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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  • 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

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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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  • 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

    Wine review by dnel31076

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