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An easy drinking red with soft fruity flavors—but catchy tannins, Dolcetto is often enjoyed in its native Piedmont while more serious Barolos and Barbarescos take their time to age. Here, this is the wine you are most likely to find on the table on a casual weekday night, or for apertivo (the canonical Piedmontese pre-dinner appetizer hour). In recent years Dolcetto has found some footing in California, but plantings are fairly limited outside of Italy.

Tasting Notes for Dolcetto

Dolcetto is a dry red wine with a moderate acidity and fairly high tannins. The name translates to “little sweet one,” and though the wines produced are typically not sweet in terms of residual sugar, they are full of juicy red cherry and blueberry, with occasional hints of chocolate and baking spice.

Perfect Food Pairings for Dolcetto

Dolcetto is a lively, exuberant variety and works well paired with tomato-based or pesto pasta dishes, pizza, roasted or cured meat and spanakopita.

Sommelier Secrets for Dolcetto

In most of Piedmont, easy-ripening Dolcetto is relegated to the secondary sites—the best of which are reserved for the king variety: Nebbiolo. However, in the Dogliani zone it is the star of the show, and here it makes a bigger, riper and a more serious style of Dolcetto, many of which can improve with cellar time.

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  • Pecchenino San Luigi Dogliani Dolcetto 2019  Front Label
    Pecchenino San Luigi Dogliani Dolcetto 2019
    Dolcetto from Dogliani, Piedmont, Italy
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  • G.D. Vajra Dolcetto d'Alba 2019  Front Label
    G.D. Vajra Dolcetto d'Alba 2019
    Dolcetto from Alba, Piedmont, Italy
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  • Ca'Viola Vilot Dolcetto d'Alba 2019  Front Label
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    Dolcetto from Alba, Piedmont, Italy
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  • Elvio Cogno Mandorlo Dolcetto d'Alba 2018  Front Label
    Elvio Cogno Mandorlo Dolcetto d'Alba 2018
    Dolcetto from Alba, Piedmont, Italy
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  • Sandrone Dolcetto d'Alba 2019  Front Label
    Sandrone Dolcetto d'Alba 2019
    Dolcetto from Alba, Piedmont, Italy
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    • Pio Cesare Dolcetto d'Alba 2017  Front Label
      Pio Cesare Dolcetto d'Alba 2017
      Dolcetto from Alba, Piedmont, Italy
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    • Luigi Einaudi Dolcetto di Dogliani 2020  Front Label
      Luigi Einaudi Dolcetto di Dogliani 2020
      Dolcetto from Dogliani, Piedmont, Italy
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      • Bruno Rocca Trifole Dolcetto d'Alba 2017  Front Label
        Bruno Rocca Trifole Dolcetto d'Alba 2017
        Dolcetto from Alba, Piedmont, Italy
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      • Bruna Grimaldi San Martino Dolcetto d'Alba 2017  Front Label
        Bruna Grimaldi San Martino Dolcetto d'Alba 2017
        Dolcetto from Alba, Piedmont, Italy
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        • Paolo Conterno L'Alto Dolcetto d'Alba 2018  Front Label
          Paolo Conterno L'Alto Dolcetto d'Alba 2018
          Dolcetto from Alba, Piedmont, Italy
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          • Fabio Oberto Dolcetto d'Alba 2020  Front Label
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            Dolcetto from Alba, Piedmont, Italy
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            • Massolino Dolcetto d'Alba 2019  Front Label
              Massolino Dolcetto d'Alba 2019
              Dolcetto from Alba, Piedmont, Italy
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            • Marchesi di Barolo Madonna del Dono Dolcetto d'Alba 2016 Front Label
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              Dolcetto from Alba, Piedmont, Italy
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              • Marchesi di Barolo Dolcetto delle Langhe Servaj 2017  Front Label
                Marchesi di Barolo Dolcetto delle Langhe Servaj 2017
                Dolcetto from Piedmont, Italy
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                • Fontanafredda Briccotondo Dolcetto 2017  Front Label
                  Fontanafredda Briccotondo Dolcetto 2017
                  Dolcetto from Piedmont, Italy
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                  • Serio & Battista Borgogno Dolcetto d'Alba 2019  Front Label
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                    Dolcetto from Alba, Piedmont, Italy
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                    • Pietro Rinaldi Madonna di Como Dolcetto d'Alba 2015  Front Label
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                      • Idlewild Fox Hill Dolcetto 2018  Front Label
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                        Dolcetto from Mendocino, California
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                        • E. Pira e Figli Dolcetto d'Alba 2019  Front Label
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                          Dolcetto from Alba, Piedmont, Italy
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                          • Musso Dolcetto d'Alba 2020  Front Label
                            Musso Dolcetto d'Alba 2020
                            Dolcetto from Alba, Piedmont, Italy
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                            • Unico Zelo Cherry Fields Dolcetto 2017  Front Label
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                              Dolcetto from Adelaide, South Australia, Australia
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                            • Prunotto Dolcetto d'Alba 2018  Front Label
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                              • Guido Porro Vigna l'Pari Dolcetto d'Alba 2020  Front Label
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                                • G.D. Vajra Dolcetto d'Alba Coste and Fossati 2019  Front Label
                                  G.D. Vajra Dolcetto d'Alba Coste and Fossati 2019
                                  Dolcetto from Alba, Piedmont, Italy
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                                • Azelia Bricco dell'Oriolo Dolcetto d'Alba 2018  Front Label
                                  Azelia Bricco dell'Oriolo Dolcetto d'Alba 2018
                                  Dolcetto from Alba, Piedmont, Italy
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