 dollar wine. Excellent. Read More

    Wine review by calywa

  • "When the moon hits your eye/like a big pizza pie/that's ... wine, really similar to dolcetto.  The tasting room attendant didn't lay out the blend--I think he didn't know--and Charles was busy with some other customers.  This place is very hands on, I'm telling you.  We also tasted the Barbera, which was a notch below the Terra d'Oro; the Zinf... Read More

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  • Chianti was also held for about a year, half of that time in my active wine fridge I'd say. Read More

    Forum post in the topic Are you down with Dolcetto?

  • Epic Dolcetto had last night, absolutely crushed the Chianti Classico, but it wasn't a fair fight really. Something wrong about the CC, since this was my second bottle. Again found a bit of a gamey note here, over ripe, and not so fresh, which is a deal breaker.Anyhow, this is a game changing Dolcetto for me. The two neighbors I had over were ra... Read More

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