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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  • Francesco Clerico Dolcetto d'Alba 2013

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    Organic Handfuls of earth, spicy black fruit, cherries and almond greet the nose. What a texture this has, smooth, supple and yet bright, and super clear on the palate which shows of wonderfully fresh small berry fruit. While definitely in the juicy end of the style, this shows a bit of mineral and some forest floor on the plate. Theres a hint... Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz


  • E. Pira Dolcetto 2013

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    Gorgeous freshness on the nose, all wild raspberry toned with hints of of ink, graphite minerals, and bright violet notes. This shows superb focus and energy on the nose and shows a nice hint of richness early on the palate, followed by bright and juicy wild berry fruit that has lovely purity and fine complexity with crisp fruit tannins and brig... Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz


  • Elvio Cogno Dolcetto d'Alba Mandorlo 2013

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    Fresh with clear bright violet, bitter almond and earthy plum aromas that gain ... ... pork. The all-purpose Dolcetto. 91pt Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz


  • Cascina Delle Rose Dolcetto d'Alba a Elizabeth 2013

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    Violet, almond, and damson plum skin are all layered over a lightly earthy base note on the finely delicate nose. Showing pretty big fruit up front, this is quite ripe and even a little jammy in the mouth, though fine tannins and firmly integrated acids add some backbone on the midpalate where this gains a lovely earthy purity. The crisp littl... Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz


  • B. Mascarello Dolcetto d'Alba 2012

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    Rue, Monrobiolo, Bussia the piece in Barolo, 5000 to 6000 bottles Deep violet ... bitter almond finale. Superb Dolcetto in a truly classic style. 93p Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz


  • Poderi Luigi Einaudi Dogliani Superiore Vigna Tecc 2011

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    One year in botte, selected in vineyard, Dark, earthy, and a bit high toned on ... fresh fruit, a really lovely Dolcetto in a more modern, powerful style. 93p Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz


  • That sounds like good experience to draw from...I'll have to revisit with some beers. Sushi, fried chicken, and Korean BBQ are the only beer pairings I've enjoyed til now. Read More

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  • Hmmm. Sounds like a good burrito. I'm a purist when it comes to them. ... ... ... give both barbera and dolcetto a try, though. Barbera perhaps tonight, now that you've got me hungering for the things...  ; Read More

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  • Much better than beer I'd say...there were a few raw white onions and green chile sauce but nothing else.  Read More

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  • So the dolcetto went better with the burrito than a beer would? Anything in the burrito besides beans and cheese? Read More

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