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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  • 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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  • Bought two bottles of Ulises Valdez's 2011 St. Peter's Church Zinfandel ... be thought of as mislabeled dolcetto (turns out that it's not), but the flavor is much more like Barber Read More

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  • Cool...agree with the Barbera/Dolcetto mix, Barbera flavor with Dolcetto acids? Something like that. Read More

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  • "what besides cabs and chards have you tried lately"Don't know ... ... *RoyaltyMeunier *NebbioloDolcettoMontepulcianoCharbonoTeroldegoCinsaut *SouzaoCenturianSalvadorPinotageAglianicoCarmenereCounoiseDornfelderTouriga Francesca&nbs Read More

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  • Thought I'd start a topic to see what "different" wines people are drinking. I've been on a hunt to find wines made from lesser known grapes or from unusual areas. Here's one of each.This is a rose made from Cinsault, not too unusual right? Well this is from the Bekaa Valley in Lebanon. Either they don't make very good wine in Lebanon or this bo... Read More

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  • Castello del Poggio Dolcetto Monferrato 2008


    The nose on this wine offers little evidence of fruit. Most present is oak and almond and a very present tone of alcohol and a bit of tarry essence.On the palette the tannins offer a lot to the body of this light to medium bodied varietal. The fruit presence reveals itself here with currants and the finish is slightly almond.The tannins compound... Read More

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  • Never rush a good glass of wine. This past week Slow Wine, an Italian ... ... ... red wine made with dried Dolcetto grapes with a lilting freshness that would go well with a nice hunk of Gorgonzola,” she wrote. Each winery recognized by Slow Wine receives an entry in the group's yearly guide.  Because the method of farming is important to the ... Read More

    From the article Take It Slow: Italian Wine Philosophy Eases Into L.A.

  • There are countless delicious wines you could enjoy with your Valentine this ... ... here.Acorn Winery 2011 Dolcetto ($33) Tell your Valentine, “This Italian wine grape is the Next Big Thing…” The story of Acorn Winery is one of love. Betsy and Bill Nachbaur have been tending the vines on their Russian River property for 25 years, and they ra... Read More

    From the article 10 Storytelling Wines for Valentine's Day

  • I spearheaded this incredible custom design last month. The ambient temperature in my region is approximately 55 degrees throughout the day; ideal for harnessing the explosive potential lurking within this vast selection. The tight seal on this cellar door makes for the perfect, dank environment. I have plans to expand later this year. Okay, eno... Read More

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  • Was reaching for a Dolcetto tonight with Spaghetti, red sauce, olive oil (heaps), and cheese, but couldn't find any (at least of the Abonna bottle I offered Fox), so went with what appeared to be the closest thing, a Langhe Freisa.Turns out my first thought was likely best. The Freisa comes off as grapey, covered in raisins/currant, spice, and a... Read More

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