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 Rinaldi Roussot Dolcetto d'Alba 2013

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    Oddly sliced peaches are the first notes I get on the nose followed by a rather assertive floral white flower and Iris note. Air brings out some rust and rhubarb but this remains a bit coy on the nose. On entry this is notably structured, a bit medicinal and white earth toned, with austere tannins, in a strict, austere, and unrelentingly Cannubi... Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz


  • Francesco Rinaldi Roussot Dolcetto d'Alba 2013

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  • Cavallotto Dolcetto d'Alba Bricco Boschis Vigna Scot 2012

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    Theres a lovely herbal medicinal character on the nose here, a little nettle ... ... scaled very Barbera like Dolcetto. 87p Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz


  • Cavallotto Dolcetto d'Alba Bricco Boschis Vigna Scot 2012

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  • Guido Porro Dolcetto Dolcetto d'Alba I Pari 2013

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    Fruity, dark, earthy, and muscular on the nose with spicy black berry fruit. A little chewy in the mouth, earthy and bright, with supple, soft tannins good acids supporting lots of wild berry fruit. The small tannins show a bit of tree bark spiciness on the long finish. Very friendly and with good depth of fruit, this does have a hint of candied... Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz


  • Guido Porro Dolcetto Dolcetto d'Alba I Pari 2013

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  • Rizzi Dolcetto d'Alba 2012

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    Pretty fruit on the nose has a decidedly balsamic cast to the very floral, raspberry fruit. Quite polished in the mouth, and a bit rich on the palate with fine grained tannins, and good supporting acids. Theres lots of bold, sweet fruit, as well as plenty of crunchy, crisp grape tannins that firms this up on the backend. Soft, broad and full of ... Read More

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  • Rizzi Dolcetto d'Alba 2012

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  • Brovia Vignavillej Dolcetto d'Alba 2012

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    Bottled two weeks ago Hint of VA greets the nose along with dark fruit aromas that are tight and continue to show some fermentation aromas along with a hint of pencil lead. Powerful and smooth in the mouth, this is juicy and darkly fruity with notes of sliced plum and spiced jerky flecked with mineral on the palate. Tense on the backend, this i... Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz


  • Brovia Vignavillej Dolcetto d'Alba 2012

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