Dolcetto

Red grape variety

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What is Dolcetto?

Dolcetto is a red grape variety from north-west Italy, which makes vibrant, fruity wines that are so often overshadowed by those made from more highly regarded local peers, Nebbiolo and Barbera.

What does Dolcetto taste like?  

Dolcetto is renowned for its succulent, easy-drinking style, with black cherry fruit and a refreshing prickle of acidity. While Dolcetto can also produce more tannic, reasonably ageworthy styles, in its Piedmont home this variety is usually made with everyday drinking in mind, leaving grander occasions to other grapes. 

Where is Dolcetto from?  

Dolcetto is widely believed to be a native of Monferrato in Piedmont; where the grape has been documented since the 16th century. However, there is a theory that Dolcetto was introduced from nearby France in the 11th century. 
 


Where does Dolcetto grow?  

Dolcetto is mostly found in Piedmont, where producers tend to plant it on sites too cool or inferior for their more prized Nebbiolo and Barbera. Dolcetto is also widely planted in neighbouring Liguria, with smaller amounts found in several other parts of Italy, including Lombardy and Sardinia. Overseas, small plantings of Dolcetto are found in several states of the US, as well as Australia and New Zealand. 

Famous Dolcetto regions:  

Piedmont, Italy 

Anything else?  

Dolcetto’s name translates from Italian as “little sweet one”, a reference to the variety’s sweet tasting berries which, unlike many wine grapes, can be very palatable in their own right.  

Our selection of great Dolcetto 

  • GD Vajra, Dolcetto d’Alba, Piedmont 
  • Marcarini, Dolcetto d’Alba, Piedmont 
  • Luigi Einaudi, Dolcetto di Dogliani, Piedmont
  • Best’s, Great Western, Australia 

Country of origin: France
Color: white
Taste: sweet
Maturity: 8 to 10 years
Price: 7 to 15 €
Serving: Fish, Venison

This grape variety is also known by the name of:

Acqui, Bignona, Bignonina, Beina, Charbonneau, Charbono, Chasselas Noir, Barbirono, Douce Noire, Corbeau, Dolchetto, Dolcetto a raspo rosso, Dolsin Raro, Dolsin, Dosset, Mauvais Noir, Nebbiolone, Nera Dolce, Orincasca, Ormeasco, Ormeasca, Plant de Turin, Primaticcio, Premasto, Ravanellino, Promotico, Refork, Plant de Savoie, Refork Debeli, Refork Male, Refosk Debeli, Uva d´Acquia, Uva del Monferrato, Uva di Roccagrimalda, Turino, Rotstieliger Dolcedo, Turin, Uva di Ovada

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2022 Barturot Dolcetto d'Alba DOC
Ca' Viola
Italy
Piedmont,  Italy
Red Wine
Dolcetto
14%
Barturot Dolcetto d'Alba DOC Red Wine
92
2022 Dolcetto d'Alba DOC
Palladino
Italy
Piedmont,  Italy
Red Wine
Dolcetto
13%
Dolcetto d'Alba DOC Red Wine
91
2022 Vilot Dolcetto d'Alba DOC
Ca' Viola
Italy
Piedmont,  Italy
Red Wine
Dolcetto
13,5%
Vilot Dolcetto d'Alba DOC Red Wine
91
2022 Selectio Dolcetto d'Alba DOC
Sobrero Francesco
Italy
Piedmont,  Italy
Red Wine
Dolcetto
13,5%
Selectio Dolcetto d'Alba DOC Red Wine
89
2021 Coste & Fossati Dolcetto d'Alba DOC
G.D. Vajra
Italy
Piedmont,  Italy
Red Wine
Dolcetto
13,5%
Coste & Fossati Dolcetto d'Alba DOC Red Wine
92
2021 Dolcetto d'Alba DOC
Luciano Sandrone
Italy
Piedmont,  Italy
Red Wine
Dolcetto
13,5%
Dolcetto d'Alba DOC Red Wine
92
2021 Dolcetto Piemonte DOC
Sassaia
Italy
Piedmont,  Italy
Red Wine
Dolcetto
14%
Dolcetto Piemonte DOC Red Wine
91
2021 Madonna Como Dolcetto d'Alba DOC
Giacosa Fratelli
Italy
Piedmont,  Italy
Red Wine
Dolcetto
14%
Madonna Como Dolcetto d'Alba DOC Red Wine
90
2021 Barturot Dolcetto d'Alba DOC
Ca' Viola
Italy
Piedmont,  Italy
Red Wine
Dolcetto
14,5%
Barturot Dolcetto d'Alba DOC Red Wine
90
2021 Dolcetto D'Alba DOC
Pira - Chiara Boschis
Italy
Piedmont,  Italy
Red Wine
Dolcetto
13%
Dolcetto D'Alba DOC Red Wine
90
2021 Monte Aribaldo Dolcetto d'Alba DOC
Tenute Cisa Asinari dei Marchesi di Grésy
Italy
Piedmont,  Italy
Red Wine
Dolcetto
14%
Monte Aribaldo Dolcetto d'Alba DOC Red Wine
89
2020 Dolcetto d'Alba Coste & Fossati DOC
G.D. Vajra
Italy
Piedmont,  Italy
Red Wine
Dolcetto
13,5%
Dolcetto d'Alba Coste & Fossati DOC Red Wine
92
2020 Monte Aribaldo Dolcetto d'Alba DOC
Tenute Cisa Asinari dei Marchesi di Grésy
Italy
Piedmont,  Italy
Red Wine
Dolcetto
13%
Monte Aribaldo Dolcetto d'Alba DOC Red Wine
89
2019 Tiglineri Dolcetto d'Alba DOC
Enzo Boglietti
Italy
Piedmont,  Italy
Red Wine
Dolcetto
14%
Tiglineri Dolcetto d'Alba DOC Red Wine
89
2019 Dolcetto d'Alba Vigna Mandorlo
Elvio Cogno
Italy
Piedmont,  Italy
Red Wine
Dolcetto
13%
Dolcetto d'Alba Vigna Mandorlo Red Wine
89
2018 Ceretto Rossana Dolcetto d'Alba
Ceretto
Italy
Italy
Red Wine
Dolcetto
13,5%
Ceretto Rossana Dolcetto d'Alba Red Wine
90
2017 Sorì Costa Fiore Dolcetto DOCG
Azienda Agricola Alario Claudio
Italy
Piedmont,  Italy
Red Wine
Dolcetto
14,5%
€€
Sorì Costa Fiore Dolcetto DOCG Red Wine
88
2016 Dolcetto d’Alba DOC
Cordero di Montezemolo
Italy
Piedmont,  Italy
Red Wine
Dolcetto
12%
€€
Dolcetto d’Alba DOC Red Wine
90
2015 Pian Balbo Dolcetto d´Alba
Poderi Colla
Italy
Piedmont,  Italy
Red Wine
Dolcetto
12,5%
€€
Pian Balbo Dolcetto d´Alba Red Wine
89
2013 Bricco del Drago Langhe DOC
Poderi Colla
Italy
Langhe,  Piedmont,  Italy
Red Wine
Dolcetto
13,5%
€€€
Bricco del Drago Langhe DOC Red Wine
89
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